Monday, January 11, 2016

Fun Fall Tween Session | Blacksburg Radford Christiansburg Photographer

This pretty girl came to me wanting some fun headshots and candid shots.  She's not a senior yet, but still a teen and that's ok.  I do headshots for all ages!  If you are interested in having headshots or fun pictures taken of your child, you can contact me here.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

In Home Cake Smash Photo Session in Blacksburg Virginia

For Cake Smashes, I come to your house and bring a large roll of studio paper with me.  I have a daylight balanced light that I use that looks like window light.  I love the natural look.  The big roll of paper makes for easy clean up. :)

She has the prettiest blue eyes.

For more information on a One Year Old Session with a Cake Smash, you can contact me here

Thursday, January 7, 2016

10 Ways to Rejuvenate if You are Burned Out for Photographers

I was burned out.  Burnt out.
Burnt out with photography.
Burnt out with work.
Burnt out with life.
Burnt out with people.

I told my friend back in August that I was gonna ROCK the Fall Sessions.  I wasn't going to complain and I was going to do as many sessions that come my way.  It's only 3 months right?  I can do this!  No problem.  September, October, and November....BRING IT ON!  

Well what do you think happened?  Yep, I burned out.  I burned out like never before.  I don't know why this year was any different from past years.  Maybe my creative tank expired.  But I KNEW I had to rejuvenate or I would lose interest.  I didn't want to lose interest.  I love what I do, but I couldn't even respond to a simple email from a client.  I couldn't form the words.  I was spent.

So from Christmas to New Years I did these 10 things to get rejuvenated, revived, and refreshed for 2016 and it worked!  It SO worked!  I feel better than ever and tackle new sessions and bring in new clients. :)

  1. Exercise - get out of the editing chair!  It's pathetic how many hours and nights I spent sitting on the couch editing photos.  I love to do exercise programs that have a calendar.  Tell me what I’m supposed to work on today.  Don’t make me decide which muscle group to work or whether I should do cardio.  I recommend T25.  
  2. Binge watch a new TV Series - So after you exercise, turn on Amazon Prime or Netflix and discover a new series.  I discovered “Enlightenment” with Laura Dern.  Man, it had me in the first 10 seconds.  I was addicted and also sad that it was only 2 seasons.
  3. Do a personal project - mine was self portraits and doggie portraits.  Yours could be cooking, drawing, painting.  Whatever. Just do something that feeds your soul.
  4. Go out for fancy coffee with a "New" Friend - Yes, FANCY coffee.  Don’t go to starbucks.  Go to a local coffee joint that makes swirlies in your coffee in a huge gigantic mug.   Your friend should be someone new that you have never gone out with.  Don’t ask an old friend, you will probably just complain about life.  A new friend is a breath of fresh air and you will talk about life with new enthusiasm.  
  5. Organize 1 thing - closet, drawers, cabinets.  One thing.
  6. NAP - yes nap.  Schedule naps.  Napping is the best.
  7. Read - I like silly who-dun-it fiction novels.  Get lost in a book, a story.  Just make it fun and uplifting.
  8. Turn off Facebook, but turn on Instagram - Facebook is so negative with people’s complaining and political views.  Instagram has so many inspiring quotes, artists, and images.
  9. Shut down Lightroom and Photoshop - Don't open these programs....except to work on your personal projects, but if you can avoid it stay away from these black pits of tar and quicksand.  
  10. Continually thank God for your blessings - Ask to be rejuvenated.  Say it out loud.  "God I thank you for the blessings you have given me.  Thank you for the opportunities and the people that you send to me.  But right now, I’m tired.  I’m burnt out.  Renew me.  Refresh my spirit.  Give me a new attitude.  Give me new energy.  Amen."

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Senior Portraits with Triplets | Auburn High School | Riner Virginia

These beautiful Seniors go to Auburn High School in Riner Virginia.  This session was done on my farm and around my house.  I love the wood pile.  It's so rustic.  The old truck is my husband's.  

You can do a similar Senior Portrait Session.  Contact me here to talk more about it!

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