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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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I was anxious to get this little one’s 1.5 year milestone in, as she is now walking! See her other session’s herehere, & here. I do believe that she agree’s with me on this weather thing… (as she wasn’t digging the cool day from this session – with her oh-so-serious face, but we think it’s cute anyway!)

The transition between fall and winter is always rather dreaded. It’s hard to let go of fall, but as always we must. I bid you farewell fall.

p.s. I don’t hibernate completely in the winter. I’m always up for playtime in the snow, with a family, newborn or little one’s session on location! Don’t forget me. . .

Remember this little lady? Here are her mini accordions…

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.