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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

Recipe | Grilled Peach & Prosciutto Pizza

When I was in Texas visiting my bestie, we spent one evening doing something we have ALWAYS enjoyed together: the making and photographing of pretty food. For as long as I have known this girl we have both been obsessed with kitchen experiments, pretty food, fresh ingredients, eating... and food photography.  I was laughing to myself as we played around taking photos of this pizza, because I thought "Who else in the world would happily let me take photos of a pizza to the point it's lukewarm by the time we eat it?" ;-) But don't worry, there was another one on the grill. And it tasted amazing at any and all temperatures it was consumed. And the memory of giggling and playing with our food for this "shoot" was worth it! LOVE YOU K!      If you are looking for something interesting to make on one of your last summer cookouts, behold: Grilled Peach & Prosciutto Pizza  It's got an all-star cast of really interesting ingredients that are

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

Creativity… Better Done than Done Perfect

I had a student say she had a former photography teacher tell the class that "Every photo should be a work of art." and she asked me if I think that's true. And I said that's complete garbage.  I mean, what a creativity-crushing statement to give a new photographer! I sincerely hope this teacher was joking, or just trying to push for everyone's best, but if they were serious, shame on them. "Better done than done perfect" has always been a favorite life motto for me. It suits me because I gulp life down in pretty big chunks so I don't really have time to devote absolute perfection in any one area. So I really enjoyed reading Elizabeth Gilbert's new book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. {affiliate link} She is a huge cheerleader for creative souls to just get their dang work out there and then get back to creating more! If you feel like you have even one creative bone in your body (which really, all of us do!) then I highly recommend this book. As a teacher, and