The only reason I take pictures is for the memory. This is why I like family and event portraits the best. Being able to snap a photo that can hold that memory completely in place is truly an amazing thing! When I take a picture (weather it be from my phone or from my camera) I'm not thinking about the "now", I'm looking to see how it will look 10 years from now. How will the portrait make you feel in 10 years? You want to look at that photo and be able to say, "awe look how little he was!" or "look how cute she was with her first tooth coming in!". Instead of shooting a quick picture from my phone today, I made sure to take a few special ones. would you like to know why? It's because it was my sons first day of kindergarten! The first day of starting his journey of education! The start of kindergarten is so special to me, and I wanted to make sure I created a special memory to look back on when he graduates high school some day. I can not wait to look back at these portraits 13 years from now and see how little he once was!
No matter the profession you are in, education is always something that should be a constant factor in your life. When people think "education" they think about expensive books and classes that put you in debt. And well, yes, it is. But.... there are other ways to constantly educate yourself without all the money involved. Putting your ALL into what you are passionate about is the only way it will give back to you in return. How can you constantly push it to the next level? Make yourself better?? To begin, the Internet is a great way to find that answer! Seriously! The same Internet that has billions of memes and cat videos, also has helpful information. These are some of the ways I get crafty with learning so I can always work towards bettering my photography, and my business. I watch and listen to Webinars from famous photographers a lot. Most of them have a free hour to 2 hour long webinar that will give you oodles of information. Amy and Jordan are a couple that have two amazing free webinars. At the end of the webinar they always inform you about their whole training classes you can opt to pay for. But I don't. I just find another free webinar from someone else. I watch YouTube videos from famous photographers, all the time. Tony and Chelsea are amazing and are wonderful teachers. Sarah Petty actually has a free book all about marketing you can order; you just have to pay shipping. Keep your eyes peeled and there are all sorts of things you can do to further your education without paying for it. Another really amazing way to learn (that I have noticed a lot of people forget about) is the local library. Did you forget about that place? There are tons of business books, marketing books, and photography books. I found this book on how to specifically master light in photography...and it’s free of course! That is just way too cool for me. Light is so intriguing to learn about, it can be the difference between an okay photo, or an outstanding portrait that has to be hung on a 20x16 canvas in your entryway. Yes, it is important to pay real money for the education you want, but in the mean time, fill your space with ways to better your life. Instead of watching that fail-compilation on YouTube, watch a video about how to crochet. That is after all how I learned to crochet, and now I can use that skill to make little crochet animals that hang on the end of my camera lens!
These portraits I took are of my niece Caroline. We were all together for dinner grilling some yummy steaks. I had felt super inspired from a recent webinar I had watched about light and I said, “Caroline, go put on a dress and follow me!”. I wanted to challenge myself in a super difficult location with spotty light, and they turned out so fun!
Recently, my fiancé and I got engaged! I wanted some engagement photos, so I took things into my own hands! We walked out onto the beach together with my camera and my tripod, and I used my timer. It was really cool to capture photos and also be on a date at the same time. I had this vision of these beautiful sunset beach photos, but when we got there, it was cloudy and stormy. The rain was coming, and I needed to race against time because my camera is not waterproof after-all. My vision needed to change for these photos, because there was no way I was going to see a sunset through the thick, grey, gloomy clouds that hung over us. Honestly, it was so difficult trying to take my own photo with the timer on my camera! It's extremely hard to get the timing and focus in the camera correct without being behind it! But all in all, I had a great time, and I can not wait to take some more beach pictures without the challenge of also being in front of the camera at the same time!
Reserve your spot for a mini family photo session in Bonaventure Cemetery! This is an amazing way to experience beautiful Savannah, and also capture some stunning moments to frame for your walls! The great old oak trees and swaying Spanish moss symbolize this amazing part of Georgia, and is a great feature to have in your home. You will be able to look at these photos and appreciate this fantastic city you call home. Schedule your family photos as soon as possible, as spots will fill up fast!
June 23rd 2018 I will be hosting an in-house mini session to celebrate our great country! 30 min sessions will be scheduled. Each session will include 8 5x7 photos shipped to your home! You will be able to view all photos in a online gallery. A CD with all edited watermarked images will be included and mailed to you as well! call before all spots are full!