senior season.

Senior season is the best season in this photographer’s opinion. I LOVE doing senior sessions so much. As a former high school English teacher, I just love the age. The excitement of the final year of school. Working with an almost grown up who actually wants to have their photo taken helps sweeten the deal. Alaina opted for my “back roads” session which is a loop that I do with the seniors who request it. It’s my favorite because no matter how many seniors I take on the loop, we always manage to make the photos still look unique and special.



how to dress for family photos.

Sometimes all the stars align and everything goes perfectly during a photo session. Mom kills it with the outfit combos, the kids smile on command, and the sun is exactly where I want it to be. It doesn’t always happen, but it happened on Sunday with this beautiful family.

I get TONS of questions from clients asking advice on what they should wear for their sessions. If you want your photos to be Pinterest worthy, I’m going to need some help. First, really think about what season you want to represent, and base your color scheme on that. Plaids for fall, bright colors for spring, reds and golds for Christmas. Neutrals work for every season. BUT, and this is a big BUT, only ONE person in your group can wear something loud, like a plaid shirt. The rest of you need to wear solids, with pops of the loud in the form of a scarf, bow, collared undershirt, etc. This also works with a bold color. Christmas photos for example, everyone in the family should not be wearing red sweaters. Choose one person to rock the red, then have others wear a vest, scarf, or bow with red. Even pants, I love colored pants.

Try not to be too matchy, matchy. This family had father and son wear the same (loud) shirt, BUT dad put a sweater over it. Pops of loud, but not too much. Brilliant. I REALLY love how mom thought things through and made sure no one clashed if paired together, even extended family. Grandma and uncle blended perfectly.

Brother and sister look especially good together, which is super important because kid-only photos are almost as important as full family ones. Mom even had a gray blanket to use. Perfect, perfect, perfect.

If you want to dress your kids in matching outfits because that’s what you like, PLEASE DO. I’ve had families do this in the past and their kids looked adorable. If you have your heart set on loud shirts or red sweaters, go for it! These are just guidelines for those of you who want my advice. Don’t want it? Don’t take it! Do what works for you and your family. Hope this helps everyone prepare for Christmas minis which begin this Saturday!

camryn turns one & so do i.

Happy birthday to my beautiful first model! I cannot believe it was almost one year ago today that I had my very first session with this sweet little girl.

Since it’s coming upon my one year anniversary as a professional photographer, I would love to share with you how I got started.

I have always taken good pictures. I have “the eye” as my friends and I like to call it, but I wasn’t confident enough to really put myself out there. I didn’t want to look silly. Last November one of my besties called me to ask if I could take some newborn pictures for a friend because her little one cried through her whole first attempt at a session. My first instinct was to tell her absolutely not, I have never taken pictures of a newborn baby before, and I am not trying to make people think that I think I’m a professional photographer at this point. But my friend made me feel so good about myself, like I could do anything. Like I was already a professional to her. So I googled how to use my Rebel for newborn photos and accepted the challenge. One year, lots of YouTube videos and some serious upgrades equipment-wise later, here I am.

I cannot put into words how grateful I am to my friends Lindsay and Becca for giving me the confidence to follow my dream. And also to the people who hired me when I was just starting out, still learning, and giving me such amazing feedback. To say thank you to everyone who has helped me make my dream a reality, I am thrilled to give away a family session to be redeemed in the 2016 season. No need to enter, no need to share my page or get me “likes”, if you hired me during this first year to take photographs of you, your kids, your family, you are automatically entered into this giveaway. Thank you again to everyone who believed in me and my art, I only hope that I made you feel as good in your photos as you have made me feel this past year.

grasso strong-er than ever.

Many of you from the Batavia area know the Grasso family and their story. This past winter both Nick AND baby Gia had to undergo extremely scary and invasive surgeries that led to weeks in the hospital recuperating. I am so pleased to be able to say that: both Nick and Gia are stronger than ever, prayer works, this beautiful family is moving on. So now we can talk about something else, like how pretty Beth is.

it’s fall y’all!

I traveled down to PA to visit one of my besties a few weekends ago right outside of Philly. Luckily, I didn’t get caught up in Pope traffic, and even more luckily I was able to set up my first fall session of the season with this gorgeous family. My favorite part was when little Lo told me I was her best friend. My second favorite part was mommy’s top. Business in the front. Party in the back. These are my kind of people.

I was super excited with the turn out because it’s not easy to get a two-year-old to look at the camera AND smile. They don’t take bribes because they literally can live without anything except their mom. And we couldn’t threaten to take her away. Obviously.