The photography community has an incredible attitude of collaboration & education over competition. It's incredibly uplifting to see people who might otherwise be duking it out for a specific market, encouraging one another in their goals, direction, and skill instead. The idea is to lift our industry as a whole and achieve the one thing all of us want-- to provide anyone the opportunity to celebrate the fleeting, beautiful moments of life with photographs they can cherish forever.
I met Kaitlyn through a local online photography group. She's just starting out in business while attending school full-time and wanted some maternity shots to grow her portfolio. Seeing as I happened to be pregnant at the time, it was a perfect match! In exchange for taking some maternity shots for me, I snapped some new headshots for her and together, we were just two girls with cameras, spending a sunny, fall morning learning and practicing our skills.
Sometimes you just need to get out and shoot without strings attached-- no expectations, money on the line, or deadlines to adhere to-- just let the creativity flow and try something new. Headshots are not something I do often and it was great to force myself to work in a challenging time of day against the sun. Check out a few of my favorites from Katelyn's mini-headshot shoot at Ivy Creek Nature Area!
P.S. Fun fact: we had to postpone our shoot from the original date so this took place in mid-October. Seeing as our little girl's due date was Nov. 11, I figured we had plenty of time. She was born the following week! I'm so glad we squeezed in this shoot at the very last minute!