Mother's Day Botanical Mini Session

Nicole & Adequin: Mother's Day

Location: Buffalo Botanical Gardens

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”My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.” – Michael Jordan

Nicole and her son, Adequin have a very special bond. I am so happy they came out to Botanical Gardens to model for me. I had  photographed Adequin in the fall and realized then, that their bond is beautiful. I asked them to model for my Botanical Gardens Mother's Day Sessions because I knew I could capture images that would illustrate how incredible their bond is, promoting this special event.


Why Maternity?

Angela

"Before you were born I carried you under my heart. From the moment you arrived in this world until the moment I leave it, I will always carry you in my heart." - Mandy Harrison

We had the opportunity to photograph Angela's maternity session in the studio a couple weeks ago. She is a Buffalo Model that wanted photos to announce her pregnancy to the world. We spend a lot of time making sure she had the best photos to show her friends and family. We want to share a few of our favorite photos from the shoot.

 

 

 

 

Why should you book a maternity session?

 

  1. Every pregnancy is different. It is a milestone in your life. It is very important to document this precious time in your life. It does not matter is it's your first child or your fifth, take the opportunity to capture that beautiful pregnancy glow.
  2. Use this day to spoil yourself! It is important to feel your best. Get your hair and makeup done, go buy that gown you've been looking at for months now... You will have these photos forever so make them perfect!
  3. This is a great opportunity to share precious moments with your child, as they grow older. This is the chance to create once in a lifetime memories. When the child is older, they will be amazed to see the lovely photos of their mom, while they were growing inside of you.
  4. A maternity session is a great way to bond with your partner, as it allows you to stop and appreciate them. Getting dad involved can help him bond with the baby and create extra special memories. If you have children already, bring them along. This allows the siblings to bond and appreciate this exciting time.
  5. The possibilities are endless! This is your chance to get creative. Here at Wilmack Photography, we will go above and beyond to create beautiful images to share with your friends and family. Whether you are looking for a stylized shoot or a simple studio session, we are excited to be apart of this experience.

 


What to Wear - Easter Mini Session


Easter Mini Sessions are upon us and you may be wondering what to dress your children in. Well, we can offer you some tips so that your photos turn out fantastic. There will be samples in this post you can reference and a list of what to and not to wear.

Easter is the time to break out those cute pastel colors you've been dying to put on your kids, all winter long. If you have not gone shopping yet, you better go soon before all the good outfits are gone! Macy's, Burlington, Kohl's, and more have super cute outfits for your little boy or girl.

Dresses & Suits of course, are PERFECT! The backdrop that we decided on for our Easter mini sessions this year has a vintage look to it. There are many dresses and suits out there that can work well with this backdrop. I encourage you to avoid the "everyday" look and to go for a dressed up, pampered look.

What to Wear

- Light / Pastel Outfit
- Bows & Other Cute Hair Accessories
- Dress Shoes

What NOT to Wear

- Bright Saturated Colored Outfit
- Sneakers or Winter Boots
- Random Printed Shirts (No Barbie, Bratz, Minecraft  etc.)
- "Shiny" Clothes (Nothing that will reflect light too much)
- Baseball caps/Beanies

 

SAMPLES:

This dress is was found on Amazon and its adorable, simple, and perfect for Easter. You do not HAVE to go with the typical pink for girls and blue for boys. Change it up and go for a unique look.

This is adorable! The colors are fantastic! You can find this one at Macy's.

Boys can have simple button ups and dress pants. This is found at Carters.

You can also go the cute vintage route with this! This is on Amazon.


Who's Behind the Camera

Richele Musall is our new, talented photographer taking over the day to day studio activities.  In 2017, she received her BFA in Studio Art with a specialization in Photography at Cazenovia College. Throughout college, she became interested in the field of Forensic photography. She began to study the separation between Forensic and Fine art photography for her Senior Thesis. From there she began thinking about the way in which she records images in her own portrait photography business. She can determine what a person should look like in a portrait and how to adjust to make it a piece of art, telling a unique narrative. Clients are more than satisfied with her compelling imagery.

What will Richele bring to Wilmack Photo?

Richele has many strengths in the field of portrait photography. She will be introducing more stylized portraiture and has plans for adding newborn, cake smash sessions, and milestones into the mix. She also has experience with wedding photography and hopes to expand upon the wedding market. She has exciting plans in the works for monthly mini sessions to not only bring in new clients but to showcase her talent and give clients a joyful experience.

You can look at more of her work here: richelereneaphotography.pixieset.com


Taking an Image from Good to Extraordinary

Or, why you book your session with me...

Abby is graduating this June, 2017.  She came to Wilmack Photo through a referral not really knowing what to expect.  The only instructions she really received before the shoot were don't overdo your make up and pack a suitcase (remember it was a referral right?)

Anyway, we were able to find looks that totally match her personal style and body type, and I think the results speak for themselves, you can see in the selection of photos below  However, first I want to point out a shot that perfectly shows the transition from "senior picture" to "Amazing Portraiture" Or, why you hire me...

Here is an abridged contact sheet for this one look:

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From here I selected 3 shoots that "worked" for the client to see.  In the interest of space I'm only going to show the clients pick:

Developed

And this is the original, straight out of the camera shot.  At this stage it is obvious the look works for Abbey.  The lighting is right for her skin tone,the hands are elegant, the little kiss of edge light shows of her hair style.  But, the shot obviously lacks the punch to which makes my style of photography special:OutofCamera

So from 26 Images, I mix down to three and start styling the look.  After the client picks their favorite is when the real magic happens.  So, this image is totally retouched, color corrected and ready for print.  Notice the skin looks healthy and not plastic.  All the blemishes are gone, but the skin still has a natural texture. A few distracting hairs get cleaned up, but there are no hard lines or tells of retouch work.  So, that's the big secret to portrait finishing, retouched images that don't look retouched:

Finished

Quick answers to the questions I know are coming.

  • Only pictures that are ordered by the client receive this level of processing
  • Retouching, toning and editing is included at no extra cost
  • I agree, this "look" is not a style that fits everyone's taste.
  • From a 200-300 image shoot clients might only see 30-40 excellent images.  From here we may only pick a handful of favorites to go to print..  It's just part of the process.

Thank you so much Abbey for coming into my studio.  Your session was a ton of fun and I am so greatful you allowed me to share some of your images.

Jonathan Kaye  •  Photographer  •  wilmackphoto.com

 

As promised, more pictures!!!

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