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I have been dreaming about this session for a while. This vision of serenity, expectation and quiet reflection, that seem to fill the air during long summer days, has been on my mind for some time. It has also been largely influenced by the works of two amazing motherhood photographers, including Jen Bilodeau, and Kala Rath. Their emotive portraits have been inspiring me and pushing my creative boundaries to try something new. I was only missing the right model. 


When I met Ansley, I was immediately drawn to her - she was kind, sweet, beautiful, and…. pregnant! I knew I had to work with her and that she would be amazing for this, so, after finding out that she wasn’t already working with a maternity photographer, I asked her to pose for me. She liked the idea and kindly agreed. Lucky for me, she also turned out to be a lifestyle blogger  and a style ambassador for Pink Blush Maternity, whose white kimono  we used in this session. 


We got together one Monday morning, at my house, and shot this session in natural (window) light with my Nikon D7100 and the 50mm f1.4 lens set to f2.5, ISO between 160 and 320 and shutter speed at 1/200. I am long overdue for a full frame body, but, if nothing else, this is a testament to the fact that it’s not the camera that makes the image, it’s who’s behind the camera.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Katya

I am a full service family photographer based out of Roswell, GA. I get inspired by the beauty of everyday moments that make up our lives, and aim to shoot unscripted lifestyle images with every session. I have been running my photography business for a couple of years now, and I feel like every day brings new ideas and inspiration from all around me, challenging me and my style. I also do marketing and graphic design on a regular basis as my main occupation.

Connect with Katya

Website: www.katyavilchyk.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katyavilchyk

Instragram: https://www.instagram.com/katya.vilchyk


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I just love maternity sessions, and I love to style them even more!  This session was full of favorite things for me; bright whites, girly dresses, lace, and a tutu!"

About Tommie:

Hi ya'll! I am Tommie "girl" Cochrum.  And I am a Lord lovin' TexiCali gil! 

Photography has always been a passion of mine since I was a child.  I have been officially in business for 3 years and I am continually learning and honing in on my craft of photography.  This ensures that my passion is continually fueled and my clients are receiving the best from me!

I specialize in natural light and studio photography for maternity, newborn, children, & families. Located in sunny SoCal!  My sessions are casual and relaxed and always full of laughter!   Becoming a mother has helped me redefine my view of photography and what it means.  There are few things in life that are more closely held to our hearts than photographs of our loved ones and the cliche saying is all too true...your babies are only little for so long and time goes by much too quickly.    

Connect with Tommie:

Website: www.tommiegirlphotography.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tommiegirlphotography/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tommiegirlphotography/ 

Quick Writing Tips for Your Photography Blog

Brooke Bohinc

 

I love words. There are few things in this world that can stir up emotions and create change quite like words can. Photography is one of those other things that can knock someone off their feet and make them shed tears in the same moment. Both tools for engaging with people and their stories are impactful and have the capability to remain long after their creator.

 

I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by lots of creative people, many of whom are photographers. As we talk about our work and passions, my friends often share that they feel stuck when it comes to creating unique and interesting content for their professional blogs that house all the creative and engaging pictures they take.

 

As a professional writer and editor, I wanted to give them and you some tips to make the writing part of your work easier.

 

 

 

Focus on the details.

 

As a photographer, you are built to notice the little things–the way the light creates the perfect shadow, the hidden smile in someone’s eyes. That’s what you need to do within your writing.

 

What do you notice about the families you take pictures of? How do the parents engage with their kids? What clothes or accessories did the parents bring for their newborn’s photoshoot? Is there a reason for the color, pattern, accessory, etc.? How does the family interact together?

 

These are the things to note, literally. If you don’t have time to write down the details you notice in the moment, have a notebook in your car or use the Notes app on your phone to jot down a few things as soon as you leave your sessions. You may think you’ll remember all the details, but we both know how busy you are! Let’s be realistic here. Save yourself the hassle by taking time immediately following your shoot to remember what made it feel so special. This will pay off in big ways later on when you sit down to write on your blog.

 

Ask more questions.

 

If you are going to spend an hour plus with people, you may as well get to know them a little. I’ve been on the receiving end of this during shoots, and I am always thrilled when the photographer asks me questions about my life. I’m not a natural in front of the camera, so the questions put me at ease and give me something else to focus on. This can be a win-win for you and your client.

 

What do the parents love about the ages their kids are at? Is there a story behind the name they chose for their baby? What does the name mean? Is there a reason the family wanted the photos taken in their family room, backyard, etc.?

 

Don’t be afraid to delegate.

 

We all feel special when people take a genuine interest in our life and family. When you initially talk with your client, ask them questions proactively. This is a great way to have some help with your future blog content with little to no work for you. Write out three to five questions that you send to each new client before or after their shoot. Some of the above questions I’ve already included would be great options.

 

Know your limits.

 

If writing isn’t your forte, lower the bar. Don’t make the standard for your blog a 500-word spread. You may grow to that, but you shouldn’t stress yourself out trying to get there. By writing less, you can make sure that what you are writing is sincere and thoughtful. No one wants to read fluffy content that’s only there for the sake of filling up space. It’s okay to set a different standard. So long as your content is good, it won’t matter that it’s one or two paragraphs instead of five or six.

 

The pictures you take are hands down your selling point, but you need to make sure the way you talk about your business and your clients is equally as compelling. Try out these tips and see how you can become more confident in your writing, whether you feel like it comes easily to you or not.

 

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Author Bio:

Words matter. Brooke’s love for words is what prompted her to start her writing and editing business, Brooke Ellen, Inc. The site also houses her personal blog where she tackles everything from baking with a toddler on her hip to living intentionally in the hustle and bustle. 

Photo credit for images: www.haileylaurenphotography.com 


JUN
8

Studio Tour with Meagan Ready

by Kala Rath
Hi, I’m Meagan! I am a newborn and baby photographer based out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. When I am not found working with families I am mom to three of the cutest little ones and wife to the most amazing husband. My journey began in my home like most budding newborn photographers and after 3 fast years I took the leap to jump into a studio outside of my home. Newborn sessions make my heart happy. Every fresh and perfect detail is carefully captured and documented. I have been so blessed to have captured over 500 newborns in the past 5 years and that number is rapidly growing as one of Tulsa’s most sought after photographers.   This unique craft has also given me the opportunity to travel to teach and it makes for the most exciting adventures. MRP is happy to work with several national and local brands such as Pottery Barn Kids, Babies R Us, Stork Vision and Pure Barre. MRP was also recently recognized as Tulsa's favorite newborn and maternity photographer in the Tulsa's Family Favorites awards. Click on my social media links and let's connection! I would love to hear from you. xo 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Connect with Meagan Ready

Facebook | Instagram | Website

 

MAY
30

Featured Workshop: Be Unraveled

by Keri Meyers

Featured Workshop: Be Unraveled 

 

 

Tell us a little about yourself/your business (how long have you been in business, where are you located, any special awards or features?)

Unraveled is an online workshop and unique photography school that was built to be different than any other photography learning experience. We embody a holistic approach to creative teaching that incorporates the mind, body and soul of each artist. We believe that community is one of the most beautiful and essential parts of creative living. We know that wherever one is on their creative journey, they can find a home with us.

The Unraveled Workshop starts June 26 and is an intensive 3 week course, after which students have the option of continuing their education for $10/month to be included in our Unraveled School, where we will host an amazing guest instructor each month, along with other learning opportunities.

 

What are you most known for?

We are known for embracing the perfectly imperfect parts of creative living. We believe that each artist has their own unique story to tell, and we want to help them tell it.

 

How long have you been mentoring?

Sarah Driscoll has been mentoring for 2 years and Coleen Hodges for 1 year. In addition to online mentoring, Coleen also teaches an in-person workshop.

 

What is your learning objective for your students?

We want our students to be uniquely themselves and to push past whatever fears are holding them back from creative freedom

 

Do you offer in person or online mentoring or both?

This workshop/school is all online.

 

Unraveled: A unique creative workshop + school for the whole photographer. from Coleen Hodges on Vimeo.

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