BE INSPIRED sesh | Feature by Sara K Blanco 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 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



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.



BE INSPIRED Session featuring Light Garden Creative


Is this personal work or client work?

A client engagement session with two fabulous people! Laurisa and Eric are getting married in 2017 and opted for a late summer engagement session to kick off the festivities.

What about this session was most memorable?

This beautiful, late summer day. Here in Michigan the weather is unpredictable. Sunny and warm one day, snowing the next! As a natural light photographer this is my biggest challenge. Laurisa and her handsome fiancé Eric had a vision for a dreamy, sunny engagement session… and after rescheduling once due to rain, mother nature gifted us this gorgeous evening! We rejoiced in the sunshine and frolicked around Belle Isle, Detroit for hours! Is this even a job!? Haha!

Were there any hurdles?

The beginning of this session was held inside the Belle Isle Conservatory. I shoot here quite often because it’s basically my favorite place. I challenge myself to use the space differently every time, but still stay true to my brand. I love comparing sessions and finding new depths of my style as I grow stronger as an artist.

Your best photographer/session advice?

I think it’s important to put yourself in your clients shoes. Be sensitive to what this experience is like for them. When was the last time you were photographed? What did it feel like to you? Use your own experience to better soothe the nerves of your clients. Once I let go of my “I’m the photographer” ego and switched my focus entirely to my clients and their needs… my photos transformed! Natural smiles and flattering body language for daysss.

What gear was used to achieve these?

I shot this with my beloved Canon 5D Mark III and a combination of prime lenses – the Canon 35mm 1.4 and the Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro.





Hi! I’m Madison. I’m a fiery Aries, a dreamer, and a hugger. I love tea, plants, yellow anything, hammocks, and music I can dance too! I have an artist’s heart and my beloved camera is my paint brush. I’m passionate about documenting moments that make me feel something, and crafting them into works of art. Garden inspired wall decor for the rustic home – or maybe a modern, cream linen wedding album – swooning!


BE INSPIRED Session Featuring Blushing Red Photography


Is this your personal work or client work?

This session was client work.

What about this session was most memorable?

I would have to say this beautiful child. She was not only one of the most gorgeous little girls i have ever seen, but she was SO happy. Like genuinely happy. She just kept laughing and smiling at me and it made me feel so happy. Also the love that this little family had for one another. The chemistry between mom and dad was REAL.

Were there any hurdles?

YES. My beloved Sigma art 35 decided to stop working in the middle of this session. Right when we were getting really into the swing of the session! Thank goodness I had my second most beloved lens, my Sigma Art 50!

Your best photographer advice/session advice?

I would say just don’t get too caught up on getting the “perfect cookie cutter shot” –  you want to capture the little details that make the clients who they are. Like a mom wiping tears from her overly tired toddlers cheeks, or the joy of a child running around in summer. Even if its not “technically perfect” – real raw moments, those are the moments that the family will cherish forever.

What gear was used to achieve these?

Canon Mark 5d ii and Sigma Art 35 & 50.


About the photographer:

Blushing Red Photography is based in Akron Ohio. I am a natural light lifestyle photographer. I recently quit my nursing career to pursue my passion full time! I have two beautiful boys and an amazing husband who supports me every step of the way! I love creating these real raw moments, and really create a fun easy environment for my clients! I shoot everything from love stories, babies even boudoir! But I specialize in families and women’s portraiture. I also aspire to be a traveling photographer and explore the world doing what I love.

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BE INSPIRED Session featuring Becci Ravera Photography


Is this personal work or client work?

This adorable session was technically client work but as with many of the families that I work with if they aren’t already friends they quickly become friends. So, I almost always consider my sessions to be a little bit of personal work mixed with a little bit of client work.

 What about this session was most memorable?

The there is one thing that feeds my soul with this little photography passion of mine and it is seeing the connection between people. I look for it in everything I do. I will forfeit perfect lighting and background for connection and emotion. So as with all of my sessions that was my favorite part of this session. Watching the way this adorable family love each other meant everything to me.

Were there any hurdles?

Anytime you are working with young children there will be hurdles. Kids don’t understand how important these images are to mom and dad. Plus, I tend to hold my summer session right at or after bed time so that adds another element. Honestly though, that is what I love. I want the organic moments between a family even if those organic moments include adorable grumpy faces. One thing to keep in mind when you feel like you are struggling with an unhappy little one is that they are easily distracted and their emotions can easily be reset as long as you are willing to get down to their level and play. For this session, that adorable little girl got a little fussy from the start so I sat the parents down in good light and told the kids to stand next to me and run and hug their parents. They couldn’t wait and what followed was a bunch of honest moments of movement, laughter, and fun. Remember that you control the session even when it seems out of control. Just take a step back, take a breath, and try a different strategy until you find what works.

Tell us your best photographer/session advice.

Through this little photography journey of mine I have found few pieces of advice to be the most powerful.

  1. Learn light- for me this part of the journey is always evolving and growing. I continually try to push my boundaries with light often I fail but when I nail it, it’s magical! Learning to see light differently has changed everything for me. At your sessions always look for light first. If you can set them up in good light and just let them be themselves you will find that you can create some truly spectacular images.
  2. Remember that your subjects feed off of you. If you are uncertain or nervous they will be too. I always try to go into my session prepared. I jot down quick notes on poses or ideas that I want to remember. I try to get to the location about 30 mins early to confirm exactly what light and backgrounds I want to use. If you are still learning your session flow start following photographers who’s images you love and study how they do things. Where is the light they are using? How are their subjects posed or unposed? Don’t copy them simply learn from them and then implement your style.
  3. If I can leave you only one piece of advice this would be it… Be yourself! Your passion for photography means that you have something special to share. Shoot what you love, learn that there are never mistakes only chances to learn and grow, keep trusting yourself and pushing yourself even when you aren’t sure if you can, I promise you that you can. And the sooner you learn that the only acceptance that you need is your own the easier this journey will be.

What gear was used to achieve these?

I am a canon girl and I am a huge fan of the 6D. I learned on that camera so I love it. This session I relied most on my Sigma Art 35 1.4 (a favorite of mine) and my Canon 70-200L. I usually only rely on natural light and will climb on and over just about anything to get the light I want.


About the photographer:

I am a Cali girl currently living and exploring the beauty of Northern CA with my best friend of the last 15 years and our 2 little monkeys (J is 4 & D is 2). You will rarely find me without my camera in hand because I am mildly obsessed (ok – totally obsessed) with capturing the beauty of the everyday moments in a fun and creative way. As a boymom, I have learned to embrace the messiness and just try to enjoy the beautiful chaos that fills my days.

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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-er 😉

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.


BE INSPIRED Session featuring Elise Meader Photography

Is this personal work or client work?
This is client work!
What about this session was most memorable?
This session was with a sweet family who just recently moved here from California. I was so floored when she emailed me saying she found my work online and wanted to book a session with me. She told me she loved the lifestyle feel, and I instantly knew this was a client who chose me for ME, which is always the best kind of client.
When I arrived I was greeted by a beautiful mama and her husband, a sleeping newborn and two amazing little girls.
The apartment was filled with light and my favorite… they were wearing NEUTRALS! haha, I know… sounds like a funny thing to deem your “favorite”, but I can’t express how much of an impact neutral colors make on an indoor lifestyle session like this. They were so natural, they listened and cooperated when I told them they need not look at me during our session, they can just look at their baby, talk, cuddle and be in the moment. I truly believe that is why these photos came out looking so authentic. It was all them. They did natural perfectly.
Where there any hurdles?
The girls were so amazing with their baby brother and other than the space being a little tight, there weren’t any hurdles. The mother set everything up perfectly, the apartment was warm, the baby had just eaten before my arrival, and she had swaddle and white onesies out ready to go.
Your best photographer/session advice?
My best advice for photographing clients would be to make them feel comfortable. Give them as much heads up as you can prior to the session, letting them know what makes the session flow nicely so they are prepared, and then let them take the reigns. This allows them to relax, feel comfortable and confident in the session and open up on more of a personal level. I try never to take myself too seriously, and in turn, they loosen up and feel at ease in front of the camera.
What gear was used to achieve these?
I used my Nikon D750, my sigma 35 ART and my sigma 24 ART.
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About the photographer:
Elise is a natural light photographer specializing in lifestyle newborn, family, couples and maternity.
She also runs a wedding business with her partner, Sarah Driscoll, and together they are Root & Bud Weddings.
She is a mother of two boys, Grant and Dean, a wife of a Navy SEAL Veteran, a patriot through and through.

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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