I used to dread the editing and retouching part of photography. When I went to college for photography it was pretty much all film (yeah, I’m older than you think I am, haha!) so retouching in Photoshop wasn’t a thing. However, over the years I have really begun to enjoy it. It’s fun to see an already awesome shot and then make it better! This is something I recently added to my resume… retouching for other photographers (weddings, real estate, portraits, you name it!).
This shot is one that I took last weekend of my baby girl. I’ve been dying to try out this spot…I pass it a few times every week when I take my kiddos for a walk/hike. Since moving to Kentucky this has definitely become one of my absolute favorite areas…Buttermilk Falls. The lighting, the trees, foilage, …swoon!
I didn’t shoot this image with this retouching in mind, but I love the soft, dreamy, fantasy feel to it.
So here is my before and after…
*Just restating…I’m working on getting a new website up, which is why for now when you type in http://www.alisonbeyerphotography.com, it comes here to my blog. So just a heads up! Bear with me while I work on it. This is motivating me to get working on my blog more though! 😉
Well, whether we are ready or not, fall is around the corner. Before yesterday, our area of Kentucky was in a drought. I have noticed many of the trees turning colors and dying too early due to the dry weather! Nooo…that’s the best part of the fall is the fall foilage!
Anyway, I am looking over my fall calendar today and gearing up for family portraits before the holidays. If you are in SWFL, I’ll be making a quick trip back and would love to set something up with you! Shoot me a text or email (info below). 🙂
Kentuckians, I’ll be here with some great location and portrait ideas. Give me a shout and we’ll get planning!
Need some ideas for your family portraits? I loved this family’s prop idea…we took them at the marina where they have their boat. Fun over-sized prop!
*Sidenote: Just wanted to say again, I’m still working on getting a new website up, which is why for now when you type in http://www.alisonbeyerphotography.com, it comes here to my blog. So just a heads up! Bear with me while I work on it.
I can’t believe we are already in October, what happened to the summer?! So now the craziness really begins…holidays are right around the corner! But as our schedules pick up, don’t forget to get your family portraits taken. Those little kiddos change and grow so fast, you definitely want to capture those precious moments before they are off to college (in a blink!).
I got to photograph this beautiful family while they were out here on vacation/family visit. A special time too, since the kiddos were both celebrating birthdays (turning three and one). They were such a blast, the sweet girl so adorable with her little poses and the little guy really great at smashing cupcakes!
So here are a few of my favorites… 🙂
Fall is flying by fast! To book your session feel free to email or call me! I’ll be in SWFL October 27-November 6 for fall portrait sessions!
This beautiful baby girl grew up in just a blink of an eye! I had so much fun looking back through our year of photo sessions (I definitely recommend capturing these 4 stages: newborn, 3-4 months, 6-8 months, and one year). We did a variety of locations, plenty of fun/adorable outfits, and added mom, dad, and sister into the portraits as well.
So here is a little sampling of each session starting with Harper’s newborn portraits… ❤
For Baby’s First Year Portraits and Package info, feel free to contact me!
So….I haven’t posted anything to my blog is 5 months, yikes! I’m definitely slacking on it and I have so many shoots I’m dying to get up here (and hopefully I will!).
I never announced on here or my photography facebook page that my husband and I are expecting out first child in just a few weeks, yay! We are super excited and have been busy the past few months getting ready for his (it’s a boy!) arrival in March.
I thought I’d kick off my blog again with the maternity photos I attempted to take of us a couple weeks ago. I would definitely recommend you hire me to take them 😉 and don’t attempt them yourself! I only wanted a couple and thought it be easy..haha. Ultimately, I just wanted something to document this time and after all, I am a photographer so I have to get them done, right?!! 😉
Thus, here is me at 35 weeks, with the hubs, and our animals (can’t forget them!)…
This little guy was absolutely adorable to photograph. It did take a little convincing, a lot of bribery, and a smidge of trickery (hee, hee) to get him to agree to taking some photos (wait a minute, my husband’s the same way…hmmmm), but in the end I feel as though we both won. 🙂 I got some cute kid portraits and he had a little fun (or at least I hope he did! haha).
The weather is a bit chilly right now in January here in Wyoming, so we did opt for the studio on this particular day. Thus, since we were in my studio, we had perfect lighting and the weather was ideal! 😉 (The benefit to studio portraits!)
And… I now think we can all agree that little boys clothes can be as cute as dressing up little girls…seriously LOVED all of Noah’s adorable little outfits. Such a little stud muffin, right?!
This one cracks me up…little boys don’t always want to be kissed by their mamas!
And here are the rest of my favs…enjoy this cutie’s expressions!
It’s 2015 already! Christmas is over 😦 and I’m seeing not much point to the snow anymore, haha! But since it is here, I might as well stay warm inside and catch up on a little blogging.
I’ll start with this girl, my niece, who I’ve been photographing for 10+ years now, who still loves to challenge me when it comes to taking her pictures! Haha…it has always been her idea vs. mine (she wins 90% of the time). 🙂
She was our first official visitor out here in Wyoming and she got to stay with us for a couple weeks. In addition to crafts, exploring, and four-wheeling, I talked her into doing outdoor portraits at a couple different locations (ok, I had to beg and bribe her!). We ventured up Chief Joseph Scenic Hwy for the fall foliage along a stream, emphasizing those golden autumn colors here. Then we headed for Clark Canyon for that old western backdrop (I’m pretty sure John Wayne was nearby). And finally, we ended at sunset in my backyard with the beautiful Beartooth Mountain Range and Heart Mountain in the background (swooning!!!). I’m in love with all the different amazing locations out here for family and wedding photos, endless options!
So here are a few of my favorites from our fall photography session… ❤
I think this one is my all time favorite…
I fear that one day she may not find my jokes funny anymore…but for now, I love getting this kind of laugh out of her!
She’s also my little camera buddy. 🙂
Free spirit too…
At least once every 10 frames she’d have to wink at me 😉
NOW BOOKING in 2015:
Southwest Florida – Jan. 23-30, March 2-9, April 7-14
Wyoming and Montana – anytime except those dates above! 😉
There are lots of lists and tips out there but here are a few things I recommend, as you get ready to have your senior portraits taken.
Find a Photographer. First things first, you need to find the right photographer for YOU! I definitely know my style isn’t for everyone, so it is important you check around and see what you like best. Ask to see the images of an entire senior session (not just the one photo that is on display). It’s also important that you are comfortable with your photographer, someone who puts you at ease. I remember when I was having my senior portraits taken (a couple years ago…?!) how at ease they put me…and even to this day I keep in touch with them and love them to pieces!
Decide What to Wear and What to Bring. “What should I wear?” is the main question I get. I recommend around 3 outfits. Layering is a perfect idea…that way we can get a few different looks with just one outfit. I also suggest that you pick one solid outfit (nothing too busy). It tends to be a bit more timeless (think about the 80s, any regrets there?!). 😉 Above all though, we want these images to represent you…so what do you like on yourself? When in doubt ask a friend or text me a picture! In addition to your outfits, I always encourage my seniors to bring props! Whether it is your tennis racket, flute, dog, or best friend, it’s a great way to express you!
Hair and Make-up.For girls: I think getting your hair and make-up done professionally is a great idea. It alleviates the stress from you having to have THE perfect hair day. And even if you don’t wear make-up, I recommend a little – any good make-up artist will know what photographs best. For guys and girls: don’t get a haircut too close to your session and don’t start tanning a couple days before your session! I think we can all guess why this would be a bad idea. 😉
Pick a Location. Definitely discuss this with your photographer. I’m constantly looking for new locations so that I can recommend a scene that would fit my client’s vision. Be mindful of what time of day your chosen location’s lighting will be best. When I lived in Florida, the beach was a popular choice…but the beach lighting is only best around sunrise and sunset! You don’t want to be squinting in all your photos.
End Result. Think about what you want to get out of these photos. Get your parents involved in all this! What do they want and what is the budget? In this digital era we now live in, it is so easy to ask for all the images on CD and then you go home with the CD…and then what?
Ok, that photo is just a joke, not a recommendation! 😉
So I challenge you to think of what you want as an end result…an album, gallery wrap for the wall, wallets to hand out to friends, framed prints for your grandparents, announcements, etc. One of my absolute favorite products we offer seniors is our Senior Memory Book. It is a great way to show off ALL your senior portraits to your friends and family, AND have them write you a message or answer a fun question.
Here is a senior session I photographed back in Florida.
Ready to get started? Feel free to give me a call (239-634-4191) or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) to set up your consultation and get planning!
Christmas is 89 days away! Which means I get to start decorating next month (yes, I decorate super early!!!). Which also means it is time to start thinking about your family portraits for the holidays!
I just took some photos of my niece with all the fall foliage out here in Wyoming and Montana…so if you want those beautiful fall colors in your family portraits, RIGHT NOW is a great time! If you want a snowy theme family photo, I have a feeling we only have to wait a week or two. 😉 We can also do studio portraits if you want to keep it inside.
Having trouble figuring out what to wear? Check out my pinterest board on what to and what not to wear.
Ready to set something up? Give me a call (cell: 239-634-4191) or shoot me an email (email@example.com) and we’ll get planning!
My studio is located in Clark, WY but we will travel for your outdoor session (Cody, Powell, Red Lodge, Billings)!
And for all my Southwest Florida friends…I’ll be back at the end of October and I have a couple spots open for family sessions! 🙂
I love photographing these little kiddos! These two sweet little sisters are always such a joy to photograph, they give me endless beautiful expressions and definitely keep me on my toes. We took all these baby portraits at my studio, using a few props I had on hand along with their super cute wardrobe.
I really enjoy being able to photograph each stage of a child’s life…they change so much in a short amount of time. And while there is nothing like photographing children out in nature, I think it is just important to get some studio portraits taken too.
So get ready for some awwwing over this endless cuteness…. 😉