Just take a look at all the sweetness oozing from this little 9 day old baby Eli. He was a delight to photograph and he's got cheeks for dayyyys! He’s got a big brother James and they are now a super sweet family of 4! Welcome to the world little man! Xo Lg
How LUCKY am I that I get to be surrounded by these cuties every time I step into my studio? Just take a look at the smiles that March brought to the studio! 🍀🌈
The last few days of March were filled with my Easter Mini sessions... you can check out the full blog of them HERE! 🐣🐰
Thanks for stoppin’ by... Xo Lg
Looking back on all the LOVE I captured through my camera lens in February! Add some valentine minis on top of these and that made for quite the busy month! Stay awhile and check out a few of my favs from each session and hopefully you’ll feel the ❤️ too! ☺️
Thanks for stopping by… hope you enjoyed seeing this sweetness as much as I did! Xo Lg
Check out all the sweetness in the studio that kept my heart warm in the cold days of January! ❄️ Xo Lg
Dan and Melissa are two very special people to me. I met them two years ago when they hired me for their wedding and I photographed their engagement. Then I photographed their wedding last October at Olde Homestead Golf Course and almost a year later they were about to have a baby girlie. But we got an email saying Melissa was on bedrest and can't leave the hospital grounds because of a severe case of pre-eclampsia. She got permission to roam the Lehigh Valley Hospital campus and we made some beautiful photos using only the hospital grounds as our backdrop. I was so excited that they didn't just cancel their session, as I think most people would have given the circumstances. If it weren't for me telling you and for the few photos that give away the location, I would have to imagine that you'd never know where we were.
We took these photos on a Friday, less than two weeks ago, and the following Wednesday baby Amelia was delivered at only 2 lbs 11 oz and is spending some time getting bigger and stronger every day in the amazing NICU at Lehigh Valley Hospital- Cedar Crest. Mom, baby and dad are all doing well.
I can't wait to get my hands on that little peanut for her newborn session!
The moral of this story is the FACT that there truly no such thing as "the right time" for booking a photo shoot. Make the most of the circumstances and you might be surprised by the outcome!
Blessings to Dan, Melissa and baby Amelia <3 Xo Lg
~Amelia Grace Moser~
32 weeks 2 days
Born 9/12/18 @ 8:56pm
2 lbs 11 oz
15.5 inches long
-Photos courtesy of Dan and Melissa Moser
Brand new baby Jacob... he loved being curled up on his belly and I loved every cuddle I stole with him. He's also a little Penn State football fan! Loved this session with this little man! Xo Lg
That HAIR! Those EYES!!! So much sugar, I can't handle it! Baby Stella stole my heart at her newborn session. I also don't have many requests for mermaid newborn photos, but occasionally mom will bring one in, and every time, the baby smiles while wearing it!!! Xo Lg
The greatest compliment for me is photographing a wedding and then photographing their baby. I have had four newborns from previous wedding couples in the last month!!! Best. Thing. Ever!!! I say it all the time but I am so thankful to be doing what I love everyday. Having said that, meet baby Hannah. She was an angel for me and I was COMPLETELY smitten with her and that gorgeous beauty mark on her arm <3 You are SO loved precious girl. Xo Lg
Another adorable newborn girlie Brianna and her big sister Maci came to visit- I just love their sibling photos! My daughter made that purple layer baby Brianna is laying on in the photo of her in the bowl and it makes me love the photo so much more! Xo Lg
Double the sweetness <3 Newborn twin girlies Everlee and Selena are just too adorable for words! I love having newborn twins in my studio... these pictures say it all! Xo Lg
I get asked a few times a month about business "stuff" so I figured I would make a blog to reference it once and for all so I won't ever miss anything and can add on as I think of more things to add...
So you want to be a photographer? Awesome. I can say, it's pretty much the coolest job ever. For me personally, I get to snuggle A LOT of babies, help brides and grooms get through their big days, watch kids grow up right before my eyes and I've made many friendships through clients over the years. It's seriously the coolest job and most days I still shake my head in disbelief about how it all got started and where I'm at today.
First things first though... you NEED insurance and a proper tax ID. I am an LLC. For me, it protects me the way I need to be protected if something were to happen. Sole proprietor is another option but from what I understand, most photogs are LLC. This is a non-negotiable. There are many resources online to help you set this up in your state, even I did it alone back in the day. Insurance is super important. Many wedding venues ask for proof of insurance before I can shoot there. I work with Megan Harper from Allstate, mention me if you talk to her. I was using another company for YEARS and paying a lot more and then someone smashed a brick through my studio window and it wasn't covered. Call my girl Megan, she'll take great care of you.
A lot of people ask me, "Did you go to school for photography or are you self taught?". The answer is "I'm somewhere in the middle." I started shooting when my kids were babies and I posted this photo online and a few people asked me to take their Christmas card photos.
It all snowballed from there. I ended up taking some classes to learn how to shoot manually with my camera at Dan's Camera City in Allentown and they hooked me up with Creative Photo Workshops from Australia who occasionally come to the US. Glynn Lavender was and still is my mentor. He not only taught me how to shoot manual, he's been one of my biggest cheerleaders from across the world and we talk a few times a year about my business. Find yourself a Glynn. Someone you can learn from, who you trust and respect. Take some classes. Workshops galore. I've taken workshops with Rachel Vanoven in Indianapolis, Brigette Schaffarzick in Seattle and Meg Bitton in New York City. The cost of any of those workshops, especially including the very first one with Glynn at Dan's Camera City, have paid for themselves in a few sessions and 1,000 times over. You can't be afraid to spend money on learning. That wedding class at Dan's was $500 and I specifically remember standing at the counter saying to myself, "I can't afford this" and being deflated when I went home to talk to my husband about it, he said, "If you learn ONE THING that can help you be a better photographer, won't it be worth that $500?". So I went back and I put the class on a credit card and I hoped for the best. That money I didn't have in 2011 was HANDS DOWN, THE BEST $500 I have ever spent. I am not a good teacher so I'm not a great person to ask to mentor, but there are many people who are great photographers and teachers. Don't be afraid to ask the question.
If you want to be a photographer, you must be okay with:
-Working LONG and HARD hours. I am pretty disciplined in my editing. Under promise, Over deliver. Editing for me is the "work" in my work. I hate it. It's part of the job.
- People's reply to you saying you're a photographer, "Oh my (fill in the blank) sister's husband's cousin's dad's brother's nephew's mechanic's uncle is a photographer, too!" Just like when you get a new car, you see that car everywhere when you can't specifically remember ever seeing it before, everyone is a photographer or knows someone who is.
-Missing stuff. My kids are very active. Dance, baseball, horse back riding, softball, basketball. I miss A LOT of stuff. It's the toughest part of my job. Finding a balance is key.
Must Do List
-Invest in lenses, not cameras. I started with a Sony SLR. Invested in lenses and then switched to canon. I had a Canon 7d, Canon 6d and now I shoot with Canon 5d Mark IV. I always refer people to Dan's for which cameras to buy to start. They are the best and know a lot more than I do but I'd say any entry level SLR will be sufficient. Especially since nowadays, their low light capabilities and megapixels are pretty awesome. As far as lenses, they depend on what you're shooting. My favorite portrait lens is 70-200mm and it's on my camera 90% of the time. I love my 35mm and my 50mm. But a great lens that is very versatile is 24-70mm.
- BACK UP EVERYTHING. From photos to your gear. I have all my photos backed up on my hosting site Shootproof and I have back up gear in my camera bag because I can promise you something will break.
-Work with what you have until you can comfortably afford more. Not credit card comfort, cash comfort. I worked out of my basement studio until I literally outgrew it. Make do with what you have because if you try to go too big too quick, you'll find yourself with a closed up shop. I've seen it happen too often. Or share a space with a friend. Lots of options if you think you need a studio.
- Join facebook groups to get your photos critiqued. Some are very mild and some are harsh. The only way to learn is to ask.
- Learn to shoot manual before you call yourself a professional. A professional anything means you get paid to do it. Take on free jobs until you learn more and feel comfortable charging someone.
... BUT DON'T let anyone ever tell you to stop or that you're not good enough. I had a girl message me anonymously saying that I didn't deserve to be a photographer and that my photos looked like I photoshopped everything and that I should be ashamed of myself because of me, she wasn't able to pay her bills. This was 2012. My cousin, a little computer genius, reverse searched who she was and it turns out she was jealous because my boss at the time of a restaurant she frequented, asked me to take some pictures that ended up on a billboard. There's always going to be haters and it's easy to say "don't let them get to you" but I promise they're not worth even ONE SECOND of tears. Imagine if I had taken that girl's words to heart. That same year is when I quit my serving job and went full time. God has provided for me every step of the way.
Be real. Be you. Don't compare yourself to others. Be confident and don't let anyone walk all over you. When you don't know, ask. Never say "I'll fix that later in photoshop." Get it right in the camera. Stay organized. Never stop learning. Have fun and always remember that someone chose YOU to capture their loved ones, never take that for granted. Do your best and everything that's meant to be will be.
PS. If you think you want to sign up with anyone listed above, simply mention my name and we both get free goodies. Here's their contacts.
Megan Harper Allstate: email@example.com
Darling little Henley was an absolute doll. I'd say she likes blue, too! An adorable newborn session with family shots of my former bride and groom. I love when my bride and grooms come back to see me with their newborns! Come back anytime girlie! Xo Lg
Tieback and wrap by one of my faves, Love Rosalie
Newborn baby Danny is all snuggled up! Absolutely perfect in every way. Some of my favorite newborn sibling photos are the shots of him with his sweet big sister Rowan! Loving how adorable he looks in the gray overall set from LovelyBabyPhotoProps too. Welcome to the world little guy! Xo Lg
So handsome and so squishy, 6 days new baby Vaughn in the studio~ isn't he dreamy?!? Xo Lg
Her name is Charlotte and she's TERRIFIC! She was a perfect little angel and didn't make a peep. We were all smitten with her! Xo Lg