Location, Location, Location!

One of the key pieces to a photo session is the location.  It’s usually my second question, with the first being the date. To be honest, I love it when my clients already have a place picked out and ready to go, and when they’re honest with me and tell me they aren’t a fan of the place I picked out. When you have picked out a place that is special to you, it gives your photo an extra sentimental touch, and so much more meaning! Not to mention, I adore seeing new places and trying new things!

Rockland Breakwater

If you don’t have a location in mind, here are a couple of questions you should ask yourself:

-What kind of photos do you want? Romantic, fun, urban, innocent, moody, sexy? There’s many different feelings you can get from a photo, so narrowing down what you want to get out of it can help nail down the perfect location! Personalizing the location instantly adds chemistry to your photos — there’s already a story in place!

– Do you want your photos indoors or outdoors?

 

Some ideas for locations:

– a park

– sporting fields

– train station

– downtown

– beach

– fields

– barns

Mt. Battie in Camden

The sky is the limit when it comes to a location, and with your input, it helps create a magical session, with incredible, everlasting photos.

The Red River Gorge

Me and my husband celebrated our one-year wedding anniversary about a month ago, and to celebrate, we spent a week traveling to and from Kentucky (with a stop in New Jersey on the way home!) to do some rock climbing! My husband really got me into rock climbing after we first met, which was awesome, because I’d always had an interest in rock climbing since I had seen The Princess Diaries for the first time. And that one time on a rock wall at Reading Writing Spectacular. Both of these events happened about ten years ago! Needless to say, I jumped at the chance to learn in real life! Steven (the mister) has been climbing for a while now, and has been to the Red more then a few times and has always had incredible things to say about it. Naturally, I wanted to have incredible things to say about it too!

Let me tell you something, even if you are not a rock climber, you should go see the Red. It is SO beautiful there! The first time I saw the rocks, I just stopped and stared at it (I probably drooled a little bit, as I’m sure my mouth was hanging open in wonder) and Steven just laughed at me and said they all looked like that, and then he got me back on track. So pretty. I can’t even say it enough. Also, it constantly felt like I was in some sort of jungle when we were hiking around all the trails to get to the crags. Some days I felt like we did more hiking then climbing! Okay. That might have been an exaggeration.

While we were there, we got to see the Natural Bridge (something Steven hadn’t seen before!) and it was so pretty! Very difficult to get good photos, but nonetheless, very pretty. Me and Steven also were complimented and told that we were “just the cutest couple ever!” I’m convinced it’s because they heard me bossing Steven around while I was taking pictures of him 🙂 We did lots of climbing, saw some neat animals (a BRIGHT orange salamander, and a dancing green caterpillar), talked to some awesome people, ate great food (Miguel’s Pizza!!!!!), and visited some friends. It was an excellent trip!

Our trip was made even better when we were able to stop in New Jersey for a night and day to see a really good friend of mine! It was complete with a beach day, swimming in the pool, delicious food, and a night on the pier! It was such an amazing, amazing, trip, and I was secretly wishing we never had to come back!

I hope that we get to do a trip like this for every anniversary we have , full of so much laughter, and falling in love all over again. 🙂

 

Boudoir Tips

 

It’s slowly becoming that perfect time of year for boudoir photos! They make great holiday/birthday/wedding/anything gifts!! Boudoir shoots can make some individuals feel pretty nervous, and that’s okay! Here are some tips to help you feel better about your shoot, and hopefully you’ll be able to relax a little 🙂

  • Drink lots of water the day before! Water flushes out toxins, plumps and hydrates skin, and makes your eyes look clear and bright. Alcohol and soda have the opposite effect, making the skin look dull, eyes look tired. Ensure you’ll look your best by opting for water instead of a margarita the week of your shoot.
  •  Don’t wear tight clothing before the shoot… you don’t want red lines all over!
  •  Remember your razor!
  •  Make sure your fingers and toes are all prettied up too – polished or clean.
  •  Keep the jewelry simple, or nonexistent.

Some ideas on what to wear:

  • Lingerie (corsets, garter belts, teddies, bras, panties, thongs, sexy outfits)
  • Regular bra and matching/coordinating panties
  • Tank top and panties
  • Cute, comfy pair of jeans and a bra/nothing (arms covering?)
  • Cardigan/sweat shirt and panties
  • High heels (as many pairs as you want! )
  • A shirt of his (with panties)
  • A tie of his (with panties)
  • Tasteful nudity
  • Jersey/uniform
  • Accessories: pearls, boa, nylons/thigh-highs/fishnets, garter, ETC! Bring whatever you want… it’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it!

I love doing boudoir shoots, because it’s such an intimate gift to give to your significant other, and I love helping my clients see how beautiful they are!! 🙂

If you still feel nervous, just bring a glass of wine and some of your favorite music — and some friends!

The Swiss Cheese

For quite some time now, me and my husband have been sleeping on a mattress that is on a floor. No bed frame or anything. Also, we’ve used a twin sized bed for a good amount of time — I’ll never go back! Before we moved to Portland, we slept on our futon for a few months which was definitely a nice upgrade! Then we moved to Portland. We slept on blankets on the floor for the first couple of weeks. When we went rock climbing in Kentucky (a separate post on that, next week!), we decided we were going to sleep in our sleeping bags but with an air mattress. What a great idea that was! We bought a queen sized mattress and upon arriving back home, it has been our new bed 🙂 So, we decided to build a bed frame! Mind you, we  did so with the intention of saving money. What an adventure that was.  Between the broken tools, breaking the windshield by putting ten (or twelve, I forget) foot pieces of lumber into a 2000 Honda Insight, and making a ton of mistakes along the way (hence the name “The Swiss Cheese”) — I believe buying a bed frame from a store would have been cheaper. Regardless, I love our bed frame 🙂

 

 

It’s hard to tell, but it’s super tall. So, when we do get a real bed and box spring, we’ll need a step stool to get into bed! 🙂

 

P.S. I just figured out how to make the gallery work for the first time! Super stoked!!