One place, how I do different angles with the same pose and area

During photo sessions, I may ask you to stay in one place for a while. I have had the concern expressed to me how this makes clients believe that they won’t get a lot of photographs from their session. The main reason why I do this is for variety. I want to make sure I get the BEST possible photograph with that specific location as well as get more options.

When I go through the photographs to “weed out” some, I look for which photographs are most flattering (i.e. no blinking, hair caught in the wind, etc.). Having multiple angles and poses in one location helps with this. I want to share with you an example of what I have done with Lauren, my wonderful model and cousin with one location.

1. I started finding a location that I could move around (this yellow wall). It had no barriers, it was pretty open and it was unique.

2. I placed her right in the middle of the wall.

 
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3. I moved around and had my camera go all sorts of directions to get some good shots. I also had her move around based off what I was seeing on the back of my camera. I also looked for what might end up being in the background based off of where I was standing.

 
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4. Here are all the photos I got based off this one yellow wall. 

 
 

5. Around this yellow wall were multiple other places I used for the session. You can see how I used each spot differently by looking through these photographs.

 
 

Don’t assume just because I am using a small amount of locations that you won’t get a lot of photographs. All of these photos I took were in one block of each other. We just went around a courthouse and found these buildings all around. So don’t get discouraged when I am only taking you a short distance during your session.

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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Memory keeping, and why it's important

One of the main reasons I started my business is because I loved growing up and looking through albums and photographs of my parents and learning all about their lives before me, while I was little and even now. It’s something I still even like doing.

This is something known as memory keeping. It’s the physical products from your session or event to share with someone later on. This could include framed photos, albums, canvases, metal prints, and so many other things.I wanted to explain why this practice is so important.

It’s a hard copy.

It is something you can physically hold. I know that it may seem like it’s taking up space, but you are doing the exact same thing on social media. The only difference is that these photos will reappear more often than the ones you post on the internet. You can fill your home with these. They can hang on your walls, coffee tables, bookshelves and much more.

You can pass this along to generations to come.

Have you ever gone through your grandparents photos, or maybe even your great-grandparents? It’s crazy to see how much has changed or even being able to see them as they were at our age. I even love seeing photos of my grandmother, who I have never got the chance to meet. It’s crazy to see the similarities I have with different parts of my family. With my nephew, I hope to get to do this with him. I want to show him all the photos of his aunts and his mom growing up.

It is a part of your history.

This is your story. The photos, the videos, the posts you write, are all about you. They are what makes you, you. These are things that would make your book or your movie. It documents a time in your life. It brings back memories and even shares your history with others. My boyfriend loves showing me my embarrassing photos that my parents have in my house, but he says “It’s you though".”

It’s so important to keep up this practice so many people can have the same experience that I have had and that I hope you have too. It’s the one thing I am really excited about to have. When I started my business I knew that I wanted to make sure that people would get the chance to do this.

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Your checklist for the holiday season!

Talking about the holidays seems a little crazy to be doing already, right? Not if you are a planner like me. Honestly, I have to have a checklist to make sure I am not forgetting anything. Things can get hectic and I don’t want to have to worry anything last minute when it “suddenly comes up.” I have created a little list for you to help you out this season.

1. Holiday Cards

I recommend doing this as the first thing to check off. You have to make sure your photographer can do it, wait for them to get you the photos, design your card, wait for that company to ship it to you and then you can send them out. See? Lots of work and it takes a lot of time.

So you need to get these photos taken, order them and send them out. I recommend making a list of everyone first and then adding at least 10-20 more cards. This ensures that you won’t fret when you “forget someone” or need to add someone last minute.

2. Gift Planning

This can take some time, but I recommend doing the work up front then worrying about it during. Plus it can save you some headache in the long run.

Make a list of everyone you need to buy gifts for. It doesn’t matter if you know what you are buying them or not, just who are you buying gifts for. Ask these people for any wish list’s they have made or things they could use. If they don’t have any, ask them what their favorites are (scents, thing to do, what they enjoy, etc.).

Then, make a budget. You are able to adjust this later, but at least you have a baseline. This way you can come up with things that fit in your budget, but still get gifts that everyone wants.

3. Events

It’s that time of year for traveling and getting together with family/friends. It can get a little crazy and possibly even with miscommunication, cause unnecessary drama. That is why it’s important to plan ahead.

Write down any holiday get togethers/parties/events you need to attend and then let all the party goers that will be coming with you know what is going on as well. I even use a Google Calendar that I can share with everyone so no one is lost or confused and everything is in one place.

Next, figure out any food you need to make/bring to these events. There is nothing like a pitch-in without any food that has been pitched-in. It happens. I add these even to the calendar so I know when to plan to make them and to know what to get at the store.

If you are hosting event, go ahead and book a cleaning service ahead of time. This ensures that you will not have to search around for one that has availability that day.

4. Traveling accommodations

Like I have been saying, plan, plan, plan. It’s so important to get all of these things figured out before it’s too late. Make sure any planes/trains/cars/boat rides are booked in advance. Get any hotel rooms/Airbnb’s etc. booked. Also, plan for your pets to have everything planned out. Is someone sitting or do they need boarded? These little details booked ahead of time will save you a lot of stress when you can’t find anything closer to the day.

I hope these tips will help elevate any stress or help you remember anything about the holiday planning. I even have made a little card for you to print out and keep. All you need to do is click the picture above and it will let you download it.

Paige & Nathan's Maternity Session

There is no secret that I am absolutely obsessed with this session. It’s because it’s of my sister and her man. I love that I was able to take their maternity session for them and my future nephew. I was really excited to take them around my stomping grounds for this session. Paige will be due at the very beginning of January (and I am really hoping it’s a New Year baby). Please enjoy these photos as much as I had putting them together.

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