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As you may know I love to tell people’s stories so why not tell a business’s story through Personal Brand Photography?

You may ask why a business would need something like Personal Brand Photography and for that matter what is it? Well, in a time when MLMs are more popular than ever and algorithms are changing every other day personal branding is super important. As a result, our voices can get lost amidst the crowds so that the people we want to reach never find us or connect with us. Today the place to reach your target audience is through social media. People don’t just want to see your product or your service but they also want know who you are. They want to see your face and get to know you. For that reason we have personal brand photography.

Finally, how does personal brand photography work? Think of it kind of like a lifestyle session. We choose 3 to 5 (or more) “stories” about you that will help you connect with your audience. After that we come up with some fun ways to tell those stories through images. Then wee shoot for a bit and you walk away with tons of beautiful images to use on social media platforms that connect with your followers and convert into sales or bookings. Cool right? No more self timers with your phones. You’ll no longer look like an amateur but a real pro at what you do. Also, no more searching for hours for images to tell your story but everything at your fingertips. Awesome, right!

Recently I did my first personal branding session with my friend, Carrie, and her team at The Truth Republic. I love working with companies or organizations that are making a difference. Certainly these women will be pouring into the lives of other women in ministry making their journey easier. Because women are powerful if given the tools they need they can surely change the world.

Scroll through this post and see what you could get from a personal branding photography sessions with me.

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If you think your business would benefit from a personal brand session follow this link to my dedicated personal brand site for more information.

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Asking a senior to get up on a Saturday for a sunrise senior session is one of the hardest things to do. But as a photographer it’s all about that yummy light and I was secretly hoping for some fog. I also just really want the best for my clients. Lilly was such a trooper and of course looked fabulous! Let’s just get it out of the way, okay? Don’t you just love her red hair and freckles! I was wondering if I could pull that red off. Thoughts?

Lilly is just one sweet down to earth girl. I love that! Well, I love all people. I love crazy, out there humans and down to earth sensible ones. Lilly seems to be one of the down to earth types. She loves things like me – sushi, Grey’s Anatomy, card games with family, cooking, tennis (well, I used to like tennis), being with her friends, and babysitting.

She hopes to head of to Alabama, “Roll Tide”, and of course I was happy about that! I’m so excited for you, Lilly! Stay true to who you are, follow your dreams and passions no matter what. Keep loving your family and friends and be excited about a night at home with a home cooked meal. I pray your final year in high school is perfection and the adventure that awaits you is full of blessings!
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If you like this senior session you might also like these… Grace Anne, Sarah Mitchell, and Esosa. Of course there’s tons more…

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I think if you asked any seasoned photographer what their favorite lens was it wouldn’t take them a second to answer you. We all have that one lens that just speaks to us. For me it’s my Canon 50mm 1.2 baby.

I’m a saver and I can proudly say my business has never lost money in a year. I shoot and make sure I have enough to buy what I want. That’s how I got this lens. I saved and dreamed of the day I would click “buy” on this little treasure of mine. When it arrived I remember taking it from it’s safe packaging and hugging it. I was so proud to own it and honestly I kind of felt like I had arrived as a photographer. Well, that wasn’t true but you see that red ring around it? That means it’s really nice glass and more of a professional lens. It is my baby.

The red ring isn’t the only reason I love it. I love it’s size and focal length. It’s not too wide and not too close up. It allows me to get in close to my subject without getting too uncomfortably close. At the same time I can step back and get a wider scene to tell the story more fully.

Another thing I love about this baby is the 1.2 aperture. For those of you who don’t know what that means it has to do with the depth of field that I can shoot in. I love those shots were just an eye is in focus and the rest of the photo just falls away into a dream. The bokeh, or blur in the back ground, is also wonderful with this lens. The bokeh allows me to viewer to focus on the important part of the image while the rest fades away. This lens just gets me the look I love.

You can tell by the following “behind the scenes” images that it’s the lens that stays on my camera most of the time. Here I’m making sure I’m not going to fall into the pool getting those dancing shots.
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Meanwhile, it also goes on all of our fun family outings!
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My 50mm sure has brought me so much joy. Next I’d like to add a 35mm to my arsenal.
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Photographers, what’s your favorite lens or do you have any questions about what’s in my bag?

Since you’ve made it this far you might want to check out this funny post.

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As a kid I never thought I’d be one to love travel but I caught the bug after my sister and I went to Scotland and Ireland in 2013. Consequently, I’ll travel just about anywhere at any time. I dream of going a lot more than we do and seeing this beautiful country of ours. So, when my husband suggested a trip to New Mexico to visit his family over the summer I was in like Flynn.

Of course a road trip to NM means we get to make some stops along the way and see some national monuments. First, we stopped in Abilene, TX to see my sister-in-law and her family. My favorite part was watching everyone pitch in to make a delicious dinner. Let’s talk about Texas heat here for a minute. Okay, it’s dry but I swear even dry at 102 degrees is HOT. I felt like the sun was burning me alive! I’ll take humidity over that any day.
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Then, we arrived in Lovington, NM to see some more family and explore the state a bit. Side note, I didn’t always have my “big” camera with me so a bunch of great photos are on our phones. Anyway, I think spending time in Lovington was my favorite. While there, I met some of Gabe’s mother’s sisters and boy was that a hoot. They kept speaking Spanish, which I don’t know, and the oldest sister kept reminding them I didn’t understand. I loved them. You know how you can have “aunts” and “uncles” that aren’t really aunts and uncles but rather friends but they feel like family? Gabe has a lot of that going on in New Mexico. I fell in love with all of them. They are so kind, authentic, generous, and so full of love. . . my kind of people.
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Third, we headed to The White Sands National Park  to begin our exploration of the state. As with any road trip, if you see something cool you gotta pull over. Well, we have a thing for cemeteries. Violet likes to read the names and see who was born the earliest. We stumbled upon this grave yard in the middle of nowhere and rather than rush on we stopped. I think we found some people born as early as the 1800s there.
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The tiniest little grave stone.
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Fourth, we pulled off to take in this breathe taking view.
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and do a little climbing.
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We finally arrived at White Sands and oh my word! It was hot but so beautiful. I just can’t get over the creation God has placed on this Earth for us to enjoy. There’s so much variety in one state. We got a GoPro for this trip so we did a lot of fun “sledding” pictures with that but I haven’t downloaded those yet.
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Fortunately, Gabe booked us a hotel in this quiet little town. We made it just in time to get some ice cream for the girls who could have sugar. Gabe and I just watched. When we got back home everyone crashed for the night but I had to go see the sunset.
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As a result of staying up I was able to witness this spectacular view.
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Then, the following day we got up and made our way to Carlsbad Caverns. All I can say about that is…wow! I walked through there and couldn’t help but keep asking God why He made such a thing. The only thing I heard was for us to enjoy and wonder at His power and creativity.
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It gets chilly and dark down there so that results in sweatshirts and grainy pictures.
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We finished up our trip back in Lovington taking in some of Gabe’s favorite places and spending time with family. Of course we had to get borderline pictures!
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Certainly, if you ever happen to be in Lovington you have to check out Cornerstone Coffee Shop. They have great food and the Earl Grey lattes are amazing! You’ll probably have the best posole or thai soup around! The atmosphere is so full of love and joy which pours out from everyone who works there…my family.
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Let me explain this photo. Lovington is a very small town with one theater. When we arrived it was showing Antman and the Wasp which Gabe worked on. The night before we left we saw that The Meg was coming next so we had to get a pic. I know, we’re silly.
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On our way home we spotted this abandoned house on the side of the road and my hubby quickly pulled over so we could have some camera fun. I love these shots!
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This picture on the left, of Fiona the Highlander, is when I truly fell in love with my new car. She was good to us on our trip.
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Finally, a quick stop at the Mississippi boarder and then on to home. Above all else, meeting and being with family was what filled my heart the most. I can’t wait to see them all again.

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I’m ready to go again. Where should we go next? I’d love to go to Ashville, NC. Then a bit further to The Redwood Forest, Yosemite, The Grande Canyon, Joshua Tree, Oregon, Colorado, the list goes on… Where would you go in the US?

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Traditions are great. I love that I’m the 4th generation to wear my grandmother’s engagement ring. Digging into mom’s egg bake on Christmas morning sets the stage for a perfect day. I’m falling in love with our Saturday morning tradition of my husband making breakfast. . .maybe I really like breakfast. I digress. There is one tradition I’m okay with not following. It’s seeing the bride for the first time as she walks down the aisle.

Did you know that the tradition began when arranged marriages were still in fashion? The couple didn’t see each other before the ceremony so the groom wouldn’t bolt if he didn’t find her “pleasing”. Sure it makes for great anticipation but believe me, the anticipation is still there.

My thoughts on this tradition come from both the bride and wedding photographer stand point. Let’s begin with the photographer in me.

  • It’s one of my jobs to keep the day running as smoothly as possible and getting as many pictures done before saves so much time. It’s seems to always be a concern of couples to not keep their guests waiting while they take pictures. Here’s your solution…first look.
  • Doing a first look also allows your photographer the ability to get your genuine expressions when you first see each other. The joy, hugs, tears, laughter, googly eyes you may not be able express when you’re standing before your friends and family.
  • Let’s be honest ladies, your makeup only goods great for so long. Getting your pictures done as early possible keeps you looking fresh for your photos.

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Now for the bride in me to share my thoughts. I knew I wanted to save the time and get as much done before the ceremony but what I didn’t know was how I would feel the day of.

  • Once I was all dressed all I wanted was to see Gabe. I missed him. I wanted to connect before the rest of the day rushed in on us and we had no time to take in the magnitude of the moment.
  • Being in his presence put me at ease. Another thing that grooms and brides worry about is the “down the aisle moment”. My husband said our first look didn’t take away from seeing me walk down the aisle to him on our wedding day. He said, “Everything faded away and all I saw was you.”
  • I felt like I could really be present during the ceremony. Girls, after you get married you realize that the big day was nothing compared to the daily life of marriage. The daily life is what really matters. I’m so thankful I was present during our ceremony and not wanting to talk to Gabe. I’ve been able to go back to moments in our ceremony when times have been tough and keep moving forward.
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So, don’t be afraid to break with tradition. I feel like either way it’s a win. Of course you decide for yourself but I don’t think there’s been a single couple who regretted doing a first look.

And because pics of us are always fun to share here’s our first look taken by the fabulous wesley and emma.

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  • Heather - I definitely agree with the photographer perspective – a first look makes the day much more manageable and simple. From my own perspective, I loved waiting and seeing the look on my groom’s face when he first saw me walking down the aisle – it’s a moment I will never forget. Either can be beautiful & it’s pretty great we have the option to do either 🙂ReplyCancel

    • meghan - You are absolutely right! I love the option and that neither is right or wrong. You definitely have to do what best fits you as a couple and will mean more to you.ReplyCancel

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