When I was nineteen I got a job as a photographer at the Sears portrait studio in the Summit Park Mall. You can laugh at how dated that sentence is, I’ll wait.
I had countless new families come into the studio with their newborn babies. In the high-volume studio setting, the goal was to get people in and out as quickly as possible. Under thirty minutes was the goal, and any appointments more than fifteen minutes late were cancelled and rescheduled. Unfortunately for that business model, newborns don’t understand schedules yet.
For newborn photography, I like to keep it simple and in the comfort of the parents home if possible. Here’s why - In my experience both as a photographer and as a father, the best pictures of your family are when everyone is comfortable. Have a room that the baby likes? Let’s shoot it there. Need to take a break to tend to some tears? Take your time. Diaper time? Diaper time. I’ll be down the hall until you’re ready.
We weren’t in and out in under thirty minutes, and that was perfectly fine for everyone involved. Thank you to Maggie and Tyler for choosing me to photograph this special little guy.
Content is key for your website. It has to be unique, genuine, and relevant to your company. Now, I will admit that I love completely insane stock photography as much as the next guy. But, I also think that you should aim higher for your own website (unless your entire business focus is funny stock photography, in which case we should meet).
When Standard Property Management reached out to me, I was instantly excited to work with them. Our main focus for this session was to cover their headshots, building, and some additional content that they could use on their website. As someone who has rented from some questionable landlords in the past - it was refreshing to see a company that not only takes pride in what they do, but has a great team of people to keep things running smoothly.
We really enjoy working with the team at Standard Property Management, and I’m guessing that if you are looking to rent in Buffalo - you will too
Alright, first blog post time. Let’s do this!
I actually debated what our first blog should be. I admittedly haven’t really blogged much since the fall of Myspace, is it custom to talk about yourself? That seems weird. Should we talk about what we do? I feel like that’s self-explanatory. But then it dawned on me, that we should share a few photos from one of the more recent and fun projects that we had the pleasure of working on.
Angela is one of Grace’s oldest friends. They have known each other for a couple of decades, and have more stories and inside jokes than I ever knew possible. And Frank is a photographer, so it’s always a pleasure to talk shop with him. When Frank popped the question (there’s a great video on just how he did it), we were thrilled for them. And I was even more thrilled when they asked me to photograph their engagement portraits.
Our first stop was Freedom Run Winery in Lockport, NY. If you haven’t been to Freedom Run, I strongly suggest that you make your way down there. They were super welcoming and even pointed us in the right direction on where we should go first. We had a great time walking their grounds, talking about how they met, and we even got a bit of light offroading in because Jeep.
For our next stop, we made our way down to Akron, NY to visit Akron Falls Park. Akron Falls is a great place to go for a quick hike with a great view.
Now, it is worth noting that Angela was a champion during this part of our session. She made the risky decision of giving me creative freedom here, and that can only mean one thing - we’re going to get as close to the waterfall as we can get. Wedges and all, Angela powered through some questionable at best terrain to get some gorgeous shots.
Camera - Canon EOS R
Lens - Canon RF 35mm f1.8