🎶 Take pictures in your mind of your childhood room Memorize what it sounded like when your dad gets home Remember the footsteps, remember the words said And all your little brother's favourite songs I just realized everything I have is someday gonna be gone 🎶
Lifestyle photography is less posed & not so much about compositional perfection. It tells a much deeper story, it has layers of depth meaning & importance that only grow more significant as the years go by. I love getting portraits in the family master bedroom. To see your child photographed in the same morning light that pours in each day while everyone is spending time together & making memories. Those same walls that surround you every day are worth documenting, I can promise you that in 20 years, when you look back through these images that there will be little nuances about the setting that will take you back to that very moment in time & remind you of the happiness shared within that bedroom. Your home plays a significant role in your family life & I feel it will always be the perfect backdrop for natural and candid moments to unfold. From jumping on the bed, to tickle fights, cuddling with fur babies & just being silly. This is where it happens & it is part of your story. Part of your legacy.
Lifestyle Sessions VS Studio Sessions If you have been around for a while, you have probably noticed a big transition in my body of work & the images I have been sharing lately. When I first started my photography business, it was just my little Canon Rebel, a few lenses & me. I loved shooting outdoors, in the mountains, parks & trails in Southern Alberta. I remember experimenting shooting in the homes of my lovely clients & because I was still learning about how to manipulate light/work with available light, I was always intimidated when I couldn’t create the compelling images I had wanted. I was always drawn to the clean & bright look of studio images, however I didn’t connect with the look of “standard family portrait studio” style of images either so I eventually decided to create (with the help from an extremely patient, understanding & super handy partner) the photography studio & workspace of my dreams. Shooting in the studio made my heart really happy, I loved the bright whites & super airy photos. I made tens of thousands of images in that studio & it warms my heart thinking of some fantastic “Milestones” clients that I photographed from engagement, to baby bump & then baby’s entire first year in that giant yet cozy white room that had the most beautiful light. Flash forward to three years since selling that home/studio, and only having shot a handful of studio style sessions since then, I still feel that studio sessions can & should be done from time to time, however, since experimenting & learning more documentary style/lifestyle photography.. I have learned some things that have forever changed me & how I feel about photography. (more on the next post..)
FLASHBACK FRIDAY & FUNNIES ✨ So in light of sharing these oldies & laughing about my lil baby @kayceeannfarm I’m going to share a few funnies that came to mind when I think back to this shoot ❄️ The creek was so cold that both Kaycee & Julie’s lips were turning blue by the end of the shoot & I had to fix the colour in photoshop so they did not look like ice queens 👰🏼 The dress that Kaycee is wearing was a replica of my dream wedding dress (circa 2012 - the Vera Wang 1007) that I ordered from China for my wedding that I was planning in 2012 that never became a reality 🌊 Even though the shoot goal was to actually “trash” the dresses, we were all having too much getting pretty bridal portraits that we never even got more than the bottom of the dresses wet. I even through the dresses in the washing machine after & have actually used them again for a few other shoots since. ⏱ The first round of “editing” I did to these images took 45-60 minutes per image. However, being a little “green” still, I realized after I submitted a few images to a publication..that I forgot to photoshop out Kaycee’s BRIGHT PINK CROCS she was wearing that day *facepalm* 👱🏻♀️ Kaycee is & always has been a trooper. She waded through icy water, laid on the ground, climbed trees & posed within an inch of breaking her back that day & I have mad respect for her freelance model skillzzz (swipe through all the images to see behind the scenes & bloopers from the day)
FLASHBACK FRIDAY ✨ Story time about my first styled creative shoot continues: Thinking back, I literally planned this shoot for months. I made Pinterest boards, I talked about it so much that I know people were actually getting annoyed hearing about it. I didn’t care. I was passionate about my art & was finally getting out of my own way/stepping out of my comfort zone so I could stop photographing things that weren’t making my heart happy. I wanted a shoot where I could try new things, make mistakes, take risks & bust out of the creative rut I was in. The intent of the shoot was to get beautiful bridal portraits while literally trashing the dress. I invited a fellow photog friend along for the day & she helped out with hair & together we hand tied some super jenky bouquets from fake flowers we swiped from my kitchen counter that day. I spent about 2.5 hours doing full bridal makeup on two models & forced them both into wearing really scratchy crinolines from china as well as oversized flower crowns that I was obsessed with (haha “WAS”…. I mean AM still obsessed with) We loaded the cameras & big goofy cupcake gowns into the truck in the late afternoon & headed to the little creek by my house so we could wreck these dresses while making some amazing images. As I looked through all these images today, I realize that I am still proud of them. I am happy that I didn’t throw away the bad ones, because I can look at them now and clearly see that I was willing to make mistakes in order to learn from them and grow as a photographer & as a creative. I vividly remember that a fun & relaxed environment is the best catalyst for creativity. As I am now heading into my 6th year in business as a full time photographer, I see now that whenever I run into periods of time where I become hypercritical & feel creatively blocked, it is because I am operating from a place of stress & I put a lot of PRESSURE on myself to PERFORM. I actually am feeling like I am in that place in this very moment & I am taking this happy fluke as a sign to take a step back & refocus on the real why I do this “job” P A S S I O N & P U R P O S E (more to come)
FLASHBACK FRIDAY ✨ A little trip down memory lane had me stumbling across a shoot from this exact day, but 5 years ago. My first ever “creative styled shoot” for those who might not know what that means, it is a conceptual shoot using models & props in order to bring a visual idea into reality. I am pretty sure that I had been dreaming up this “trash the dress” shoot for a solid year before I finally pulled the trigger to make it happen. Stumbling across these images, on the exact anniversary of this session might have been a fluke, but I feel like it’s a sign from the universe that it’s time to tell this story. Firstly, I know that most of my OG Instagram fam will instantly recognize that pretty face you see (shout out to @kayceeannfarm for being such a pivotal point in my business, my muse, my mentee, my bff & my main b*tch through all these years slinging cameras & business development for all these years) I met Kaycee through a boudoir session in my first year in business, where she had always stood out from most of my clients (even before I met her in person!) with her personality infused email inquiries & correspondence. Our first email conversation was filled with photos, crazy ideas & way too many excited exclamation points. But needless to say, that on the day that Kaycee tumbled through the front doors of my home studio, things would never really be the same. After a few hours of shooting, outfit changes and almost peeing my pants laughing from the “Kaycee Brand” of hilarity. I decided to ask her to be my first “model” for an experimental & editorial inspired photoshoot. Without hesitation, she said yes & from there we began a crazy friendship journey that has shaped not only my business but also me as a person over the last 5+ years in life as an entrepreneur. More story time on next post >>>