4 Tips For GREAT Halloween Photos!!!

October 31, 2011 | Filed Under Children, Events, Fashion/Commercial | Comments Off on 4 Tips For GREAT Halloween Photos!!! 

Here are some tips for taking better Halloween photos:

  1. Choose to take photos during the daylight hours. This way you know the light will be beautiful & you won’t have to worry about yellow indoor lighting or harsh flash.
  2. Set aside a time specifically to take pictures away from major costume wearing events. This eliminates impatience & many distractions.
  3. Take your children’s Halloween pictures before the succession of parties begin. This gives you crisp, clean costumes to work with. It’s sad to wait until all the festivities are over to suddenly get in a quick photo. With my kids, usually something is torn, pieces are lost, stains and stickiness cover their costumes…and my little one is sick of wearing hers, so keeping a hat or bow on is out of the question.
  4. Halloween nights are long and exhausting (although fun) and kids are not in the mood to take pictures at the end of a long, stimulating night. So try to avoid being ‘photographer’ when your children are tired and cranky. Always better to do it early in the evening (or during the day). Or just try again the next day, even though it may require the extra effort of dressing up again, the happy smiles will be worth it.

I hope these little tips help you as you are planning your Halloween. Take your photos early, during the day & in a place that won’t tempt your child to run away from you for something more fun…like the next door to knock on.



Group Fashion Shoot: Senior Portrait Sneak Peek

October 26, 2011 | Filed Under Fashion/Commercial, Senior Portraits | Comments Off on Group Fashion Shoot: Senior Portrait Sneak Peek 

Our group Fashion Shoot last weekend was so fun. I was going for an edgy, urban look and we totally pulled it off! A huge Thank You to all the seniors who came. You guys rock! You really made this shoot super fun and were so cool to work with!

A shout goes out to Johnny Utah Hair for his great hair styling. Below is a sneak peek of the afternoon. More coming soon!

How to Photograph Your Baby Laughing

October 22, 2011 | Filed Under Baby, Children | Comments Off on How to Photograph Your Baby Laughing 

My daughter just turned 16 months old and is really starting to develop a super fun sense of humor. Lately she’s taken to throwing a blanket over her head at any given moment and transforming into a ghost. When she runs into the walls and furniture like a pin ball machine, she thinks it’s so funny. We all do!

Here are some fun ideas on how to photograph your baby laughing.

TIP 1: Ages 1-2 years old tend to love slapstick humor. Try putting a banana on your head, or a diaper…or anything that doesn’t belong. For little “S” the magic was all in a plastic bag. She couldn’t keep her eyes off it & loved when we danced around silly with it!

TIP 2: Peek-a-Boo is a favorite game for young & old babies alike. I played this game with Avery to get her to relax and really warm up to me:

TIP 3: The Chase. When ever I say, “I’m gonna get you!” my little one immediately runs away laughing…in the opposite direction. So if you plan ahead, and get another adult or older child to give chase, you can be ready at the other side of the room when your baby turns and heads in your direction…laughing with excitement. Below, I was fortunate to have parents helping me with our fun game so when Olivia came running out from behind the tree, I was ready for her adorable smile.

TIP 4: Tickle. It never fails.

TIP 5: Swing & Throw. I love to get dad to throw his little one up in the air. Instant smiles all around. Sweet Scarlet also loved the 1-2-3 SWING game.

TIP 6: If you have older kids too, use them! Siblings can be the best helpers. One day my boys and I were at the park & created this happy moment simply by making silly animal sounds (& hopping like a bunny):

Then I handed the camera to my 4 year old and he took these:

Pretty amazing! I might have a little photographer in the making.

TIP 7: By trading places with your older children & occasionally letting them do the photographing, they will be more engaged and want to be apart of your picture-taking adventures.

Remember to make picture taking a fun, light-hearted attempt. Kids of all ages respond best to fun, games & silliness rather than scolding & bribing to create the right pose or expression. Your pictures will almost always turn out better if you laugh along with your little ones. This is also the first step in turning your photo taking into memory making!

Happy Shooting!

Senior Portrait Promo

October 12, 2011 | Filed Under Senior Portraits | Comments Off on Senior Portrait Promo 


New Mini Albums!!

October 3, 2011 | Filed Under Products | Comments Off on New Mini Albums!! 

Big Impact-Little Package

My new MINI Album, measuring 4″x4″, is about as cute as cute gets.
Perfect for any occasion: seniors, portraits, parties & GIFTS.
Affordable, pocket-sized, and beautiful! All the pages lay flat in a seamless page spread…
just like my larger Keepsake Albums.

 I’ve been searching high and low for a true photographically printed mini album. Most companies (even on the Pro level) only make small albums in their press printed lines, which are of much lesser quality. Now I have finally found a high-end album in miniature size.

I’m thrilled to present the awesome new layflat MINI Album! The Mini even comes with your choice of linen or leather cover. No need to buy a larger album, you can just order the Mini—they come in sets of 2. How fun is that?!

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