Archive for July, 2011

Baby Love {Monroe, WA Maternity Photographer}

July 31st, 2011

I absolutely {love} this family! I first met Jamie and her husband after she contacted me a few years ago to take her maternity (and later newborn portraits) while pregnant with her first son. She is one of my first maternity & newborn clients and really helped open this door to two areas of photography that I [...]

 

I absolutely {love} this family!

I first met Jamie and her husband after she contacted me a few years ago to take her maternity (and later newborn portraits) while pregnant with her first son. She is one of my first maternity & newborn clients and really helped open this door to two areas of photography that I am absolutely passionate about. Her son Kaleb, was also one of our first Tiny Toes {Baby’s First Year} clients as well, which I absolutely love doing and just adore him!

Well, as you can imagine, I was SOOOOOO excited when I received word from Jamie that she was pregnant with Baby #2, and that they are going to be welcoming another son!!! I just love this family and am so excited to journey with them through another awesome year from maternity through Baby #2′s first year!!!

Jamie & Brian,

Thank you again for welcoming me into your family to capture some a beautiful time!! I am SO thrilled for the three of you and cannot wait to meet Baby Boy Clark #2!!! Best wishes to you!!

Cheers,
Michelle

We’d love to hear what you think! Leave a comment below!

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Sweet Expectancy {Snohomish, WA Maternity & Newborn Photographer}

July 29th, 2011

I absolutely {love} how life is coming full circle with my photography business. =) I first met the beautiful Angela in 2008 when she inquired about having portraits taken for her {then} boyfriend, which were so fun! A few months later I received an email mentioning that they were engaged to be married and wanted to hire [...]


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I absolutely {love} how life is coming full circle with my photography business. =)

I first met the beautiful Angela in 2008 when she inquired about having portraits taken for her {then} boyfriend, which were so fun! A few months later I received an email mentioning that they were engaged to be married and wanted to hire me as their wedding photographer, which I of course was absolutely THRILLED and HONORED!!!

Now we are approaching their 2-year wedding anniversary this coming September and they have again, invited me back into their lives to capture one of life’s more incredible journeys EVER. I am SOOOOOOO absolutely excited for Michael and Angela and cannot wait to meet their precious baby girl!!!

Angela,

You are a beautiful woman inside and out! I am so thankful and blessed to have met you 3 years ago and consider it a true honor to walk this journey with you!!! Blessings to you and Michael as you prepare to meet your precious little girl!! I can’t wait to meet her!

Michelle

We’d love to hear what you think! Leave a comment below!

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Baby Bennett ~ 3 Months {Lake Stevens, WA Newborn & Baby Photographer}

July 25th, 2011

Has it really already been 3 months since Baby Bennett’s newborn session?? I am always thrilled and honored when families invite me to document such incredible moments in their lives. I first met Baby Bennett when he was only 7-days old and am so excited that I get to journey with him as well as [...]


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Has it really already been 3 months since Baby Bennett’s newborn session??

I am always thrilled and honored when families invite me to document such incredible moments in their lives. I first met Baby Bennett when he was only 7-days old and am so excited that I get to journey with him as well as his mommy and daddy during his first year!! Here’s a sneak peek from his 3-month session. Enjoy!!

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1st Annual Main Street Flea Market!

July 22nd, 2011

I am SOOOOOOO EXCITED for this upcoming event!!! As many of your know, I love antiquing and frequent Monroe Main Street’s antique shops often. {My husband would say maybe a little too often } My studio is filled with antique props that I have purchased from many of the local shops downtown including, M&M Antiques and [...]


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I am SOOOOOOO EXCITED for this upcoming event!!!

As many of your know, I love antiquing and frequent Monroe Main Street’s antique shops often. {My husband would say maybe a little too often :) } My studio is filled with antique props that I have purchased from many of the local shops downtown including, M&M Antiques and The Golden Mean. I love these stores and always find fantastic finds!!!

Well, on Saturday, September 17th, 2011 from 9AM – 6PM DT Monroe’s Main Street will be closed off and FILLED with vendors galore!!! Be sure to MARK YOUR CALENDARS!! You better believe I’ll be down there checking out all of the vendors, sampling all of the food, and snapping a few shots!! I hope to see you there!!!

For more information please contact Jayne Morse at 425-344-2983 / email: jk5125@aol.com OR stop in at the Golden Mean on Main Street.

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Sweet Little Annie {Kirkland, WA Newborn Photographer}

July 18th, 2011

“First came love, Then came marriage…” Well, you know how it goes I just love this sweet couple! I had the wonderful privilege of photographing their wedding last summer and was THRILLED when I heard that they were expecting their first little bundle. And at just 9-days new, I got to hold beautiful baby Annie [...]


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“First came love, Then came marriage…” Well, you know how it goes :)

I just love this sweet couple! I had the wonderful privilege of photographing their wedding last summer and was THRILLED when I heard that they were expecting their first little bundle. And at just 9-days new, I got to hold beautiful baby Annie and capture the unconditional love that these two have for their baby girl.

I feel so very honored to meet so many wonderful families and document these incredible journeys that we take in life. I consider the opportunity that I have been given, a true blessing.

Jonathan & Sarah,

Thank you, again, for inviting me into your lives to photograph your precious little girl. She is absolutely beautiful and the love that you two have for her is so evident. Congratulations again!

Michelle

Annie resting on the beautiful white blanket made by Sarah’s sister, her new Auntie. :)

{please do not copy images from blog}

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Quick Tip: How to Increase Bookings

July 9th, 2011

I came across this article titled 5 Reasons You Might be Hating the Business of Photography by Elizabeth Halford that I really enjoyed reading! I can relate to what she is writing as I have heard many photographers frustrated with where they are at in the business process of being a photographer. As a photographer/artist, having photographic [...]


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I came across this article titled 5 Reasons You Might be Hating the Business of Photography by Elizabeth Halford that I really enjoyed reading! I can relate to what she is writing as I have heard many photographers frustrated with where they are at in the business process of being a photographer.

As a photographer/artist, having photographic skills is not the only thing that one needs to possess to be successful in the photography industry. In my opinion, being a good business owner is even more crucially important. Here are a couple ways to increase bookings:

  1. Respond in a timely manner to client inquiries: Do not wait more than 24-hours to respond to a potential client’s inquiry. In fact, try and respond within 12-hours or less. This is a standard that I have set for myself. In this day and age, if you wait, potential clients will head elsewhere. I know personally, it drives me nuts when I have inquiries about something with someone and it takes them FOREVER to get back to me. Thus the reason that I make sure that all of my potential clients receive information quickly and efficiently.
  2. Follow Up: Now just because I make it standard to respond to clients within 12 to 24-hours doesn’t mean that they hold this standard. Potential clients like expectant mommies and brides have a LOT going on. So be sure to follow up with them within 48-hours of providing them with information. I don’t know how many times I have had clients say, “Thank you so much for following up! This week has been crazy busy!”
  3. Give yourself DEADLINES and set a STANDARD for your clients: It is SOOOO important to give yourself deadlines and set a standard for all of your clients that stays consistent. All of my clients receive a sneak peek of their session within 2-3 days after their session. This provides them with fun anticipation for what is to come. Their online gallery is then available to them within 2-3 weeks from their session date and I hold myself to this. I have a “To Edit List” with categories and due dates for each session to keep me on track and on time.

As a full time mom, photographer, and part time Worship Arts Coordinator at our church, I have heard many people say, “I don’t know how you do it.” And honestly, there are days that I get a little frazzled… But the key thing that has helped me provide my clients with a professional standard is by being organized and setting goals that I do not break. I treat my clients how I want a business professional to treat me.

This list could go on and on… but I hope it helps you in providing some ways to increase a professional standard and in turn, increase bookings.

Be sure to visit Elizabeth Halford’s article on 5 Reasons You Might Be Hating the Business of Photography for more helpful insights!

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Quick Tips for Photographers: Post Processing & Posing

July 7th, 2011

I thought it would be fun to post some quick tips regarding photography and threw out the question on my Facebook page. If you have other questions that you would like me to consider for other Quick Tip posts, please feel free to leave them in the comment section below =) Here are a couple [...]


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I thought it would be fun to post some quick tips regarding photography and threw out the question on my Facebook page. If you have other questions that you would like me to consider for other Quick Tip posts, please feel free to leave them in the comment section below =) Here are a couple that were asked:

1.) What is your favorite post processing/editing tip?

First thing is first, get it right in camera to minimize post processing/editing later. The biggest thing that I have pushed myself to know/learn is shooting manual. It completely intimidated me when I first started shooting. I am not a mathematical person by any means and it felt way too technical for me. But it’s the opposite. When I finally made the switch to shoot manually it dramatically changed how I shoot and gave me 100% control on the outcome of my images and how much time it takes for post processing, which now, is very little.

When I first started shooting I purchased all sorts of pre-made actions, which my favorite came from Totally Rad Actions. These helped me really learn what I did and DIDN’T want my images to look like. Yes, there are thousands of fun actions to play with out there that everyone uses (key word: everyone). At first I actioned the crud out of my images because I thought it looked cool. Now, hardly use them at all. If the image doesn’t look straight out of the camera to me, I don’t use the action. And please note, this is purely my style. There are hundreds of thousands of photographic styles out there and this is merely the direction I have chosen to head with mine.

When it comes to the actual editing of the images in Photoshop I do some very slight adjustments in camera RAW with the fill light tool and contrast. Then if there are any touch ups that need to be done to skin I use the healing brush if needed. One of the tools I use all of the time is the Levels Adjustment in Photoshop.

2.) From Facebook: “Couples posing tips! I am mainly a baby photog, but have a session with a couple this weekend and would love some help in the posing area!”

I will try and keep this somewhat short, but honestly, I could write a book on posing!

When it comes to posing couples it is really important to take a few minutes to get the couple relaxed. Most everyone is somewhat nervous and feel awkward getting their picture taken. Typically people are not sure what to do with their hands, face, body. So as a photographer, it my job to make sure it looks right BEFORE taking any images.

When I first meet up with a couple I watch their body language and ask myself some questions:

  • Is the couple lovey-dovey?
  • Did they walk up holding hands?
  • Do they seem comfortable with each other? (This is an important one that I will come back to)

These questions help me determine how we are going to start the session.

Typically when starting an engagement session I will get in a few “safe” shots first to get them relaxed behind the camera and to allow me to do any light metering adjustments. I will typically start joking with the couple to get them to laugh and relax. This helps all of us to loosen up a bit.

Once I begin actually posing them I go back to the questions I asked myself when first meeting up with the client, specifically, how comfortable are they with eachother. This really helps me determine how lovey-dovey to get their poses. It is also important to keep in mind body styles ~ not all poses are comfortable or work for everyone.

Here are some quick tips when posing couples that I use:

  • STUDY poses: look at magazines, other shoots etc – Ask your question WHY you’re drawn to that particular image.
  • Posing should be very strategic, yet look and feel effortless. I personally love the images where couples are interacting and engaging eachother rather than uber posed images looking straight at the camera.
  • Every limb should have a purpose. Watch everything from the top of the head to the very last pinky toe.
  • Most importantly – HAVE FUN!!! If you’re not having fun, your client won’t have fun!

Here are some of my favorite shots spanning back a few years: