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We have used Payneless Photography time and again over the last 4 years for our family photos. DeAnn is always my first call. As our 3 boys continue to get older, we realize pictures of our family all together are, and will forever be, priceless memories.
Our last session was on a very chilly day in the mountains, but the pictures turned out amazing. On top of DeAnn’s amazing photography talent, she has such a sweet nature that she made even the frigid temperatures fun.
She is always a delight to work with and shows up prepared and on time. As well as always making it a point to get to know exactly what you are interested in ahead of time, she is also wonderful at getting to know each person as an individual.
DeAnn’s ability to capture real life moments and personalities in a snap shot is really incredible. She is so full of positive energy and never just stands in the “back” taking pictures. This last time she literally climbed a tree to get just the right shot! This always allows her to capture moments that tell such a unique story as well as provide a family memory we relive over and over throughout the year in her amazing photos.
I have recommended DeAnn and Payneless Photography in the past and, without hesitation continue to feel she is the absolute best photographer around.
“I’m not gonna lie, I was incredibly nervous about 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. Nowhere to run nowhere 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
“I had witnessed DeAnn’s energy and passion for portrait photography many times over the last several years. I envied the fresh look of the beautiful women in her photographs (many of whom I knew personally) because I knew their everyday work and worry worn faces had been given a day off. I knew her skilled eye could make a photo session transformative for the lucky participant – the layers of a tired mother carefully and respectfully peeled back to reveal the graceful, sensual woman inside. I intellectually comprehended what she was doing (I saw the results!), but I didn’t understand on a personal level how it felt to have my own neglected beauty revealed until I became her subject.
Before we could take the pictures I had to magically transform into a sexy green dress wearing bombshell though…which I did with the help of DeAnn and makeup artist Veronica Spence. I felt like a million bucks when we left for Santa Fe, and that was all I needed to fall right into the role of a model when DeAnn focused her lens on me. She gave me tips on how to hold my chin, shoulders, butt, legs for maximum flattering effect. She’d ask for a smile, then serious, then laughter, then my “smolder”, followed of course by more laughter. I strutted and posed and tried to look DEEPLY into her lens (because as she kept reminding me, “it’s ALL IN THE EYES”) Now, all of this intimate exposure was definitely made easier because of DeAnn’s good sense of humor (which was contagious), and her expertise – she was SO GOOD at knowing where to have me sit or stand and what ordinary looking wall would look amazing through the lens of a camera. We spent hours soaking up the good lighting on the church steps, in front of the ivy-covered wall, and even in the middle of the road…and when the light was gone we were both disappointed to be done. The experience was magical because it made me feel beautiful – really truly beautiful. And feeling beautiful gave me the confidence to be sexy, be gorgeous, be bold. DeAnn captured all of that! I may not need 85 pictures of myself to hang in every room in my house, but I NEEDED to capture the experience of feeling gorgeous for a night. Funny thing, when I showed the pictures to my husband I expected him to be blown away…and while he really loved them (he couldn’t pick one favorite…he picked 12 favorites!), he said that’s how he saw me all the time. I guess I was the one who needed to see it. Thank you DeAnn!
– Keri P.