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Portraits at Old Salem - Winston Salem Family Photographer

I was so excited when the H family requested to do their family session at Old Salem in Winston Salem.  I have seen some amazing images come from all the unique little nooks on the grounds.  I will definitely be returning for other sessions!  So pretty and so many different settings to work with.

I met Mrs H at one of the gyms (in Kernersville) where I teach group fitness classes.  Turns out we have three children all roughly the same ages, which immediately bonds two moms together.  We are also both transplants to the Triad area.  It was so fun to meet her entire family and spend the afternoon with them.  They were so chill even though it was windy and freezing outside the day of their session.

 

 

Winston Salem Event Photographer ~ Housewives in the City - Winston Salem

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to connect with local women business owners at a networking event in Winston Salem.  We met at Firebirds Grill and enjoyed an evening of conversation, learning about each other's businesses and eating good food.  I fully believe in buying local and supporting other small businesses when I can - especially home based businesses.  I know how much work and time and love goes into trying to build something from the ground up.  It's truly a labor of love and being able to connect with other people who share that same passion and mind for business is such a great experience.  

Housewives in the City is a national organization with over 80 chapters across the United States.  If you're local to the Triad, our chapter is Winston Salem.  If you're in a different region, you can find your local chapter at http://www.housewivesinthecity.com/.  This is such a great non-profit to connect with people in your area.  Meet-ups are held monthly at various locations.  I definitely recommend checking it out.

 

HELP! My Senior Session is Coming up, now what? | Greensboro Senior Photographer

Prepping for your Senior year of High School is exciting, nerve wrecking, stressful and fun all the same time.  Your senior pictures should be in the fun part, but I know there is a lot to prepare for.  So, let me help take some of the guesswork out of things by answering some of the questions I get asked the most!

Q:  I have my session scheduled, what comes next?  

As soon as your name hits my calendar, you will receive a follow-up email from me.  Attached to this email will be a questionnaire.  It asks for a lot of personal information - things such as what your favorite music is, what type of session are you dreaming of, what's your personality type, do you play any sports, what are your hobbies, etc.  I use these forms so I can really get a good sense of who you are so I can plan your session accordingly.  Once I've had a chance to review your answers, we will have another phone call or email to discuss location options and go over outfit styling.
 

Q:  Where do I change my clothes?

No worries, you will not be on display!  I bring a pop-up changing tent with me to every session.  Some clients use it and others are comfortable just changing in the car.  Occasionally, we will be at a location that allows you to use their public restroom.  It all depends on where we end up.  I also encourage females to wear bike shorts or some other type of fitted short under their outfits.

 

Q:  Who do I bring with me to my session?

This is your session and I encourage you to bring only those who help you feel at ease and most like yourself.  Most Seniors come with Mom, but I have had a cousin or best friend or sibling tag along on occasion.  If you are feeling nervous, it could be good to have someone with you who can make you laugh.  I consider myself a good conversationalist and will do my best to help you feel comfortable.

 

Q:  Where will my session take place?

This is something we will discuss via phone call or email after you've booked your session.  Most Seniors choose 2-3 locations, usually a different vibe for each.  You'll need to think about what kind of look you want - downtown with lots of brick and old buildings, graffiti walls, fields of flowers, water, in the woods, etc.  I'm willing to shoot where ever (except train tracks - that's illegal and I don't do illegal).  If you have a specific location in mind, let me know!  If a location requires an entrance fee, we can most definitely shoot there, but please know the fee is your responsibility.  If you don't have a location in mind, that's fine too.  I spend a lot of time driving around and finding unique locations with beautiful light - I am happy to recommend something I think would fit the idea you have in your head.

 

Q:  What should I wear?  And for girls, how should I do my hair and makeup?

First things first, do NOT wear something you feel uncomfortable in.  Your Senior pictures you reflect who you are at this time in your life.  If you don't feel good in your outfit, that will most definitely show in your images.  I always recommend choosing 3 different styles of outfit - something more dressy, a casual every day outfit, and then something that shows off your interests/hobbies (ex if you play a sport or are a dancer).  I've even done a guy who decided to go shirtless to show off his tattoos.  Don't forget accessories!  They might be small, but a great chunky bracelet or a sparkly ring really help pull the style together.  And shoes...this is a great time to show off your favorites, I love a great cowboy boot.  Girls, don't forget those nails.  Please do not come with chipping nail polish - either have them painted/manicured or keep them clean, goes for toes too if you're wearing sandals.  As for hair and makeup, some prefer to visit a salon and makeup counter prior to their session and others prefer to do their own.  This is completely up to you!  If you want that airbrushed, perfect makeup look, then by all means go get that done!  If you prefer to go more natural, then just bring your fresh faced self.  Remember - this is YOUR session and I want you to feel super confident.

 

Q:  Can I bring props?

Sure!  Props can really help bring your personality and hobbies into the session.  Play Volleyball?  Bring that ball.  You love to dance?  Bring those ballet slippers.  Love your car?  We can certainly work that in.  

 

Q:  My session is over, now what?

You can expect to see a sneak peek from your session within 48 hours on my social media platforms.  Feel free to tag yourself and share with your family and friends!  Your full gallery of edited images will be available to you within 3 weeks.  I will schedule an in person viewing session with you and your parents.  This viewing will either be in my home or your home.  All decision makers need to be present, as you will be placing your print order at this time.  I will bring samples so you can see and feel the quality of the products I offer and get a sense for sizing.  After your order has been placed, you can expect to receive your products in 3-4 weeks.

 

Hopefully I was able to answer most of your questions here, but if there's something I didn't think of please reach out to me!  Ready to book your amazing Senior Session?  You can reach me via the 'contact' tab on my website, via email (audraephotography@gmail.com) or on my cell phone 336-690-3131 - I respond to calls and texts.  I am currently booking sessions for the Class of 2018 in Greensboro and the surrounding Triad NC region.  I can't wait to help you kick off your Senior year!

P FAMILY | Greensboro Family Photographer

My relationship with this family goes way back, actually it goes back an entire decade!  This mama and I met at a Mom and Me class at The Little Gym in Holly Springs, NC when our oldest children were just babies.  We have both lived in several states and homes since then and have added a few more kids to the mix.  Somehow, we ended up back in the same state and close enough that we can still spend some time together on occasion.  Lucky me!

The P family drove up from Charlotte for their session.  We met at the beautiful Magnolia Manor in Colfax.  It's a little, not so hidden treasure I stumbled across and the weather was perfection that afternoon.  Great day to capture these adorable smiles.

Can't wait to meet their new addition this Fall!  You can count on seeing some of that cuteness around these parts in a few months.

Greensboro Senior Photographer ~ Page High School ~ Meet Malin

I met Malin in a round-a-bout way.  Her mom regularly attends a fitness class I teach at a local fitness center here in Greensboro.  Being that we had recently moved here when I first started teaching, I was talking to her mom about how I didn't know any babysitters.  Voila!  She offered up her daughter, who loves kids, and the rest is history.  I can be somewhat shy and reserved, but not when it comes to getting someone to help me with my munchkins.

Malin, my girls (I don't typically bring them to sessions, but they adore this girl) and I met up at the Paul J Ciener Botanical Garden in Kernersville.  It was perfectly cloudy, breezy, and warm - basically a great evening for a photo shoot.  The location was gorgeous and had a good mix of the natural/plant vibe and lots of brick and stone to satisfy my love of a 'downtown' vibe.  I will definitely be going back for other sessions.

While most High School Seniors take the summer off to spend some quality time with friends and family before they head off to college, Malin is cutting that short.  She is heading out on a huge, scary and (what is sure to be) an amazing adventure pretty much as soon as she tosses her cap.  It's going to be so much fun watching where life takes her.  

Best of luck, Malin!  

On Being a MomTog | Greensboro Family Photographer

Being a photographer with my own children is both awesome and a little frustrating.  If you're a parent, then you can probably relate with me when I say my children are always better behaved for other adults than they are for me.  I have no problem having amazing sessions with other children - I can always manage some smiles and spontaneous fun.  With my own children, however, I just never ever know which attitude they are going to bring to a shoot - if I can even get them out the door.  The plus side, however, is that I can gauge when they might be in a cooperative mood and can head out the door at any given moment with nothing more than my camera and my child.

As I have been getting more acclimated to Greensboro and Winston-Salem, I am finding so many amazing locations for photo sessions.  I stumbled upon this pretty field a couple weeks ago after dropping off a babysitter.  When I saw the trees speckled with all the pretty flowers, I knew it would be the perfect spot for my 7 year old's annual photo shoot.  She's obsessed with pretty flowers so I figured she'd oblige me.  Thankfully, she did not disappoint and I managed to capture who she is at age 7.

World...Meet my sassy SEVEN year old.  I may be biased, but isn't she gorgeous?  (oh, and the almost two year old had to jump in because, helloooooo, matching dresses from Gymboree)