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.

Engagement Session for Leaina & Tyler

When his eyes met hers, you could see the undeniable love he had for her. She was his everything, so much to a point that we did these photos for her and even laid in the grass (which come to find out later, he is allergic to and broke out in hives).

Leaina is my co-worker and one of my close friends. When Tyler proposed I immediately said to her, “Can I do your photos?!” I am so happy she allowed me to capture those moments for her. Tyler was a true sport as we just went along with all of my requests. I couldn’t thank them enough for being more than willing to climb what felt like 3,000 stairs to get these photos.

Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity and have such a blast during your session. Even when I made sure it was safe for you to use the tree branch, but not for me and fall on my face. You both made it so fun and enjoyable.

What to bring to your sessions with me

It’s time to plan your session. You have got your clothes picked out, the location is perfect, and you have discussed everything you want with me, but what in the world do you bring to your session with you? I wanted to give you some help into what you should bring with you to your session. And not necessarily what you want as props. I have created multiple categories to help you with each and every situation.

Portraits

Accessories (scarves, jewelry), things that are important to you or even the reason why you are getting the photos done (business owner? Bring something that you sell. Love a sport? Bring your favorite jersey).

Family

Bring something you all love to do (board games, books, etc.), something you all love or even something you all have in common.

Kids

Some toys for afterwards (or during the last set of pictures) and maybe even some candy for afterwards. Also something for them to look at next to my camera (stuffed animal) is very helpful.

Pets

I always suggest noisy toys or some that will distract them, I typically have a bag that I wear so I can easily move my arm for the toys to make noise. Also, some treats are helpful as well.

High school seniors

Props of things you are involved in (instrument, letterman jacket, art items, etc.), T shirt or clothing item of college you are going to or what you are going into (military, workforce). Literally ANYTHING you like to do.

Couples

Props of things you like to do together or anything that has special meaning to you.

Engaged Couples

The same as couples, but adding in the big shiny thing (aka the RING!).

Everyone

This applies to every single group. An extra brush or comb, hairspray, extra bobby pins/hair ties, and a lint roller.

It doesn’t have to be a whole ordeal on what you bring with you, just think of essentials and feel free to message me if you still feel lost.

If you think anything else needs to be added to this list, PLEASE comment below. What did you find helpful that you brought to 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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