The Photographer Hat: Top 5 Things You Should NOT Do During a Session

… but I do them on a regular basis.

1. Forget to take the lens cap off.
I especially love when my clients don’t inform me of this but my lens is pointing straight at them. No, it’s not a new style of photography, your photographer is just a doofus. This is like Photography 101 Step 1.

2. Tell your clients to get on their knees (or some other direction that sounds worse than you meant.)
Instead phrase it more strategically like “Let’s try going down on your knees for a better angle…”

3. Let your 1 year old run amok in the studio while shooting.
You may just end up with a shadow of a small child on the backdrop that will not only add to editing time but look a little creepy.

4. Assume all of your clients share your twisted sense of humor.
This can get awkward fast. Not everyone will smile when you tell them to pretend the person next to them farted or think you swearing at your equipment is funny.

5. Leave your videographer at home.
You never know when your client’s dog will start humping you and you missed a valuable piece to your “behind the scenes” reel.

If there is one piece of advice I could give to people who hire a photographer it would be this: We’re all human and we all can be a little stupid orĀ embarrassedĀ sometimes. Have fun with your session because we’re laughing with you not at you. I swear (oops).

What are some things you’ve done as a photographer or been witness to as a client/model that were completely stupid and/orĀ embarrassing?

The Mom Hat: Relay For Life 2012

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This was our first year participating in Relay For Life and we decided to hold a photo booth for onsite fundraising. The photo booth was a big success, everyone looked fabulous and we raised even more for Relay. A special thank you to Alicia and Helen for finding a place for our tent and making the arrangements, it means a TON!

On a more personal note, it’s been a long time since I experienced something as powerful as this. There’s nothing more moving than seeing so many people come together to share, support, give, and fight for the same cause. When I stood next to my best friend in the luminaria ceremony we watched as everyone light their own luminaries to honor or memory of their loved ones and for me it was very bittersweet. I felt grief for the loss of so many and for the loss of my own, hope for the ones who are beating it and, at the same time, not so alone anymore. I lit a luminary in memory of my mother, who lost her fight in 1999; I held the hand of my best friend, who is full of strength and fighting every day.

This is such an important cause and I can’t wait for next year!

The Mom Hat: March For Babies 2012!

I’m excited to announce our first year participating in March for Babies!

You can participate with us through our March For Babies Mini-Sessions!
Sponsor our team with a donation of $25 or more and receive a FREE mini-session!
These are one hour sessions in studio or on location (within 25 miles of 60061) and include Limited Images on DVD.
Donations of $50 or more will also receive one FREE 8×10 from their mini-session.
Contact us for more details and mention the March For Babies Mini-Sessions.

The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Funds raised in March for Babies support research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives. And they will be used to bring comfort and information to families with a baby in newborn intensive care.