Boise Family Photographer | What To Wear | Do's and Don'ts For Your Next Family Session

Boise Family Photographer | What To Wear | Do's and Don'ts For Your Next Family Session

What is one of the main reasons mamas put off family photos you ask? Wardrobe. I cannot tell you how often I hear, "we've never done photos because the thought of planning it was enough to put it off another year."

Deciding what to wear for your session can seem like a huge chore. I get it. But that's also why I'm here to help. It's my job to make you feel 100% confident going into your session and following these simple tips will get you going on the right path. But first, don’t forget to check your closet!

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Boise Photographer | The One Who Made Me Pick Up My Camera | MK Nature Center

Boise Photographer | The One Who Made Me Pick Up My Camera | MK Nature Center

What was suppose to be a location scouting adventure turned into a mini session for our TWO year old. Sadly, I find it harder and harder to edit our own personal photos these days, let alone take them. I save personal photos for the off season or the days she takes extra long naps (praying those never end!). 

We call her our "Nora the Explorer" because, hello, just look at her. On the go with an agenda to play. No looking at my camera, she says! Some day I hope she loves taking photos as much as I do, but for now I'll capture her doing what she does best... Being a toddler, and an independent one at that! I don't want to forget the way she grips her lovey, runs off quick to show me a new bridge, or even the face she gets before her famous toddler tantrum (scroll down for proof!). But most importantly, I want to remember our daily adventures with just the two of us. Being us. Our days seem long and when she falls asleep we miss her. And if you're a mama, you know the years, they are too short. 

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Eagle Equine Photographer | Cierra DeDeker | Peak Performance Equine PLLC

Eagle Equine Photographer | Cierra DeDeker | Peak Performance Equine PLLC

When I'm given the opportunity to photograph equine professionals I'm all in. I may not be the most comfortable riding these beautiful creatures, but photographing them is a whole different story. If you have a horse or animal you want photographed, don't forget that I welcome this in my packages. Spring is here and our golden sunsets pair perfectly with your ranch and horses. 

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Boise Lifestyle Photographer | Mother's Day Mama and Me Minis

 Boise Lifestyle Photographer | Mother's Day Mama and Me Minis

Maybe I'm being a little sentimental because our baby was born 2 years ago today. I dropped her off at daycare and she cried because she's still adjusting to the change. It's always us. Our days are always together. We're learning how to navigate toddlerhood, a strong personality (or 2!), and she's learning how to communicate what she needs. She loves her dogs, her babies, cooking me lunch in her kitchen, and exploring new parks in the afternoons. Oh, how time has flown by already. 

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Boise Family Photographer | Favorite Locations for your next lifestyle session

Boise Family Photographer | Favorite Locations for your next lifestyle session

Picking out the perfect location for your family photos can be one of the more stressful parts about thinking through the details. Sometimes this stops you right there from booking your session. Oh, how that makes my heart sad!  Sometimes, the most beautiful locations don't work the best for capturing your family's memories. In fact, some of the least likely spots end up being the most beautiful photographs that make it to the gallery on your wall. I'm talking about parking lots with telephone poles (this happens and trust me). ;)

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Boise lifestyle and Family Photographer | Featured Product

Boise lifestyle and Family Photographer | Featured Product

Ever since I added this little number to my lineup, families started specifically coming to me for one (and I don't blame them, I'm absolutely obsessed!).

I love working with my clients on being more purposeful with their images, and these heirloom albums allow me to tell a story that might not be told otherwise. 

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Boise Lifestyle Photographer | 5 Quick Tips for Photographing Your Kids(With Your Phone)

Boise Lifestyle Photographer | 5 Quick Tips for Photographing Your Kids(With Your Phone)

When I started out as a lifestyle photographer here in Boise, I was determined to learn how to take better photos of kids before we became parents. This came with a lot of golden retriever photos friend, because, hello, they move. More than kids (sometimes!).  But they're also adorable so that part was easy. :) I will always thank our first fur baby Mosby for teaching me all about focusing, rule of thirds, and most of all, patience. Here are my 5 quick tips for taking better photos of kiddos that you can use on your phone so you can get out and practice, too! 

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