Julia and Mason come to see me a couple times a year, all the way from Mississippi!
I can’t remember a fall mini this cold in a loooong time! And that wind! But, we powered through, and I was still able to capture these gorgeous images for my clients. Thank you to all that participated! And a big thank you to Jeff Gepford for letting us use his property and awesome barns!
I just love when a family session just falls in place and turns out so amazing! The kids were great (yes mama, they actually were!), the clothing choices were wonderful, and even daddy cooperated ha ha! Chippewa Nature Center was the perfect location and I’m absolutely thrilled with this session. Have a peek!
Jacob’s senior session started just like most boy’s senior sessions start: knowing it’s something they should do, and it’s something they want to do, but at the same time still kind of don’t really want to do it! But, by the end, even he admitted it was pretty fun! Jacob’s session took place at Chippewa Nature Center in Midland. We wandered through and I got us lost a little bit on a trail as map reading skills are clearly not my forte. Apparently my forte is quoting ridiculous movies and getting genuine smiles! Jacob ended up with some seriously great images!
Hey Jacob: Do the chicken’s have large talons? Ha ha!
Ask any photographer and they will tell you how much they love second hand shops, garage sales, and antique stores. There is just something about the thrill of the hunt! Finding an awesome antique bowl for a newborn, a vintage quilt for a family to sit on, or in the case of Kelsey’s session: 2 vintage dresses to wear during a Beauty Session!
My husband has a hunting trip to Nebraska, I have garage sales.
I first spotted Kelsey and her amazing red hair at her Homecoming dance, (creeper much? ha ha ha) so when I found this (admittedly granny) mauve lace dress at a garage sale, I couldn’t pass it up. All I could picture was a lace covered shoulder and all that red hair! The dress in person, really isn’t amazing. It’s homemade, got a couple boo-boo’s on it, and has a dorky bow smack dab in the center of the bodice. But, in photography world, that doesn’t matter. I knew the texture and the color were right for the shots I had in my head.
The other dress is also a homemade Goodwill find. It’s a beautiful shade of pink, and has a full twirly skirt with pleats. I LOVE pleats. I love the way they look in motion. I love how feminine they look. And, my grandmother always seemed to wear them and I loved her. I’m partial to the pleats! Again, not the most amazing dress in person, but it possesses elements that to a trained photographer eye can work magic!
For me, the key to a great thrift store find is color. I scan the rack for color first. I love a muted, soft, natural palette. I am not likely to pick up something neon or with a bold print. Once I find something in a color I like, I assess the item. I try not to buy too many x-small items. Super small items can only work one way….on extra small people. If I buy something in a medium or large size, it can work on large, medium, AND small people. Clamps. Clamps are the key. Almost every beauty image you see me post has an article of clothing that has been modified in some way. Sometimes I take sleeves off, or rip off buttons or bows. Sometimes I add beads, or a different neckline. Sometimes items just need simple repairs. I love to add some sort of headpiece (almost handmade) and voila!
Don’t believe me? Check them out below. Gorgeous.