BE INSPIRED | Session Featuring Stacey Repinski Photography



Is this personal work or client work?

This is personal work.  A couple months ago we had a small kitchen fire that forced our family of 6 to move to a hotel for a month.  I love documentary photography so I took advantage of the situation and decided to capture my littles in their daily lives while we lived there.  It was so fun to watch them interact and to see how they were interpreting the world around them

What about this session was most memorable?

The most memorable part of this whole new living situation was watching my 3 oldest kids become more comfortable in the water!  My 2 oldest were jumping in by the end of our stay without hesitation!  This was a HUGE benefit in staying at a hotel for so long!  I brought my camera everywhere, including into the pool to make sure to capture them from all different perspectives!

Where there any hurdles?

My biggest hurdle was bringing a very expensive camera to breakfast.  Being a mom to 4 hungry kids at a breakfast buffet is something you need to be able to focus on and help with, not worry about where to put your camera when you are trying to carry multiple plates with maple syrup on them!  I only brought it with a couple times to meals.  It was causing me stress and I wanted to continue to enjoy documenting this time.  I think that is one key element in documentary photography — knowing when you need to put your camera away to be able to focus on the task at hand so you don’t feel overwhelmed.

Your best photographer/session advice?

My best advice is to shoot something from more than one perspective and think about how you can incorporate movement.  You may surprise yourself with changing things up.  Incorporate light from all angles and don’t be afraid of shadows!

What gear was used to achieve these?

I used my Nikon D610 and a 35mm Nikkor lens.

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About the photographer: 

I have four amazing children and a very supportive husband.  I started really getting into photography at the very end of 2012.  I bought my first DSLR, a Nikon D5100, in December that year.  I now shoot with my Nikon D610 which became a part of the family in June this year.  Photography is my passion and people say whenever I talk about it I “light up”.  I never want that excitement to fade.  I try new things and am always learning.  I love participating in photo contests within different photographer communities and being able to talk to and see the amazing work of photographers that inspire me!  I leave all daily stressors behind in every session I do, not because I force myself to but because I truly love and enjoy what I am doing and I loose myself in the moments.

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TUTORIAL | Freelensing featuring Forever Whimsy Photography



Check out REDEFINE | Freelensing featuring My Three Sons Images

I spent the better part of 2014 trying, failing, trying again, failing again, reading more, trying again — to understand freelensing. Everything I came across basically said, “take your lens off your camera and hold it in front of where it should be, tilting it until you get the effect that you want.” So, I would take my lens off, hold it in front of my camera, tilting away — then look at my pictures. DARK! SO DARK! I was getting so frustrated. I would increase my ISO, decrease my shutter speed, etcetera – couldn’t actually do anything with my aperture (so I thought) because it wasn’t connected to my camera!

Please keep in mind, this is a Nikon D5100 and Nikon Lenses. I understand that with Canon cameras and lenses– this step isn’t needed. You simply take your lens off, and the aperture is automatically wide open!

Finally, I looked at my lens. Why, oh, why – was it stuck at f16? Put it on my camera, it was definitely going down to f1.4. It was driving me crazy trying to figure out how to get my aperture to change on my 50mm 1.4G lens, since I could not do it manually – like older lenses. So, I googled “lens stuck at f16” – I found a link that was saying take a screwdriver and move the internal blades and I was screaming, “NOOOO!!”

I knew I could figure it out. I looked in my camera. I looked at my lens. I realized there was a little “thingamagig” on the inside of my camera, and also on my lens, that matched up. That is when I had my ‘aha moment’ :)

*the lens cap is still on in this image*


I realized that the “thingamagig” was movable, and when I moved it, IT WAS WIDE OPEN! So, now, I had to think of how to keep the “thingamagig” open – or else I’d have to manually keep it open, while holding the lens in front of my camera and pressing the shutter with my other hand.

I grabbed a tiny piece of paper, folding it up a few times, then made one end pointy and stuck it in! *Make sure your piece of paper is big enough to easily remove, you don’t want it getting stuck in there – that would cause a problem when you would put the lens back on your camera!*


The first image is what the lens looks like when you take it off of the camera (and take off the lens cap.. haha) and the second image, you can see my folded up paper to open the “thingamagig” – and lots of light!

The next step is to hold your lens in front of the camera, right where the lens would be if it were locked in. There is a necessary balance you need to do, as you are holding the lens and the camera with one hand; using your other hand to hold the rest of the camera and press the shutter.


It can be tricky here – you have to manually focus at this point, since your lens is not connected to the camera. You need to focus for one point, and then move the lens – ever so slightly – to achieve the focus in one spot. You may have to manually focus a number of times for the focus to be correct. If the lens is slightly to the right, then the left will be OOF (out of focus) and vice versa. If the lens is slightly up, then the bottom of your image will be OOF (and vice versa!)

Things to consider as well: when your lens isn’t attached, dust and dirt can enter your camera and or lens. Pay particular attention to ensuring dust and dirt are not on the sensor or on the back of the lens that connects to the camera. If there is dust or dirt on your sensor or the back of the lens, when you reattach and look through your viewfinder, you will see them (it happened to me the other day). I recommend having a “Lens Pen,” (if you don’t already!) which you can purchase anywhere – this link will send you to :)

Freelensing really makes some amazing, interesting images with beautiful soft focus!!


This was my first ever freelensed photo once I figured it out. It is not as focused as I would like on my daughter’s eyelashes, but it is still beautiful in my eyes (as are my first images when I first started teaching myself photography, blown out and not properly focused!)


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Redefine | Timeless featuring Grace Hill Photography



“There is only one sun. We can’t all claim to only have one way to use the light, but we can REDEFINE how we choose to express it. “

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Why are you passionate about this topic?
Where to begin?! For as long as I can remember, I’ve been naturally drawn to fashion and decor that have classic and elegant elements, with a slightly vintage flair. Today, I can clearly see how that natural inclination manifested itself in my art from the beginning, and how it influenced the subsequent development of my specific brand and photography style. Primarily a maternity and newborn photographer, I tend to style all of my sessions with a timeless elegance, creating heirloom artwork for mamas and their families that I hope will be as relevant 100 years from now as it is today.

When did you first learn this technique? Or, when did you first realize you liked this topic?
I don’t know that this is a technique or style that I learned anywhere specifically…I think it’s been more of an extension of my personality and personal style that I’ve allowed to infiltrate the brand I’ve worked to build as a high-end newborn and maternity photographer. Certainly there are other artists and styles that I admire and that I definitely think have inspired my creativity, growth, and approach today, two HUGE favorites being Erin Tole Photography and Jenny Cruger Photography. But I think some of the biggest drivers in the development my specific photography style have been 1) learning to stop listening to the negative voices of fear and inadequacy, and 2) challenging myself to look less at what everyone else is doing, and be true to what I personally find inspiring, beautiful, and uniquely “me” when styling a session.

What are the tips you would share with anyone trying to achieve this technique?
If an elegant and timeless photography style is something you’re striving toward, consider a few tips to help guide a re-branding process:
1) First, consider creating a handy dandy Pinterest board. This is your brainstorming and soul searching step, so pin away! Pin clothing, decor, poses, fashion, etc. that speak to you and that all embody the brand you’re hoping to develop for your business. This board will be an invaluable source of inspiration and launching pad in the development/tweaking of your brand. Are you seeing a lot of neutrals, creams, grays, muted pinks, golds, lace, soft textures, for example? Maybe those would be great elements to then pull from for a revamped web design, logo, business card, etc.

2) Do a few portfolio building sessions for free, where you style every last detail of the session, particularly wardrobe, until you get a few sessions completed that perfectly reflect the ideal look you’re going for. Then, place these images all over your website, facebook, and other social media and marketing outlets, and remove previous work that doesn’t look consistent with the vision you’re building. This will help attract your new ideal clients, who value this particular style of photography.

3) Consider investing in a few articles of clothing to begin building your “studio wardrobe” that you can make available to your mama and baby clients. Do they love the dress that mama wore in the last session you posted, or the romper baby wore in the last milestone session you blogged? If it’s something you own in your wardrobe line for your business, you can make it available to other mamas and babies, or you can encourage them to shop for something similar. Then you’re shooting the look that you love and that reflects your brand, and mama clients have some of the headache and guesswork taken out of the very time consuming process of selecting wardrobe for their session. I have a very extensive line that I’ve developed over the years that, nine times out of ten, my clients pull from for their session. So I get to shoot the look that I love, my portraits look consistent with my overall brand, and clients seek me out specifically because they want that “look” in their artwork. Many even tell me they want to book specifically because they want to wear the clothes in my studio closet! :)

4) For newborn sessions, go back to your pinterest board of inspiration, and then shop for a few key pieces you can incorporate into future sessions, pieces that look like they would fit with the look you have going on in your pinterest board. The right layering pieces, posing blankets, wraps, tiebacks, hats, and bonnets can all help create that soft, simple elegance you may be seeking in your newborn sessions. And you don’t have to spend a ton of money on these items. Some of my very favorite items I pull into my sessions are scarves from Target that I use as wraps, blankets from Home Goods, or even lace or tulle I’ve cut off the bottom of old dresses or skirts! Be creative and you’ll start finding inspiration in the most unusual places. :)

5) If you have a studio, even if it’s a small room in your home that you’ve converted into a studio, consider decorating it with textures, colors and furniture that reinforce that airy, timeless elegance you seek in your portraits. I have a tiny home studio, maybe 10 x 15 square feet. My walls are painted eggshell from Sherwin Williams, but there are an endless variety of wonderful neutral creams and grays that would make an excellent backdrop for the timeless, elegant studio. Think about how your curtains/sheers can also reflect that feel. I have simple cream sheers from Target hanging over my large studio windows, with a layer of tulle strips clipped on over top of the sheers, that pool into fluffy billows on the floor for a little extra softness and elegance in my portraits. Consider a bed, sofa, or futon that you can layer with vintage quilts, soft textured blankets, and ruffled, neutral pillows to create an elegant feel in your maternity and baby milestone sessions in studio.

6) Take a good hard look at your post processing, and ways you can bring your vision to life in post. For example, I tend to go for a fairly clean, warm edit that has a creamy feel, the finishing touch to my timeless, elegant styling of the session. The majority of my post processing happens in Adobe Camera Raw where I have developed a preset that gets applied to every session (and tweaked as needed), so that everything looks consistently “me” if that makes sense. One of the greatest compliments I get is when someone tells me they knew an image in their newsfeed was mine before they even saw my name. That kind of consistency and individuality in your finished images goes a long way in cementing your brand!

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About the photographer:

A natural light photographer specializing in bellies and babies, I serve mommas-to-be and their families in Houston, Texas and the surrounding areas. When I’m not behind the camera, I can be found playing super hero in the backyard with my two little boys, helping them catch frogs, kissing boo boos, eating sushi, or antiquing. I love Christmas, rainy days, and anything with cream, lace and soft textures!

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Dear Photographer featuring Melina Nastazia Photography



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Dear Photographer,

You started your photography journey as a new mom eager to capture every second of your children’s lives: their joy, triumphs, milestones, quiet moments, raw emotions, uncensored silliness and imagination–before it all flew by in lightning speed.

You started your photography journey as a former actress turned stay at home Mom, struggling to find a creative outlet while learning to manage a household with two babies under two years of age.

You started your photography journey completely unaware of how much it would enrich, fulfill, delight and inspire your day to day.

During the past two years, you have found a way to communicate the love, connection, and emotion surrounding you. You have been inspired to voice concepts that you feel passionately about. You have been able to share the beauty you see in details, as well as the strength, power and hope that you associate with light. You have been able to embark on longterm, creative and therapeutic personal projects.

My wish for you is that photography can always be your safe haven. That you continue learning, growing, supporting, inspiring and feeling inspired. That you keep shooting with your gut and with your heart. Please remember that what you want to say is infinitely more important than how it is received. Make giving back an ongoing priority to the community that has supported and uplifted you.

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About the photographer: 
Hi, I am Melina. I was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece, but migrated to the United States in my late teens. I specialize in child, maternity, boudoir, couples and actor headshots/dance in the five boroughs of New York City. I am a natural light photographer and my style is creative fine art. My goal is to create one-of-a-kind images that are artistic, soulful and unique to the individual. I am interested in capturing human connection and soul. The subtlety of a look, the gentleness or sensuality of a touch, the visceral love communicated in a myriad of ways through body language. Through my images, I seek to tell stories, connect and communicate ideas. I am never interested in recreating the same image; each subject comes with their own unique story that is worth telling.

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BE INSPIRED | Session featuring Kelsey Smith Photography



Is this personal work or client work?

This session was for a gorgeous client and her family.

What about this session was most memorable?

That light! I also seem to remember laughing more than normal. The combination of an effortlessly adorable family and perfect golden hour light make this one of my favorite sessions to date.

Were there any hurdles?

My biggest hurdle for any session is capturing how the family naturally interacts while still giving them images they adore. The kids are usually the hardest to tap into immediately. I’m not above making a fool out of myself to get kids to smile.

What is your best photographer/session advice?

Have fun. Be fun. Make the session enjoyable for everyone involved. Be sensitive to the little ones’ emotions. Sometimes, you have to earn their trust first before they give you the best giggles. My clients always end up as friends. I can’t help it. I love working with them and I love what I do. If all else fails, I put the whole family together and tell them to sniff each other. Trust me, this works!

What gear was used to achieve these?

I have a Nikon D750 with a 70-200mm, 35mm, 50mm and 85mm. I’m mildly obsessed with my 70-200mm at the moment.

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About the photographer:

I am a San Diego based lifestyle, maternity, newborn and family photographer. Though with the restoration of our vintage trailer, I am ready to pack up and serve all of Southern California. Can you tell I used to be a bit of a wanderer? My husband, two boys, and pups keep me grounded now but you will always find us on an adventure. I have a serious addiction to the golden hour and a decent margarita. I live at the beach. You can find me at my happiest when I am with my little family.

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How hard is getting in the frame? I think it may be one of the hardest things to remember to do. We are always behind the camera constantly capturing other peoples joy. Remember to preserve yourself in your work. You won’t regret a single image in 50 years.


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TUTORIAL | DIY FABRIC WALL featuring Snaps + Sprouts Photography



I am going to show you a tutorial on how to create a fabric wall. I am currently leasing my studio so while we have had free reign over most things, there are a few things we have not been able to change.  I started with this simple DIY project.

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It has good bounce for the light, but um – helloooooo – it’s BORING!  It needs a touch of something but not too much.  I still want to keep the light flowing in the room and have some fun too. {Do you love my couch by the way? Total Craigslist score!  Chevron pillows made by my amazing sister, and the funky gold number, thrift find as was that crazy little number snuggled in next to it. Be sure to pay attention to that table as well, it makes an appearance with a facelift!}

So, I thought I wanted to go with a yellow print, then worried it would set a tone to the room that I was not going for.  I set off to Hobby Lobby with a dear friend in tow to find something that was juuuuuuuuuuust right.  And find we did!

So I carted this beautiful fabric home – that is keeping with my organic theme – and set myself to work.

Step 1:  Calculate how much fabric you will need for your space.  I over calculated and I am going to have a bunch of nice pillows to match my fancy fabric wall. {Tip – There are 9sq ft in 1 sq yard}

Step 2: After you realize that you have purchased way to much fabric, get your ladder, tacks and solution together.

For this project, I was using a cornstarch and water mix:

¼ cup cornstarch + ½ cup cold water then heat 2 cups of water and add it to the mix.

Step 3: Start hanging fabric and painting on the starch mixture.

**Warning – it is VERY runny and messy.  I thought I could roll it on just like paint, not so much. It dripped everywhere including onto my newly laid floor.  I changed tactics and switched to painting it on with a brush.  It worked much better, still slightly dripping, but I definitely had more control on the amount that went on.**


Step 4: Take a step back and look at your hard work.  You’re doing great!  This is where I decided to let it dry/cure for a couple of days.  Okay – so it was supposed to be one day but the holidays and my procrastination led me to last minute holiday shopping; however, two is better than one.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!


Step 5: Trimming – I used a rotary cutter that is used by quilters and cried when the fabric started pulling away from the wall.  It was definitely sticking in some places, and in others, not so much, such as around the door frame, light switch and window.

What’s a girl to do? I could not let all this hard work fly out the window!  I had my beautiful fabric wall with my so perfectly picked out print that matched everything. So what is a girl to do?? Call her mama to the rescue – that’s what!!

Step 6: Thank your Mama profusely for making the run to the hardware store and allow her to help you while you dry your tears.

Step 7:  Apply Sure Grip to those pesky places that did not want to stick with the cornstarch solution alone.

Step 9:  Let dry… Again…

Step 10: Final trim, then – sit back and enjoy all that hard work, sweat, and those tears! You rocked it and now have a fabulous beautiful wall to look at.


The total cost of this project was roughly $40.

Look for fabrics on sale or clearance at your local fabric store – a lot of prints can go as low as $1 per yard! You could also look around online (make sure to check for coupon codes and free shipping!)

Are you a hobbyist or in the business of photography?

I started as a hobbyist and continued that way for approximately a year, which snowballed into a business about 4 years ago.

When did your love affair with photography begin?

I’ve always loved pictures, but after the birth of my daughter (we also have 2 older boys ages 16 & 11) I could NOT stop taking pictures with our point and shoot. When she was about 3 months we purchased a “fancier” point and shoot then around the time she was turning a year my brother in law lent me a DSLR that he was no longer using. It was love at first click. My hubby has been crazy supportive and surprised me with my own roughly 6 months after that. Friends started asking if I could do their child/family photos, which led to strangers asking, which led to me saying WOAH, I can do what I love and get paid??!! It’s been happily ever after since, yes, even with those bumps that come from trial and error. They shape who we are as people, business owners, and artists, and I wouldn’t trade those bumps for a smooth ride any day*.

What gear do you have in your bag?

I’m a Canon girl rocking a Cheeky Lime bag. I have a 28-105, 18-55, and a 55-200. Dr. Suess alphabet cards to entertain the littles, a tabletop tripod, remote, cold weather camera bag, business cards, lens cleaner, q-tips, bobby pins, my absolute favorite lens – my nifty 50. Currently missing – extra SDs, three lens caps, and Kleenex.

What is your absolute best thrifted photography find?

So hard to say! I find probably 95% of my props and set items by thrifting. If I have to choose I am currently in love with a barn door that I rescued it from the burn pile of a local farm. SCORE! It has gorgeous texture and color and is one of those items that just has me super excited to use in a session. Plus, it’s a gorgeous addition to look at in the studio. Some other favorites include afghans, quilts, and old chairs. I am addicted to chairs.

Have you learned anything in your journey that you think would be beneficial to other photographers?

There is so much. Primarily, have confidence in yourself. So many of us compare, compare, compare. The only person you should compare
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About the photographer:
I am a mamarazzi. A wife, a sister, and a daughter. I am an avid reader who likes a little bit of coffee with her sweetener. I am married to my favorite geek and best friend.  We speak Star Wars, Transformers, and Marvel fluently in our household. I can forget to live in the now, always waiting for the right light and the right shot at the right moment. I’m working on that. I am not Superwoman, but sometimes I forget to give myself a break. My 5yo argues at bedtime, my 11yo is a social butterfly, and my 16yo is growing up way too fast for my liking. I am just me, I can be funny and at times, creative.  I am horribly sensitive and when I get really mad, I cry.  I greatly dislike scary movies and tofu.  I’m just a girl with a camera who is doing the best she can.
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REDEFINE | Self Portraits featuring Rose Amelia Photos



“There is only one sun. We can’t all claim to only have one way to use the light, but we can REDEFINE how we choose to express it. “

Why are you passionate about this topic?

I’m not sure, there is a certain freedom and beauty in self portraits. Time seems to slow, nothing is rushed. Countless ideas just pour out of your mind. While they are fun to create, it’s also a great way to take a break from the world. It refreshes. I can’t really explain why I love to do them.

I’ve done one session for a friend, I know what they are like. They are beautiful and amazing, I loved the new experience, but when I go out there alone with camera in hand, you feel the surge of creativity flow through you. Using yourself for portraits truly increases the beauty of your art. You would be surprised how you, yourself can be an amazing way to learn. You develop an eye for things that aren’t usually noticed, because when taking self portraits you have time to really examine your surroundings and take lots of detail into account while trying to include it in your portrait somehow. I taught myself everything I know, and 99.9% of the time they are self portraits. Try it.

When did you first learn this technique? Or, when did you first realize you liked this topic?

It was on a beautiful afternoon, the air was crisp and all the colors of fall drew me in. I went for a walk around the yard and saw a bed of wild grass that was gold like sunshine, behind it the sun gleamed while peaking through the trees creating beautiful bokeh. I had the perfect idea in mind, but it included a person. I wasn’t sure how to go about my photograph. I walked around and sat the camera on a rock, shoving the strap beneath the lens ring. I set it to timer, and ran over to the brush. Click. I fell in love! From then on, when I saw an area with divine light, I’d find some way to prop up the camera and set it on timer. Thankfully, I have a tripod now which made my heart ease knowing my camera would not tumble off the rocks or stumps that I would use to hold it up.

What are the tips you would share with anyone trying to achieve this technique?

-Try to tell a story. With every image I create, I try to give it a powerful meaning. There are countless ways to create a story.

-Get creative with clothing. Pull out a few dresses, or go thrift shopping for a vintage gown.

-You can’t have a beautiful portrait without some item or object putting the whole image into to place. Make a headpiece, gather flowers from your garden, pull up bunches of brush or find a book. Sometimes you will need an object to focus on for a few shots, with you being in all of them, you don’t want to run your fountain dry, meaning let your ideas regenerate while taking images of a certain object.

-Study your surroundings. The backdrop is important. Find a wall, bushes, trees, etc. something that creates a intriguing space while you are still the main focus.

-Point of view.. Shoot through a tree, try to frame yourself with flattering angles.

-Do you really want to create a beautiful portrait? Let your poses ooze emotion and passion. You can’t just smile and look at the camera, that isn’t really what a self portrait is about, unless you’re taking head shots for business reasons.

-Last but not least, study the light.. Light is where it all comes together. Study study study that light! Where it falls certain times of the day, how it seeps through the trees, finding shadows and searching for pockets of light.

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About the Photographer:

I’m a 15 year old girl living in the foothills of the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains. I’m a photographer, graphic designer, and blogger. As a child, I always loved creating things. The love for photography was first discovered when I was about eight years old.. years later, it eventually turned into what it is now, a passion. It is something I love to do with all my heart. And it has opened a way for me to do what I’ve always loved to do, create with my heart, share my work for the good of others by inspiring and encouraging them and being closer to God than I ever was before. It has been an amazing journey and I am excited to continue with my passion for years to come.

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Dear Photographer featuring Whimsy heart Photography



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Dear Photographer,

You have certainly come a long way. At the same time, there is still so much more to learn. I am so incredibly proud of you. You are known as an unfinisher (yes – I made that word up,) procrastinator and all around crazy girl. No one took you half serious.  When you set your sails for this profession, you never imagined how it would open your eyes to all kinds of beauty. How it would change your world. The amounts of amazing people you would in encounter and all of the stories you would get a chance to photograph. I would hope that you never stop wanting to learn, that you never get too comfortable. I also hope that the next years are full of joy, that you get to photograph that joy and that even if there is no joy around that you search for it. Cheers to all of those times you wanted to give up, the times you lacked inspiration, vision and time. I know we’ve got something special here, and we’ve only scratched the surface.

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BE INSPIRED | Session featuring Delta Love Photography



Is this personal work / client work ?

Hm…. how to answer this. Well, the senior in this session is a member of the Delta Love Street Team {my senior rep program} so it’s a little of both. I like to think all of my sessions {although majority are client based} have a wink of personal in them.

What about this session was most memorable?

She was so excited about the shoot, but continued to mention how “awkward” she was. I ask everyone who tells me this the same thing… “Have you met me yet?!”

Throughout this learning process of photography, I’ve constantly been reminded to “define who your dream client is.” It wasn’t until this shoot that everything FINALLY… clicked. “My” ideal senior is that slightly awkward girl who just wants to have a fun photo shoot.

This particular senior is obviously gorgeous BUT what brought me so much excitement was when she saw the back of the camera and immediately goes wide eyed with a big smile. It was then that she “turned on her inner model” and created one of my favorite senior sessions to date.

Were there any hurdles?

If you’ve ever been to the Mississippi Delta during June/July… Well then… I don’t have to explain much further…

It was super hot and had to be 100% humidity. The sun was full force. Not a floating cloud in the sky. Oh, and the session was at noon :)

Your best photographer/session advice?

Be yourself. I can’t expect “my” seniors to give me the photos I want if I am trying to be some hardball technically correct photographer. Being your own goofy/crazy self will allow them to do the same… and with that… you can’t fail.

Give them permission to be 100% themselves. Sometimes girls won’t try certain poses or are apprehensive to try certain poses because they are worried about what they look like, what their friends will say, that they look silly, etc…..

By giving them the permission to be themselves by flat out telling them {I always say, “I’m not going to make you look stupid or silly… Promise.”} OR just showing them the poses yourself… those barriers will slowly become broken.

I want the girls to feel comfortable enough to pull out their inner model fierceness and just have fun doing so. #BeBraveBeYOU

What gear was used to achieve these?

I shoot with a Nikon D7100. This session was shot with my Nikon 35 mm 1.8 lens.

Devan Ellington {one of my sister’s friends… she’s amazing!} did her make-up prior and also was my “reflector girl.”


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Senior Photography

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About the photographer: 

I’m a Mississippi Delta girl {born and raised} who married the cutest red head around. I’m a…. big sister, midnight popsicle lover, Christmas baby, some say I’m a little weird and awkward… I say I’m just a lil cooler for it, a proud Mississippi Deltian, and most importantly… I follow a higher power that always seems to amaze me and always puts me back in the right directions… Isaiah 49:16.

Before there was photography there was nursing {and still work as a nurse when I can!} and then there was nurse practitioner school then… I found a camera… and I haven’t turned back.

My main areas of focus are seniors and babies!

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