The first time I saw the Santa Fe mountains in their full fall glory I wanted there and then to photograph someone. When I listed off and described potential photo session locations to Nichole I was elated that she choose this spot! I wish it could say it satiated my craving to take pictures there. I try and spend as much time as I can there every fall, hopefully next year it will be to take more family photos…perhaps yours? Being woken up from a nap to take pictures isn’t any 4 year olds happy place especially when they don’t like to smile much anyway. I pulled out every tool in my tool box to get him to smile! This was my last attempt, playing red light green light and it worked! After thinking about it though I have to say I relate to the little man, I’m not one to fake a smile, or anything for that matter. If the only smiles you give are genuine then I say good for him! His parents know him and his personality so they know he wouldn’t be smiling for most the pictures anyway. He is dang cute, and I love it when kids are themselves, smile or not. One of the hardest things is to not post every picture I give to families. Thank you Tucker family for the honor of allowing me to take your family pictures! I had a great time 🙂 Someone recently asked me how I can handle the craziness of taking family photos. Truthfully I love it, I may stress before a session, but once I start shooting it’s my happy place. I love the dynamics of every family and enjoy spending time with anyone I photograph. I want to add more here, but little bit just woke up from her nap is helping me stay brief Lol! Thanks again Tuckers!
This session is full of Paynes Lol! That’s why it’s sooo PayneFULL, da dun, dun, shpun!
I love amazing locations just as much as taking pictures in a tiny perfect spot where if you panned to the right or left a little you’d wonder why in the world I choose to take a picture of somebody there…uh, no amazing locations win out, yeah. When my SIL said she wanted to have pictures done at Salman Raspberry Ranch, I was like YES!” Fist pump! After our little trip I immediately told my hubs we need to live there.
My SIL Keri, she is amazingly talented…wood working, drawing, water color, linocut etching, sewing, cooking etc, etc, and she’s amazing at combining them in fun and unique ways. The size of her heart however surpasses her long list of talents which she uses to serve others constantly. She is one of my favorite people, and a shining example for which I am very grateful. Nope, sorry she’s my SIL you can’t have her 😉 She’s also a mother who is teaching her kids to grow up to be good people, and takes the time to do lot s of neat things with them. Yes, she is human haha 🙂 she has her struggles like us all.
She’s all is a loving wife and makes her husband very happy.
It was hard to choose which photos to put in this post. We had a great time! I love being able to capture people’s lives. Time ticks on quite fast, I hope you all make the time to get your family photos and portraits done, by me or someone! Just get it done 🙂
If I had a dollar for every time I heard a woman say something like ” I haven’t had a nice photo of me taken since my wedding pictures.” I’d be loaded! Let me introduce you to this mom of 5, she loves being a stay at home mom, she loves homeschooling her kids, she loves being a wife. What she didn’t love was not having photos that showed her at her finest. It’s really not necessary to get glamed up on a daily basis, there’s nothing wrong with that, there’s nothing wrong with getting photos of our daily reality. But do you really want all the photos you have of yourself to be random snap shots? Don’t you want meaningful, purposeful photos that show you at your best? I can’t think of any reason not to have them done, can you? As I chatted with Carla about what she wanted from her photo session, she basically said, I just want to look beautiful, feel beautiful, I don’t have any really nice photos of myself,” I’m not just a mom, I’m a woman.”
We went shopping and found this dress on sale at Dillard’s for about $20, if I remember right. The peplum top was $30 Lol. Did I mention we shopped with 6 kids, are we crazy or what haha! -Hair, make-up, and styling done by me. “My sister in law DeAnn has been talking to me about taking pictures for years. I always wanted to have my pictures taken and thought it would be great. She talked about it, but somehow I just never scheduled it. I would review a list of reasons why I shouldn’t do it / it wouldn’t work. I will share with you my concerns so you can see how lame they were (or how un-lame they were but how she put me at ease!) It took me a long time to admit this was probably the biggest reason, but I never made myself a priority. There was always something else that was more important than taking pictures of me. Mom is always the last on the list of people and things that need attending to, am I right? (I mean, really, how self indulgent, right?). There are far more important things to get done (and pay for) than pictures of mom!!! Maybe deep down there was a part of me that was just self conscious of how those pictures would turn out – that they would reveal I truly was a frumpy mother of 5 that was nothing of the stunning girl that met a young man at a dance 14 years ago. In politically correct terms, I would be called extremely “practical” or “frugal”. I think I almost choked when I heard what professional photos would run for. I figured for that price I could tolerate my 13 mega pixel camera phone. I was amazed at the breadth of difference between the two! I had literally NO IDEA how complicated it is to take an AMAZING picture. Through a series of conversations, observation over the last several years, and having her take my pictures, I was blown away by how many things have to be worked out: lighting, equipment, location, body positioning, the difference jewelry can make, etc etc!!! (I felt ridiculous with some of the poses or things she had me do, but those were some of the best pictures! SHOCKED. SPEECHLESS. AMAZED. That is how I felt when she showed me the pictures. It was a perfect mix of “Is that me?” and “I can’t believe how good I look!” to “Do I actually look like that??” I can see why DeAnn quotes that every woman should have one good picture of herself at least every 10 years” My husbands comment when he saw it said it all: “Wow!!!! Ouch, I think I just burned myself while looking at her because she is so hot!” Ultimately DeAnn has a combination of talent, skill, experience, equipment, and creativity that won me over. :0) Yes, I realize how lame my excuses are, so I am not sure why it took me so long to have her take my pictures!! Probably because I didn’t think they would turn out so amazing.” – Carla I don’t know why, but when I first started doing these kinds of portraits I didn’t really think to ask husbands what they thought. As I did get feed back from women I kept hearing about their husbands reactions and well some of it wouldn’t be appropriate to share hehe. “Surprise and excitement filled my heart as I first viewed my dear wife’s photos. Instantly they reminded me of the gorgeous young woman who had taken my hand in marriage those many years before. They are the outward expression of the beauty and love she holds in my eyes each day, but is easily forgotten with the daily burdens of family life. I am so grateful for DeAnn’s gift in photography that made it possible to capture this feeling for all time. I would encourage any husband to call DeAnn and plan a special day for his wife to do a photo shoot. He will never regret it!!” -Doug
I figured husbands would love photos of their wives looking their best, but I some how underestimated just how much they would LOVE them. So if you are struggling to know what to get your husband for your anniversary, or for anything, some amazing photos of YOU will make him happy, very happy, I promise, cross my heart and hope to die. Bobbie here got these photos for her husband for their anniversary and can you really get a man anything better then a picture of his hot wife?! Bobbie is stunning! I recommended Bobbie check out Shabby Apple for outfits and that’s where she got this lovely number. She is such a fun and easy going person it was just a really great time taking her pictures, and doesn’t she just have the prettiest eyes?!
” DeAnn, You take wonderful photos! I love the skills you have, and the time you take in taking the pictures. It was nice to be able to take them at home, and know that the backgrounds are precious to us. They were to be a surprise for my husband to celebrate 38 years of marriage, and he loved them! He keeps telling me I’m gorgeous. It was fun to see them, and I love to look at them often. Thank you, for helping me give my husband a wonderful gift!
It doesn’t’ matter what age you are, don’t let that deter you from getting your portraits done. It was a lot of fun to take pictures of my mom. She wanted me to take a few simple pictures of her, but that’s not how I do things Lol! I did her hair and make-up. I knew what look I was going for so I asked a seamstress friend to make the skirt, which turned out fabulous. My mom loved it and still loves it! It’s a package deal, the works! She was happy that we went big. Let’s face it, it’s fun to feel fancy occasionally!
My mom wanted pictures of her and my dad together. Dad wanted the cars to be part of the shots. However my dad wouldn’t take the time to go anywhere so we made due with what was available in their yard. I wanted a different location and time of day, but I am very happy with how they turned out. When we went shopping for a top for the skirt I started looking for my dad too and found the shirt, jacket and pants. I also wanted to get some chucks to complete the look, but Mom wasn’t going for it. Oh yes, I love to help others shop so if you need help finding the perfect outfit(s) I can help with that too 🙂 She is wearing my heels and jewelry. I always have jewelry on hand for every shoot just in case I have the perfect accessory to complete your look.
I hope you enjoyed looking at these fabulous pictures of my dear Mom. Which one(s) is your favorite?
Don’t hesitate to book your session. Let me make you feel fabulous and take some stunning portraits of you, how you are now, not after you have lost 20lbs or whatever is holding you back. Now 🙂
I don’t think there is a woman alive that has ever NOT doubted she is beautiful. Or worse yet those who have never felt beautiful. One of the greatest joys of what I do is SHOW women that they are beautiful, not matter your age, weight, wrinkles etc I CAN take stunning photos of YOU. The sad part is most women don’t see the value in getting a portrait session for themselves or want to wait until this or that has changed. Chances are it’s not going to change, you are perfect as you are, let me show you that. I mean come on, do you really want the only photos you have of yourself to be in random snapshots? Now I’m not saying you should do a yearly portrait session for yourself every year (unless you want to) how about every 5-10 years?! Get your family portraits done every 2-3 years, but why not get a session with just you, or just you and the hubs? Asking the photog to snap a picture of you while at your family photo session is NOT going to be the same thing as a photo session where the focus is just you, it’s just not.
“I’m not gonna lie, I was incredibly nervous for this photo shoot. I even thought about calling it off once or twice. I have never felt photogenic in my life. In family pictures I can always hide behind my adorable kids but this was just me. No where to run no where to hide. However DeAnn made me feel beautiful. Like a model really. As soon as I saw the pictures I was shocked at how beautiful I looked. My husband loved them too. It was totally worth all the stress because in the end I knew I was beautiful and no one could tell me any different.” – Jenae
Jenae wanted the pictures for her husbands Christmas gift. Oh, and he LOVED them! In fact he said “this is the best Christmas gift I have ever received.” He has pictures of her, on his night stand, at work. Seriously, what husband wouldn’t want stunning pictures of his wife or girl friend?!
Thank You Jenae for choosing me to take your portraits. It’s always an honor to be asked to take someones photos.
I have been dying to take pictures in the snow for some time. This only teased my appetite. Anyone want photos in the snow??? Come on you know you do! Just think of all the things we could dream up! Okay so it was a snow day and I told my daughter that I wanted to take some photos of her in the snow and she wasn’t interested until I bribed her. This was about 20mins of photo taking before someone was done! It was well worth it I’d say!
Thanks for stopping by! Get out and enjoy the snow if it’s around 🙂
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