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Journey

The Great Journey...

We have hopes and dreams that may be several years, and even decades long achieving them.

…and some of us may relate to realizing our dreams later in life, when comparing ourselves to others’ and their decisions.  

Dreams are most commonly associated with careers and career advancement, but can be related to marital status and having children.  Usually most of us have goals that may include both of these areas in our lives.

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What is more interesting to me though, is the dreams that are revealed to us in ways we could not imagine on our own.  The ones that we didn’t even realize, the ones that were revealed to us with time.  The dreams that were firmly planted within us before we even knew they were there.

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Outfit Selection

How to choose the right outfits for your photo shoot

When you schedule a photo shoot, your outfit may be the last thing on your mind, but they are a decisive part of your photos. 

There are many factors to consider when choosing the right clothes for your photo shoot, including theme, location, colors, comfort, and accessories.

Theme

Does your photo shoot have a theme? If there’s a theme, your clothes will make or break the photo shoot. Outfits that don’t fit the theme will create photos that are jarring. Unless that’s the purpose of your photo shoot, you’ll want to pick clothes that align with your theme. It’s important to not, sometimes a shoot’s location can turn into a theme.

Location

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Consider the location of your photo shoot. Will it take place indoors or outdoors? If it’s an indoor shoot, you’ll have more outfit options. If your photo shoot is going to take place outdoors, you should choose outfits that prepare you for the weather. Otherwise, you may end up red and sweaty, or your shoot may have to end early.

Additionally, your location can set up a type of theme. For example, Paint the Moon gives the example of a couple dressed in vintage-style clothing with a retro amusement park background. Draw inspiration from your location for your outfits. If the shoot takes place on a boat, wear nautical-themed clothing.

Don’t forget to wear the right shoes. If your shoot takes place in a grassy, sandy, or muddy area, stick to flats, boots, or sneakers. If you decide to bring heels anyway, bring a change of shoes, just in case.

Colors

Stick to solid colors and clothes, and think about your surrounding. Choose colors that are complemented by your surroundings; avoid choosing colors or prints that clash with the environment. You don’t want your outfits to draw attention away from the subject: you.

For group pictures, Paint the Moon advises you to “coordinate colors but don’t match.” It’s easier if you start with one main outfit, and build the other outfits based on the colors from that outfit.

Darlene Hildebrandt, the managing editor at Digital Photography School, suggests choosing colors that are more subtle or subdued. Hildebrandt also suggests wearing like colors. If you choose to wear a dark-colored shirt, wear dark-colored pants. If you choose to wear a light-colored shirt, wear light-colored pants.  

Comfort

Comfort is essential. If you’re not comfortable in your outfit, it will show in the final photos. Choose outfits you feel comfortable in, so you’ll feel confident during the photo shoot.  

Accessories

The right accessories can draw attention to your favorite features. Paint the Moon recommends choosing accessories that can act as accent colors for the color scheme of your photos. The right accessories—hats, scarves, etc.—also become fun, interactive props.

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Aperture



With the right Aperture setting, the bokeh effect can be very powerful in portraiture. Bokeh is the technical term for the skill in portrait photography that is usually used to separate the subject from the background.  The bokeh effect is achieved by manually changing the aperture.  Aperture is the size of the hole that allows light in.  Aperture settings enable you to take little details out of the background, and sometimes even wash the entire background out, depending on all of your settings. 

The dramatic impact of this photographic technique draws the eye toward the feature or features the photographer wants the viewer to focus on.  The technique is also useful in documentary photography as it gives perspective to situations with many variables.  Documentary photography usually specializes in capturing a ray of environments or it focuses on telling a story during an event. 

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Bridals

The Bridal Session

In a majority of women’s lives, their wedding day, and the details that surround it, are regarded with the upmost anticipation and standard for class, beauty, and spirit; and no other detail embodies these attributes more than the bride exclusively in her wedding dress standing apart from the rest.

A bridal session, focused on capturing the bride in her solitary beauty, is a fantastic way to embody her uniqueness in portrait, and add an exceptional experience to the wedding or time leading up to it. It is an interlude amongst all the planning and execution of the big day for her to immerse herself in the pleasure of her dress, and allow the photographer to capture that solitary uniqueness free of distraction from the groom, wedding party, or guests.

Bridal sessions may be done on the day of the wedding, before or after the ceremony, or a few weeks prior, in a stand-alone session with the photographer.

Sessions completed leading up to the ceremony, or in an interval after, often give the bride a time to bask in the approaching event, or reflect on the completion of such a great moment in her life. Genuine emotions are inevitably captured during sessions such as these and will radiate in the completed portraits.

Photos taken in the weeks before the wedding often wish to be utilized as décor for the wedding, and the timeframe leading up to the wedding gives the photographer ample time to ensure the photos are complete. These sessions also allow more flexibility with the types of photos a bride may wish for, especially if she has a flair for fashion, style, or adventure and wants to expand her photos to include unique poses, interesting backdrops, certain props, or distinct locales. 

Bridal sessions are a unique component to a wedding and can serve a variety of functions. Traditionally, they began as sessions scheduled prior to a wedding where a bride could be photographed in a more controlled and staged environment, but in modern times have expanded to fit the needs of the bride and the wedding plans. In any form, such a session is an advantageous component to any bride’s wedding day and should sincerely be considered as an addition to a wedding photography package. 

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Publications

Want to be a cover girl?


With both indoor (studio) work, and outdoor photo shoots, we can make that dream a reality. Whether you are a single woman, or a mother with kids, we invite you to contact us today.  

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High School

 

I had so much fun with these high school girls. Beautiful from the inside out!

I was so impressed by their ability to work together and how they complimented each other's strengths.  It was such an amazing experience working with them all.

And their favorite teacher?  She was priceless.  It was so nice to see leadership like this.  ...of course fueled by the passion to make a difference.  

And the mother that helped transport them?  She was awesome in so many ways.  Loved her!

Thank you for all your hard work ladies! 

 

Enchanté!

More about the lead photographer

Tammy, owner and photographer at tak-ful.com, has been traveling the world photographing people for over 15 years.  She is from a small Mennonite town, called Hartville, Ohio, where she recalls a horse and buggy tying up to the local bank while watching the fireworks when she was young.  She has also lived in London, England, Chicago, Illinois, Denver, Colorado, and Lausanne, Switzerland.  And because of her experience living and traveling to so many different cities, she also dabbles in French and German. 

She enjoys the outdoors and likes to stay active.  She can be found bike riding in Terry Hershey Park, walking the Buffalo Bayou, sailing in Newport, and even swinging from a trapeze in Colorado.

But photo Journalism always remains the highlight of her travels including Europe, Central America, Canada, the Virgin Islands, Australia, and the Middle East.  What’s next?  Most likely the Mediterranean, Africa and possibly S.E. Asia.

Taking after her grandfather, and his love for photography, she keeps a 1941 photo of him taking a picture of his reflection on her studio desk, and her website.  The photo reminds her of the many beautiful images and home movies he created of his wife and 8 children, and remains an inspiration to her as she shoots all over the world.

Tammy’s favorite shoots include classic cars, sailboats, and underwater portraits.

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Styling

Styling your photo session

When you schedule a photo shoot, your outfit may be the last thing on your mind, but they are a decisive part of your photos. 

There are many factors to consider when choosing the right clothes for your photo shoot, including theme, location, colors, comfort, and accessories.

Theme

Does your photo shoot have a theme? If there’s a theme, your clothes will make or break the photo shoot. Outfits that don’t fit the theme will create photos that are jarring. Unless that’s the purpose of your photo shoot, you’ll want to pick clothes that align with your theme. It’s important to not, sometimes a shoot’s location can turn into a theme.

Location

Consider the location of your photo shoot. Will it take place indoors or outdoors? If it’s an indoor shoot, you’ll have more outfit options. If your photo shoot is going to take place outdoors, you should choose outfits that prepare you for the weather. Otherwise, you may end up red and sweaty, or your shoot may have to end early.

Additionally, your location can set up a type of theme. For example, Paint the Moon gives the example of a couple dressed in vintage-style clothing with a retro amusement park background. Draw inspiration from your location for your outfits. If the shoot takes place on a boat, wear nautical-themed clothing.

Don’t forget to wear the right shoes. If your shoot takes place in a grassy, sandy, or muddy area, stick to flats, boots, or sneakers. If you decide to bring heels anyway, bring a change of shoes, just in case.

Colors

Stick to solid colors and clothes, and think about your surrounding. Choose colors that are complemented by your surroundings; avoid choosing colors or prints that clash with the environment. You don’t want your outfits to draw attention away from the subject: you.

For group pictures, Paint the Moon advises you to “coordinate colors but don’t match.” It’s easier if you start with one main outfit, and build the other outfits based on the colors from that outfit.

Darlene Hildebrandt, the managing editor at Digital Photography School, suggests choosing colors that are more subtle or subdued. Hildebrandt also suggests wearing like colors. If you choose to wear a dark-colored shirt, wear dark-colored pants. If you choose to wear a light-colored shirt, wear light-colored pants.  

Comfort

Comfort is essential. If you’re not comfortable in your outfit, it will show in the final photos. Choose outfits you feel comfortable in, so you’ll feel confident during the photo shoot.  

Accessories

The right accessories can draw attention to your favorite features. Paint the Moon recommends choosing accessories that can act as accent colors for the color scheme of your photos. The right accessories—hats, scarves, etc.—also become fun, interactive props.

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Acceptance

Lights, Camera... GO!!

Yes, posing in front of a camera is exhilarating, fun, and empowering! Except, when you aren’t quite where you want to be with your physique or feeling very sexy. If that is the case, then this “lights, camera, action” experience can be a lot less enjoyable and a little more intimidating. So, let’s change this to “lights, camera, GO”, to be inspired to get where we want in our level of health and confidence. Often, women ask how to jump start getting to be where they want to be, both physically and mentally. So, let’s do this together, like a journey, this way we have more success and it definitely makes it more fun! Here are three ways to jump start working towards increasing your confidence and getting healthier.

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1.    First, practice acceptance! This is critical to fully feeling confident, happy, and healthy within your own body. Ultimately, giving you more success in the long run too. When we consciously make the choice to stop comparing our hips, arms, or pant size to other women, we will instantly feel relief. Start with becoming aware of your thoughts and self-talk. Instead, begin to shower yourself with POSITIVE affirmations like, “you look beautiful” or “thank you body for being healthy”. You will quickly be amazed at the difference this will make you feel!


2.    Second, find a healthy community to get involved with. This is why gyms and fitness groups are so popular, there are multiple people who share the same lifestyle interests. Surrounding yourself with others who value the same thing and are like-minded is very important to our success. So, take part of a community that will encourage your healthy habits, even when you don’t feel like it. Accountability makes it easier!


3.    Third, exercise is a must, no matter what! Research and studies have concluded so many facts about the health benefits from exercise. Not to mention it is a proven way to decrease stress, increase endorphins, and sharpen our minds. Even if your diet is flawless every day, getting activity is still very important. Which, is also a quick way to build confidence, both in the way you look and feel. Also, be sure to enjoy what you are doing, when we find an activity or exercise that we like and works for our schedule, it’s easier to stick to it.

There you have it, three simple but excellent ways to make reaching your goals easier to feel healthier, happier, and more confident. Just remember, it does take time and grace with ourselves to develop consistent habits. So if you fall off the bandwagon, find that someone or group who can keep you accountable, and get right back to it!  

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Props

The use of props in portrait photography can complement the subject and the set, help portray a certain message, and they may even help the subject relax and enjoy the session more.

Props include things that are and aren’t meant to be seen in the final product.  Props may be things the subject sits on, holds, or is surrounded by without making physical contact.  It is with our experience at the studio, props help take away the pressure of finding the right pose.  Whether the subject is experienced or inexperienced in posing for photography, props either give the subject something to focus on, or the props act as a distraction.  In either case, props almost always end in successful photo shoots whether we are photographing an adult or a child.

Some of our favorite props at the studio are balloons, confetti, specific chairs and stools, sunglasses, and even reading glasses.

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A Child's First Year

Capturing Images of Your Child After The New Born Session

When a newborn first arrives into this world, there are a million new moments in their life that are milestones, not only in their progress, but in a parent’s as well, and these moments will no doubt want to be preserved by a professional photographer as much as possible.

There are many benefits for professionally capturing moments in a child’s life, and as discussed in 3 ways family photography can raise a child's self-esteem, professional photography gives children a sense of belonging, a sense of self, and shows they are loved and cared for.

Professional photographs within a child’s first year may vary in style, but often consist of the following:

Newborn Portraits - Although not a new occurrence, many popular styles of these types of photographs have emerged in the modern age of digital cameras, Photoshop, and social media. Such styles include portraits of the newborn in basic back, side, and tummy poses; photos of the tiny details such as their feet and hands; and photos with creative props such as wicker baskets and textured cloth.

Holiday Photos - These are a staple amongst parents with newborns, as what can be cuter than a baby surrounded by small Halloween pumpkins, them in an oversized Thanksgiving Turkey hat, or nestled in a Christmas stocking? These types of photos become excellent holiday gifts and are often used in cards sent to family and friends and also signify the inclusion of a new member into family traditions and celebrations.

1st Birthday -A child’s first year is a moment to celebrate indeed, as it’s a culmination of a parent’s hard work, determination, and care for their child in a very important time in their life; and it signifies the beginning of a string of milestones the child will pass and celebrate themselves each coming year. Photographs taken during a child’s 1st birthday capture images such as the child’s messy eating of the cake, opening of presents, and popular these days, their holding or standing next to a number or announcement of their age.

A professional photographer can ensure that as a parent, you can be a part of your child’s extraordinary beginning in life, every step of the way, and not have to worry about the details of recording and archiving the wonderment of your child’s first steps in life. As a parent you can include yourself with your child in front of the camera and capture the genuine essence of your family and the joy brought forth with the new edition to the world. 

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T.A.K.

Meet the lead photographer:  Tammy A. Kannal

Tammy, owner and photographer at tak-ful.com, has been traveling the world photographing people for over 15 years.  She is from a small Mennonite town, called Hartville, Ohio, where she recalls a horse and buggy tying up to the local bank while watching the fireworks when she was young.  Currently residing in Houston, Texas, she has also lived in London, England, Chicago, Illinois, Denver, Colorado, and Lausanne, Switzerland.  And because of her experience living and traveling to so many different cities, she also dabbles in French and German. 

She enjoys the outdoors and likes to stay active.  She can be found bike riding in Terry Hershey Park, walking the Buffalo Bayou, sailing in Newport, and even swinging from a trapeze in Colorado.

But Portraits and Photo Journalism always remain the highlight of her travels including Europe, Central America, Canada, the Virgin Islands, Australia, and the Middle East.  What’s next?  Most likely the Mediterranean, Africa and possibly Asia.

Tammy's favorite shoots include classic carssailboats, and underwater portraits.  You may connect with the photographer by kindly filling out the 'Schedule' form on the Connect page at:  www.tak-ful.com, or Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest.  

Nice to Meet You

Tammy, owner and photographer at tak-ful.com, has been traveling the world photographing people for over 15 years.  She is from a small Mennonite town, called Hartville, Ohio, where she recalls a horse and buggy tying up to the local bank while watching the fireworks when she was young.  Currently residing in Houston, Texas, she has also lived in London, England, Chicago, Illinois, Denver, Colorado, and Lausanne, Switzerland.  And because of her experience living and traveling to so many different cities, she also dabbles in French and German. 

She enjoys the outdoors and likes to stay active.  She can be found bike riding in Terry Hershey Park, walking the Buffalo Bayou, sailing in Newport, and even swinging from a trapeze in Colorado.
 

But Portraits and Photo Journalism always remain the highlight of her travels including Europe, Central America, Canada, the Virgin Islands, Australia, and the Middle East.  What’s next?  Most likely the Mediterranean, Africa and possibly Asia.
 

Tammy's favorite shoots include classic carssailboats, and underwater portraits.  You may connect with the photographer by kindly filling out the 'Schedule' form on the Connect page at:  www.tak-ful.com, or Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest.  

Posing

Posing can present a myriad of opportunities and challenges during a photo shoot, but with proper preparation and an initial consultation, you can capture the subject in their element beautifully.

Poses may include side views, aeriel views, lower angles from the ground, and partial angles depending on the light source and the desired effect. 

First and foremost it is ideal to be on the same page in managing the clients expectations during the execution of the photo shoot.  This may entail showing the client example images from other photo sessions and or asking the client what they have seen.  Reviewing the photographer's images or the clients examples from Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram can alleviate anxiety in the actual posing and expedite the communication process during the photography session.  

Second, an initial consultation about the posing and what's to be expected during the session, also helps the client prepare for the shoot. Clients begin to think about photo session preparation in terms of hygiene and also styling and clothing selection.  

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My Grandfather

Taking after my grandfather, and his love for photography, I have included a 1941 photo of him taking a picture of his reflection.  This photo reminds me of the many beautiful images he created of his wife and 8 children, and remains an inspiration as I shoot all over the world.

"Heritage is the history, unique knowledge, values and traditions that have developed by a combination of genes and environment over time. Heritage, whether it be national, cultural, or family is an endowment of unique sets of historical knowledge; but foremost, heritage is your history."   

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Thank you!



Truly thankful for the most amazing clients, vendors, friends and family this year.  It has been a journey, and I can't wait to see what the new year brings!

 

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