Cooling Down

The dog days of summer were upon us as mid-July hit, so we headed to the creek for some cooling off during this senior session!

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The setting sun made for some lovely light behind Brittany’s beautiful hair!

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And her smile just stole the show in the rest of them!

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I’ve got one more session on deck for the summer and then it is back to school time and I will be taking a break. Be on the look out for Grace’s senior session coming up next!

Senior Summer

It is the summer of seniors for me as many of my sessions are of high school seniors and I am loving it! Seniors are very fun for me to photograph because they are great at modeling and they are patient and cooperative and want to look their best. So far, the seniors I have photographed have been open to all my ideas and suggestions, too!

Here’s a recent session with Sarah. She chose a more urban setting amidst old buildings and a set of train tracks. Dressed in a casual outfit of jeans and a cute blue top, I think these portraits turned out wonderful!

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Sarah then changed into a dressier outfit for some beautiful shots in the garden.

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Lastly, I think it’s always fun to see the black and white versions of the images. Until next time…

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Personal Brand Photography

Personal Brand Photography is for business owners, entrepreneurs, and influencers who want to show people who they are, what they represent, how they want the world to see them, how they want others to feel, and what they stand for. Are you one of these people?

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Personal brand photography is more than just headshots. It is your life, your dreams, your passions, your fun, your family, your day-to-day world, your personality, your whatever you want your social media or online presence to represent, because let’s face it in today’s world people want to get to know the face and name behind the product or service.

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People want to know people. People buy things not because they need them but because they like and trust the people selling them. You need personal brand photography for them to get to know and trust you!

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A Personal brand photographer can help your bottom line go from so-so to amazing; your followers go from hundreds or thousands of people to tens of thousands, and take your business from surviving to thriving by creating carefully crafted custom images of you, your brand, and your work.

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Personal brand photography is also great for specific things such as creating images perfect for use in presentations and blog posts, where text can be added at a later date.

 

Tell your stories and share what matters most. Find out how personal brand photography can help you connect with your audience. Contact me for details.

 

Free Holiday Cards

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In 1843 Sir Henry Cole, a civil servant who had helped set up the “public record office” (now known as the post office), wondered how it could be used more by ordinary people.  Thus he and artist, John Horsely, came up with the idea of the Christmas card.

Christmas cards appeared in the United States in the late 1840’s but were so expensive most people couldn’t afford them.  In 1875, Louis Prang, a printer originally from Germany, started mass producing cards so more people could afford them.  His first cards featured flowers, plants, and children.  In 1915, John C. Hall and two of his brothers created Hallmark Cards, who are still one of the biggest card makers today!

Annie Oakley, the famous sharpshooter and star of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show sent the first known “personalized” Christmas card in 1891.  She was in Glasgow, Scotland and sent cards back to her friends and family in the USA featuring a photo of herself on it.  Since she was in Scotland, she was of course wearing tartan in the photo!  Annie reportedly designed the cards herself and they were printed by a local printer.

How fun to think we still enjoy spreading holiday cheer in the same way all these years later.  Not wearing tartan mind you, but putting photos of ourselves on our cards.  I wonder who Annie Oakley’s photographer was.  Someone had to take that picture of her otherwise there would have been nothing for her to design; nothing for her to print.

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Let me be your Holiday card photographer this year!

Through December 13th I am offering Holiday mini sessions which include a 30-minute photo shoot and  5 professional edited digital image files for $125 plus a free box of holiday photo cards if ordered through me.  Sessions must be done between now and the 13th to insure cards are received in time for the holiday.  Call or message me if you have any questions or would like to book a session, and Happy Holidays!  636-293-5728

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What to Wear to Your Family Portrait Session

I was leaning against my car adjusting the settings on my camera when I saw them pull into the parking lot. We smiled and waved to one another as they parked next to me. Mom hopped out, dressed in a cute silky top. She held up a cardigan in each hand. “Which one, black or gray?” she asked. I quickly assessed the rest of the family’s outfits and answered, “Gray.”

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When outfitting your family for portraits it is not so important that you match precisely in colors or style. In fact, exact matching, such as all in blue jeans and white shirts, is out of date these days. What works best is to coordinate color pallets in terms of tones. Wear muted tones that are a bit subdued especially for outdoor nature portraits.

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Muted tones

Muted tones make sure that no one person stands out and that the focus remains on faces and not clothing.

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For larger groups pick 2-3 complimentary color tones and have everyone dress within that color pallete. For example, navy, dark green and burgundy are all dark jewel tones. Light olive green, denim, and tan are lighter, softer tones. When in doubt keep cool tones with cool tones and warm tones with warm tones.

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Come casual or dressy; both work. Bring your own style, but have everyone dress in the same style (i.e., not some casual and others dressy.)

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I find that many families wear jeans, which are very versatile. You can make the outfit as dressy or casual as you want depending on what top you wear. Jeans also make some poses like sitting on the ground and piggy back rides a little easier! 🙂

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When things start getting goofy, sometimes they get really goofy!

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No matter what you wear, however, I guarantee the love and smiles and joy we capture during your session will shine through in your images.

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For information on scheduling a portrait session for your family, please fill out the contact form and I will be happy to assist you. Your information will always remain private.

Lifestyle Portraits

Lifestyle Photography is something I have been doing for a long time.  It is creating artistic images of people doing everyday activities in unposed, natural ways.  It is not merely snapping generic pictures, but rather defining moods, telling stories, and developing interest.

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Lifestyle photography is a great way to document family traditions like weekly game nights, yearly Christmas cookie baking, trips to the pumpkin patch, or how after each big snow fall, dad shovels the driveway while the rest of the family goes sledding.

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Lifestyle photography is never about the “Look here and smile” photos, but if that happens naturally it is certainly okay.  As the subject in the photos, it is about being in the moment, forgetting that the camera is there, and enjoying the time with your loved ones.

As the photographer, it is about communicating with the adults ahead of time about what is important to everyone and gently documenting those meaningful activities by recognizing and capturing all the nuances and details that exist and present themselves throughout the entire experience.

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“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”  ~ Elliot Erwitt, Documentary Photographer

I now offer Lifestyle Photography sessions, which run approximately 2-3 hours and yield 40-70 fully edited proofs to choose from when ordering printed products.  Images are captured in the clients’ natural environments, whether it be their homes or places they frequent such as a park, the pumpkin patch, the local donut shop, the swimming pool, or their own backyards, doing everyday activities in realistic, candid ways.  Contact me for more information.

How They Love Their Candids

I had the pleasure of photographing two best friends, and to my surprise they wanted twice as many candid shots as posed ones.  How fun that was!  First, here are a couple of cute poses we got in.

 

But, the majority of the shots were of them doing what they do together: talking, laughing, hanging out, telling stories, and just being there for one another.

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What an amazing thing to witness!

One of my favorite things about being a portrait photographer is capturing those candid moments that highlight the essence of people’s relationships with one another. Let me do that for you and your loved ones. Contact me via the form below and let’s plan your session today.

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