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Project 12 Portraits: {Bokeh} | Hattiesburg, MS Photographer

So this week our theme is “Bokeh”. Bokeh is the “blurry” part of the image, usually the background. I have taken tons of pictures of my kids with bokeh, but for our theme I wanted to try something different. To get some ideas, I Googled “bokeh” portraits and found the ones I was drawn to the most had lights in them. I would have loved to get some images with street lights in them, but that was not possible today. As usual, I wait until the last moment to shoot, but despite my last minute scramble I like what the girls and I were able to come up with. My oldest was getting eaten alive my mosquitos so most of her images were unusable because she looked so upset. Luckily, my little 7 year old was happy to help.  I got a new prop and she was more than happy to show it off for me. The flower crown was made by my friend, Kat Morris, aka Kitty, of Fritzi Marie. She makes them in all colors and sizes. Isn’t this one gorgeous??

To achieve good bokeh, I like to shoot wide open. These were all shot at 1.8 with my Canon 85mm prime lens.

Please continue to our next fabulous photographer, Christine Blaylock | Suburban Chicago, IL Newborn & Child Photographer. I cannot wait to see how her bokeh themed images turned out!

Laura Veno - Beautiful! I love using lights, as well- I love the romantic feel the lights give to these images and the softness that the flowers provide. Your girls are so sweet and I know these images are priceless!

Allison Jacobs - Stunning Suzanne. Seriously, I am searching for words…love your sense of style. Always. The simplicity of it really keeps the focus on the portrait but the lights & the flower crown add such perfect details. You blow me away every month!

melissa deakin - suzanne!
these are just amazing!
are those real roses? adore that head piece so much!
incredible work–you are so creative! love.

Jessica - Simply beautiful!!

Kim - Beautiful, the lights, your daughter….the effect is dreamy and luminous!

Amber norris - These are beautiful Suzanne. I love the last one!

cblayloc - Stunning! These blow me away every time I see them. Your girls are gorgeous and make the perfect little models.

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11 Months Going on Adorable! | Hattiesburg, MS Photographer

Okay so I am cheating here a little bit. Stella is actually 1 year old in less than two weeks but I am so past due in posting images of her. I did so good the first few months! Most of my recent pictures of her are with my iPhone. (Hangs head in shame) I am excited about her 1 year session with her little cake and outfit, but my favorites of her will always be of her on our bed or in her room. She loves standing on our bed, especially at the foot of it. It makes me so nervous. I am in complete and total shock that she will be one year this month. Wow, has time flown!

Christine b - love these!!! She is so stinkin’ cute!

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Project 12 Portraits: {Creative Location} | Hattiesburg, MS Photographer

Let me just start by saying that trying to do a session with your other kids waiting in the car is just not conducive to being very creative. Secondly, trying to use a location creatively in the rain poses a little bit of a challenge. Luckily, it was perfect for the rain because we were sheltered most of the time.

Our theme this week, “Creative Location” was an interesting one to figure out. Right away I thought of this building on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. It is a beautiful building that has a lot of neat elements including a fountain, giant columns and lots of stairs. I thought it would be fun to try to utilize as much of the space as I could. I think it is neat to think that another photographer could go to the same location and probably find 15 different ways to use it.

This month my 7 year old stepped up to the plate. Everyone else moaned and complained about having to do pictures again. I tried to make it fun and let her choose how she stood and posed. She really wanted to wear my glasses so we did a few of her reading books, which was a nod to us being on a college campus.

Sorry, this post is a bit image heavy but I felt it appropriate so you could see the several places we were able to utilize on our location.

The very last image is the “pullback” to show you the building where we shot.

Please do not forget, this is a group project. Please continue to the fabulous Christine Blaylock | Chicago Area Photographer to see her take on this week’s theme.

Laura Veno - Love these! I recognize that girly-go-to pose from when I let my own pose herself. :) My favorite is the last before the pull-back- great composition!

Allison Jacobs - Wow oh wow. If you could see me sitting here with my mouth hanging open. LOVE these Suzanne!!! Your daughter is adorable & you styled her perfectly…it looks like these belong in an ad! Love that location (how fun if we could all shoot in one place then see how different they look???). You killed it this month!

Greta Thorderson - That can’t be the 7 year old Elise I know… This Elise is at least 15!!!

Kim - Suzanne, these are adorable and the location is beautiful. I love the books, I agree with Allison, they are ad-worthy for sure!

Jessica - These are simply BEAUTIFUL!!!! I’m so envious of your gorgeous location, and your styling was perfect!

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Project 12 Portraits: {Moody Black & White} | Hattiesburg, MS Photographer

I was so excited about the theme this month! I chose to only include my oldest for this theme. She has a way of being in front of the camera that I thought would really work for this month. Best part was near the end of our session, huge rain clouds came up and just added to the “mood.” Enjoy!

Please continue our circle! Up next is Laura Veno | Dallas/Fort Worth, TX Photographer.

Christine b - LOVE these so much! Is this a construction site? This is such a cool location. She is such a great model. The DOF is to die for. Great job on all of these. There are several here you have to print and print big for your walls. I was going to try and tell you which ones but I got overwhelmed there are so many.

Amber Norris - OMGosh it’s hard to pic a favorite. Love them all. I always look forward to seeing what you come up with each month.

Laura Veno - Suzanne! You’ve totally outdone yourself. I love the use of the big round things in the composition- beautiful! I think they’re the perfect break in texture, too. The reflection is great, she is gorgeous, the clouds are amazing… And the mood- totally blowing me away. These are beautiful!

Krista Keller - Suzanne – These just may be my favorites of yours yet! Love this location – it would be so perfect for a senior! I had to go back and look at these a couple of times, then show them to my daughters and then look some more. Our favorites are the second one with the really cool circles. She looks protected and safe in your heart. Other favorites were the reflection, the back of her head with her beautiful hair and then #8 where she is looking up to the sky. Her eyes just pull me in – reminds me a bit of my older daughter. Your daughter is beautiful and you really knocked this out of the park! Well done, Suzanne!!!!

Jessica - These are lovely, and I agree–the clouds added even more drama–beautiful!

Allison Jacobs - Wow oh wow Suzanne. These are amazing–the light, the location, your daughter….all of it just came together so perfectly here. I have tried to pick a favorite but I just can’t decide b/c I like them all! Love, love, love these.

Kim - What a gorgeous set! The location is so unique, but my eye is totally drawn to her in all of the images.

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Project 12 Portraits: {Back Lighting & Sun Flare} | Hattiesburg, MS Photographer

For weeks it has been raining here. Alot. Rain means so sun, no pretty golden streaks, no pretty back lighting. There have been days with pretty sun, but I was never home on those days nor had my camera. I tell you all this because I cheated. I admit it. I never could pull off new pictures for this theme. Luckily, I already had some of my oldest girls so I decided to use those this time. I hope you will forgive me.

This set is from a session I did with my 2nd daughter a little while ago. She has already grown up so much since we did these.

The next grouping are some I did for a specific assignment. These are some of my favorite “non person” pictures I have ever taken. I need to get these printed. The light is do dreamy in these.

This last two I took with my oldest daughter. We were just messing around. I loved how the light looked through her dress. When I do back lighting images, that is what I look for. What elements of the picture can make the sun really shine.

Please continue on to the wonderful, and a personal friend of mine, Amber Norris Photography | Hattiesburg, MS Child Photographer.

Allison Jacobs - Beautiful Suzanne!!! I love those first portraits + your non-people images with that amazing light! Wow, they just take my breath away.

Laura Veno - Love these, Suzanne! I did not have sun for my project either and pulled from the past. :) Love your images and the creativity with the non people pics!

Ginger Unzueta - just stunning!!wow!

krista keller - Suzanne – Awesome! I think you need to hang those 3 non people/mother nature pictures together as a 3some….they are amazing! I keep going back to the flower one…there is just something about it that keeps drawing me back in for a look. And of course, your girls are so pretty…love how you shot through the grass and all her necklaces and head band. Totally stylin! backlighting is magical!

Jessica - These are simply beautiful, every single one! Wonderful job with backlighting!

Christine b - Wow the light is beautiful!! You did an amazing job with the light. Cheating or not ; ) I really love the fence and the grass shot…love! The shots of your girls are perfect, as always!

melissa deakin - suzanne, these are stunning.
the light is amazing and the setting is beautiful.
your daughter is so beautiful–love that headband!

Kim - These are all beautiful (your daughter, too!). I would be printing and framing for sure – the fence image is especially stunning to me.

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