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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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McClellan Family // Family Portrait Photographer

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McClellan Family // Family Portrait Photographer

This family. I had the privilege of meeting them a couple years ago right when they moved to the area. This family loves music, family, friends, cultures. But above all things that represent who they are, their love for their Lord is evidenced in everything they do. They have been through so much over the years and no matter what happens, they have trusted God to provide for them, to place them where He wants them to be. 

In August I had the honor of taking their family photos before their oldest daughter left for an adventure in a new country. Wish I could have gone with her, but I'm so excited for her opportunity! Lately I've been living my travel desires vicariously through those around me. Hoping to travel again one day soon, even if it's just to a nearby state. 

Anyways, back to their family photos. We had a great time on this beautiful, relaxing August evening. The wind gently brushed our faces and the sun beautifully illuminated each of those in these images. I'm already looking forward to taking their family pictures again one day. 

 

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Styled Bridal Session // Becca

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Styled Bridal Session // Becca

At the end of August I had the opportunity to work with a handful of fabulous vendors. Leah Janik and I have done many photo shoots together, including paint wars & weddings. Over the years, it has been a privilege watching her grow as a person and an artist. It's easy to grow your talents when you use them with someone who has similar passions and vision. I love being able to grow WITH someone, sharing ideas and expanding a thought in a way that makes something even better than I could have planned alone. This styled shoot was one of those ideas. 

Leah and I knew we wanted to keep it as simple as possible, so we handpicked the vendors we wanted to work with, vendors who graciously gave their talents, time and materials to be a part of this. We want to continue growing the idea of #CommunityOverCompetition by reaching out to the community around us, both physically in our area and in the online realm.  With all that said, I would like to introduce you to our vendors and models. Our model for this blog post is Becca, who was also part of our hair styling duo for the shoot. 

Dress & Hairpiece: House of the Bride

Hair: Becca Powell at Studio 285 & Dalton Harnage at Studio 285

Make-up: Becca Powell at Studio 285

Floral Arrangement: Waiting on Wildflowers

Co-photographer: LuMarie Photo & Design

Since we swapped models during the hours of our shoot, we were able to work doubletime. You can see the photos from the first part of Leah's shoot here. We will post our part two from this shoot during the next week or two. Hopefully you'll be able to enjoy our styles and seeing photos of our models from two different perspectives. 

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