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We met on an unusually warm day at the beach in Chesterton. I had expected a rather empty beach, but instead found that many were out and about enjoying the sweet sunshine and mild air. Jill, a senior at LaCrosse, has to have one of the pretties smiles I’ve had the pleasure of seeing. Right off the bat I could tell she’s one of those happy-go-lucky girls. A delight to work with! The subtle colors of sunset appeared over the glasslike water, and set the mood for the session. It was a day to rejoice in one last hurrah before winters blanket decended. I think that’s one good reason to spin about, don’t you?


 

I had the opportunity a few weeks ago to photograph grandparents day at a local private school. While studio lit formal portraiture is not something I regularly do, I enjoyed it. I wanted to play it safe with the background color, BUT also incorporate a bit of my style. The backdrop idea is originally from this pin, however she must have changed her link, and it seems to have disappeared all together. These simple paper fans are made from inexpensive white paper towels, around 50 sheets of them. It seems like the cheaper the paper towel is, the better, since softness isn’t something you want for this project. This is an extremely budget friendly backdrop at a cost of around $4.00 for the paper towels and glue sticks for the hot glue gun. We had everything else. I simply made various sized paper fans and pinned them all over the white fabric I use on our backdrop frame. While this project was a tad bit labor intensive, I think it’s still worth it, and if your well organized, you can carefully stack and store the paper fans in boxes for the next use. You can also make them with colorful scrapbook paper and insert popsicle sticks where the two pieces of paper meet, this will allow them to fold up and store more easily – like traditional paper fans. I used the paper fans again for the testing session below with Sarah. If they happen to be used again sometime, I’m thinking of spray painting some for a touch of color. For more details, just check out the last image – an animated gif. Most images were photographed with our Canon 5d mii and the Lensbaby Composer Pro with Double Glass.

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This Little One’s Session took place at Centennial Park in Plymouth, Indiana. Little Miss Charlotte showed up with sweet smiles and was full of curiosity. It’s always fun to see how a little one reacts to a little setting made just for them. Charlotte arranged the pumpkins several times and read storybooks upside down. It really must be the funniest story when it’s read upside down. The whole day had a bit of a Winnie the Pooh feel to it. I love how she held her little hands in the first image. After our mini set on the lawn, we went on an adventure and explored Greenway Trail. We found little green nooks in the forest, open fields, and areas of field grass with goldenrod. We ended the session in a tree, which you’ll see isn’t quite like Pooh Bears, but it still made for a perfect place to pretend.


 

 

Coming up this weekend is a post on a Little One’s Session I photographed at Springhope Farm. It’s located just outside of Galien Michigan. I felt the need to blog about the location first because of how lovely it was! We bought apples from Springhope Farm a couple years ago, but I didn’t remember how stunning that farm is. Not only are there gigantic apples, but equally gigantic peaches, and the scenery is just wonderful. To top it off, there are an amazing amount of flowers. The dahlia’s especially caught my attention, as I have been enthralled with them on pinterest. This is one place you must visit this fall. I recommend going and picking on a nice fall day so you can soak in the beauty of the place, and the wonderful scents that drift around the orchard. Check out their facebook page for details about picking seasons, and be sure to like them!

After some time debating on whether to photograph among apple or peach trees, I decided on a peach row, the sugar giant variety to be exact. The limbs were hanging heavy with so many juicy peaches, and their color was perfect for the color scheme.  A big thanks to Bob and Caren Woods for allowing me to photograph on their property. Don’t forget to check back this weekend for the Little One’s Session I photographed there!

I think dogs can make great company. Meet Keekeeyo, she’s a maltipoo. She has been my side kick today while I finish up some details for a Little One’s Session this weekend. A couple of the props for this session will be for sale at the Apple Patch Festival coming up the end of September. I’ll give you more details on that later.