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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How I scout unique locations for sessions

Every time I get a potential client, I send them a questionnaire regarding what they would like from their session. One of the questions that I ask if they have any particular places they find special or would like me to check out. I do this to try to get some information about them and see what they like. However, most people just say, “no I trust you” which means I have to come up with something special for them.

Challenge accepted.

I wanted to take you through my exact process on how I scout for unique locations for sessions.

First step

Get a city/town location. I at least want to get this from the couples so that way no one is traveling too far. I also can see which cities are around that I have already been to or know I will be heading to in the near future. If I have already been to some of these places, I can choose to either use some locations I have already used or try and find new places.

Step two

Whether I have been there or not, I try to go before hand and scout out some locations. I want to make sure I know exactly where I want to shoot the day of the session. I will take photos of different places I think will work. I will even try to bring someone along with me so they can pose for me in these locations so I can test out the lighting and if each place will actually work.

While I am searching for these locations, I try to find places that include neutral backgrounds, and even have texture. I even look for layers, and try to find natural things as well. Some examples would be in a park surrounded by nature, brick walls, or even something that stands out but isn’t distracting like a colored door.

The key is to find something that won’t take away from the subject (the clients). You want them to enhance the photo and could even use them for props. You just don’t want them to be the center focus of the photograph.

If I can’t get there before hand, I will try and do some research. I use Instagram and Pinterest to help me out with this. I use the geotags and just search locations throughout that city/town. I look for articles relating to places to photograph. I have actually done this for my sisters session as we HAD to get these photos done on a certain day because of time constraints for holiday cards and we were all busy the other days. It was going to rain that day. I had to come up with something that we could do indoors. My roommate found this article with the Indy Star on top Instagramable places in Indy. We ended up using the Indianapolis Public Library and it worked perfectly because of all the windows that were in it. Lighting was perfect.

Three

Once I have come up with some places, I will let the client know that I have come up with some ideas and will let them know if they are all in close proximity or if we may be doing some walking or driving. I will tell them where to meet and I will do my best to find a spot with free parking or the lowest cost parking. Depending on the session type will depend on how many of the locations we will get to. I end up finding way more than I need so that way if we go through a few quickly, I can have more up my sleeve if need be.

All it takes is a little planning and exploring and I can easily come up with great places for every session.

The do's and do not's of posting your session photos on social media

This is a topic that I feel needs to be addressed. Not so much as it’s something I see people doing wrong, but more of people have no idea. It’s not something that typically is brought up until someone gets upset that someone did do something wrong. So I am here to help you understand which is a “do” and which is a “don’t” when it comes to social media and posting your session photos to them.

Do

  • Give your photographer a shoutout. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing you post your photos from your session all over social media! That means the WORLD to a photographer. So give them a little shoutout while you’re at it. Just tag them in the caption or even tag them in the photo. It also helps other people see who did these amazing photographs that you love so much.

  • Share them!!!! Don’t keep them to yourself! Share them everywhere. It tells us you like them. You love the photos. So what if there is a watermark on there? Post it.

  • Tell us how you feel about it when you post your photos. But let’s try to keep it positive.

  • Share them when writing reviews. This helps us so much!

Don’t

  • Crop or edit the photos. We put our heart and soul into making those photographs perfect for you, please don’t slap a filter on it or crop it. It’s really disheartening to the photographer and it says that you don’t like what they did for you.

  • Forget to tell anyone who did your photos. If people ask, let them know. I’ve seen where people won’t respond to comments of people asking who did them. It tells us that you don’t want other people to use us.

  • Do anything your contract with you and your photographer says not to do. Most photographers will have you sign a contract when doing photography services. In those contracts, there can be something about social media. If you break that contract by doing something specifically listed in there, you could be liable. That is a legal binding document and will stand up in court. I hope it would never go to that extreme, but just be courteous and read that part of your contract before posting anywhere.

Feel free to let me know if there is anything I didn’t address that you would like clarified. I will update this list for you as well. Comment below some things you want to know!!

The EXACT way I plan a photography session

I take a lot of steps to plan the best photography session for you. I wanted to go ahead and explain everything I do so you can get an inside look at the work I do.

First

I go based of the inquiry you send me. What are you interested in? If you say the mini session I am going to decide to do something less elaborate so we can squeeze as much as we can in that small time frame. If you say, the premium session, I know we have a lot more time. We can even decide multiple locations, different outfits, etc.

Second

Then I send you the questionnaire. Once you fill this out, I can REALLY start planning. I come up with ideas to present to you during our session. I can even use this to come up with follow up questions to try to get a better idea of what needs to be done. I look through Pinterest, find bloggers, and even come up with some locations right then and there. I will get a presentation ready for you, but it’s not a definite and can easily be changed.

Third

Consultation time. During this consultation, I will ask any follow up questions that I need and present to you my ideas. We can come up with new ideas as well and use this time as a planning session to get everything we need for the session.

Last

We make the final decision. We decide when, where, and what is going to happen during the session. We will decide if you or I need to bring anything extra and if there is any last things to tie up before the session.

I send you all this information and collect a bunch of answers so that way I can have something ready for you come time for the consultation. This way you aren’t waiting on me to come up with something right on the spot.

Hopefully this was informational and you can see how I plan a session before you even book with me.

KLP Responds: What is all included in a session package?

What is all included in a session package?

A lot. Let me begin by just making a list and then I will go into details. 

  1. Consultation
  2. Emails walking you through each and every step
  3. An online gallery which I can send you a link to or we can view it all together
  4. A session

A consultation is the time where you and I get to either have a phone conversation or meet up and talk about your session. Before this consultation, I will be sending you a questionnaire to have filled out so that way I can ask you follow up questions regarding this. I will be getting to know you and what you like, don't like, etc. We will also get the date, time, and location down for your session. This makes it so much easier than messaging back and forth this information and I can also make sure you get what you want out of your session. You will also get the chance to ask me anything as well. 

Emails you will be receiving will help you each and every step of the way. You will know exactly what to do and how to do it. You will receive an email also going over the notes I took from the consultation so you can review it and make sure it sounds good. It's where you will receive the proposal and the agreement. 

An online gallery is what you will receive after your session. It will have ALL your photographs in it, with my watermark. It will give you a chance to look over all of your photos, mark your favorites and also help you decide on purchases. You can even share the link with anyone in the family who may want some photos as well. Or you can choose to have me meet with you and show you the gallery then. You will still get the link, but some people prefer it that way. 

And finally, you get the session. This is with every single session from the mini to the premium. Everyone gets these in their session.