The J Family Lake Photoshoot

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It’s been 10 years of marriage and 3 children later for The J Family. And what a beautiful sight that is! It was quite the fun evening at the lake with this group of 5.

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Traveling to Croatia

Land so beautiful, untouched, and natural.

Croatia, also known as Hrvatska in the native language, is a magical place.

WARNING: There are a lot of selfies below, but that’s what happens when you travel alone or with only one other person often. You will see a lot of old dance jumps. That’s also what happens when you get two veteran dancers together.

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Ruza Jumping!

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Croatia love

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Croatia Beach

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Croatia Islands

I absolutely love Croatia. However I love Ruza even more. Ruza is my Croatian friend who I met in Italy. She showed me the most amazing hospitality in her home town, Zadar.




Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

Wherever you go, no matter the weather…always bring your own sunshine.

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Happy Monday Everyone.

This is by far one of my favorite photographs abroad of Benjamin . It’s raining. We had to buy rip off umbrellas from a “tourist trap” hut. And we are alone. The lone rangers abroad. He’s patiently waiting in the rain for me to take the perfect picture. Not realizing he was going to be the main subject of my picture while we are standing in front of the incredible Verona Arena.

We are extraordinarily happy on this particular Monday because there is only one more Monday for us left in Italy until we go home to America!!!



Happy Easter

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May God give you all the faith it takes,
To make your dreams come true.

May His love and wisdom always help,
To guide you on your way.

May His light shine down upon you now,
To bless your Easter Day.

Wishing you a happy Easter Sunday from Italy.

I also want to catch up and add a few family portraits that were never posted. We’ll start things out with the lovely Addington family and our Godson Keaton.

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The Small Family

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The Field Family

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The Richmonds (minus their kids)

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And lastly some nephew love. Family is constantly on the brain during a holiday. My heart breaks a little every day without this homie. Photo credit to my brother.

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Make Your Own Photography Studio

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Behind the Scenes.

Making your own in-home studio.

Have you ever wondered how to create a studio looking photograph but didn’t have the studio part? You don’t need your own photography studio to create a classic studio look. You can even do this in a crammed basement, and here is the proof…

A large part of senior photography is shooting outdoors, but there is also an indoor demand. My clients want both. You can have your cake and eat it too with this scenario: use what you have. Set up a simple studio in your senior’s home. Keep your basics, such as natural lighting (if possible), and then add a couple of your own tools. Here is what I used for this basement situation:

-1 large white sheet

-1 backdrop stand

-2 softboxes

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Every lighting situation is different and should be treated differently. You need to look at your situation and figure out what setup is optimal for you. This basement example shows you how to create a studio where ever you are and how to make it work. Check out this lighting setup diagram:


  1. A ceiling light. By utilizing the current lighting in the basement I placed the ceiling light behind the subject to create a silhouette effect and this also helps reduce shadows.
  2. A window in the side wall, only source of natural light.
  3. A traditional softbox is added to the front of the subject.
  4. An additional softbox is added to the other side of subject’s front.

Adjust the lighting as needed and shoot away. Here are the results.

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Lastly, turn off one or both of the softboxes and experiment with more dramatic lighting.

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It would be easy to transform this model into a setup for newborn, family, maternity, and many other photography sessions. The sky is the limit.



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