the two questions that I get most

I get asked two (photography related) questions religiously:

What should we wear for pictures? and How long have you been doing this? 

both great for some answers...

1. What should I wear for pictures?

There is actually some humor in this question. Those that know me well, know that I can find humor in almost every situation. I can totally help you put together outfits, add accessories and pull together a look. I love it and I love some pinterest inspiration! 

My best advice for outfits....

  • Coordinate without matching. Make it look as if you didn't spend hours planning these wonderful outfits. Some of my favorite looks from my clients. 
  • ALWAYS dress yourself first. Moms are always hardest on themselves. Always. Why is that? That's probably another blog post. But, really plan your outfit first. When you feel confident, everything else will follow.  
  • Avoid clothing with words and phrases. Maybe this is just me. In my opinion, this is not the time to advertise your favorite brand, character or trendy saying. 
  • Accessories make an outfit! You've heard it before. Don't be afraid to layer and add scarves, necklaces, hats... you name it

Back to the humor... if you see me on a random Wednesday, I will most likely have on workout clothes (yes, I'm one of those) or a black t-shirt and jeans.... maybe a scarf or necklace.... maybe. But don't get me wrong-please keep asking! I love helping YOU... please keep asking and I'll be rocking my black t-shirt while I do. Ha!

2. How long have you been doing this?

Also, an interesting question. You see, I really think I've been interested in photography my entire life. I have always taken a ton of pictures, collected pictures, and loved looking at other people's pictures....probably to the annoyance of my family and close friends. Eek. 

When my husband and I were dating we often talked about our dream home. He vividly remembers me telling him that I would love to have a dark room (boy that dates me). So you see, it isn't something that you turn on and off. It is always on... even if my camera is not. 

I feel truly honored to get to observe and be a part of so many amazing lives....families, children, and seniors. It really is a privilege to see your relationships, watch you giggle, learn your silly secrets, and share in special memories. 

Thank you for sharing with me. Thank you for inspiring me. Thank you for encouraging me. To those who have provided me with gentle pushes (and sometimes shoves)  along the way and have offered encouragement to leave my comfort zone, I cannot thank you enough. You believed in me and supported me, when I needed it most.  

And most of all, thank you for letting me capture your memories.  I hope to be capturing them for years to come!