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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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!
Family reunions are a staple in our culture, which is why the pandemic was extra hard on most of us. Going months, a year, or more without being able to physically hug and squeeze our loved ones made all of the things that were already so challenging to navigate this past year all the more difficult.
So as the vaccine rolled out, I wasn’t surprised to start to get inquiries for Multi-Mini Sessions for this summer. We are all itching to be reunited and we have been reminded just how precious that family time we had taken for granted truly is. We are also reminded how important photos are to families.
Case in point of how important it all is: the matriarch of this fun family unfortunately fell ill and was recovering in the hospital at the time of their family reunion, so she was not only unable to attend, but also be in the photos. In the end, they were all able to still see her, and she was happy to have photos of her family nonetheless. I spent some extra time with two of the individual families, the Shankles and the Rheaumes, doing Mini Sessions for them before the extended family session, so there were many new updated photos of her family and I was happy to be a part of that, even though I didn’t get to meet her.
We can’t always control what happens or when it happens in our lives. None of us needed that reminder after this past year, but if we haven’t learned from it yet, we still can learn that we can control how we respond to these things.
This family was so positive. They were still so grateful to be together. It was heart-warming to see them reconnect, hugging, back slapping, and hand shaking, after time apart. It was quickly easy to see who the family jokesters were, who the responsible ones were, and that they really love each other.
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.
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!