Mother and daughter photo session at Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens

January 09, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

They are officially forever a family!! It was an honor to capture sweet moments of mother and daughter. Their beautiful adoption story began January 2022 and we finally got a chance to get together to capture some special moments before the year ended! They were presented with the gift of a photo session with me on their adoption day (which is the best gift ever~I do offer gift certificates btw), but they decided to work out the new family dynamics first before we got together. 

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We decided to shoot at The Dunlawton SugarMill Gardens on the morning of New Year’s Eve.  It was an overcast, cool to mild day.  Perfect for a photo session!

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They showed me their favorite places they visit around the garden so I made sure to get images where they were familiar with most. On the last bridge we spotted a lotus flower alone near a rock in the water and it reminded them of a special story.  It was truly an honor and inspiration to experience this photo session with them.

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If you are interested in adopting http://adoptuskids.org is a great resource. 

 

 


Steward Christmas 2022

December 23, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

In the Steward Home, when we take pics, its a long drawn out event.  I let the family know a week beforehand, I tell them what we will be wearing and remind them the day before.  For this quick shoot the time got pushed back 3 times.  9am, 1:30, 4pm and we finally started at around 6.  No one wanted to participate especially Mikey.  He wanted to be on his phone in his room, blah blah.  He's a teen, in the stubborn phase, and doesn't like hanging with his parents anymore.  We get it and have been through it already with Kam. LOL  As his mom, you'll see, I know how to make him laugh.  He has the same tickle spots as he did as a baby, and I can always get him.  lol

My mom was the first one ready, as usual.  She's truly photogenic like Kam and loves taking pictures because my dad used to take pics of her all the time. (I'll share them soon).

To take these Christmas I used my tripod, timer and shutter clicker. It's how I love to capture our memories. See my tutorial on how to set up your own DIY tripod here.  

The last pics are of Kam!  She loves being my model. I get a lot of practice with her and I'm tahnkful.  She used to hate taking pics. Not now obviously. The stuffed animal is Chopper her little anime favorite. smh

Enjoy!

 

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Kam and Chopper (anime character she likes) smh

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Our babygirl is 18!

December 22, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

It's so crazy how fast they grow right?! Eighteen years ago our babygirl/first child was born.  She is truly the reason I started photography because I wanted to document every aspect of her life.  I can't believe she's now 18.  Here's a few pics from birth until now of her sweet precious life! I can't wait to capture the years to come so I can share them later with her husband, then children then her children's children one day! I can't wait! Nevermind I can wait.  Time is already going too fast! I just don't want to miss any moments.

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And Kam Kam today on year 18!  Our prayer is that The Lord continues to bless and cover her.  We know that God will direct her when we as her parents are not around or able to do so.  We also pray that she ALWAYS knows to go to God first for He is always The Answer.

 

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We Love you Kam! Check out the reel here!

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Marriage Goals

December 20, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Couple and family photography is a beautiful way to capture and share special moments forever.  In this blog post I wanted to share a little about the love story of my recent photo clients Mr. Pat and Mrs. Jan ~ married 53 years!

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When my coworker Lume told me her parents were in town I told her how important it would be to have them take professional portraits.  When she told me they never had photos done so I told her she had to, it was a must!

 

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Her parents had so much fun.  Lume said she hadn’t seen them this happy and that means so much to me. Their smiles, them holding each other and having it all captured was priceless for her, them and ME!

Most people don’t realize the power of professional photography sessions until they have one! They bring you closer and it's just pure fun!

 

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This is Mr. Pat and Mrs. Jan they met 54 years ago in Laos, near Thailand. Their true love has endured the test of time. Patience, communication and working together has made their marriage strong.  Also Mrs. Jan is a very strong woman which is the foundation of their strong marriage.  She is the glue for their family! It was an honor to meet them.

 

 


5 Top Tips for a Sensational Senior Photo Session

June 01, 2021  •  2 Comments

My 5 Top Tips for a Sensational Senior Photo Session

 

 

 

Well, graduation season is upon us!! Remember it's never too late to get senior photography.  Graduation is a time to celebrate and document. 

 

Below are our top five tips for taking on your senior portrait (or any portrait photography session) with grace and confidence and leaving with photos that you will love for years to come. 

 

 

 

1. Use your eyes.

Use your eyes to express emotion. When you smile naturally your whole face lights up and your eyes look bright and awake. Before the photo session practice smiling in the mirror and use different expressions to see what looks best. The "smize" method is great = smiling with your eyes.
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2. Relax.                                                                                                                                                        

Great photos happen when you are relaxed and confident. Let the excitement of your photo session show through the lens as you take a moment to relax and just have fun. 

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3. Breathe.

This may sound obvious but breathing is key to capturing a natural look. Take time to practice taking a deep breath while smiling or looking serious in front of the mirror.  Slowly release the air while holding your expression and notice how your face and eyes settle into a natural and relaxed expression. Allow your eyes to “smize” and just breathe.

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4. Move.

Staying stationary can sometimes produce a very staged and cheesy look. Just because you are sitting or standing still doesn’t mean you can’t change the angle of your body to create a look that is fresh and inspired. Lean into the camera slightly to appear more engaged, shift your weight from left to right, or simply move your chin slightly up and down for different shots as this gives a variety of facial expressions to work with. 

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5. Beautify.

This goes for everyone. Ladies, spend some extra time getting your hair blown out, get your makeup done and choose an outfit that makes you look and feel your best. As for the men, take a shower and shave. When you look your best, you feel your best and when you feel your best, you're naturally more confident. Go the extra mile to walk into your senior session feeling confident, attractive, prepared, and inspired. 

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