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Baby Anthony

Baby Anthony

A couple years ago I was honored to document James & Valerie's wedding day. Last week I was even more honored to capture photos of them with their newest (and most adorable) family member! Welcome to the world, baby Anthony. I'm so glad you're here. 

Lights, Camera, Break!

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Lights, Camera, Break!

Lately I have been reading and researching off camera lighting. I used to hate the look of flash photography. Now I love it. But that doesn't mean I will always use flash photography. 

I think it's true that photographers develop a certain  "look" to their images. They may use a certain editing style, similar camera & background settings, the same types of models ...all of those things add to the photographer's style. But even when said photographers obtain the look they are going for, there is ALWAYS room for improvement, room for trying new techniques, room to challenge yourself.

And that, I think, is what makes photography CREATIVE and wonderful. Room for growth and room for variety. It's never tiring. Well, physically tiring, yes. But the options for variety are never tired. 

The hard part for full-time photographers is exhaustion. They get so tired of shooting the things they truly love to shoot, but they don't always get a break. They don't always have extra time to find new things to capture. It's all about TIME. To be creative you need time. Finding time can be difficult. We have families. We still have to do things like laundry and yard work. Or maybe we would just like to spend time with our kids or go kayaking, without a camera in hand.  

It's been such a good year for me - I've learned to say no to certain sessions. I've contemplated types of sessions I love to do. I've thought about techniques I want to try. And I've started to form ideas for subjects I would like to photograph. 

These off-camera lighting portraits are some of those things I've been wanting to attempt. So here's to taking breaks, learning new things and not missing the beautiful parts of life happening around you.

For you amazing photographer friends out there. Take a break! Shoot what you love. Don't take on too much at one time. Only accept sessions you ENJOY. Spend time with your family. Don't be scared to try something new. 

A special thanks to Meagan for being so awesome. 

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Lawless Family Session

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Lawless Family Session

Two + years ago, Erica and I were busy with her wedding plans, bridal photos and more. Looking back over the past two years, it's crazy to think how we (and things) have changed. Erica's hair & make-up business has grown because of her passion to do what she loves, in a place that promotes growth and encouragement ( Studio 285 ). You can follow her instagram handle to see some of her work: @elawlessat285 . More recently, she and Zac have grown their little family AND built a house to call their own. 

For me, I can see how much my own photography has changed and grown. I'm constantly learning what I love in photography (posing, sessions, weddings, etc) and what I want to try (projects, goals, editing, photography techniques, genres). My man and I are expanding our family this year, hoping to sell our house, trying to become debt free and live our dreams. (What are those dreams?...we are still trying to find that out ourselves.) 

Being able to grow with friends really is priceless. And for me, watching that growth through my own photography (or attempt at videography ) is even more exciting. One of these days I will post Erica and Zac's engagement and wedding photos. :) 

What are your dreams? How have you grown during the past couple of years? 

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