8/31 Epic summer session| Stephanie Tetreault of Sweet Beginnings Photography

Is this session personal work or client work?

This was a stylized, personal shoot for me using clients.

Tell us a bit about the magic of summer + the connection to your lens?

This family is so sweet and were so easy to capture. I absolutely love sun drenched, golden images so styled them in brown and chambray tones to help accent that crazy summer sunset backlight.

What about this session makes it an Epic summer session?

I think the overall tones and casual but connected feeling. I do my best to focus on connection without looking too posed. I also shot a video that helps to tell the story as well.

What else is on your summer bucket list to photograph this summer?

Lots of families, couples, newborn and maternity captured by video as well

What gear was used to achieve these?

Nikon D750, Sigma Art 35mm

Any summer tips or photographer advice?

When shooting backlit images move yourself left and right until the right amount of light comes in the lens. Took me forever to figure out how powerful this tip was.
Dropbox link to images:


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Hi there! This is me! The photographer at Sweet Beginnings Photography! I love coffee, my sweet little family, sweets, yoga and being in or around the water. I married my best friend in Maui with my toes in the sand almost ten years ago. I’m a busy mama that is just trying to make my dreams happen while trying to maintain a good balance between mom and career. I botch this most days but that’s always my goal! We live in a rural, somewhat small town Lincoln, California which is near Sacramento. Kinda has that fun farm town feel and we love it.

I mainly shoot outdoors with the exception of newborns. I shoot with a Nikon D750 and Sigma Art 35mm 1.4 lens. Thats it! I keep it simple as far as gear, nothing fancy. No reflectors, no special lighting gear. I shoot kelvin and always try to get everything right in camera. I shoot wide open mostly and backlit which is what I’m kinda known for. I picked up my first camera soon after having my first child, Ethan, in 2010. I believe we picked it up from the local Rite Aid. I just had this crazy, nagging urge to photograph every single minute of his first moments. I quickly realized that I wanted it to be more than a hobby. It was like a crazy tick that I couldn’t get rid of. I love movement in images. I love connection. I love golden, dappled light and the way it dances and bounces around on my subject’s skin. I love airy images just as well as moody images. I continuously dip my toe in whatever moves me for the day and I think that is so important to do so as an artist.

Being a family and newborn photographer absolutely grabs me in the deepest depths of my soul. To see mothers connecting with their sweet baby’s in the womb and out is so beyond moving and it is so necessary to capture. It’s quite easy to get caught up in the day to day monotony as mom. We are typically frazzled and burning the candle at both ends. Our role is possibly the most important we will ever have, yet we are almost always the ones behind the camera. We need to be in front of it, hugging our babies and capturing those tiny little moments that all add up to something magical and indescribable. The bond between a parent and child can never be put into words but I want to freeze it………freeze it in time, so that we all have something to cherish as we grow older. Something we can all hold onto that is tangible and real. That is my why. I believe we are all created with special gifts and I want to use mine in the best way possible.

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