BE INSPIRED Session featuring Danielle Meredith Photography


Is this personal work or client work?

I think all of my work is personal work to an extent. I go into every session to get the best photos for the couple but also pushing myself to do something different and find their connection.

Tell us about this session. What about this session was most memorable?

The shoot was at my in-law’s place in Carnarvon, Ontario. Yeah… we live in a pretty killer spot. Britt, Josh and I hopped into a canoe and a paddleboat. I was in the paddleboat completely forgetting how slow those things are so there were a few times where I had to yell, “Wait up guys!” like the little sister of the group. I have known these two for a long time and they’re super laid back and sweet. We wanted to do something by the water where they could be barefoot and have some quite moments together in nature. I am always trying to find the personal side of the couple so that their photos make sense to them. Their boho style wedding is coming up in September and I am so stoked!

Were there any hurdles?

Not that I can remember… maybe a few trips and slips along those rocks I had them climbing all over. Overall, it was great!

Your best photographer/session advice?

Use your personality to shoot. If you are silly and loud, then be silly and loud and bring that out in the couple but if you are calm and serene then be chill and find the quiet moments. For me, it depends on the day what you are going to get but I would say I am normally silly and loud-er๐Ÿ˜‰

What gear was used to achieve these?

I use a Canon 5D Mark iii and my lens of choice is my Canon 35mm

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About the photographer:

10 years ago, I went to college for photography but they focused more on studio work than outdoors and moments so I quit and went to school for advertising and design. I was always the person at social events taking pictures in the following years leading up until about 2 years ago after our wedding when I decided to go full time. During our wedding, we were surrounded by so much love and happiness. It was truly the best day and my wedding photographer, Jennifer Moher, inspired me to get back into photography because I wanted to capture these same emotions and memories for other people. Being a wedding photographer has changed my life. Every wedding I am at I meet so many amazing people and when I deliver the photos for my couples to relive I am filled with so much love. In the last 2 years, I have grown more as a person than at any other point in life. On top of that, we are expecting a little human in the next few months so life will get even cooler. It’s been a great journey so far and I can’t wait to see where photography will take me next.

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BE INSPIRED Session featuring Kristen Kay Photography


Is this personal work or client work?

This is client work.

Tell us about this session. What about this session was most memorable?

This engagement and proposal session was absolutely incredible. You know when you meet someone and you feel like you’ve known them your whole life? That was Jon and Joi. They are genuine, fun and relaxed, up for anything and down for a little adventuring. They were a dream to photograph and work with. Before we even started Jon said, ‘I made sure to leave my phone and wallet in the car so they aren’t making my pockets bulgy!’ Yup, dream clients I tell you. And Joi, well her name is absolutely perfect for her, she is the happiest, sweetest most gorgeous gal with the the BEST smile on the planet.

Where there any hurdles?

We photographed up in the mountains, quite a ways from the Strip, which means sometimes things happen and the couple runs a few minutes behind. Normally I wouldn’t mind, but the sun was dipping lower and lower and I didn’t want to lose light and be too rushed. However, it all turned out in the end. I used a bit of ninja like photo skills and finished the shoot right after the sun dipped behind the mountain, win!

Your best photographer/session advice?

Be your funny, crazy self. Whatever you have to do to get the couple to feel comfortable in front of your camera. Most people feel awkward at first, it’s your job to minimize that time and get them to open up within the first 10 or so minutes. Give them actions and motions to do instead of stiff, rigid poses. It gives the photos more of a natural look and stays true to who they are as a couple. Also, constantly talk to them and tell them they are doing awesome and looking great.

What gear was used to achieve these?

For this shoot I used my Nikon D750’s, my Sigma Art 50mm and my brand new Sigma Art 35mm.


About the Photographer:

Kristen Krehbiel is an intimate wedding and outdoor elopement photographer based out of Las Vegas, NV. There’s nothing she loves more than capturing two souls in love at sunset in the vastness of nature. Kristen loves simple living, traveling and exploring new places while documenting and instagramming the every day simple beauties she finds along her way. She dabbles in gardening and loves lazy weekends day dreaming future projects and adventures with her husband.

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REDEFINE | COUPLES PHOTOGRAPHY featuring Painted Sparrow 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. “

Why are you passionate about this topic?

I am passionate about this because to me this is what it’s all about and why I do photography.  I love capturing emotion. I want a picture to freeze not only a moment but also the connection that was going on at the time. My goal is to have someone look at the image and to FEEL the photograph. To have something stir inside them.

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

I have always wanted to capture meaning in my pictures but i had to figure out my style for awhile. I started getting more to where I wanted to be about a year ago. I did The Blissful Maven’s breakout workshop and it got me on the road to capturing connections. I think the biggest thing is to find your style and what you like to create, and you will grow from there. I love capturing connections and love, so i look for it no matter what type of session- whether I’m doing couples, siblings, or parent and babe, etc.

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

Tips I have would be to shoot, shoot, shoot. Capturing intimate images can be awkward at first, so the more you can practice the more it will become more comfortable.
Another tip would be to have a plan prior to shooting. It doesn’t mean you have to stick to it exact, but sometimes I have just one idea in my head that I really want to nail before the shoot is over. It seems like that one idea can get the create juices flowing for the rest of the session.

What were the challenges for you in the beginning?

A challenge for me was definitely feeling awkward. I am pretty shy so to get couples to pose intimately is way out of my comfort zone. I won’t lie I even still feel awkward sometimes if I’m trying something new that I haven’t done before. But the trick to be confident in what you will get in the end. The client puts faith in us knowing what works and looks good- so you need to be confident in yourself as well. If you know the end result will work and look good, they will feel more at ease in doing something outside of their usual comfort.


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About the photographer:

My name is Amanda and I am building my marriage while being a mama to two little girls up in western Canada. I love capturing emotion  <3

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