Don't Live Life Behind Your Camera

Today I'm sharing another powerful blog post that was shared with me recently. So please excuse me while I pull out a small soapbox.

I'm saddened by all the people I see living life through the viewfinder of their cameras. Because as much as they want to capture and remember that moment, if they aren't actually IN the moment, there won't be much to remember.

And studies show that you will remember less about something if you take photos of it instead of spending time looking at it yourself. Don't believe me?

Last year I 2nd shot with another photographer and I never saw the images I took, because our arrangement does not include permission for me to use the images in my portfolio. I handed over my camera cards at the end of the night. And three months later I can't describe what the bride looked like. Because I don't remember. I spent 8 hours with this bride photographing her wedding day and I can't remember her!

This is what you're doing to yourself when you live life behind the camera (or phone). And of course, you have the images that you take of your family and the different things you experience together, but unless you take the time to actually sort through and look at all those images, your memory of those life events will still be foggy.

Here's the article I wanted to share. She includes some helpful ideas for breaking this habit as well as her challenge to herself to both live in the moment and take a photo every day this year. 

So yes, pull out the camera. Take a few photos to remember the moment. But then put it back in your pocket and soak it all in!

Janae is 9 months ~ Baby Lifestyle Session

I wouldn't necessarily call  myself a baby photographer, but I love anything lifestyle. And I thought this little baby lifestyle session was simple, fun, and beautiful. I can't believe this little cutie is growing up so fast!

Want a lifestyle session for yourself? Contact me! No need to wait until winter is over! Lifestyle sessions at home can be done any time of the year!

Viewing and Ordering Sessions

One of my goals for my business is to create experiences for my clients. I don't want to be the photographer who shows up, snaps a few photos, and two weeks later sends you a link to your online gallery without so much as a "hey, how are you?" I want to be more personal than that. I want to treat my clients like friends.

And when you put those goals together, you get a viewing and ordering session. We'll sit down together and look at the 15-30 best images from the photo session. With hot chocolate. And music. In my home.

Then I will be able to help you choose your favorites and what products best fit your needs. I can help you decide which size prints would be best for your home and what product would be a great gift for grandma.

(More about the advantages of a viewing and ordering session)

Your viewing and ordering session will take place about 2 weeks from the date of your photo session. 

Obviously a viewing and ordering session doesn't work for everyone, like out of state customers, but overall,  it is a great way to give my clients an amazing, customized experience from the day we book a session to the day they hold their gorgeous prints in their hands.

Life is Like a Box of Chocolates...

"You never know what you're gonna get."

I'm 21 years old, and I finally watched Forest Gump a few months ago. It didn't quite live up to my expectations. No offense, Ryan and other Forest Gump fans. It's just not my kind of movie.

Today Ryan and I went out and bought ourselves a big box of chocolates to split. Not very traditional, but it was the best way to insure I would get chocolate for Valentine's Day. And we each picked one to eat today.  I chose the coconut macaroon. It was good, but not exactly what I was expecting.

And this adventure into blogging about my photography is going to be just like that. I know I'm going to enjoy it, but I have no idea what to expect.