One of my favorite sessions to date! This honestly is my favorite type of session, romantic with golden light in the background and beautiful outfits and styling! Enjoy the photos of this lovely couple :)
Also, I should note that since I haven’t been very active on my website lately, there IS a reason, We will be preparing to move again in just a few months probably! We dont know where yet-(military life!) :) But we are excited!
I had the opportunity to photograph this adorable newborn girl yesterday. I’ve been meaning to offer fresh 48 sessions for a while. It took a little while for her to get sleepy but when she did, we were able to get these sweet photos of her :)
My brother and his wife found this cute little spot that we could take photos at. They are a great couple and it was awesome to get the chance to photograph them together :)
Anyone who knows me knows I take a lot of photos of my kids. My daughter is 9 and wanted photos done with flowers. :) The floral headpiece I made from piecing together floral accents pieces, and the bouquet is an assortment of realistic looking florals. She loves getting her photos made at this age, I hope she always does!
I got a little behind on blogging, but here’s a session I never had a chance to post till now! This newly engaged couple looked great next to gorgeous lake Catoma around sundown.
One of my favorite photos I took in 2018 got voted 6 out of 9 on www.boldemotionalcolorful.com :) This made me pretty happy so I wanted to share it here.
These photos of Malysa were taken partly in Blountsville, Alabama and some at Stone Bridge Farms in Cullman. The outfits she chose were great! I will be delivering her gallery to her very shortly, but for now, here are my favorites from her session!
I took these photos of my little girls a few days ago. My own kids are obviously my favorite subjects for photos. :) The weather is beautiful right now and the fall colors are gorgeous! Wish this time of year would last longer.
You know you love being a photographer when every new session instantly becomes your favorite session. I just loved everything about this session. These are my favorites from their gallery.
So much fun with this small session. We first shot in this little field of purple flowers nearby, and then secondly in a local cottonfield. The little puppies were so adorable and cute. Here are my personal favorites from their session :)
Here are some of my top tips for those of you planning a fall family session!
1. What to wear:
Start planning the mom's outfit first, then build around that. It may seem silly, but what I do to plan, is to go on Pinterest and I search for "Fall color palettes" (or summer palettes, depending on the season.) and you'll usually get something like this, which shows some fall colors that blend together beautifully. (If you click the link, it should take you to the website this was found on.)
I find my favorite one, and would advise the mom to pick an outfit based on one of these colors. For fall season, I find mustard yellow, burnt orange, sage green, burgundy, etc to be gorgeous for the surroundings. After the mom has picked her outfit, she can pick outfits for the rest of the family looking at the rest of the colors that match. A great affordable resource is Old Navy, as they tend to have a lot of clothing in basic neutral colors without distracting graphic images on them. For women, I recommend long maxi dresses, lacy tops with flowing skirts, long shirts with leggings and cardigan, or anything that just makes you look your best. For boys in the fall, I recommend long sleeve thermal shirts, button down shirts with suspenders, t shirt with blazer, or a nice knit sweater. In the fall time, the weather can fluctuate, so be sure to choose outfits with layers that can be adjusted. If the weather is super cold and you don't want to have heavy jackets covering the children's outfits, add thermal underclothes underneath so they can stay warm. For little girls, I love things such as long dresses with scarf and cardigan, long shirt with fur vest and leggings, or sweater dresses with boots. For the dads, I recommend similar to the boys, button down shirts in neutral colors, long sleeve thermals or knit sweaters with button down underneath. Please be sure not to choose any shirt with distracting images on it, such as a Nike logo. Mild patterns such as floral and plaid usually work and coordinate just fine. I found these images on Old Navy’s website, and think these are great ideas for fall.
2. How to make sure the kids cooperate:
Kids can be hard to get to cooperate for photos, especially toddlers. Please make sure that they are dressed appropriately (warm or cool) and well fed. If you ask your photographer, they will usually bring treats or stickers or some kind of reward for the children. Please do not get upset if the children are running around and not sitting still. This just makes everyone stressed out, and it is noticeable in the photos. Just relax and let your photographer handle it, we are used to this! Most family sessions with young toddlers aren't going to get a perfect shot of everyone smiling directly at the camera, but candid photos of you hugging and loving on your babies are always possible, and honestly everyone loves those better anyway! Just show up with well fed and adequately dressed babies, and just be prepared to love on them and kiss on them, and trust your photographer to capture the connection between you. Remember, this is who they are right now, and even if it may be frustrating that they may not sit still and pose perfectly, this is who they are (a crazy wild running around toddler! :) and later you'll be happy to remember them that way. And as photographers, we usually have plenty of tricks to get those perfectly posed photos even with the youngest kids, so just trust us and don't stress out!
3. How to make sure you love how you look in the photos:
Be sure and tell your photographer what you're hoping for out of your photo session and what you're worried about. We want you to be happy with your photos! If getting a certain shot means more to you than anything, please tell us and we will do anything to nail that shot for you. If you're self conscious about the way you look in photos, tell us! We will be more than happy to try and make sure you're always posed in a way that makes you feel your best, and sometimes photographers will let you sneak a peek at the back of the camera so you can see how you look and be reassured. Try your best to control things that you can, like making sure that everyone's hair is combed and shirts aren't overly wrinkled and kid's fingernails aren't dirty. Most photographers can offer retouching on things like small bruises and scabs and acne, so if you're worried about anything like that, talk to your photographer and let him/her know. We want you to love your images!
Above anything else, just relax, show up on time and be ready to love on your family and you will get the best results!
This family was the winner of a give-away session I posted for last month. We decided to do the photos in the downtown historic area of Huntsville, Alabama. and Big Spring Park. These kids were so cute, and they behaved so well even though it was unseasonably hot that day!