Spring Portrait Session in Bloomington, Indiana - Lauren & Bailey

Last year I decided I wanted to have a few people be my “go-to’s” when it came to portrait work. I want photos of someone in the spring? They would be there. I need someone to play with my dog so I can have photos or practice with a crazy animal running around? They would be up to it. I just wanted to be able to have some “on call” people who would be down for just about anything. One of the first people that came to mind was my cousin, Lauren.

Lauren is a high school student at my alma mater, Center Grove High School in Greenwood, IN. She is a very personable and fun girl to be around. She loves makeup and cheer and wants to become a chiropractor. When I asked Lauren to help me out, she immediately said yes. I told her any friends she could bring would be fabulous. That is where Bailey comes in.

Bailey came to me a high school senior (now graduated) and has such a personality. She loves to laugh and it makes the BEST candid photos. I am so happy that Lauren introduced me to her because she is up for anything I ask her to do.

I have decided to do seasonal photos with both of them as they work extremely well together. Spring was the first one that we embarked on as I wanted to test a lot of new photography ideas out and practice more with my craft. Plus, it was finally getting nice out. Here are just a few of my favorites from their session!

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How to use nature as your props: Spring Edition

Props can be fun for photos, but not everyone thinks of what would make good props. Unless you have a specific announcement or have a little one with their favorite toy, it is hard to come up with something. Plus, you should only use them in some of your photos. I am here to give you some ideas to use your surroundings to help with great props. 

1. Flowers

Springtime means there are LOTS of them out. On trees, in bushes, on the ground, you name it, they are there. You can use them by holding them, placing them in your hair, hiding behind them, and so on. 

2. Trees

This is one of my favorite ones, as I have used this in my one photos. You can use the branches as a cool textural item as well as holding on to them. You can also use the tree itself as something to lean on. 

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3. Bushes

Also, one of my favorites. If you ever hear the upcoming quote from me, it is because a photographer that has taken my photographs. "Forever shoving people into bushes." Not literally, but it works as a fantastic background. The way it surrounds you honestly looks AMAZING. The proof is in the photo. 

4. Puddles

This may get a little messy but using mud or water puddles can be super cute when it comes to lifestyle types of photos. It shows a fun atmosphere and can be very playful. 

Just a few of these can really make a difference in your photographs and can be used as alternatives for obvious props. 

More than just a mini session is great when it comes to spring photos

Spring photos will be here before you know it. I cannot tell you why I am so excited for that time to come. It's not just for the photos either. I am listing some great reasons you can use a mini session this spring. 

1. To get some fresh air 

A mini session is 30 minutes and that can garuntee at least that amount of time outside in the fresh air. Time to get all of that winter, stuffy air out of the lungs and breath in some spring air. 

2. SUNSHINE!

Sunshine has plenty of vitamin D that can soak into your skin. Vitamin D intake helps your body absorb calcium, which helps in bone growth and to keep your bones strong. It also has some help in your moods as well as helps the immune system and neuromuscular system. 

3. New, fresh photos

Spring is a great time to get some new photos because it is the first time of the year that it is nice enough outside to get your photos updated. Plus, it helps you look forward to the summer time (when you may or may not have much time to take the new photos).

These are just some reasons to use when you are thinking about getting some new photos for the spring time.