What to Wear to your Senior Portrait Session

Planning for your senior portrait session can feel daunting. It’s most likely your first time having professional portraits taken, and you want to make sure everything is just right- the location, your outfit, your hair, everything. My goal is to make you look and feel your best in photos, and here is my advice to help you do just that.

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Best Places to Take Senior Portraits In Western Massachusetts

This list has been long overdue. I’ve been working with seniors since 2012 throughout Western Massachusetts, and I’ve been lucky to shoot in some really cool places. I’m hoping this post will help both students looking to plan their senior portrait session and other photographers hoping to scope out some fun new locations for their clients too.
I know there’s so many more I’m not thinking of, and I can already feel another blog post coming on, but here’s my top 9 for now!

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How I’ve Worked On My Business During Quarantine

Hello self-employed friend! If you’re anything like me, you’re finding yourself on an unwanted, unpaid vacation and feeling anxious. I’ve been on an emotional roller coaster, happily sipping gin and tonic on my patio one minute and letting feelings of helplessness creep in the next. I’ll admit that working on my business during this time has been incredibly hard for me and I’ve been dragging my feet to accomplish even the simplest of tasks. But, looking back at the last few weeks, I’ve been able to get a whole lot of things checked off my to-do list (even if they’ve taken me much longer than usual) and that sense of pride and accomplishment has got me feelin’ gooooooood (cue in Nina Simone).
If you’re struggling to brainstorm ways to improve your business during this uneasy time, here are some items to add to your quarantine to-do list.

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4 Books to Read When You Need Motivation

I’ve been called a pessimist many times in my life. I like to think of myself as a realist, but as others close to me have pointed out, I can get myself into a mess of unnecessary worry and stress. I tend to overthink, put an intense amount of pressure on myself to achieve my goals, and get lost in self-doubt. One one hand, these qualities make me a thoughtful and disciplined business person, but on the other, they’ll also likely cause a stomach ulcer if I don’t cut it out. Reassuring phrases such as “it’ll get better in time” or “don’t be so hard on yourself” historically have not done much for me. But that being said, a positive state of mind and a shift in perspective can really be all that’s needed sometimes. So, how does one achieve this can-do state of mind and escape the funk they have so cleverly designed for themselves to wallow in?
My solution: I read.

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My Favorite Wedding Photography Gear

I’ve spent a lot of money on the wrong things. But that being said, trial and error is how I’ve come across some of my favorite gear, tools, shops, etc that I use in my business today.
I’m writing this post in hopes that I can you take advantage of my many attempts at landing on the right gear for the job. This list is the gear I trust to bring with me and use at every single wedding.

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The best timeline tips I’ve learned after 6 years of being a wedding photographer

So, if it’s nearly impossible to control all the variables on your wedding day that impact timeline, what can you do to make things flow smoothly?
Well my friends, I’ve got answers. I work with all my couples to provide advice on how to A. spend as much time together on their wedding day as possible, B. how to not run around like crazy people and miss eating your dinner with the rest of your guests, and C. how to get the photos you want without them dominating your wedding day and stressing you out.

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Yellow Wedding Palette Inspiration

Last November, I had the privilege of shooting at one of the most stunning venues in all of DFW- The Olana. Nestled along Lake Lewisville, just about 40 minutes north of downtown Dallas, this venue is a literal palace. You may recognize the Olana from a few other styled shoot galleries I’ve shared from the Styled Shoots Across America conference.

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Emerald Green Styled Shoot @ The Mason Dallas

I stumbled upon The Mason Dallas while scrolling through the hashtag #dallasweddingvenues on Instagram. It’s not often that you come across a beautiful, elegantly remodeled, historic building turned wedding and event venue 15 minutes from downtown Dallas. I just HAD to take photos there when I saw it so I reached out immediately.

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Best Places to Take Photos in Dallas

Over the past three years of living downtown in the Big D, I’ve been lucky to shoot in a lot of really cool locations. When I first moved here, I spent a wholeee lotta time on Pinterest and scouring the internet to find some of the most picture-worthy local spots to visit. So in spirit of giving back to the online community that helped me navigate the city, here’s my contribution: the 5 best spots to take photos in Dallas.

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