Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Fall Families!

It is so rewarding to photograph many of the same families year after year. I absolutely love checking in with how they've grown and seeing their smiling faces! Enjoy these beautiful families from my 2016 fall whirlwind. 



Aniston - Newborn

Sweet baby Aniston is the perfect pink addition this family that I've loved photographing over the years! 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Phone Photo Mentoring

If you have a smart phone of any kind, you CAN capture amazing images of your family! I love photographs of all kinds (obviously), but my favorites are the ones that evoke strong memories and emotions. Often those memorable moments happen during everyday life and I certainly don't want to lug my big camera around with me everywhere I go. 

Phones, these days, can truly do so much and they fit in your pocket! But they aren't necessarily easy or automatically guaranteed to capture a great photo. Since photos mean so much to me, I've intentionally sought out ways to efficiently shoot, edit, and manage photos with my phone. And I'd love to pass my knowledge on to you! 

I'm offering one-on-one mentoring sessions for anyone interested. Here's what I can help with, but it will all be tailored to your needs, your family, your home, and your lifestyle. 

- How to observe kids and what the right moment looks and feels like
- How to prevent taking photos from being a burden or a stress on you and your kids
- How to find the "magic" spots in your home
- How to balance taking photos with being present and attentive to your family - being IN the memory is much more important than taking a photo of it, but usually both can be done!
- Basics of appealing compositions, angles, and other general photography tips
- How and why to avoid posed, forced smiles in place of real joy
- Apps I use to freshen up photos that don't do the moment justice
- Apps I use for more serious editing, like easily erasing distractions from the background!
- My method for worry-free back up storage so my phone memory never fills up
- Answers to any questions that are specific to you and your family 

Capturing such beautiful and emotion-filled photos with my phone has truly affected my family's mood and contentment. For me, they are a journal of things to be thankful for. And I hope that when my boys look back at photographs of their childhood, they'll see what I see - freedom, curiosity, nature, love, relationships, playfulness, and adventure. I would be honored to guide you toward discovering your family's "vibe," whatever it may be, and how to capture timeless treasures that represent the beauty of your current reality. Life changes fast, kids grow up quickly, so let's step back and acknowledge and appreciate the good stuff each day. These are the days!

Sessions will start at $100 and will cater specifically to you. Email me at sturnerphotos@gmail.com to learn more or book a session. Now is a great time to jump in since summer is coming! Outdoor photos are much easier for beginners. Let's get started! 

*All photos taken with my not-even-the-latest-model and perpetually-has-a-cracked-screen phone haha*