Fall Mini Sessions | Southern Maryland Photographer | www.amylorrainephotography.com

Fall Mini Session | Southern Maryland | www.amylorraineblog.com

The hectic holiday season will be here before you know it! You can get your holiday portraits and cards done now and not have to stress about it later! Spaces are limited and I have decided that I will not be offering any more mini sessions until NEXT FALL! To reserve your session date and time please email or call 410.980.6897 today!

Advance Workshop | Tulsa, Oklahoma | www.AmyLorrainePhotography.com

This post has been long overdue. Exactly a month ago I had the opportunity to travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma to learn from two of my favorite photographers, Trisha and Madison. I’ve been able to get to know them online a bit over the past months and finally got to meet them in person! It is always fun to get together and talk to like minded photographers who understand where you’re at and know how to help you get better. This workshop was just that mixed with a lot of learning, shooting and a whole lot of fun.

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Advance Workshop | Owasso, OK | www.AmyLorrainePhotography.com

On Friday I flew out to Tulsa for a workshop to ADVANCE my business. Madison of Madison Vining Photography and Trisha of TG Photography hosted the Advance Workshop. They shared all their tips and tricks from what “Must –Have” equipment, to posing, editing and marketing your business to be the best business it can be. Trisha picked me up from the airport and took me to Chick-fil-a before dropping me off at my hotel. I love her.

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Trisha has the most adorable studio that gave me SERIOUS studio & prop envy. She specializes in newborn photography and is fantastic at what she does. Her images are so timeless and gorgeous! Madison is an on location photographer who loves senior girls and boudoir! Her signature sun-drenched images seriously are to die for. I wish she was photographing seniors when I was a senior in high school. These two entrepreneurs are amazing photographers and they know how to run a business and balance their family.

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The first demonstration was newborns! We were lucky enough to have two perfect sleepy babies, one boy and one girl. Cohen was first and Preslee was next. We learned set ups and posing and of course newborn safety is the utmost importance.Advance Workshop | Newborns | www.AmyLorrainePhotography.com

Advance Workshop | www.amylorrainephotography.com

In between the shoots we went through marketing our business and getting the most out of social media along with exactly how they edit their images.  I’ve been having fun playing around the Photoshop actions and textures and all the goodies we received in our swag. The actions have cut down my editing time by hours. I’m obsessed!

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The family session was a bit overwhelming for Asher at first but he of course warmed up to us and Raegan was workin’ it for everyone’s camera. She told us about her snake and chameleon and then caught a frog at one location!

Advance Workshop | Family Photography | www.amylorrainephotography.com

Sydney. What do I even need to say about this stunning girl. I mean come on! Who looks like that in high school? Its not fair. But she was so amazing at modeling for all of us and kept up with all of the directions and all of the cameras. I had such an amazing time photographing her!

Advance Workshop | Senior Photography | www.amylorrainephotography.com

Is it wrong that my favorite part was winning prizes and getting swag? No.. didn’t think so. I won a Studio Baby posing puck and a newborn fabric backdrop! Then the bag of swag included a bunch of goodies and a USB full of actions, how to videos, templates and more. Plus this super cute bracelet that I want to wear all the time and never take off.

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Saturday went by so quick! So Sunday I got to pack up, hung out with Trisha a little bit before heading back to the airport and heading home!Advance Workshop | www.amylorrainephotography.com Advance Workshop | www.amylorrainephotography.com

I did get a coaching call included and decided to pick Madison’s brain more on Seniors. I enjoyed it so much that it really made me want to start getting into the whole world of senior photography. I have lots of great ideas I know you all are going to love! If you are high school senior and would like to have your senior portraits done contact me for an amazing portfolio building deals! Spaces are limited so don’t hesitate and book now! 🙂

Here is the awesome video from the workshop!

If you are a photographer already shooting in manual and looking for a workshop to help your business advance to the next level, sign up for October 12th’s workshop! Learn more about Advance here!  GO. Now. Why are you still reading this?

If you are local to the Tulsa/Owasso/Collinsville or surrounding areas, BOOK THEM! You will not be disappointed with either one of them. And you will have awesome photographs of your family!

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Christmas in March | AmyLorrainePhotography.com

Who doesn’t like to get happy mail? I love it, especially when the box is even this dang cute! I didn’t recognize the name and  being the avid online shopper that I am,I wasn’t expecting anything. To my surprise it was the secret santa present I had forgotten about!Photographer Secret Santa | AmyLorrainePhotography.com

I participated in a Secret Santa gift exchange for fellow photographers. I totally forgot I never received mine. There was the nicest card from my Santa and its always better late than never! Photographer Secret Santa | AmyLorrainePhotography.com

My favorites would have to be the camera necklace (which the stone matches the awesome scarf) and the camera ornament. Who doesn’t love anything that sparkles? So thank you Holly! I loved it all!

Why are Digital Files so expensive? | Amy Lorraine Photography

Depending on the type of photographer you go to for your portraits you will find varying prices to get “all the images on a CD”. I wanted to write this post to help you understand why they are so expensive valuable!

First things first, I do offer digital files in my collections and a la carte as I know some photographers do not. I offer the files because I know I would want them from my portrait sessions and I understand in such a digital age everyone wants the files. I also offer web sized images for sharing online and I now offer custom apps that hold the images from your session so you can share on your iPhone, iPad and iTouch! However, as an artist I want you to have your own works of art. I want you to smile every time you look at your images on the wall or in your album.

Now getting to the money part.. They really aren’t that expensive. It just seems expensive because you’re getting them all together. If you bought a 4×6 print of each file if would be more expensive than buying the digital files from me. And when you purchase the files you’re purchasing the rights to print these images whenever, wherever (although I don’t recommend just anywhere) and as many times you want for a lifetime.

And now to the problem with only getting the files.. Who knows what technology will advance to in the years to come.. that CD or USB might not be able to work on computers. Apple is already getting rid of CD drives on their computers, and that is part of the reason I use custom USB flash drives instead of CDs. If you get your prints from a professional photographer who gets their images printed from a professional photography lab, you will be getting the archival quality images. Those images will last you a lifetime.

“But theres another photographer who does the whole session and gives me the disc for X amount. Can you just do that?”

No, I can’t. Everyone runs their business differently. I choose to run my business as a boutique photography on location business. I want to spoil my clients from start to finish creating a luxury experience custom to their needs and wants, while giving them photographs they will cherish for a lifetime. My prices have been carefully figured out for my business. If you want that shoot and burn photographer or you want to stop in a chain photo studio, go to them! I’m sure they’d love your business. Everyone has their own style, preference and price range so find out what is best for you!

Hope this gives a better understanding but if you have any other questions feel free to comment or message me!