Week 12 – High Key Expose Portrait

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I am a little bit behind on my personal photography project because it is the busy fall season right now. I have been trying to get all of my photo sessions edited and finished before I even start to think about Christmas mini sessions!

The weather has been absolutely amazing and we have been soaking it all up before winter gets here. We are going to carve pumpkins today and Halloween is just around the corner!

My week 12 project was to photograph a high key exposure to the right. Create a light, airy, high key portrait.

I decided to use one of Logan and Jessica’s photos from their engagement session. We were able to use a beautiful spot in Mtn. View and I got so many great shots from their session.

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I feel like this photo definitely fits the description for week 12! Beautiful, light and airy with a high key exposure to the upper right corner. Can you guys see the geese in the background? 🙂

I will be putting Jessica and Logan’s engagement session on the blog soon! Hope you guys enjoy!

 

Anna’s Fall Family Session

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I am finally finishing up Anna’s fall family session. Here are just a few of my favorites!IMG_7067IMG_7109sb

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This photo made me laugh. Sibling LOVE! 😀

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A beautiful family!

IMG_7159sbI hope they had fun during their photo shoot and that I get to photograph them again! 🙂

 

Briley Cake Smash

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I LOVE doing 1 year cake smash sessions! You never know exactly what to expect when it comes to each child. Sometimes they dig right in and other times they take a small taste and evaluate the situation. LOL! They are all different and I really enjoy photographing these special moments in their life!

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This past weekend I got to photograph Briley for her birthday session. She is definitely one of the sweetest little girls I’ve ever photographed. She was a little shy at first but she warmed up to me pretty quickly and flashed me some pretty little smiles.

 

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Her mom Macy made all of her decorations and brought a beautiful quilt for her to sit on. She also made her cake! I love when my clients are so crafty! 🙂

 

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She wasn’t too sure about the icing. She liked it but she couldn’t figure out why it was stuck to her hand…? Lol! 😀

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Overall I think she had a fun time! Who doesn’t like to get a little messy every now and again?!

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Happy Birthday Briley!

 

 

 

 

 

Week 11 Landscape: Reflection

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Week 11 didn’t leave me a whole lot of options here in North Central Arkansas. I was hoping to use water for my landscape reflection and we are currently under a burn ban here. Everything is all dried up! Our rainy, wet fall definitely has not started yet.

However, I have some awesome neighbors who have an absolutely beautiful view. They have a pond about the size of a football field in their front yard! I always love going over their and enjoying their view… and their company! 🙂 Thank you Lanny and Debbie!

So here is my Landscape Reflection… I love the sun flare in this photo! No actions or presets needed here! 🙂IMG_6845logo

Week 10 – Enviromental Portrait

Show a subject in their natural habitat. Their place of work or hobby is a great start. Tell their story with the environment.

For this week’s assignment I had the opportunity to photograph my dad, brother, and husband. They were setting poles and framing up a small building.

My dad has been a carpenter, sheet rocker, painter, and many other things throughout his lifetime. He’s dabbled in just about everything you can think of when it comes to construction and building. He likes to call himself The Jack Of All Trades-Master Of None. 😀

He’s given countless hours of his time to a profession that wasn’t always kind to him in return. He gave part of his life and even parts of his flesh and blood. He sacrificed precious time that he will never get back to be able to provide for his family.

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A selfless man…

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He has taught my brother and husband a little bit about building things over the years and he’s taught us all A LOT about walking with God.

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Building a home and building a life… I think they go hand in hand. Something you can take pride in and look back on – your legacy – what you leave behind. Or more importantly WHO you leave behind.

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Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

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I couldn’t have asked for a better Dad. Someone who loves you and takes care of you. Someone who disciplines you and corrects you even when you don’t want it or think you don’t need it. Someone who helps lead you and guide you in all the right directions. And most importantly teaches you about the love of God.

Not just a sayer of the Word, but a doer.

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.  For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;  for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.  But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. James1:22-25

One of my greatest hopes is that my children will get to inherit some of their PaPa’s skills and knowledge and that they will get to grow up and see his example in their lives like I got to see him in mine.

That I can continue his example…

his legacy…

his life’s work…

 

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Oh how beautifully this fits my Dad…

You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you. Psalm 128:2

I hope he feels as blessed as I do to have him in my life as I am in his.

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Love you guys!

 

 

 

 

Week 9 – Artistic Shadows

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The opposite of light is dark, the absence of light is shadow.

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Clothed in shadows she is beautiful.

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I used my little model and some lace to create these beautiful flowery shadows. The sun was setting on us as we were trying to snap some quick photos. Luckily I had Lane to help hold up the lace and Lily simply posed. The thing she does best! 🙂

I’m so lucky to have such a beautiful girl… on the inside AND out!

Here are some fun ones in COLOR…

 

Week 7 – Faceless Portrait

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For my husband Andrew, who always goes above and beyond on every project I have ever asked him to help me with.

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He inspires me to work harder everyday by his energy and enthusiasm and motivates me to work those extra minutes, even as the sun is going down.IMG_5041bwlogo

 

I know I am a little late posting this week, but I think it was definitely worth the wait! We welcomed some new Aussie fur babies into our household this weekend and we worked really hard to get them all set up here at the Wesley’s! 🙂

My best friend Ashley drove with me about 6 and a half hours to Missouri on Friday to pick up Bella and Spur. Luke and Lily got to tag along too, but I’m not so sure they enjoyed the trip as much as we did. All I can say is Thank The Lord for cheez-its and Netflix! HA! HA!

So here is where I have to brag on my amazing husband. He got up early Saturday morning and drove to town to pick up everything we needed to get started building their new dog pen.

When he got home he started cutting down trees and underbrush and I helped him clear it. We raked, removed rocks, and Lane helped us snip the smaller saplings. We then set up 4 posts and connected wire paneling to each of those. Then Andrew drove T-posts along the 16 foot panels to help secure them in the middle. This made a great 16X16 square living area!

We had a dog house that was built a couple of years ago for our oldest Aussie Ace, but he never liked to sleep in it much. So we stuck it in the pen for his new brother and sister. 🙂

It was a long, but definitely satisfying day!

Long story short…. I knew I needed a “faceless” portrait for week 7 and didn’t have any REAL inspiration until Saturday. I really wanted to use him for this assignment and managed to snap some photos of him on the porch. He didn’t even complain when I asked him to be my guinea pig!

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I sure do love this man. I hope he knows how much!

 

 

Axel turns 1!!!

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Hey everyone! I just had to share Axel’s one year/cake smash session with all of you! I met up with Axel and his mom and dad at the Mtn. View city park and he was all smiles from the time mom got him out of the car to the very end when we said bye. He was SO CUTE all dressed up in his mickey mouse outfit!

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I brought a few props to his session, including some balloons, and he was mesmerized! He kept trying to grab his balloons and finally caught one after a few attempts. I think he was a little surprised! Lol!

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It’s amazing how fast one year will go by. It seems like just the other day he came to see me for newborn photos.
I didn’t think he could get any sweeter …but he proved me wrong! 🙂

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After we spent a few minutes snapping photos we moved to a different area and got ready for the smash cake. Lauren informed me that Axel LOVES to eat so I was excited to see what he would do with his little cake.

She set it down in front of him and he immediately dug in! He didn’t need any coaching or reassurances from mom and dad…. he knew exactly what to do!

 

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He stuck his tongue out at me towards the end and it made for a perfect picture! I think it’s safe to say we all had fun during his photoshoot and watching his little eyes light up was just the icing on the cake! 😀

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I couldn’t resist snapping a photo of mom and dad before they cleaned him all up! I think he was still trying to find some leftover icing! Lol!

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Week 6 – Candy

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Here is my Week 6 assignment. The kids definitely had fun doing this photoshoot! Lol! No bribing or pleading here… they were happy to help! 🙂

I really wanted to have fun with these photos and add a really neat filter to make them unique. I used the Coffee Shop Blog action Light Leak on these photos and selected the rainbow colored filter. I thought it went great with my candy theme!

I’m sure it won’t be long and they will be asking to do another candy photo shoot. 🙂

Fall Mini Sessions 2017

 

Fall mini sessions are now booking! September Sessions will take place at Blanchard Springs from September 16-17 and September 23-24. I will offer more dates if all of the time slots are filled for September.


 

  • Fall Minis are $75
  •  Each session will be 30 minutes long
  • You will receive 10 edited images with print release that you can download from a password protected online gallery
  • A $25 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your session
  • Limited Booking!

 

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Although these sessions are short, they are still very productive! We will photograph the whole family with a few different poses and some individuals of children. There will be a maximum of 5 people per session, if you have more than 5 in your family there will be a charge of $10 per person.

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These sessions will be laid back and fun! Some images will be lightly posed and some will be completely natural. You will get a variety of images to choose from in your online gallery! I’m so excited to photograph you guys this year and I can’t wait for the Arkansas trees to start turning colors!!!

To book your Mini Session please contact me via phone, Facebook Messenger, or email!

Whitney Wesley Photography

501-208-4676

facebook.com/whitneywesleyphotography

whitneywesley952@gmail.com