This sweet girl's holiday session coincided with her first birthday week! I was so glad it did because it meant that I got to also shoot her 1st birthday outfit! Does not matter what she is wearing, this girl is always cute!
Part family session. Part child session. Part newborn session. This shoot was so so so much fun! At the very end, they said they wanted one more set of pictures and pulled up an old car that the patriarch of the family build himself. Swoon!
Important Questions to Ask Before You Book
You just got engaged (yay!), you have booked a venue (yay again!), and now you are looking for someone to capture the special moments of your big day! But.... there are SO MANY photographers out there! How do you know which one is right for you??? Regardless of if you are hiring K. Olis Photography or another studio, I have compiled a list of questions to help you find YOUR perfect wedding/engagement photographer!
What is your photography style?
This is SUCH an important question because you want your photographs to reflect your personal style and the style of your wedding. K. Olis Photography specializes in Lifestyle wedding photography. Lifestyle photography is candid but styled. A good lifestyle wedding photographer will look for the moments while setting the scene.
What EXACTLY is included in your packages?
As a bride, you have probably been all over Facebook and Instagram (and lets be honest, Pinterest) looking for the perfect photographer. You have found a few that you like in your area and when you get to their website, it says "Packages Start at....." under pricing. But, what does that actually mean? Well, it could mean different things for different photographers. That is why it is important to ask upfront what is included in a basic package and what is additional. That way, you can compare apples to apples to get the best value.
Will you be my actual photographer or will it be one of your associates?
A lot of studios have multiple photographers under their umbrella. That means that even if you book with John Smith Studios, you might not actually be booking John Smith for your wedding day. That does NOT mean that his associates are sub par. But it does mean that you should be asking who will be with you that day!
How many weddings have you shot and how many do you shoot in a year?
This is a great question to gauge the experience of your photographer. Is this their first wedding or their 100th wedding? Do they shoot 5 weddings a year or 25 weddings a year?
What are the restrictions on my photographs after I receive them?
These are the photographs of one of the most important days of your life. OF COURSE you want to share them online with friends and family! So, it is important to know if your photographer is okay with that. Also, it is important to know if you get a print release of your photos or if you have to order prints exclusively through your photographer.
**BONUS (What you should be asking yourself): Do I feel comfortable with this photographer?
I CANNOT stress how important this is! You will be spending your entire wedding day with this person and being comfortable is crucial! The more at ease you feel with your photographer, the better the pictures will be! (I promise!)
You know a session is going to be amazing when your subject knows what you are going to say before you say it. I got about half a sentence out every time before she would say, "Okay! Got it!"
What better way to honor all of the golfers in his family than to shoot his 1st birthday session on a golf course. Unfortunately, he did not share our enthusiasm when we popped on his custom birthday hat. However... we will be forever grateful to the greens keeper who just happened to drive by at that exact moment and stopped to make him laugh.
I know it is the 7th of July but I am still reliving the magic of the 4th. There is something about bbqs, fireworks, and the heat of Summer that takes me back to being a child. It is one of my favorite holidays and now I get to share it with my own child. I had a particular shot that I wanted to get of Shep with these American flag glasses. After two packs of puffs, his favorite toys, and bribing my husband to help, we (sort of) got the shot. The outtakes were hilarious so I thought I would share them here.
Caitlin and Andrew's love for each other was so easy to capture. As she walked down the aisle, as they took their portraits, as they cut the cake and listened to toasts.. I kept repeating to myself..."look at how he looks at her." Their wedding was a dream and I wish them both all the happiness in the world. #goodtobegreen
I have been taking pictures of James since his parent's adorable maternity shoot. So, it was a huge pleasure to take his 1st birthday pictures at one of my favorite places: the Birmingham Zoo!
I have been planning and pinteresting (not a word, I know) his 1st birthday party since I found out he was a boy. It was always going to be a golf theme but by making it all about the Masters, I could incorporate our love for all things southern. Green ribbons were tied, yellow balloons were blown up, and a green in the shape of #18 at Augusta National (ish) was piped onto a homemade cake. He hated his cake, like his cookies, and LOVED his new wagon.
Some of my favorite pictures of Shep are the unplanned ones. The moments when he is climbing on his chair and I grab my camera. There is obviously something to be said about formal or posed pictures. But my favorites will always be the outtakes.
Wine, cheese, and gelato... Oh, my!
One house. Two boys. I am so proud of this sweet friend and was honored to document the beginning of the next chapter in their lives.
1916 was an important year. The Cubs played their first game at Weegham Park (Wrigley Field). The PGA was founded. The Boy Scouts of America was formed. World War I was in its third and most decisive year. The current Coca-Cola formula was introduced to the market. And a family owned factory started making heirloom children's gowns.
In the 12 weeks since he was born, I have taken over 3,000 pictures. He has not grinned in a single picture until I put him in his Feltman Brothers bubble. Like I said, 1916 was an important year. :)
This gorgeous girl, a beautiful sunset and Railroad Park made for a dreamy senior session last week!
We only had to learn that the Christmas markets had giant pretzels and 40 different types of sausage before we booked our holiday trip to Germany. Now that I am finally catching up from the holiday craze, I am so excited to share our international adventures!