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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REDEFINE | THE BARE ALL Project featuring 10 bare toes Photography

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“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 photographing women?

10BTP: Well, that’s a big question for me… and it goes way back. ..
I read this quote recently and it brought me to tears.

‘I love the person
I’ve become,
because I fought
to become her.’
– kaci diane

… I fought to become HER.

I am PASSIONATE about encouraging women to create space to see themselves as ART through portraiture. Being able to draw out and reflect a beauty that is so much deeper and timeless than makeup and style that we love playing in…. drawing out the SOUL that makes HER irreplaceable.

Becoming a woman, and a strong one, comes with incredible challenge. Or at least it did for me. I struggled as a teen and young adult holding myself against the weight of perfection in academics, volleyball, social life and somewhere along the way, I lost myself. I developed a warped relationship with exercise and food that consumed me.. And as circumstances lead me I was deeply betrayed by someone I called a friend which perpetuated the eating disorder to a state I needed intense medical and psychological help to overcome it…. it took years on the road of recovery that I could write another ; ) book about….I finally made it.. I was finally free from the patterns and self loathing… I was free from even ALL fear around FOOD.. and my BODY and I fought damn hard to get to that place… but I didn’t’ LOVE myself.. I was still quick to fall into comparison, see my flaws magnified and feel ashamed of my past.
Fast forward: I receive my engagement photos from Jennifer Skog, an amazing photographer who I am still ever inspired by, they were the first professional photos of myself that I ever felt beautiful!! The feeling was incredible.. I didn’t know anything like it.. Those images changed the way I saw myself.
Fast forward: Pregnant with my third child, doing a 365 project and taking my first self portraits for the monthly ‘You Today’ prompt. It sparked something, a higher love.. I could love myself because this creation inside of me, Seeing myself and loving it because it was more me in the frame gave me the space to grow in self love.. And then sharing it! And So my photography journey was born .. and ever since I’ve been PASSIONATE about women young and old seeing themselves in a new way and loving it!

 

How did this project come about? Why did you chose this specific name?

10BTP: It started with self portraiture. Like I mentioned, I’ve been taking self portraits for years, but it wasn’t until I took The Wildheart Course with Candice Zurich, that they became a life force for me. Before, they were strictly maternity documentation, or to be in the frame with the kids.. And I always had this fear of putting myself out there.. I almost hid behind my belly or my kids.. like, who cares about me? During those four weeks i gave myself permission to BE the subject.. And more than growing the skills in light lines, and emotion in self portraiture.. I grew in shamelessly loving myself.. Because why the hell not? When my first set came through editing I hit me.. no one has to care, because I could care less if they do.. I’m doing this for me! I was hooked!! It wasn’t that I loved all of them or they were all amazing.. But i was fascinated with learning more.

This deep seeded part of myself that desperately needed to be seen and cultivated started to grow…. I rose up… I found my photographic voice for parts of myself that I could never articulate.. It became a force to be reckoned with and I had to share it.
I knew I had to try.. I created a separate instagram handle, I put out a ‘model’ call, drafted a questionnaire to find out why these women desired a session like this to create an authentic space for them to get vulnerable and feel empowered…. And I just went for it.
It’s called THE BARE ALL Project. The handle @10_BARE_ALL a spin off of my @10baretoes Photography company. Because we can only truly love ourselves when we can honestly BARE ALL.. peel away the layers .. really see HER. as she is in the deeper places and say yes, this is ME on this phase of my journey and I choose to love her , because I fought hard to become her! No regrets.

 

Tell us a bit about your photography journey

10BTP: I started out tinkering with my camera for Project 365 with Design Aglow back in 2013.. then, being the oldest of four sisters, two of them being in high school at the time, I was asked to take their senior portraits and it grew.. Their friends, and friends of friends wanted ME to shoot their senior portraits! WHAT?? These sessions were/are more than a portrait session,.. They’re an adventure, and experience. Traveling to cool places, extensive planning and guidance, showering her with encouraging words and attention and putting myself before her being shameless and silly, laughing at myself as I ‘model’. Receiving love notes from parents saying that I captured their daughter.. Not just a portrait, but really captured HER, that girl they raised.. The one they know so well.. It’s an incredible feeling being able to give a family that gift.

Since 2013, I’ve done a lot of senior portraits, lifestyle family work and lately, I’m doing more engagements and weddings alongside these intimate women’s empowerment session that I call the BARE ALL sessions.

 

What makes these sessions different than your standard Boudoir sessions?

10BTP: Let me begin by saying that I am really into boudoir sessions, I love sexy, and lace, boobs and booty and all the rest of it.. But these are a just a little different.. Or they come from a different place initially anyway.. Wherever the muse takes them is up in the air. They’re less objectifying.. They’re not for HIM, while if there is a him, he will likely love them… but that’s irrelevant because they’re for YOU. They’re about discovering a deeper layer of the girl inside. BAREing ALL to find her.. and deciding to love HER. They’re dynamic.. intimate, emotional, vulnerably sensual…empowering.. Shameless and fun! They’re intense and then lighthearted.. They’re a journey.. Saying YES! I love who I am! My body, my soul, my journey and not taking it all too seriously.

 

What are the tips you would share with anyone trying to photograph more women? or attempting a personal project like this?

-I’d start with yourself, while we all have a different journey.. . Deep down we are pretty similar in the needs we have as women.. Reflect, ask yourself why you want to photograph women.. What do you hope they see or draw from their images? Journal.. Try it on. Go for it.
-I’d encourage you, if you haven’t, to take self portraits and also try have another photographer take your portraits. Being able to relate to being the ‘model’ and client, you can predict the need for prompting, you can play with different posing and be able to mirror it for them during their session.
-dont’ think too much about it… don’t be crushed if it doesn’t all happen at once.. Just keep going.
– put it out there, ask friends or put out a model call have them sign a release on images so you can share them.. And keep sharing until you can shoot more!

 

What were the challenges for you in the beginning?

10BTP: Owning It.

Being able to communicate the project specifically to make an agreement with models and then creating opportunities for her to open up .. people know boudoir, but being able to identify the theme before the shoot then going into it with the pep talk .. it helps.

Being brave. As passionately as I feel about this project and photographing women, I still struggle with riding a line… BARE-ing ALL is sometimes really scary, especially when you’re putting yourself out there.. I tend to second guess and deliberate over what to share .. and wonder if I am going too strong or censoring and I think it’s a healthy line to ride.. But a challenging one.

Finding a location. When it’s intimate finding a location can be challenging, and when there’s not a real obvious place that comes to mind I go minimal.. Try a blank space .. or a small nook with great light.. And make it personal for her.

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ABOUT THE ARTIST 

HEY HEY!!
I’m Brittny Debonis from @10baretoes Photography I am a portrait and wedding photographer in the SF BAY AREA. I’ve been married for 8 years and eventually respond to ‘MOOOOM!’ from my four spunky little kiddos.

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BE INSPIRED Session featuring Rustic Simplicity Images

Dear photographer blogBE 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!

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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 🙂

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REDEFINE | Documentary Photography feature by Kristy Westendorp 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 Documentary photography?

KWP : How much time do you have?! I love everything about documentary photography! I used to take lovely, posed portraits of families. And that was great; they make lovely Facebook profile pics! But ultimately that can feel so divorced from the reality of daily life. I am a big believer in the concept of “unmoments”. They’re the everyday occasions that feel mundane and unimportant when they’re happening but when we look back I just know all of those unmoments are what will make up the story of our lives. Our children will want to remember what their childhood bedroom looked like or their special cereal bowl more than they’ll want to remember that one day they went to stand in a field and smile at a photographer.

When I had my logo designed I knew immediately what I wanted to represent my work. I excitedly told my designer that it had to be a narwhal. Why? Because everyone seems to want to be a mermaid but (spoiler alert) they aren’t even real! Narwhals are real and magical. Digital retouching is so accessible these days that it’s easy to Photoshop away the messiness but in doing so we can also Photoshop away the truth. Digital retouching is so accessible that these days even people’s iPhone selfies are often unrecognizable from the reality of their true self. Rather than fantasizing about life looking like some fictionalized version of itself where the toys are always put away, hair is never messy and no one ever fights I believe it’s so important to embrace the “what is” of life. A life that’s often not always pretty but is continuosly beautiful.

When did you first learn about the art of Documentary Photography, When did you realize you wanted to pursue this genre professionally?

KWP : The first genre of photography I attempted was boudoir. I went all the way to Paris to learn how to pose women on beds and balconies. And I did that for a while. Some of it was ok, some of it was really bad. Then I had a baby. My studio (aka bedroom) was suddenly always a mess and my head was in a different space. So what did I learn to do? More posing! I took a mentorship with a wonderful newborn photographer to learn how to place newborns just so, capturing them sleeping and still like bowls of fruit or bouquets of flowers. Over time I started to notice this disparity between my professional work and my personal work. As I watched my own family grow I wanted to capture the realness of it, the movement, the truth of who we were and what our life actually looked like rather than these perfect posed moments. And the response was so different to my real life work vs my posed work whether of newborns or families. Looking at a photo of a sleeping baby you don’t really get a sense of who they are, who they will be or the context in which they exist. The images I loved from my newborn sessions started to become the ones before, after and in between the stuff I was supposed to be there to shoot. Baby nursing, dad getting spit up on, tired mom swaying back and forth trying to settle a fussy baby or even just the moments where they lay content but very awake. The photos that stood out from the family sessions I was shooting were the same. They were the real life frames I snapped when the poses weren’t working. (And might I add, they rarely do where toddlers and young children are concerned.) I started to wonder why I was doing the poses at all so I slowly started to migrate further and further away from it. It wasn’t until I’d been shooting like this for a little while that I realized there was a movement of other photographers who were feeling the same way. So I couldn’t say exactly when I switched over but it’s been a slow transition happening over at least the past four or five years. But I’ve been shooting pretty strictly documentary with no posing at all for just over a year because it’s just what feels right for me and my work.

What are the tips you would share with anyone trying to break into the documentary photography genre

1. Don’t fake it. I see so many photographers who say they are documentary but they want to go around turning on and off lights and opening and closing windows and oh, maybe the light would be a little better if you read that story a bit closer to the window? Now, I know a lot of people love lifestyle photography. And I understand the desire to make everything pretty. But if you really want to shoot documentary style try to think of yourself as a storyteller capturing the true story of a family. If they always read their stories in the bedroom that kind of has a weird colour cast- that’s ok! Make it work! That’s part of their memories and even though the front room with the big windows may be a prettier place for stories it’s not going to feel as true ten years down the line.

2. Forget that you ever heard the phrase “fly on the wall”. You’re not a fly on the wall. You’re not even a fly. (Presumably anyway. If you’re a photographer who is also a fly, reading this blog post I humbly apologize for making assumptions.) Whenever I hear fly on the wall I picture a photographer wearing some kind of a disguise huddled in a corner trying to go unnoticed. There is nothing that will make a family less likely to interact with each other naturally than being observed by a person who is trying to pretend they aren’t there. I think the best vibe you can give off as a documentary photographer is that of visiting friend or family member. You know when your aunt visits and she’s so funny that you don’t mind that she acts like she knows you even though last time she visited you were three and you have no memory of that even happening? Do that. Ask the 5 year old to show you his room. Make jokes where you guess that he’s 42 years old when you guess his age. Laugh when he makes fart sounds. If you can smoothly integrate in this way then you actually will be more likely to get authentic, relaxed moments rather than hiding in the bushes with your zoom lens.

3. Only show what you want to shoot. If your various portfolios are a mix of old posed stuff and new documentary work you will send a mixed message. I hear from new documentary photographers that they show up wanting to shoot real life but the family just keeps looking to them for direction. It’s your job to prepare them for the type of shoot you’re doing so make sure they’ve seen your work and that most of what you show isn’t camera-aware. And give them lots of info ahead of time as to what your shoot will be like. I usually tell my families to have some activities planned that they would be doing anyway. The point isn’t to capture the story of that activity but to give them something to focus on other than you and your camera.

What were the challenges for you in the beginning?

KWP: To be honest I didn’t have too many challenges in switching over to documentary because it just felt right. Most of the challenges came before that when I was trying to make things happen instead of allowing them to happen. I guess the only real hurdle for me in documentary has been educating people on what a family photoshoot can feel like and look like. I don’t like to generalize but…I’m going to anyway. A lot of dads are the ones that look super unenthused when they see me at the door with my camera. As the shoot goes on and they quickly realize they don’t really need to “do anything” they start to relax and I capture the moments of connection between them and their family. And it’s dads who tends to be the ones who are the most enthused when they see the final images and they freak out and want to get a photoshoot multiple times a year. So the challenge is really just getting the word out there that family photos don’t have to be a stressful hour of staring at a camera saying cheese.

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ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER:

Kristy Westendorp is a documentary photographer in Victoria, BC. In addition to telling true stories with her camera she also enjoys making pottery, playing the ukulele, afternoon naps, late night snacks and living room dance parties.

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Dear Photographer feature by Jodi Lynn Photography

Dear Photographer feature by Jodi Lynn Photography

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Dearest Jodi Lynn,

You truly have a heart of gold and are gifted at seeing families from the outside in and giving them true treasures they will cherish for a lifetime. I hope you always see that inherent beauty in the world and help others see it too. Sometimes you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders and I hope you learn to realize that the sun truly does indeed rise each day. Each day offers you a renewed sense of wonder, hope and possibility. Keep following your heart and stay true to your art and you will always feel that comfort and sense of peace in showing truth, grace and love. It’s okay to be vulnerable at times, to acknowledge bumps in the road, pain, uncertainty; feeling lost and wanting true clarity. The path of an Artist often serves self doubt, and each journey on this road brings you closer to yourself, your own accomplishments and overcoming insecurities. Photography gives you such a tremendous and beautiful platform to express yourself, don’t forget that. Stay true to your goals of showing people the true hope and love in their worlds, for this will be your greatest gift to others. The ability to help others see their own lives as something true and beautiful. And, like all the woman before you and all those after you, that opportunity to illustrate that we are all truly one and connected. That we all have such cherished gifts to offer.

 

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About the Photographer :

Jodi Lynn is a lifestyle family photographer in Northern California who aims to document love and truth. Her love affair with photography bloomed when she began documenting her growing family after the birth of her second son almost 9 years ago. She wanted to capture her own family’s life unfolding…the laughter, the joy, the love, the fear and everything in between. A few years later and after the birth of her daughter and third child, Jodi realized photography was something she felt a calling towards, something that truly felt like home. She left a career in elementary education to focus on this tremendous gift she wanted to share with the world. Jodi Lynn has spent the last four years learning all she can about photography and shooting every chance she can get, her own children being her greatest muses. She challenges herself to grow as an Artist and find the true magic in the families she captures; to showcase those real moments that are uniquely theirs. She aims to provide authentic, emotive, joyful and timeless family heirlooms….capturing her subjects lives as something true and beautiful. Jodi has been featured on Lookslikefilm and Lemonade + Lenses and was a Rangefinder Magazine’s 2016 Portrait Winner as well as a finalist in the Shoot + Share contest in 2016.
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xo ♥ Jodi

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REDEFINE | Maternity Self Portraits feature by Anne Uebersetzig

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“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 capturing the beauty of maternity?

I believe that being able to help create, grow, and carry human life is precious, sacred even, and something not to be taken for granted. My love for capturing maternity probably stems from my own personal experiences with dealing with some infertility with trying to get pregnant with my second child, as well as having a miscarriage earlier this year. With each pregnancy I have been blessed to have has made me more appreciative of the amazing pregnant body, instead of less. And even though it feels long and hard when you are in it, I like to savor and embrace this time during pregnancy, and self portraiture helps me do that. It’s fun to see the belly grow in a different way.

What do you love about self portraits?

Self portraiture is a chance for me to play and be creative, as well as escape from the monotony of motherhood. It also gives me a chance to experiment with different kinds of light and camera techniques. The best part about taking self portraits, if none of the photos turn out the way you want, that’s okay! You don’t have to show anyone! There are no client expectations, and you can try again another day. Sure it’s disappointing when the portraits don’t turn out, but I try to focus on enjoying the process and experience of taking self portraits, and not so much on the end results.

What are the tips you would share with anyone trying to achieve this technique? (aim for at least 5, but any are welcome)

Use a fan for adding additional movement and emotion in the portrait.
To make the lighting dramatic and moody, I prefer to shoot in a room with only one window. This makes the light more directional and you can use that one window in a variety of ways to achieve different looks.
Move! Move your hands, move your tripod, move your body, just remember to move. You might be surprised at the different results you are able to achieve.
Don’t always feel that you have to shoot wide open all the time. My favorite aperture for self portraits is f/4. Shooting wide open is absolutely lovely, but if focus is a struggle for you, (and if your lens is up close to the pregnant belly and want to get all of that beautiful belly in focus), then I would recommend trying to close down your aperture. Sometimes I even shoot at f/7.1. It helps when I’m standing against a wall and exposing for the afternoon sunlight shining on me as well as getting me in focus, a win/win.
One of my favorite things to do when taking a self portrait is to crop out my head, or use my hair over my face to add some mystery and emotion to the portrait. This is great to do when you have no makeup on and don’t feel quite “camera ready”, but I do this even when I have makeup on, I just like it!
Using a tripod and wireless remote helps, but is definitely not necessary. With this picture, I had the camera on my bedroom dresser top, focused by autofocusing on my red sweatpants that I held out over the spot where I would be standing and locked my focus in by switching to manual focus. Then used the 10 second self-timer, pushed the shutter, and stood in place for the shot. One of my favorite maternity self portraits to date, no excuses!
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What were the challenges for you in the beginning?

When I first started taking self portraits about 6 years ago, I was still learning about lighting and my camera, so it was real hard! It took awhile, but through trial and lots of error, I learned what type of light I like, and what type of light I don’t. I learned that right now I prefer to wear neutral clothing for my portraits, instead of my sweatpants (unless I’m being more documentary). I learned that I don’t like being put in a creative box, and try and challenge myself through my portraits each and every time. I’m still learning, and hope I never stop.anne-uebersetzig-dear-photographer-1anne-uebersetzig-dear-photographer-2anne-uebersetzig-dear-photographer-3anne-uebersetzig-dear-photographer-4anne-uebersetzig-dear-photographer-5anne-uebersetzig-dear-photographer-6anne-uebersetzig-dear-photographer-9

About the photographer

I am a mother to 3 (almost 4) children and married to an architect turned organic dairy farmer where we live and farm in our small town of Lodi, WI. I prefer the simple things in life and am passionate about using my camera to capture the more intimate moments of mamahood. I also enjoy taking self portraits, especially during naptime.

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ENLIGHTEN ME | everything Instagram pt.1 – for photographers.

ENLIGHTEN ME | everything Instagram pt.1 – for photographers.
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IT’S TIME WE HAD A CHAT ABOUT INSTAGRAM

We have been a part of the IG community for about 1.5 years. In that short amount of time we have been able to cultivate a little community and grow our account. Instagram is  the King of interaction. If it is frustrating you, you are not alone.

 

We constantly are having questions about IG, one big question that circles back to us is about growth . Truth is, there are many ways to grow an Instagram account.

  • Buy followers (yuck, yes people do that)
  • Engage like a mad woman/ person (so exhausting)
  • Use hashtags like crazy ( also exhausting)
  • Be patient ( super hard, I know)
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Another question is regarding WHY’s  of Instagram.  Which will be covered at a later blog post ! Stay tuned!!

Along the course of this IG series we’ll discuss all of this with you. From our favorite hashtags to the best posting times and beyond. Hopefully we can share some new info with you all.

First things first, if you do not have an Instagram account, we highly encourage you to sign on now. By comparison, our posts get much more engagement on Instagram then on Facebook. Check out the difference. IG vs. FB. It is kind of outstanding.

“Sometimes I wonder if Facebook users are just lazier, now you don’t even have to say I love something. Buttons have taken even that away from us. “

If you do have one >

ONE THING TO DO RIGHT NOW!

Go ahead and add your location to your IG bio. That little description section at the top of your account.  Can you image being someone who wants to hire you and they cannot locate where you are. We looked at 50 or so photographer accounts and only 5-10% of them had their locations added to their bio. More and more clients are booking photographers via Instagram, since it a huge visual site. Allowing for your portfolio to be the strongest voice.

 

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CM soul photography

If you still look like this ^ when thinking  about starting and IG account. I’d love for you to join out Facebook group (I know, kinda ironic) but Facebook still has some awesome gathering groups. Here you can ask questions!!! INSTAGRAM FOR DUMMIES  . Will be the safe community for those silly questions we all have. No question will be a dumb question.

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Erica Montgomery Photography 

So put on your happy face!!

Let’s kick some social media butt! We all know we can definitely have a thriving business with out the internet. So many photographers before us did, but why wouldn’t you want to utilize this free source of marketing.  Instagram can be an incredible place! It can connect you to millions of photographers as well. If you do IG right you can not only receive inquiries, but up your networking game. Feeling like you have a community in this very lonely business can up your happiness score overall as well, that last one may be anecdotal but true.

 

 

 

 

 

Adri De La Cruz is the founder and lead photographer at Dear Photographer. She resides in the West suburbs of Chicago with her husband and two crazy kids. She is obsessed with coffee mugs, chocolate of all types, tacos, and dancing. She believes in the authenticity of photography, and she really needs to work on her bio.

 

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