Sigh . . . twenty-twenty.
I don't think any of us could have predicted
such a crazy, topsy-turvy year.
As, just about everyone else on the entire planet earth,
I can't say I wasn't affected by it.
My husband and I both worked less.
However, we also got more time together
and together with our kids, which was so wonderful.
When we're working, we have opposite schedules.
So there's usually only one of us home with them at a time,
but what a treat for them to get us both at the same time
and for so long!
There were other pluses to the year as well.
I read two whole novels straight through!
I can't remember when I last had the luxury to read as a pastime.
We worked on our house projects.
We played board games and went for long walks.
We stayed up late and watched old movies
and caught back up on television series
we had long since abandoned.
We slept in, ate junk
and referred to it all as our staycation
because doesn't that sound
much more pleasant than quarantine?
So, despite some of the saddest and most heartbreaking
news all around us,
we managed to find some bright spots
in our isolated bubble.
Then, the moment we were allowed to open back up,
I was greeted by
my incredibly supportive and faithful clients
who didn't miss a beat in booking new sessions!
It was overwhelming to not feel forgotten.
And I want to thank you!
It brought me so much joy
to see your familiar smiling faces.
Just to SEE you!
To have actual human interaction.
Even with a mask, even at a distance with a zoom lens.
I got to see my people and it meant so much!
I know, especially for my wedding clients,
things didn't go exactly how you had originally envisioned.
And yet, every ceremony,
every backyard, every local park,
every union . . . was breathtaking.
I feel so blessed to know so many wonderful people
because of this industry.
To be a part of your stories!!
How could I have known eleven years ago,
when I picked up that tiny blue $150 point and click camera
that I would live an entirely new life?
Photography has brought me
an immense amount of happiness.
Part of that is the craft itself, the creativity.
Part of it is the freedom and flexibility.
And a large part of it, is all of you!
Thank you for another year
of trusting me with your precious moments.
And for making me smiling,
even if you couldn't see it.
Here are some of my favorite moments from 2020 . . .
Contact me HERE, to book a session for 2021!
Right up there with "where should we have our session",
(btw, HERE is a list of location ideas)
one of the most common questions
clients have regarding their photos is,
"what should we wear?"
As I mention in my FAQ's
The most important factor in choosing your wardrobe
is that you are comfortable and feel good.
If you feel awkward, it will show in the images.
Personally, I am a big fan of neutrals (white, cream, nude, peach, grey, denim).
To me, these read as "classic" as opposed to boring.
Mix in a pop of color or two, and you have yourself a color palette.
I recommend either reds, light to medium blues or gold/mustard tones.
I think layered solids are the way to go.
Layers can add interesting texture and dimension to the image.
Picture a rural setting with a pretty floral print
with layers on top,
maybe a solid cardigan and a leather jacket.
Removing a layer or two during a session
is a great way to change up the look
without having to change clothing or lose any time.
PLEASE avoid neon colors at all cost!
They cast color onto the skin and do not photograph well.
Also, gone are the days of an entire family
sporting all white tops
with all khakis or denim bottoms.
Of course, there are still exceptions where
a solid neutral palette can be done well.
For example, in this recent summer time image . . .
Here, the palette was literally all white and cream.
And it just works in such a lovely way.
As a rule, however, do NOT attempt to perfectly match each other.
Rather aim to coordinate each subjects outfit
by tying in 3-4 complementary colors.
You will also notice how nature itself,
adds to a color palette.
I also love accessories
like scarves, layered necklaces, stacked bracelets, etc.
Once you have made your selections,
or as a way of narrowing down choices,
I love to lay all the outfits out together
on a bed or sofa.
This allows you to get a better feel for coordination.
I have been photographing families for over ten years.
Below you will find just a few examples
of clients who pulled together cohesive
and complimentary family outfit choices.
Some are on the warm side, some cooler tones,
some strictly neutral and some full of fun colors.
I wanted to show you a variety of palettes
and how they all can work.
A lot may depend on the time of year
your session is scheduled as well,
but I hope these examples serve as an inspiration
for your own family.
To book your own family session,
contact me HERE.
To see my family session pricing,
To view my family gallery,
Belated Bride & Groom Session | Upper Onondaga Park | Syracuse, NY
Carina and Craig got married five years ago.
She bought this dress for their wedding,
but they ended up eloping to City Hall.
So, we played dress up and created
the wedding photos that they never had.
And Carina finally got to wear her dress!
This was a special session for me, too.
You see, this stunning WOMAN
and mother of two was the flower girl
at my own wedding 22 years ago!
She was just three years old!!
It is so surreal to see her
grown with a family of her own.
I am so happy I was able to give them this gift!
Carina and Craig, you are beautiful.
I hope you love your gallery.
Here is a sneak peek . . .
Did you miss out on a wedding day?
Or are you unhappy with your wedding images?
How about a redo?
Click HERE to see my Wedding and Elopement pricing.
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