When my mom asked me what I would most like to have from her house when she passed (which is always a difficult conversation to have with a loved one, but necessary none the less) I told her I wanted the photo albums. That's what meant the most to me. My great uncle was a photographer and we were so fortunate to have him take hundreds, if not thousands of beautiful photographs of our family through the years. Many of the photos I inherited date as far back as the early 1900's and document incredible moments in my family's history. I truly cherish them. Years ago, my sister compiled most of these photos into several albums which now adorn several bookshelves in my home. I love to go through them and show my kids who their ancestors are and tell them stories that have been told to me about their relatives, many of which they never got to meet.
The digital age changed everything. No more film to buy. We can take as many photos as we want and easily delete the ones that don't turn out. It has transformed photography in many positive ways. Best invention ever, right?! Well, in many ways, yes! Though it didn't take long for many of us to realize that it is quite easy to upload them to our hard drives and leave them there. Forever. We now have to be vigilant about doing something with those photos so they are not lost or forgotten.
I'll admit, many of my own photos still sit on my hard drive and have never been printed (though I do have them backed up in the cloud as well as on an external drive (always have 3 methods of photo storage in case one or two fail--nothing is foolproof so 3 methods is a good rule of thumb). My goal is to print my favorites over the winter and get them into albums or on our walls so we can enjoy them! Don't be like me and let years of photos accumulate before you print. Do it now while your kids are little and try to stay on top of it! You'll be so glad you did. :)
This image is one of my favorites that my Uncle Walter took of my brother and sister on Christmas morning. Just imagine if this image was taken today as a digital image and was lost in a computer crash or something similar. This image is so special and I can't imagine not having it. If this had never been printed, this memory would have been lost forever!
These photographs are a gift to your children and grandchildren. They should be printed and displayed for all to enjoy, not sitting on a hard drive where they could be lost forever. This is why I encourage my clients to print their images from their online gallery that I send with their session photos. The photos are printed at a high quality, professional lab that caters to professional photographers. They use premium papers and printers to ensure accurate color and excellent quality so the photos will have a standard longevity of 100 years or more in a home display. I keep the print prices low to encourage my clients to print rather than keep their images in a digital format.
So, be sure to print your photos. I recommend you do it soon after your session. Typically, the longer we put things off, the less likely we are to do them! Your children and grandchildren will thank you for not letting them "grow up to be jpegs!"
This is my Uncle Walter who captured those precious memories of my family over the years. I am so grateful that he took the time to do this and most importantly that I have those memories printed so our family can enjoy them for years to come!
I am so excited to finally be able to share the images we were able to get from this photo session! Working with families with young kids and babies is what I enjoy most so this was a wonderful experience for me. This family is near and dear to my heart as I've known their dad, Ryan for years as we worked together at my dad's restaurant. It was such a pleasure to finally meet his wife and kids back in the spring when I took their newborn daughter's photos! And these two girls...oh my goodness are they ever precious! These two will be lifelong friends I'm sure! I look forward to more photo sessions with them in the future and watching them grow. :)
I'm finally adding this beautiful little angel to my blog! Kira's mom, Nikki saw a recommendation for my business on a local FB mom's group page and contacted me about taking her daughter's newborn photos. It wasn't until I arrived at their home the day of the shoot that we realized that we had met before. Turns out, Nikki is my son's podiatrist. Small world! I was able to take several posed shots as well as lifestyle images to give them a variety of images. I was even able to get a few shots of Kira with the family pet. I'm excited to share these with you!
This sweet, sweet baby girl was a dream to photograph! I was excited to be able to photograph her with her two older brothers as well, who were such good kids and really loved their new baby sister! Photographing newborns with their siblings is so fulfilling to me. I feel most comfortable and confident in these type of photo sessions and I'm excited to continue to grow this part of my business. I couldn't wait to share these photos on my blog!
We were very fortunate to have gotten this lovely mom's maternity session done in time for her new little one as he arrived early...almost five weeks early to be exact! She is an assistant principal at a local middle school and is one busy lady, so I'm happy we were able to find a day and time that worked to get her portraits done! We had a beautiful evening in Carroll Creek and Baker Park and I'm very excited to share these with you!!!
I was so excited when this family contacted me to take their family portraits at the Sunflower Gardens. This is such a fun location to shoot and was a perfect spot to take some beautiful images of their gorgeous family! The beautiful evening light made for a perfect photo shoot. I'm so happy with the images we were able to get and couldn't wait to share these!
These girls were so awesome to work with! The Sunflower Gardens is an amazing place to do a portrait session this time of year. The flowers are in full bloom and I always schedule the shoot during the "golden hour," about an hour and a half before sunset, which results in gorgeously lit photos! I can't wait to work with these girls again. I had so much fun with them!
I had the pleasure of meeting this beautiful family in June when I photographed their maternity family session. I instantly fell in love with their three little girls who were so eager to be photographed and had such adorable personalities! The hour we spent together was so much fun that I couldn't wait to see them again at their newborn session in July! Here are some of my favorites from Eloise's portrait session...
This was such an exciting portrait session for me because it was my first time photographing twins! I spent several weeks researching and preparing for their session so I could provide the best photos possible. Photographing newborns is an awesome experience, yet a very challenging one at times. Getting them into those cute little poses is a process, and takes time to master, but I patiently work with each newborn to get to know what makes them comfortable until they settle in to those adorable poses their parents love. I often spend many hours working with newborns because I want to be sure we capture images that I can be proud of as well as ones the parents will treasure. One thing about photographing twins that I found fascinating was how they each comforted each other and calmed down pretty quickly when they were placed next to each other. I can't wait for another opportunity to photograph a set of twins, triplets, or more!
I had the pleasure of meeting this adorable little guy recently to take his newborn photos. He and his sister were absolutely precious. He was a great little sleeper and settled right in for some adorable shots! I was so happy with the resulting photos we were able to capture of him and look forward to future photo shoots with this family!