There are so many lists on the internet about what to do in preparation for a photo session. There are not many that give you the do not do. Over the years we have compiled our own list of the DO NOT DO items. These tips should make the photo session you schedule with us, or any photographer, a huge success.
Just a couple of weeks ago we went to Boston and Maine for our annual trip. While in Boston I (Rose) scheduled some photo sessions at the historic and beautiful Boston Public Garden. Having grown up in the Boston area and gone to college just steps from the Garden, it is one of my favorite places. I was so excited to get the chance to take photos.
Two of the sessions were engagement photos for couples that we will photograph their weddings next year. Included in our wedding packages is an engagement session. Check out our wedding portfolio for some of the photos I took. One if the brides is the daughter of a very good friend of mine, Lacy.
Lacy was my first friend I made at our high school. I moved to the Boston area at the end of September my Freshman year and Lacy befriended me almost right away. So to say she is my oldest friend is not a dig on our age, but actually very accurate. Savanna, her oldest daughter is the bride and I could not be more thrilled to be photographing her wedding to the wonderful James.
While in the Garden we did some family photos for Lacy and her kids - Savanna, Jake, and Lola. It was such a good time with them. There was someone missing from the photos. Lacy's husband Dave, who was also a high school friend of mine, passed away several years ago. You can see him all of his kids' faces. And his presence is missed every time I am with my friend. I felt a little sadness after our session. I didn't say anything at time.
It was more than a week before I got home to edit the photos. When I was working on the photo above I realized something. Although Dave was missing, they were still a family. The There is an incredible family in that photo. A mom who has carried on in the face of unbelievable tragedy with such grace and determination that I am in complete awe. Children who are thriving, finding their way in their adulthood, finding partners and having careers. A little girl who smiles so big and is so full of personality.
I also realized how incredibly lucky I am to be the person who got to capture that photo. I get the honor of showing my friend, that life is still made up of beautiful moments with her family. We are still sad that Dave is not physically with us, but I think he really was standing with them.
When families change, either through divorce of death or separation, it is important to remember that you are still a family. I hope I get to show many more families how incredibly beautiful they are and can be.
We love to travel. We just love some cities a little more than others. Boston and Bath are two of those towns. Rose lived in Boston for 7 years going to high school and college there before moving to the west coast. Every summer we go back to New England for a family trip. Tim was born in Bath (Maine) and most of his family lives in and near Bath. This year we are embarking on two exciting trips both culminating in a week in Maine.
Tim will be traveling on a road trip with his brother and Rose’s dad. Rose will be going to straight to Boston to spend time with her high school friends and a college friend.
Boston is an amazing city. It is a big city in a very small geographical area. The history that is all around you is incredible. Our country pretty much started in and around Boston. For Rose, growing up there was an amazing experience of culture and history. Spending time there is always wonderful and with so many friends still living in the area, makes it feel like home. Bath is one of those picturesque New England cities where ships are built at the Naval Yard and Fourth of July is the highlight of the summer season. Tim's family has lived in Maine since 1622.
Of course, Rose booked some photo sessions for some her friends. The sessions will take place in the Boston Public Garden. It is one of the oldest and most beautiful public parks in the country. Photography was a hobby when Rose lived in Boston. The opportunity to photograph friends in such a beautiful location was something she could not say no to. Rose will be doing family photos and two engagement/couple sessions. Stay tuned for those photos!
After Boston we head to Maine! Lobster rolls and salt water are part of the plans. We will also be celebrating the life of Tim’s father David, who passed away last August. His final wish was to be reunited with his bellowed Maine. We are looking forward to spending time with family to reminisce and reunite.
We love so many great cities but Boston and Bath, ME are ones that give us a sense of home. We may move away and live our lives somewhere else, but a piece of our heart will always be home. What city has a piece of your heart?
As wedding photographers, we are interested in how people connect with their wedding vendors, especially their photographers. Is it word of mouth? Is it a recommendation from a friend? A Google search? Is it from bridal shows and expos? We decided to check out a bridal show a couple of weekends ago and we thought we would share some observations.
We were surprised the booths some of the photographers had set up. Some had couches. Others had trellis like structures with café lights. There were lots of silk flowers and gold accents. It was apparent that people had spent time and quite a bit of money on their displays. Some had many photos on display, others just had a handful. There was a real variety.
Another item of note was the materials that were being handed out to attendees. Most of the vendors had postcard or larger sized mini brochures. Usually a glossy postcard that featured more photos of brides. Some had pricing, some did not. Again, depended on the photographer.
There was something that was missing from all the displays (with the exception of one boudoir photographer) and that was any feature photos of curvy or plus size brides. There was one on the postcard of a photographer but that was it. No visible photos of a bride that looked like most of the women attending. Moreover, it really got me thinking about how brides must feel when looking for a photographer when all they see are brides that do not look like them.
I had it good when I was getting married. Our photographer was not only a close family friend and a plus size woman. She totally got my concerns about the visuals for the wedding. I know that every woman has something they do not like about themselves. We all have it. For some of us the pressure to be the vision of perfection is complicated by already being outside the normal size range for bridal (wedding dresses is another blog post for sure).
As plus size people, we get the worries. We want everyone to feel his or her best when we photograph them not matter their size, who they love or anything else. We have decided to make it a priority to become the size inclusive photographers of choice in our area. That means all sizes and shapes, without question or concern. We want everyone to feel empowered by what we create. We are committed to providing the very best so that when you look at the photos in the years to come, you too feel the very best.
Confession time… I have not had the opportunity to photograph a newborn. It has not come up in the last few years as we are creating this photography business. We photograph lots of kids but no babies and definitely not a brand new one.
When our friend Sharmin told me she was expecting, we began to plan either a maternity (also new to me) or newborn shoot. I even joked that I could be coaxed to come in and do the birthing experience. We decided it was newborn shoot!
I was a bit worried and nervous. I do not have any children so my experience is limited not just in baby photography but in babies too. I have seen many photos of babies posed in flowerpots with hats on their heads. The skills that those photos take are immense – patience, props, and lots of posing. I was not sure I was up to the task for that kind of work. Thankfully, that was not what Sharmin was looking for. She was more in to the style I feel comfortable working in – portraits of the baby and some family shots.
I researched other photographers and their style. I reviewed past sessions we had done with children and sketched out the session so that we had a clear plan on how it was going to flow. I spent a good amount of time on Pinterest and Google and sending Sharmin and Shams photos to understand her esthetic. Sharmin made sure the baby was fed just before our arrival. Babies tend to sleep after feeding so there is less fussiness. In addition, we choose to shoot in their home, putting mom at ease as she recovers. We live in Arizona so outdoor was not an option in June.
I am glad that my first session was so easy and relaxed. Being in their home made it easy to feed the baby or take breaks when we needed to. It truly was a great experience and now I am ready to take on more little ones. I loved that I was so trusted with someone’s precious gift. I was honored. I also got hold the baby for a while as we chatted after the shoot. It was truly wonderful.
Rose and Tim share their thoughts on photography, travel, and working together.