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How to Plan For Your Portrait & Engagement Session

Often people look around gaining inspiration for their portrait, or engagement session from Pinterest, and Instagram. They spend hours pinning, and creating the “perfect” session board, only to find in the end they are unhappy with their session when the images are delivered.

Why?

They didn’t infuse their personalities, or story into any of their images. Your story is your life, and is filled the things that make you, YOU! You can’t copy that. So let’s dive right in to planning YOUR session.

Choosing the RIGHT Photographer FOR YOU!

— Photographers all have different styles of images, and different personalities, so choosing someone that fits with you is essential to planning your session. If you have a bright, bubbly personality, and you want that conveyed in your images,  you wouldn’t want to go with someone who has a darker, edgier style. For me, when I’ve planned my own sessions, I make sure to go with photographers whose personalities match mine. For my head-shots, I went with Hope Taylor, who has a bright, bubbly personality, and our styles just seemed to fit really well. It made the whole experience flow seamlessly, and we constantly laughed through the entire session.

Location

— I always encourage clients to think of a location that is special to them, or I help them choose a location that fits their personality, and style. For a high school senior, they may want to choose to have their session downtown in the city, because that’s relevant to their style. For a couple, it could be the place they had their first date, or the place he proposed.

Clothing

— Long gone are the days of the white button up, and denim jeans(thank goodness!). This is where choosing the right photographer can help you decide on what to wear as well. If you want a more luxurious feel, and look to your images try that cute LBD, a pair of pumps, and statement jewelry. If you’re style is laid back, and casual, go for minimal jewelry, a nice pair of jeans with emphasis on the shoes, and pair your casual top with a jacket.

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What Season Is Better For Portrait, & Engagement Sessions?

So often people will plan their portrait sessions, and not infuse their own personalities, and preferences into the mix. They simply copy what they see others doing on Pinterest, or Instagram. While it’s great to gather inspiration from those sources, don’t copy exactly what you see. 

This blog post, will be one of two in a mini-series about planning your own unique session that feels like you. The first step is very simple, you just have to answer one question: “What season is your favorite?” , or “What season holds the best memories for you?” 

My answer is fall all the way! Some of my best memories with friends, family, and business happen in the fall.

Below, I have images from every season that I have shot in, and each one is unique, and beautiful.

Spring: If you love fluffy flowers already in bloom, or are blooming(Cherry Blossom Trees are life, and  Dogwoods), if you love pastel colors, spring dresses, warm days that still turn into cool nights, then this is perfect for you.

Summer: The summer days are hot, but those summer evenings last, and last. The summer flowers are out in their full on bright colors(Red Hot Pokers are my favorite, and my second are Sunflowers!!). The sunsets later in the day, making an evening session so enjoyable.

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Downtown Winston-Salem City Senior Session

I don’t think I could ever get tired of shooting in cities, or photographing seniors like Joseph. This guy right here has the biggest heart, and I know it’s apparent to everyone around him. As of right now, he is learning Chinese, and gearing up to leave the small town life for missions. He will be with a missions team in Hong Kong for 2 years! They will be traveling to different parts throughout those two years, but Joseph already loves the culture, so I am sure he’s going to enjoy himself while he is there. I am excited for him, and cannot wait to hear stories of the impact they will make while there.

Joseph was born, and raised in a bigger city, and then his family made the decision to move to the small town scene, and it was a big adjustment for him. So having his session in the Art Walk District of Winston-Salem seemed like the perfect place for him.

I hope you enjoy these images!

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KayMarie’s Downtown Mt. Airy, and Pilot Mountain Senior Session

When Kay-Marie first contacted me about wanting to do her senior session, and mentioned she had this Indiana Jones style hat she wanted to wear, I knew we were in for an awesome session. This girl, is very focused, and very determined, and I love that about her. She not only manages to keep up with her studies, but is also working on a novel, and she is a musician.

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing her play in our town, and she sounded amazing. I am excited to see where this girl goes in her life! I really hope you enjoy seeing this session, because I had a blast working with Kay-Marie and her family.

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Bright, & Airy Sunflower Field Session || Dewberry Farm

Dewberry Farm is the sweetest little event venue tucked into the heart of Kernersville, North Carolina. Once you arrive on the property you see the sunflower field on your right, along with their beautiful horses roaming around in the field next to it, and then the manor itself is just beautiful! I had the privilege of speaking with Wendi Johnson, one of the owners of the property before we arrived, and she was so accommodating. Since the property involves a lot of walking, she let us use one of the golf carts to ride from location to location.

This session was just as special for me, as it was for the amazing young lady I had the privilege of photographing. I would like for you to meet Karli Bullins, and her amazing, assistant/golf cart chauffeur, boyfriend Jeremy. I’ve known Karli for a total of 5 years this year, and to be able to do a senior session re-do was a highlight! You are probably wondering what in this world is a senior session re-do? Well, she graduated in 2015, but never had her images professionally done.  So we collaborated together, and we made it happen.

I hope these images make you smile, just as much as they made me smile. She has such a bubbly, personality that is so contagious, even through imagery.

Enjoy!

 

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Bright & Fun Mt. Airy Portrait Session

Amy was such a delight to photograph! I’ve had the wonderful opportunity of knowing, and working with this beautiful, sweet young lady. She has big goals, and plans for her future such as hopefully attending college in Wilmington, NC with one of her best friends. For her shoot we wanted to showcase her bright, and fun personality so I took her to this charming little garden that is hidden behind a building called, “The Blue House Art Gallery”. From there we hopped in my car, and headed downtown to finish the rest of her session. I may or may not have found some white, fluffy flowers that I couldn’t pass up!

Be sure you leave some love for Amy, and I hope you enjoy these images as much as I do.

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Downtown Mount Airy North Carolina Portrait Session || Calle Fulton

Hello friends! I am so excited to bring Calle’s downtown session to you today. We started in an unconventional place for our shoot, then we branched out into the main street of Mount Airy searching for white, fluffy flowers. I just enjoyed talking with Calle, and getting to know her even more. I found out that she loves the small town life, and has big dreams for her future. I am so excited to see where those dreams take you girl!

I hope that you enjoy this session as much as I do.

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2018 Senior Rep Applications

Hello everyone! I hope that you are doing well today, and that you are excited for the re-launch of my 2018 Senior Rep Application. I did a very mini one last year, and it was so much fun working with the ladies at Reynolda Village and Gardens. I wanted to invite even more girls to join us for the upcoming year. I will be inserting some images from our shoot below along with the application website.

The ladies this year are going to receive some fun prizes such as: 

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2016: A Year in Review Part II

To continue this post from the previous blog post, which you can find here, 2016 had a few more things to throw at me before it was over. As I mentioned in the last blog post, my personal life started taking a turn for the worse. I found myself very lost, confused, hurt, and scared for what the future held. I ended up asking God questions that I never thought I would find myself asking Him, and even being just a little bit angry. I asked Him, “Why, why is this happening?”, and “What did I do to have all this pain, and rejection in my life? Do you know what’s so great about God though? He still loved me through it all. No matter what questions I had, or even if I had gotten a little bit angry, He still loved me, and gave me the answers I needed. It wasn’t always what I wanted to hear, but it was the truth I needed to get back on track, and headed in the right direction.

I would say by November I started growing more, and more not only in my faith, but in all aspects of my life. I had to choose to surrender some situations, and people in order to have what God wanted me to have. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, but the peace I gained was worth it. So did I get my happy ending at the end of 2016? Oh I was so close, but 2016 wanted to throw something else at me before it left. It hit me with a mystery virus on Christmas Eve. Why was it a mystery? The doctors did 2 flu tests, checked me for strep, checked for 1 other virus it could’ve been, but everything came out negative. It left me very, very sick until Friday of last week.

I think that was 2016’s way of throwing one more punch at me, but it didn’t get me down. I am coming back stronger, and better than I was before. So 2017, bring it on, I am ready for you.

For now enjoy some more highlights of the wonderful people I got to work with last year.

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