I had grand plans for these mini sessions. A beautiful golden sun setting behind the lake. The water gently splashing against the dock. A gorgeous boathouse with vintage goodies galore. I could just picture all of the sun kissed images in my head.

Well wouldn’t you know it decided to rain on my sunset lake mini sessions. Twice!

I’m lucky to have scheduled 3 amazing, easy going, flexible families who were up for anything. Sometimes you just gotta take what you can get. The good news is that these families will have beautiful family images despite the disappearance of the sun.

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  • June 30, 2015 - 6:46 am

    Tara F. - Stacy, we absolutely LOVE them! I knew that the weather didn’t matter because we had an amazing photographer. I kept telling Carol that. You are truly talented! Thank you for capturing these sweet moments and now I’m even more excited to see the rest.

  • June 30, 2015 - 6:53 am

    Carol L - Stacy,rain or not they came out beautiful. The amazing family at the top are my beautiful daughter,son-in-law and grandsons. Thank you or more beautiful memories.You did a wonderful job.
    Thanks,
    Grandma Carol

  • June 30, 2015 - 6:58 am

    admin - Aww thanks Carol!! They are beautiful!!

  • June 30, 2015 - 6:59 am

    admin - You’re so sweet! Thanks Tara!!

  • June 30, 2015 - 3:37 pm

    nancy furman - Stacey, I am biased because Ron, Tara, Liam and Logan are the loves of my life. Of course I think they are beautiful, but the pictures you took are proof. I can’t wait to see the rest!!!! You truly captured not only their beauty but the true emotions they were feeling. BRAVO!!!

  • July 1, 2015 - 8:55 am

    admin - Wow! That’s so sweet of you to day! Thanks!!

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I wasn’t sure if we were going to end up making this session. As I was driving to the location, it started to rain. For most of the ride and then when I was about 5 minutes away, the clouds parted and the sun began to shine. That just told me it was going to be a fun family session.

When I first met Jordan he was a little shy. He wasn’t too sure about me. I laid out a blanket for everyone to sit on and I asked if Jordan wanted to see my camera. He walked over cautiously and then all of a sudden my cell phone rang. I made a silly surprised face and asked, “Jordan, are you calling me?” Well, that did it for him. He laughed and it broke the ice. He was all smiles the rest of the evening. He loved pushing the buttons on my camera. I was smiling when I went through the images from this session to grab a sneak peek. There were a lot of shots of just the grass!

Sometimes, the hardest part of a family session is getting the dads on board. Liana mentioned wanting a more candid shoot, no stiff poses, and I was so happy to hear that. I told her to remind her hubby that I don’t need everyone looking at the camera. I wanted him to focus on his beautiful family. I think that helps to take the pressure off. Plus, it helps to get up and walk around. Dads and toddlers get bored really easily so I like to walk around and explore.

Here are a few quick shots from their session.

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This was cracked me up because all night I was letting him push the buttons on my big camera and then I remembered I had a toy camera from Twig. Well, he wasn’t too impressed. It didn’t click and make a fancy sound like mine did. He looks so confused here. Lol!Sun Filled Fun Family Session - Stacy Mae Photography - NJ Family Photographer

 

 

 

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What is RAW and whether you should be shooting in this format - Stacy Mae Photography

It’s actually a pretty simple answer in my opinion. If you’re a professional, yes! If you’re a mom taking pictures of your little ones, no. And for those of you in between, I would recommend practicing in RAW, but using JPG for those times when you just want to record the moment.

So what exactly is RAW? When you take a picture, your camera gives you a file. A RAW file is completely untouched and uncompressed. It’s meant for images that are going to be processed in an editing software like Photoshop or Lightroom. RAW images look kind of dull and are not very sharp straight out of the camera. JPG images are a standard format where the camera does the processing for you. It’s got more contrast and is usually sharper.

So why would you want to shoot in RAW then? Because you’ll have complete control over how you want your final image to look. If you shoot outside on a bright sunny day and end up overexposing the background, you can fix it. If you get an ugly yellow color cast from shooting indoors, you can fix that. You can control the amount of color, contrast, and exposure in your images. And the best part is, you won’t damage the original file.

The downsize to shooting in RAW is that the files are huge. They take up a lot more space on your memory card and your computer’s hard drive. Plus, you need a special program to open a RAW file. You can’t just upload the images to your computer and share.

Shooting in JPG is perfect if you are taking everyday snapshots of your kiddos. Plus, you can post to social media easily. And, if you don’t want to bother with post processing (editing the image), shooting in JPG will save you a ton of space on your computer.

As your skills grow and you begin to experiment shooting in manual, you might want to consider switching to RAW. While you’re practicing, it’s inevitable that you’ll mess up your exposure or get the white balance wrong. Shooting in RAW will allow you to fix this.

 

 

 

 

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I had been thinking of doing something like this for a while now. I just love all the fun, bright colors of summer and what could be more fun then throwing a pool party with my girls?!?! OK so maybe it was only a party of three, but bigger isn’t always better!

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