Senior pictures, hands down, are my favorite. To me, they are so important…it is such a huge milestone in a young person’s life to be graduating from high school, and I am always so honored to be chosen to capture that moment in a teenager’s life. For Christian, it was really awesome for me because I had done his sister’s photos a couple of years ago, so seeing his family again and drawing comparisons with siblings is something I really just love…I had forgotten about how with his sister, Tori, that when we placed her in a certain spot for the photos that apparently we had awoken an ant hill that went bonkers on her, and it was fun to reminisce. Both Christian and his sister were so easy to work with and just easy to be around. Christian put up with my terrible humor at trying to get him to laugh, and he was just amazing to work with as you can see by his photos! It was really difficult for me to narrow down his session because, seriously, all of his pictures were just amazing! I loooooooooooooooooooooooove his photos, so I hope that he an his family love them just as much as I do! I am pretty confident in saying that this young man will do great things in life!
It is just crazy to me that I met the Tannehill family for Aiden’s 3 year session, and our last session was memorializing his 5 year milestone! Time really flies! Since then, I have had the honor of watching the Tannehill family grow to a family of 4 with little Landen! They are such a beautiful family! My own son will be turning 5 soon, and it is so bittersweet to see them change from really needing us to becoming more independent…just the height is what gets me! I notice the same thing when I see Aiden each time! The boys both change so much in what seems like such a short period of time…before we know it, it’ll be time for his senior pictures! AHHH!! SLOW DOWN, BOYS!! :)
I just love this family dynamic because it reminds me so much of mine growing up (three girls to one boy)! Miles may be outnumbered by the girls, but let me tell you, he will grow up knowing exactly how to handle himself! Bob & Deanna have created a beautiful family!
I loved spending time with these kiddos…I may or may not have been tackled during our session…hey, that’s what happens when you commit to what you’re doing! You gotta make it fun! :)
If these kids don’t stop growing up so fast, I am going to FREAK OUT!!! They are some of the best kids that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, and I just love seeing the Fetckos grow each year... Now to be real, Kim and Mike don’t age I think…I mean seriously…but the kiddos…omg every time I see them, it just is a kick to my heart with how much they change! They are all so sweet…I love them!!!!!!! :)
The cliche is true about when you have true friends, even when you go a long time without seeing each other, when you do get to be together, you pick up where you left off and nothing changes. I am so lucky to have that with Kimmy and Mike! Even though we live in two different states now, whenever I see them, it always feels just like it did back when we were teenagers! (Well, I guess Mike was nev er a teenager when we met…me and Kimmy and our “old men” we married…ahahahaha.) I love all 5 of these amazing people so much! It is very clear how much love is in this family, and I feel lucky to know them all! <3 <3 <3
I am so excited to begin dabbling in family videos! I had the honor and pleasure of filming the moment my 3 year old nephew met his newborn baby brother…let me give you a bit of a back story….
My nephew is the sweetest, cutest, most thoughtful little boy. He has been so excited about being a big brother! He would sing to his “baby brodder” in his mommy’s tummy, tell him everything he was going to show him…I mean omg…it was the most adorable thing I had ever seen! I didn’t get to experience that with my own children because my son was so young when his sister was born…he couldn’t even talk yet…so as you can imagine, this was a whole other thing!!
I have always admired the work of other photographers who do family videos. In our area, Audrey Schultz of Where the Heart Is: Family Films, is AMAZING! Tara Fletcher of Tara Fletcher Photography is also INCREDIBLY talented and amazing, and both of these women have given me the priceless gift of a family video with our photo sessions, so it is something I have always wanted to provide to my own clients because I know how much love and emotion I have felt from watching my own videos. (They both have made me cry numerous times reviewing their amazing work…they are amazing!)
Back to my nephews! My little sister is my best friend. I love and adore this girl so much, and I knew that this was such a special moment for their family. I had one goal in mind - make her cry. I wanted to be able to give her this gift that no one else could give her that day. I was there for a large part of the day…I got to film my nephew walking up to the hospital with my mother, a balloon bouquet in hand, super excited to meet his brother. I got to see him meet up with his Daddy and tell him how excited he was. I got to see him get off the elevator, walk up to the room, and hand the balloons proudly to his Mommy while excitedly explaining to her what he got for his brother and what he had in is “pack pack” (backpack!)…it was beyond everything…just soooooooo precious! I got to witness him see his brother for the first time in his life, hold his hand, hold him in his arms, sing to him, tell him he was so cute and that he loved him…it was amazing.
And guess what? I made her cry when she watched her video. Mission accomplished!
I am going to be incorporating this experience in with my regular photo sessions in 2019. I think it is important to have goals in your business and change and evolve, and I thank the brilliant inspiration of the talented women around me in my local area as well as the inspiration that I get from my clients. I am just getting started with this facet of my business, and I look forward to growing and getting better with each session!
p.s. I would love nothing more than to share the video with you, but we do keep my nephews’ photos and videos private. Thank you for your understanding!
Really...anyone with a cell phone with a built-in camera can say they are a photographer...anyone who buys a DSLR can say they are a photographer...in the same way, I would like to claim that I am also the following:
- COSMETOLOGIST: I have cut my son's hair on a few occasions. Hey, I have professional buzzers and scissors, so I must be a cosmetologist! No matter that a cosmetologist spends a lot of a time and money in further education, having the right supplies, knowing the right techniques...nope! I HAVE THE EQUIPMENT, SO THEREFORE, I CAN DO IT. (See how it sounds...??)
- ITALIAN CHEF: Step off, Olive Garden...my clam linguine is better than yours.
- MECHANIC: I could probably watch some video tutorials on how to change my own oil, so how hard could it be to do other stuff...whatever.
- DOCTOR: Dr. ::INSERT POPULAR SEARCH ENGINE THAT RHYMES WITH...BUGLE:: I usually know what is wrong with me better than my own doctor. I tell them what to do with me. Like...don't run that test, because I am not trying to pay $1,500 for you to "just in case" tell me something that may or may not be upsetting my nervous system right now. I don't care how many years you went to school. I can go on the Mommy FB groups ALL DAY LONG and give out unsolicited medical advice, and I guarantee you someone there would listen and do it, and I didn't have to go to med school for that. Boom.
- JUDGE: I watch crime shows. I have seen Divorce Court on daytime TV. I have GREAT OPINIONS!!!
I think you get the point. You can't just buy a camera and be a photographer. That isn't how it works. Once the session is over, there are countless hours spent on editing. Being very detail-oriented, I will post process erase every weird stick, leaf, bird poop (OMG, HOW DO OTHER PEOPLE NOT NOTICE AND/OR REMOVE BIRD POOP?! #petpeeve), stray hairs, blemishes...and, my very favorite skill....HEAD SWAPS! :) To get to my long-winded point, I wanted to share some before and afters from some of my most recent sessions just so you can get an idea of how much work goes into post-processing after a session. I refuse to just pop a filter on a photo and call it good. You can't just get the "After" photos like I have without many hours of education and lots and lots and lots of investments made into myself and my business. It is a form of art. I definitely have so much more to learn and so much further to go, and I am constantly competing against myself to have each session be better than the one before.
P.S. BTW, I don't have your standard photographer's bio. I am pretty sarcastic, and I like to joke around and make people feel comfortable...the kids love it. I mean...if you and your spouse need to tail gate before a session, by all means...you will not offend me. I can get you an Uber after if need be...(Uber fee not included in the session price...)
"...BUT I ONLY WANT DIGITAL FILES..."
I hear this about 95% of the time. I am guilty of this as well. As a photographer, I take thousands of pictures of my own children. Most of them are digital files, and most of them are on a hard drive somewhere, never to see the light of day again. One time, my dog knocked the hard drive over, and...GASP...EVERYTHING WAS GONE!!! Photographers are not responsible to hold your files after delivery after an agreed upon time, so what would you do?! CRY! That is what I did anyway...
WHY ARE PHYSICAL PRODUCTS IMPORTANT?
This is your legacy. This is your family. This is you! This is your family's record. By printing your photos and ordering tangible products, you are preserving your family's record and ensuring that your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren have your record. You want it in your hands. You want it displayed. You should be proud of what you have created! I practice what I preach. I have walls and walls of framed photos, StoryBlocks, gallery wraps, and metal prints proudly displayed in my home. My children love seeing them! They tell people who visit about their photos. It boosts their self-esteem to see themselves on the walls of their home and see how proud we are of them. At family gatherings, we remember the days together when we took our photos. These are our memories. These are your heirlooms! It is your art. You want to own it.
"BUT OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS DO DIGITAL FILES ONLY...ALL I NEED IS A USB OR DVD..."
Photographs stand the test of time. It was not that long ago that we had VHS, large camcorders...no cell phones!! Wow! USB drives didn't even exist that long ago! The digital age is upon us, and its future evolution is unknown. Things are being stored on smaller and smaller devices. We have countless logins to cloud storage, social media...these things actually make our photos less accessible in the future. Will you give your children and grandchildren passwords and logins to cloud-based storage when you are old and gray? Are we going to gather our grandchildren around in a circle and pass around a laptop or tablet? (Do we even know if laptops will exist in the future?) One thing is certain in our technology-based world - physical prints, gallery wraps, albums...these things will continue to exist, and it is so important to preserve your history.
LET YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER DO THE WORK FOR YOU!
I am not talking about using local labs in the grocery store and the online retailers that like to hand out coupons for free things with every random purchase you make. (Please explain to me why I am receiving a free photo book coupon with my online clothing order?! Back up off me, unnamed company! #youknowwhoyouare). These places are great for Xmas cards, invitations, etc., but NOT for the art in your home. (Don't get me started on how their discolor the images and basically undo all of the hard work your photographer has done for you!) I work with professional labs that ONLY work with photographers, and I am very serious about the quality of products that I deliver to my clients. I have spent hours upon hours researching labs, comparing products, color matching, and ensuring that the quality is there for you so that you don't have to worry about it. When you are hiring a photographer, you should let the pro do the work that he/she is trained to do.
Some of the photos on the wall to be attributed to Emily Jayne Photography & Where the Heart Is (Audrey Schultz)!