You guys... I become absolutely giddy when I get to photograph a family as they grow. Little ones change so much over the years. I am always so grateful to be given the opportunity to document that growth for my families. This family is so near and dear to my heart and drove all the way to Fort Mill for a second session with me. We were so lucky to have a cooler day for this session. By cooler I mean about 85 degrees instead of our usual 90+. And the light... the light was just gorgeous this evening. This session was full of light, laughter and love... all of the things that inspire me most.
I wanted to talk about editing for a moment today. Why do photographers edit your photos? When you hire a family photographer they usually charge a session fee or deposit that covers the session and includes the time it takes to edit all of your images. What exactly is your photographer doing during the editing process? I'm hoping to shed some light on the behind scenes love and care that we give to your images.
Before I talk about editing, I think it's important to say that editing does not replace the skill of making a good image in camera. A photographer needs to know how to manage light and properly expose an image. Photography is a craft that takes a lot of time to learn, there are no shortcuts. Editing is not a replacement to knowing the craft of photography, it is merely meant to enhance your images.
When I made this image there were several things that I had to consider. First is always the light. If I have a fast moving kiddo, I need to make sure that we are in a lighting situation where there is a lot of room to run and play. If I am in directional light or a back lighting situation, the kiddo may easily turn in a way that the light is no longer flattering. So the main question is, where can I find the most flattering light for my subjects? The second thing I take into consideration is the background. Is there anything distracting? Will the background add to the image? Finally, I pose my families. They don't look posed here, but I promise you I gave them lots of direction to make them feel comfortable and had my camera ready for the perfect moment. A lot goes in to capturing authentic moments and I prepare my families for that weeks before the photo session.
This image is straight out of my camera:
Once your session is over I select the best images from what we captured. I'm looking for good composition, the right moments and images that best tell your story. Then I personally begin the process of hand editing each and every image. I give them lots of love and care so that you can have the best possible outcome of your photo session.
I'm actually editing this session right now! I hope that I have shed some light on what goes on behind the scenes with your images. Happy Friday Friends!
Every year I do a portrait session for each of my children on their birthdays. This year, for my girls... I was late, very late. They celebrated their birthdays over a month ago, but better late than never, right? It's s0 important to update their images each year, because they change SO much. I have last years' images up on the wall and I can see so much change in just one year. CRAZY!!! They are growing up so fast, I almost can't keep up. My youngest is no longer a baby... last year, she still had a bit of baby in her. It's gone. Completely! This year...she is a full blown kid. My oldest daughter is in her tween years. Can I just also say how much I love doing photo sessions with girls her age? I absolutely LOVE this age! Tween girls are in a funky age where they become hyper aware of how they look and a little self conscious. And there is middle school, and mean girls and the media, social media.... it's such a hard transitional time full of emotion. The thing I love most about sessions with this age group is that I get to show them how breathtakingly beautiful they are. just the way they are! Give me your tweens... I'll show them how unique and gorgeous they are! Boys enter this stage too, more than we might think. Next month, I get to show my son how absolutely handsome he is. Here are my girls...7 and 11...
Happy Birthday Girls (late)! I love you both to the moon and back!
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When you help pull together a bridal shower for your sister, you also can't help but photograph it. At least, I can't help it! Laura's bridal shower was beautiful, so of course I wanted to photograph all the details. It was a huge success and I'm already a bit stunned that we will be celebrating her wedding in just a couple of months. Time is really flying and before we know it... these two will be saying their vows among the mountains in beautiful Asheville, NC! Just before the shower, I caught a moment with the soon to be newlyweds..
Laura's bridal shower was a garden party theme complete with gorgeous greenery and flowers, lovely table settings, and adorable favors for the guests...
We need to talk about the food! Laura's shower took place in Lexington, Ohio. I just can't stop raving about the amazing food and styling done by Tammy Reel and her daughter Sophie. Tammy has just started her own catering business and we were beyond lucky to have them pull this entire shower together. They took care of the place settings, decorating and styling the cupcakes, and just generally helped everything run smoothly. I think I would put them in the event coordinator category. They really went above and beyond. Because of Tammy and Sophie, Laura's shower was truly over the top!
And of course... the people. We had a wonderful group of ladies gather to help us celebrate Laura. Thank you to everyone who came and made this day truly special for Laura!
These ladies are my beautiful co-hosts, the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom. I had so much fun planning this day with both of you...