SIX REASONS YOU SHOULD BOOK A SUNRISE SUMMER SESSION

FARGO-MOORHEAD METRO AREA PHOTOGRAPHER

If you’ve never thought about booking a sunrise session in the summer, I’m here to not only make you think about it, but actually see why there are fewer decisions you’ll make the rest of this summer that are better than booking one today. Plus, any of my sessions can be scheduled as a sunrise session. Here are six reasons why you should book a sunrise session before the summer is over.

  1. | LIGHTING IS PERFECT | 

A huge part of photography is lighting. The direction of the sun in relation to the subject(s) and the position of sun in the sky have the potential to make or break a photo, or take it from so-so to exceptional. All of my sessions, unless it absolutely can’t be helped, take place in the early morning or evening because that is when the sun is low. It prevents the dreaded shadows and squinting that comes with the harsh sunlight throughout the day. It makes for the perfect, soft, filtered light that this photographer’s dreams are made of. 

  1. | TEMPS ARE IDEAL | 

Summer provides an opportunity that no other seasons offer in sunrise sessions. The sun is up early, and with it, the morning temperatures are cooler. This allows you to avoid the oppressive heat you’re likely to deal with for a session at any other time of the day, without it being downright chilly like a morning session is any other season of the year. 

  1. | KIDS USUALLY DO BETTER IN THE MORNING | 

If you have early risers like my Lola, this is truly a no-brainer. Parents often stress about how their kids will behave or cooperate for a session. Keeping kiddos up later for an evening session (the other ideal time when it comes to sun) can backfire, because by the end of the day they’re tired and their cooperation is truly a wild card. Anyone who has come within ten miles of any toddler knows what transpires when they’ve hit their max for the day, and there’s really no coming back from it once a kid has become overly tired. Morning sessions offer the same low sun that creates dreamy, soft photos, and most little ones are usually happier in the morning, making it ideal for families with younger children to avoid those dreaded meltdowns. 

  1. | CONVENIENCE/SUPERIORITY/PRODUCTIVITY/REWARD | 

You already have to get ready for the day anyway, so why not just get up A LITTLE earlier for just ONE DAY, rather than come home and fuss with it all again for an evening session? This way you kill two birds with one stone. If you’re not afforded the luxury of a flexible work schedule that allows for you to maybe come into work a bit late to do a session during the week, you’re in luck, because weekends have sunrises too! While I can attest firsthand to the beauty of sleeping in on a weekend, there is a great deal of satisfaction and superiority that can come from being up on a weekend and already accomplishing so much. It could kick start a day or whole weekend of productivity you didn’t know you had in you, or if you decide you deserve a reward for your efforts, you can just go back to bed or be lazy the rest of the day because, let’s be honest, you’ve already done enough. Any way you slice it, booking a summer sunrise session just makes sense. 

  1. | CROWDS ARE SMALLER, IF AT ALL |

While some summer evenings I’ve shown up to a location for a shoot and there are literally CROWDS of other families and their photographers all taking turns for the same piece of prime photography real estate, morning sessions, because they are not for the faint of heart- but YOU are NOT faint of heart, my friend- are often much less crowded and far more quiet. This is ideal for anyone who feels self-conscious taking photos in front of people, which is most people, because who wants gawkers and squatters all up in their faces while they’re supposed to look natural? No one, that’s who. 

  1. | IT’S MAGICAL | 

In all seriousness, as I’ve already mentioned, sunrise sessions obviously offer the ideal lighting scenario for photos, but it should be noted that if you’ve never been up to really witness and be a part of the sunrise when the rest of the world is still sleeping or too busy to notice as they commute to work, it’s a bucket list must. There is truly something so amazingly calming and energizing at the same time about the stillness of a sunrise on a summer morning that makes it 100 percent worth experiencing at least once. 

If I’ve done my job and convinced you, and you’re looking to book a sunrise session in this last part of summer, contact me so we can get you on my calendar. If you know someone who would be interested in a sunrise session, share this article with them so we can get in touch!

Highlights from the All About Mom Event

On Saturday, May 8, Jade + Jasper women’s boutique owner, Ashley Nowacki, hosted an All About Mom event with Becky Korf, owner of Bittersweet Arrangers, and me. Alphalit Fargo was there with the cutest MOM marquee letters set up outside the shop, and neighboring businesses, Moxie Java and The Lights Nutrition also offered specials for customers of the event.

It was the perfect way to celebrate mothers of all ages with their children of all ages. We even got some really sweet multi-generational photos.

I was honored to be a part of this special day. Here are some of my favorite images of the event. The full gallery of the Mama & Me shots can be accessed HERE with the passcode given at the event.

Jade + Jasper All About Mom Event

Women’s boutique Jade + Jasper, located in The Lights in West Fargo, is hosting an All About Mom event on Saturday, May 8 from 10 am to 2 pm.

I’m incredibly excited to be a part of this event along with Bittersweet Arrangers, Moxie Java, and The Lights Nutrition.

Not only will we have gifts for Mother’s Day completely covered, but it’ll be an event that any mama won’t want to miss.

Moxie Java and The Lights Nutrition will have specials on beverages to enjoy while you shop the unique merchandise at Jade + Jasper. Fresh floral arrangements will be available from Bittersweet Arrangers. I’ll be there shooting Mama & Me photos with a few different setup options, including MOM marquee letters from Alpha Lit Fargo. Highlights from the event will be posted on social media and the digital files of the Mama & Me portraits will be available to purchase. I’ll also have gift certificates available for purchase.

This is a perfect opportunity to get dressed up, buy Mom a new outfit, and take her out for a fun day and some much deserved spoiling.

Check out some of the gift items available at the beautiful new Jade + Jasper, along with one of the Mama & Me photo options we’ll have set up, featuring Jade + Jasper owner, Ashley Nowacki and her daughter Jade.

We hope to see you there.

Stylish Two Year Milestone Session

One of the things that parents often find the most stressful about an upcoming photo session and that I absolutely LOVE is wardrobe planning. For this reason, I’ve begun offering wardrobe consultations as part of every session.

My first recommendation is that clients read through my Welcome Packet, which is sent after a session is confirmed and full of tips for choosing clothing that will photograph well. Then it makes the most sense to look through their closets for items that fit the criteria. Whether through a FaceTime or Zoom call, or email or messaging, clients can share what they already own and I can help make decisions. If additional pieces are needed, I oftentimes will send photos of recommendations from a quick search of items in stock at some of my favorite stores in town.

Whether for an individual or groups, the focus of any image should be the client and some clothing choices can distract while others can really make the client stand out.

This milestone session featuring sweet, adorable Archie is a perfect example of this system. He already had a pair of denim overalls (can’t resist them!), khaki pants, Ugg boots, and a wool collared denim jacket, all neutral staples. We paired each with a different Henley T-shirt from Old Navy and added one of their adorable cardigans for three different looks that are each neutral enough to prevent distraction in the portraits, but also provide some layers, texture, and style that take the images to a higher level than just a plain T-shirt and jeans would, all while showcasing the different sides to this little guy’s sweet personality.

Even though Archie’s birthday was in August, his mama will always remember and be able to tell him how these photos were taken in April after vaccinations during the pandemic the year he turned two. I will always remember how after more than a year since seeing him, he ran up to me in the parking lot, excited to take his photos.

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Downtown Fargo Children’s Photography

I’ve had the pleasure of photographing these beauties every three months as infants and every year ever since for milestone sessions.

There’s something so amazing about being a part of their childhood by capturing images of them over time, and I am forever grateful to my families for letting me share in these memories of their babies growing up. This mama in particular is amazing when it comes to displaying portraits from these milestone sessions in their home.

Not only are milestone sessions fun to see the changes from year to year, but they become memories to look back on forever- images that will be dug out to display at high school graduations and weddings, that will prompt conversations like, “Oh, I remember this dress” and “Oh, look at how little we were!” and immediately transport this family back in time.

I love how photographs have this power and that I get to be a part of that. For now, here are some of my favorites from my sessions with Evie, age 7, and Lydia, age 5, in downtown Fargo a few weeks ago.

Thinking about booking a milestone session for your child? Let’s talk!

Five Reasons to Book Your Photo Session in the Spring

By the time spring rolls around, we’re all itching to get outside and take advantage of the longer days, warmer weather, and explosion of nature coming back to life after surviving our brutal winters. Another perk that comes with spring is that it starts to provide more opportunities for outdoor photo sessions again. Here are five reasons why spring is a good time to book a photo session. 

The weather is perfection. Temps in the late spring are often warm enough that outdoor sessions are perfectly comfortable, which means you won’t have to battle against beads of sweat running down your face in the blazing heat or shivering through the insufferable cold during your photo session. 

Sunset timing. Spring sunsets lend themselves to outdoor sessions at a reasonable time that still allows you to feed your kids supper, get them dressed and out the door, do photos, and still be back home before bedtime. Or, if you’re like me and have a little one who goes to bed early, early evening sessions still offer beautiful low lighting a few hours before sunset, so you don’t have to wait as late as, say, summer sessions, for that prime time, which oftentimes equals cranky kids…which oftentimes equals a more stressful session. 

Downtown offers options. Yes, it may be a brown muddy mess in some of the more traditional locations for outdoor sessions in the early part of spring, but downtown locations are generally free from the mud and the gunk that sits on top of the soggy grass, making spring the perfect time to book a photo session with a downtown location that you may have been wanting to try in mind 

Two words: APPLE. BLOSSOMS. It’s almost impossible to live in the Fargo-Moorhead area and not hear the buzz around the apple orchards and the countdown till when they will bloom because photographers and their clients alike go nuts for good reason about the crazy beautiful scenery that the orchards provide for only a limited number of days in the spring before the Fargo wind blows the delicate flowers off the branches and they’re gone again until next spring. 

No mosquitos. I don’t even need to explain this one. You know how miserable it is being eaten alive by mosquitos in the summertime.

If you’re thinking about booking a session this spring, let’s talk!

Bringing Blogging Back

Because 2020- and, truly, 2021 thus far- has been hard on us all, I’ve been doing some thinking. One of the results of said thinking is a plan to try some new things this year, including with my photography business. Since writing has always been something I enjoy (English teacher here!), this seems like a no-brainer, but finding the time to balance full-time teaching with part-time photographing, all while running around after a curious and feisty just-about-two-year-old (she literally drew on the back of my laptop with colored pencil while I started writing this) and an equally demanding and often times disapproving five -year-old corgi hasn’t been easy – pandemic or no pandemic.

However, because I think it can be good for both me personally and professionally, I am committing to bringing blogging back this year. And no, I can’t say that without singing it to the tune of Justin Timberlake’s “Bringing Sexy Back”. Now you can’t either. You’re welcome! 🙂

So, my first session of 2021 and my first blog post features a friendly face who is no stranger to my followers, as she’s been a friend of mine since grade school and one of my most loyal clients, allowing me to capture her beautiful family since it was born.

She also happens to be our realtor, whom we worked with buying and selling our old house and buying our current house last year right before everything shut down. Since it had been nearly five years ago since we had updated headshots for her (one of the first sessions I shot in our old house where I converted an extra bedroom into an in-home studio), she asked me to do some new ones for her, and I was beyond excited to hop back on the photography bandwagon after a bit of an intentional hiatus during this partial hybrid/partial remote academic year that I’ve honestly been just trying to survive. We spent some time last Saturday in the beautiful Park Company offices giggling like we were 16 again, as that was the first time I had seen her in person in basically a year. Here are some of my favorites. If you’re in need of some headshots or images for your brand, I’ve decided to offer a new session that’s just for professionals. Check it out and let me know if I can take care of this for you! And if you’re in need of a realtor, give Jamie a call.