Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Vendors we 'Heart' -meet Forbeyon

Forbeyon Album Crafters

meet Forbeyon:
Our studio has been using Forbeyon for years and love them more and more every day! At first we honestly thought these styles of amazing albums were just for weddings... but lately we HAVE been selling these to probably every other client that walks through our door... it started by accident... we had one sitting on the seat next to a client that we just shot her and her adorable little boys... she looked over during her ordering session and said... "What's THAT!" we were like... "oh it's just a wedding album... pretty huh"... she was like "I HAVE to HAVE it!!!! We have discovered that the high end clients want high end products! We truly believe and educate our clients that to tell an amazing story of your lives you MUST get an album! along with something amazing for your walls... We still do sell usually with each client our typical Boutique Album... but lately we have stepped it up and have introduced our Couture line of albums to portrait sessions as well! It's taken off and we couldn't be more excited! Our clients love the way we design our albums... nice and clean layouts... lots of white open space... when looking at our albums it's very calming because they are so simple... you feel really good and happy with every page you turn... 
We highly recommend selling albums to your clients... especially albums from Forbeyon!!! I think the best way to do this is with a sample of a family... the moment a client holds these albums in their hands they want them! I promise... They are so beautiful!
to see more on Forbeyon click here... 

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Vendors we 'heart' Belle Noelle Props!

wow what a sweet new vendor we are featuring today!!!
meet "Belle Noelle Props!"
such sweet little hats and things for photographing newborns!!!
visit their Etsy shop today and tell them Hearts in Focus sent you to receive FREE SHIPPING!!!
I used the blue "chunky hat" and "baby birdy hat" for this shoot below... adorrrable!!!
I'm addicted!!!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Beautiful Toronto Family Session by Carolyn Bentum!

Carolyn Bentum
Carolyn Bentum Photography
Toronto, Ontario Canada

meet Carolyn:
Having spent a couple of years as a kindergarten teacher, prior to launching my photography business full time, has really come in handy when working with young families.  As a mom of two little boys myself, I know first hand just how difficult it can be to get kids to cooperate for an activity that might not have been of their choosing.  My approach to family photography has always been to try and connect with the children as quickly as I can before I pull out my camera.  Then after we've had a little time to chat or play I use those kindergarten teacher tricks to get them to relax and have fun while we shoot.  I find when the kiddos are helping to make the decisions or participating in some fun and playful shots between the ones that I know Mom and Dad really want for their walls and albums, I am able to get them on board for everything we need to do. This particular family are repeat clients (love, love, love it when my clients come back for more :) ).  I knew from their previous session that the key to winning over the girls attention and getting genuine smiles was lots of silly faces and  fun things to do.  I always start off every session with some action, the family walked for a bit first along the trails on this beautiful lakefront property and then I brought the girls over to the log and had them do a couple of frames of them jumping.  When I felt they were needing a change of pace we walked over to a grove of perfectly red maples and had the girls tossing the leaves about (and at Mom and Dad too :) ).  When shooting a family I try to capture a combination of snuggly, action, classic and of course a few fun shots.  I love how well  the two takes on the family hug turned out - all smiles and then playfully covering their eyes from Mom and Dad's kiss. 

As for me, I'm an engagement and lifestyle photographer from Toronto, Ontario who strives to get at the heart of my clients' stories and capture their special moments in photographs.  Three words I use to describe and guide my photography are: fresh, authentic and emotional.  I love getting to know all of my couples and families and to collaborate together to come up with creative ways to portray who they are and to tell their stories so that they will be able to share these memories with those they love and cherish the most. 

Monday, March 25, 2013

a sweet little newborn session by Kelli Dease

Kelli Dease
Kelli Dease Photography
Historic Downtown Collinsville(Canton), Connecticut 

meet Kelli:
I was honored to be asked back again by this family as they welcomed their second daughter. I love how these images turned out. Not only is this baby gorgeous (she has the best eyelashes) but the soft tones of the blankets and wraps really work well with her beautiful skin tone. 

Kelli's studio

Friday, March 22, 2013

beautiful maternity from Canada!

Carolyn Bentum
Carolyn Bentum Photography

Ontario, Canada

meet Carolyn:
I love, love, love it where I get referrals from my clients (what photographer doesn't :) ).  This gorgeous couple was one of these referrals.  I photographed the Mom-to-be sister's wedding this past fall and was so excited to book and shoot this maternity session for this couple's first baby.  Normally early March sessions in Ontario are cold, cold and colder.  However, sometimes we get lucky and are blessed with some warm sunshine and this session happened to be one of those days.  We shot at a conservation area near the couple's home which offered a variety of different settings - trails, a historic home, some play equipment and plenty of nooks and crannies.  I love it when I am able to shoot at a location that has such variety - it gives me the opportunity to create and present the client with images that are unique and diverse.  When possible, I always shoot in the late afternoon to early evening when the sun is beginning its descent for the day.  The soft, late afternoon light we had for this session reflected perfectly off the white snow to give the photos a bit of a radiant feel and made it easy for me to edit in my clean and natural fashion.  My main goal for a maternity session is to capture the emotion and excitement that pregnancy brings.  By giving couples time and opportunities to snuggle, laugh and quietly reflect about their precious little one, I am able to capture sweet moments of affection between the soon-to-be parents and their anticipated babe.