I'm so excited to announce The White Room Studio!!! This in home studio has been a plan of mine for a while now. First let me say, that I am still primarily an on location, natural light, outdoor photographer. Also, I feel I need to give the disclaimer that I don't believe in lots of props. It's a plain white room for a reason! The focus is on the subjects and makes for timeless images.
To celebrate this new space, and to give all my clients the opportunity for updated portraits before my maternity leave, I'm going to be offering Minis in February! The details will be announced later this week. Clients and MHP Insiders (those who have signed up for my newsletter) will be notified of Mini Details first and get the first chance to sign up. After that I'll announce and open booking for the public. So if you haven't already signed up for my email list, be sure to do that!
This new studio space will open the door for some fun new opportunities for clients! After my maternity leave, I plan on rolling out these new options:
1. A first year/baby club plan!- Babies change SO much that first year. This means I can capture your newborn photos, and then you can come into the studio for mini sessions to get milestone photos to update throughout that pivotal 1st year.
2. A miniture newborn session- For those who want a shortened newborn session in the studio instead of the full newborn session in their home. These sessions will be shortened and discounted, but will still be lifestyle. (That's a fancy way of saying I don't do props and super posed photos.) These sessions will be a great alternative to the in home session and will just focus on getting a full family shot, a sibling shot, a parent/newborn shot, and of course one of the newborn individually.
3. Get ready for this one.... SANTA!!!- Ok, so I still have to talk to the big guy himself to make sure I can fit in his ever so busy schedule. But this will be an awesome way to get photos with Santa without having to brave the mall!!! (Does even thinking about that give anyone else a little anxiety attack like it does me?)
As always, thank you all for your support and for allowing me to photograph little parts of your life! And a huge thank you to my husband, who was the sole contractor, laborer, encourager, wrangler of children, and all around helper for this job :)
You may have noticed that I no longer put watermarks on any of my photos that I share through the website or on Facebook, and no, it's not because I got lazy! I stopped for a couple of reasons.
1. I Believe in Giving Clients the Digital Files
First of all, I always give my clients digital files, and give them permission to make prints and to use online. Why?
Reason number 1 is because I would want the same for myself! If I have fantastic family photos, I want to be able to USE them! I want to make prints, books, products, and I want to share them with long distance family and friends through social media. I want to be able to use them in the goofy slideshows that I will make for my children's weddings one day!
Reason number 2 is that it's also great advertisement. I ask my clients to give some sort of shoutout or photo credit to me. But guess what, even if my name isn't plastered all over an image, if people see images they love, they will ask my client who their photographer is!
2. Clients Can Share Images Directly From My Page
Ok, here's where it gets a little technical. When I add photos from a session to my Facebook page, I always try to tag my clients (which I can only do if they've liked my page) so they can share images directly from my page. I keep the watermark off the image so they can share beautiful images without distraction directly from my Molly Hensley Photography page. While I don't upload every single image from a session, the ones that I do use will be tack sharp and will look better on Facebook than if you uploaded your high resolution images yourself.
This is the technical part, so hang with me. I deliver high resolution images to clients so they can make prints and enlargements that will be sharp. When you upload files to Facebook, it automatically compresses images so they take up less space. The result? The images get a bit crunched and lose the sharpness and clarity. When I upload images to Facebook, I export them at much smaller sizes so they don't get compressed and keep their sharpness. If you were to print photos at this size, they would look terrible! So pretty please, never save and print your photos directly from Facebook. If you are a more technical person and are curious about the sizing I use to make photos look their best on Facebook, I size at 2048 pixels on the long size.
I hope everyone is having a fantastic January :)
Trepidation. I can see it in the eyes of every mom that gathers her family and begins the walk from the car to meet me at our chosen session location. After all the preparation involved in choosing outfits and getting everyone clean and dressed, you finally arrive at the photo session and it begins to happen. Those perfectly dressed little angels begin to act like...GASP...KIDS. Number 1 goes deadpan and refuses to crack even a hint of a smile. Meanwhile number 2 can't keep his finger out of his nose and is missing a shoe, plus you are pretty sure number 3 just ingested some of the goose poop that comes with the territory of being beside a pond. You are desperately trying to smile but you are absolutely certain that the photographer thinks your kids are terrible, horrible, little people and you are so embarrassed that you want to give up and go home.
I feel you tired Mama. Here are some ideas to help you survive a photo session!
#1 Embrace the Crazy!