For Valentines day, I had a themed session called the "smooch booth" and they were super cute! We took a pallet and made it into a prop called the smooch booth. We had all things Valentines day including heart shaped balloons, messenger candy, and "love" signs. Although they weren't the most popular themed session I have ever done, they turned out sooo cute! I will be doing these again next year as well.
You are engaged... do you have the pictures taken?
Engagement Sessions have become one of my favorite things to photograph. I know we talked about this before but I continue to get the question "should we do engagement pictures?" I always say "YES!" Engagement pictures are the best way to get to know your wedding photographer, to learn how they work, what poses you like best, and as a bonus, you get gorgeous pictures to cherish.
Picking a wedding photographer is a hard task. You may love their pictures but are you going to love their personality, Are they going to get you your pictures in a timely manner, etc. The engagement session is a way for you to learn all these things. You probably have spoken on the phone with your wedding photographer and maybe even have met them in person but actually working with them before the wedding is something even better. As a wedding photographer, it is good for us as well. It helps us help you trust us, learn what you are comfortable with as far as poses go, and what type of pictures you like best. This helps us even more to take those amazing pictures on your wedding day! So if you are on the fence about having the engagement pictures taken, don't be. Do it, I promise you won't regret it and you will more than likely have fun doing it as well!
Sometimes a photographer just needs to tell her client the vision they have and execute it! I brought formal dresses and found some sand piles and made it happen! Of course after a few minutes of taking pictures on the sand hill, we were asked to leave (even though it was public property, in the middle of a parking lot, and we were not hurting anything) and I didn't even get halfway started on taking the pictures I had hoped for. I guess if you are a photographer, you have been kicked off property a time or two right...? Even Though I wasn't very happy, I also didn't want confrontation so we packed up and headed to a different location. I Just had to brush it off and get back in my creative mode. Especially since we were running out of light.
After we got to the new location off the beaten path, we took a few pictures in the beautiful black dress and then moved on to our next look which looked AMAZING with the backdrop that had been created for us! It wasn't exactly what I had set out for but it was gorgeous none the less. We didn't let a little set back take away our photoshoot or creativity. Putting someone somewhere where they don't belong is what I love to do! A formal dress on a sand mound was the perfect example... but so is a formal dress and an abandoned train on a gravel road! Always take the road less traveled!!
ADULT BIRTHDAY SESSIONS ARE THE BEST!
One of my all time favorite types of sessions are the adult birthday sessions! They are so much fun to do, in studio or outside! If you are over 25 years old.... these sessions are DEFINITELY FOR YOU! Below is a session we did this past weekend in the studio. I can't begin to tell you how much fun we had!
THE STUDIO HAS GONE FROM BACKDROPS TO BOUDOIR BACK TO BACKDROPS
In case ya'll missed it.... Our studio made a transformation last weekend and it worked out AMAZINGLY! I have so many boudoir sessions booking now that I am thinking of bringing in hair and makeup. I have shared the transformation on the public forums like facebook, tiktok, and instagram and now I decided I should share it here!
I HOPE YOU ENJOY! AND AS ALWAYS.. LET ME KNOW IF YOU WANT TO BOOK!
I am the person behind the lens for Marilyn Ray Photography. I have been been a lifestyle photographer for 5 years and have made my way into the wedding and marketing industry. I really enjoy what I do. I love being creative and stepping outside the ordinary box.