Fall Mini Sessions Are Back!

School is back in and its that time of year again... yep mini sessions are back and you're hearing about them first! Being awesome, like your bad self, has perks - like getting first dibs on sessions spots! Book your time slot now before I open up spots to the public and announce them on social media on Aug. 23rd :)

Minis will be held (specific locations TBD):

October 23rd in Roswell, GA - morning and evening slots available
November 5th in Cumming, GA - evening slots available

Mini sessions are $125, 20 minutes each, and include the following:
  • A mix of classic posed shots + interactive, natural family or kiddo shots – as much as we can muster in 20 minutes!
  • Edited images delivered via online gallery – available for 2 weeks.
  • 5 images of your choice from your gallery for download
  • 20% off additional print/product orders.

Here's the "deets" for booking: There will be a limited number of spots per date and sessions are first come, first serve, so please reserve your spot early! A $75 non-refundable retainer fee is required to book and hold your time slot. I accept cash, check, all major credit cards and Paypal for your convenience. The remaining balance will be due at the time of the session.
Minis are great for small kids with attention spans to match their height, updating family pictures, holiday cards, and gifting pictures to Granny and Aunt Marge!

Email me for more information and to book your mini session sarah@trulove-photography.com

P.S. Feel like 20 minutes isn't enough time to capture all of your fabulousness? Upgrade to a full session for just $75 more!

Tips for a Successful Family Session

Photo sessions can be daunting, especially when you're hoping for some cute pictures of your littles. Don't worry, EVERY other parent out there is worrying about the same things: will the kids behave, are they going to do that cheesy fake smile, will they be grumpy, will they look at the camera, can I just get ONE GOOD PICTURE? Parents, I hear you and I'm about to share some tips to hopefully make your next family session a little less stressful for everyone :)

1. Timing
If your kids are still napping make sure you don't schedule your session during their normal nap time or too close to their bed time, and make sure they've had a snack! Well rested and non "hangry" kiddos (and parents - yes you need a snack too) make for happy smiley pictures.

2. Stop telling your kids to say cheese.
This typically only gets unnatural fake looking smiles. Instead try to make them laugh - tickle them, dance behind me like a crazy person to help get their attention, make funny faces, etc. Have fun! Not only does it make for a cute picture, but it helps to loosen everyone up and get some real and natural smiles going!

3. It's ok if everyone isn't looking at the camera for every picture. 
Sometimes candid playful pictures are the best ones! When your family is being playful and interacting with each other you will get pictures that reflect the special connection you have and those are often the pictures my clients cherish the most.

4. Bring water and a small towel
Always bring water, especially if its hot outside, and if anyone (ahem, Dad, cough) has a tendency to collect droplets on their forhead bring a towel to help mop them up between pictures. You're investing in artwork to hang in your home and cherish forever, and you want to make sure everyone looks happy and dry in the pictures on your walls ;)

5. Don't bribe the kids...bribe Dad
The kids will just be thinking about their treat or toy or whatever you promised them the whole time, and will be upset that its taking so long to get it. Dad however, might be more willing to cooperate if there's a steak dinner or a round of Top Golf coming. Dads, I know photo sessions aren't your favorite, but for just an hour put on your happy face and smile for the camera! These pictures will be important to your kids when they are all grown up and you will love being able to look back at your happy little family :)


Girl Tribe Photo Session

 Every girl knows, there is no relationship like the ones you have with your girlfriends. Sleeping over and staying up late in middle school talking about your latest crush, commiserating over how much our parents "just don't understand" in high school, blasting music and dancing while getting ready to hit the bars in college...or after college, bonding over margaritas and quarter life crisis' and somehow still talking about boys into our twenties and thirties. There's just nothing like your girl tribe.

I was so excited when Briana, Melissa, and Alyssa wanted to do a #froomies (friends + roommates) session to get some pictures of them together for their apartment. Best. Idea. Ever!

I think they nailed it... what do you guys think?

4 Tips for Finding Good Light

I don't think I've ever been on a vacation where I didn't see a family being positioned to face the sun for a group picture by Aunt Merna or Uncle Fred, only to see the entire family squinting while saying "CHEESE!"
I want to save you, my friend, from this squinty group picture and give you some great tips on how to find good light. Your Aunt Merna will love you!

1. Finding good light in the middle of the day
In the middle of the day the sun is directly above us which does not give us flattering light for pictures. Instead we get high contrast harsh uneven light like this:
This is me in 2015 btw. Don't judge my facial expressions ;)
During this time of day, the best thing to do is to find a large shaded area to position your subject like the side of a building or under a group of trees. The light will be much more even and soft in the shade like this:
2. Finding light indoors
When indoors, find a window and angle your subject towards the light like this: 
3. Don't put your back to the light
Unless you know how manually set your camera's exposure settings, don't put your subject's back to the light. Your phone or camera's auto settings will likely end up giving you a picture with either your subject as a silhouette or your background blown out and way too bright. Instead go find that shade!
4. Wait for Sunrise or Sunset
About an hour after sunrise and about an hour before sunset are what photographer's refer to as the golden hours. We love it, we chase it, we obsess over it. And for good reason - its the most gorgeous lighting EVER!!! During these times, the sun will be shining on your subject at an angle (from the side not the top like during midday) giving you some pretty dreamy light to work with. 
Now go use your new knowledge and powers for good, amaze everyone with your selfie taking skills, and show off your best lit lunch on insta ;)