Monday, March 24, 2014

{{Spring Mini Session}}

It's finally time for me to tell you guys about the amazing Spring Mini Session's I have lined up and I'm super excited to share all of the details!

First off, here is the important deets:


And now for the fun part:

This session is totally all about having a blast and everyone laughing their pants off! I choose to do two different backdrops mainly because I wanted you guys to have options! I didn't want the boys stuck with a pink background and as much as I personally love the color blue, I didn't want all the cute little girls with their fun Easter dresses stuck on a blue backdrop if they didn't want it.

The props, they're totally optional! Yes, you can have the giant over sized bunny with you or if you're more into plain and simple you're welcome to use just the drop, no banners or other items needed. I wanted something kidish yet still to have a vintage feel to it so that's why I choose to go with the ones that are shown in the example photos. Just something unique for everyone to pick for their own style.

Book your sessions today and cash in on this great price for some updated pictures to give to family members!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Six Months Session - Maci

Oh my goodness what an alert and happy six month old!!


I have had the pleasure of working with little Miss Maci Mae since before she was even born! Yes, I took her photos waaay back when she was still in mommy's tummy. Daddy was already head over heals in love with her and was so proud back then and I'm sure dad is even more proud of her little smiling happy attitude now. I love it when clients love my work so much they continue to do business with me and come back for more pictures so for me this was just a fun shoot to do!

Every time I come over to take Maci's pictures it amazes me how content and happy she is. Not once did she boast a frown, nor did she ever whine that she was hungry or "tired" of taking pictures. This little dolly was a champion the entire time.

I'm really impressed with the amount of balance Maci has. She was proud as a peacock sitting all on her own. She was going through a bit of a teething stage so anything she could sink her teeth into were fair game in her eyes.

I quickly learned that Maci is easily distracted by her favorite aunt Chelsey. She was often looking at her play phone that would light up and her favorite little kitty would prance around distracting Maci to smile and giggle at that silly little cat. Anytime Maci saw mommy she would just grin and look away, then look back at mom. She really does adore her mommy!

Thank you so much Jeremy and Cami for allowing me to photograph your amazing family! I love watching Maci grow and catching up to see how the two of your are doing. It's awesome to see how great your family is doing and I'm so proud of the parents you two have become.


To order prints from this session go to my website and click on the event Family - The Rawson's. To see prices of other items you can order please click on my pricing tab located at the top of the blog.

Something new I'd like to add to the blog is something new I've learned from each session. I love to let you guys, my potential clients, know how I'm evolving and what I'm doing to become a better photographer so this should be great to acknowledge not only what I took away from the session but also to help show you guys there's never a peak of "knowing everything." 

This session I've learned to always bring a distraction for little ones. Maci did an amazing job but anytime mommy or auntie would move she'd glance over to see what they're up to! Perhaps a "new" toy would distract her long enough to be interested in what I'm up to?! Also, I've noticed that you need super strong tape to hold up backdrops if you don't bring your backdrop stand. I had a little issue with them not sticking but I didn't want to pull out the heavy duty tape because taking off paint didn't seem necessary. 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Family - Tyler & Faith

I have been lucky enough to photography this family from day one and I love getting calls asking me to take more photographs of this ever changing family!


This session I not only got to hang out with Faith and catch up on life but I also got to see Miss Lexi the puppy who is always full of energy and happy to find someone new to play with. I met Lexi back around Christmas 2013 and was thrilled to watch her grow since then.

Also, who could forget about Mister Jaxson?! I know I never do. ;) Mr. Jax is growing so much and I cannot believe that he's almost three months already. Look at how amazing his posture in on the photo on the right. He's practically sitting straight up all by himself it looks like.

The best part is, Tyler is Travis' brother which means I get to spend a lot of time with these guys and even better, Travis and Tyler's parents took us out for supper that evening. Spending half a day with the Nerud's can be stressful but it also means I get to spend time bonding with them and creating new memories with their family.

Tyler and Faith I am so proud of your little family and I'm so excited to continue to watch your family grow up. Jaxson is such a bundle of joy and Lexi is the perfect big sister to him. You guys are doing a great job being parents and I have no amount of doubt that Jaxson will grow into a handsome young man.


To order prints from this session go to my website and click on the event Family - Tyler & Faith. To see prices of other items you can order please click on my pricing tab located at the top of the blog.

Something new I'd like to add to the blog is something new I've learned from each session. I love to let you guys, my potential clients, know how I'm evolving and what I'm doing to become a better photographer so this should be great to acknowledge not only what I took away from the session but also to help show you guys there's never a peak of "knowing everything." 

So, this session I've learned it's crucial to make sure you watch what your aperture is set when shooting. I had mine bumped waaay down to around 2.4 and that's just too low for getting good non-blurry photos for the whole family. I should have bumped it up a bit more but according to my tiny screen on my camera it looked fine. Once I uploaded them onto my computer I could instantly tell that it wasn't. I learned that you always should trust your bring and not your screen.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Lessons I've Learned...

I've decided that after every shoot I wanted to post one new thing I've learned. It's a way for me to take note on what I'm still learning and a way to give you guys a little insight on how I'm continuously growing and evolving. I want to grow and become a photographer and the only way I can do that is to take something new away from each session that I do.

Here are a few of my ever growing list of lessons:
  • First Birthday Jax Session: Always plan for the unexpected. Always expect things to not work out, if the wind is blowing while in the yard when you go out to the pasture it will be blowing worse. Be able to react and change up your plan at the drop of a hat, it'll make getting a one year old whose over due on her nap time smashing into her cake a little sooner.
  • One Month Jaxson SessionI've learned that you MUST have good lighting in order to get good shots. Notice how the one picture on the left is much more evenly lit than the one of the right? The lights were fading quickly at 5ish on a winter day and if you don't position the baby just perfectly you'll get major shadows as shown. Neither shot turned out worse than the other it was just the tiny details you pick up on and learn from after each session.
  • Tyler & Faith Session: I've learned it's crucial to make sure you watch what your aperture is set when shooting. I had mine bumped waaay down to around 2.4 and that's just too low for getting good non-blurry photos for the whole family. I should have bumped it up a bit more but according to my tiny screen on my camera it looked fine. Once I uploaded them onto my computer I could instantly tell that it wasn't. I learned that you always should trust your bring and not your screen.
  • Maci Six Month Session: I've learned to always bring a distraction for little ones. Maci did an amazing job but anytime mommy or auntie would move she'd glance over to see what they're up to! Perhaps a "new" toy would distract her long enough to be interested in what I'm up to?! Also, I've noticed that you need super strong tape to hold up backdrops if you don't bring your backdrop stand. I had a little issue with them not sticking but I didn't want to pull out the heavy duty tape because taking off paint didn't seem necessary. 
  • Brothers - Parker & Carson Session:  I've learned to always bring extra candy for those "bargain with the littles" moments. While we never had major issues with Carson sometimes Parker needed an extra little boost of bribing. If mommy made a silly face it normally worked but sometimes he needed a reminder of why he wins if he smiles. I think it's time to stock up on the Easter candy once it goes on sale after Easter!!
  • Family - The Olson's Session: This session I learned to always promise candy to get awesome smiles! Although the kids did great, I did get a few "super" smiles after I promised a sucker or two for them. Also, make sure to carry around an extra blankie or two for hanging out in the grassy areas on the farm. Sometimes the mud and muck can look yucky on someone's bottom in pictures!
  • Family - The Brown's Session: This session I learned that 30+ mph wind just isn't fun. I realize that some wind can be fun but fighting the wind just isn't the thing to do with a baby who isn't fond of it. The poor lil lady just hated it the entire session and there wasn't much we could do. Luckily mom and dad were extremely understanding and we got what we could out of them. Everyone did great and the two older ones LOVED digging on the dirt road making piles and getting dirty!
  • Family - The Andelt Boys' Session: What I learned this session is that the most important thing I learned from this session is not anything related to posing or the session in general. But more so related to post process editing. I totally feel as if I had all of the images over exposed or blown out while shooting. Luckily I shoot in RAW so I could recover the entire session but next time I need to pay more attention to that detail. Saves a lot of post processing time on my end ;)
  • Family - Makayla Three Month Session: I learned that sometimes kiddos don't necessarily understand posing lingo and sometimes you have to just grab a limb and roll them to where you want. Although the big brothers were excited for some candy they lost sight of the fact that they needed to smile and sit a certain way. With a little bribing and promises of candy and video games we got the boys set up to help sister smile.
  • Maternity - Stephanie Boal Session: I think the lesson in this session was really just focus on posing. I was excited to have someone willing to go outside their comfort zone to try out some fun shots and she was a slam dunk when it came to facial expressions.
  • Boudoir - Jodi Morton Session: Lesson's learned in this shoot is that angles matter the most! You don't have to be 95 lbs. to be gorgeous, you just need a photographer that knows how to look at you and realize that you are beautiful. That photog needs to be willing to try all sorts of poses to perfect the shot and make the client feel stunning.
  • Newborn - Brock Thomas Session: This session was one of my first newborn sessions all on my own and I was overly nervous about it. I knew I've helped with several newborn sessions but it was all me in charge and taking the shots. I'd say we did great with them though. I've learned to get your goodies prepped before the session, another thing I learned was a lot about lighting. Always make sure you have his head facing towards your light source. Saves a lot of time post processing if you do it right to begin with ;)
  • Senior - Alyssa Blaha Session: I guess learning is all about trying new things. I loved trying some new techniques on sunsets but I hated how they turned up. That's exactly why I offered all of my seniors a second shoot, to give me time to really practice and to give them an opportunity to find other poses or ideas that they like. Lesson learned, always shoot what you're comfortable with and then try shooting something new. It gives you some things to work with if you botch your experiments!
  • Family - Makayla Six Month Session: The lesson learned was to make sure to bring your best friend as your secret weapon to help the little's smile! We could not for the life of us get Makayla to have fun and laugh about all the crazy fun we were having but the minute Maureen got there she was all about the smiles and charm! Also, funny faces are 110% proved to get smiles. You may look crazy but you can be guaranteed a few smiles :)
  • Senior - Danielle Erickson Session: Be ready to just go! Stop focusing on specific poses and just roll with it. If something looks unnatural just scrap it and move on. Sometimes the best photos are the unplanned and unposed ones! 
  • Senior - Quentin Slama Session: Expect the unexpected and just roll with it! At one point we had his cat jump up into the tree and lay down and practically pose himself! I laughed incredibly hard and I was there to capture it. Of course you have to throw those pictures into the final edits because they're so candid and funny!   
  • Wilber Czech Queen - Julia Ourecky: Take the weather with a grain of salt and just show up. All day I worried about the weather ruining our plans and even tried rescheduling. Luckily we stuck with our plan (and in reality we just couldn't reschedule) and it all turned out just fine. We froze a little but we still got some beautiful pictures!
  • Maternity - The Caldwell's: Even if daddy isn't quite into pictures just ask for his trust that they'll look beautiful! He hated the flowers and scenery but the minute we showed up to the fire station his eyes lit up and suddenly picture taking was a fun process ;)