Little Man T : Family Session

I've known this family (Well prior to the little man) for years and we've never lived in the same state and I've only met Ellie once in person in 2011!

I was getting ready for an event and Ellie graciously let a handful of girls into her quaint Colorado apartment. We've been Facebook friends for what seems like forever and constantly keeping up with each other (social media is such a blessing).

A few years later, a marriage, and a little man and these three are as cute as ever.

Ellie & Joe were coming through Wisconsin to visit family and decided to come down to Madison JUST so I could photograph them. Seriously. What a honor! Ellie has always "liked" and supported Caynay and it is so greatly appreciated! As a double bonus it was Little Man T's 1st birthday yesterday!! So I got to photograph him on his birthday!

Ellie & Joe, your son is remarkable. I am so excited to follow you from good old Wisconsin and see what life brings you two..Or you could just move here and cancel out the social media friendship! Ha!

 My two favorites! 

 Ohhh.. I hate to giggle at this one but I do! Ellie & Joe have been taking photos of T on this blanket with Sophie the Giraffe and a white onesie since he was born.. We took his 12 month one today and I think this is the cutest funniest thing ever! :) 

Camera Bags & Travelling | Photog Tip

So I just shimmied through airport security and I totally understand how crazy traveling with gear can be. You have the camera's, lenses, chargers, batteries, MacBook PLUS personal belongings....

These are my must have items to go on the plan. I would never consider checking my gear as that gives me anxiety at the thought. Camera gear is heavy and by the end of the day my neck and back are killing me.

BUT I have found the best way to travel with the gear through the airport..

I travel with.. Canon 5DMKII, 50mm 1.2, 24-70 2.8, all gizmo's and gadgets for that along with a 15" MacBook Pro + charger cord & an iPad.

Kelly Moore Two Sues Bag:

  1. She's cute. Isn't that the most important part anyway?
  2. She's functional. There are plenty of pockets to shove things into and gives me a good amount of space to store different pieces.
  3. She's safe. Due to the configuration on the inside I know my gear isn't going anywhere. With padding I can be comfortable knowing it's slouched across my shoulder and probably banging up against door jams. 
  4. It passes as a purse for the time being. I usually pack my main purse for the trip in my checked baggage & use the Two Sues as my purse till I arrive. 
  1. She's heavy. Oof. I have to transfer the bag between shoulders. The weight is distributed well.. There is just a lot of it. 
  2. She doesn't fit my MacBook. I know I was just complaining about weight but I'm an all in one kinda girl. 
  3. I have to make sure I ALWAYS zip her. It sometimes falls over when set on the ground.. I've had a lens sneak out a time or two. 
  1. It's sooo comfortable. I can carry ALL of my gear (Minus MacBook) and it feels like a cloud on my back. The cushion on the backside of the bag is amazing & the weight is distributed perfectly. 
  2. It's safe. The padding on the inside never has me worried. Everything fits super snug.
  3. It has a nifty pocket on top. I LOVE this pocket. You can throw batteries, memory cards, or anything you need quickly.. I think I actually have some Jordan Almonds from a wedding last year still in it..  
  1. The top strap has frayed. I have been meaning to email them about this issue. There has been nothing wrong with the actual shoulder sling but I can no longer carry it by the top. 
  2. It's tight on space. It's very limited for what it can hold. I am already pushing it with the gear that's in it. 
  3. It can't hold my MacBook.
  4. It takes place of my actual backpack. This might seem confusing.. If I carry this bag my laptop has to go into my actual purse (which is uncomfortable & not really and option).. So I don't take this bag travelling because I need my MacBook on my back. 
  1. I have had this backpack for 4 years or so. She's in pristine condition (although looking at their site makes me want to buy a new one!) and hold my MacBook perfectly.
  2. Comfortable. I have loaded this baby up with the laptop and so much more and it's great! 
  1. It's not a camera bag.
  2. It's dirty & old. 
Oof. That was a long one but I hope it was somewhat useful! Have a good bag that fits everything?! Send me an email! I'm all ears! 

For Photog's & Bloggers | 11 Tips For Blogging Better

I act like I'm a veteran.. Like I have been blogging for years and I know exactly what I'm doing. Wrong. I don't & I have only been blogging consistently since March. Flighty blogging? Since 2011 (Wow.. Has it really been that long?)

Anyway, during my little consistently blogging every Monday & Friday stint I have figured out a few tricks to help me stay on top of it.. Realistically I just wanted to share these tips so that I could have another blog post completed.

Need. To. Brainstorm. Ideas.

So without further ado here are 11 tips that may help you consistently blog!

  1. Write whatever you want. Your blog is your little slice of creativity heaven. Feel free to explore whatever you want to write about. It is probably frowned upon to talk about your downfalls in your business but I believe it's sharing apart of who you are. Letting your readers into your life to connect.
  2. Blog ahead. I used to not like blogging ahead as it felt like my articles were forced and not sincere. However, having articles sit as drafts only makes sure that I don't miss a publishing date.
  3. Work on them in short bursts. I very rarely sit down and write a complete blog post. My drafts are worked on/edited for a little over a week at a time. This gives me plenty of time to re-word, fix really bad grammatical errors (I type how I talk.. Not correct), and make sure I have all my thoughts out I want to share. Case and point this one has been worked on for 2 months. 
  4. Work on graphics at a separate time. When I write a blog post I have phrases throughout the post of what graphics I want where or what images. Example: In this post I have "[INSERT GRAPHIC WITH TOP 11 TIPS FOR BLOGGING]" in my draft where my actual graphic will sit when published.
  5. Put a publishing date in your post title. Since I blog ahead I have all these drafts that sit and pile up...I get confused (total blonde) on what posts are what and when I'm supposed to be publishing them. So in the title bar I enter the title and then (POSTING [DATE]). This gives me the opportunity at a quick glance to see when what posts are due. 
  6. Add photos. As a blog stalker if posts don't have images my likeliness to read plummets. I am a visual learner and I need eye candy. If I don't have an image or graphic to share I will pull an image from Pinterest but remember to link to the original source. 
  7. Keep it short. Similar to 6. If a blog post is too long before you have established me as a devoted reader I probably won't read. You need to connect with your readers before they'll commit to a 5 page post. 
  8. Get to the point! Goes without saying but don't ramble. I know I have to cut a lot out of my posts because my fingers get moving and I'm telling you what I had for dinner 2 weeks ago. Just, no.
  9. Change your permalink. If you have the ability to create a custom permalink than do it! Put key points in the URL instead of what it generates for you. This will bump the articles ranking if it contains key words that are often searched on the topic.
  10. Jot down ideas whenever you get them. I'm a spontaneous idea maker and some of my ideas come to me at the most bizarre times. Have your phone handy and just write down what is coming to mind. 

Ding ding. Bonus round. Cue the confetti and balloons with corny game show music. Now if only I had one of those cute little microphones. 
    11. USE GOOGLE CALENDAR. Seriously, I just started doing this a little over a month ago and it has been a life saver. I post on Monday's and Friday's so I use the calendar to schedule what content I plan on publishing when. This has helped me out tremendously along with tip 5. They go hand in hand but it is seriously a time saver and helps me be more successful for posting. 

So that's them. Those are the 11 tips that I'm sharing with bloggers that maybe want to be more consistent or are simply starting in the blogging world! & trust me... they WORK! I have been successfully posting every Monday & Friday since the beginning of March! So these are tips that I have used to help me stay consistent and not miss a post! yay.

Happy blogging and if you have a blog leave a link below! I'd love to follow you! 

D Family

Returning clients end up feeling like old friends getting together and catching up more than they do work. I photographed their first son and momma on a warm may evening. That session still is one of my favorites. You can see it HERE.

Couple years later, another darling boy, and a trip to Wisconsin to visit family & I'm so fortunate I was on the list of people to contact.

It was such a fun, relaxed session. I adore this family and the beautiful farm that their sessions take place on. Thank you D family for allowing me to capture you once again. You all are beautiful.

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This living room? A window filled photographers dream. So. Much. Light. 
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Does anything beat a gummy baby smile? Nope.
We got dizzy..
 & played with sticks...
 & had oodles of snuggles..

 & became an airplane..
 & looked for cow poop ;)

 We acted like bears too.. That was fun.
 & then I snuck mom & dad away for some portraits just the two of them. My favorite kind of forehead kisses? The ones that weren't prompted. Love.

 & a photo bomber with a bucket of rocks and another stick in hand.

Wisconsin Summer Mommy + Me Session

Kelly asked if I would be willing to do their session. I didn't even think twice! I knew I wanted to shoot this cutie and her gorgeous momma! I don't do a whole lot of children sessions anymore so I was so excited!

My rule of thumb with kiddos is the more silly/weird/ridiculous you feel the better you're doing. But N* didn't make me act like a total fool!

Here is their session, enjoy!