Happy Monday y’all! And happy New Years eye!! I thought about writing out a long list of things wouldn’t mind having as a new year resolution BUT I know I probably won’t stick to any of them haha SO I figured I would just tell ya what I hope to work on in the new year!
#1. Being that I continue to grow my business. I absolutely adore what I do and making people feel beautiful and comfortable in front of the camera is something I’ve worked really hard at. I always want to make my clients feel like they are family! Like they can come to me for questions and concerns! I see my business as more of a family for me because I create relationships with them and want to continue working with them and want them to want to bring their friends with to join my photography family! It’s fun for me to take portraits everyday and wish I did it more! I want this to be something I continue to do for the rest of my life! And bringing more people into my photography family would make that possible! So continuing to grow my business is definitely at the top of my list for what I want to work on next year
#2. Is to do more traveling. I feel like I find a comfortable spot and never leave. I am okay with comfortability and I want to explore and see more of this beautiful earth God created! I have so many ideas for potential photography projects and I hope to do them all and traveling would help to make that happen
#3. I hope to make more time for myself as an individual. Just take time to enjoy my life and enjoy the blessings I have in my life. I deserve a break to breathe from the craziness of my life. I sometimes forget that taking time to self reflect and just relax without worrying about what I have to get done and what my plans are coming up. And that takes a toll on a person so focusing on myself and giving myself time to just unwind and just let my body relax is something I really need to work on
#4. Of course we all have this one but going along with giving myself time, I just want to really work on taking care of myself and start eating healthy again. I told myself that I wouldn’t say this was a New Years resolution because I never stick to them so started a few days early to trick my mind into saying it’s not something I’m doing for the time being but something I want do forever! I want make that life style change for not only for my physical health but also for my mental health. When I eat healthier, I have a clearer brain. I think better, I plan better, and of course I preform better so this is a change that I hope sticks this time because I know I’ll be so much happier.
What are you wanting to work on in the new year?? I would love to know!! Comment down below!
Xoxo, Jess Lauren
This sweet little family is one that I hold very close to my heart. I've know Maija for a little while now because we used to work together, I am so happy that I have had the opportunity to get to know her! I haven't know Austin for too long but he has such a big heart and has been so kind and supportive of my business! getting to photograph their little family for Christmas was definitely the icing on the cake! I can't wait to see what the future holds for them and I hope to be taking many many more photos of them and their life! check out some of my faves from their shoot!
Xoxo, Jess Lauren
Before any session I always get questions about what the client should prepare for the session, what they should bring, and of course what they should wear. Well have no fear because I'm here to save you the trouble of having to ask all those questions!!
What Should You Prepare For Your Session?
Anytime I book a session with a client I always ask them a few things about what they had been hoping to get out of their session such as if the session is just for fun or more of a professional setting such as business head shots , or if there is a theme they were following, etc. These types of questions help me as the photographer put together an idea on how the session will go as well as giving me a little bit of inspiration for the photo shoot. So to prepare you for your session I suggest having an idea of what you are wanting to have done! what type of session, the theme,if there is one, and what you are wanting to get out of your portrait session with me.
What Should You Wear?
I get this question more than anything, unfortunately I don't know what everyone has in their closet to be able to tell you exactly what to pick! BUT! Something I can do is aid in deciding on the perfect outfit. I have a style guide that I send to all my clients before a session to help decide on a and answer any other questions they might have before a session. I want my clients to feel comfortable and happy in front of my camera. so of course I want to make sure that my clients wear something that is going to help with that confidence because I know when I know I look good, I FEEL good! I do a few other things to help ensure all this too Pinterest is AMAZING for this especially because they've done all the hard work for us! we can just do a little searching and up pops SO many amazing ideas and gives great examples of outfits and styles that look amazing in photos! I have my own Pinterest page that I'll send my clients to have a look at. I am a natural light photographer and my goal is to capture photos with beautiful light, I absolutely DROOL over light and airy photos so I suggest when picking out your outfit to stay with in a lighter color palette, colors such as, pinks, baby blues, lilac, tan, and all things pastel are colors that make for that style I crave because lighter colors help aid in getting those beautiful photos!
What Should You Bring To Your Session?
Because I am an Arizona Photographer, and a lot of my session locations are desert themed I make sure that my clients bring water, I can't tell you how many sessions have been dreadful because we all forgot water, its hot! stay hydrated! During Sessions I am notorious moving around a lot in a location. I like to capture the beauty of a location and find the perfect light, so of course with being a little picky at a location I end up traveling a lot around a location, so because of this, if you plan to wear heels to a session bring an extra pair of shoes like flip flops or flats so you can change out and save your feet when walking from place to place. Another thing I suggest in preparing for your session is packing 1-2 extra outfits just in case of a wardrobe malfunction or we have extra time! its always better to be over prepared than under! and of course be sure to bring your smile :)
as always if you have any other questions I welcome all your questions and would love to answer anything you need!
-Jess Lauren, Xo
The Photographer behind all the gorgeous images! I wanted to be able to show case some of the other amazing photos that I don't post to my social media pages! so you can get even more of a feel for the beauty that my images hold!