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Friday, July 8, 2011

Behind the Scenes...Photo Session With Mariah


I sense many people who get in touch with me to schedule a photography session are not real sure what to expect and how a whole photo shoot unravels. And I can't blame them for feeling that way either because until I get to know someone and learn their expectations I do not know which way a session will go. And many do not know who I am or what I am all about.

Honestly, there is no pulling teeth during a portrait session. No sound of a dentist's drill. It is all about you. Having fun. Capturing your personality. Being your true self. Living life as you are. Real. Life. Real. Fun.

Once you get to know me, you will soon learn I am probably one the biggest down to earth type of people you will ever meet. Any photo session should be fun and be relaxed and include fun memories not to mention developing a friendship with me as your photographer.

I am very fortunate to have a great friend named Delynn who has a real love of photography and also one of my greatest supporters of my photography passion. She has become very good behind her own camera's view finder and last night she offered to take pictures of me photographing her daughter and her high school senior portrait session.

I am very glad she took these pictures so I can share with you how a photo session happens. What to sort of expect. And how my job as a photographer goes to work.


After viewing these images, it is fun for me to see how I work and interact with my clients during a photo session. I try to make them feel comfortable in front of the camera and offer suggestions to help them throughout our time together. And of course my knowledge and love of horses is an added benefit to a photo shoot such as this one.


I wanted her and her horse "Buddy" to be in the shade to shield her from the sun and avoid squinting her eyes. Plus the tree added to the overall mood for these shots. Who wants pictures of themselves squinting? Yes! Me neither!


When I am photographing my subjects, I strive for all types of angles and positions. I look for the best possible light and how that will play in the overall outcome of each picture. And I also want for my subject to look their very best, so trying various angles gives so many more possibilities along with creativity for the images.


My gear I use is Nikon and I love my camera to pieces! Funny as that sounds, my camera has been my true partner throughout my photography journey. And the lenses I use are called prime lenses and they do their very best for portraits. I often will interchange them throughout a session for various moments and posing.


Like I mentioned before I move all over the place to find perfect light conditions. My subject's best pose, representing and creating an overall image that shows them in real life. So seeing me crouch down such as the above picture or laying on the ground is how I work. I could care less about getting dirty. I live on a farm after all! However avoiding snakes and poison ivy are high on my list when treading in new territories. Which makes me rethink my flip-flop attire entirely.


I am picky and can spot a "don't" moment quite often. I usually help my subjects with their attire or hair just before snapping pictures to make sure clothes, hair, etc. are in place and picture ready. My camera bag not only holds my gear but is stocked with safety pins, hair spray, tissues, lip gloss, bug spray, hair bands, barretts, lotion and gum for those "just in case" moments.
And being picky like that is a benefit to you! Trust me!


Playing with various locations and backgrounds are fun, fun, fun. What may seem rather boring to a bystander observing me taking pictures, really cannot benefit from what I am seeing in my mind in how I want an image to play out. And once I see that image on my camera I know I have found a really good spot and it is going to work for that subject and overall moment.


I will shoot from up high and down low to add more creativity and emotion to capture my subject. For this picture above I was photographing Mariah and her horse Buddy and was standing on a bench. I found this to be a fun perspective by looking down at her and Buddy's head.


I saw so many opportunities from this angle and really had fun with it although they were a bit worried I might topple over!


Working with animals are my favorite and of course equines rank right up there. Having had horses myself for nearly 30 years works in my favor because I know how horses behave, interact with humans and I am very comfortable around them. I absolutely love sessions with any animals! Except snakes of course.


"And that's a rap!"
After I shoot a photo session I am sort of on cloud nine as the picture above reveals. I feel a bit like a rock star in fact! I have created some awesome images for my client I know they will truly love and I will be so very proud of. It is an amazing feeling. I love it. I love being a photographer. I am so very lucky to be at this point in my life. This is truly where I am meant to be.
I hope you enjoyed this little behind the scenes entry and gain a better idea of how my photography sessions happen.
Thank you again Delynn for taking these pictures! You are the best!


Adrienne in Ohio July 8, 2011 at 6:33 PM  

You rock! It's so great to see you thoroughly loving what you do!!

The Wife July 8, 2011 at 6:43 PM  

Love it!! My behind the scenes is much less glamourous. Crawling around in he shelter's pen trying to get the best angle and shot. I'm sure people walk by wondering what that crazy gal in the pen is doing! ;)

Far Side of Fifty July 8, 2011 at 10:07 PM  

Trade in those flip flops for some boots..you are looking awfully thin..are you eating and taking your vitamins? Your friend took some great shots of you..I can tell you love what you are doing! Take Good care of you! :)

Cornerstone Photography July 9, 2011 at 5:16 PM  

You're so stinkin cute Amy .. I had a shoot today and I laid in the middle of a gravel road to get the right angle .. aahh .. risking life and limb right! :) - you're awesome!

Beth Wendling July 10, 2011 at 1:36 AM  

Amy, I thoroughly enjoyed myself be
tween 3 and 4 am going through my mom and dad's proofs. I am going to finish this session by saying I love this photography of you shooting Mariah and the commentary it helps to see how you do it. Amazing and beautiful!

Muddy Boot Dreams July 10, 2011 at 9:17 AM  

What a great post, loved the behind the scenes shots.

And....what a great bag, can I ask?

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

DVMsWife July 10, 2011 at 4:35 PM  

Thank you Beth! I so hope you have enjoyed looking through your parents anniversary pictures!

Muddy Boot Dreams, I picked that cute bag up through Etsy.com and a seller called Xcess Rize Designs. It's a fun bag!

Connie, You are like my second mom worrying about me! Actually I have been running and biking so maybe just looking in shape. LOL!

Anonymous July 14, 2011 at 8:23 AM  

OMG Amy just looking at these pictures again made me laugh until I had tears in my eyes, we had some much fun! I will be your personal photographer anytime .
Love you lots!!

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