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5/7/2020 0 Comments
I guess I am a little biased here, but I think photo sessions are one of the most important things you purchase. Why? Because this is your legacy. These are the items that are going to be passed down through the generations, this is the documentation of your life and your family. You're also paying your hard earned money for this session, so to me, it's not to be taken lightly.
I've been burned before, I was young and didn't know exactly what to ask or maybe I was just too shy? But I've obviously learned a thing or two since then and I'm here to pass on some knowledge to you so that you feel confident when booking a session (whether it's with me or someone else).
When hiring a photographer, there are a few things you should ask. This is no means a complete list, but this should get you steered in the right direction.
Here are a few other things to consider:
I hope you have found this helpful and that you are able to use some of these when booking your next family session. If you are considering choosing me to document your family's memories, please feel free to reach out to me. I usually always have a chat or Face Time session with a new clients before hand so that we can get to know each other a bit and I can get a feel for what's important to you.
3/30/2020 0 Comments
The COVID-19 crisis has affected us all in some way. Myself and my family are doing our part to flatten the curve. Unfortunately, that means not taking on any clients. Photography is not an essential business and is not vital to life (although my soul would disagree). This is totally uncharted territory for us all.
My heart especially breaks for those mother's in their 3rd trimester, due to deliver any day. They won't be able to have maternity, birth, Fresh 48, or newborn photos- among a whole host of other things. All of these are once in a lifetime events. My heart truly breaks that I won't be there to capture these moments for you so that you can focus solely on your baby and your family. Remembering to take photographs during this time is just one more thing a new mama will have on her plate.
So, I've been thinking and I've tried to come up with some tips and tricks to help you document these precious days. Whether you have an iPhone or a DSLR or a point and shoot camera, the principles are the same.
DIY Fresh 48 Shot List
This is by no means an exhaustive list. I just wanted you to have a helpful resource and something to help guide you through. Everyone is tired after labor. The adrenaline wears off and everything becomes hazy and dreamlike. This is part of the appeal of having a professional photographer come in and do this for you- you don't have to think about it. Hopefully having a guide will help you get those once in a lifetime shots. Use your imagination. Everyone's story is a different and unique, just like them. Did this blog help you at all? Did I leave anything out? Want me to add something? Tell me in the comments below!
I wanted to take a moment to share with you a gifting idea/concept that I originally saw from my friend over at Marla White Photography's Instagram account. I asked her if I could share her idea and she graciously said yes. But, as I sat on it a while, I decided to add my own flair to it.
She suggested that when you give someone a gift certificate, especially for a photo session, that you add a cute frame, a keepsake journal, and journaling supplies. After all, presentation is everything! I immediately fell in love. I absolutely love the idea of a journal to jot down your feelings, milestones, funny things your kids say...
I thought to myself, "What would I like as a gift basket?" and it came to me. If I were pregnant or a new mom, I would love something for me and something I could enjoy with my new bundle of joy. So, in my version I added a plant (string of pearls to those who are curious) in a simple, timeless terra cotta pot and books for baby. What's better? Add a sweet note or wish for baby inside the cover of the book. Not only will you be helping to build a library for baby, but the book, plant, and photo session gift certificate are gifts that keep on giving. The books become keepsakes, along with the gift certificate/photo session. You're giving the gift of making memories- preserving memories. And of course, the frame can be repurposed with a beautiful image from their session. I could not think of a more thoughtful gift than this. Moms deserve to be in the pictures too...not just cell phone selfies. Real, authentic, beautiful portraits of motherhood. This is the greatest journey she will ever embark on, it deserves to be preserved for her and her little one.
If you'd like to purchase a gift certificate for someone special in your life, click the contact link above or find me on Facebook or Instagram. Gift certificates are available in any amount and a gift basket/goodie box presentation option can be added on for an additional fee. Goodie boxes/Gift Basket can be easily customized for anyone! The options are endless.
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Jess is a photographer serving families located in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She specializes in documentary and storytelling photography.
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