Project 12 Portraits: {Year in Review} | Hattiesburg, MS Photographer

This year I have loved being a part of a wonderful group of fabulous photographers for our series on 12 Portraits. To recap, we used Chris Orwig’s book People Pictures for our theme this year and to use the themes for taking pictures of our own kids. I love being a part of this group because it pushed me to take pictures of my kids, which I know sounds crazy, but it’s true. It’s hard time to find the time/motivation to do it.

As I chose my favorites to share, here are my thoughts for this year:

1. I could only find that I did 7 months. I do not remember missing so many! I hate I missed so many.

2. I have WAY more pictures of my two oldest girls because they are easier to photograph. Huge regret on my part that I do not have more of  my youngest two.

3. I love looking back at these pictures and wonder why in the world have I not printed them??

The themes covered in my collage of 2013 are Garage Light, Bokeh, Blurred, Moody Black/White, Creative Location and Low light/Window Light. I hope you enjoy looking back with me.

Please continue to one of my most favorite people in the world, Krista Keller | Danville, CA Child Family & Senior Photography.

Allison Jacobs - It is so fun to see all your images together in one place! I always looked forward to seeing what you would come up with each month. I love your unique style & your gorgeous photography!!!

Jessica - These are so lovely!!!! I am so glad we are continuing on together for another year…

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Project 12 Portraits: {Out of Focus} | Hattiesburg, MS Photographer

Our lives have been so crazy so I have been MIA for the last two months. It feels great to be back, but this theme was quite a challenge. I have never done anything like this before, which is going to shoot with the intention of getting out of focus images. I knew that because my image would be out of focus, I needed a simple backdrop with negative space. I begged my 7 year old to be my model this month and she finally agreed. The light was literally on the horizon when we started so we only had like 5 minutes to make this work. I got some shots of her just standing, but I wasn’t loving them. She loves to twirl around and so I asked her to twirl and twirl for me. She had so much fun. The wind was blowing and I love how her long hair looks in these shots. I must say I loved what I was able to capture. This has probably been one of my most favorites this year! Do not forget, there are other fabulous photographers who are doing the same theme. Be sure to check them out. Up next is  the amazing Melissa Deakin Photography | Williamsville, NY Photographer.


Project 12 Portraits | Out of Focus » Jessica Holden Photography - [...] always, please continue on in our little circle to see what gorgeous softness Suzanne came up with this [...]

Allison Jacobs - Love the movement in these Suzanne!!! They are so beautiful & dreamy. We tried spinning too but I think it works better with girls… :D

Laura Veno - I love the twirling shots! This is really what I had in mind, though no one would twirl for me. Great execution on this one.

Jessica - Oh my gosh, Suzanne, these are GORGEOUS!!!!!!!! You’ve totally inspired me to try again…

melissa deakin - Suzanne! I adore these images. I love the movement and the colors in her outfit with the bokeh lights in the background. They are magical. It’s funny–I was dreading this theme and it has turned out to be one of my favorites too; I have loved seeing everyone’s work.

Christine b - You never disappoint withe these themes!! THIS is beautiful…LOVE!

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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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