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Morning sunshine. Moss blowing in the light breeze. Pale peach and blush colored roses. Lace. Chiffon. Pearls… sigh. How much more romantic can one photo shoot get? Marlee and I explored a local state park and found some gorgeous scenery for these bridal portraits! I love everything about these photos, and this beautiful model! She has a natural grace about her, which made for some stunning photos. Thanks, Marlee – absolutely beautiful!

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I’m currently crushing on this new location that I ventured out to. I have always loved abandoned places, they seem to offer the best backdrops and widest variety of options. So when I asked Alex to join me for this stylized photo shoot, I was stoked when we arrived and I found exactly the type of staircase I was initially looking for. But then, the more I explored, I realized there was so much more! Palm trees, a huge beautiful oak tree with hanging moss, chipped paint. I love love love how these photos turned out.

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The minute I met Anna + Alex I knew they embodied everything Poppie Studios is about.

From their fun quirky habits to their chic style, I quickly realized we were a perfect photography match. The best part was how comfortable they were, both with each other and in front of the camera.

Between the rustic abandoned warehouse to the gorgeous sun-drenched field just across the road, I’m having a difficult time picking just one favorite from this beautiful session!


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A great photo shoot is a collaboration between myself, the photographer and you, the client. When we work together the results will always be awesome! I understand that the majority of my clients aren’t models, i.e. you’re not used to “working it” in front of the camera, so I don’t expect you to know a lot about how a session will go. When you schedule a session with Poppie Studios, I take the time to truly understand your needs and go over with you what needs to happen in order to get exactly what you want from your session.


First things first, why? Why do you want photographs taken? Not “because you’re supposed to have family portraits taken every year” or because you “need a holiday card” but perhaps, instead, because you want to capture your family’s unique dynamics for wall prints or to convey a special holiday message.


Once we know the why, we can discuss the look. This ties in with the why. You want nice wall prints? Then consider the decor in the room where these photos will be displayed. Your wardrobe in the photos should match and blend with your home decor. Same applies to holiday cards, choose outfits that go with the theme.


Location is also very important. If we’re shooting indoors we want to ensure there aren’t things in the background that will take the focus away from you – same can be said for outdoor spots as well. Outside though, we have to take into consideration the weather conditions: too sunny, too hot, too dark. All of those elements can be distracting both during the shoot and in the photos themselves.


The day of the shoot doesn’t need to be nerve-wracking! Just be patient and peaceful. Allow for plenty of time to get to the location early, get good sleep the night before and don’t eat in the hour beforehand so you’re not bloated or uncomfortable – but do bring snacks for the kiddos so they’re not hangry (hungry + angry) during the shoot!


During the shoot, relax. I’m a professional and we’re just here capturing your fun family on film. There will be some posing, but nothing that feels awkward or forced. If you ever feel uncomfortable, just say something. Feel free to ask for a break and chill for a second.


After the session we’ll get back together a week or so later to look at your awesome photos. During that time you pick out your favorites and we figure out the best way to utilize them: decorate your home with a gallery wall or choose the best one for your holiday card.


I hope these tips have you feeling excited and prepared for your next session with Poppie Studios!
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