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Greene Family: {fall family photos}

October 12th, 2018

Fall is one of my favorite times to photograph outdoors. This year in Minnesota, the weather has been a bit weird. Fall came late and fast, the cold came early, and ideal fall color shooting time was greatly shortened. That’s ok! Green leaves (because it has been too cold for the leaves to change) mixed […]

 

Fall is one of my favorite times to photograph outdoors. This year in Minnesota, the weather has been a bit weird. Fall came late and fast, the cold came early, and ideal fall color shooting time was greatly shortened. That’s ok! Green leaves (because it has been too cold for the leaves to change) mixed with cute fall outfits still looks amazing! I love when my client’s show up all cute and stylish – I mean, what photographer wouldn’t? That’s promo material right there! The Greene family nailed it.

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I know that most of my sessions come off looking like everything must have gone amazingly well, the kiddos had fun and were full of smiles, and the parents had a great time. Don’t let the photos fool you – THIS RARELY happens! Like… once a year? So what’s the trick? Patience. Lots of patience. And as I tell all my clients, my patience will always out match theirs. I walk into a session expecting to have to sweet talk, buddy up, dance like a chicken, jump up and down, sing silly songs, and remain chipper for the next two hours no matter how the children act. Sound exhausting? Well yes, I often don’t need to go to the gym after a session with children. But the reality is that anyone can put up with anything when you know that in two hours time, it will all be over. So why not make the very best of those two hours you can. That’s my perspective. And after we work our butt off for two hours as the children do everything in their power to let us know how much they don’t want to take photos, we still manage to capture some amazing smiles and the session is always a success.

 

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Why am I going off on this tangent on this post? lol, I’ll leave that to your imagination but sometimes I have sessions where the parents are convinced there is no way we got any good photos after the two hours of zero cooperation from their children to then receive their photos and be blown away. That’s my job, that’s what I do, and I LOVE IT!

 

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So, TODAY’S TIP IS: Pull out all the stops, act like an idiot in public, come prepared with ticklers (what I call my long duster on a stick that I use to tickle the kids), move quickly, change positions often, go with the flow… go over the top because you can put up with anything for two hours – and the end results will be amazing.

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Buche’s: {family photos}

September 20th, 2018

I am so blessed. Through the years, my friends have been some of my biggest supporters. I started doing photos for Jodi 12 years ago! I have photographed personal portraits for her, engagement photos, wedding (the ones I could capture when I wasn’t too busy being a bridesmaid), newborn, milestone, and family. As the kids […]

 

I am so blessed. Through the years, my friends have been some of my biggest supporters. I started doing photos for Jodi 12 years ago! I have photographed personal portraits for her, engagement photos, wedding (the ones I could capture when I wasn’t too busy being a bridesmaid), newborn, milestone, and family. As the kids have gotten older, things have become a bit more chaotic lol, but even so, the session’s with the Buche’s is one of my favorite sessions of every year.

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This year Jocelyn was a bit less enthusiastic about taking photos and gave me a run for my money (no need to go to the gym and lift weights for a few days after this session) but we still managed to get some super cute ones! Maddox had a pretty good time with the car – in out, in out. Mom and Dad got pretty darn tired and were ready for a nap after.

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Funny thing is that so often, it’s mom and dad’s faces that run the family photos! Their faces scream – oh my gosh, if you don’t sit still and smile for 5 freaking seconds I’m going to… haha! Yet they are the ones not smiling. I often have to head swap parents faces more than children. At every family session, I have to remind the parents that they need to act like they are having a great time. Family photos are like social media… It always looks like everyone else’s professional photos are perfect and you wonder why yours were a nightmare. Fact – almost everyone ones are a nightmare.

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Pro Photographer Tip: This one goes out to the parents. When your kids are aking like jerks, threatening to take away or throw away everything they love and that they no longer are going to get the treat promised to them for taking photos NEVER works to get the kids to behave. Weird, I know haha! I hear these statements at pretty much every single child session I shoot and every time it makes things worse. Instead, wait until after the photo shoot is over to tell them you are throwing away all their precious toys haha! 🙂

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Sawyer: {10 days new}

January 5th, 2018

HAIR! Look at all that gorgeous hair! And those beautiful skin tones, too. Miss Sawyer was such a doll to photograph. Mom requested bright colors and they turned out so amazing against her skin tone.  I’m fairly certain I have more props and backdrops than the stuff I own in my entire house. I have […]

 

HAIR! Look at all that gorgeous hair! And those beautiful skin tones, too. Miss Sawyer was such a doll to photograph. Mom requested bright colors and they turned out so amazing against her skin tone.  I’m fairly certain I have more props and backdrops than the stuff I own in my entire house. I have an addiction! #propaholic When it comes to backdrops, almost every drop I own is from Intuition Backdrops. I just love her stuff.

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If you are looking at my work and loving it but looking at my pricing and feel like it’s awfully high for photos – remember that I am a stylized newborn photographer. I provide the drops, clothes, wraps, props, headbands, outfits, layers… on top of the camera gear, lights, and studio. For the average newborn session, the props used often retail a total of $500+. On top of that, I only use props a few times so that everyone’s photos are unique to them. I often say that I’m not sure if I make money off of newborns because I’m always buying new props! So, when you compare pricing between photographers, remember the extra value in my sessions, on top of the over 15 years of experience, years of teaching others, studio costs, and business costs. Anyone can take photos but it takes a lot of experience, training, and equipment to achieve this type of work.

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This has nothing to do with Miss Sawyers session except for the fact that I love all the props used for her session. They were expensive but oh so gorgeous! Sawyer was such a sweet pea today. She slept so well. Also, please note that I specialize in babies of all skin colors! Please bring me your Hispanic, black, native, Asian, mixed and everything in between, beauties!

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Pro Tip: Always heat your studio to be at least 80 degrees. Crazy, right? It’s like a sauna but the babies LOVE it. I have had so many parents leave their session to then go buy their baby a mini heater and report back how much longer baby slept. Win! In all my year, I have only ever met one newborn who didn’t like the heat.

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