What to wear for your family fall photo session

I’ve written about this before, but hands down, the biggest stress for my clients is figuring out to wear. The idea of shopping for outfits, going through closets, coordinating but not being matchy matchy, returning things that didn’t fit, etc is enough to send any family over the edge. I know, because I’ve been there!

Enter the Simply You Photography Client Wardrobe.

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I have been building this collection of beautiful items for a little over a year. Clothing for mamas, kids, and babies. And we’ve just started building a wardrobe for dads, as well.

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My mama clients have just fallen in love with these clothes.

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Stay tuned for more new clothing additions! Also, stop by and visit me and take a look at everything yourself!

Jessica's Maternity Session | Simply You Photography

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About This Session

During our consultation appointment, Jessica expressed that she wanted to wear a maxi dress as well as a shorter dress, so she came over and tried on an assortment of dresses until she found the perfect ones for her session. This particular maxi dress shown above is not only beautiful, but so comfortable, as well. It seems like every mama who tries it on just loves it.

The day of her session, after spending some time discussing how she’d like to wear her hair, my fabulous hair stylist started on curling her hair and we also discussed makeup looks. We went for a neutral and simple makeup look to highlight Jessica’s natural beauty. This kind of look is perfect for someone who doesn’t wear a lot of makeup on a regular basis, but also, it looks stunning in photographs.

We took the opportunity to capture some sweet mommy and son photos. This little guy was just a little bit under two years old when these photos were taken.

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We also included hubby too, for some updated family photos. It’s hard to believe that these photos represent the finish line of their family of three and a new beginning to a family of four. Bittersweet!

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Then Jessica changed and we did photos of her in a different dress, which is the most perfect grey color.

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About Simply You Photography

I'm so glad you stopped by to visit to see this beautiful session! The photos you see above will give you an idea of what a typical maternity studio session is like.  If you are looking for a photographer in the Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky area, feel free to get in touch or stop by the studio.  I would be happy to show you around and walk you through a consultation. All of my sessions include a wardrobe full of gorgeous clothing for you and your family to borrow for the session. 

For more information on the portrait experience, click here.

To book your session, click here.

Thank you for visiting!

Logan's Glimpse | 2-year portrait session | Simply You Photography

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I started photographing Logan when he was a tiny 6-month old little babe! It is amazing to me how much he has changed over the past year and a half—so much personality, laughter, and smiles. Can’t wait to share more of his session with you. He’s so sweet!


About Simply You Photography

I'm so glad you stopped by to visit to see this fun session with this adorable little boy! The image you see above will give you an idea of what a typical 6-month photo session is like: simple and fun.  If you are looking for a child photographer in the Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky area, feel free to get in touch or stop by the studio.  I would be happy to show you around and walk you through a consultation. All of my sessions include a wardrobe full of gorgeous clothing for you and your children to borrow for the session. 

For more information on the portrait experience, click here.

To book your session, click here.

Thank you for stopping by to visit my blog!

Evie's Glimpse | 6-month sitter session

Little Miss Evie came to see me for her 6-month portraits. She just started sitting up unassisted, which is perfect for this special milestone. We did three different little outfits, complete with headbands to match. She is so precious and sweet. Those gummy smiles at this age get me every single time.

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About Simply You Photography

I'm so glad you stopped by to visit to see this beautiful session! The image you see above will give you an idea of what a typical 6-month photo session is like.  If you are looking for a child photographer in the Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky area, feel free to get in touch or stop by the studio.  I would be happy to show you around and walk you through a consultation. All of my sessions include a wardrobe full of gorgeous clothing for you and your children to borrow for the session. 

For more information on the portrait experience, click here.

To book your session, click here.

Thank you for stopping by to visit my blog!

Arden & Lachlyn's Glimpse | Sister Photoshoot | Simply You Photography

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These girls are pure JOY. I have photographed this family several times and each time just gets better. What a privilege it is to watch these beautiful girls grow up. It happens so fast. Can’t wait to share more photos from their sister photo session.


About Simply You Photography

I'm so glad you stopped by to visit to see this beautiful session! The image you see above will give you an idea of what a typical child session is like.  If you are looking for a child photographer in the Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky area, feel free to get in touch or stop by the studio.  I would be happy to show you around and walk you through a consultation. All of my sessions include a wardrobe full of gorgeous clothing for you and your children to borrow for the session. 

For more information on the portrait experience, click here.

To book your session, click here.

Thank you for visiting!

Baby Sloane's Glimpse | Newborn Photos | Simply You Photography

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Sweet and pure.  This is one of my favorite newborn poses--affectionately called froggy-- and this baby totally rocked it.  Can't wait to share more from her newborn photo session.

If you are expecting a baby in late 2018 and early 2019 and are looking for a newborn photographer, give in touch!  Newborn sessions always include photos with mama, daddy, big brother / big sister, etc.  :)

A year worth of portraits | Maternity Newborn Six Month One Year | Simply You Photography

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Stacie got in touch with me to schedule photos after she learned that she was expecting baby #3!  I've also had the pleasure of photographing her 2nd born's first year of photos (returning families are truly the biggest honor and best compliment) and this particular family was so much fun to work with.  Stacie planned on keeping the gender a secret until the baby's birth, but knew that wanted to enroll in my collective baby plan again in order to capture the baby's entire first year -- from womb to walking. 

I know it sounds cliche to say, but it really does go by so quickly.  Baby's 1st year is a time of tremendous physical changes.  They go from fitting so tiny in your arms to suddenly being heavier and having a personality and moving all over the place!  :)   Look at this baby--isn't it amazing that she went from that little newborn above to the laughing toddler below?  I just can't believe it.

Time goes by so quickly at this age.  

One Year Cake Smash Photo Session | Kerri Lynn's Glimpse | Simply You Photography

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Baby Kerri came to visit me in the studio for her one year portraits and cake smash photos.  She wasn't too sure about her cake initially and was all, "are you sure I get to eat this, mama?!" but we finally convinced her to dive in.  Kerri enjoyed the strawberries atop her cake quite a bit, and I think those were the first to go.  It's always so much fun watching how differently babies react to getting their first taste of cake!  Some babies dive right in, others take their time a bit more, and others want nothing to do with the cake!  

Stay tuned for the rest of this sweet little girl's photos :)

Cozy Newborn Studio Session | Baby Eliana | Simply You Photography

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This sweet little doll, came to see me when she was 16 days old.  Isn't she perfect?! I'm so glad I got to photograph this cozy newborn studio session.

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The Importance of Newborn Sessions

I loved having her in the studio, Baby Eliana, and her sweet parents were so grateful to have the session squeezed in before she was too old to be posed in these adorable squishy poses. This is why it's so important to book newborn sessions as soon as possible!

  

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About This Session

Eliana slept most of the entire session. She saves a wink or two every now and then that she gave me while posing.

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I am so thrilled for her parents, who are totally in love with her. Congrats to the Stibral family! I look forward to photographing baby Eliana again!

Fun Four Year Old Studio Session | Stella's Glimpse | Simply You Photography

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Stella and a Little Girl's Dream

This fun four year old studio session was so joyous to photograph! I can't thank Stella and her mom for being absolutely delightful. This sweet little girl is four years old and loves to dress up!  A little girl's dream is getting to try on all kinds of girly, twirly dresses and dancing around a photo studio. Stella got to do exactly this. The captured glimpse was a snapshot. It was captured in between giggling moments and being silly. I love that her mom will have a gallery full of beautiful images like these. I can't wait to share more from her session!


About Simply You Photography

I'm so glad you stopped by to visit to see this beautiful little soul! The image you see gives you an idea of what you will get from working with me.  If you are looking for a child photographer in the Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky area, feel free to get in touch or stop by.  I would be happy to show you around the studio and walk you through a consultation! All of my sessions include a wardrobe full of gorgeous clothing for your children to borrow for their session.   

For more information on the portrait experience, click here.

Thank you for visiting!

An All-White Maternity Studio Session | Jessica's Glimpse | Simply You Photography

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There is beauty in the waiting.


Thank you for stopping by to visit my blog to see Jessica's all-white maternity studio session!

About This Shoot

I walked Jessica through my studio before our shoot. This was to make sure we're a good match, give her a chance to look through clothing, and discuss her dream photos for the photoshoot.

These images you see here give you a glimpse of what I do as a maternity photographer.  If you are looking for a maternity photographer in the Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky area, come and see me!  I would be happy to have you in the studio and walk you through a consultation. This would be to see if I am a good match for you.  All of my sessions include hair and makeup. They also include a carefully curated wardrobe of beautiful clothing for you to select for your photo session.  

For more information on the portrait experience, click here.

Thank you for visiting!

Brennan's Newborn Portraits

This big guy came into the studio weighing over 9 pounds!  Mama wondered whether his hefty frame would accommodate all of the posing, but I wasn't concerned at all.  He posed like a champ and seemed to love every minute of it!

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Usually how a baby does in my first couple of poses gives me an idea of how well they will tolerate the session.  This isn't necessarily always the case, but a lot of times if a baby is having a hard time right off the bat, it will tell me to work a little more slowly or give me some clues about what they will need so that they are happy and comfortable.  There was zero concern of this baby being anything less than super happy during his portraits!

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This pose, affectionately called "taco," is one of my favorites.

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I love that they are all squished up, and I love that you can see their little toes.

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Look at those cheeks!

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This was my favorite photo from his whole shoot.

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All tucked in :)

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Thank you for stopping by to visit my blog.  I hope these images you see here and on the website give you a glimpse of what you receive when you commission me to be your Cincinnati Newborn  Photographer.  If you are looking for a maternity or newborn photographer for your family,  come and see me!  I would be happy to have you in the studio and walk you through a consultation to see if I am a good match for you.  

For more information on the portrait experience, click here.

Thank you for visiting!

Heather, Hannah, & Kate :: a motherhood love story

There are few things I adore more than photographing the beauty of mother and child. 

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There is something so pure about this connection of mom and baby.  This little person that was carefully and thoughtfully grown, whom you dreamed about and prayed about, and who you love more than you could ever put into words is Earthside.  I once read that having a baby is like having your heart go walking around outside your body and that saying has resonated with me ever since.  Isn't that the truth?

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And then getting to capture the love between older siblings and mom is a treasure.  Older siblings can at times, feel a bit left out when there are younger siblings who demand more attention and time.  How beautiful is it that this sweet girl has photos with mama, as well.

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I also think about these precious children having these photos of themselves with their mothers for when they're grown.  What a gift and a keepsake!  I wish I had more photos of myself with my own mother from my childhood.  These photos are priceless.


Thank you for stopping by to visit my blog.  I hope these images you see here and on the website give you a glimpse of what you receive when you commission me to be your Cincinnati Child  Photographer.  If you are looking for a child and family photographer in the Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky area, come and see me!  I would be happy to have you in the studio and walk you through a consultation to see if I am a good match for you.  All of my sessions include hair, makeup, and a carefully curated wardrobe of beautiful clothing for you to select for your photo session.  

For more information on the portrait experience, click here.

Thank you for visiting!

Simple, pure, and gorgeous artwork for your home

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Of course, one of my favorite parts about being a photographer is delivering the end product.  What you commissioned me to do for you--give you your beautiful products--is super exciting.  A big part of that, for me, is providing luxurious products and gifts which engage your senses:  a lovely candle, a linen pouch filled with fresh lavender, an actual box filled with your photo proofs tied up with lovely raw silk ribbon, and other exclusive gifts.  And of course, your USB drive with your images.

But this glass USB, while gorgeous, is not the end goal of your experience with me.

Don't get me wrong...I'm thrilled to offer digital files to my clients for safekeeping of your images. You won't ever hear me say that I am opposed to providing digitals to my clients.  I'm not.  I love that we have digitals to save (and backup backup backup, right?!) so that if, God forbid, something happens to our printed memories, we can have access to the files to be able to reprint.

But that's just it:  it's a backup purpose.  The USB is not THE purpose.

We never want to think about having something bad happen to our portraits, but damaged products happen all the time, and I can think of an example with a client of mine.  Unfortunately, an accident happened in her home and her framed product was badly damaged.  We were able to repair the frame for her, and reprint the beloved mounted photo so that it could resume its place on her wall.  But can you imagine not having that access?  Yikes.

At the same time, I feel just as sad when a client gets all of their files on a USB but doesn't print anything.  This can happen for so many different reasons...

What about when you need help visualizing what a display will look like on your walls, and it's overwhelming to figure that out on your own?

What about when you don't know which photos from your session should be enlarged?  And what sizes would be best in which room?  Or whether an album might be better? 

And then figuring out the next to impossible task of where to order your photos from.  As I'll talk about in a later post, there are so many bad consumer labs which aren't my recommended vendors for enlargements.  

It all boils down to stress and time.  We're all busy, and getting around to designing, printing, and hanging, it's a BOTHER.

Being a full-service photography studio means I am thrilled to help you with all of this.  It is just all part of my service.

The love and beauty in your family deserves to be displayed in your home, not hidden on a thumb drive.


Thank you for stopping by to visit my blog.  I hope these images you see here and on the website give you a glimpse of what you receive when you commission me to be your child and family photographer.  And if you're not sure and are still deciding on options, come and see me!  I would be happy to have you in the studio and walk you through a consultation to see if I am a good match for you.  All of my sessions include hair and makeup for mamas, and a carefully curated wardrobe of beautiful clothing for you and your family to select for your photo session.  

For more information on the portrait experience, click here.

To book your very own session, click here.

Thank you for visiting!

What to wear for your photo session?!

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Who here feels their blood pressure rise thinking about finding and buying that perfect outfit for your family? Who dreads even scheduling photos because, well, it's a nightmare trying to find exactly what you are needing?  I will admit that this was me years ago.  Yep.  I would put off scheduling photos and put it off and put it off and then, UGH...I guess I will schedule something, I'd huff to myself.  Then the frenzy began to find clothing that would all coordinate and photograph well.  And of course, I'd order multiple things because I wasn't sure what would look best, so then there was the inevitable having to return everything to the store, which was a nightmare.  I HATED every second of it.  HATED it.

Of course, it doesn't help that one year (2012, to be exact) --and this is before I opened my business, I had photos done that I now hate.  I could have used a lot of help in figuring out how to dress all of us, but that help just wasn't available.  BOO :(

Guess what?!  I have good news for you, my friend.  I've taken care of this headache for you. Did you know that my studio offers complimentary styling? Meaning you don't have to fuss with figuring out how to dress everyone--come over and borrow from the studio closet. Or if you have something in mind that you've already purchased and need help figuring out the rest, I'm here to help!  This takes away all the stress of shopping for that perfect outfit. Figuring out what to wear is such a huge barrier for photography.  And because I know which tones and patterns and styles photograph best, it's easy for me to put it all together for you.  So that's what I do!

And this particular vest and pants set photographed above is here in the studio closet in several sizes :)  It's simple and sweet and adorable.

Can't wait to share more new recent additions I just photographed, including some frilly girls dresses, feminine dresses for mamas, and dapper boy clothes. 


Thank you for stopping by to visit my blog.  I hope these images you see here and on the website give you a glimpse of what you receive when you commission me to be your child and family photographer.  And if you're not sure and are still deciding on options, come and see me!  I would be happy to have you in the studio and walk you through a consultation to see if I am a good match for you.  All of my sessions include hair and makeup for mamas, and a carefully curated wardrobe of beautiful clothing for you and your family to select for your photo session.  

For more information on the portrait experience, click here.

To book your very own session, click here.

Thank you for visiting!

Eliana's Glimpse

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Eliana came to see me when she was 14 days new.  She is the first baby for this sweet family, who are already so enamored with her.  She was an amazing little sleeper and so easy to pose.  Can't wait to share more from her session with you.


Thank you for stopping by to visit my blog.  I hope these images you see here and on the website give you a glimpse of what you receive when you commission me to be your newborn photographer.  And if you're not sure and are still deciding on options, come and see me!  I would be happy to have you in the studio and walk you through a consultation to see if I am a good match for you.  All of my sessions include hair and makeup for new mamas if you want to be in your baby's portraits also, and a carefully curated wardrobe of beautiful clothing for you and your family to select for your photo session.  

For more information on the portrait experience, click here.

To book your very own session, click here.

Thank you for visiting!

Brennan's Glimpse

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This sweet little dude came to see me when he was 7-days new!  He was sweet as can be, slumbering through his entire session.  I can't wait to write more about it and share more photos from his newborn session with you!


Thank you for stopping by to visit my blog.  I hope these images you see here and on the website give you a glimpse of what you receive when you commission me to be your newborn photographer.  And if you're not sure and are still deciding on options, come and see me!  I would be happy to have you in the studio and walk you through a consultation to see if I am a good match for you.  All of my sessions include hair and makeup for new mamas if you want to be in your baby's portraits also, and a carefully curated wardrobe of beautiful clothing for you and your family to select for your photo session.  

For more information on the portrait experience, click here.

To book your very own session, click here.

Thank you for visiting!

Mother and Child Photos

Motherhood photography makes my heart sing for so many reasons.  Witnessing the love between mother and child feels like such a privilege, and it is!  Documenting the unique way your child clings to you, how he smiles at you, the nose nuzzles and kisses, the sweet giggles and laughter--it all makes my heart swell.  These are the types of photos that I myself love to have with my own children.

What makes me sad, however, is how very infrequently we as mothers get in photos with our kids.  Getting moms into the frame can be tough, although I always try to persuade them.  And the thing is, I understand why we avoid it.  It feels like a hassle.  I need to lose 10 pounds first.  I need to find cute clothes to wear but don't have time to figure all of that out right now, and so on and so on.  I'm right there with you.  I've had these same thoughts each time I've thought about hiring someone for my own photos.

This is why I make it my personal mission to remove those barriers so that you CAN get in these precious photos with your children.  I believe that these photos are so important.  Children grow up so quickly, and what they look like tomorrow is going to be different than what they look like today.  Did you take that part in just now?  Your child will be a different person tomorrow than he or she is today.  Bittersweet, right?!  This little boy is 4-months-old.  They change so quickly at this stage.  It's all so fleeting.

This particular family resides over an hour from my studio! It felt like such a huge honor to capture these photos for her.  So she arrived with her sweet baby boy, we went through clothing options, selected favorites, and she tried on a few things.  Then my hairstylist arrived and did her hair, and from there, we went on to photographing she and her baby.  (and also got some sweet individual photos of her little man!)

Easy!

This sweet baby boy will have photos forever which memorialize just how enamored his Mommy is with him.  You can see it all over her face.

A mother's love is endless, it is fierce, and it is all encompassing.

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Thank you for stopping by to visit my blog.  I hope these images you see here and on the website give you a glimpse of what you receive when you commission me to be your Cincinnati child and family photographer.  And if you're not sure and are still deciding on options, come and see me!  I would be happy to have you in the studio and walk you through a consultation to see if I am a good match for you.  All of my sessions include hair and makeup for mamas, and a carefully curated wardrobe of beautiful clothing for you and your family to select for your photo session.  

For more information on the portrait experience, click here.

To book your very own session, click here.

Thank you for visiting!

Lexington Family Photographer | Sweet Sisters

These sweet sisters were so much fun!  We had a blast exploring the gorgeous green field, and even had a fun little tea party in the beautiful golden hour when skin gets the most beautiful golden glow and just looks perfect.  My field is so perfect for outdoor family sessions. 

I love the innocence and imagination of this age.  I love that they are built in best friends and will always have this photo to look back on and remember where it all began.

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Thank you for stopping by to visit my blog.  I hope these images you see here and on the website give you a glimpse of what you receive when you commission me to be your Lexington Kentucky Child and Family Photographer.  If you are looking for a photographer for your sweet family, come and see me!  I would be happy to have you in the studio and walk you through a consultation to see if I am a good match for you.  All of my sessions include hair and makeup for mamas, and a carefully curated wardrobe of beautiful clothing for you and your family to select for your photo session.  

For more information on the portrait experience, click here.

Thank you for visiting!

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The 2018 Motherhood Petite Photo Event

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Hey Mamas! You deserve some pampering!

In plenty of time for Mother’s Day this year, I am doing something I've never done before and that is a PETITE MOTHERHOOD PHOTO EVENT! As a busy mama with four youngsters myself, I know how hard it is to get photos done, so this Spring, I am making it EASY for you! This means that you get to come to my studio with your babies (even older babies—they’re always your babies, right?!) pick out gorgeous clothes from my studio wardrobe, get your hair and makeup done, and get gorgeous photos that you’ve been meaning to make time for but have been too busy to do.

(Pssssttt! Dads! Are you listening?! This is a perfect early Mother’s Day Gift for that special someone in your life!)

These are deeply discounted sessions and the only “mini” photo sessions I will offer this year, so grab your spot!

March 4th and March 11th ONLY.

And YES, first time Mamas with a new bun in the oven are also most welcome!

Slots will be first come, first served. Email me to snag yours! taylorgroneck@gmail.com

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Thank you for stopping by to visit my blog.  I hope these images you see here and on the website give you a glimpse of what you receive when you commission me to be your Cincinnati Child  Photographer.  If you are looking for a child and family photographer in the Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky area, come and see me!  I would be happy to have you in the studio and walk you through a consultation to see if I am a good match for you.  All of my sessions include hair, makeup, and a carefully curated wardrobe of beautiful clothing for you to select for your photo session.  

For more information on the portrait experience, click here.

Thank you for visiting!