If you could shoot in one dream location anywhere in the world, where would you choose and why?
We planned on going to Gaver Farm Saturday, but because of the rain we moved it to Sunday. It drizzled a little bit on the way there but thankfully the weather turned out to be fine. On the way there, we picked up some coffee and cookies for the kids.
I met the Kimbrough family in England, and to think that so many years later we meet again is truly so amazing! Of course I had to take them to the best place ever (I think) for pictures: The Howard County Conservancy. I never get bored of this place and all the beautiful locations within it. The best part, there is barely any walking required!
You're probably thinking that since I'm a photographer I have photo books, prints, and other photo related products all over my home.. but I don't. I know. It's bad! I've been relying on social media to share and store our family's pictures and memories. My Instagram account goes back to 2011/2012 and holds thousands of photos that have yet to be printed.
What has been your most challenging shooting scenario over the years? Did you get some great shots out of it?
However, there was no sign of fall during this past weekend's family session, yet. It was really warm but not unbearable. I met Jennifer in England where I shot three sessions for her and her family. Many years later and we meet again in the DMV area - how neat! The military world is so small and you never know when you'll run into someone again. This wasn't the first time :)
My desk has a small drawer that I use to organize random items (aka junk) but since it serves zero purpose, it usually ends up looking like a cluttered mess. I needed to figure out a way to keep my desk clutter free, store my massive planner, and also keep things within reach.
If you're following along, you probably know that I'm now offering Fresh 48 sessions. These are newborn sessions taken at the hospital to document you and your new baby. This is something I've been wanting to do for years! Now that both of my kids are at school, it's something I can finally do!
First, THANK YOU to everyone who has reached out to me after I shared some personal things the other night. I really appreciate your kind words and support. Thank you is just not enough. It wasn't easy to open up the way I did. I think no matter who you are, in the back of your mind you wonder if the decision you made was the right one. Instead, so many of you have reached out to me and it gave me a fresh look at my business.
Now booking Fresh 48 Hospital Newborn Sessions in the DC and Baltimore area.
You know how they say "Fake it 'til you make it"? Well, I'm kind of bad at that. I can't lie. I can't trick people into believing something that is not the truth. To some, that might be part of being a business owner and I get that and I won't judge you for it. For me, it leaves a really crappy feeling and I'm just not okay with that. And maybe that's what has brought me here.
And just like that summer is over! Olivia started 1st grade today and her brother will be joining her for Prek this Thursday. This morning while we were eating breakfast Anthony said, "I'm going to miss you, Livia". My heart melted. I could tell she felt nervous this morning because she barely touched her breakfast but she was excited to start and see her friends again.
I've always shopped at Old Navy for most of the kids' clothes because I really love what they have to offer. In the past, I've always gotten a variety of pieces that would somehow work together (fingers crossed!) and didn't put much effort into actually putting outfits together. That resulted in not being able to mix and match most things. So this year I wanted to try something new!
Collages are a great way to tell a story with your images. I love making these for my client sessions to share on Facebook. Sometimes it creates a much bigger impact than sharing only one image.
I made this collage in Photoshop to fit one vertical image and two horizontal images. The size of the collage is 2000px x 1410px. Be sure to download it at the end of this post - free!
One week before school starts and I'm feeling a little overwhelmed. Anthony picked out a backpack last week and we picked up the rest of the school supplies we needed. Thursday we'll get to meet Olivia's teacher which I'm really excited about. Hopefully we'll get a letter in the mail soon for Anthony's Pre-K conference.
Last year, piles of paperwork were scattered across our kitchen island and I knew something needed to be done to tackle this mess. If you don't have school-aged children, you may not realize how much paper they bring home DAILY! If you don't have a filing system set up, you're probably experiencing the same clutter of paperwork as we did.
As I sit here to think of what to share, the only thing that I keep coming back to is that I'll have two kids in school this year. In less than two weeks. One part of me thinks, "Yesss! Free time!" and the other part of me can't shake the feeling of loneliness.
Here is a look back to 2010 when I was shooting with a Canon XSi. You can see my progress all the way to 2015. I think it will be really fun to do the same with family sessions that I've shot over the years and see how much things have changed. Part of what makes photography so fun, is that you're constantly able to grow and learn new things to better your craft.
Did you guys check out my latest blog post, 3 Editings Tips For Beginners? I created a list of possible blog topics with quality content that you'll hopefully find helpful, that being one of them! Blogging has never been easy for me but with a plan and a growing list of topics, I hope to stay consistent.
Editing doesn't have to be confusing or difficult. When you're first exploring the world of Photoshop, ACR, or Lightroom, you'll probably feel overwhelmed by all the available options. It's important to remember less is more. You'll eventually develop your very own unique style with practice.
When The Bloom Forum shared one of my iPhone pictures of our recent trip to Rhode Island, I knew it was time to get the rest of the pictures up that I took with my camera.
We took a week long trip to visit my husband's side of the family in Rhode Island which we do every summer. This year, we were able to also be there for his grandfather's 90th birthday! Unfortunately, we had to miss the big July birthdays cook out because my husband had to be back home for work.
This has been such an emotional journey. I've rewritten this post more times than I can count. Some parts sound so ridiculous that I have no choice but to laugh at myself. I mean, who cries over nachos? And muffins? And friendships ending that have no end in sight?