Be Inspired session | Ashley Gardner photography

Be Inspired session | Ashley Gardner photography
Tell us abit about your approach to the work you do, your time in the business and a few personal facts about you.
My approach is very relaxed and laid back. I don’t like stiff posing in front of the camera. Natural and unscripted is what I do best!
I’ve only just started up professionally within the last 6 months, but I’ve been photographing as a hobby for the last few years.
FACTS:
I make lists for everything! It helps me stay organized
I’m a huge iced coffee addict. Even in the winter!
I’m a military wife and my husband and I have been together for 7 years
What about this session was most memorable?

This session was so much fun. The family was completely down for anything, didn’t mind trecking through the tall grass to get their gorgeous photos. We even stayed as it was starting to get dark because they were so much fun to photograph!

Were there any hurdles?
Surprisingly this session had no hurdles aside from some mosquitoes flying around! This sweet family was a dream to work with.
Your best photographer/session advice?

My best advice would be to just relax and enjoy the people or family you’re photographing. Get to know them in that short window you have while you’re behind the lens. But just have fun!

What gear was used to achieve these

I used my Canon 60D and my 50mm lens

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ABOUT THE ARTIST:

I’m a mom of two (soon to be three!) littles and wife to the sweetest and most supportive husband I could ask for! I first got into photography as a hobby after my first was born because I wanted to document our new life as a family of three. I fell in love with photographing our life and my love for photography has grown over the years and I eventually got up the courage to start doing it professionally. My photography style focuses on connections, light, laughter and love. I feel so blessed and grateful to be able to do something I absolutely love.

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Be Inspired session feature by Rachel Lipsmeyer of Rachel K Photo

Be Inspired session feature by Rachel Lipsmeyer of Rachel K Photo
Tell us about your approach to the work you do, your time in the business and a few personal facts about you.

I first became interested in photography because I wanted to capture the places I went when I traveled. Then my sister had her first baby, and I helped her document her pregnancy and all my nephew’s first milestones. Soon after others started to ask me about photos, and it all spiraled from there. Since then, I’ve moved my business across the country, gotten married, and welcomed my own little boy. Owning a small business is not without it’s struggles, but it is also one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done! Since

What about this session was most memorable?

Their connection. The sisters to each other and to their husbands. There is so much joy and excitement for a family with a baby on the way, and doubly so within this one, as they awaited two new additions! They were both having little boys too, so you know those cousins are going to grow up being the best of buds!

Were there any hurdles?

Unannounced to me, the sister’s planned 3 outfit changes plus brought along their spouses, other children and mother to include in some of the photos. Also, after one sister was running late to the session, they spent almost the first 30 minutes getting into the first outfit. While we had planned for a two hour session, but I was definitely a little worried about time. In the end, the photos turned out beautifully, and we captured all the combinations and must have photos they requested.

Your best photographer/session advice?

Do a personal project. This is my first year doing a 365 (ish) and I can already see how much my photography has improved! It’s really helped me to hone in on my style as well as to see light in new and creative ways. It’s allowed me to experiment and take risks that I otherwise would never have done with my client work.

What gear was used to achieve these?

Canon 5D markiii, 85mm 1.8, 35mm 1.8

 

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ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER 

I’m Rachel, wife to Josh and mom to 8-month-old Cantor. My love for photography was born from my love to travel and desire to document those adventures. When not traveling, you can usually find me at home in my comfy clothes snuggling my husband and baby, reheating my cup of coffee for the millionth time.

I’m a storyteller that’s obsessed with light, connection, and authentic emotions. I’ve always valued photography, but now that I’m a mom, I treasure photos more than ever. Photos are memories, and those memories are part of the legacy we leave behind for our children and grandchildren. It’s my honor and privilege to get to pursue my passion and use my skills to capture images that tell every families’ unique and beautiful story.

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BE INSPIRED Session featuring Emmy Lou Virginia

BE INSPIRED Session featuring Emmy Lou Virginia
Tell us a bit about your approach to the work you do, your time in the business and a few personal facts about you.

I love to photograph the intersection of real moments and beauty, and so for the past 4 years I’ve called myself a lifestyle photographer. Somewhere along the way, I realized that my calling lay in capturing families and their stories to save forever. Which sometimes means I photograph a mother holding her newborn and smelling its new baby skin, and sometimes means I photograph a toddler picking their nose. Because real life has real moments like these.

What about this session was most memorable?

I used to focus all of my creative energy on client work, and my personal work was mostly just grabbing my camera to document a moment every couple of weeks. But as I started seeing more of my fellow photographers’ work on instagram, I started envying the beautiful moments they’d captured of their own life. I wanted that. So in 2016, I decided one of my goals would be to be more intentional about capturing personal work I loved. To treat it with the same care I had for client work. At first, it was a challenge, but I grew to love the time I could put into it – generally my only constraints were the
patience level of my toddler (which, admittedly, is low) and/or the hunger tolerance of my husband (also low). (Because why is that pretty sunset light always at dinner time?)
In September, we took a 3-week road trip from our home in Vancouver, Canada, all the way down to Joshua Tree Park. We stayed at Airbnbs or with friends & family along the way, and adventured through the Redwoods, the California coast, Joshua Tree Park, the Sequoias, Yosemite, and the Oregon Coast. We had so many wonderful moments. (Also many not-so-wonderful moments trying to convince our 2.5 year old to stay in his car seat during the long drive. I never want to listen to kids’ music again.) But it was so worth it to see his sheer joy as he ran among  the sand dunes or looked up at the towering trees, and we made so many beautiful memories on this trip – some of which I actually managed to capture!

Your best photographer/session advice?

One thing I’ve been challenging myself to do is to look at the same scene from several different angles. It’s so rewarding to be able to capture three or four different shots just by stepping back or moving closer, changing your position or your perspective. And using backlight and direct light to create different moods!
Another, completely different piece of advice, not actually photography-related, is something we’ve been having fun with on our family trips ever since our little guy was born. Nearly every trip we’ve gone on, we’ve taken small clips of video footage throughout (using my Canon 6D), and created a video montage of our time together. Not only is this a fun creative challenge for me as a photographer and my husband as someone who works in animation, but it’s such an amazing keepsake for us and our son. He absolutely loves to watch these videos, again and again, and it reminds us of all the joy we’ve shared together. You can see the road trip video we put together from this trip : WATCH VIDEO HERE  (Obviously, judging from all the camera shake, we’re far from professionals – but it’s so fun!)

What gear was used to achieve these?
My Canon 6D and my Canon 50mm f1.4, 24-70mm f2.8, and 85mm f1.8 lenses.

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ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER :

Last, but not least; include a small bio and social media links
I am a Vancouver-based natural light photographer. I’m married to a wonderful man, we have a mischievous little 3-year old, and we live in a tiny white home full of windows and light and love.

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BE INSPIRED Session featuring LeAnna Azzolini Photography

BE INSPIRED Session featuring LeAnna Azzolini Photography

 

Tell us a bit about your approach to the work you do, your time in the business and a few personal facts about you.

I’ve had an intense passion for photography since I was a young girl. My mother was constantly documenting our lives in photos and videos and the gene was definitely inherited. I’m all over the place when it comes to my favorite subject…adoring everything from photographing my daughter, to the ocean, maternity, sunsets, and just recently began my voyage into underwater, now that my baby has been learning to swim. When working with clients I put my heart and soul into each and every shoot. My heartfelt goal is to create timeless photographs where they can see (and feel) their love and connection. Preserving this time for them is a great privilege and something I’m constantly working to better myself at. After 5 years in the business I’ve recently realized that if my focus just lies in creating images with a true connection, then little else matters. That is what will truly stand the test of time and also what keeps me motivated.

What about this session was most memorable?

Honestly, it was their connection. One of the most stunning sights I’ve seen.

Were there any hurdles?

Amazingly enough, the only issue I had was a swarm of little gnats that kept entering my shots! Everything else was literally like a dream.

Your best photographer/session advice?

Begin each shoot with a completely open mind and go along with whatever the day brings to you (it rarely brings you what you expect anyway). Relax and have fun and they will too! If you just keep your focus on the connection and emotion in your photographs (while allowing them to interact naturally), magic will happen.

What gear was used to achieve these?

5D Markii, 50mm 1.4, 24-70mm 2.8

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ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER : 

After nearly a lifetime of having a serious passion for capturing moments on film, I began my journey with photographing professionally in 2011 and immediately fell in love with the entire process.
Since being given the tremendous opportunity to start my career by photographing celebrities and highly detailed private events and weddings (in my earlier days), I’ve arrived at the place where my heart truly lies…maternity and families.
I’ve always been somewhat obsessed with the body of an expecting mama, and once I was able to go through that process on my own, I felt more comfortable shooting my vision for others. My own pregnancy and motherhood is how I ended up finding my true love of photography and I’m reminded of that special feeling every time I photograph a new family. It’s magical!
To love what you do is a blessing that I do not take for granted. I put my heart and soul into each and every shoot. It’s a deep passion of mine that I can’t imagine ever fading away. Find LeAnna work here :

BE INSPIRED sesh | feature by Rasberry Lane Studios

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Tell us a bit about your approach to the work you do, your time in the business and a few personal facts about you.

My approach to my work is inspired directly by my experience of motherhood. Becoming a mother has been the most powerful transformation—it’s changed the way I see everything. When I work with clients, I look at them through the eye of a mother, with gentleness and love. I try to think the way a mother thinks of her own child—noticing the things that only mothers notice. The tiniest details, the small smirks, the sideway glances. Of course I love a classic portrait, but more than that I love to help my clients remember how they felt in the moment. The way they felt holding their newborn, falling in love with their partner again-as a new parent, memorizing the tiny features. I love to work with families and capture the emotions they feel for one another. I love when I can show my clients how their love looks and that helps them remember how it feels.

What about this session was most memorable?

This family was kind and easy going from the get go. They were so welcoming and genuine. I think what stuck out to me the most was their tenderness for both each other and their new baby boy. They are the type of parents you can tell were meant for the job.

 Were there any hurdles?

I tend to work with newborns who are just about a week old, but by the time we were able to get this session scheduled their little guy was closer to one month old. I was a touch nervous to see how he’d do-knowing that sometimes an older baby can be a little bit more challenging. However, he was an absolute dream and so relaxed. There was nothing to worry about!

 Your best photographer/session advice?

The number one advice I would give any photographer is to know that you are your own worst critic. I think that it is easy to get yourself down while looking at someone else’s amazing work-but we are all on our own journey and taking inspiration from others but not comparing yourself to them is the best thing you can do for yourself. As far as session advice goes, I would encourage you to remember why you are there, why they chose YOU and focus on your strengths.

What gear was used to achieve these?
Canon 6D and Sigma 35mm

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ABOUT THE ARTIST :

I’m Laura, mountain loving Colorado native transplanted in Wisconsin. I love to travel, make new friends and drink coffee. When I’m not chasing my children with a camera, I can be found begging my husband for more baby animals.

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BE INSPIRED sesh | featuring Chelsea Warren Photography

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Tell us a bit about your approach to the work you do, your time in the business and a few personal facts about you.

I work to create images that evoke a feeling in my clients when they look at them. I want them to remember how they felt when they were being photographed; to remember the feeling of excitement and anticipation of the arrival of their baby when they spent our session imagining her in their arms or snuggling each other for one of the last times as just a couple before becoming a family. I want them to look back and see their own look of absolute amazement as they stare into their new baby’s eyes, or play with their tiny toes or soak in the beautiful chaos that is new parenthood, and feel nostalgic and grateful for their beautiful lives. I have been photographing professionally since 2010, but have recently focused more intimately on my family work. Since becoming a Mum I have a new appreciation for photographing families, and have enjoyed every moment of meeting and documenting families as they grow! I have 2 amazing boys who inspire me daily, and keep me busy!

What about this session was most memorable?

I love when I am able to document families as they grow and change and this session was one of them! I photographed their engagement and wedding, and was honoured to capture this exciting time in their lives too.

Were there any hurdles?
They absolutely rocked their session! It was incredibly windy and I actually almost got blown off the rocks, but it was worth it since I love wind blown images.

Your best photographer/session advice?

Work with the elements not against them. Nature gives us some pretty good curve balls sometimes but the results can be better than you hoped!

What gear was used to achieve these?
Canon 6D, Sigma 35mm Art series, Canon 85mm L series

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“Work with the elements not against them.”

ABOUT THE ARTIST :

Chelsea is a Wedding & Family Photographer located on Vancouver Island, BC. Shes loves photographing families as they grow and change and focuses on capturing authentic moments and genuine emotion.

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BE INSPIRED sesh | Feature by Sara K Blanco Photography

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Tell us a bit about your approach to the work you do, your time in the business and a few personal facts about you.

I live for in-home lifestyle sessions. I love walking into a new space, a space that two people have created together, where they share their laughter, their tears and their most sacred moments. While I do photograph outdoor sessions often, there is just something about being in my clients homes that gives me insight into their energy and personalities. It also lends itself to a more natural flow to our session, as they are relaxed and often times get lost in each other and forget I’m there.

I have been full-time in my business for almost twelve years now, but I started working in photography almost 20 years ago. It has been a complete love affair and obsession for over half of my life and every day is new for me, meeting new clients or pursuing new ideas.

I’m happiest when I’m outside, listening to the birds sing, watching my boys run around, or planting flowers and digging in the dirt. I love design, print and interior. I’m constantly changing the decor in my home, if I can sneak it past my graphic designer husband who is frustratingly opinionated. I’m a huge animal lover and am stoked when a family asks to include their pets in our sessions.

What about this session was most memorable?
This couple has spent the majority of their engagement apart due to work and school. During our phone consultation we spoke about their relationship and how precious their little time together is. They’re very affectionate, as you can see, and we really wanted that to be the focus of this session.

Were there any hurdles?

The apartment he is staying in is full of rented furniture and not exactly their style. I saw it as a challenge and an opportunity to focus on their connection instead of their things. I think it made it all the better for me, I LOVE a challenge!!

Your best photographer/session advice?

I always have the same advice, be open. Walk into any session the way you would walk into any new relationship, open mind and open heart. An honest connection with your client will allow you to create the images that speak the most, not only to them, but to you. It’s not always about achieving your vision!

What gear was used to achieve these?

Mark iii, 35 mm 1.4

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

I live in San Antonio, TX with my husband of twelve years, our two boys and our rescue dog, Bear. I was lucky enough to know that art was the only path for my life at an early age and have been pursuing photography as a job with as much passion as I had at 17. I adore people, connections and relationships as much as I love this art and am forever grateful to the families who choose me.

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