#maternitypropcloset · maternityphotography · photography · sunnysunset

My maternity prop closet

When you schedule a maternity session with me you get access to my maternity prop closet! So much easier than having to stress about what to wear for your maternity photo session, when I already have so many for you to choose from! We can often fit in two dress changes 😉 (Sometimes if it’s just momma and partner (no extra family) we can fit in 3 changes… sometimes if all the stars align, but only set your heart on two 🙂 )

If you dislike the dresses below, I would suggest you shop here:  https://www.sewtrendyaccessories.com/
and you can likely exchange it with me for a print credit. Ask me FIRST though! Here is my wishlist with them: https://www.sewtrendyaccessories.com/pages/wishlist?from_user_id=137004&list=1542777973
They still need to be in a specific size, and color but willing to work with you on the color 🙂 OR if the sizing and color doesn’t work out for my closet, buy it from them and sell it back to them! Look up their buy back program.

In order to photograph with me you need a maternity dress for maternity photos. YEP. I have standards. You’ve hired ME for my professional opinion, trust it. I DO know what looks best. If you are doing both the newborn and maternity sessions with me, in order to qualify for the discount, as per welcome package keep in mind you need to use the dresses below (or from my sew trendy wish list).

Below are all the beautiful gowns I have:

  1. Flowy blue

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2) White lace

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3) Black lace (same as white lace, but one size larger):

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4) Mustard

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5) Nude, off the shoulder, jersey knit:

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6) Pairing of lace top and pale pink flowy skirt:

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7) Steel blue boho dress:
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8) Merlot (deep red) color bell sleeve gown with extended train:

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9) I also have this identical dress in hunter green color same, bell sleeve gown with extended train:

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10) I recently added this pretty white lace dress:

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11) I also recently added this pinky-peachy dress:

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12) ‘Miriam’ Ivory dress:20181125_0443_1web20181125_0468web

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13) Krysten Gown in light grey.

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14) Kiara gown in navy blue

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#familyphotos · overcastlighting · photography · sunnysunset

Overcast lighting vs sunny sunset

Sometimes I feel like I become a meteorologist. Always checking the weather, will it be cloudy, or sunny, or partly cloudy….. ??

I find the weather is typically reliable 24 hours ahead of time. Even 3 days ahead of time it is sort of reliable, but 24 hours I can typically make a call of if it will rain or not. It still can change when we are out there and if this is the case, oh well, as policies we will continue to make the best of it. But if we can predict, we will do the very best we can.

What happens if it’s overcast? Well we don’t have that beautiful SUNlight for our images. Does it matter, YES I think so. But if you as a client choose to go through with your session anyway, then that is your choice. I just want you to make an educated decision!

Please note I am NOT in control of the weather. If you want sun for your images, then we might have to reschedule a couple times to get it so. But I am willing to work with overcast lighting too. But if your schedule is more important than finding the right day, and you are not willing to schedule around the sun, then we will likely have to shoot in whatever mother nature gives us. Unless it’s full out raining, I won’t shoot in the rain… I won’t get my camera equipment wet.

Often people prefer the images with sun in them are far more appealing than the ones without. I like giving you the very best, and my personal opinion of the best is SUN! I think the proof is in the pudding so to speak, here are some examples. Taken at the SAME location, with the same subjects. Just on a overcast day and a sunny sunset.

On an overcast day there are no shadows, no directional light, it’s flat lighting. The lighting is diffused and comes from everywhere. Look at the children’s eyes, and below to eyes… notice something? They have slight bags under their eyes in the overcast images that they don’t really have in the sunny/directional light images. Because the light is coming from all over, filling in all the crevasses, so if it’s doing that to children, how much older is it going to make you look? Food for thought!

These following three images are all with overcast lighting:

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The following three are with sunny, you can likely tell, but just in case you can’t:

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What a HUGE difference don’t you think? The ones with sun have so much more pop and personality!

There is an in between, partly cloudy! So that there is light, less clouds more sky, enough to almost act like a sunny day. There has to be enough light that is casts a shadow so we can have strong directional light, so I can still get some images with light! If this is the case I will move up our session by 15-20 minutes if it’s going to be partly cloudy, because the sun will go behind the clouds earlier in this case. The risk with partly cloudy is that it can become completely cloudy, so we just have to watch the forecast, and watch the sky too.

Actually you like the overcast images better? Sure why not! These are your images, that will act as your memories. I just want to ensure you’ve made an educated decision. If you prefer overcast day, I’m always rescheduling due to overcast, so I can easily schedule on one of them 😉

Questions? Ask 🙂

#familyphotos · #newbornphotography · catching up · nofilterplease · photography

Please don’t filter my images

What I mean is, when you are re-posting my images, to Instagram, Facebook and the like, a photographer has given you, myself included, please refrain from putting a filter on it before posting it. Leave it filter free.

Don’t get me wrong we LOVE ❤ it when you re-post our images. At least I do. I particularly love it when you re-post and tag me and tell me how much you love the photos. Thank you for those that have done this. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You are the best!

Why is it important not to put a filter on it? As a photographer I have worked very hard to create a style of photography. I have also edited my images to look similar. When you put a filter on my images you are erasing all this hard work.

Why else? It’s not your work. It changes the images, it makes them something else that I didn’t want them to be, otherwise I would have made them so in the first place. Also you don’t have permission to change my work and still associate my name with it.

I am not trying to offend anyone by writing this. It is extremely hard to put the above eloquently and in laymen’s terms. Let me try to put this another way, it would almost be like a writer publishing a book. Then someone else republishing the book with a bunch of edits without the writers permission and leaving the writers name on the book. Does that make sense?

I am trying to make a kind request. I work hard to please you, the person I am giving these images to. I sincerely hope you like the images, no love them. I hope you love them enough not to want to change them and put a filter on them.

Here is my example. This is the ORIGINAL image:

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ALL of the images below of been placed through FILTERS. Can you see how if changes the image?

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I wrote this post after reading this one.  Also a friend of mine, a fellow photographer in Canada has written this into her contract with her clients. I will eventually get around to that when I’m done my MFA I hope 😉

Until then please be understanding, kind and respectful of your photographers work.

If you have done this in the past, not to worry, you didn’t know. But now you do 🙂