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Mentor Sessions had me like…

“We live in such a selfish society. People believing that the world revolves around them or owes them something. That there’s not enough room at the table for everyone; therefore, her success diminishes my own. Yes, this experience was centered around photography, but it ended up being so much more than that. As we weaved the ins and outs of camera settings, location selection, posing, editing, and my technological inefficiencies I became very aware that I held a spot at Abbey’s table. And for that confidence boost, I am so incredibly grateful!”

-Ashley Leader, Mentee/Boss Babe

I recently rolled out the big news that I was going to start offering mentor sessions. I honestly sat on this idea for awhile, wondering why would anyone would want to learn from me? Second guessing my craft and deciding whether or not my knowledge was valuable for others. Then I thought, heck! At the very least I could pass along some confidence to others to really go for it, to start investing in them. Learn how to connect with their clients and pull out that emotional side of people that allows them to be vulnerable with you.  I learned so much when I interned, when I did hands on photography and wanted to give that opportunity to others who are wanting to better their craft and straight have a dang good time learning!

Ashley messaged me pretty much right away after I posted about these on social media and I couldn’t have had the most rad time with her. She was everything I hoped a mentee would be that would take on these sessions. We started off the day talking business, editing scenarios and then hopped on over to a live session. My personal favorite part! You guys, we had the best weather and two of my fave models to work with. The cool thing is, you don’t become a stranger after the day is over. Ashley and I have texted back and forth screen shots of our photos we took day of and she even popped in a few days later, during an editing day for me, just to see what I thought of some work she was working on. Not only will you walk away with some further confidence to do some magical work, but you’ll gain a community! Here’s some photos of mine taken during our session. I’m super stoked for future mentor sessions and to see Ashley’s images beautifully showcased in her portfolio!

Here’s to rad people and to sharing the love! 

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Deadman’s Cove with the Baumgardners

Funny story, I rolled up right beside a car I thought held Kiyana and Dregan (yes, they have the coolest names) and yelled, not whispered, YELLED “Yall here to get some pics taken?!” Long story short it wasn’t them, that wasn’t their car and that was really awkward, but also really funny so here we are! I eventually located them and we hiked all over Deadman’s Cove. Going against the better judgement of the park ranger. We then headed up to the Cape Disappointment lighthouse where I about died from lack of oxygen, but we had the best views. Peep their engagement session below. In a later post I’ll tell their wedding story!

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Monnett – Maternity

Morgan and I have known each other for awhile now, but she has semi recently joined AEP as my assistant and holy wowza I don’t know what I’d do without her. It all started when we had a brief conversation during one of her family sessions. She mentioned that she could totally be my assistant if I felt like I needed one. I didn’t know what I was missing in my life until she came in and showed me. You guys, I was a hot mess. I still am, but I’m a better hot mess version because of her ha!

I love her family so much. Lyla comes into the studio when Morgan works and she’s kind of become my little buddy. I’ve noticed her opening up to  me and I’ve gotten to know her sassy quirkiness throughout the few months they’ve been helping me out! She’s so dang smart y’all. Like I can’t deal with how smart she is. It’s going to be amazing to see her interact with her little brother.

Also, can I just shout out Brandon real quick? I know he gets to hear all of my ups and downs in this crazy owning my own business world when I’m corresponding with Morgan and he is such a trooper! He even talks things out and provides ideas when we are in a bind. I promise, okay I’ll try, not to text during dinner time and have Morgan break her own rules Brandon!

Peep their magical maternity/ family session below!

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Charmion: boho

Y’all ain’t ready for this bohemian queen. Charmion contacted me with the idea of photographing her in an outfit she recently ordered. I’ll be honest, I was like mmkay yeah sure I’ll do it, but not really knowing what I got myself into. Then I met her. She’s beautiful and such an awesome person. Also the way she moves in front of the camera. Lord help me. See for yourself below.

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Abby + Austin

It’s no secret that couples are my jam. I love spending an hour or two engulfed in the love they share. Being a fly on the wall, an awkward fly on the wall, while they share little laughs, loving looks at one another. It’s seriously my favorite. These two are just one example of why I love being that awkward fly. Abby ( pretty awesome name am I right?!) said this was their first time getting photos taken together. You’d never be able to tell. They were super comfortable, but then maybe that’s because they love each other so much and love each other out loud through the way they hug or whisper in one another’s ear. See for yourself, check out their dreamy session.

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Abby has mad dance skills. Austin’s reaction is proof! ha!

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Baby Boom

I’m convinced this is the year of the baby. Within the last couple weeks I photographed a few newborn sessions, baby milestone sessions, a birth, a gender reveal and a maternity session. I’m not mad about it. I’ve loved seeing many of these couples and or families I’ve photographed in the past grow and add an addition or two to their crew. It’s what makes photography so inspiring and so much fun!

Below are a few favorites from Makenzie and Mitch’s maternity session. I loved that Makenzie had the idea to incorporate the rainbow in representation of her rainbow baby. It’s such an inspiration to other’s who have been in similar situations and or are still waiting for their miracle to see someone who has weathered the storm and can be so open about their experience. Plus, her belly is banging and she looks incredible! Mitch is one lucky guy!

Side note, Louie (dog) killed this Session with his good looks and love of the camera!

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McIntyre Family

You guys, I’ve been photographing them since 2012. That’s before Briella, before Drew was old enough to be in school, and before I was even trying to do this photo thing for real. Last year Bri was like “nope, not going to smile.” This year WE GOT SMILES! And back to school shoes for Bri. Which  I refuse to believe she’s that old now. Anyways, let’s all pretend they will stay this little as we peek at their session below!

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Nichols Family

Somehow we squeezed this session into my marathon of photo sessions two weeks ago. I’m so SO glad we did. I’ve been photographing them for a few years now from special events, pregnancies, anniversaries and NOW the entire family plus the newest addition. The wheat field and their grandmothers old stomping grounds are so special.

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Just got out of the shower, #selfie

Selfie pic definition: A picture taken of yourself that is planned to be uploaded to any sort of social networking website. You can usually see the person’s arm holding out the camera.  A selfie is usually accompanied by a kissy face or the individual looking in a direction that is not towards the camera. Selfie pics have the best captions and hashtags.

What if our generation is still doing ‘selfie’ pics at 60, 70, 80 years old? What would the captions be? Would we continue to document our lives on social media with a selfie pic that had nothing to do with the paragraph you wrote below it? To me this is humorous to think about. So with these questions and an inspiring conversation I had with a co-worker a few days ago about how sometimes the selfie is a little over the top, sometimes annoying and sometimes completely ridiculous I came up with the “Just got out of the shower, #selfie” project.

Instead of using myself, I somehow talked my grandparents into participating. Now while you view the photos just think, this will be our generation when we are older doing exactly this. Documenting life events, even the most ridiculous unworthy of documenting life events, and pairing it with a self portrait taken in the bathroom and posting it for the world to see whether the world wants to or not.

Please enjoy the selfies and especially the captions! Thank you grandma and grandpa for really loving me!

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Came home to some fresh koolaid. #selfie #orangedrank

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Still trying to figure out the best angle for my #selfie. So I took twenty. In the bathroom. #mirror #bathroom

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Preparing a meal for my man tonight! #selfie #wifey

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Walked into the house with some fresh flowers for my wifey. #selfie #freshflowers #hubby #thebesthubby

She loved the flowers! #selfie #hubby #wifey

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Photoshoot! She really liked the flowers. Sorry for blowing up your newsfeed with me and my baby 🙂 #selfie #wifey #hubby

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Rockin some new suspenders today! All Y’all are jealous. I’ve got that hipster nerd flow. #selfie #suspenders

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The essentials to a happy home and a happy hubby.  Seriously, the best thing ever made. #recliner #backscratcher #slefie

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Just got back from the grocery store. I hit up the deli and ordered  some salami, ham, and turkey. We already had cheese at home so I lucked out in having to get some! #selfie

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Just got out of the shower. #selfie

Waddup Jesus?!  Always has my back. Love him! #selfie #Jesus #homeboy #towel

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I’m so hood in my nightie. #selfie #nightgown #hood

Dannnnng I look so glam and soooo hood! #selfie #glam  #RTifyouthinksotoo

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One last thing to do and then I’m layin it down for the night. #selfie #nightselfie

Gettin my teeth whitened over night! #pearlywhites #funnyselfie #selfie

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