It was a nice, smooth week over here. After a hiccup and surprisingly meeting a new midwife and staff at my doctor’s office, I calmed down and the rest of my appointment went well. Here’s to almost halfway there! 🙂
Since I’ve just been keeping these bumpdates to myself, I decided to have one blog post with all of the ones to date! I’ll do better about blogging weekly in the future promise. For now, here’s what you’ve missed!
I had a great time last night as a vendor for Hanover College setting up a photobooth for their students at the college-sponsored Foto Flash 80s party. The weather was quite dicey and by the time I left the event, the roads were officially “closed” but I managed to sneak home in the big red jeep. It was so much fun with this group of students, who loved visiting me in the booth. If you’re interested in party bookings, I’m available for simple photobooth setup (such as this one) and would love to talk to you about booking a party! All photobooth bookings include the gray backdrop, props and of course all of the lighting and equipment that is required. I hope you enjoy, these made me giggle out loud! 😀
So I know I’m a little behind, but I wanted to blog my favorite photos from my fall mini photography sessions with The Little Golden Fox in Madison, Indiana. Cara designed this beautiful set outside of her shop on Main Street in Madison and we had 10 awesome groups of kiddos come join us in their Halloween and fall best! Here are my favorites from my photo session day in Madison!
Smart, stylish and sophisticated — Brooklyn is a beautiful young lady who has a bright future ahead of her. I enjoyed her eclectic personality and her amazing wardrobe! Here are my favorite from her senior session in Madison Indiana.
These sweet newleyweds wanted a romantic summer photography session to close out their amazing year together. We met up for morning golden hour and were blessed with a hazy start then gorgeous light as the sun burned the fog away. Here’s a collection of my favorites!
What a year 2013 has been! The year started with a newborn boom and only got busier from there. Here’s a little highlight of my year!
Not to mention, babes and kiddos who are just beautiful, handsome and full of personality!
And this year’s siblings? Just to-die-for-adorable!
Don’t get me started on the couples. Oh-la-la!
And last, but not least, my wonderful 2013 family favorites!
And of course, my favorite photo of my sweet husband and me. Taken, as you know, down in Florida with my remote shutter.
Thank you all for a wonderful 2013! I can’t wait to see what exciting things 2014 has in store for AHP!
This morning golden hour session was a crisp reminder that fall was well underway. I’ve known Brianna since high school when we worked our first jobs together and was so thrilled when she asked me to photograph her beautiful little family. I love seeing her happy and these kiddos were *perfect* for me!
What happens when a photographer plans your high school reunion? Well, the event looks more like a decorated wedding reception than a bar AND a photobooth is a requirement. I asked my second shooter Cassie to man the camera for the night so my classmates and I could get silly and capture our memories without me reaching for the camera. I was the president of our tiny class so I knew I wanted this reunion on a budget — but I didn’t want it to feel like a backyard ho-down. (In reality, we could’ve had a ho-down and people probably still would’ve been happy.) So I set out to find a nice, affordable venue with a cash bar option.
Venue: Madison Elks Lodge :: Madison, Indiana
Offerings: Cash bar, screened & heated porch for smokers, simple food catering options, off-street parking, friendly staff, rental discount with membership, day-before decorating, built-in audio speakers (we had an iPod shuffle mix for the night)
Here’s a breakdown of the decorations:
All of the photos from display were from my personal collection so I didn’t have to worry about borrowing or returning any (I’ve always been the one taking photos!) — so it was nice to have them on hand for decorating. I wrote down that there were seven tables for decorating and then the 10 for seating… but when I arrived it was SEVENTEEN for decorating (oh noes). It was at that point I was happy I threw in a bunch of my random photo props too in my car. I knew I wanted a country feel (we all did grow up on farms) with a vintage feel. I didn’t go with flowers or other decorations with our school colors. We all knew our colors, no need to splash them all over. I only used them in the photobooth.
Wooden centerpieces :: made by sweet Jim out of wood from our property. No open flames allowed at the venue, so I had to use LED candles.
Vases :: Purchased at a flea market for .50 each. Wrapped in twine (farm store) and held with hot glue
Crates :: Free from the dumpster behind my work
Mini Clothes pins :: $1.47 for 25 from Michaels (these break super easy, btw)
Flowers wrapped around vases & centerpieces :: from my newborn headband collection
Dessert Table :: from my prop collection
2003 sign :: ‘borrowed’ after my husband’s 10 year reunion the weekend before.
Photobooth :: Seamless gray paper, backdrop stand, clamps (all on hand) helium balloons in school colors
Props :: Photobooth props and free printables on sticks (on hand & borrowed from a friend)
Desserts :: VP alumni baked, decorated and brought
Flowers :: Kroger floral department, assorted bouquets $18
White Lights :: On hand from my friend’s Christmas decorations
I decorated all of the round tables with flowers and the candle centerpieces and designated them for seating. I then surrounded two of the outer walls with long tables filled with decorations such as old photos from high school, yearbooks from our four years and the dessert table.
Sadly, we did have one member of our graduating class pass away. I wanted to make sure I started a tradition for our reunions that would allow us to remember our classmates who has passed, so I had a special candle with Jackie’s picture on display.
And lastly, we couldn’t forget to take a minute for a group photo of all of us who were able to come out and reunite. We graduated with approximately 86, so I thought this turnout was great! Here’s to the next 10 years!
A few years ago, I was showing my mom photos of a vacation Jimmy and I took, when she smartly asked if only Jimmy went on the trip. I looked at the photos and saw Jimmy at the beach, playing mini golf, posing in front of a funny sign, driving and eating dinner. There was one big thing missing from our photos — me!
In 2009, we took an amazing trip out west. We went from San Diego down to the Grand Canyon and about every cool spot in between. We hiked, swam, rock-crawled (is that a verb?) and really loved our time. I thought I wised up on that trip — I packed TWO cameras. Assigned the point and shoot to Jim and kept my SLR. I instructed him to take lots of photos and don’t be afraid to get me in them. The photos from that trip turned out AMAZING! Lanscapes that were breathtaking, Jimmy looked great, I looked fab… But I realized that from our photos, it looked like we had wonderful vacation, just not together. There were only a few photos of the two of us together.
When the two of us traveled down to the Orlando, Florida area to photograph a destination wedding, I decided to approach our photo-taking differently. I wanted to focus on our experiences as well as capture quality self portraits of us in beautiful locations.
I packed a tripod and remote shutter (it mounts on the top of my camera and then I have a wireless button) and used to to get all of the photos you see of the two of us together. Here’s a few things I’ve learned about taking self portraits with the timer (tips, if you may).
1. Always shoot in manual.
2. I put Jimmy in whatever scene it is first and then meter off of his face to decide my settings. I usually fire off a test shot or two to make sure I like how the light is hitting.
3. Then toggle my focus to be on Jimmy. I allow my remote shutter to auto-focus and like that the toggle set helps my photos be sharp.
4. I usually shoot between 4-5.6 aperature to make sure we are both in focus and there is a nice fall off.
5. My composition is based around where I place Jimmy in the frame. I always know where I’ll go stand and how my shot is set up.
6. I hand Jimmy the remote. I get so stiff about posing for photos (I’m not used to being in front of the lens!) So when he’s the one pushing the button, I just smile and act natural with him.
7. Always make sure I check my images before we move on. I picked that location for a reason and I want to make sure that I have one I love before moving on. 🙂
I’ve only had a few of these “sessions” with the two of us and really, they keep getting easier. The key is to be patient and just relax. If you don’t know your camera settings, you’ll probably not be happy with the results, but don’t quit! Keep trying! 🙂 If you don’t have a remote, just try some of these with your 10 second timer (I also do that often)!
I love this series from our first morning at the resort. I really wanted to capture how I felt during moments and not just events and a million palm trees. My non-coffee drinking husband surprised me on our balcony the first morning with two cups of coffee and some of the best conversation. We arrived at the resort late the night before, so we took a walk around exploring before heading to breakfast. The top left photo is my favorite. My sweet husband looks so handsome and this photo captures his coy grin he flashes me right before he tells me that he loves me.
Something you may not know is that my husband and I really enjoy shooting pool. I grew up with a pool table in my house and we’ve spent many years shooting in my parent’s basement (many, many hours with my dear momma). So it was only fitting we shoot at the resort. 🙂
I swear it rained every time I wanted us to go out with the tripod on the resort. There was a hurricane that came through while we were down there and we went out after a rain storm one afternoon and got this first series.
Here’s me setting up one of our shots. You can see Jimmy being so funny in front of the camera — not many people get to see this hilarious side of him and I love it!
Here’s a great example of setting the shot, jumping in it and then letting us be ourselves 🙂 Isn’t Jimmy quite the model?
I love the curve of the bridge here.
And of course, my sweet husband is so good about grabbing the camera (he’s had lots of lessions from me) and snapping a few photos of me!
Here’s my favorite he took of me, with a favorite that we went and took together at night on the beach. It was so wonderful to play with light, long exposure and experience the beach at night together for the first time without hotels lighting it up.
We also had a little fun with our photos — We tried to take a photo every day of vacation (and did pretty well at it)! These are all just on our balcony at the resort.
Here’s a few favorites I snapped at the resort:
Then when we got to Cape Canveral, we went down to Jetty Beach during golden hour and captured some of my favorite photos of us yet! You can see how I set up the shot and then how it unfolded. I’m still in amazement at how wonderful these turned out! Jimmy and I have been together for just shy of 10 years and this trip was such a beautiful reminder of our love and how much this sweet man supports me and my love for photography (of others and of us!).