Mommy & Me for Abbey & Max

I am so excited to share with you this session. So truth be told, I have not photographed a two year old I have not met before. I was a little nervous going into it. I had to pull out my training from my daycare teacher days when I used to care for up to ten 2 year olds at a time. Talk about learning to think on your feet. I had to come up with a way I knew would entertain a two year old while also getting photos and hoping that I could easily keep him happy.

I work with Abbey at a medical office full time and so I knew I would be super comfortable photographing her. The stories she would tell about her son (and her perfect impersonations) pumped me up so much to do this session with Max.

We went to the amphitheater right outside the Bryan House on Indiana University’s campus. I figured it would be a perfect backdrop as well as playground for Max. It was a win-win.

He instantly melted my heart. He was very interested in all of the surroundings, which made it very easy to get photographs. Abbey did mention they take a lot of photos of him, so he was not phased by me following him around with my big camera.

Max loved to climb around and was very interested in the non-existent fishes that were in the creek. He was very satisfied with the bubbles I brought for him to play with as well.

Abbey was a total natural as she knew how to interact with him and make amazing photo opportunities. I felt like I never needed to cue her to do anything. It made it so easy to put more focus on following the never stopping Max around.

I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful Mommy & Me session. Thank you both so much for your time and trusting me with this special moment.

Without further ado, here are some sneak peeks of their session.

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Chasing a dream, yet choosing to be different

Growing up, I always knew that I wanted to be a photographer. I was lucky in that way that I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life since I was able to hold a camera. During high school, my photography teacher suggested that I try photojournalism. It instantly caught my interest.

I pursued that interest in college and earned a Bachelor's in Photojournalism. However, after much search and persistence, I was not happy with the job search in the location that I was wanting. I decided I wanted to move to Bloomington, Indiana. Yes, it was for a boy. But, I knew in my heart that this is where I wanted to end up.

I took a job somewhere to pay the bills. I just wasn't satisfied. I needed photography back in my life. I decided to open up "shop" as a photographer in Bloomington. While setting everything up, I realized there were lots of photographers in Bloomington. So many to where I was unsure of how to stand out. How do I make my mark? How can I make myself different?

When deciding this, I came up with the idea of merging my background in photojournalism and my background in portrait photography. There came the idea of lifestyle photography, taking photographs of my clients in their everyday life. 

Finding some signature products was the next step in making myself stand out. I found a way to offer a personalized app as well as a way to virtually put the photo products on walls. Each of these ways would not only help my clients, but it would make me stand out as well.  

Since then, I have been able to help clients organize photographs on their walls in a stress free way, help clients share their photographs on social media and in person easily, get photographs that reflect them and not necessarily the picture photo nature.

Kaytee Lorentzen
Owner | Kaytee Lorentzen Photography

Indoor Sessions - What you need to know

Sessions don't always go as planned. Being an Indiana photographer, you can understand that the weather cannot always be predicted. Heck, it can go from snowing one day and sunny and 72 degrees the next day. (If you are not from Indiana, yes, this does happen and often). If you had your session planned outdoors this could seem very frustrating. I get just as frustrated (if not more) than my clients. However, not all hope is lost. 

As a lifestyle photographer, I like to take photographs of whatever it is that my clients love to do. I can guarantee that not all of my clients spend 100% of their time outdoors. Even though I am a more natural light type of photographer, I will sacrifice that to get more genuine photographs of doing what my client(s) love to do anyway.

What I mean is, I will do indoor sessions. With it being the month of "April Showers" you cannot always expect it not to rain and storm. If you are wondering what in the world can you do with this, I have provided a list of ideas for you.

  • Baking/Cooking
  • Playing board games/cards/etc.
  • Playtime
  • Craft time
  • Playing an instrument
  • Painting
  • Family Night activities
  • Going to a museum/play place
  • Indoor Rock Climbing

Just to name a few. This list could go on and on with possibilities but I think I got the idea ball rolling for you. 

Comment below with your indoor session ideas so I can help better serve my clients. If you are from Bloomington (or surrounding areas) comment below what you love to do that involves being indoors or of any place local you love to go!

Before & After: Editing Photographs

There is a lot of work that goes into a single photograph. This is one of the parts that makes the photographer show their own personal style. This is what makes a person or a photo different than the rest. Yes, you can do so many different things before you even put it to your computer, like angles, lighting, etc. However, there are things to do after the photos have been sorted through also known as post production.

I am here to show you a few before and after photos of a recent session I did with Derek & Sydney in their engagement session. You will get to see how I go from just an ordinary photo, to making it perfect. I use Lightroom for most of my editing and I use presets to make sure all the photos have the same type of editing to them. Also, I used some black & white filter as well. Enjoy!

The first one I chose to show you is because it really had minimal editing. All I did was lighten up the photo. See how that makes a difference? It wasn't achieved in the camera, so I needed to edit that in post production. 

This second one is almost the same as the first, just closer in. You can see how lightening it brightens their faces and just gives it a cleaner look. 

This is how I achieved the cover photo for their session. As you can see, the photo benefited a lot by becoming a black and white. As their was nothing really wrong with the color version, the black and white just stands out more and looks timeless. 

And lastly, this is one where I had to do some more post production editing. As you can see in the before shot, both Derek & Sydney look a little dark for the photo, but the background (especially the sky) is really bright and hard to see. So, I brought the clouds back in while brightening them up. This much editing seemed necessary, otherwise they would just have a white sky behind them, which isn't realistic. 

So that is the four images that I wanted to show off from this session with before and afters just so you could kind of get a taste of what I do when I edit. I tend to lean towards more minimalistic kind of editing unless it is necessary - like the last photo just because a white sky isn't realistic. You can check out my blog post on Creative vs. Traditional/Minimalistic Editing types here! This is the process I take after I edit the photographs and why it can take long (and what you are paying me to do).

If you ever want to know more about my editing you can comment below to ask! 

Thank you,
Kaytee Lorentzen
Owner | Kaytee Lorentzen Photography