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Family Photos | Christofaro Family

This family photo session is near and dear to my heart because I know how patiently Melissa waited for it to finally happen! You guys, I've never had the experience of having to reschedule a shoot not once, not twice, but THREE TIMES due to rain! It was insane. Poor Melissa scheduled with me all the way back in June for a nice summery photo session and we didn't end up meeting until the end of August... on a particular chilly day, too! So she deserves a million gold-stars for being such a flexible and so easy-going client despite the hassle. It was so great having someone so excited about photos with me. And I'm so pleased to present her with this blog sneak peek of the results... her little ones just shine. I had so much fun chasing them around during the session and so much fun editing the photos afterwards. If these darlings don't make you smile, I don't know what will! Thanks again for your patience, Melissa & Brian! I think you'll agree it was worth the

Three Ways I Make Senior Sessions More Interesting

Senior year is so important. And those photos are a big deal, too. You really need to commemorate your senior's accomplishments and you also want to freeze this moment in time for yourself... that moment where they're standing at the edge of adulthood and they're about to fly! And I really work hard to make senior sessions interesting. Here's how...     1. Variety. Look, I know you're just as sick as I am of looking at the same old boring poses of seniors. I will work up a sweat if that's what it takes to get authentic photos of your kid. Also they're really gonna need a killer headshot going forward and I've definitely got that covered. We look for interesting spots and we try interesting poses and I shake things up as much as I can.     2. Unconventional Props. I don't have a dog (or a cat or a mouse or a parrot or whatever) but I know your senior loves the family pet. And I know they're looking down the barrel of their last year at

Couples | Alex & Stacey Engagement Session

When your brother gets engaged to one of your best friends, what's the first thing you start scheming?     An engagement photography session, of course!  No? Just me? ;-)     Well fine maybe that's just a photographer-problem... I don't mind! Being able to photograph the people you love is so great because it takes a lot of the guesswork out of the session. I've got some pretty solid Sherlock Holmes skills and I usually do a thorough interrogation of my clients before a session to make sure we're really capturing "them" and taking photos that reflect who they are. But that's pretty easy when you've known one of the clients their whole life.     It was so great to be able to photograph some of the things that make Alex & Stacey the couple they are... quiet moments on the front porch, giggles and snuggles and bike rides...     They brought me up to a beautiful

Fine Art Prints | Summer = Sunflowers

When I lived in Germany, I was exposed to a few new (to me) varieties of crops.     For example, I will never think of Spring in Germany without thinking of these yellow fields of rapeseed flowers. I will also never think of a bottle of canola the same ever again... I can't image how many of these tiny flowers need to get pressed to get a bottle of that popular cooking oil! Anyways, those fields are just my favorite, but that's not what today's post is about, I'm just being easily distracted.     Sunflowers.  About this time every summer, most villages would have at least some sunflowers blooming in some local farmer's field. There would be these "Blumen" spots you could stop and cut your own flowers! And besides sunflowers, there would be lovely gladiolas and dahlias. I was obsessed with the sunflowers.       And one summer I discovered a field that must have been for sunflower seeds and/or

What is “Golden Hour” Anyways?

Golden Hour is a professional photographer's favorite magic trick. It's a bit of a misnomer because it's actually a two hour chunk of time either right after the sun rises or right before the sun sets.     As someone who loves drama and bright splashes of light in her work, Golden Hour delivers almost every time.     But it also provides the opportunity for a really soft, natural light that flatters everyone. No harsh shadows under the chin or eyes, nice soft well... golden light! (for lack of a better word!)     There is something about Golden Hour that makes everything sparkle and shine! This image of this picnic table at any other time of day would not be nearly as inviting.     See? This isn't Golden Hour. This is Boring Hour. It's fine, it's just not singing to me.     But here, in Golden hour, it gets me feeling all poetic and nostalgic about summer, don't you

Wedding Photographer… To Be or Not To Be?

Ever since I became a professional photographer I have avoided weddings. Just plain avoided them. A few would-be wedding clients have inquired and I've just always simply said "nope! I don't do weddings."     I rationalized this aversion for all sorts of "good" reasons. I didn't like the idea of working with fussy brides or their picky moms. I didn't like the idea of being on my feet for 10 hours. But most of all, I HATED the idea of endless hours post-processing 3,000 pictures that (in my mind) would all look about the same. I mean, that white dress is gorgeous but if I have to see it in one more picture I'm going to gouge my eyes out. Honestly this might seem harsh but I don't even usually like looking THROUGH an entire image set of wedding photos. I can't imagine having to be the one to sort out and edit them all!     {side note - editing is one of my least favorite parts of my job. I hate being in front of the computer for

Event Photography | Vince & Eleanor’s 65th Anniversary

If these photos don't melt your heart then it's made of stone. This is the kind of event where my face gets sore from smiling so much!     I met this wonderful couple very briefly as their children situated them for their party to begin. So I didn't really know much about them. But what I learned about them through the course of the morning's event photography brought tears to my eyes.      First of all, you can tell a lot about a couple by the smiles of their friends and family.     I mean, it's downright contagious!  I feel like I'm missing out on a really good joke or something... but I think the punchline is something like "Vince and Eleanor, we're just so excited to be here celebrating this big day with you!"     The toasts were a fabulous mix of stories and praise of this wonderful couple. Tales of a fiery redhead getting herself set up on an awkward first

171 Cedar Arts Center | Spring Recitals

I'm really enjoying my first steps into the adventure of teaching photography at 171 Cedar Arts Center.     I love the energy and excitement I find whenever I walk in the beautiful buildings. The Cedar Arts family has such a diverse offering of classes that every day has a completely different feel. Sometimes during photography class we have the background music of an exciting tap class, or the amazing smells of a cooking class to tease us ;-) Or there's a new exhibit being set up across the hall in the gallery. (Check out Laura's work this week... it's a fabulous exhibit and it ends the 16th!)     It's a joy to be on staff and contribute my art to the mix by teaching and empowering my students!  The longer I'm here and the more I learn, the more in love I am with the mission and passion of 171 in this community.     So I was extra excited to work photographing the Spring Recitals this year. As a

Newborns at Home | Baby Ellie

I had the privilege of meeting little miss Ellie in the coziness of her home a few days after she was born. She had plenty of happy smiles and sweet snuggles to share. It was a blast watching her two big brothers show off how proud and excited they are. The whole family is certainly blessed to be adding some more pink to their world. Congrats to the Hyrnkiws... Baby Ellie is just lovely!      Like this post? Contact me today to book a relaxed in home newborn shoot for your

Amazing Headshots | Don’t Take My Word For It

A couple weeks ago, I bumped into a former headshot client. I remembered her because her first interaction with me was one I hear often... something like: Good luck taking a good photo of me. I'm not photogenic. I'm only doing this because the team wants me to get a headshot done. Sorry. I still have a hard time believing that people walk around thinking such depressing thoughts about themselves. But I also love the challenge of getting them outside of their head for those 15 minutes I'm pointing my camera in their face. My goal? To show them a glimpse of the powerful amazing person they are.  It's not always easy. And maybe some people still walk away from headshots with me feeling "blah" about themselves. But it's always my goal to empower people. I want you to see what I see when I look into your eyes. I want you to understand the intensity and the beauty of your one-of-a-kind face! Well Susan came up to me and thanked me again for the headshots I had taken. She said