Birthday Sessions

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How many times have I talked about Birthday sessions?

If I have said it one time I’m going to go ahead and say it again. birthday sessions are a great way to show off and announce your Birthday with a BANG! Let me tell you what I love about these birthday sessions. These sessions are fun and exciting, rewarding, different and showcasing. I love the fact that you can have a whole session done for your special born day, just to get up and post all of them to announce it and let everyone awe in wishing you a happy Birthday.

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I offer the Birthday sessions free when you are a member of my team, but I also offer the birthday sessions separate as well. I do request these to be booked and done at least three weeks in advance for editing because I offer an unlimited amount of outfits that you can change into in about a 4-5 hour time frame.

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Now lets talk about this session that I did of a former senior of mine who just graduated this past spring. Raven is one who will come and get her pictures done, and I am always excited to do her session because she never disapoints when she plans or come for her session. Usually we would have planned this out by the first of the month and would have had the shoot done about three weeks earlier, but this time it was planned a little later, but we still got it done and I have to say it was still perfect.

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So Raven had started off by sending me the ideas that she had for the shoot, and I have to say that the things that she picked out were awesome. She wanted to have something that was a little different then what she would usually do. For The first outfit she wore these stone washed ripped jeans that were all ripped at the bottom, and then she added this Selena looking top that she found that had some beautiful silver sequence to it with the beads hanging down in the front as well. we took the shoots inside and outside as the rain gave us a chance to go out. As it turned out the weather for the whole weekend was suppose to be rain. That was not going to stop us even if we had to do all the shoots and outfits indoors. She bought a cake and we used that in the shoot. When we headed outside I wanted to use the balloons in the shoot in another way then just her holding them, so I had her friend hold the balloons while Raven posed with the cake and I shot between the balloons as the wind blew them.

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We Were just really lucky to get some Outside shoot time with no rain.

The second outfit, she had these dark jeans with a silver chain hanging and this lime color top that was almost like a bra and then over it she wore this fishnet body suite.We took a few of these inside and then headed outside for some more shots since we still had some sun shining. now as we started to shoot it started to sprinkle just a little, and I asking for it to hold off. it held off enough for us to get some of the outside shots in.

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We wanted to makes sure that we got a few outside, but was also scared of the rain just coming down on us.

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Lastly I had her change into her last outfit. Raven and her friend made this skirt and added a black body suite. now at first it was a plan to only make the skirt blue which is her favorite color, but because stores are out of so much stuff, she ended up adding some black into it, and I’m so glad that she did. We both think that it looked better with the two colors added together. When she came out from changing I told her she needed a necklace, and she was like” oh yeah I have one!” Come to find out she forgot it, so I pulled out the jewelry from my styles closet and gave her a black Chocker that worked perfectly.

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Now as we started inside with this shoot I kept looking outside to make sure that we still had some sun to shoot this outside which is what we both wanted the most. Well just as we started to finish off I looked outside and all of a sudden it was pouring down outside. In the meantime we tried to wait it out, but it wasn’t working so we headed outside and tried to get some shots just on the porch. Then we went downstairs to try and get something. By that time, it started to clear up and as I was asking her if she wanted to go in the street with the skirt because I knew that it was going to gt wet with how long it was, she had said yes, and all of a sudden it just started to rain all over again. We were both just like wow!

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With the overall shoot even with all the rain we were very happy with how thee whole shoot came out for her. I don’t usually post any sneak peeks for my Birthday shoots, but I did. I was telling Raven how good her shoot came out and I really wanted to show something off, so we both decided to go ahead and have one posted. Well if you follow my Instagram then you will know that it was actually two photos posted as a sneak peek.

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Happy 18th Birthday to you Raven and enjoy your day to the fullest!!!

Throwback Thursday Friendship session


What day is it? Today is Thursday and although I usually have a throwback up, I missed a few, but up today with a throwback friendship session.

Did you know that you can also get a session with a best friend, a close friend, or even a siblings session done when you book with me? I love the friendship sessions, they mean so much. Yes I’m sure you have plenty of selfies and other pics of you and your best friend, but have you ever had a professional session with your best friend, or even just a good friend? They are so much different then just your original selfies. They are fun, meaningful, and a session you will cherish for a lifetime. I will be honest and say I really wish I had a session like this done with my Best friend.
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it can be a pool session, or just a regular session. This one right here was one that my daughter and her friend wanted together and we had such a great time and plenty of laughs all in between this session.

the girls had decided to wear some colors that are similar to one another, the mustard yellow was perfect for the weather outside and the beautiful summer day that it was.

 

In the session below, I did another friendship session with two young ladies and it Was early in the morning when we went and did this session, and I loved everything about it. These two young ladies had been friends for a long time, as a matter of fact since they were little. Maria came in this beautiful red top that matched so perfect with her dark long black hair and Fiorella came with this black top and some olive green pants. Now the thing about this location and the time of the session, was that it was still a little cool in the mornings, we are looking about going early in the spring, just before the days started to get perfect. I actually shot this right before I had to go to work. We had the location to ourselves, as nothing was open at the time, and I got to use to location to my liking. I wanted something that was going to speak on the friendship.

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I had them sit at the table and both have their phones out as if they were talking to one another and looking at something on their phone. I loved how they actually played that out. It’s really funny how they can actually start laughing themselves just by looking at one another and pretending. I love natural laughs, and they make for sure the best image.

Once I got the ones that I wanted of them together sitting at the table and walking, I then got some of them alone so that I could get a few different images as well as letting them showcase some of their own personality in their own photos.

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I think that friendships are one in a million, and to me I would love to have a session with a true friend that I could keep and charish. Anyone can take a thousand seflies together but there is something diffrenet about a professional shoot with a bestfriend or even with your sister or brother that is like your best friend.

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I did a session of these two young lady’s that are sisters but they are so close together. I have always loved the bond that these two share as sisters, as siblings, because most siblings don’t have the friendship and closeness with one another the way that it should be. I’m a big believer in family and the bond that they should have.

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If you have ever thought about having a session with a close friend or your sibling who may be that best friend, then think about it no more and just have it done. You really won’t retreat them them done!

 

Kat’s Senior Session

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Man so many sessions were put on hold, but I am working them out. This is a session I did of Kat. who I had booked with in Nov. of last year. Just like some of he other sessions, we had planned for the spring when it was going to be nice and cool(maybe) and at the same time some sun to help bring some beautiful natural light.

 

Well of course like we all know that didn’t work out like planned either. Finally we were able to get a date together to meet up and shoot. I was excited to meet kat and her mother. We had one date picked and ready, but then we got rain all week, so ended up looking for another date, and that one worked. we picked a time that wouldn’t be to hot after all the rain. That didn’t work out that way either because as the day started it was nice and cool, but as the time got closer to shoot, oh my gosh! Yes the sun started to come out and that heat started the beam on in.

 

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As we got started kat started off with her jeans and a white tee, and she added a striped button down shirt to go over it. I wanted to start off with the stairs which would be an easy pose to just warm up in front of the camera. I mean in this location there is so many places to take some great shots at.

 

We then moved on around the corner, and trying to stay cool at the same time, as the sun was really beaming on us. I had her change into her college tee with her jeans. The tee really went well with all the colors that we were photographing by, and really made Kat stand out even more in her photos. I just loved her hair cut, it really did fit her. As we got more into the shoot I got to learn a little more about this young lady. We had really good conversation. I was shocked at all the ropes that she had for her cap and gown. It’s always so nice to see all the things that a student has accomplished while in school.
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We ended up on this porch of a business not thinking they were open with all the blinds closed and everything just some of everywhere. One of the gates was even locked, so we didn’t think much of it. Kat even tried to play with the cat that was laying in one of the chairs. It wasn’t until we were about to leave when someone walked up and asked us if they were open. I looked around and just kind of shook my shoulders, and then out of no where we saw a sign that said open. I just told him he could try and see, but they looked closed.

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It was more then a pleasure to shoot with you here at Pink Lilly Photography.

Senior pictures are an important part of your senior year. You have waited all this time to graduate and to see what life has to offer you, and see where it takes you. Don’t miss out on taking your senior pictures and not having that part of the memory. They don’t have to be boring, and they don’t have to be with the school. Go out and get your last year of memories taken and on print!

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Congratulations to all of the class of 2020 who didn’t get to have all the other fun memories for their senior year, but still made it through. You are still a winner no matter what it took, walking across the stage with a mask, or even sitting at home watching it and just only seeing a picture of you on the screen, either way you made it, and it’s only just the beginning!

 

 

Ellery Senior Session

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Let’s talk about this session. Mom found me and contacted me and told me that she would be flying in from Georgia on the 13th Of June and wanted to know if I would be available. Being that she wouldn’t have a car to get around we would need to find something that was close enough but still something nice and actually urban. Once I got the location they were staying at I started to look around and sent her a location, but she already had an appointment. I looked for something else and started to think color! That’s when I thought about graffiti! Perfect, nothing better. Sent her two other locations, and she chose the graffiti.

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Our time was set for 1pm and I arrived there about 45min early. ( I have this thing about being late so I will arrive more then plenty of time ahead to be more then prepared) The sun was just about at its high, but the location was beautiful, and I saw so many beautiful areas. I tested my camera and watched as people came and went, well because it’s pretty much a tourist area. When the car pulled up I saw the window roll down and I heard my name! Big smiles! Yes I was meeting my clients for the first time in person! I was blown away at how gorgeous Ellery was, and I was even more taken back by her height! Just fantastic!

I started off with a hug and a hand shake. I was excited and Ellery was full of smiles.
Now let’s back up a little. So the night before, as any other time I was making sure that everything was together, charged batteries, cleaned and ready to go. Started to fold down my portable changing tent, and…well, let’s just say it didn’t work out. Great, just a day before the shoot And I needed that. Fast forward back to the shoot. I tell mom what happened and Ellery pulls out her phone and found a gas station right around the corner from us. She came in this white dress that was so cute with all these little layers and her shoes to perfectly matched.  We started right off! I couldn’t help telling her how beautiful she was more then a couple of  times. Once we finished her first outfit we walked over to the fuel station and asked if we could use the restroom for her to change and he was more then generous enough to let us use. Mom bought us some water while we waited,

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and then she came out in the next outfit, and I’m just going to add that the color looked so great on her. This orange Reddish spaghetti strap dress and the shoes, OMG the shoes!

As we headed to the next location everyone kept telling her congratulations and how they loved her shoes! It was such great vibes, and joy all through this shoot! I didn’t even realize how many people were actually watching her!

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Right after we finished up by the wall, we went over to this blue wall and this business that had a blue door. Her outfit blended in just perfect for it.

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Her last outfit was her college tee and some jeans, and had the chance to be a little more comfortable . We walked across the street where there was little business that had a nice little porch and upstairs is where the owner lived. When we first crossed it was this wall that caught my attention with all the vines attached to the wall and I had to get a shot there, and then we moved on over to the porch. As we were there I saw the owner drive up, but the business was close. I still asked if it was okay for us to go and shoot there and he said that it was fine. I just didn’t want to go up and start taking pictures and be disrespectful.

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I loved the setting on the porch with the chairs and all the wood. We got some of our last pictures there before we actually called it a wrap! I was very excited to get this session home and edited for them.

They had a ticket to leave at 9 am the following morning and I shot them an email letting them know that I really enjoyed Ellery’s session and mentioned when I would have their gallery available to view.

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Karyn, thank you so much for the opportunity to shoot Ellery’s Senior session. The sky really is limit!
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Lera.H. Senior Session

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On the blog post today I have Lera who’s mom found me through a special that I was running on Groupon. She had paid for her session way back in Nov.2019 and had set a date out in the spring. Well as we all know Spring  didn’t start off the way we all planned it to. We got hit with the Covid-19 so that stopped a lot of businesses and with photographers, of course we couldn’t shoot.

We had to wait till the phase for photographers opened, and then in some states photographers still couldn’t shoot. It felt good to pick up the camera and photography someone else other then my grandson and myself lol. We set a date only to have bad weather. Yeah, finally time to shoot and the weather is bad, so as the skies cleared we set another date up.

Location was picked and as I drove up that day I noticed that the streets were packed, packed because they were having a senior parade starting at the same time our shoot was scheduled. I made a phone call right then and told them that it may be a little traffic coming that way because their was a Parade for the seniors, and I always check to make sure there isn’t t anything big going on Before picking a spot only because I know it would be a hassle to work around huge events.

The good thing is that the location  we were at didn’t effect us, and by the time it started we didn’t even notice that much. So it worked out great for us. My portable changing tent came in handy of course so that she could easily change her clothes. One thing I love about being able to have it, is that we don’t have to worry about looking for a bathroom to change into. Now out of the whole time I had it, this was the first time that I actually had a time trying to fold it. Lol her dad even tried. Welp we got it,(somewhat) and just tucked it in the bag. Once I got home, Yeap you guessed it! It folded with no problem.

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Lera brought her prom dress, and I loved the color on her! It was beautiful, and so we walked over to a bridge and took a few images as well.

I had a great time with this young lady, so full of energy and fun to be around! Lera wasn’t the least bit of shy, she came out ready to go!! she had the sweetest parents, and you could feel the love from all around. Lera thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to take your senior pics. Can’t wait to team up with you for other projects!

Dynique Senior Session

Gosh it’s hard to believe that we are already at the end of what was suppose to be a full senior year!
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To have taken your senior pictures was a great pleasure as this young lady is like a daughter to me. To see her walk across the stage as well as my own daughter will be such an honor as well! Cheering them on, yes! It’s been a crazy year but they made it!! They made it with all the obstacles in front of them, ending their senior year way to soon, and missing out on all of their senior activities. I know this walk will mean so much to them! 2020 has been a true challenge and this just goes to show that even with everything going on in the world right now, they are strong!

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we had another date planned but she wanted to make sure she got her session in so we went ahead and did a different date but schedules are always hard to work around and still have time to make sure that it’s time to get everything in. We wanted to work with what we could. So of course we headed out and got started. This outfit though! I bought my portable changing room with me and luckily  it gave me no problems folding down so we could move on. Believe me they get a little tricky trying to fold.

There were so many people passing by saying congratulations which was just beautiful! I’m sure it’s a great feeling to hear coming from people! It’s a huge accomplishment made! And seeing your name on that list, that program!

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For these Seniors I will miss them a lot! That doesn’t mean I’m done photographing them by any means, but for my senior group yes I will miss them a ton. To a new chapter in they lives, I congratulate you to the fullest and wish you the very best in everything that you do! Let’s walk across that stage and kiss 2020 good bye!! The full year may not be over, but your 2020 class is!! Tip your hats and be proud!!

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Class of 2020! Dynique .J. You did it! Congratulations.

Alexis C. Senior Session

It felt so good to actually get back out and start shooting again after all the lock down went into place. Alexis contacted me senior pictures, and I was more then happy to work with her. We had a date set for a Sunday at 2 p.m, but something else came up so we rescheduled the shoot for a Tuesday at 5:45p.m which was perfect. We met up at the perfect time on location and she came ready in her Senior shirt and light jeans. she had these beautiful curls in her hair and makeup done so nice light and natural.

We started of by this little water fall and got some basic shots to start off with, something to warm up into and just get in the mood of getting started. we added the cap to the Senior shirt outfit, but only for her to hold as we didn’t want to mess up her hair before we had the chance to get the shots with her cap and gown.

The wind was blowing just a little but not to much to mess up anything. it was just enough to add a little breeze to some of the heat from the sun that was starting to set.
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Second we went with her prom dress! We moved over to the bridge so that we could get some shots up under the bridge, but it was also a lot cooler there as well.

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The dress was pretty heavy. She came out the restroom and as I saw her walking towards me I was at a loss of words for how stunning she looked in this red dress with the little stones covering the top half of the dress, and to top it off she had the red shaw to throw over her shoulders as well.

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I also have to add that she got so many compliments on how beautiful she looked in her dress! It was well deserved! I knew that the dress had to be hot with some of the sun still out, so I made sure to have her pose and get those out the way with.

Third she changed into this black jumpsuit and added a jean jacket to top it off. cute yes!
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By this time the sun was starting to set in so I asked her was there any shots that she wanted before we got the cap and gown and started on the last of the set. She wanted a pic by the waterfall. we made our way over and got some shots that worked and right then

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I remembered that I wanted some shots by these beautiful purple flowers. perfect i have to say. and then we were done with that set. now we moved on to the cap and gown, which all she did was just remove the jean jacket and put on the cap and gown with the black jumpsuit.

We took this to the top of the bridge and then used some of the sidewalk for what I wanted.

This cap and gown really looked good on Alexis and it just came to remind us of what these seniors had to deal with for their last year of High School that they looked forward to so much these last past four years. to all the Seniors, big congratulations to you, and wishing you all the best!
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Thank you Alexis for allowing me to be apart of your senior year and take your senior pictures.

If you are still looking for Senior pictures due to all the last min changes from the schools and dates for graduation, I still have a few spots that can be filled up, but they are filling fast. please feel free to contact me by email or phone. Can’t wait to work with you.

 

Senior Sunday

Today is Sunday, and for photographers we usually have a Senior Sunday!

 

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So welcome to Senior Sunday! I have on the blog post for Senior Sunday De’Andrea, who also happens to be my daughter! Yes my only daughter who’s a Senior! Whew where did the time fly to?

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There are really so many reasons why I picked my daughter today for Senior Sunday! I just have to really say that I am very much proud of her with all the troubles and opticals she had to face her last year of high school.

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I won’t go into all the details just yet. I want to save that for Graduation! And yes there will be a blog post for her Graduation for many reasons, as for all my seniors this year as well!

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the bad thing about it is that I started off this blog post before all of this lock down happened. Now we have all these seniors who are worried about their last year with so many important mile stones that they may not even be able to do. Not just graduation and walking across the stage, but also prom and senior skip day and so much more. What about signing those yearbooks from friends?

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I had said that I wanted to do something special for the seniors on my team and I want to make sure they feel special and appreciated all at the same time. I know for sure I want to have a huge shootout for them, as well as some form of party and just fun for them. I’m hoping that we get a chance to do pics in their prom dresses!

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May was the biggest month for my daughter aside from graduation. Her birthday month is included with other things. I’m going to find a way to make it all happen as well. To all my seniors out there, just hang on, it will get better. I have had some people say that they have it easy because they are out early during spring break, but it’s really not. We look forward to this after all these years of hard work and dedication. Not just for the seniors but for parents and family as well.

plan on making a big deal for my seniors this year! Appreciate and love on your 2020 seniors this year! They deserve it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throw Back Thursday

Throw back time!

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So who are we blogging about today? I have a young lady that I photographed that was a friend of a friend who reached out to me. We call her Red!

this shoot was a quick little basic shoot in a neighborhood I love to go to. She wore this reddish top and some jean shorts, but she came with this white cap on that I actually added to a few of the shots.

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one of the shots she had this pink little  flower that she had picked out the field that we were near and I just told her to hold on to it. To be such a tiny girl she had this little spook to her, but although I know she was nervous she was very chipper.
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The day was a perfect day, a little windy, but a great day to be out to shoot. It was close to sunset so that setting just made it even more beautiful to get some shots in.
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She came with a friend who was her biggest cheerleader and helping her to relax. Of course at the end of the shoot we got a photo of them together! I mean why not right?

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Throwback Thursday

Hey hey everyone! Welcome to the blog post.
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I have a session here with a young lady who contacted me because she saw some other sessions from friends. Word of mouth and visual content means a lot. Word of mouth also explains the experience that clients May have had as well.

 

This session we did was more of just a get together trail type shoot. It was a really laid back shoot just very dress down.

 

Alexis, her first time in front of the camera with me, I know she was nervous as can be. I mean think about it, your getting in front of someone else’s camera even though you were told that “she’s cool and makes you feel so comfortable” yeah ok but “I don’t know her myself. I get it, trust me.
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Even though I try to get that meet up before we even shoot to meet and chat to see what you expect and want from your shoot, I know that it don’t always go that was as well, so sometimes the first meet up is at the shoot. In that case I give a little extra time to talk and chat and get to know you as a person before saying “oh stand over there and I want you to look like this, or do this and that”

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I want to see that you have relaxed a little. That’s when all the magic starts to happen. This session was actually Alexis deacons shoot with me. The location that we went to had this little area that has Hammocks so that you can relax right next to the pond they have. It’s beautiful, so of course we had to lay in one.636E4C6E-4980-40EA-B27F-6D4C97F8B242
what I love about this location is the grey brick walls. Just something about them that really strives me. Then there is this under path that is close to the area we went to. Just kind of took in some areas that were close by. We didn’t want to be out in the heat to long because she is sensitive to the heat.
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Time of day matters depending on your clients. I tell clients to take Into knowing what works best for them when they decide on a day and then the time of day. So many people like sunset, and to get sunset you really have to make sure time is right. What I mean by that is that you have to be more then on time. You need to be there at least 15min  before your actual scheduled time, and that’s really for all sessions.
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In this location there is a park attached and they have these wood climbing area that I absolutely love as well and I knew I had to get some pics of her next to them. We had a great time with this session!
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when you are ready to book your session session casual, cap and gown let me know, we can meet up and talk about your session and see what it is you want to do.

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Behind the scenes

Hello!

So a lot of times you may see me or your photographer taking video here or there or having your friend or parent helping with some boomerangs or clips to get some behind the scenes.

 

personally it’s a great way to add some fun to your shoot. I usually have a helper with me who can get clips that I want, or sometimes I might stop here and there in-between a shoot and get some clips that I want depending on what it is.

 

 

When I do some of the clips at home I may record the whole shoot and then go through and edit what I want to add in a quick clip. It’s always so fun and funny to go back and see. I will catch clients fixing their hair, posting, taking selfies and more, and it’s all memories to have and make cute funny clips or behind the scenes.

In some of these clips it may be their own selfies they took while we were shooting and they just sent them to me so that I could also have them as well. I would usually put everything that everyone has and sent me and put them all together. To see what each person may have captured on their own is also fun to watch. Besides they are so much comfortable taking their own selfies with friends.

Ok as I was listening to the video below, I don’t know who was barking like that lol but this behind the scenes was done during our first shoot out at coyote crossing house which is no longer there. It was such a beautiful cottage that was there for ages and sat on a beautiful large piece of land!

I even have a video of my daughter actually giving away my secret to my bubble! Lol.

Behind the scenes have become one of my favorites to see and receive. Hope you enjoy some of the behind the scenes I have captured myself or from ever everyone else.

The one below was don by my son who was at a shoot with us being that he is on my team for the teens.

Amalia Session

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One thing I love about being able to photography Seniors is that each and everyone is so unique in their own ways. You get to have so many different choices on their session based off them.

Most of the time clients will be so nervous when they first get with you because they don’t know what to really expect out of the session. Even though I talk to my clients before sessions, but most of the time they may be nervous with their parents their or standing close by. I have noticed a lot of my clients relax more when the parents aren’t so close to watch them while they are shooting.

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This session was actually her first session with me and she came with her boyfriend who stayed in the car but was a distance to be able to see us. We walked around this park, which is one of my favorites to go to.

This yellow top was so cute and it was perfect for the gorgeous weather that we had. A really nice wind speed and of course right around golden hour. This session was really more of a mini session so there was only one outfit change.
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This little bridge sits off a nice little lake and I love it for so many reasons.

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So we met because she knew someone else I had photographed a few times. We had talked and talked about a sessions and finally got a date together that worked for the both of us.

when we first met up at location it was like I already knew her, we greeted with a huge hug and smiles. I love making everyone feel like family. Making everyone comfortable in front of the camera is key and goal. Trust me it shows in the results believe it or not.

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I Really wanted to stay out there and take so many more pics of this young lady but we were  on a time limit, I mean not to mention that this area has so many other locations that you can do with it, but with a mini your limited and have to pick the locations that will work with the outfit and time frame.
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Upon booking your session we will talk about location and outfits to fit your session. We want to make sure to get the most out of your session. Multiple outfits makes your session even more exciting and fun.
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Dynique .J

Hello Hello Hello!!!

welcome back for another Throwback Thursday!! Yeap we have another blog post to throw back on, and this time we are taking it back to Dynique’s Birthday shoots!!
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One thing I absolutely love to do is look back on the shoots that I have taken of my clients and see the growth, not just the change that they have made but also the growth from myself as well! I have actually done two birthday shoots with Dynique so far. The best advantage of that for her is that because she’s on my team she actually gets a free Birthday shoot!

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why pass that up? She actually shared her shoot with her sister in one of them! How exciting! They are like best friends. So her first shoot we took in a neighborhood and fought some of the wind. She did two outfits and her balloons. We also did a studio shoot on her second Birthday session, and we were intend to get some outside shots as well but it rained. I don’t mean like a little rain either! It poured!
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So we were forced to do both outfits indoors. I also try to encourage the girls or even the guys to get their Birthday session done. These are something to look back on, and besides you get to show them off to your friends. Not just any pics but some nice professional Birthday pictures! It reminds me of a watch me grow. You know, when parents get sessions of their kids from birth to a year?

I actually love to do the Birthday sessions. I am open to what the girls or guys have in mind for their session. After all it is your Birthday session, so you should have it your way. Outfits are decided the same way a regular session is. They send me pics and ideas so that I have an Idea where we can go for their session to best fit. We do theses sessions at least a good 3-4 weeks before their actual Birthday to have plenty of time for editing and have  them ready for posting.


Who wouldn’t want to post a session on their birthday? If you have a Birthday coming up soon, now is the time to start thinking about planning a shoot.

Happy Valentines

Happy Valentines to everyone!

I’m not going to do my usually long blog post but rather just a little show of images from the shoot!

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Just a mini blog post for Valentines! It has really been a busy week and One of my Senior Reps came to do a mini session with her friend, and her little  sister came to get a different mini session in. It was great to have them in front of the camera!

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Raven is one of my Senior Reps, so being in front of the camera with me wasn’t anything new. And what’s so funny is that because she had been shooting with me if I say do this or that she even knows what to do with her head as far as a little lean this way or that way. Lol it’s just funny to know how they pick up on me and know what I want or don’t want.

Starr is a friend of Ravens and this was her first time in front of the camera with me. Although I  know people are shy when they don’t know you or what to expect from you, but she got in front of the camera and really rocked it!

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Mariandre L.

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It’s another TBT( throwback Thursday) and today I’m throwing it back with Mariandre who came to me through a friend. Funny thing about this session is that it was pretty much a last min, and early morning shoot. It was a beautiful morning, still a small breeze outside, just enough for a sweater, ok maybe just for me because I get cold pretty easy. Smh(shaking my head). I was showing Mariandre how to pose and I didn’t even know Firoella was taking a boomerang for a behind the scenes, but I’m glade that she did.

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I will be honest. This was a session where I was unsure what she was wearing for the shoot. Wait what? You didn’t get that information before the shoot? Uumm yes and no. So her friend which was a senior on my team, had been doing pictures with me of course and Maria wanted to see about a joint shoot for a shoot I was already planing with Friollea. I had no problem with that. So I told them about outfits and it was relayed to me here and there.
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She turned up ready! The red off the shoulder top really complimented her and made her stand out with her dark long hair. We met up at a shopping center in a neighborhood I go to often. It was early, so we didn’t have to worry about shops being open and working around people. This session was originally a friendship session, so I wanted something that spoke it.

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Besides, when you are shooting with a close friend it makes life so much easier. It also gives you a small sense of comfort and helps you relax because you have someone you trust by your side and help to make you laugh. Having them look at one another usually sparks a great laugh and I can get some really genuine shots!
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There was one point where we were at this small bridge and the wind just wasn’t on our side but it gave me photo I love. Yes we go for perfect and flawless images, but sometimes that wind blows just right and gives us an “ ooohhhhh I like this” photo.
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I didn’t want to remove anything from her face as far as her hair because I liked the way it came out just like that!

With this overall shoot we had a great time and some really good laughs. I even got a chance to know how long they been friends for and some other little funny stories! I love to get to know people from a more personal note! That gives me the opportunity to know just want I want to do. We got a lot of Genuine laughs and giggles.

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Would you like to have a friendship session to have a lifetime to remember? Give me a call or shoot me a message and let’s get you set up!

Raven F.

7C5F1C1A-97CC-406D-9B5C-730AFD2EDE67Welcome to Thursday, as we call throwback Thursday! You know where we get to show a session or a senior, or anyone at that matter from some time ago? Well this one isn’t a some time ago session. Uuuummm ok maybe it is a little lol.

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This session of Raven’s was one of my favorite sessions. I had always wanted to get some overalls in one of my shoots! Why? I have no idea Lol, but it had always been on my mind and I had been thinking about a shoot I can do with them. We had talked about doing another session as I am always in the works trying to get extra sessions in of my Rep. team, even with some of the planned ones. So she sent me pics of an outfit, and yes it was the overalls! (Yes! High-five myself). We had planned to meet up at location right before sunset so we could get prepared for any last min things before shooting.

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As I pulled up and placed my car into park, she got out of her dads car and I couldn’t help but smile with the look she had. She had on her dark blue overalls with a black long sleeve top that If she had on jeans, the top would be a little above the belly button. She wore her hair down, with her natural curls somewhat wavy, and she had on this grey head band that looped in the front. To top it off she had on this reddish color lip stick that fit perfect to the outfit. She had her flats on to walk in and her heels in her hands. It’s funny because the girls tend to learn me and the things I like and dislike. They know to bring an extra pair of walking shoes so they aren’t stuck walking in heels to each location if we are in a big park and using multiple locations

 

when I go to certain places I always start in the back and work myself up to the front, so that by the time we are done we are already near the front and don’t have to walk all the way from the back to the front. So with that being said we started off in the back near a field and on the bridge. The sun at the time was in the perfect spot and gave me just the light I needed peeking through the trees and bushes. When We were done with the bridge we headed to the middle of this walking park where there is a slab of concrete and these large steeping blocks, or whatever you want to call them lol. As hard as heels can be sometimes I asked her to stand on top of one of the blocks and pose. Then I asked her to kneel. Like what? You want me to do what in these heels on top of this block? Ok she really didn’t say that out loud, but maybe in her head. Ok ok maybe not at all. Anyways, she was a trooper and was willing to try my poses.

I mean look at the pose though! She held her balance to a tee for that pic. and I can’t complain! One for the win! We moved on over to this little slip that leads to a handmade pond or lake, more like pond because it’s not large at all. I had her sit on the edge and I slowly walked my y’all self down the slope. Good thing I like to dress down and had on some tennis with some grip, because if I didn’t I probably would of went tumbling straight down. Uuuumm yeah now that I think about it.

That sun behind her was life. What we wait to shoot with, not all the time, but you have to admit that sunset makes a gorgeous photo!

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After we finished up there we walked on over to the front and walked to where they have this tree that looks somewhat like a Christmas tree. If you saw my other blog post I actually posted that picture with an before and after edit post.
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Finally we finished off by a fence that faces a street to the back of some apartments and I was able to snap a few there before we wrapped the session up. I’m always excited to go home and edit at least one to try and post for them and everyone else to see.

It’s always a pleasure to have someone in front of the camera, and creating a session that they will love and can talk about for years to come.
Thanks for letting me capture this session with you Raven, I had a ton of fun!
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If you want to create a session that highlights you and the personality that you have, as my motto says “Just Be You” then feel free to contact me. Let’s create you!

Introduction!!

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Hello, and welcome to the blog post today!

Today I’m doing something a little different, I’m going to re-introduce myself and let you all know who I am! The one behind the camera! (So the pics in this blog post Is all me lol).These are all unedited because I wanted to show me.

I know I know, your thinking, but don’t you have a bio page that tells us that? Yes I do! My bio page is brief and just that, a bio! I want you to get to know me.  Ready? Ok!

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Hi! My name is Shunta (shun-tay) I am a single mother of four, yes four kids, three boys and a girl. My oldest two are boys aged at 23 in March, and 21 in May. My daughter is 18 and 19 in May and then my youngest is a boy who will be 16 in June, a Gemini baby like me. I am a grandmother of three! Two granddaughters who one will be 2 in Feb. and 1 May first, and the youngest who is still new at 2 about to be three months is my grandson.

He wasn’t feeling the light nor the camera. Lol

I’m a no makeup type of girl who loves to dress down. And when I say dress down, I’m talking my jeans a tee and some tennis. Yes that’s me. Usually you would find me with my hair tied in a bun, because I hate hate hate to do my hair for the life of me lol. Now if someone else does I’m cool. Beauty shop all the time. Anyone who knows me and most my seniors know me very well. I do love to dress up, but if I had a choice? Had me my jeans and tee or a tank top. I think the only time I wore makeup was on my birthday last year. I have to admit I was feeling myself too. It looked good and it was done by my daughters friend @pretty_penny, of you ever see my daughter’s makeup, she’s the one!

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I have loved photography since I was young but never really pursued it into a business until I was older. I mean older as in about four years ago (we not talking age lol) And I already knew my camera, even though you can never stop learning. I took pictures of my kids and of the family all the time. I promise you would always be able to come to my house and see pictures on the wall, scrapbooks and so on. When my mom passed away in 2005 I had nothing left but memories and a few pictures that we had taken from family reunions or little get together here and there, but very few with us together.

even though I photography mostly Seniors, it still reminded me how important it was to have pictures taken, but even more so why to have them printed. All of the pictures I had got flooded out. Yes so sad because there was ton. I could look at a picture and remember that moment like I was back in it. It’s something about holding and having that picture in your hand, compared to having them stored away on a file somewhere. So now here I am building up new memories for my family. New prints to hang on my wall. Faces for my kids to see and have.

 

As much as I like to take pictures, I love to be in front  of the camera as well. I think I do better when I’m taking them myself compared to someone else taking them. Why? Well believe it or not I have a great shy side of me. What??? Get out of here!! Lol, yes I do and my daughter never believes me when I say that. They only know and have seen a certain part of me. I’m a mother, what do you expect? I’m suppose to be strong! And that I am, but I have my flaws to. I hate to be in huge huge crowds of people but yet it doesn’t bother me when I’m working and photographing others. I guess that business mode sinks in and everything else is drowned out. I love to have fun, smile laugh and love to make others laugh if possible, and I’m not being corny.
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I love shrimp! Uuumm let’s see fried shrimp, boiled shrimp, grilled barbecue shrimp, shrimp and grits, (I’m a Louisiana girl) any kind of shrimp as long as it’s not raw! Street tacos may be the next on the list, but it has to be from a good taco truck. I’m a little OCD, I have to have things a certain way. And I’m meaning organization.

So why Seniors? Omg Seniors are so fun to get in front of the camera. There is so much that you can do and capture of them. If they play sports, you have that on top of just being able to be creative. Then you have the teens and tweens who are loving the camera, and with the time in front of your camera and getting to know you as a photographer, the possibilities for what you all can create are way past what you can imagine. Once that bond is formed you can do so much and you will notice the difference in the photos. Besides, by they time they are seniors they will be so comfortable with you that it’s a breeze to photograph them.

I’m very self conscious about myself. Please I know what your thinking. Not by looking at my pictures right? I know, but yes believe it or not I am. I also love to help others in any way that I can. I have a big heart. I don’t do things because I feel I have to but because it’s what I feel is right from my heart.

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I’m not sure what else to add, but that’s a little more open book about me. I mean all means feel free to ask me any questions you may have. Other then that, I hope that you enjoyed a different taste of my blog today! Thanks for stopping by! Please feel free to lease a comment as well. It’s always welcome!

Shelia and Torri Birthday session

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This is an actual throwback blog session for throwback Thursday. This session was a birthday session that we had did real quick. Both of these girls Birthdays are about the same time so I had asked them if they wanted a photoshoot done.

This was really an interesting evening. we had went over to a really nice neighborhood that had some really lovely locations.

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so they both pulled up and had planed to have the large foil balloons to go with the outfits that they were wearing. Sheila came with Black number balloons to go with the silver dress that she wore and the black heels. Torri had a white dress that came off the shoulders and she had some large red number balloons that was going to go perfect with her red hills. Now I want you to keep in mind that this is golden hour(rush hour traffic.) That part comes in play with a certain part of this blog.

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I’m going to start off with how they came so nicely dressed and ready. As we walked to our destination and they started to put on their hills, they had a friend with them who was there to help a little by holding the balloons and shoes and little things. So as Torri was putting on her hills and just as she was about to take her balloons one of the numbers flew up in the air. We tried to catch it, but it was to late and all we could do was stare looking at it as it flew away.

I’m sure you could image the mood! Mind you I said it was rush hour time, so you already know there wasn’t any time to go back and get another one and tell them that they didn’t tie the string on right enough. The Balloons were the mail part of the shoot. At this time she was so upset that she really didn’t want to take any pics so she went back to the car, not to mention that she had got a little makeup on the dress to top it off.

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Because I knew that she was upset I had her friend go to the car and try to talk her into coming back to get some shots in, as we all know golden hour don’t last long. It’s like as soon as that golden hour peeps through it’s gone as fast as it actually came. No time to waste when shooting at that time. I started with Sheila since it seemed as though it was going to be a one girl show.

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Just as the sun got to the finally peek of setting Torri came back to where we were at but she still wasn’t in the mood for shooting. I definitely wanted to get some shots of her. I mean why come all this way dressed all nice and pretty and not getting any shots regardless of no balloons. I was happy that she finally agreed to shoot, but she was still a little skeptical because of the makeup on her dress. For me that wasn’t an issue. You could bar see it and I knew it was something easily edited out.
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I was so happy to get her to shoot so that I could get both of them and not miss all the golden light, that on some of her photos I forgot to tell her to take the hair tie off her wrist! I actually left it in some of these, as some of these are actually unedited and straight from the camera. Then of course the ones that I did deliver to her I actually took the hair tie off her wrist and it was of course edited. I also wanted to add that even though we didn’t get to use Torri balloons she did call up there and told them what happened and they gave her another ballon free of charge that she got to use for her party!! Yay to a happy ending!!

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These girls have been doing some amazing things. Torri is off at College at PV and Shelia has accomplished some amazing things. You can actually see and follow her @shelialazatv

Birthday sessions have become a favorite! If you have a birthday coming up and want to get a session in, be sure to contact me in enough time so that we can have that session done in time to post for your day!

Not sure how to reach me?
Instagram: @Pink_Lilly_Photography

Twitter:PLP_Photography

Facebook:Pink Lilly Photography

Email:Pinklillyphotographer@gmail.com

Phone:832-880-4501

 

Locations

Ever wonder what your photographer is talking about when they talk about finding locations based off your outfits?

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Crazy as it may seem, yes we really do go off outfits. A location and an outfit plays an important role together. Don’t get me wrong yes we can have an outfit and be at a location and make it work, but when you find the location that fits perfect to your outfit magic comes together with that image. This session I did a while back for a special young lady was all done at a mall, Yes a mall that was starting to go down before they started to fix it up again.

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The one above was on the side of the mall. I loved the light that was coming in from there and the trees that were planted there. I found it to be the perfect background for what I wanted with her look. We even went to the back of the mall were the loading docks use to be. It wasn’t the prettiest of locations, but with the right view you can get just what you want.

 

As a photographer we drive to take the best in order to give you the best. The view that we see are totally different then what someone else may see, and that includes locations.
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I also try to use as much of that location as I can. We used the parking lot, as well just for some really simple shots, some were actually off guard.

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The others were taken on the side of the building and then there was one that we took on a car. Locations are key to getting you some great photos, and even though I have a motto of “Just Be You” I still match location with the outfit your coming with.

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when you book your session we talk about locations and outfits and so much more at your consultation. It’s all about trying to make it happen for you, it’s your session. We will do our very best to find what your looking for to give you the best images.

If you’re ready to book your senior session then go ahead and contact me so we can start setting up your free consultation visit!

 

Arjhanae Throwback Session

 

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Here is a throwback blog post with Arjhanae who I had the pleasure of having on my Senior Model Rep team. We had planned on meeting at this location which is one that I love to go to. They have this huge beautiful bridge that spreads over a large set of man made lake with a gorgeous park that I have also did sessions at.

we came right before the sunset of course to get that golden hour light that everyone loves including myself. We actually started over near another body of water on the dock they have so that we could shoot before the sun started to set. Why? Because on top of the bridge with the sun setting is just over the top beautiful lighting. The picture I have below shows just that golden hour light!

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I mean look at the view behind her! This place has been the center of some gorgeous shoots for birthdays, Fourth of July and so much more. The outfit she had picked was perfect when I paired her up with the bird watch. The colors that she had were just perfect because it wasn’t to much or to little and with the touch of red in her hair it fit perfectly. I was so at awe that every little corner, or every little area we came across I wanted to catch a shot there.
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I will be honest, as soon as I saw that bird watch i knew I wanted a shot with her near it.

This session was actually her second session with me. The very  first session was at our meet up for my Senior Reps, team and that was the first time that I actually met Arjhana. The team also got a chance to do each individual shoots with me as well as a whole. You would of never thought that she was ever nervous in front of the camera. When I take the time to look back at all the sessions from the crew it’s crazy to actually see the confidence and change they go through. It’s like watching my own kids grow up! That’s the kind of bond we actually build together as well!


One of the main things I like to build up is confidence with one self. 

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