Shelby Forest Session Prep

Hey heyyyyyyy y’all.

It’s time to start getting prepped for the Shelby Forest Christmas Mini session with a vintage airstream!

This session, we are shooting at Shelby Forest in Millington, TN! This is a hair farther out, so please plan accordingly to arrive there.

First off, let me just say – I CANNOT WAIT!! I drove out there today to check on everything. The trees…oh my gosh!! Y’all picked a great session for Christmas photos!! Eeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

So, directions.

Where are you going and how do you get there??

I NEED everyone to put on your reading glasses and for real READ these directions I am about to tell you.

The cell reception in this area is really shady (Get it?! Because we’re in a forest?! Haha. Anyways…) and there’s a really solid chance that you cannot get a hold of me if you get lost.

So, I NEED you to follow these directions to a T.

I’m going to give you these directions by words and then again by a combo of maps, photos, and words….so it’s a couple of different ways to tell you how to get to the same place.

Here is the address…I couldn’t find a number: 

Dogwood Ridge

Millington, TN 38053

Directions coming from I-40.

1. Take Hwy 51 (Danny Thomas) towards Millington 

2. Take a LEFT onto Watkins towards Millington (IF you take north Watkins exit from the interstate, just take this road all the way up)

3. Stay on Watkins for about 9 miles until it dead-ends. (Your GPS will tell you to turn earlier than I do. DO NOT do this. It will take you through a bunch of backroads, and I don’t want you to get all confused. Just stay on Watkins.) It turns into a little highway (highway 388). At the dead-end, there will be a Citgo Gas station on your right.

4. Take a LEFT at the dead-end. The street is called Locke Cuba Road. Go down this street for a minute.

5. Take a RIGHT on Bluff Road (there’s a stop sign) at the Shelby Forest General Store.

6. Take a LEFT at the State Park Entrance. There’s currently a banner sign that says Fall Festival. When I went today, the actual State Park sign is being repaired or something, so that’s not there, but you’ll see the visitor center right ahead.

7. Take a RIGHT onto Riddick Road. This is directly after you pass the visitor center. It’s a little road that kinda sneaks up on you. You’ll see 2 signs ahead here. That’s when you take the right. Follow signs for the CAMPGROUND.

8. Follow this street down UNTIL you reach the sign that says ONE WAY.

9. Very IMPORTANT. Turn LEFT BEFORE you enter the ONE WAY PART. There’s a sign that says Dogwood Ridge Campground. IF you go down the ONE WAY, you have to go all the way around, and it takes FOREVER. So….do not, repeat, DO NOT go down this way. Take a left at the Dogwood Ridge Campground sign!

10. Follow this road, and you will see the Airstream camper. I have spots 1 and 2 booked, so I’ll put the camper in one of those two spots depending on lighting and other factors. You’ll see us. If you follow around the road, there’s parking right next to the bathrooms.

11. You’ve made it! Great job!! 🙂

 

Phew! I know I’m using a lot of shouty capitals, bolded text, and red font. I just want to make sure that everyone is able to find us and not get lost. Please screen shot the directions and/or photos in case you don’t have internet service to access this post.

 

Ok, so now, I’m going to give you the same directions, but I’m adding in photos.

1. Take Hwy 51 (Danny Thomas) towards Millington

2. Take a LEFT onto Watkins towards Millington (IF you take north Watkins exit from the interstate, just take this road all the way up)Directions from i-40

3. Stay on Watkins for about 9 miles until it dead-ends. (Your GPS will tell you to turn earlier than I do. DO NOT do this. It will take you through a bunch of backroads, and I don’t want you to get all confused. Just stay on Watkins.) It turns into a little highway (highway 388). At the dead-ends, there will be a Citgo Gas station on your right.

4. Take a LEFT at the dead-end. The street is called Locke Cuba Road. Go down this street for a minute.

5. Take a RIGHT on Bluff Road at the Shelby Forest General Store.

6. Take a LEFT at the State Park Entrance. There’s currently a banner sign that says Fall Festival. When I went today, the actual State Park sign is being repaired or something, so that’s not there, but you’ll see the visitor center right ahead. 

 

7. Take a RIGHT onto Riddick Road. This is directly after you pass the visitor center. It’s a little road that kinda sneaks up on you. You’ll see 2 signs ahead here. That’s when you take the right. Follow signs for the CAMPGROUND.

 

 

8. Follow this street down UNTIL you reach the sign that says ONE WAY.

 

 

9. Very IMPORTANT. Turn LEFT BEFORE you enter the ONE WAY PART. There’s a sign on your left that says Dogwood Ridge Campground. IF you go down the ONE WAY, you have to go all the way around, and it takes FOREVER.

So….do not, repeat, DO NOT go down this way. Turn left at the Dogwood Ridge Campground sign.

 

 

Follow this road, and you will see the Airstream camper ahead. We are in spots 1 and 2.

 

 

I have spots 1 and 2 booked, so I’ll put the camper in one of those two spots depending on lighting and other factors. You’ll see us. If you follow the road, there’s parking right next to the bathrooms.

 

Referring to the map above, there is parking where the phone and the bathrooms are. Then you can just walk over to us. I will also have an amazing Santa helper there who will direct you.

 

parking

Ok, I hope this helps! I obviously shot these photos at 2 separate times, but hopefully, y’all can get the gist.

Here are just a few more photos of the GORGEOUS trees we will get to shoot at this Saturday. Aren’t y’all excited?!?!

 

      

 

Ok, if you’re on the fence whether to sign up for the mini session, there are just a few spots left, so act fast! Here’s the link to signup times! Offering times 10-5!

 

For your mini session, you’ll want to get there about 10/15 or so minutes early to find it, park, and get settled. If you get lost, please refer to map and directions. You are welcome to call me, but I may not have cell service. 901-412-4482

 

If you are late, it will cut into your session time, so please keep that in mind when you are prepping.

WHAT TO BRING:

Bring any props that you will want to have in the photos. Whether that’s signs, certain blankets, ornaments, Christmas décor…I’m leaving this up to you! I’ll also have a cute fall blanket that you can use that’s red and black plaid. There will also be a little Christmas tree chillin’ out front of the Airstream.

 

Bring your pets! 🙂 If you want your pets in your family portrait session, then I certainly want to photograph your pets for your family portrait session!

 

Bring your leash and doggy bags to clean up after your pups. Are you dressing up your pups? (hats, bowties, Christmas sweaters….)

 

Bring backup clothes for the kiddos…just in case something happens or gets dirty.

 

Bring treats for furbabies and snacks for real babies. Sessions are only 15 minutes, so I’m a huge fan of bribing for good behavior. 😀

 

Bring your parents. I’ve had this question a few times, so I’ll go ahead and address it. If you want to include your parents for photos, like if you want to have full group shots as well as grandparents/grandbaby photos, then feel free to bring the whole gang. Bring whomever you want in your photos. I will photograph AS MUCH AS I CAN in the 15 or 30 minutes we have booked. I know grandparents love having pics with their grandbabies. I’m totally fine with you bringing as many family members as you want. I will shoot whatever I can in the time slot allotted. You just need to tell me priority. If main priority is your children, I will focus more on just them and just get a few of the rest. If priority is just your little family unit and your parents are there for the end part, that’s totally fine. Just let me know.  I’m here for YOU! 😀

 

WHAT TO WEAR:

So, I’m assuming this is for your Christmas card more so than your mantle, and you can take your clothing direction a few different ways. We will be with a Airstream. So you can go hipster, vintage, or silly. Christmas colors would include maroons, reds, greens, golds, creams. You can always bring Santa hats, scarves with those colors, and vests…which make for easy take on/take off pieces to change up the photo. Then of course, there’s always ugly sweaters, fancy sweaters, plaid, and vintage clothes (I feel like a Rockabilly style would be cool here).  The Airstream will be pretty Christmas-y, so be prepared for that.

But if you’re looking for more “fall photos” for the fireplace mantle, we will be in an AWESOME spot for that, too.

For fall clothes, I recommend wearing fall colors: browns, maroons, oranges, navy blues, and purples. Maybe not toooooo much brown since we will be in forest.

When choosing clothes, you just want to make sure you all look cohesive. So, it helps if you choose a color palette. If you are unsure of some good color palettes, just go to Pinterest and type in “fall color palettes.” Pick one or two main colors and then add in neutral colors to fill any gaps.  Or you can pick one color and do different tones of the same color. If you only choose one color, I recommend adding in a pop of color to break it up a bit! Scarves and sweaters make for great pops of color, and you can always take those off if you want to change it up. Don’t forget your pup! Bowties, scarves, and leashes can also bring in some color!

Ok, so it would look something like this:

Palette of main colors: Navy and pink maroon. Neutrals: Grey

family portrait color scheme

Palette: Navy blue, light blue, midnight navy blue Pop of color: Maroon

family portraits colors scheme

Palette: Brown, cream Neutrals: White, jeans Pop of color: Red (in scarf and bowtie)

xmas mini-027

GENERAL TIPS:

Go to the bathroom before you leave! We will be in a forest, and I make no promises on the campground bathrooms…..

Be open. Be goofy. Be ready to have fun! 🙂 My goal is to photograph your family the way y’all are. Of course there will be happy photos where everyone’s smiling and looking at the camera. But I also love taking photos of y’all laughing together and being yourselves.

Be on time/early. I know I keep harping on this! And I am the QUEEN of being late, so I feel your pain. But you only have a short bit of time for photos, so I’d hate for it to be eaten up by traffic or a clothes dilemma.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

So, we only have 15-30 minutes for these sessions! If you have any shots in particular that you want to try to make happen, just have it on your phone and we can do that!

As far as posing, do NOT worry! I got your back! We’ll walk around; I’ll set you up. You’ll look at me. You’ll look at each other. Y’all will be goofy. Y’all will snuggle. And the photos will be cute.

After the session is finished, I will go home and edit these as fast as my eyeballs can take. One week to be exact!

I hope this post helped you prep for the mini session! I can’t wait!!!!!

Christmas minis 2017, I’m READY FOR YA!

As always, I’m here for questions, and I’ll see y’all on Saturday!

Till next time, y’all!

maddie

November 7, 2017

Christmas Tree Farm Session Prep

Heeeeeeeeeyyyyyyy! It’s Tuesday, and we are just a FEW DAYS AWAY from the Christmas Mini Session on Oct. 28th!!!

The session is THIS SATURDAY at MERRY CHRISTMAS TREE FARM in Nesbit, MS. 

Here is the address: 1890 Getwell Rd, Nesbit, MS 38651

Your phone GPS should take you there, no problems. BUT, I made a map for you just in case….

If you’re heading south on Getwell (blue arrows), the tree farm will be on your left. It kinda sneaks up on you, so just pay attention.

DIrections to tree farm

If you are coming from i-55s, (red arrows) take Pleasant Hill road exit (after Tanger Outlet). Head East on Pleasant Hill and take a left on Getwell. The tree farm will be on your right!

Here are just a few quick pics taken with my iphone. You will want to park up front and walk around the right side of the building.

Christmas Tree Farm

This is what you are looking for. You’ll see my cool vintage red truck when you’re walking around the property (not pictured). I recommend getting there about 10 or so minutes early. This will give you time to find it, and meet me at our spot. We will be past this bridge area. Don’t worry, you’ll see it when you pull up. I will also have a LOVELY Santa Elf assistant there to tell you where you need to go. 🙂 She may or may not be wearing a Santa Hat. Not making any promises on that one.

Christmas Tree Farm

There is still time to sign up, so if you have are interested in having awesome Christmas family photos, here’s the link to signup times! Offering times 10-2!

For your mini session, you’ll want to get there about 10 or so minutes early to find it, park, and get settled. If you get lost, call me and we will help you find it! 901-412-4482

If you are late, it will cut into your session time, so please keep that in mind when you are prepping!

WHAT TO BRING:

Bring any props that you will want to have in the photos. Whether that’s signs, certain blankets, pumpkins…I’m leaving this up to you! I’ll also have a cute fall blanket that you can use that’s red and black plaid.

Bring your pets! 🙂 If you want your pets in your family portrait session, then I certainly want to photograph your pets for your family portrait session!

Bring your leash and doggy bags to clean up after your pups.

Bring backup clothes for the kiddos…just in case something happens or gets dirty.

Bring treats for furbabies and snacks for real babies. Sessions are only 15 minutes, so I’m a huge fan of bribing for good behavior. 😀

Bring your parents. I’ve had this question a few times, so I’ll go ahead and address it. If you want to have Christmas photos with your spouse and your kids (if you have any), you are CERTAINLY welcome to bring your parents as well. I will photograph AS MUCH AS I CAN in the 15 or 30 minutes we have booked. I know parents love having pics with their grandbabies. I’m totally fine with you bringing as many family members as you want. I will shoot whatever I can in the time slot allotted. You just need to tell me priority. If main priority is your children, I will focus more on just them and just get a few of the rest. If priority is just your little family unit and your parents are there for the end part, that’s totally fine. Just let me know.  I’m here for YOU! 😀

 

WHAT TO WEAR:

It’s fall. So, I recommend wearing fall colors: browns, maroons, oranges, navy blues, and purples.

We will also be at a Christmas tree farm, so vests are really cute. You can bring in the Christmas red and greens. I’ll have an awesome vintage red truck, so you could definitely do vintage if you wanted.

When choosing clothes, you just want to make sure you all look cohesive. So, it helps if you choose a color palette. If you are unsure of some good color palettes, just go to Pinterest and type in “fall color palettes.” Pick one or two main colors and then add in neutral colors to fill any gaps.  Or you can pick one color and do different tones of the same color. If you only choose one color, I recommend adding in a pop of color to break it up a bit! Scarves and sweaters make for great pops of color, and you can always take those off if you want to change it up. Don’t forget your pup! Bowties, scarves, and leashes can also bring in some color!

Ok, so it would look something like this:

Palette of main colors: Navy and pink maroon. Neutrals: Grey

family portrait color scheme

Palette: Navy blue, light blue, midnight navy blue Pop of color: Maroon

family portraits colors scheme

Palette: Brown, cream Neutrals: White, jeans Pop of color: Red (in scarf and bowtie)

xmas mini-027

GENERAL TIPS:

Go to the bathroom before you leave! We will be at a farm, so be prepared for port-a-potties…..

Be open. Be goofy. Be ready to have fun! 🙂 My goal is to photograph your family the way y’all are. Of course there will be happy photos where everyone’s smiling and looking at the camera. But I also love taking photos of y’all laughing together and being yourselves.

Be on time/early. I know I keep harping on this! And I am the QUEEN of being late, so I feel your pain. But you only have a short bit of time for photos, so I’d hate for it to be eaten up by traffic or a clothes dilemma.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

So, we only have 15-30 minutes for these sessions! If you have any shots in particular that you want to try to make happen, just have it on your phone and we can do that!

As far as posing, do NOT worry! I got your back! We’ll walk around; I’ll set you up. You’ll look at me. You’ll look at each other. Y’all will be goofy. Y’all will snuggle. And the photos will be cute.

After the session is finished, I will go home and edit these as fast as my eyeballs can take. One week to be exact!

I hope this post helped you prep for the mini session! I can’t wait!!!!!

Christmas minis 2017, I’m READY FOR YA!

As always, I’m here for questions, and I’ll see y’all on Saturday!

Till next time!

maddie

October 24, 2017

Memphis Photography: Oct 21st Fall Mini Session

Heyyyyyyyyy!

Who’s ready for the weekend??

This girl!!

Maddie all excited

Let me tell you why!!

Because it’s the first weekend of my Mini photography sessions! That’s why!! DUH! 

Wooooowooooo! So, let’s talk about the details so everyone’s on the same page.

Where is it:

The Fall Mini session is THIS SATURDAY at Shelby Farms Beaver Lake. 

There is still time to sign up, so if you have are interested in having cute fall family photos, here’s the link to signup times!

For your mini session, you’ll want to get there about 10 or so minutes early to find it, park, and get settled. If you get lost, call me and I will help you find it! If I don’t answer, text me. I’ll get back to you ASAP. 901-412-4482

If you are late, it will cut into your session time, so please keep that in mind when you are prepping!

SO directions….

Here’s the address:

Beaver Lake Cv

Memphis, TN 38134

Here are the coordinates. I’m not sure how that works on a phone, but we’ll see…

35.1411360, -89.8209260

If you’re heading East on Walnut Grove towards Cordova, you will want to take a left on Great View Dr E like you’re going to the Kitchen Restaurant. Take this road until it dead ends and then take a right on Great View Dr N. Take your next right on N. Pine Lake Dr. And then finally you take a right on Beaver Lake Cove. You will see the horse stables on your left right after you turn onto Beaver Lake Cove. Just go past that and you see parking, the lake, and the pavilion area. We will be shooting around this area.

If you’re coming from I-40, take Whitten exit and head south. Take a left onto Mullins Station. Then take a right onto N. Pine Lake Drive. Take a left on Beaver Lake Cove or the street right after the Horse stables. Take that all the way down, and voila! There we are! 🙂

I made y’all a super handy map below! Blue directions are coming from i-40. Red directions are coming from Walnut Grove.

beaver lake

What to bring:

Bring any props that you will want to have in the photos. Whether that’s signs, certain blankets, pumpkins…I’m leaving this up to you! I’ll also have a cute fall blanket that you can use that’s red and black plaid.

Bring your pets! 🙂 If you want your pets in your family portrait session, then I certainly want to photograph your pets for you family portrait session!

Bring your leash and doggy bags to clean up after your pups.

Bring backup clothes for the kiddos…just in case something happens or gets dirty.

Bring treats for furbabies and snacks for real babies. Sessions are only 15 minutes, so I’m a huge fan of bribing for good behavior. 😀

 

 

What to wear:

It’s fall. So, I recommend wearing fall colors: browns, maroons, oranges, navy blues, and purples.

When choosing clothes, you want to make sure you all look cohesive. So, it helps if you choose a color palette. If you are unsure of some good color palettes, just go to Pinterest and type in “fall color palettes.” Pick one or two main colors and then add in neutral colors to fill any gaps.  Or you can pick one color and do different tones of the same color. If you only choose one color, I recommend adding in a pop of color to break it up a bit! Scarves and sweaters make for great pops of color, and you can always take those off if you want to change it up. Don’t forget your pup! Bowties, scarves, and leashes can also bring in some color!

Ok, so it would look something like this:

Palette of main colors: Navy and pink maroon. Neutrals: Grey

family portrait color scheme

Palette: Navy blue, light blue, midnight navy blue Pop of color: Maroon

family portraits colors scheme

Palette: Brown, cream Neutrals: White, jeans Pop of color: Red (in scarf and bowtie)

xmas mini-027

General Tips:

Go to the bathroom before you leave! We will be at a park, so be prepared for port-a-potties…..

Be open. Be goofy. Be ready to have fun! 🙂 My goal is to photograph your family the way y’all are. Of course there will be happy photos where everyone’s smiling and looking at the camera. But I also love taking photos of y’all laughing together and being yourselves.

Be on time/early. I know I keep harping on this! And I am the QUEEN of being late, so I feel your pain. But you only have a short bit of time for photos, so I’d hate for it to be eaten up by traffic or a clothes dilemma.

What to expect:

So, we only have 15-30 minutes for these sessions! If you have any shots in particular that you want to try to make happen, just have it on your phone and we can do that!

As far as posing, do NOT worry! I got your back! We’ll walk around; I’ll set you up. You’ll look at me. You’ll look at each other. Y’all will be goofy. Y’all will snuggle. And the photos will be cute.

After the session is finished, I will go home and edit these as fast as my eyeballs can take. One week to be exact!

I hope this post helped you prep for the mini session! I can’t wait!!!!!

Fall minis 2017, I’m READY FOR YA!

As always, I’m here for questions, and I’ll see y’all on Saturday!

Till next time!

maddie

October 19, 2017

Christmas Minis 2017

Yes…It’s THAT time of year again!

Time for CHRISTMAS MINIS! Yay!!!!!

Locations and details have been FINALIZED. I’m so happy to tell you that I have these dates book for these themes:

Oct. 21st at Shelby Farms Beaver Lake. Fall Themed.

Oct. 28th at Merry Christmas Tree Farm. Christmas Themed with Vintage Truck.

Nov. 11th at Shelby Forest. Christmas Themed with Vintage Airstream Camper.

Details below…

Oct. 21st AT SHELBY FARMS BEAVER LAKE.

This session will be more “fall” themed. Not very Christmas-y, but PERFECT for families looking for general family portraits. There’s a dock, lake, and amazing fall foliage here that will guarantee amazing family photos. And in this area, your pups will have room to gallop! I recommend bringing any props you want. I will have a little fall blanket that y’all can use, but you will need to bring anything else. Keep in mind that this session will be less about the location and more about YOU! These are great all around photos to have that will last! Perfect for families who are looking for some annual family photos, but not wanting all that Christmas jazz. If you haven’t seen this lake, you’re really in for a treat. 🙂

So, I know the fashion photo is a tad random, but that’s JUST to show you how pretty this area is during the daytime.

Shelby farms lake engagement   Lake 

In all fairness, the photo below was shot at Heartwood Hall, but the lake would be very similar AND I love the use of the blanket here. So you can get the idea. 🙂

Lake ex

Oct. 28th AT MERRY CHRISTMAS TREE FARM.

This session will be pretty much the same as last year. The setting is at a Christmas tree farm with a vintage truck. There are a few other areas that I like to shoot, like a wooden bridge area, within a tree row, and simple greenery in the background. Last year, we had an AWESOME red truck. This year, I may do a super cool aqua color or keep on with the red. If you have a preference, message me. I have the farm booked from 8-12pm, but I’m willing to add slots depending on demand. 

 xmas mini-110 xmas mini-149 xmas mini-354

 

Nov. 11th AT SHELBY FOREST CAMPGROUND.

Ok, this one has been the one I’ve been working the hardest on with finding land, permits, and reservations. But I’m SO excited to offer this session! This year, we will have a VINTAGE AIRSTREAM!!! I have reserved a spot at the Shelby Forest campground, which is just beautiful. I will have the airstream set up, and a little Christmas Tree with some colored Christmas lights hanging. In my head, I see this as a little hipster, though we can go vintage or goofy pretty fast depending on your preferences or props. The possibilities with this are endless. I’m super excited for this session. If the airstream is not your jam, then we will still be at the forest, which has fire pits for a fire and gorgeous trees right in our little campsite area. Unfortunately, I don’t have an example of what this setup will look like, and even the photo below will not look like what we are trying to accomplish here. So, pretty much, you’re just going to have to trust me. 😉

airstream

If you’re not into my themes, keep in mind that I’ve chosen gorgeous properties for us to shoot at, so we always have other options to fit what you’re looking for! As always, pets are WELCOME!

Price: $150 for a 15 min session. 1 retouched photo and print ready images.
$210 for a 30 min session. 2 retouched photos and print ready images.

Past brides and past xmas mini clients will receive a 10% discount (YES, this includes Yen Studios brides as well). Email or message me to book your spot today. Spots are FIRST COME FIRST SERVE.

Once you have decided on a time slot, payment and a quick general contract is due at the time of booking with no refunds.

Rain….The little detail no one wants to talk about. I will finalize those details, but I’m going to shoot for the Sundays after for being backup dates OR Nov 4th. I will keep you posted on this information!

Email me with questions. maddie@maddiemoree.com.

Here’s the link for signup. I’m trying to update this page as much as possible, so times *should* be up to date.

And remember to share with all of your friends! I can’t wait to make the BEST family photos with you this year! 

 

xoxo

maddie

 

September 28, 2017

A Day in the life at the Schwartz’s

You know how you get REALLY into a show on Netflix?! You’re emotionally invested in the characters and what happens to them. “Are you SERIOUS?! They just killed off my FAVORITE character!!” But you stick with it because you’re on this emotional roller coaster for better or for worse. You’ve been binge watching it for days now. And then………

It’s over.

Sad face.

What do I do? What do I watch? What happens now?!

You’ve just entered “show hole.” Something so real….they’ve actually created a phrase for this feeling of “what now the f*** do I do now?!”

It got me thinking about…weddings, of course. Don’t we ALL go into the binge planning phase for weddings?!

But then, what happens after the wedding day?

Once the day is over…it’s like, “What now?! What do I do with my time now that I’m not discussing: the flower colors, managing the RSVPs, writing the checks ($$ <–You’re actually glad this part is over…lol), and scouring Pinterest for the most original guest favors? WHAT DO I DO?!” Because, literally, the last year of your life has been planning for this one day to be the PERFECT representation of you and your husband.

But here’s the thing. You can’t just go back to your life as it was BW (before wedding) because your life is different now! You’ve entered into a new chapter.

Life together.

And that’s the best part. Realizing that the wedding is actually the beginning of the rest of your life together. Finding your new routine as a couple. Buying your “forever” house. Doing all of the little weekend projects that will make it your home. Don’t even get me started on babies. (eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!) Maybe it’s too soon, maybe it’s not. Or maybe it’s time for a furbaby. Soon, your little family of two will grow and evolve. And you’ll have to find a new routine for your everyday…until something else changes or something big happens. But don’t worry, it’s all a part of the journey. To not only know where you’re going, but also how you got there.

One day at a time. 🙂

 

I love these new “Day in the Life” sessions! I want to send out a special thanks to Michael and Liz for showing me their new home and being my guinea pigs! I love watching your journey! ♥

 

xoxo

maddie

 

June 15, 2017

Mini Session Prep

Hi everyone!!

So, I know everyone is all ready for the weekend! I wanted to make a quick post on prepping for your mini sessions this weekend and the next!

So let’s get down to it.

For the Tree farm on the 13th…

Here is the address: 1890 Getwell Rd, Nesbit, MS 38651

If you’re heading south on Getwell, the tree farm will be on your left. It kinda sneaks up on you, so just pay attention.

Here are just a few quick pics taken with my iphone. You will want to park up front and walk around the right side of the building.

Christmas Tree Farm

This is what you are looking for. You’ll see my cool vintage red truck when you’re walking around the property (not pictured). I recommend getting there about 10 or so minutes early. This will give you time to find it, and meet me at our spot. We will be past this bridge area. Don’t worry, you’ll see it when you pull up. I will also have a LOVELY Santa Elf assistant there to tell you where you need to go. 🙂 She may or may not be wearing a Santa Hat. Not making any promises on that one.

Christmas Tree Farm

 

For Downtown on the 19th:

Here’s a screen shot of the area we will be shooting at Downtown! Thanks Google Maps.

Downtown mini session

There is free parking on the street of Vance. We will be starting with more brick in the background, and then head over to this park-like area. downtown mini session industrial

General tips for your portrait session:

1. Arrive a hair early. Getting there late will cut into your session time.

2. Go to the bathroom before you leave! I was walking around…and they only have porta-potties at the tree farm nothing really downtown. Not a big deal, just an FYI.

3. Bring your leash and doggy bags to clean up after your pups.

4. Bring any props that you will want to use. I am providing a red truck we can pose on for the Tree Farm. (Not for downtown). (We don’t have to use if you’re not digging it.) The rest is up to you and your preferences.

5. Bring backup clothes for the kiddos…just in case something happens or gets dirty.

6. Bring treats for furbabies and snacks for real babies. Sessions are only 15 minutes, so I’m a huge fan of bribing for good behavior. 😀

What to wear to the mini session:

So. I get this question a lot. What should I wear??? I have a general post of what to bring/what to wear to a shoot. Here’s a more color scheme specific point that I wanted to make, esp for family portraits. I feel like a family should wear colors that:

  1. make sense for the season. This is considered fall now so that means maroons, purples, navies, oranges, grays, browns, and darker greens. I don’t really recommend pastel colors, but hey – if that’s your jam…more power to you.
  2. matches, but is not tooooooo “matchy, matchy.” I know that’s a really really general statement, but hear me out. You don’t want to all be wearing the exact same color. The goal is to look cohesive without looking like everyone is wearing the same pair of pants…I also like one general color, one neutral color, and then you can add in one pop of color. (That’s optional). If you’re still unsure, I want you to go to pinterest, and type in the search bar: Fall color schemes for pictures. And here, I want y’all to look at the photos and think to yourself…does this picture have TOO much brown (or some other color)?? If the answer is yes, then add in a red or orange, or blue…something to break up the sameness. It also helps if you lay out everyones outfit on the floor next to each other. That’s a great visual to see if there is too much of one color.
    1. Scarves sweaters make for GREAT little pops of color. If it’s too much, we can take it off. 🙂

Here are a few examples:

family portrait color scheme

family portrait color scheme red

family portraits colors scheme

Alrighty, y’all! I hope this helps! Y’all take down my number and call/text me if you have trouble finding anything. Me and my santa elf assistant are here to help! 901-412-4482.

See you soon!!

xoxo

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November 11, 2016