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What to Wear for Your Family Portraits

You’ve done it: you’ve hired a photographer and chosen a location for this year’s family portraits. Now you’re staring at your closet trying to decide what in the world to wear. Don’t worry! There are lots of options that will look great in your album and on your walls. Here are a couple of things to think about.
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How to Create the Perfect Gallery Wall for Your Home

Looking for a fun way to display your family photos? Gallery walls are a simple way to create visual interest in your home, regardless of how much space you have. It’s the perfect way to make a design statement and a natural conversation-starter. To help you get started, we put together a few tips for …

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The Psychology of Holding a Printed Photo

Our world today is definitely digital. From Instagram to streaming TV and movies and even reading the news, everything we do is online. We even store our documents and photos in the cloud, rather than take the time to purchase prints or create scrapbooks. Be honest: How many times have you taken photos on your …

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When to Take Maternity Photos

Congratulations on your pregnancy! You’re planning and preparing to welcome your little one into the world and sharing the joy of your news with family and friends. Having maternity photos taken may seem like just another thing to add to your growing to-do list, but a portrait session can serve as a reminder of how …

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How to Prepare for Your Maternity Session

Congratulations on your pregnancy! As you prepare for your little one to enter the world and join your family, your to-do list is probably a mile long. Having a professional maternity session may seem like just another item to add to your list, but a maternity shoot can be a perfect time to remind you …

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What to Wear for Your Maternity Photos

Choosing what to wear for any occasion can be a challenge, but when it comes to your maternity photo session, you definitely want to pick the perfect outfit. After all, these are images you’ll look back on for years to come. No pressure, right? You want your maternity photos to be beautiful and intimate, capturing …

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7 Things Your Newborn Photographer Wants You to Know

You’ve chosen a newborn photographer and can’t wait to get photos of the precious new addition to your family! But if you’ve never had a newborn session before, you may not be sure what to expect from the experience. That’s why I want to let you know a few things that newborn photographers wish all …

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Why You Should Have a Newborn Photo Session

If you’re like most people, you probably spent a good chunk of your wedding budget on photos—and with good reason! After all, once all the guests have gone home, your wedding photos are the only thing you have left to remember the emotions and joy of that day. But there are other days in your …

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5 Tips for Including Older Siblings in a Newborn Session

Your little family has added another member, and it’s so important to capture this moment in your lives! One of the best things about newborn photos is it’s a great way to get new photos of the whole family, including any older siblings. But it can sometimes be a challenge for parents to encourage toddlers …

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6 Tips for Getting the Most from Your Senior Session

Congratulations on reaching the end of your high school career! Graduation is a huge moment in any student’s life. Whether you’re preparing to head off to college or start your career, or even if you’re taking a gap year, this moment marks a huge milestone both in your life and the lives of your parents, …

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What to Wear for Your Senior Session

You’re getting closer to graduation every day, and you may even have developed a case of senioritis. Senior portraits are the perfect way to commemorate this exciting time in your life, but choosing what to wear for your session can be a challenge. How do you express your personality while avoiding outfits that will look …

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5 Reasons to Hire a Pro to Take Your Senior Photos

You get your hair cut by a professional. You hire a pro to fix your car or work on your home. You would only let a professional landscape and redo your yard. So why would you trust your photos, your precious family memories, to an amateur? Even if you have a cousin with a fancy …

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How Family Photos Boost Your Child’s Self-Esteem

Having annual family portraits taken can seem like it’s a not a big deal. Who cares if you don’t send out a holiday card or update your Facebook profile picture? But in reality, family portraits can have a huge impact on your children’s self-esteem and how they view their place in the world and your …

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5 Questions to Ask a Potential Family Photographer

When it comes to photography, many people put a lot of effort into choosing a wedding photographer but not as much consideration into who will capture their family photos. But these images of your family are just as important and will be something for your children, grandchildren, and future generations to look back on. If …

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Why You Should Take Yearly Family Portraits

How many times have you wanted to take a family photo, maybe for your Christmas cards, and then simply been too busy? Life gets hectic, and you find you don’t have time to wrangle all the kids and sit everyone down for a proper photo. Or maybe you have albums full of photos of your …

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Top 8 Reasons to Hire a Professional Photographer

Chances are at some point you’ve run into a family member or friend trying to get a fledging photography business off the ground. Maybe they’ve even offered to take your images for free to build up their portfolio. The offer can definitely be tempting, but is it worth it? Photography is an art form, just …

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Why You Need Professional Portraits

Have you ever considered having professional portraits taken and just thought it wasn’t worth the expense? Or maybe you feel like you just don’t have the time to get photos taken. Life is busy, after all. Maybe you have albums full of photos of your kids and your spouse, but none with you in them …

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What to Wear for Your Portrait Session

The most common question I get about portrait sessions is What do I wear? For many people, they haven’t had photos taken since their senior portraits in high school, and the thought of getting in front of the camera can be overwhelming. But it can also be one of the most fun days of your …

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How to Prepare for Your Wedding Photos

The big day is almost here! After months of planning and waiting, you finally get to marry your partner in front of your friends and family and spend a day—or even a whole weekend—celebrating your love and commitment. But being the center of attention can be a little daunting, especially if you’re not used to …

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6 Tips for Planning an Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

Outdoor weddings are beautiful, especially if you have a scenic natural background, but they can also be challenging to plan, especially if the weather in your venue location is unpredictable. Whether it’s sweltering heat in the summer months or an unexpected thunderstorm, it’s important to be well prepared for every possibility if you plan to …

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Tips for Finding Wedding Inspiration

When it comes to planning your wedding, it can be hard to know where to start. You may have a Pinterest board full of ideas you love, but they don’t form a cohesive style. Well, we’re here to help! We’ve compiled a list of ways you can find inspiration for your special day. Look to …

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What to Look for in a Wedding Venue

When it comes to finding the perfect wedding venue, it can be hard to know what to look for! After all, there are so many details to take into consideration—the number of guests you’re inviting, your wedding colors, even the organization of your reception. Here are a few things to take into consideration as you’re …

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How Many Hours of Wedding Photography Do You Need?

You’re planning your wedding and have found the photographer of your dreams! But what package do you want from them? Will you want photos of the whole day, from getting ready to leaving the reception, or would just half the day do? Do you need to add on extra hours? Is there a difference between …

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7 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

When choosing the vendors for your wedding day, it’s essential to find people you feel comfortable with and trust. It’s especially important when it comes to choosing a wedding photographer. Unlike the rest of your vendors, your photographer will be with you all day, capturing memories you’ll look back on for the rest of your …

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