Southern Maryland Newborn Lifestyle Photographer: The Duperre Family

Newborn Lifestyle photographer

 

I chose to offer Lifestyle sessions for newborns instead of going the posed and prop route simply because I just didn’t feel I was as good at the prop and posed type of session.  For me, it was a comfort thing. Because I am a wedding photographer as well as documenting the day behind the scenes is part of a wedding day for a photographer, it was easy to transition this type of style to a newborn or a family. While, I don’t typically do this for other sessions (though, certainly not opposed), this gives the newborn a chance to be comfortable and relaxed with his or her parents and family in their own home environment!  I adore these types of sessions and the love that is so easily displayed during them- they are amazing and I am so excited to show you The Duperre Family’s session with their new little man, Xavier!

 

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 I love the orange and grey, which is unique to what I’ve seen, but it looks gorgeous together, especially with that awesome Basketball ceiling fan!

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Xavier was about 2 weeks old when we did these and look at his alertness!  His eye and that little smile are sure to melt anyone’s heart!

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One of my most favorites!

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And I absolutely adore this one!

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Jamie is such a funny guy, so there is no doubt that he will be a very fun, playful, and loving father. He makes it look so easy!

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I call this one- “Which way to the beach?!”

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Laura is a natural. Xavier is so calm with her and the way he looks up at her just makes you swoon aloud. He is so lucky to have such amazing parents.

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So much love. I adore these sessions so much and this was so exception.  Thank you for letting me into your home, your lives, and your new little man’s life as well! It’s been so amazing photographing you both twice now! <3

Southern Maryland Photographer- Mentoring sessions: Beth!

Mentoring Sessions- Beth S.

I started offering mentoring sessions when I was asked to be a mentor through an auction with Thirst Relief International.  A few dozen photographers all around the country were asked to take part to raise money to provide clean drinking water to third relief countries and that’s when it started.  Through that auction, over the last 3 years, I have met some amazing photographers and have been so grateful for a chance to educate them, even if just a little.

This year, I decided to put it out there that I would offer one on one mentoring sessions for beginning or starting out photographers, or those who feel they just need a little boost in certain areas.  I will be honest, I was a little nervous to offer these because while I do believe I have been successful in what I do, I also don’t know that being a “teacher/educator” with this is my strong suite.  Having done several now in different formats, I can tell you that I love it. I get nervous before every one, just like my weddings and sessions, but it’s because I want to give my absolute best and truly give you everything you need and more from me.  It’s a lot of pressure, of course, but I wouldn’t offer them if I felt like I didn’t love them and all those I get to meet in the process. It’s been pretty amazing and I am so lucky to have this opportunity.

I met Beth when she emailed me about helping me with my personal project and also asked about mentoring sessions. What an exciting email to get! She is so positive and upbeat and a natural smiler, which I love. She will tell you that when she smiles really big, her eyes nearly close and I giggled when she said that because if you know me, I say the same thing about myself.  I consider that an awesome thing and was excited to photograph her and her beautiful smile.  We started chatting at my home, going over things like SEO, the basics of Lightroom (which overwhelms nearly everyone for the first couple tries), how to move your business (she will be moving next year!), and how to go from portfolio building to making money and getting the clients you want.  We had a good 3-4 hour chat and then she and I went to lunch at a local cafe here. Once lunch was done, we headed over to a favorite spot of mine and photographed her headshots and then following that, I invited her to photograph a couples’ session with me with Shannon and Ricky.  I may have made her step a bit outside her comfort zone during this session with shooting, but I am so glad I did.  She excitedly emailed me and told me how much she loved the images she had taken at that shoot and how crisp and sharp they were.  That made me smile the whole night!  I can’t wait to see what she continues to do- I know it will be amazing!

 These are some of my favorites from her headshot session:

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This is the laugh and the smile! So awesome!

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I must have been funny! :)

Here is what I asked Beth about the session and her goals in general coming into it:

What were your main goals going into the mentor session?

My main goals were to master manual-to get those gorgeous sharp photos (Which I did!!)
See where I need to improve, speed up my workflow, and learn what is needed to make my business successful.
What do you think you learned the most from the mentor session?
Oh my goodness! I learned so much!! I was able to achieve my goal of mastering manual to the point of getting those tack sharp photos and gained a ton of confidence while shooting! No more relying on AV mode!! Yea! I feel like I can walk into a shoot and take control and feel confident while shooting! I learned great tips on speeding up my workflow. I learned what I need to do to finalize making my business fully legitimate (tax, proper paperwork, business accounts)
How do you think you’ll take what you learned and implement it into your business?
I have already started (slowly, but at least started) improving my business practices. I have two accounts set up for the business, got my business license and the big one= all manual shooting!! I am re-working my packages to help improve profit and cover overhead.
What can you tell others about the importance of education within a business?
Education is the key to success! I know cheesy right?! But so true! Your business won’t grow if you don’t grow as a person. It is always well worth the money to further your education. It is priceless! Plus it fosters great friendships and networking within an industry that is sometimes overwhelming and scary when you are first starting!

So beautiful, Beth! Thank you so so much!

Southern Maryland Photographer- A little announcement

I’ve been holding onto this for weeks now and I cannot hold it in any longer.  We wanted to make a little announcement-

 

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We are so very excited to be welcoming a new little Mcnugget into our family next year and we can’t wait to share more throughout this pregnancy with you!  So far, it’s been the complete opposite from my pregnancy with Luke.  I have morning sickness, many more little aches and pains, hip and tailbone pain, heavy fatigue (especially around 3-4pm-right when Luke wakes up, haha) etc.  We had a sonogram done a week ago and all looked great and little one had a strong heartbeat.

I am only a little over 8 weeks, which generally is pretty early to announce, however, I really couldn’t hold it in anymore! For those of you who don’t know, we did have a miscarriage before our son Luke and it was heartbreaking to have to announce, but it was important for me to have the support of others through a terrible time.  Of course, this is absolutely not the stance everyone else takes, but I am aware that this is an early announcement and there is always the unfortunate chance of bad news.  We are choosing to go with it, stay positive and be happy instead of worried, as hard as it may be to push aside.  We hope you take this ride with us!

This will not affect my shooting schedule that is already planned either, I will still be shooting until about 36 weeks or as far as I can.  With my son, I photographed until 37 weeks and only took 3.5 weeks off after, but with this one I plan to shoot as long as I can and take 4 weeks off after at least!  Until then, things go on as scheduled!

So, if you see me somewhere and I am sleepwalking- this is why ;) Just come over and give me a little nudge!

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