Why I have the style of photography that I do…

I was eight years old and in the “invention convention” at my elementary school. I beamed with pride as my litter box deodorizer took first place. It really was a brilliant idea and something I still remember as being a very cool experience. Along with those big moments were the more ordinary ones – the pretend “stage” my best friend and I had set up on my canopy bed, clothespins holding the sheets from the frilly white cover of the bed, and a reading light that we used as a spot light while pretending to be in a Kit-Kat commercial. And there was the miniature lady bug house we built making sure not to leave out any details as we built and stocked the house (cardboard box) full of chairs, monkey bars and really tiny television sets made out of wood. I’ll never forget the “fix it shop” I credit as being my first business that my brother and I set up in my dad’s workshop, complete with the coolest carbon copy receipt notebook you have ever seen. And of course – there is “Dead End Field” (which, you guessed it, was in the field at the dead end of our street) that housed a baseball diamond brought to life by the older brothers in our neighborhood who spent a summer mowing, raking, and building “dugouts”.

I know what you are thinking – “Wow, Catherine. You were really cool as a child.” And then most likely your second thought “Why in the world are you writing to hundreds of busy people about your child memoirs?” Hang tight, we are quickly approaching my point.

While these are all vivid childhood memories of mine, we don’t have any actual photographs to accompany them. Now, I don’t fault our parents – it was different then. Most people didn’t take pictures of every day events like we do now. And I am lucky, I have the long term memory of an elephant (that’s a good thing, right?). It’s most likely why my kid’s are constantly having their picture taken while they are sleeping, riding in a shopping cart, selling toys off the front porch, trading baseball cards, reading – you name it, I probably have a picture of it. I want to capture every moment so they don’t forget about this care free, proud to be who you are, carpe diem, time in their life.  I know I can’t be there for every moment for my clients, however, this is why I am so passionate about capturing the moments I see around me, and what drives me to have the style of photography that I have. As a lot of you know, my style is casual, laid back, and it’s intent is to capture real memories for you to cherish. This is why I don’t have posed sets at my shoots to just stick your child in. This is why I don’t spend my time changing out the backgrounds and props, and why I do spend my time chatting, playing, running, chasing and laughing with you and your kids. My goal is not to create a setting to make your family or your kids fit into – but my goal at every shoot is to bring out the best in your family whether we are at your home, our studio, or outside. When you look back at your pictures I want you remember those moments, those personalities: your daughter’s infectious laugh, your son’s ornery smile, the chubby elbows on your baby, or the smirk and stance of your teenager. I want to get to know your family, I want to capture who you are, and I want to grab a slice of time that you can hold onto forever.

Thank you for your business over these past six years. Thank you for your trust. Thank you for your referrals. And thank you for letting me share in your memories.

Tips, Ideas, Goodies, Thoughts, Fun Stuff, ya’ know…

In addition to show casing our favorite photos from each shoot, and the occasional sneak peeks of my family, we are adding this new “category” to our blog. I tend to hear a lot of the same questions from friends, family and clients; “How should I display my photos,” “What should we wear for the photo shoot” (that one definitely wins #1 asked question!), “When’s the best time to shoot” etc… So! I am slowly but surely going to start sharing my answers to these questions with you!

The first one I want to start with is “how do I display my photos?” I DEFINITELY have this problem! I have about a bajillion pictures, I have canvas’, float wraps, light impressions, standouts, collages, etc… I also have color, black and white, antiqued, etc… I mean seriously – what’s a girl to do?  Well – I was lucky enough to call up my girl Jessica McKay, owner of Birdhouse Interiors and Birdhouse Collectible to have her come and help me style my house, and okay – if I’m being honest – she actually came and hung all my frames in my stairway for me. I know – I’m super lucky.  I have to say – first and foremost – she is the one to call if you want a little decorating help. She truly transformed my house and the way I feel about it – and even the way I look at decorating going forward. I finally realized that it’s OKAY to have my OWN style – my house doesn’t have to look like every other house in my neighborhood – who knew?! Anyways – I’m off track again – what was I talking about? This might be the problem with writing these posts in the middle of the night…

If you do decide that you are wanting to tackle this display task on your own – here are a few layout ideas I like, and a few sites you can check out for even more ideas…

http://paisleepress.com/2009/11/wall-art-diy-project-no-1/

Same idea – just with a few less photos:

This would be great with canvas wraps, float wraps, or standouts:

http://www.laurabrettphotography.com/blog/2011/01/dreaming-spring-atlantaalpharetta-family-child-photographer/

So – apparently I am really drawn to the square pictures, in a square layout…

http://tarawhitney.com/justbeblogged/2008/06/opam-may-08-photo-wall-in-living-room-after/

But not everything has to line up perfectly!! Notice how the spacing between the frames is the same? That is what makes it work. Make sure to check out the link below this image – she has tons of different layouts on her site – and tells you exactly what size you need! Yeah – it’s that easy!

http://www.jamie-sampson.com/Blog/?page_id=1490

This site has tons of different layouts as well. Keep in mind – we have our basic sizes listed on our website, but we can print in pretty much any size! The 10×20’s are one of my favorite sizes to use.

http://cherishportraits.com/display/

How pretty is this? Recognize it? Probably because you recently saw it in your Pottery Barn catalog. 🙂

This is probably one of my all time favorites – I love the mixing of art, with photos, with other little things like the keys… it’s perfect. If this overwhelms you – seriously – call Birdhouse – they will hook you up.

Okay – one more… and then you have to wait until next time. 🙂 I love this look – and notice on this one how the frames are not spaced evenly? But it still looks like it flows together? All the frames are the same color and the images are all in black and white – so again – it works. It’s just about what style you like.