Summer Portrait Session in Bloomington, Indiana - Lauren & Bailey

Lauren & Bailey are two people that I am so thankful to be around. Their upbeat personalities make my job so much fun and enjoyable. Any idea that I have they are all in for it. They are naturals at the portrait game and love incorporating their personalities into the photographs. Their summer collection was no different from the spring, except for that they now know what to expect from me and my ideas. The green house photos are awesome, but poor Lauren got the heat from the one of the rooms that the temperature was warmer than expected. She handled it like a champ though. Enjoy their summer session!

Can’t wait to see you in the fall!

Step by step, how I got this shot

I love having the chance to show off some of my creative photographs. When I am, I always get asked how I “got that shot.” Today, I wanted to take a more creative photo and explain to you step by step how I got this shot. If you want to see how I made the shot the way it looks now, besides the idea planning and direction (so in Lightroom), watch the video to see the rest!

 
 
  1. I knew I wanted to use these string lights I had and I wanted something to do with bokeh lighting (large out of focus circles where the lights are). So I tried it with my cousin, Sam. I knew in order to make the lights pop, it needed to be REALLY dark around us. So it was Christmas Eve and it got dark pretty quickly in the day and it was a new moon that night meaning it would be DARK. So we went into my backyard at my parents house to use for the backdrop.

  2. I positioned the lights to wrap around her so I could get a specific focal point. So in order to do this, I made her stick out one of her arms so when I kept focus on her face, the lights on the arm closest to me would end up being blurry (intentionally).

  3. The way I laid the lights made her face light up as well. I put some in her hair next to her ear as well as wrapped more around her other arm. The arm that wasn’t close to me I had her move it to be close enough to her face to give her more light but far enough to not be in the frame.

  4. Since we were in the dark, I had to keep the camera VERY still in order to keep her face (mainly the eyes) in focus. Once I took a few shots in the same place, I did move to multiple angles, but this one I liked the most and was most in focus.

  5. So once I had my composed in camera photo, I went through the editing process. If you would like to see how this process goes, feel free to watch the video below.

So, overall, what I do when composing a photograph is noticing the lighting around me, location, time of day, what is going to be in and out of the frame, focal points, and angles to name a few. Since I have been doing this all my life, I can pick these points out very quickly during a session. It took many years of practice and I still am constantly finding new things to look out for with each and every photo. Now you can see how I go from a vision in my head to what you see in the end.

My exact client process

Have you ever wanted to book a session with a photographer and just felt completely lost on what was going on? I really hope not. But, I wanted to go ahead and tell you what my processes were so you could follow along and also learn what I am doing behind the scenes.

First, I receive your inquiry.

This is where you tell me that you saw something you liked and may be interested in hiring me. As soon as I get this message, I get to work. I send you a welcome email with information regarding going forward from that point. I will send a few more emails including information with my pricing (I like to be super upfront about them because I want you to be able to make a good decision), as well as a questionnaire to get the ball rolling.

Now, you fill out the questionnaire.

I have you do this so that way when we are in the consultation (the next step) I am not going to ask you a lot of these questions. I can do my research and try to make the consultation more about the details instead of “What are we doing the photos for?”

I want to get to know you and make sure I am a good fit for you. I send you all of these things before I even meet with you so that way if you can’t hire me for any reason (i.e. cost, style, not the services I offer) then we don’t waste anyone’s time. I certainly don’t want you to come see me and then realize that you can’t afford me, etc. I am very transparent and these steps will really help with that.

I also want to have you fill out this questionnaire before hand so that I can get a good idea of what you want and I can present you with ideas during your session. I look at inspiration from different photographers, my own work, as well as Pinterest.

Consultation time.

This is the time I get to know you, and vice versa. I want to make sure I am the perfect fit for you before you even hire me. I offer these either over the phone or in person. I understand that people have busy lives to live and can’t always meet in person. We can talk about anything you want to know about me and I will get to know you so that way I know what it is that I am going to capture during the session. It can also give me great ideas when planning your session. For example, I could have a high school senior that they are going to Indiana University in the fall. I will tell this person that we can totally showcase that in the session and I will make it a priority to get photos with him/her in that gear. It also gives you the time to learn about me, and ask me how my process goes.

Crossing your T’s and dotting your I’s.

So at the end of the consultation I will ask you if you would like to hire me. If yes, we will then go ahead and come up with a location, date, and time. Once we have all that information, I will create a contract for you to sign which will include the retainer payment attached to it. The retainer is to secure your spot. It will be due midway before your session with the final payment due before the session date. The contract must be signed before I can continue with booking your session. It’s not just to protect me, but it is especially meant to protect you, the client.

Session time!

Here is the fun part. The session. I will show up, snap the photos and give you an approximate date that I will have the photos ready for you. I do this the day of to make sure I don’t have anything else super crazy going on around that same time.

The behind the scenes magic.

This is where I do my work. I go through and pick out all the photos I plan on editing. This is where I take out anything that may not be in focus, someone is blinking, someone moved while I snapped the photo, or anything else that wouldn’t work. It’s not that I don’t want to show you every photo I took, but you would have taken those out to begin with so let me do that work for you. Then I go through and make any touch ups needed (lighting, composition, etc.).

Once I have done all of that I prepare 3 types of photos for you. One folder includes the high resolution photos for printing. Second, is the smaller version for online purposes. Third, has my watermark on it. You will get access to the third one. The first two are for me to use on social media, my website and to get your photos printed.

You’ll receive the gallery!

Typically I try to get a blog post sneak peek for you before I send the gallery. I typically do that the day before. Once I send the gallery, you can look through ALL of them. Pick and choose your favorites. You can even send that same link to anyone you think may want to purchase some as well. This is when I will send you information regarding ordering prints.

Order and receive.

Once you order your prints and pay the invoice I can get my lab started on it. I have my lab send everything to me first. I want to make sure you receive these pieces in tip top condition. Plus, some items take longer than others and I want you to get the WHOLE package all at once. (Also, if you decide to have these items shipped to you, it will cost you less to just put it all in once package). I’ll let you know when everything has arrived and I will get it to you as soon as possible.

Last, but not least.

The last step is to fill out a survey. It’s mainly so I can see how I did and how I can better my business. I want to make sure that if you didn’t think I did something right or if there was a way I could do it better, I would LOVE to hear your suggestions. I don’t know what it’s like getting any of this stuff from myself so I need to hear it. Tell me all.

I hope this post gives you better insight into how I run my business. I would love to hear any suggestions from you as well. Feel free to comment below anything you can think of.

Why you should take advantage of Mini Sessions

Mini sessions are different than regular sessions. If you ever just need a quick session to update family photos (no matter how big or small), some quick portraits, or even some headshots, this type of session is for you. I am here to tell you why you should take advantage of these mini sessions!

1. Quick & Easy

When they are on scheduled days, where photographers are shooting sessions back to back, it can be super quick. It also makes things easy for you because they are already set up. The only thing you have to do is show up! 

2. Price

If all you need is a quick session, this is the perfect package for you. When photographers run these specials, it is best to jump on these. It's honestly the best bang for your buck. Most photographers set this price at $200 or below. 

3. Unique Themes

Mini sessions are really helpful when it comes to themes. If you need something for Valentine's Day, there is one for that. If you need some for Summer, there is one for that. Holiday cards, there is one for that too. It makes it easy as well to have all the props and backgrounds you may need. 

4. Getting to know a new photographer

If you’re in the market for a new photographer, follow them on social media, sign up for their newsletter and wait for them to run a mini session special. This is especially great if you don't have the ability to invest in a full package. Mini sessions are great opportunities to get to know a photographer before investing in a larger photo package. If things don’t go well (and by well I mean you LOVE them and can’t wait to have another session with them) then you’re out about $200 versus $650 or more.

5. Giving to Charity

Sometimes other photographers will partner with charities to offer mini sessions in support of a cause or organization as well. KLP has 5 happening this year! While this may not affect some clients directly, I always feel better about paying for a service when I know the owner is charitable and givingActually, I go out of my way to find them. It can make all the difference.

Interested in booking with KLP? Send me an inquiry here!

New Year, New Photos Mini Session

This year I have decided to partner with some local charities around Bloomington in order to give back to the community. I have always wanted to do more, but was not sure how to do so. I am going to be offering 5 days of scheduled mini sessions this year which will have all the session fees ($100 each session) donated to the paired charity.

What does that mean for you? All you have to do is schedule a 30 minute session in an open timed slot for the day of the mini session. You would pay the $100 and that will be donated to the organization that is paired. The photos will then be available for purchase. Each scheduled mini session day will have a specific location.

This month's theme is New Year, New Photos! I am pairing with Stone Belt for this session! Start the new year off right by updating your photos. This is open to families, couples, and for individual portraits. This will be held in a photo studio. Since this studio is not mine, but I am borrowing it for the day, the address will be only given to people who book a session.

Stone Belt is a nonprofit organization that provides resources and supports for individuals with disabilities. Stone Belt was established in 1958 and is now the oldest and largest agency of its kind in south central Indiana, currently employing over 500 individuals and serving over 2,000 clients. They offer a full range of programs and services in Monroe county, empowering people to demonstrate self-determination, contribute to the building of community, and experience quality of life. Their services are accredited by CARF (formerly the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities), and they are an affiliate of The Arc and United Way of Monroe County.

They provide residential, employment, manufacturing, life skills training, family support, child development and psychological services to help people actively participate in the community. Services are provided with a person-centered, customized approach that focuses on a person's capabilities and interests. Their beliefs are self-determination is essential; learning creates empowerment; all people have contributions to make; housing/home life must be self-directed; employment is a fundamental part of adult life; and social life and relationships help create quality of life. Stone Belt has earned a very positive reputation for assisting individuals with developmental disabilities, especially those with challenging behaviors, to be meaningfully included in community life.

They believe in the uniqueness, worth and right to self-determination of every individual. Therefore, it is their mission, in partnership with the community, to prepare, empower and support persons with developmental disabilities and their families to participate fully in the life of the community. Most of their services are paid for with third party reimbursement from Medicaid and other state and federal government sources. But, while vital, state and federal funding only provides for the health and safety of recipients. They rely on community partners to maintain a margin of excellence which allows us to provide appropriate training to staff and more enriching programs to their clients.

In order to book a session, you just click this link to fill out a form! You will then receive a follow up email from me confirming your time with the exact location of the session.

Message me with any questions or if you would like to know more!