This year I will be diving more into fine art photography. In 2018 I was very fortunate to have mentored with the two of my favorite photographers in the world. I wanted to take my work to the next level and splurged to learn from the best. In August I mentored with Amy McDaniel from Dewdrops Photography. She’s located in the south and travels teaching other photographers. Her work has always been what I have aspired to as a newborn photographer. After having that opportunity, the experience really helped me grow and improve in so many ways.
In November I signed up to mentor with Cass from Noelle Mirabella Photography. She is amazing in every single way. Every time I see one of her images my jaw drops. After my mentorship with her I came up with so many new ideas. A completely new view of how I will create my images this year, and to say I am excited is a complete understatement!
What is fine art? Well, this word gets tossed around so often it practically means nothing anymore. But to me, fine art is created by carefully selecting outfits, and details that will really show off a child’s beauty. Finding the perfect location and capturing the most beautiful image, then adding special artistic touches that really bring the portrait to life. If you want to see what real fine art looks like, go check out Cass’s work and you’ll instantly know what I am referring to.
During my mentorship with Cass we would take images for practice. It was challenging as it was late fall. The leaves were gone. Everything was brown. Dead grass, bare trees. I did what I could with what I had available to me. And that was my back yard, which is not in any way ideal for portraits. But you make it work. I ordered a cute little sweater for my son and started thinking about what I wanted to photograph. He loves our fur baby, Finn. I thought it would be cute to photograph him with our dog, and it would be a wonderful keepsake. Well, Finn is only two years old and what I had in mind didn’t exactly work out, but I finally did get him to sit near my boy. I captured the moment, and started working on the image, adding little artistic touches and stepping outside my comfort zone as far as editing style goes. I loved the final image, it was cute. But I really couldn’t get over the brown yucky environment. So then I had the idea to turn it into a snowy day image and take the image to the next level. It turned into something so beautiful, something I am proud of, and something I can’t wait to display in our home. THIS is what I want to start creating for my clients. I am currently booking spring sessions and I am so excited to get to work. I can hardly wait for winter to be over (although I would like some fresh snow for a real snow image) I have all these ideas spinning around in my head and I just can’t wait to get out into the green grass with beautiful flowers and green leaves everywhere.
I encourage you to secure one of these sessions now. The spring weekend schedule is already filling up. There is flexibility in weekday scheduling at this time. Get in touch and let’s start planning your spring fine art session, I literally can not wait! You can reach me here