Zimmerman Sneak Peek {Port Royal, Pa} Family Photographer

Y’all… I have been dying to share these photos with you all!!!

This gorgeous family came all the way from Maryland for their family session!  Talk about pressure! 😉

We had a beautiful (albeit hot) day for our session.  The sunlight was AMAAAAAZING! Maddie was a gem!  The outfits were on point!  Seriously, everything was perfection!  Y’all made my job so easy!

One of my most favorite things about my job is that when I first meet a client to discuss their upcoming session they are strangers but by the time we finish photographing their session, we are friends.  I just love it!!! ❤

Thanks so much for trusting me to capture your beautiful family.  I had an amazing time! ❤

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Photographing your own children…

When you are the child of a photographer, somewhere along the line you develop something called “PCS” or Photographer’s Child Syndrome.  PCS can be quite irritating. You (as a photographer) have great plans of taking amazing photos of your children… capturing every sweet detail… but your child has other ideas.

Every now and again I can bribe my children with something to get one decent photo but I don’t attempt to get more than a few photos.  And I rarely pull out my “big girl camera” because they typically won’t cooperate when they see that.

Something like this little gem… 447A9798 copy-advFor Easter I wanted to get one good photo of my girls in their Easter dresses.  The resulting image took 20 minutes, a twisted ankle and I STILL had to do a head swap to get them both smiling! 2016-05-15_0002 copy 2-adv2Anyway… I purchased a gown not too long ago for clients to use during sessions and my oldest thought it was adorable!  So I thought I could use it as bribery.  Boy, did that work! I need to remember this for future photos with her!  Here are some of the images I was able to get:  447A3450 copy-adv 0-adv 447A3487 copy-adv 447A3587 copy-adv 447A3601 copy-adv 447A3609 copy-adv 447A3527-inprog-advAnd I wanted to get some matching photos of my youngest so we threw her in the same dress!

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If you have a session coming up and you’d like to use the gown, just let me know! I have one in size 1-2 years and 3-4!

Longing for a baby on Mother’s Day…

I can remember sitting in church on Mother’s Day in 2011.  Mothers were being celebrated for all that they do and I sat with my head hanging and tears falling because I so desperately wanted to be a Mom and yet I still wasn’t.  My husband and I prayed and prayed for a child and, honestly, I was losing faith.

Today is a day of celebrating mothers yet I am so certain that there are many of you who sit today with tears streaming down your face because your womb is empty… and today is just another reminder of it.

…I know you’re hurting

I remember that pain so well.  I so wish I could give each and every one of you a hug.  My heart bleeds for you.

I am so incredibly thankful that a doctor was able to figure out what was going on with me.  A week after I was diagnosed, I had surgery.  And we had our Genesis Faith on March 3, 2012. (Genesis’ name holds great meaning to us.  She was our beginning and we had Faith that we would be blessed with a child.)   And on October 29, 2014 we were blessed again with our Olivia Grace.

…But… for so many of you, your stories of infertility are not as short-lived as mine.  Please know that today you are not forgotten.  I am thinking of you and praying for you…

…praying for your miracle baby…

“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires.”  Psalm 37:4

❤ ❤ ❤

All my love,

Katie

 

A little cup of encouragement…

I saw a post a couple of days ago about “fauxtographers” where the photographer discussed the rise of these inexperienced photographers: people who just decide one day they want to be a photographer with absolutely no knowledge of their camera outside the “auto” mode, no knowledge of photoshop, etc.  The photographer went on to say that he used to be one.  I had to chuckle because I had been tossing the idea around in my head about a blog post, not about fauxtographers, but rather about not giving up on your passion.

We all start somewhere. 

I started my business after my oldest daughter Genesis was born on March 3, 2012.  Prior to having Genesis, I had worked at two large photography companies, photographing well over 3,000 sessions.  Before that, I received my degree: a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in photography and computer digital imagery.

All this being said, the last four years has been a huge period of growth for me.

Here are just a few examples: 2016-05-06_0002 copyFall 2012 vs Fall 2015

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I am still learning and growing in my profession.  But I wanted to take a few minutes to offer up some encouragement to any up and coming photographers. If you love what you do, don’t give up.  Take each experience as a learning opportunity.  I am seriously my own worst critic!  Even after this growth, I still think to myself after a session: “I should have done this pose” or “I should have turned her a little bit more this way”.  This is how you learn.

If I can be an encouragement to you, feel free to reach out to me.  And remember, as creatives, there is no right or wrong.  (This is still something I struggle with!)

And a huge thanks to all of my clients over the years who have stuck with me as I’ve grown.  I appreciate each and every one of you!

❤ ❤ ❤

Katie

 

McKee Sneak Peek {Lewistown, Pa} Children’s Photographer

I first met Camden when he was just 14 hours old!  He was my very first Fresh 48 session.  (You can view those photos here.)  I cannot believe he is ALREADY one!  I feel like I was just at the hospital meeting and photographing him!

While he gave us a run for our money during his session, we got some really great images and I’m so excited to be sharing these! Enjoy your sneak peek! ❤McKee_52 copy

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A bittersweet day…

Today there is an appointment on my calendar that I won’t be able to make… Not because I don’t want to be there but because she was called home to Jesus on Easter Sunday… just one week before our scheduled session.

I was so looking forward to seeing her again, photographing her with her pigtails/pony tail, capturing those big beautiful eyes…

The week leading up to Easter Sunday I had been keeping an eye on the weather to make sure it would be a good temperature for her and planning what poses I would do.  I was even debating buying a new lens I’ve been wanting to get for over a year just so I could capture the very best photos for her and her parents.

On Sunday, when I heard what had happened, I broke down.  Why couldn’t I have rearranged my schedule, I wish I would’ve known this was going to happen…

…If only… if only…

Today, the day of our appointment, I’m now going to a different location but I’m going with the same little girl on my mind and with my camera in my hand…

You see, I’m meeting up with a couple hundred people… people’s whose lives have been impacted by this little life and we are going to celebrate her and show her parents what an inspiration they have been to us and how much we love and support them.

Today, one little girl may be absent but she will never be forgotten…

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Sanderson Sneak Peek {Lewistown, Pa} Cake Smash Session

Ella’s momma and I have been planning her one year session for several months.  A few days before her session the weather wasn’t looking too favorable for travel.  We decided to reschedule and it’s a good thing we did because that’s when we got the blizzard!  I have to say, I was kind of disappointed we had to reschedule because I had been looking forward to this session.  However, my girls really did enjoy playing in all of the snow.

Finally, two weeks later we did Ella’s session and, while she really made us work for smiles, she did an AMAZING job!

Happy birthday, Ella!  I had so much fun with you!

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Cake by Michelle Kuhn