When I decided to take on family sessions again I adamant about building a client closet first. I wanted to build a client closet so that moms had options and didn’t have to dig through their clothes and find something for their session. I feel like as moms we always end up buying everyone else new clothes and never ourselves…or maybe that’s just me? Either way I knew that I wanted to have options for moms and then we would plan everyone else’s outfits around hers. So I started building the closet and it’s turned out so great! I did my first styled family session with the Brown family and I could not have been happier with how everything turned out, from moms outfits to dads and the kids and then the beautiful over cast day, it was all amazing. Take a look for yourself below and if you’d like to book your own styled family session…
I think I loathed outdoor sessions because I hated the way they looked. Everyone always made such a big deal about chasing the sunset, shoot at golden hour, only shoot at golden hour, sun flares, warm photos ... on and on and on. I hated it, so I stopped.
Then there was family sessions..and I hated those too. People showed up in the most matchiest outfits ever, or colors that were SO HARD to edit and I was just not having a good time when it came time to sit down and edit.
So I stopped it all. Until now...and here's what I've learned.
I don't have to shoot at golden hour, and when I do I don't have to include the sun or the flares. It's okay to shoot on those dark and dreary days and love the crap out of it. I found that it's totally my style to shoot on overcast moody days. I LOVE IT! I'm not a warm golden hour sunset photographer and THAT IS OKAY! My ideal clients will come for the style I'm going for and like and enjoy shooting. If people inquire that want another style, guess what....it's okay to point them to another photographer because guess what, not everyone is my client and THAT IS OKAY!
It's okay to want to style your clients. It's okay to have a certain look you're going for and prefer to shoot and edit. People will and do inquire that already have their outfits in mind that are 100% not my style and guess what, I can point them to another photographer and THAT IS OKAY! Not.everyone.is.my.client!
There are plenty of photographers out there. I do not have to take on every client that inquires with me. My ideal clients are out there and they come to me because of my specific look and styling guide.
Not everyone is your client friends and it is okay. Be happy with your work, be excited to sit down and edit, be excited to deliver your work and show off your work. Stick to YOU and YOUR brand. Don't try and take every single client you can and don't try and be like everyone else just because it's "the thing".
<3 I'm currently loving and enjoying the work I'm doing again out here in Louisiana!
Are you in the SWLA or CENLA area and want to book a styled motherhood or family session?
In the early morning of August 25th, the day before my 30th birthday, my phone rang and buzzed and flashed. “Hello?” - “Hey Dannielle, it’s Chelsea, I’m in labor.” My 37 week, Fort Polk home birth mama, was in labor and I could tell by the sound of her voice that she was already in the thick of it, things must be moving quickly. I hopped up out of bed, got dressed, made sure everything was in my camera bag, and double checked again just in case, and headed out the door. Chelsea doesn’t live far from me at all, we just live a neighborhood a way from each other but from the sound of her voice on the phone I knew I needed to go now. When I arrived to her house I found her on the floor leaning over her bed during a contraction, her husband applying counter pressure for her, as her youngest stood near by and her oldest asleep in his room. The room she labored in was peaceful and dark, lit only by the light of the bathroom. I asked if they had called the midwife yet and they said both were on their way. Through each contraction I could tell things were becoming more intense. About 45min after I arrived Sarah, the assistant midwife, walked through the door. Chelsea had wanted to give birth in the birth pool so Sarah started getting everything out of their birth kit and setting it up. She had to stop a few times though to support mama through contractions. Chelsea decided she needed to go to the bathroom and had a good contraction while sitting on the toilet. She got up and started to walk back into the bedroom and a contraction stopped her in her tracks. Sarah went to her and held her up through a very long and powerful contraction. She got back over to the edge of the bed to labor on the floor leaning over it again. Another powerful contraction came on and Sarah again went to her side to support her, this time though her water broke! Chelsea went through another contraction and this time calm and collectedly she says “what is that? is she coming out?”. Sarah went to look and realized mama still had her underwear on. As she went to pull them down Chelsea says “She’s coming, that’s her head, her head is coming out.” They get mamas underwear halfway off and babies head comes out, and then out comes baby! No time for the pool to even be blown up let alone filled and used! Baby was born right there on the floor as mama kneeled over the bed. What an amazing and quick birth! Little Ruth was so perfect and covered in just a little bit of birthday frosting. We got mama and baby into bed together and placenta came shortly after, all on it’s own. Not long after the placenta was delivered in walked Midwife Nicki just missing the whole thing! Mama and baby snuggled a bit longer together and then the cord was cut and Ruth got all of her checks done by Nicki as the sun rose outside. It was an honor to work next to these two women and watch them do their job so lovingly. Everything was on mama and babies time, there was no rushing from anyone else, there was no poking or prodding of mama and baby. Chelseas husband and kids came in to meet baby after everything was cleaned up and mama and baby were comfortable in bed.
Such a beautiful birth for this family and I’m happy to have been apart of it.