Mindy of Freckles & Dimples Photography and I met two years ago at a photography workshop. Since then I’ve journeyed from hobbyist to starting my own business and Mindy has been cheering me on every step of the way, as a supporter and friend, even entrusting me with the task of photographing her own family back in 2010! As my business continues to evolve, I’ve considered the possibility of breaking into the wedding photography market, but it’s a decision I did not want to take lightly. I wanted a partner: someone with a similar shooting style, business philosophy, whom I admire and respect and who would continue to challenge me to be a stronger photographer in this highly competitive industry. I found all these things and more in my dear friend Mindy. So it’s with great excitement that I announce our wedding partnership: Kiss Me, Kiss Me Studios.
In case you’re wondering, Mad Hearts Photography is not going anywhere! Both Mindy and I are still maintaining our individual portraiture and event photography businesses (Mindy is based out of Lehigh Valley, PA and I’m in the Northern New Jersey/ NYC), but we are now officially available for wedding clients in both the Pennsylvania and New Jersey/ New York regions! We’d love for you to follow our exciting new venture here.
*Enjoyed the sneak peek? Expect to see more images from our first promotional engagement/wedding stylized shoot very soon!
It seems city sessions are all the rage at the moment! The last three Mad Hearts sessions have all been in New York City – how cool is that?! Since people seem to love them (and I love to do them!), I thought I’d share some helpful tips on how to dress for a city photo shoot. The key to choosing your outfits is to keep it simple. Here are a few do’s and don’ts to help you dress fashionably and comfortably the day of your session:
• Don’t wear uncomfortable shoes. We walk a lot -and when I say a lot, I mean A LOT! If you want to wear a pair of killer heels, bring them along and change into them when we’re ready to shoot. But a comfortable pair of shoes for the times in between photos or closeups where you won’t see your feet is ideal. Trust me, your feet will thank me later!
• Do choose a solid base. Whether that be a pair of black pants, dark denim, solid color skirt/ dress… Just choose something versatile and that you will not have to change out throughtout your session.
• Don’t forget to wear a camisole or plain tee underneath your top. That way you can change out of your shirt discreetly in public without worrying about flashing all of NYC.
• Do accesorize. I always stress the importance of “layering” when consulting with clients before a session, but it’s even more important for city sessions. Little things like scarves, shoes, hats, jewelry and jackets can change your entire look without the need for a complete outfit change.
• Do travel light. Our time together goes by so fast, so I always suggest that you bring two looks – three max. No need to bring bags and bags of stuff. One large tote with all the essentials should suffice. Just make sure you leave room for your makeup bag to freshen up in between photos.
As the warm weather approaches, we find ourselves trying to move our home improvement projects outdoors to get things ready for summer cookouts, cocktails and company. And since the weather was absolutely magnificent this weekend, we decided to start by cleaning our the flower beds and getting rid of the weeds that were running rampant. It was my first time weeding and I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. The previous owner planted a wide variety of flowers, so it was a bit tricky figuring what belonged and what didn’t. There were a few casualites (things that were ripped out that probably shouldn’t have been), but that’s expected with us being newbies and all. It was a lot of work and I’m still aching from head to toe, but it was the most gratifying home improvement project yet. I might have found my green thumb afterall!
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