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1. Photography protects your family's legacy by freezing time.
I do more than take your picture. I preserve your familyâs legacy. Thirty years from now, a picture will take you back to a different time. Donât think of me as your photographer, think of me as a âpreserver of memoriesâ. Itâs hard to justify any price when you have the mentality that I just âtake photosâ. Friends, I do so much more. I sort through endless amounts of photos, hand selecting only the best for you, I edit those to perfection and make your family into the piece of artwork they deserve to be. Scratch that, the artwork they ARE- It just needs to be brought out and beautified to perfection.
2. I love photographing your uniqueness as a family.
Your family is imperfect and that is totally fine. Please donât ever be embarrassed of your children. They are children, not adults, and I understand that. A few months back, I had a mom to a gorgeous autistic child ask me if it was ok to book because of her sonâs condition. What?! Are you crazy woman?! Of course it is!!! Go ahead and bring him to me. Iâll give him all the time to open up that he needs. We will take it slow. We can even shoot two days if we need to do so. I can assure you that time is the last thing I am worried about while Iâm photographing your family. I truly care about the genuine connections, the beautiful memories and capturing your true selves.
Here is the reality, we ALL have an imperfect family. My family is, dare I say, absolute insanity. I have every shade of the gamut in my family, from the loud uncle who literally can not be serious to the dotting mom who treats her 18 year old like he is 2 still. Between my mom and dad, I have 26 aunts and uncles and a whole slew of cousins. Ohh yes... you read it right...I did say 26!!! I also grew up as part of a foster family. I was my parents only ârealâ child, but they took in any child they could, always knowing the child would eventually be taken away from them and their heart would be broken yet again. My parents werenât those horror story type of foster parent you sometimes hear about either. They were the dotting parent who gave a child a real home and love, which was sometimes a first for them. These children would leave our home with bags upon bags full of things my parents had bought them from new clothes & shoes to tons of toys. You see, my mom struggled with infertility due to ovarian cancer and as a result, suffered from depression. Foster care was the solution to her depression. It made her feel needed and fulfilled. She wanted to be a mom to multiple children so badly, but after me, there was no chance. I was her miracle and it would be only me. She had a hysterectomy when I was small as a life saving measure. She was at an all time low, but then they were approved for foster care. Life changed for all of us, but we made it work. It was difficult, it was fun, there were a lot tears, there was a great deal of laughter and always, we were loved. This was my family; I was an only child, raised with foster siblings and my âTiffyâ (baby cousin) who came to live with us when I was around 8 years old. You see, my family consists of an eclectic mix of races, genders and ages. These are the beautiful beings that my parent choose to create a family with. Family doesnât always mean blood relation. Sometimes family are those that we choose or that choose us.
Every family is differently beautiful. At the end of the day, nothing matters, except your love for one another. Love is the tie that binds .
Those differences, those quirks and all the tiny imperfections are what makes the âinsert your late nameâ special. Never shy away from tour families uniqueness l, Embrace it!!!
3. Step out from behind the camera mom, that's my job.
Your need to be in photos with your children. It is a must. As a mom, it is easy to be caught up being behind the camera. At least once a year, dress up your family then make yourself feel beautiful and step into the frame together. Your children will want to see memories that include you when theyâre older. They donât want yo have to say âohh she was taking the photoâ each and every time your future grandchild asks âwhere is nana?â. Please, donât ever be happy being an idle participant in your childâs memories. You should jump in there and be a part of the legacy of memories left behind for your family to enjoy years down the road. The harsh reality is, we never know how many tomorrows we may have. It is so important to make memories for those we love to reminisce on when we are no longer here to make memories.
This is one of the reason why I created my business. I want each family I work with to be able to focus on having fun and making memories versus taking photographs. I want you, mom, to step our from behind the camera and be active in the experience I provide. This method, referred to as âpromptingâ versus âposingâ is what separates me from so many others. You will be asked silly questions. You will be asked to play silly games like âsushi rollâ, but most importantly you will laugh and have the time of your life. While I will give you the usual posed images, my main goal isnât having a perfectly posed group of people, it is to portray a family having the time of their life, laughing & interacting with one another.
Here is what a recent client had to say about my method...
âwe had so much fun we forgot the camera was even there. She was fun, responsive and made the experience everything we had hoped for and more. I canât recommend her highly enough.â
Isn't that the kind of family photography experience you want to have?
4. Printing your photographs is the only sure way to preserve them.
While this is a point I have already made in a previous blog post (click here to check it out), I will say it again... printed images are a must. Technology changes every single day. Your phone may be totally obsolete technology one day, then what happens to all of your beautiful photographs? I am not saying you need to print every single image, because that would be insane. However, if you are paying for professional images, print one or two of them. Why make an investment in beautiful memories only to be unable to see them 25 years down the road? The ability to share our memories years down the toad is the whole reason why we have our portraits done in the first place. I highly suggest that you make it a priority to have a minimum of 2 images printed from our session. Better yet, print the whole session and tuck them away in one of my beautiful âmemory boxesâ, complete with a monogram of your families initials in copper, gold or silver. â
I want to sneak in a 5th thing here... When it comes to photographing your life from maternity to birth, from newborn to toddler and even capturing your whole family-I promise you an experience you'll love.
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Ohh pregnancy!!! It is a beautiful time, but it can certainly make you feel awful, too. The first trimester is filled with morning sickness and the last trimester is filled with swollen ankles & the inability to move freely. They are also filled with excitement at feeling baby kick for the first time, excitement for the announcement of your baby's sex and extreme anticipation for baby's arrival. Since the first and final trimesters are both a sensitive time, I recommend we meet somewhere in the middle during the second trimester or start of the third trimester. I highly recommend your schedule your maternity session between 28 weeks (7 months) and 32 weeks (8 months) of gestation. I choose this time because your belly becomes the most round and prominent after 28 weeks, but at 33-35 weeks your belly starts to feel very heavy leading to back pain and fatigue. In my experience, I have found this is when mom feels her best. The morning sickness is over, or hopefully is at least. Your belly doesn't feel like you are carrying a ten pound watermelon under your clothes AND this is the time where you are positively glowing. Your hair looks great and your skin is bright and beautiful, too. I should note, if you are pregnant with multiples, the time frame will become 22 weeks (5 1/2 months) to 26 weeks (6 1/2 months) as most multiples are delivered early. At 22-24 weeks, a mom of multiple will much more comfortable and able to move. For more information, book a free consultation to speak with me now!!!
While I usually post photography related contest, I thought it would be nice to start sharing some more personal content. I think it will be a great way to show you who I am. Today, I want to share my favorite things for the summer of 2019. I think you can learn a lot about someone by their style and the products they use. Think about it... people who are conscious about our Earth are going to shop at more Earth Friendly companies, right? And, how many introverts do you know dressing in bright colors and patterns? It is my hope this gives you some insight into who I am & maybe even introduces you to some awesome new things you may not have tried before. This is an experiment in getting to know me, but I'd love to know more about you. Feel free to me in the comments what products you just can't live without this summer. I may love them, too!!!
Here are the 6 things I'm loving this summer...
Ok, so I am going to be a bit cliché here and say my Yeti is #2 on my list. It is HOT outside yall. I took this to the pool the other day with some sweet tea inside and 4 hours later (in the 100F sun) and it still had ice in it. A friend let me borrow her's for a long day of shooting in the sun & I was hooked. I went out and bought the exact same one, down to the color. This is a Yeti Rambler in Reef Blue. I found it on Amazon for $29.99. They also had a Coral color and a Seaform color which may be next on my list.
I am a busy girl, so finding time to pamper myself at a nail salon is hard to do. I have grown to love LA Girl's Gel Polish. This color is called "Impulse" and I paid less than $3 for my #3 at Walgreens. I love this polish because it dries quickly, last a long time for a cheaper nail polish and does not need multiple coats to cover well.
I usually add a glitter coat and a top coat over my color to add a little sparkle & secure the polish. I have found that the glitter & top coat helps the polish to last longer without chips. The longer I can stretch out my mani or pedi, the happier this busy girl is.
My #4 is my Ipsy Bag. I pay $10 a month for it all year long, but in the summer it is a Godsend. First, how cute are the bags they send? I will actually even use them as a clutch from time to time. Second, the products they send are perfect. I have thick curly hair and during the summer they always send my a great hair product like this Coconut Oil Leave In Conditioner. I save so much money on makeup by being an Ipsy subscriber. The Smashbox Mini Lipstain they sent me this month costs $12 alone. I get 5 products for only $10. As far as makeup goes, there is no better deal than Ipsy.
The 5th thing I can't go without this summer is this amazing Lemon Blueberry Tart Scrub by Tree Hut. I have horribly dry skin and I am prone to eczema. This is a double whammy because I need to to exofoliate my dry skin, but I can't use any prodcut that is too drying. This stuff hits the nail on the head. It is a great exfoliator, but is also loaded up with moisturizing shea butter & avacodo oil to keep my skin from drying out. I should also mentions it smells delicious, like a blueberry muffin topped with lemon zest.
Last, but certainly not least, is #6- summer hats. Let me just say, I LOVE hats. All year long I will wear a hat, but summer hats are probably my favorite. This summer I have two hats I am alternating. One is a black floppy hat (not pictured) and the second is this one, a cute little straw hat with a ribbon. The best part is, I actually bought this hat at the dollar tree. Then, I made a number of ribbons to switch on and off of it based on my outfit. Yes, you read that right, I bought my fav. hat for a $.
There you have it... the 6 things I can't live without this summer.
What about you? What are you totally loving this summer? Tell me in the comments.
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The Baltimore Girl Blog is written and published by photographer and owner Ashley. On occasion, the blog may feature guest authors and interviews with other kindred vendors.