Thursday, November 17, 2011

Christmas Card Session

Check out these cuties in their Christmas hats! These are just a few of the images from my November Christmas card mini session. These guys were a real hoot!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

John's Senior Portraits

What's a good senior shoot without giving your little sister a headlock?

John is graduating this year and we captured some photos of him and his family at the Athens Botanical Gardens. The gardens are special to John because he did his Eagle Scout project there, which was to construct signs for all the trails. He did a great job and it was neat to see how proud his family is of him.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The End of a Pillow Era

I wanted to let you know that I have decided to no longer do any sewing such as pillows or quilts. I have decided to focus exclusively on photography. It's keeping me very busy and it's what I am passionate about. So if you want to own one of the last Shutterstitch quilted pillows you will have to go to Helix in downtown Athens to buy one. Thank you to everyone who has been a loyal customer and has bought my pillows over the years. I have probably made at least 200 of them at this point, many more than I ever expected.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Herring Family

Here is another sweet family from my fall mini sessions at the State Botanical Gardens in Athens. I have known this family for ages and ages and was very excited to photograph them! I love that their daughter brought her favorite doll named "Brother" with her too. What a bunch of cuties. :)

Bowman Family

This family really paid attention to all of my tips on what to wear for their mini session at the State Botanical Gardens. Look how they are all wearing different textures and patterns but they each have some purple on, whether it is a dress, shirt, or scarf. It looks great! I'll give them an A+ for bringing it all together!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Hobbs Family

I have to admit, this little guy was so darn cute. He was running all over the State Botanical Gardens during my mini session, looking at the water, the trees, and pretending he was going deer hunting. I think he and my little guy would get a real kick out of each other!

Coffee Family

I met the Coffee Family through facebook. They have two beautiful cutie pies with gorgeous blue eyes and a lot of energy! :) They had a fall mini session at the State Botanical Gardens in Athens. I love these chalkboards we used to write their names and age.

Spruill Family

I had the honor of doing two fall mini sessions for the Spruill family at the State Botanical Gardens in Athens last weekend. The first session was for their daughter's engagement pictures and the second was of the whole family. The light was coming in just perfectly in these early morning shots. Lots of great ones to choose from here!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Colleen and Stacy's Engagement

I am soooo excited that my best friend is getting married next spring! YAY! They will have a gorgeous outdoor wedding overlooking a vineyard. So, for these engagement pictures they wanted a natural setting where they could show off their love for biking and the outdoors. Aren't they cute together?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

What to Wear: Blue and Orange

This would be a cute outfit to wear to a senior or engagement session. Even a family photo shoot would look great with this blue and orange color combo. Other family members could wear clothing in various prints or solids of blue or orange.

What to Wear: Family

This is a great example of a casual style to dress your family in for a portrait session. Keri Russell and her family are wearing similar collared shirts and pants but they are all different colors that coordinate together (blue, white, and black). A classy and timeless style.

What to Wear: Color Schemes

Clients often ask me what they should wear to a photo shoot. I like to tell them to dress their family in a color scheme that has 2-3 colors in it. That way everyone won't be too matchy-matchy. Here's a helpful color clothes chart I saw on Pinterest to help you pick out a good color scheme for your session. Click on the image to zoom in.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Shutterbug Photography Workshop

I am going to teach another Shutterbug photography workshop on Sept. 24 at my studio in Bogart, GA. It will be geared towards beginner to intermediate photographers who are interested in learning how to make the most of the camera they have (especially DSLR cameras). We will learn more about basic manual camera functions, natural lighting, making any location into a great background, engaging the subject, and capturing the moment. At the end of class we will practice what we've learned, so bring your camera!

During the last photography workshop
one of my students said about the workshop, "It was great- the small number of people and informal setting to ask questions was perfect. Not intimidating for a beginner like me!"

($30 per person. To sign up e-mail )

Tie Pillows

I'm working on 13 pillows for a client made out of his grandfather's neckties. Isn't that a great way to preserve his memory? He's going to give them to his relatives for Christmas. I wish I could be in the room when he does that. I bet they will love them!