BE INSPIRED Session featuring Rustic Simplicity Images
Tell us abit about your approach to the work you do, your time in the business and a few personal facts about you.
RSI : I have such a passion for creating real, authentic, and beautiful memories for families through photography. My goal in each session is to draw this authenticity and connection out. I want to give them more than just a few images, but an entire experience to remember and look back on with love and fondness. This means that my approach is always the same – connect immediately with them, make them feel comfortable, and encourage them to bring me their moments. I always try to befriend the children first. Mom and Dad will usually warm up quickly if they know that their littles are comfortable and happy, and if their children can relate to me quickly, then that immediate friendship will help foster real connections throughout the session. I have been in business a little under two years, though have truly only been shooting for a few of those seasons due to military life and moves and adding another baby to our lives. I love this little business of mine though, and am excited to keep pursuing it and grow even as our lives and locations change. When I’m not chasing my three kids or trying to survive single parenting while my husband is deployed, I love to workout with Barre3, decorate and do DIY projects at home (gotta love those Pinterest projects), and drink as much coffee as possible!
What about this session was most memorable?
RSI: This session is actually one of my favorites. This sweet family just GOT it. They didn’t do anything but love on each other and they just truly adored one another. He made her laugh, she adored him, and they both couldn’t have loved their little one any more. Dad talked to me after the session about how important it was for him to be present in his daughter’s life and be the best possible father, and it was just so obvious that he is and will continue to be that way. There was such a great mutual respect and love for each other that really impacted me even after the session!
Were there any hurdles?
RSI: Yes! Our main hurdle was the time frame. This was a mini-session, so just 20 minutes or so reserved and my clients actually got stuck in really bad traffic and were running really late! I was at the location watching the sun start to disappear and was really worried we were going to miss all the good light. This is where it becomes even more important to gain that connection immediately and help your clients feel totally comfortable. They couldn’t have been sweeter when they arrived, we jumped right in, and spent no more than 15-20 minutes getting some of my favorite images.
Your best photographer/session advice?
RSI:Be genuine with your clients and vocal. They are nervous and unsure of what to do, but know they want great photos. This is something I’m still working on, but think it is such needed advice for most of us photographers. Clients want us to be in charge and lead them to these great moments! Don’t be afraid to jump in and reposition, move hair, etc. to get everyone in the best place and moment for those captured memories.
What gear was used to achieve these?
RSI: This session was my Nikon d750 and Sigma Art 50mm. My 35mm rarely leaves my camera, but was being cleaned during this session – my 50mm was fun to use again!
ABOUT THE ARTIST
My name is Marion and I am the girl behind the camera for RSI. I have three littles (4, 2, and 7 months) and an amazing husband who is in the Navy. We move a lot, but wouldn’t trade this life for anything! My specialty is family and lifestyle photography 🙂