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LY Families: The Webbs

I’m certain I’ve read HUNDREDS of photographer blog posts over the last 5-6 years as I’ve been learning photography. And while I’ve nearly filled an entire notebook with notes on lighting, flash photography, posing, ISO, editing, chromatic aberration, split toning, shutter speed (I could go on and on!)…the things I keep reading over and over again, from nearly every photographer I follow, are the following:

1. GOOD LIGHT is better than a GOOD LOCATION – I’m a sucker for an open field in the evening because you just can’t beat the light. When I’m not in an open field, I’m always looking for natural reflectors (sidewalks, light-colored walls, etc.)

2. CONNECTION creates COMFORT…and COMFORT creates better images – If you’re like me and prefer a more lifestyle approach to photography…I find that the only way to achieve this is to do whatever it takes to make your client comfortable. A shy 4-year-old who hates the camera? You better be ready to sing Paw Patrol or Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme songs. A macho dude who’s too cool for engagement pictures? Find something you have in common with him and LET HIM TALK.

And my whole reason for sharing this in this post? It’s for this last point…because this is one area of my business that I’m HORRIBLE at. And here I am wanting to use motherhood as an excuse…but I won’t. Instead, I’m sharing this to [hopefully] give myself some accountability…..

3.BLOGGING CONSISTENTLY is one of the best ways to grow your business – I know it’s true, but I’ve been so terrible at it! So here’s to being candid about one of my many weaknesses as a business owner (we’ll talk about email response time later…) in an effort to grow and develop in this area.

And now to the real reason for this blog post!!! I had the absolute pleasure of photographing this cute family a few weeks ago, shortly before beautiful little Reese celebrated her first birthday. Erin and I went to high school together and hadn’t seen each other in YEARS…and while I so appreciate how Facebook allows me to keep up with old + new friends, I’m so grateful that this business allows me to share real-life with some of them…off the internet. Enjoy my favorites of the Webb family!

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