7 Tips for Preparing for Your Autumn Session

Fall is one of the most popular months of the year for portrait sessions. After all, nature is doing its thing with all those vibrant colors, plus you get a chance to really play up your wardrobe with accessories in the crisp weather.


1. Make use of accessories and clothing that play up the "autumn" feeling. For example, opt for leather boots, cable knit scarves and comfy cardigans look amazing on the whole family and can really bring a picture to life. Tip: neutrals do really well in the fall against all that foliage.

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A shift in my perspective

The reason I am writing this blog is to let you,dear reader, know about a change in my perspective. You see, God has given me the talent to be a photographer. To be someone who uses the lens to tell a story. This time to tell the story of how the gospel impacts the lives of people throughout the world by partnering with Reaching and Teaching International Ministries. With a camera in my hand and being a willing servant, I can use the camera to bring the intangible of the gospel to life via the images I capture, moments in time that might otherwise go unnoticed. 

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10 tips on how to take better photos with your smartphone

Today's smartphones are capable of better image quality than ever before, but how do you get the most out of them?

Smartphones are more popular than ever, and many people are switching to them to take their holiday pictures and fill their family photo albums. They’re small, convenient and always with us – but some say their image quality isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. 

I say the power is in the hands of the photographer. In the right hands, beautiful images can be captured with whatever smart device you have in your pocket. All it takes to improve your phone pics is to learn a few tips and tricks to get better with your smartphone photography. So here are ten steps to better results.

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The Importance of a Pre-Session Warm-Up

I just wanted to take a minute to talk about the importance of the pre-session warm up. What is this, you might ask? This is the photographer-child interaction time that occurs before we begin the session. I always suggest that you show up a little bit early, maybe 15 minutes, to your session so we have this time to get to know each other. Especially with young children, it’s going to be a little bit scary interacting with someone they’ve never met before. I want to ensure I can really show off your child’s personality, so I would want him or her to be as comfortable with me( a simple little goof ball) and with the environment.

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Incorporating Pet(s) Into Your Family Photos

4 Items to Bring to Help Incorporate your Pet(s) in your Family Photos

If you are planning on bringing a pet to your session, I am more than happy to have you do that. I love furry friends and am always pleased to add them into our sessions! Here are some things you should remember to bring to ensure everything goes smoothly:

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How I would have done things differently

 This time around I am going to be a little bit on the personal side. Let me start with the reason behind me getting more serious with my photography. The simple answer was to be able to freeze my kids in time at the ages they are at a particular time. To be able to capture the moments, the silly faces and the goofy things they tend to do only at certain ages. Lets face it, our kids grow up way to fast. My son just turned 12 early this month and my middle daughter will be 8 tomorrow. And in what seems like a blink of the eye my youngest daughter will be 2 come June. Did I mention I have 3 kids. 

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5 Reasons to hire a Family Life Photographer for your next family pictures and 5 Questions to ask before you hire them.

Photography is constantly evolving, especially family photography.  There were years and years of studio settings with boring or fake backdrops; Then everyone went outside for “on location” family pictures in the middle of some field; And currently, lifestyle photography is popular, which shows real life situations, but with guidance and direction. 
 I’ve decided to focus on family lifestyle photography.  It’s real life…like for real, real life.  We will spend about an hour together and photograph you how you are at this moment in time: the good, the bad, the ugly…the hilarious, the sweet, and the chaos.  This is a new idea to most people and honestly can be a little scary.  But read below to find the top 5 reasons you should consider hiring a family lifestyle photographer for your next family session:

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Why I do this?

I believe in capturing the in between moments, the everyday connection between family members. Moms, dads and the kiddos. After all, I have learned that in a blink of an eye our kids grow up and then they will be out of the house.

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