Now Booking 2018 Winter Mini Sessions! I am so excited about this years minis, they will take place at a beautiful local Christmas Tree Farm. Set up will be simple, less is more. To Book simply send me a message with the preferred session date. Slots will be filled in the order the retainers are received.
Sometimes a photo-session is the best way to celebrate your wedding anniversary ! Chancee and Justin are two of my closest friends, and I can honestly say , all of the young women and men should thrive to have a relationship like these two have! They are two of the most supportive husband and wife I've ever come across, and I'm pretty sure that is the key to a happy 12 YEARS of marriage, and counting ! I love you guys! I wish you many many more years of happiness together!
Sidenote: Chancee is the owner and massage therapist at "Chancee's Spa" in Tuscaloosa AL. Her, and the staff are wonderful! You should go check them out!
When was the last time you've had your family portraits taken?? Do you have a current family portrait hanging as a centerpiece to your living room or anywhere in the house? More than likely no... I have been guilty of this way too many times! My little one is growing and our family portrait in our living room is one from almost 2 years ago! It's easy to get busy with life, i understand. But I want you to take 1 hour of your day to spend it with those you love them most, and let me click away while you have fun together as a family! No phones, no tablets, no tvs. Just you, and your family.
One of my favorite type of sessions, is family portrait sessions. I just love capturing real, unposed interactions families have with each other! Especially when all distractions of the technological world are out of the picture.
Lets go ahead and plan your late summer, and fall family portrait session! Family portrait sessions can take place anywhere in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and surrounding areas. Contact me to schedule your family portrait sessions.
Sneak Peek into the Bryant's family session with me.
I absolutely love working with this family. I have been photographing Jonathan and Krysta for about 5 years. Since then, their family continues to expand, and I get to photograph the little ones grow, and grow.
Hey there! So today since I had a pretty slow day, so I decided to create a video to show the process of editing an image. Each image I edit is done differently, sometimes I'll add sun-rays, animals (for the little ones), and other times like today I did a basic editing session.
This is my very first editing video, it is set at a fast speed play to hopefully not put you to sleep. I do not have a cookie cutter style of editing. I never edit a image the same as all others. My editing style changes, the editing mood changes, I edit by how an image makes me feel.
Out of all steps taken from the moment you book, to the time your images are delivered, Editing is by far the most time consuming step of all.
One thing that breaks my heart , is when clients or prospects see pricing and immediately turn away, not considering the time a photographer puts into not just the shooting the session, but also : driving to and from the session, culling through the images, publishing proofs, and the part that seems to always get overlooked and to be most under-credited is the Editing. My Editing style sets me apart from every other photographer.
I unfortunately do not have a time-clock to punch into daily, and its really easy to get carried away in the editing process. My time is just as valuable as anyone else's when they are on their job. I am just fortunate enough to be able work doing something I love.
Im not going to lie , I've had some images that really only took me about 5-10 minutes, but 90% of the time each image will take anywhere from 15-25 including the time it takes to make minor adjustments, crop, and in-depth editing.
Enjoy this behind the scenes look at a editing session! Be sure you click the HD High quality view mode on the bottom right of the video player.
So if you've been photographed by a professional , or will be in the near future, you may have asked yourself, or asked the photographer this question : "Do I get the unedited photos too?" or say " Oh, if you don't edit the others, can I just have them?" .
Each and every single photographer edits in their own unique way. My most time consuming task for each photo session is the editing. It is one of my favorite parts , and to me, one of the most important because my editing style is what separates me from all of the other photographers. This is why I do not give clients unedited portraits.
Photos such as from a wedding reception or small event may not be as edited like the portraits, but they are all edited .
You are booking your session with me because you love my style. I never edit in the same way. I typically edit with how I am feeling with each photo, or if I am editing a child's photo, I try to think like them , use their imagination , and bring it to life in a image.
I wanted to share with you all a gallery of some before and afters I have done in the past to show you a side by side comparison with an edited image and unedited. Enjoy!
Be sure to visit my facebook page to see all of the newest sneak peeks from my sessions .
So , I am totally not a pro at this blogging thing, but I wanted to give it a try. Here I will soon post about tips, tricks on how to prepare for your session, wardrobe ideas, & more!
I figured a good start would be to share with you more about me and where I am from and how I got to where I am today. I'll also include some funny stories/memories .
As mentioned in my about me page, I was born and raised in Belo Horizonte , Brazil. I was raised there until the age of 10. I grew up in a household where my parents spoke to me in Spanish because they are from Argentina, yet i would speak Portuguese daily at school and even to my parents. I spoke no english other than what I had learned in school , such as hello, thank you, and help. I guess those were the three words that set in for survival skills in a english speaking country.
Growing up, my mom was an Artist! I remember always going with her to the art studio and watching her paint . She would literally capture whatever was in front of her, and freeze it on this beautiful canvas. I think this was when i began to be really intrigued and inspired and developed a love for art.
-The Move #1- "From Coconuts to Snowballs"
When I turned 10 years old, my dad's job sent us to Toronto Canada. This is where I truly began to learn the english language. On my very first day at school, as i knew my 3 english survival words, I actually got to use those 3 words on that very first day. Let me begin my mentioning that it was winter, and there was LOTS of snow. Something I wasnt used to interacting much with in Brazil.
During my first recess at my new school , all the kids played in the snow , went down small hills covered in it, and it looked like a lot of fun. I decided to try it out and for some insane reason i thought standing was a good sledding technique. Long story short, I broke my leg and screamed one of the 3 words i knew to say, "HEEELLLP".
Sooo.... for the first couple of months at my new school, I was the non english speaking girl in crutches and a wheelchair. Regardless of that I managed to make good friends and I learned the language so quickly.
By the time I was fluent( 2 years later), and close with my friends it was time to move again...
-The Move #2- "Goodbye Canada, Ciao Italia!"
From Toronto Canada , my dads job sent us off to Torino Italy. Here we go again, new school, new language. Italy may have been one of the most beautiful places I have lived. I never had so much appreciation and love for history until i lived here. Everywhere I went I saw history and the beauty of it that still stands . All of the buildings, castles, cobblestone streets.
Gosh I so wish I would have owned my own camera back then. The things I could have photographed would have been amazing.
Funny story Ill always remember: I stayed at my friends house on the countryside during the summer, where they had vineyards , hillsides... and cute boys on vespa scooters (hahah i know right, but hey I was 13 ). My friend and I rode bicycles on the side of a road that went right in between two huge vineyards, it was all very picturesque and all, and then 2 cute boys riding their vespa scooters start riding up the hill that i am struggling to cycle up and as I tried to do my hair swoop , I forgot i was on a bicycle and disappear into a ditch by the road. Totally embarrassing for a 13 year old, but TOTALLY hilarious now !
Well after I managed to become fluent in the language and make even more friends, it was time to move once again...
- The Move #3- Ciao Italia, to Hey Yall !!
From Torino, Italy we moved to Nashville , TN. If you havent yet met me, most of my clients and friends immediately notice I have a southern accent BUT with another type of accent they cannot identify. Well , i guess its the effects of my "on the move" life.
I absolutely loved Nashville, and these were my high school years. This was where I made my lifelong friends that I still talk to until this day. This was where I had my first school dances, prom, and all.
This is also where I earned the right to one day tell my children and grandchildren the story about walking miles from school so many feet in snow. You'd think this would have been a story from when I lived in Canada. But no, as we all know, the south is "unprepared" for when Snowmageddon could happen. At the age of 16, our school let out late on a snow day, and when it snowed it SNOWED! My 8 minute drive home from school, turned into a 2 hour walk home. It also wasn't very warm considering we wore school uniforms.
Well I graduated after having made wonderful friends, and then guess what? Time to move again!
- The Move #4- From Hey Y'all to Roll Tide!
This is basically where the beginning of my current life began. I went to college in Birmingham but transferred to UA in Tuscaloosa. This is where I met my husband on the first week of my stay on campus. After dating for 2 years, we decided to get married .
By then I had already transferred from UA , to Shelton once I chose to pursue cosmetology. I finished and started working in the salons. I also did my friends hair occasionally at home.
This is what led me to photography. After doing a fabulous hair color on my friend, we decided to have fun and do a mini photoshoot using a regular point and shoot.
I showed them to my other friends, and one of my best friends Juli, she saw the images and immediately pushed me to get a DSLR and pursue a hobby or career. Juli's camera was the very first DSLR I ever used. She got me a small gig photographing a local restaurant that had just opened.
Later, Juli also helped me get my first second shooter gig helping out a photographer at the beach with a wedding. I absolutely loved every second of it and knew THIS was what I wanted to do. Photography was my new full time hobby and I LOVE the fact that it was something that I could continue learning infinitely because the possibilities and techniques and skills you can gain are endless.
-From Hobby to Mom-tographer"
In 2012 I became a mommy, and my new inspiration was my little one. I photographed her every single day. Until this day she is one of my biggest inspirations, and she LOVES being in front of the camera. I wish I had more time to photograph her.
-Mom-tographer to professional photographer"
Now that my hobby , has become my career, I spend as much time as I can practicing new techniques, & gaining new skills, to continue growing.
its tough juggling time for work, family fun, family photos, school and continue learning new skills but when you love what you do, you manage to combine it all and make the time for it all.
Well , i apologize for the lengthy post . I hope you're not asleep lol! I just wanted to share a summary about my personal life. Photography sessions are supposed to be a personal thing, because I am there to capture your personal life. I wanted to let you in about me more, and now I am a little less of a stranger.
I'm really looking forward to meeting you and having an awesome session!