Annie | Together Forever | Mommy & Me | Utah State Capitol Grounds

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I will never get tired of photographing this amazing woman and her beautiful family! Annie and Emry came back for another Mommy & Me session, because capturing these memories of your children when they’re so young is so incredibly important. This baby girl is growing up to be happy and independent. Most of the time she insisted on walking around on her own, but didn’t mind for the most part when I wanted mommy to pick her up an snuggle. *Sigh, and the spring blossoms were so full and beautiful! Everything came together perfectly for this session!
I tried something new this time around and played with some presets in Lightroom. I’m normally a “get what you see” kind of person, but felt like I could play around with these photographs a little bit and expand my horizon a little further. Normally I’m not a fan of spending a lot of time in Lightroom or Photoshop to work on images. I feel like 90% of the work should be done in camera during the session and 10% in post editing. Luckily enough, these presets were already set up for me so that it was just a matter of picking which on enhanced the photo the best.
I loathe the idea of spending weeks editing/retouching a client’s photos and I’ve had a few people tell me that the waiting period is one of their biggest complaints for most other photographers.
Now, a photographer needs to run their business as it works best for them, and I don’t begrudge those photographers who take 2-6 weeks to get their finished images to their clients if that’s how the client gets the best quality product. It’s different for everyone.
However, I’m comfortable enough to admit that I’m kind of an instant gratification person. I like it when I get something fast…I’m human. Don’t judge. 😛
While instant gratification can be a huge weakness for most people, I’ve worked to make that a strength for my business, by making it a key component of my business model. I encourage all of my clients to hire professional hair and makeup for their session, I make sure that lighting and posing is on point when I’m taking the photo, I check my exposure and color temperature are right where they need to be, and I make sure that my backgrounds are clean depending on the look the client and I are shooting for. Following this model allows me to do as little as possible in post editing. The most I ever do on my computer is make tiny adjustments, and I get the final edits back to my clients within 2-3 days. That’s what works best for me. That doesn’t work for every photographer, and that’s perfectly fine, don’t assume they’re doing it wrong, it’s just a different way of running a business.
I hope you enjoy how dreamy and airy this session turned out. I’m all pumped up and excited for my other spring sessions coming up this April, including a full family session for Annie! You’ll finally get to see all of her cute, rambunctious kids and her sweet husband, Paul. Until then, go outside and enjoy the sunlight and the smell of fresh blossoms!

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