What to Wear Wednesdays: Ties for Guys

If you’ve been keeping up with what’s in fashion for this fall then you’ll know these two things…

Red is the fall color 
What’s in for the fall

I wanted to give you some options for ties for the men if your life.  I’m SO happy that skinny ties are still in – I’m sure in a a decade or so we’ll all be flocking to the thrift stores to get our hands on the wider ties…but for now definitely stick with the skinnier ties.

If you haven’t seen my general guide for what to wear for the guys then check it out here!

These are definitely not feminine! They’re look awesome with a great outfit on the lady.
I’m imagining a tulle skirt paired with this.  I’d love that.

Core Skinny Tie $20
Black Skinny Tie $20

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Premier School Portraits

For about a hot second I worked for a well known school photo company a long long time ago.  I would come home and cry it was so terrible.  I never thought I would actually be back in the school business. BUT!!! Here I am! It is WAY different than what it was when I first started because it’s the way I want to do it.  Regular school photos are just so so so terrible.  Why do people still buy them? I felt so happy last year when I checked “please do not photograph my child” on my son’s spring photo form.  He also equally enjoyed  sweatpants that day.  So I’m ramping up my school portraits and I’d like to call it “premier school portraits” to really set it apart from what parents and kids are use to.

Sibling photos? Yes, please!

There are many many reasons I think this type of portraits for school is better but one of the reasons
I am going to share with you today is that it gives
CONFIDENCE
to the students! If you had school photos of you like this wouldn’t you LOVE them???

Vertical and horizontal – totally an option. 

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Danielle’s Bridal Portraits

I couldn’t post all of these at the time because the secrecy of the dress! And isn’t it so great?! I also love how Danielle wore her hair down – if there’s jealously of hair then I definitely have it for her luscious locks. It’s so beautiful! Danielle and Felix got married this weekend in Vegas! So after months of sitting on my favorite bridal portraits here they are! Congratulations to you guys!!!! I have loved photographing you both over this last year!

To see their engagement photos go here – especially if you feel stuck about what to wear for your engagement session. They rocked it!

Location: Virtuvian Park, Addison Texas
Dress: Lulu’s Bridal Boutique in Dallas

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What to wear Wednesdays: Rent the Runway

Personally this week I’ve been on CLOUD 9! It’s been such a productive hustle over here.  Before I got started in my own business I would watch the hours click by on the clock just waiting for my last art class of the day to go home so that I could go home.  And I definitely lived for the holidays.  But now? I work every single day.  I totally wouldn’t change it though because I LOVE IT! It definitely has it’s perks….but not going lie, it also has it’s disadvantages.  Being an entrepreneur is often lonesome and really really fearful!

But like I said this week has been awesome!!!! My highlights have been getting my new style guide hot off the press, launching my first and awesome Family Rep Program, AND (this one is SO BIG!!) two VERY well known photographers recognizing my photography work – I literally squealed and did a happy dance – actually I’m still doing that.

I also was REALLY excited because a few weeks ago I wrote about how red was the new color for Fall 2017. Then this popped over into my inbox….

Have you heard of rent the runway? If you’ve read my style guide (which all my client get upon booking!) then you know that I LOVE IT! It’s a great way to not spend a ton of money on gorgeous runway looking dresses to look like a BILLION dollars for your photo session. And look at that red dress?! You can find just the right red dress for you right here! 

I’d love to see this dress paired with a crimson tie for your guy, floral with crimson hues dress for your little girl, and deep red suspenders and bow tie from London Jae Apparel 

 

That’s it for now! If you’d like to read other “what to wear” ideas go to the top and just search “what to wear”. See you next week!

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Time to schedule your senior sessions!

Senior year is a sprint! And it’s here! I’ve already heard that seniors are ordering caps and gowns and it’s such a great time of the culmination of hard work and great memories. I had such a great time photographing these group of friends! Thank you Carol, Karan, Keegan, Kelly, Abi, and Nathan!! You rocked it!

You’ll want to remember these times! AND like I always say (are you getting tired of it?!) seeing your senior’s photos (especially after they’ve left the house!) helps you love and appreciate them even more….and we all need a little more of that in our lives.  Looking at your senior photos from our experience will not only help you remember that time but will help you remember how you felt during that year.  

How to book your senior session? Head over here – senior sessions are the 2 hour sessions.
For the last 20-30 minutes, seniors get to invite their friend or family for a itty-bitty session.

Location: Friends of Furneaux Creek, Carrollton Texas

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Update (amazing!) style guide is here!

It’s here!!! I’ve been planning this out for about a year now and I’m so excited to release my magazine style guide! There is even NEW information! This is one of the changes that I’m making to Kaitlin Roten Photography.  This is one of the first changes and more can be expected after the first of the year….the anticipation!

One more thing before you go – have you heard about my Family Rep Program? If you’ve ever thought about booking a family session with me this is a NO BRAINER! It’s the same cost as a family session BUT you get HUGE BONUSES! Complimentary mini-shoots, styled shoots, and an heirloom locket of a favorite family photo from your experience with me.  Hop on over to the page to read and apply for it – applications are due in ONE WEEK!!!

Here’s a sneak peak of my style guide! 19 pages of helpful information you get when you book a session with me.  It will help you know what to expect, what to bring, and what most people spend the majority of their time on WHAT TO WEAR! 

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Wedding details

Only a few weeks away and I’m excited to photograph this wedding! Here are some details from the bride bag that I recommend gathering for wedding day photos.  Did you miss the post about what to collect for the bridal bag? Read about it here! 

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Eric and Amanda

A few favorites from an awesome early morning perfectly dressed couple! Wowzers!
I’ve been begging for someone to wear a tulle skirt and it finally happened! Look how awesome it looks on camera!

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Having photos printed in your house for all to see! It’s just not about you.  It’s about the time we’ve both invested in this photo experience.  It’s also about your future children and their children seeing these photos of how you both love each other so much! It’s much more than seeing photos – it’s about experiencing the love between the two of you that will pass down from generation to generation!

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Love the details here.  These are going straight to my style guide magazine!
Hot off the press this week! I’m so excited!!!
Having details in your session make your session look more editorial.

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Eric and Amanda – thank you so much for such a great beautiful session! It was so great to listen to your love story.
Can’t wait to photograph you both again!

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Huge thanks for Jennifer Peterson of Lip Lock Smooches for awesome make-up!

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Location: First United Methodist Church, Carrollton Texas

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Family Rep Program

HURRY APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY SEPTEMBER 12th! 

Applications have ended for this year’s Family Rep Program.  If you have interest in joining for next year, fill out this form to let me know!

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I have a super excited announcement to share!! I’m launching a Family Rep Program!

I will be taking applications for families (of at least 3) to be apart of my new spokesperson program.  This means to be the face of Kaitlin Roten Photography for an entire year.  Spokesmodels are chosen through an application process and receive countless perks including complimentary mini sessions, images to share on social media, styled shoots, cash bonuses, heirloom lockets and more!

 HURRY APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY SEPTEMBER 12th! 

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If you’ve been thinking about scheduling a session with me this is a NO brainer! You receive cash back for any referrals who book through you!

Applicants will be chosen based on their outgoing personalities, involvement in the community and excitement for your upcoming year!

Application for the Family Rep Program

Please read spokesmodel responsibilities carefully before applying.

Being a spokesmodel for Kaitlin Roten means you have the opportunity to represent the face of the best of the best families in the North Dallas for a whole year! Spokesmodels receive countless perks including a complimentary mini session at the beginning of the year, digital images to share online with friends, a full family session, cash bonuses, and more! I am also going to hint at heirloom lockets – ahhh!! I  cannot wait to work with an amazing group of 2018 families! Before applying, please read the following. Applications are due on SEPTEMBER 12, 2017.

Chosen spokesmodels are required to:

  • Attend a meet + greet event on September 22 at 6:30pm in Carrollton (come and go)
  • Participate in mini sessions with the full team on Saturday, October 21
  • Use Kaitlin Roten Photography as their sole photographer during the year
  • Post on social media frequently about Kaitlin Roten Photography (about 2-3x per month)
  • Book your family session with Kaitlin for a total of $199 (This is the only payment or fee ever required with the spokesmodel program and can be earned back through referrals. Wall art and products are extra.)

 

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What to wear Wednesday: texture

Texture might be your secret weapon when it comes to what to wear. It creates a great dimension to your photos AND dresses things up a bit! If you’ve read my style guide you know I’m a big fan of dressing up for photos!

Let me help you get some ideas of clothing texture for your fall family photos!

Faux fur vest with concealed button at top $17.99

I also have gotten request to share the shirt that I wore for my new headshots taken by Hope Taylor. This is a great texture piece that can be paired with a lot of different bottoms.
Floral Laced Off-the Shoulder Top $35

I would also squeal with delight and think your photo shoot is from heaven if you arrived in this skirt! Wouldn’t you also feel like such a princess?

Women’s Long Tutu Tulle Skirt A Line Floor Length Skirts $45

 

That’s it for today! Next I’m planning on posting some awesome floral dress and tie options.  AND STAY TUNED FOR MY AMAZING MAGAZINE VERSION OF MY STYLE GUIDE!!!

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James and Erin 10th Anniversary Session

I’m so excited to share this 10th anniversary session! James and Erin never had wedding photos so these were 4 kids late long overdue! Their session was gifted by their friends (also my brother and his awesome wife – hi guys!) who have lived all around the world with them for the military.


couple anniversary session

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I also LOVE the Charlotte Russe dress Erin bought for the session.  It’s the perfect color and length and I can really tell she read my style guide.  SPOILER ALERT: my NEW UPDATED style MAGAZINE is coming really soon – ahhhh!

10 years! Wahoo! Congratulations James and Erin!

Thank you guys SO much! It was really fun to get to know you both! My memories of the eclipse (coolest thing ever!!!) will always be paired with having a great portrait session with you! When you see these photos in your house I hope that it will increase your appreciation for each other and your kids will see how much you love each other.

 

 

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What to wear Wednesdays: What’s in the fall

Life is sort of back to normal around here and that means WHAT TO WEAR WEDNESDAYS is BACK!

I already mentioned (even though it totally doesn’t feel like Fall is around the corner here in North Dallas) I’m going to be talking about what to wear to your fall sessions. I’m super super excited to announce that my October is fully booked for session but I do have a few spots left as of today for November.

If you’d like to schedule a session in November you can totally get your photos back in time to order Holiday Cards, prints, or products for yourself or family members.  I’m loving this heirloom locket necklace – it would make a great gift!

Ok back to What to Wear…. here are some things that are in style for the fall (according to Elle Magazine guide – because I am not that cool to make these things up)…

  • The color red
  • Couch floral patterns (also called micro florals)
  • Deconstructed shirts (think cold shoulder)
  • High collars
  • Long skirts or dresses
  • Thick belts

That’s a lot to work with!

 

I’ve found 2 awesome red dresses that I think would look great on camera for your fall session:

Venus Cold Shoulder Dress
Venue Pleated Flare Dress

Charlotte Russe Floral Mesh Maxi Skirt $26– I think this is a great option to use the colors that I usually recommend and try to have a little bit of the fall colors

Floral Ruffle-Trim Wrap Skirt $29 

Floral Tulle Overlay Skirt $27

Floral Midi Wrap Skirt $15

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Too good not to share

I usually just post one sneak peak per photo session….but….I loved this one so much that it was too good not to share.  This photo screams LITTLE BOYS!!! Love it!

toddler boy

The light is also so so so so …. so so so so dreamy! Want to know why??? Golden light.  Golden light occurs twice per day.  Once in the morning and once in the evening.  It happens an hour after sunrise and and hour before sunset.

In the summer golden hour can be tricky because it’s sometimes as early as 6:30am and as late as 8pm.  This can be hard for the little ones. But if you can swing it (and I really hope you can!) it will make everyone look creamy and dreamy.  Once summer is over the times get a little more reasonable.

Did you see that my last October weekend date to grab is October 29th?  That’d be 7:30am or 6:15pm. Take it while you can!!

Location {of the above image} Trinity River Park in Ft. Worth, Texas

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What to wear Wednesday: Keeping in thrifty!

I’m sure you’ve heard of poshmark! Super great to get some awesome deals.  It’s a GREAT place to find an awesome outfit for your FALL photos! I’m transitioning today in talking all about fall photos!

I’m loving the color yellow for fall photos.  (That’s what I’m planning on wearing for our fall photos..stay tuned!!)

Look at this awesome Nordstom’s Boho Fringe Kimono with a tad of yellow in it! It also complies with my style guide to choose lighter colors for portraits.  AND GUYS…..it’s $8!!! Whatttt???? That’s just drop everything you’re doing and head over there to get it NOW! Yikes!!!

This is from an awesome stylist Brittany Thomas.  You should check her shop out and come back to check out as she updates it regularly.

This is my first (probably of MANY!) announcement that I’m working with her and a bunch of other local vendors on an awesome wedding styled shoot coming your way in late September.

And one more mention about Fall Photos – If you’re hoping for an October weekend session then contact me now, lickety-split!  I have just 1 spot left (October 29th!) – is it going to go to you?? Time would be either at 7:30am or 6:15pm.  (I go into the why about these times in my style guide that also comes with booking a session with me! It’ll help you also with MORE what to wear!)

 

Thanks for reading my what to wear Wednesdays!

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Landen is (almost!) 4!

client wall artWhen I corresponded with Landen’s mom for the first time I just knew that his eyes were going to be a show stopper.  Just like she said, they really do change color – and are so beautiful! Landen will be 4 in January (which I feel like is RIGHT around the corner – it could be just me hoping for a break from 100F temps!).  He’s so full of energy and a typical toddler who loves to run, fall, and be silly! Happy (early!!) birthday Landen! Landen at 4

landen almost 4 sitting

Landen sitting on railroad tracks

Location: Trinity River Park in Ft. Worth, Texas

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Holden & Avery

I was SO looking forward to this photo shoot! I hadn’t seen Avery since she was super tiny and didn’t know what she looked liked.  As she got out of the car all I saw was this gorgeousness…

THE HAIR!!! Goodness gracious that is one beautiful head of hair!!! In all my 10 years of photographing people I think she gets the award for BEST HAIR!!! A-MAZING!!! It was that kind of hair you just can’t help yourself run your fingers through someone else hair (a little creepy but hey she’s 2!).

 

I had plans to photograph them and their momma on this gorgeous old truss bridge. The amazing outfit that I had ordered for this shoot did NOT arrive!!! It was so so so so very sad.  I was looking forward to this outfit for WEEKS! But when life gives you lemons make some lemonade or something magical.  And so we did.  Instead of the bridge (we will just save that for later!) we danced and played in the grass and ferns.

I think he learned this from his dad – who had his FIRST day as a FIREFIGHTER TODAY!!!

Sweet sibling love… for 5 seconds. 

THIS photo is why I LOVE LOVE LOVE photographing kids.  You get these GREAT raw expressions that adults don’t give and they’re SO beautiful!!!

 

So special! I really hope that despite the lack of the amazing mom outfit (ohhhh still so sad!) that this mini-shoot made a Mom and a Dad (and other family!) truly APPRECIATE these two.  That’s what photos do! Help you freeze time and appreciate them in the good and hard moments:)

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Caleb is 1!

Caleb is 1!!! I have loved photographing him this last year! It’s such a treat to see the little ones grow up.  Happy Birthday little guy! See how much he’s grow by looking at his newborn photos!

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Love seeing photos from all of our sessions throughout the year!

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mmm…delicious….mmmmmbaby boy

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baby grumpy faces are so cute not to share:) baby boy

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Location: Central Park in Frisco

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She said YES! Tyler and Alanna

She said YES!!! I had the awesome privileged of photographing Tyler proposing to Alanna hovering over the Ft. Worth Stockyards.  It was so so so so so so so amazing!  Tyler hired me in secret so I was posing as a photographer just tagging along on their ride to take a tour of the city.  I’m totally not an aerial photographer (I really don’t think my aerial shots are really amazing either) so I was hoping she wasn’t going to see my not-so-awesome lens for aerial photography — I think that is just a geeky photography thing to think about, I’m pretty sure she didn’t even notice.

Tyler had great music as we were hovering and he was pouring his heart out – just in case you’re wondering you can mute the back passenger’s conversations so the pilot and co-pilot (that was me!) can’t hear.

Congratulations Tyler and Alanna! Thank you guys SO MUCH!!!

This is one of my most favorite things about being a photographer – I get the chance to be apart of people’s lives in such an intimate way! Tyler and Alanna, years later when you look back at these photos I hope that they will stir up those emotions you felt at this point in your relationship and help you appreciation each other more and more.

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LOVE this shot of them!!

aerial shot of ft worth texas motor stadium

Texas Motor Speedway – even from up above this place is IMPRESSIVE! aerial ft worth

 

aerial ft worth

Tarant County Courthouse – I photographed Wil and Haleigh’s wedding here – it’s SO BEAUTIFUL inside! couple proposal couple proposal

 

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This is one of the funny things we saw – only in Texas do you have swimming pools shaped like your state.

The helicopter tour was hosted by Epic Helicopters.  Highly recommend them – they’re so great.  The tour is individualized so really whatever you want to see they make it happen.  It was also very private.

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What to wear Wednesdays: What we wore!

Just a disclaimer – I totally don’t have it all together clothing wise! Most of the time I regrettably sport the workout clothes because I’ve found I get so grumpy in this Texas heat if I am outside with my kids NOT wearing exercise clothes.  I don’t even want to move! Lately I’ve been trying my hardest to step up my game (and still play with my kids!) I am on the road towards being a recovering habitual yoga pant wearer.  

But anyway…it was SO MUCH FUN picking out our outfits for our family photo session! It definitely took several trips to different stores (and returns!) but I REALLY love the way the colors and textures turned out.  Big thanks to my photographer friend Konnor Stringham (from Konnor Quest Photography) who photographed us! I also love the location – the Carrollton greenbelt.  I love all the different greens, layers of grass, and a few wild flowers.

Something that I found was super helpful in picking out my kids outfits from Once Upon A Child.  They sort by COLOR! How awesome is that if you already know generally what color you want? I definitely stuck with the lighter colors because it pops more light on faces – and it’s all about the faces, right?  My kids’ faces are so so so cute!

I also found it really helpful to not bring my husband but a friend shopping (shout out to you Jess!). I couldn’t decide between the gold skirt and the blue chiffon skirt so I totally cheated on the one outfit rule, but changed lightening fast while the kids and my husband were being photographed.  It was such a quick change – I just pulled the blue skirt on over the gold then unzipped the gold and VIOLA! I think I did this simultaneously making monkey noises for the kids to have fun!

Thanks again Konnor! We LOVE THEM!!!

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Why does photography cost so much?

Just a warning before you read this: I’m not trying to convince you to buy a portrait session from me.  I just think it’s important for you to know what actually goes into a photo session so that you can be more informed.  I hope that this article can speak about the blood, sweat, and tears that most professional photographers put into their work.

Why does photography costs so much?

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Let’s take my 2 hour session, where you get 2 locations, any combo of people within the 2 hours, digital images, printing and posting rights.  This session is priced at $310. (Let me just say also that some photographers think that I’m selling my soul when I include the digital download in my sessions.  So keep in mind that getting the images is VERY valuable, you’re getting an original piece of art!!!!) I want to keep giving the digital images because we live in a digital age – and honestly if I was having a session I’d totally want that! I want to give you what I would want!

Now, it would seem that I pocket $155 per hour based off of this fee.  That I’m actually making $155 as opposed to the minimum wage of $7.25 if I were working at a minimum wage place.  There is a lot of extra time and expenses that the client doesn’t actually see that goes into figuring the cost for each session.  For instance, for the 2 hour session, I don’t  just spend 2 hours on the session, here is the break down of time spent on a 2 hour session (so you can fairly divide this time in half if you’re interested in time spent on the 1 hour session).

1 hour prep before the session (includes emailing client, consultation of what to wear, possibly shopping for fun portrait props like balloons, bubbles, pin wheels, baskets, flowers, etc.)
30 Travel time (this varies obviously with every shoot but on average I spend 30 minutes going to the location, scoping out spots to shoot, and the travel home)
2 hours on location shooting
2-4 hours post editing (for me this is downloading images off of CF card, backing them up on external HD, choosing which ones are keepers, editing them in Lightroom, making your printing/posting rights, resizing your images to upload to my print service, uploading the images to my print service, emailing you that your images are done and that you can see them, contract, printing/posting rights) This only takes into account what I’m doing on your photo session.  This doesn’t take into account answering emails, networking, hustling my business – all that I actually don’t get paid for.  So I might have done this before your session to actually get your business – it’s the behind the scenes.
There is also more time put in when clients order prints or any other add-ons that could be tagged onto this hourly calculation

Total hours spent on a 2 hour session: about 7 hours (So actually I might make $1/hour….oh my goodness)

What also goes into this price calculation is: (So it’s not like I’m really pocketing that hourly fee that you just calculated)

-Business expenses
-Photography experience/education
-Cost of upkeep of equipment or NEW/USED equipment

You might just think that I have 1 or 2 bills to pay as a business owner.  Right now there are a TON of photographers, and I think it’s somewhat because they just think they need a camera and a lens.  There are actually A TON of things that go into actually having a business.  I have thought about each one and truly don’t like to waste money (by now you’re may be getting my point that I don’t actually have money to throw around!) and they serve to make business run smoother and/or to be more professional, after all I am offering a professional service here.

Here are just a sample of bills that needs to be paid in this category I’m calling..

Business Expenses

Service Fee for Invoices (each client gets an invoice so they know their total before I spring it upon them this also serves as a receipt)
Service Fee for accepting Credit Cards (so you can pay your way)
Advertising Fees (which I rarely use because they don’t really work and I have no money!) Networking does work so this is where I like to spend this money or really time
Gas for all those miles I drive to locations and deliveries
–Normal business supplies (paper, ink, printer, staples, etc.)

So those are just some obvious ones.

Photography experience/education

I actually went to school for photography so I know a lot about the art of composition and how to use my camera.  This is more than a person who picks up a camera and offers photo sessions for $25 (nothing personally against someone starting out – I was there once too!).  I look and study posing so that you look your best in your photographs (you do want to look good, right?). The camera doesn’t add 10 pounds, the photographer does.  And I’ve totally been that photographer who didn’t know that…but now I know…that’s why I pay to study posing.   The reason why a lot of people don’t charge a lot for their photography, is because they don’t have experience.  This is what I did, when I first started out I had to prove myself, so I made my prices really low so that I could actually get clients.    Everyone knows that usually you pay for what you get.  If you’re willing to pay that $25 for the person next door to take your photographs then you probably are going to get $25 worth of photography not the “Wow this is great and I’m going to enlarge this to be the 24×36” mantle print!!!” I want your photos to live on well past the time period that they were taken in.  I want you to experience the power of your photos – the appreciation you feel toward your loved ones in your photos.  This is really important to me! If just one person feels appreciation toward their loved ones and not hate/anger/resentment/discontent because of their photos for just ONE MINUTE I feel like I am successful at what I am doing.

Cost of Upkeep of Equipment

So it’s no secret that photography costs a lot.  I think one of the most common comments I get when people see my camera for the first time is “wow that must cost a lot”! Yup, you’re right! Photography would be a ridiculously expensive hobby of mine, so I’m glad it’s not just a hobby! I would have a hard time justifying purchases that cost so much if it were just a hobby! A nice camera body can run you over $2000 and that’s not even accounting for the lens you’ll need! Those can cost somewhere around that to even more! And then there is flashes ($500+) and other gadgets that actually make your photographs better.  Oh and did I mention the external hard drives you need to keep all of these photographs ($100+).  I haven’t even talked about the price of editing software Lightroom ($$) and all the other things that come with it.  Professional photography also requires a really nice computer.  My husband built me mine (hallelujah!) but honestly I’ve been thinking  a laptop would be a great way to showcase my work to potential clients and work on-the-go.  (Adding that to my long wish list….)

Now I haven’t even mentioned the cost of actually living, like food, rent, etc.  I’m not even factoring that in to this equation.

Something also that has been on my heart (now that I have a family) is although I LOVE photography and giving people that appreciation they need for their loved ones – photography is my job and requires me to take time away from the ones I love.  That is so precious I can’t even really put a monetary value on it.

Phew! That stresses me out just thinking about all of that stuff!

So I hope that after you’ve read this you understand a little why professional photography created by a professional costs so much! I’m certainty not trying to rob you! Please leave your comments/questions, your Amens and hallelujahs!

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The Berry Family

Sneak peak of this fun beautiful family session! I feel like this age of kids is SUPER important to have family photos because the kids are

  1. usually naked — OR—
  2. have cheerios stuck in very unusual folds in their necks.

But most importantly is this stage is super super hard and having family photos really helps us to appreciate the ones closest in our lives! And we all need a little more appreciation to go around, right?

I have some tricks up my sleeve to help keep the little ones happy so that you can get these family photos to help you remember how little these ones are!

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Cute brother and sister! Nice pose, Whit! I didn’t even ask you to squat, but I LOVE it:) You just never know what your going to get from the little ones. brother and sister

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toddler girl in white dress

couple in fieldSuch a sweet face from Myla here!

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Love the blue eyes with the darker blue on the outside! baby boy with blue eyes

Location: Friends on Furneaux Creek on the Carrollton Greenbelt

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Surprise! Baby Cohen is here!

Cohen came a whopping three weeks early! I say “whopping” because it’s a big deal to be 9 months pregnant in heat like this! I’m sure his mommy is very happy to not be pregnant anymore and get to hold this super snugly super cute baby boy.  He was the best baby to photograph! Very sleepy and content.  I love his hair and his birthmarks – so sweet.

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His Aunt made this cute crochet hat and diaper cover! newborn as dinosaur

His parents have three (just had 4!) rescue dogs, so this outfit is so perfect for him! He didn’t really flinch when the dogs came close to sniff and lick him! newborn baby with puppy outfit

newborn boy with puppy hat

newborn boy with dinosaurs

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newborn boy with puppiesWelcome to this world little guy!

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What to wear Wednesday’s – cold shoulder dress for your little girl

Back again for What to Wear Wednesday’s! If you missed my last post be sure to check it out for your little dapper boys…this week is all about the sweet little girls in your lives.

Just so you know, all my clients when booking receive my exclusive style guide that helps them choose time of day, location, tricks and tips, and clothing suggestions. Today’s suggestion comes straight from my recommendation of putting your little girls in dresses for your photo experience. If you haven’t checked out my previous posts about this check here and here or to see all search “what to wear” in the search tab in the upper right.

Meet Donna Van Pham from Arlington, Texas.
Designer and creator of baby and children clothing specifically highlighting her adorable and stylish “cold shoulder” little girl dresses. All custom made.
Currently the blush floral and red and white are in 2T and READY to be shipped to YOU! (I’m talking to you!!)
Her store also has little girl choker dresses as well as shift dresses. Her prices are awesome! They are as much (or less!) as you would pay in a store but they’re custom made! Any first order with sydneyjadeco will get 10% off. Please DM her for code.
Donna says she’s “living my dream and tackling one thing at at time. I grew up wearing and watching my mom making handmade clothes for all eight of us siblings. And now here I am making clothes for my daughter and I hope that you all love my creation.”

When you look your best you act your best.
This style never goes out of style.

Having professional photographs taken is an enjoyable experience that produces tangible memories. Documenting this time helps retain memories for all those involved. Time flies by too fast to forget the little feet and little hands that occupied all of your time. Even after the session when you hang these photos you see and feel how you felt about each other in that moment. It helps you appreciate those in your family, everyone needs a little more appreciation in their lives!
Partnering with SydneyJadeco to help your little girl look super sweet and fashionable for your photo experience. Looking their best will help them retain their memories and help them to act their best (along with my other techniques!) during their session.

So head over to her etsy shop and support a small business AND have your little girl look stunning in your photos!

And just look at this awesome dress that would be PERFECT for a little girl birthday sessions?

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Danielle Bridal

After a long day of work with a photo session at evening golden hour, I usually come home and crash but this time Danielle’s portraits were just too beautiful for me to give in to sleep. I stayed up WAY to late swooning over them, nothing 4 cups of coffee can’t fix the next day! From the moment I met Danielle (and Felix too!) they were the perfect couple that I dreamed about photographing! Isn’t Danielle’s sweet heart neckline amazing?! I also LOVE her hair and am so glad she had in down in her portraits.  In fact I loved her portraits so much that one is going on my new business cards and a huge canvas print for a new wedding venue open house at The Nest at Ruth Farms on June 11 at 3:300-6:00 in Ponder, Texas.   bride portraits torso looking off camera

bridal portrait full gown with trees

bridal portrait

bride with flowers

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bride portraits looking at camera

bride with veil

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bride with dress in back

 

bridal portrait torso golden hour

bridal portrait of full dress

Wedding dress from LuLu’s Bridal Boutique
Location: Vitruvian Park, Addison, Texas

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What to wear Wednesdays: For the little gentlemen

Today I’m partnering with London Jae Apparel from Ft. Worth.  She has an etsy shop that sells these cute little boy suspenders and bow-ties.   These will definitely help your little ones to look super studly for your photo experience!

How is style important family photos?

Having professional photographs taken is an enjoyable experiences that produces tangible memories.  Documenting this time helps retain memories for all those involved.  Time flies by too fast to forget the little feet and little hands that occupied all of your time.  Even after the session when you hang these photos you see and feel how you felt about each other during in that moment.  It helps you appreciate those in your family, everyone needs a little more appreciation in their lives!

Looking their best will help them retain their memories and help them to act their best (along with my other techniques!) during their photo session.

London Jae Apparel is owned by Synthia Davis who is a mom, designer, and stylist.

“I  have always been interested in women’s fashion however raising 2 boys has sparked a passion for styling boys. Nine years ago my efforts to style London Jae often let me empty handed and discouraged. It seemed as though finding fashionable clothing for boys at an affordable price was virtually impossible. From that experience, London Jae Apparel was born. I love running London Jae Apparel yet my greatest job will always be mom to London & Knightley!”

She suggest wearing the vintage inspired suspenders  for all the dressy occasions, they also look perfect with a t-shirt and denim and her LJA oxford shoes. Her kids always get lots of compliments! I’d love to see my clients in these!

 

Ok and guys GUESS WHAT?!!! London and Jae Apparel is so generous to offer a DISCOUNT CODE!!! If you head over to her Etsy shop you can be apart of an exclusive 10% off deal! Just enter “KAITLIN10” to receive the discount code! THANK YOU SO MUCH to London Jae Apparel for this!

I’d also like to point of the super affordable prices of her items in her shop already! $8.75-18.99 depending on size and style.

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