Angel Face

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Beautiful success!

Yay! I finally took some friends away from jcpenny portraits! I mean nothing against them… But I like to think that I offer something you can’t find there!! I now have this amazing studio to work at, great lighting, I can set up whatever ideas I would like, have fun, and most importantly take the time needed, and make the kids comfortable. 1 1/2 and 3 can be hard individually but also shooting together! It can either be good, bad, great, terrible, etc! It’s all about the kids and their mood! It went wonderfully and they are so beautiful! They look just like their mommy and daddy! She called me after and said Shannon, I have never been able to get pictures of both of my kids smiling! I was so happy with the pictures and knew what it meant to them. Little things like that make me so happy and makes me feel good that I am able to offer people something they can’t always get somewhere else! I was able to capture both kids smiles and personalities, Portraits, and my favorite is candid parent and child shots! Knowing they will have these gorgeous pictures of their kids for their house and that she is giving as Christmas gifts makes me smile! I love my job!! I put everything I have into it and the way I feel successful is when someone loves their pictures!

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Family matters!

I received a call from a father that wanted portraits of his son and family. His son was around 18 months and he had wanted to capture this time! He described him with big beautiful eyes and gorgeous curly hair. He mentioned that he was going to have his first hair cut and they wanted to get his portraits done first. We talked about him, and how to make it fun. I like to do traditional photographs and also capture that candidness between him and his parents! This age is probably the toughest. At 1 year they still are amused by me, at 2 years they can be bribed and tricked. At this age they are so smart and figuring everything out for themselves! We danced and played music and had snacks and made silly faces! He was so sweet and calm but you could tell he was shy being around a stranger taking his pictures. I always hope to capture those big smiles and laugh and am disappointed when I don’t. I am happy with the amazing portraits of him and his beautiful eyes and got some smiles with his parents and cousin! His father told me his brother and sister in law were in town with their cousin and asked to bring them along with their mother. I was all for it! I like to make every experience personal and give all that I can. Whatever makes my clients happy makes me happy and the more the merrier! It was my first large group shot and I was a little nervous how to pose everyone. I am used to shooting outside and everyone being natural and using the elements. In a studio is a little restricting. Overall I am happy with what were able to capture and I hope they were too!

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Inseparable Bonds

My sister wanted some pictures of her and her daughter, so I met them at a park by my house!  It is so amazing to be able to capture such love between a mother and daughter.   The smiles are different from any other, the hugs are different, and you can feel every special moment between them.  I love being an aunt, it is so different from being a mom.  And I love being able to watch and share the joys of motherhood with my sister.  She is an amazing mom and I was so glad to be able to capture these images for her.  ImageImageImageImageImageImage

Generation Alpha

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I wanted a unique title so I looked it up and the generation born in 2010 has created a new name that is being called Generation Alpha!  Hmm.. interesting.  I took these photos because I have wanted to capture my daughter, husband, and his mother for a while!  I figured a shoot and some framed prints was the perfect present for grandparents day ( a few weeks late)!!  My mother in law is such a calm, kind person.  She has been amazing to me over the past almost 9 years, and is incredible with our daughter.  They are like two kids together, you can see the joy in both of them when they are together.  It is so fun to see how she resembles my husband, and his side of the family!  I had fun and tried out some different things with this too!!  When I am with a new client, I am still a little bit nervous to try out extreme light changes, or different styles.  I want to make sure I capture the smiles, and the moment, and don’t want to accidentally overexpose and completely ruin a shot!!  I really like being creative, and trying out new things so I will do it more often!! I am a huge fan of black and white if you can’t tell!!  I have been having such a hard time editing and posting lately.  I always offer my clients both color and black and white prints but how do you choose? The colors are so amazing this fall, but yet black and white just adds such a dynamic element to all of it!!  Can’t wait to print these and I know my daughter’s grandmother is going to love them!!!  

Baby Boy and Lots of Joy!!

This was my first adult/maternity shoot.  I wasn’t nervous because I had some ideas planned and a pretty spot, and a gorgeous couple!  I was really excited to capture the excitement and happiness of a an upcoming new life!  It made me remember my own pregnancy and all the things that come along with it!  I am very used to candid shots, and also just chasing kids around.  This was a new challenge for me.  I had to plan every picture, every pose, and tell them what to do.  Kara is 7 months pregnant and looked gorgeous so that was easy!!  Frank was amazing.  He would touch her belly, or look down at it, and hold her hand.  I was very impressed that he came and was into the shoot.  They were so cute!  You could tell they were nervous and I would say, ok its time to get a little intimate.  :-  My favorite shot is the one of just her belly with the bow and his hands.  This actually came out of a bad pic too!  Her eyes were closed and I had a previous shot that was similar so I wanted to try to make something else out of it… I could not have been happier with the result!  I am really happy with all the pictures and I know the couple is too!  I am so excited for them and she said she can’t wait to put the pics around their brand new apartment they just got together!  How exciting for them.  New apartment and even more a new life on the way!  I am going to their baby shower on sunday and am going to blow up some pics for part of their gift!!  ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage