There's No Time Like the Present

There's No Time Like the Present

Photography is important.

In this day and age with social media, iPhones and Androids, GoPros, Canon Rebels, mirrorless cameras, and unlimited selfies, photography seems obsolete… Right? Wrong. In fact, quite the opposite. With the advent of all this technology- photography is becoming more important than ever. When was the last time you took a decent photo with the person you love most? Maybe your husband, fiancé, or your mom? Your sister? Your best friend? I’m not talking about that picture you took in the driveway before Valentine’s day dinner. Yes that one was nice.. No, I’m talking about some gorgeous, out in nature, intentional photos. Intentional… That word. It makes some shudder. Technology has made it difficult to be genuinely... genuine. Facebook reminds us when it’s our best friend’s birthday or sister’s anniversary, Twitter gives us insight on our cousin’s political views, Instagram opens our eyes to what seems most important to our family members. But when was the last time you intentionally talked to them about it? In person? Without spying on their profiles to see what’s up?

When’s the last time you intentionally booked that family photography session? You see when I say “Intentional” I mean it. You have to intentionally find a date in the calendar that works for you and your loved ones and stick with it. You have to pick out some cute outfits that will make you feel confident and gorgeous (you will anyway I know it!), you have to intentionally set out one hour to get up close and personal with the person or people you love. Great photography stems from great encounters- but you have to be intentional about the gathering.

Fawned Photo by Ashley adams

Sometimes it’s hard to get out there. We always have some sort of excuse – Next year I’ll be thinner and healthier, next year I’ll have more money, next year I’ll patch up that issue with dad. And then next year becomes a decade and you begin to wonder why you didn’t decide to take those photos ten years ago! My friend, I am here right now to tell you that there is NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT.I'll give you my personal experience with this- in fact, it is the thing that drove me to write this blog post. My mother in law passed away before our wedding. She lost her battle to breast cancer in 2015. I WISH with all my heart there was a good photo of us out there. We have tons of iPhone photos, sure. We have pictures at restaurants, at family activities, my favorite one is at my husband’s art gallery opening- where I am holding a plate of snacks in my hand (sob). And it’s not just that- I mean- we don’t even have recent photos of my husband and his mom (again, we have iphone photos). ALL TO SAY this made me think… What I would give to have a beautiful framed and memorialized memory of and with her! I would pay over and over if only I could go back get that done. I reiterate- there-is-no-time-like-the-present.

Even if you yourself are an expert photographer- a professional or a hobbiest- you know as well as I do you’ll get that tripod out for a shot, file those RAW images on your computer- and never do anything with them (at least that is what I know I would do). But the type of photography now isn’t about a posed, quick! Everyone look PERFECT for one second! Type of photography. No! Photography is about capturing you and your real moments. It’s about catching the look on her face when you spontaneously pick her up and twirl her around. It’s about capturing the feelings that arise when you are just close, and snuggled up with nowhere to be except right there in the moment. We no longer have to dread putting on the matching white shirts and blue jeans, worry about the wind blowing our hair about, or spend exorbitant amounts of money on a single framed portrait (I mean you can if you want to!)- now, we can make albums full of beautiful captured moments. Tangible, relatable, hilarious and sentimental moments to laugh and cry over. Doesn't that just sound like a dream? SO what are you waiting for?! GO! Go book that session! Go pull out that dress you’ve been wanting to wear. Go call your family and tell them WE’RE TAKING PHOTOS BECAUSE I LOVE YOU AND I WANT TO BE INTENTIONAL ABOUT PRESERVING YOU IN ALL YOUR GLORY NO MATTER WHAT PHASE IN LIFE YOU’RE IN RIGHT NOW.

There is no time like the present.

I am completely passionate about making sure you get these photos taken. I cannot stress the importance of this. And because of that I would like to offer the readers of this blog post a 50% off discount when booking their family/friend photography session. E-mail me to book your session and make sure to mention this blog post!





Boudoir Session

I had the opportunity to meet with the House of Flynn Tribe (CA) girls for a stylized boudoir meetup session yesterday. This is something that is completely out of the box and new to me! I went to watch how the professionals/other photographers direct and position women in their most vulnerable state and learned so much! First of all- It wasn't awkward? I don't know why I expected it to be- maybe because you have ladies walking around in lingerie- I mean- I couldn't do it (or could I??). But it felt like a regular shoot- posing, directing, and snapping away; just like any normal day. :) Secondly, where I tend to shoot bright, boudoir is extremely intimate- so I had a lot of fun playing with angles and capturing Stephanie here with softer and sometimes darker and more dramatic lighting than my usual style. Enjoy!

Adventure Session: Sunrise Water Engagement Photoshoot in Newport Beach

Adventure Session: Sunrise Water Engagement Photoshoot in Newport Beach

I had the honor of photographing Bristol and Brandon's wedding a year ago (wait, it's been a year already?!), and because these two love birds are crazy busy being AMAZING- we never had a chance to do their engagement session. So we decided to fix that! Since they're both active, (did I mention they ran a half-marathon the morning of their wedding- I mean WHO DOES THAT?!), they wanted to go for a swim in the harbor! So we woke up and met at sunrise to get these perfectly lit "engagement" photos and the results are stunning. These guys are just too wonderful. I'm incredibly grateful for who they are and that I know them at all!!! 

Those who fitness together, look good in photos together amiright people?! 



What are you REALLY paying for, and why does photography cost SO DANG MUCH?! 

Great photography and great photographers don’t just show up to shoot. We spend time on YOU. We spend a lot of time, communicating, creating legal documents, writing emails, making sure our equipment is up to date and state of the art as well as clean and calibrated, we spend money on memory cards and hard drives to make sure your photos are backed up in two or three places at one time (so we never lose them!), we spend money on basic business expenses like websites, marketing and advertising, new programs to make our workflow even faster, paying our taxes (did you know the government takes 1/3rd of our income??), it takes time and money to get to locations as well as go location scouting! And the biggest bulk of the cost? Editing! 

I take extra special care of each and every photograph. When I shoot, I take thousands of photos (about 750-800 photos PER HOUR), after that, I don’t just throw a filter on all your pictures, I look at each image, decide which are the most perfect right out of the camera and then apply all the editing techniques to each and every photo. First I crop and straighten, then I edit the color, contrast, brightness, and sharpness. After that I take the images into Photoshop to remove any background distractions (cars, people, poles, ugly fences etc), if you look like you have a double chin or other blemishes, I remove those. If someone in your group photo is blinking, I open their eyes! Each one of your photos goes through a process and because of that, one hour of shooting = 10-12 hours of editing. 

I LOVE this process, I love everything about it! From emailing you, to meeting you, writing up your contract, location scouting, shooting your images, editing your images, uploading your images to the web, sharing them on my blog, getting them featured in a magazine- all of this =  my dream life. Seriously. 

When I was first starting off, I thought that the only expenses would be taking and editing the photos. I didn’t realize how much time and money would go into running my business. After one year of “officially” being a business (and 7 years of professional photography!), I finally understand what it means to value my work and charge enough to give you the best experience you can have! Because you are worth it! 

If you have any more questions about the costs of running a photography business or would like a more detailed and broken down costs spreadsheet, e-mail me! I would love to hear from you!! 

Until next time,