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I am in love with…unexpected locations

I Love when clients choose locations, they usually fit the client so much better than if I had chosen which means that the photos will represent them much better. One of my favorite things is when clients choose an unexpected place as the location for their engagement or wedding photos. I think sometimes my favorite pictures are taken in places that are a little out of the ordinary. A few weeks ago I shot Bethany’s bridal portraits and one of my favorite photos from the session was one taken in a little alley that was not pretty at all but the juxtaposition of a stunning bride against a dirty alley to me was very striking. Just this past weekend I shot Matheus and Camille’s engagement session and one of our locations was under a graffiti covered bridge. Trust me there were some nasty things that we found under that bridge including a HUGE petrified fish, the jaw of an iguana and a pair of boxer shorts…it was gross! But, the light was amazing and the location fit Camille and Matheus perfectly and I LOVE the way that the images came out.

Clients: Don’t be afraid of selecting locations that really fit the two of you. Whether that is a field, a graffiti covered bridge or even your favorite coffee shop. I want to capture what makes your relationship your own, and you will cherish looking at photos that truly represent who you are.

Photographers: Don’t be afraid to shoot in new and unexpected locations. If you are shooting in what might seem like an expected location, shoot it in an unexpected way. Don’t feel the need to copy poses you have seen on every photographers blog, but use what you have in front of you to pose your clients in a way that shows off the unique location. Most of all, focus on the light! Good light is far more important in the end than the location. You may have a good location, but if it has bad light the photos won’t have the pop that you desire.

Here are some of the photos in unexpected locations that I was referring to…

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Super sweet posing and expression! Nice job!

I love these pictures Kristen! Such great advice! : )
As always!

Love Camille and Matheus’ choice for their engagement session! So unique and fun.

New reader-love the different poses!

Lovely images! Beautiful couple!

love her expression in that first shot… great moment! thanks for commenting on our recent brooklyn wedding too… ;)

LOVE this advice and the locations:) Pictures look great!

Jared and Jennifer – Engagement

 Jeremy and I had so much fun with these two this past weekend.  Jared said something during their engagement session that totally wrapped up what I love about their relationship when he said “She looks to me and I look up”.  To me their engagement session was the perfect mixture of sweet moments and tons of laughter. As a side note, I don’t usually put this many black and white photos on the blog, but I think that it just fits Jennifer, she is such a classic beauty.

Jared and Jennifer, Thank you so much for spending the morning with us, even though we are crazy. I am so happy for you both, and can’t wait for your wedding!


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Great ring shot! Looking through their photos I kept thinking, “She looks really familiar!” Now I remember that she taught my Freshman College Survey class. What a small world :-)


Love Love LOVE.. the one of them laughing!

Rachel LaMontagne

I LOVE these photos! So happy for J and J! :)

Thank you so much for posting these! I loved having her as a teacher at PCC, and I always wondered when she was going to get married!! :)

[…] might remember Jared and Jennifer from their engagement session, and if you know that there are always a ton of smiles with these two. When I blogged their […]

Forbeyon Album swatch kit!

I was so excited to get my album swatch kit from Forbeyon yesterday! They sent the 42 swatches in the most adorable little box.  I think the swatches will be so helpful to clients as they choose a cover for their album, with so many choices seeing and feeling the options in person is the best way to narrow it down to the one that you want. I think an album is one of the best things you can have as a keepsake from your wedding, and I talked here about how important our album is to us. With all of these different cover options, as well as the fact that we can add a photo to the cover, add an accent color and  imprint names, date, or a special phrase, you can really make this an heirloom that fits you perfectly. If you have any questions about Album options, or adding an album to your package if it is not already included, don’t hesitate to ask! I am more than happy to help.

These are just a few of my swatches…

And here is what I am working on right now…Jared and Jennifer’s engagement photos. Isn’t she gorgeous!

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They look like they go together. Can’t wait to see the rest. Beautiful!!!!!

She is so absolutely beautiful! I loved your album post. : ) Those choices look awesome. I think it will be hard to decide : )

I’ve never heard of Forbeyon before, but their samples look great! So many choices to choose from…

Camille and Matheus

This engagement session was so much fun! Camille and Matheus are so great to be around, and I think we would all agree that they are such a gorgeous couple! I LOVE when clients choose locations for their engagement sessions, they always choose places that fit their style and personality’s so well, and that was definitely the case for this session. They choose some great locations that also happened to have amazing light which basically made me squeal while shooting. You might think I am joking, but I am really not.  Camille and Matheus are both musicians which is so cool, and they chose to incorporate his violin into the session. Camille also did an amazing job in the role of stylist for the session picking out such great outfits for the two of them that really complimented each other and showed their personal style.  I am so happy for this amazing couple and had a blast capturing these images.


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picking a favorite…I don’t think it’s possible…


Sooooooo cute!!!!


Very beautiful!

Beautiful pictures!!

I love the heart on the rock..that is nice. I have the 50mm1.2 and it is fantastic. I shoot most everything with it. I love reading through your blog!

What a fun session! I LOVE their outfits. I also love her hair. How pretty is she! Very cool shots Kristin! You rocked it out of the park!

LOVE the very last one. I do believe that is my favorite.

LOVE the very last shot. It is my favorite.

[…] of a stunning bride against a dirty alley to me was very striking. Just this past weekend I shot Matheus and Camille’s engagement session and one of our locations was under a graffiti covered bridge. Trust me there were some nasty things […]

Love the one of him playing and her touching his arm. So romantic! Great job as always, Kristin!

The one thing I wish I knew…Part 2 and a sneak peak

I am so excited to be able to share a few more answers that I recieved from some of the best photographers around when I asked them “What is the one thing that you wish you knew when you started your business”. If you missed part one you can see it here. Stay tuned for the next set of responses…there are so many great ones to come. And I have to add a HUGE thank you to all of the photographers that participated and sent in thier response. Enjoy…and check out the sneak peak of an awesome engagement session at the bottom of the post.


Zach and Jody Gray of Gray Photography

We would say that where you will be in five years is dependent on two things, the books you read and the people you meet. Even though we did learn that early on, that has been the one piece of advice that changed our business and that we would give to photographers starting out. So, be sure that you are reading business books! At least one every month. Then, spend time getting to know people that are doing what you want to be doing one day (those that are successful at what they do) and act like them. You will become like the people you surround yourself with, so surround yourself with success and you will become a success!

Karen Stott

Put away your credit card!  In the beginning it is easy to become overwhelmed with all that is available for photographers.  In an instant you can get sucked in to buying posing guides, templates, actions, custom framing samples, backdrops, filters, light meters and pretty camera straps when in reality you really don’t need any of those things to be successful.  They may be helpful at a later date, but not when you are first starting out.  Before you know it, you are working only to pay off all of the “necessities” that you purchased that are now collecting dust.  I encourage you to spend your money on actual investments.  My greatest investments have been education, a quality website and blog, a 5D Mark 2 and top notch lenses.  There is also so much to gain by giving your time to others in the industry.  This may not cost you anything financially but will bring you a lot in return.  Good luck in your adventure.  Hugs!

Corey and Jackie of Ada Photography

When we first started our business we were always comparing ourselves to those around us. If we weren’t as good, or if our business wasn’t growing as fast we would get discouraged. It’s great to look at other people’s work and to be inspired, but you really have to be careful not to allow yourself to get discouraged. Know that success takes time, and just because one person succeeded a certain way doesn’t mean you can’t if you do it differently.

Gail Werner

To work really hard at being a photographer before you tell people you’re a photographer. Starting out, I was reluctant to tell too many others I was a photographer. I wanted to PROVE I was a photographer who knew how to work her camera before I was telling people that was the case. I think hubris is a downfall for a lot of people in this industry. If you keep your head down and work hard, study the art of photography (both your manual and the masters whose names you should know), practice a lot (and by practice I mean, photograph as many friends as you can and second shoot at LEAST a handful of weddings before you shoot your own solo!), and stay humble, you can go far in this industry. Just by being yourself.

To add to that (because I’m long-winded-haha), I thought I might say that you really do need to LOVE doing this. Because if the love isn’t there, you won’t have the gumption to slog your way through the work of building a business for yourself. If the love is there, than that’s what that business becomes — a true labor of love.

And here is a sneak peak of one of this weekend amazing engagement sessions!


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This is so great Kristin! Thank you for including me — and it’s awesome to read what others have to share on the topic too! SO much good info to process! Kudos for pulling it all together!

Awesome. Thanks for this!

What a fabulous idea Kristin! I loved this.. I think I did everything they all said not to do when i started out, go figure :) These engagement shots are lovely!

I love this “series” so helpful! Thank you for doing this Kristin! Such a fabulous idea! :)

Oh my gosh. That advice is so invaluable! WOW!

Love all the great advice! I wonder what we’ll say 5+ years from now that “we wish we knew” today.