If you ever catch me while I’m editing photos, you’ll probably notice a goofy grin on my face the whole time I’m sitting at my computer. Those who have witnessed this have asked me the question, “Why are you smiling like that?” I guess it’s because I get to look at photos like these and relive those moments over and over again, I get to re-experience the joy and happiness and excitement that was captured in these photos, and I can’t help but smile when I feel those feelings again. I hope that my photos do the same for you. That’s the beauty of photography—capturing a feeling in a bottle and opening it up and pouring yourself a cup any time you want to feel it again.

Photo Tips: Incorporate movement!

Incorporating movement into your photos will make it super easy to look and feel natural in front of the camera.⁣

1. Walking toward or away from the camera is an easy way to incorporate movement. If you want to get lots of movement and bounce, skipping and running work well too!⁣

2. Twirling: I love when a client is wearing something flowy because then we get to play with the movement of the clothing by twirling, waving the dress around, even hiking it up and running. So much fun potential in a good outfit!⁣

3. Using clothing as a prop. For all my shoots but especially boudoir, I’ll have clients hold or run their fingers along a part of what they’re wearing to add movement to the image. It also helps to distract you so you can relax in front of the camera.⁣

I do movement-based prompts pretty much the entire time I’m shooting because they help my clients feel comfortable and enjoy themselves during the session—not to mention they make for some great photos!⁣

“When our elopement day came, Natalie made us both feel incredibly comfortable and you can tell in our photos we were both relaxed and happy.”