Posts in session experience
Wardrobe Tips For Your Lifestyle Newborn Session

It's a little intimidating, and in most cases, far down the list of concerns when you've recently brought a new life into the world and are living off sporadic sleep and frozen dinners. But if you've chosen to hire a newborn photographer to come in and capture this story unfolding, chances are you care about having images you love and want to look good in them. No shame there-- in fact, I applaud you. Side note: You will NEVER regret having a newborn session, especially in 20 years when she's getting married and you're crying on your sofa flipping through the album and remembering her tiny feet in that first week you brought her home. 

But I digress. 

I have a few tips to offer families preparing for a lifestyle newborn session that will hopefully help narrow down your options and make you feel confident in your choices.

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What Firefly and Fixer Upper Have in Common

Want to know a secret? My girl crush is Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper. #notashamed. 

I am so inspired by not only her creative eye and shabby-chic style, but also her heart for her family, playful spirit, and hustle to use her talents to serve others in a business she created from the ground up. While watching the show one evening, (my guilty pleasure whenever I get control of the remote) I started thinking about the values that Joanna and Chip project through their work and to my delight, realized they actually have a lot in common with what I aim to offer through Firefly!

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What Your Client Experience and a Warm, Chocolate Chip Cookie Have in Common

It was a weeknight after Kira had gone to bed, and while I'm typically pretty protective of evening hours for family and relaxation time, it had been a particularly busy week with an infant on nap strike, so mommy duty was taking over work time during the day. I had a few tasks that were time sensitive and needed completing asap, so I buckled down after dinner to play catch up in my office. I love my work, so it wasn't like this was a terrible imposition, but I was tired and needed some extra mojo to push me through those last evening hours.

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Directing vs. Posing - How I Capture Natural Expressions

My job is to capture the sparkle of life, the love between a family, the personality bursting from child's mischievous grin. You don't achieve those moments through direction like "sit here," "say cheese," or "don't move." I want my images for you to be natural, yet flattering-- not staged and awkward. Not to mention, wouldn't you rather reflect upon those interactions, those carefree and laughable moments? And when we look at advertisements, are we not drawn more to images that say something about the type of person wearing those clothes or using that product than a flat image of the product itself? When you look back on your images from a session with me, I want them to say something to you about who you were in that season of life. 

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What to Expect at your Reveal + Ordering Session

Part of my goal with Firefly Photography has always been to go above and beyond what is "expected" or "ordinary." I want to use this business to reach people in a special way, to make them feel valued, respected, and important--because they are! I want to provide people with a true product and service that reflects the beautiful moments I'm called to capture with quality and care. Part of that experience comes in the form of the "reveal session." 

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Hiring the right newborn photographer for your style: Studio vs. In-Home Sessions

Newborn photography has seen a tremendous rise in popularity since the '90's when Anne Geddes pioneered the genre with swoon-worthy images of little babes floating on clouds and wrapped up in pea pods. Today, newborn photography has become something that's almost a given-- like wedding photography, many never think twice about the value of hiring a professional to capture the milestone of a new child. The genre itself, however, has evolved as the demand for newborn photographers rose and artists began to craft their own looks.

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7 Reasons to Hire a Birthday Photographer

Birthdays are a amazing milestones. For parents, they are often full of emotion and festivity-- a time to get together with family and friends, make memories, celebrate the triumphs of the past year. Parties are a tradition for the parents as much as for the child, probably even more so when they are young. According to an article on today.com following the grand celebration of North West last year, "first time moms will spend at least $300 on a birthday party, yet it seems many are willing to shell out more for everything from bounce houses to food trucks to fully-catered affairs." There's also the happy case of simply having family and friends over for pizza and cake, which is just fine. We may take a moment to recognize, however, that there is a definite middle ground these days.

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8 Tips for Photographing A Proposal

Around this time last year, I began the very sneaky business of helping a friend/groom plan the perfect proposal. In all fairness, he planned it. I was brought in to photograph it. But in order to pull it off, we had to manage some important logistics and planning was key for the surprise element. In the process, I picked up some crucial pointers that I thought might be helpful for other photographers gearing up to capture a couple's big moment.

Given the season of love and the likelihood that there will be a few proposals taking place this weekend (wink wink), I figured this would be an ideal time to share the knowledge! 

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5 Tips for Tween Photoshoot Fun & Success

Whether getting ready for a solo portrait shoot, participating in yearly family photos, or just snapping photos with friends, tweens tend to care tremendously about their appearance and the details of the shoot--if even they don't show it. No longer are they willing to stand idly for  Aunt Betty’s squeezed cheeks and ironed khaki’s look. These tips are especially helpful for all the tween girls out there : these simple tips will help you have the fun, expressive, and flattering experience you're hoping for in your next photoshoot--and particularly if it's with me!

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Shooting Tip for Photographing Energetic Kids

In order to photograph kids in a way that showcases their personalities and creates a positive experience,  it’s part of my job as the photographer to engage with them on their level, become a trusted friend, and inspire fun all within just an hour’s time! It’s a tall order and while it may look like just running around and snapping away to the random bystander, there’s a lot of purposeful interaction and choices I make throughout a shoot to ensure my energy and engagement meets each individual child’s needs. They are all different and unique after all, and I never want a child to feel uncomfortable or scared during their shoot with me.

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The Biggest Reason To Print Your Photos

I read an article about a year ago that really struck my interest. It was a detailed study with input and research from psychologists and childhood experts about how family pictures can actually boost your child's self-esteem. 

This, to me, is huge. 

It touches on the idea that we display our childrens' accomplishments to show them we value what they’ve done - the good grades they receive in school, the fantasies they've dreamed with their crayons - but what about showing kids you value them for just being who they are? That's where photographs become so vital.

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Coffee + Custom Photography Part II: Valuing Quality

It’s time for part two of this series in which I’ll proceed in comparing the similarities between your cute corner coffee shop and the value of custom photography. Seem like a stretch? Follow along and let me explain. If you missed the first part, you can check that out here

In a nutshell, Part 1 discussed the idea that both that mocha frappachino and the 20x30 canvas print above your couch are luxury items- meaning they are not necessities and are not something you buy every day, but in some way, they enhance your life. Today, we’ll discuss why those dainty cups of Espresso are so hot right now (pun intended).

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