Petite Joy Photography: Blog en-us (C) Petite Joy Photography (Petite Joy Photography) Mon, 07 May 2018 17:50:00 GMT Mon, 07 May 2018 17:50:00 GMT Becca-Jewel and Burtons Creamery Everyone loves ice-cream and it is a parents favorite activity to do with their kids. You get to see their eyes light up when it is handed to them and that cute grin spread across their face after that first bite! With summer right around the corner I just knew this going to be a great portrait session! What I love even more than that.... this mom and her baby girl have never taken professional portraits together before. I just loved being the first person to do this for them! 

Pretty much all of the images are done in color, but I had to sneak in some black and white because it is just so timeless and ads that extra "awe" factor in my opinion! 

This little girl sure does love her momma!!! 


So much cuteness!!! I'm so honored to be able to capture some sweet memories for this beautiful momma and her darling daughter!

--------- So tell me --------- 

What is your favorite thing to do with your kiddos that you would love to have saved in photos?? 

(Petite Joy Photography) children cream day family ice lifestyle mothers natural light outdoors portrait Mon, 07 May 2018 17:53:22 GMT
Lake Weddington and a stranger If you live in the Northwest Arkansas area then I'm sure you have seen the beautiful Lake Weddington! It is the perfect place to get away for a mini stay-cation if you like camping, or just hang out for a picnic! My family did the latter because it is just a little too cold for me to consider camping. While we were there I decided to be a little outgoing and met some new people! This beautiful soul let me photograph her!!! 

She had an infectious laugh and was such a joy to be around!

(Petite Joy Photography) lifestyle natural light outdoors photography portrait Mon, 08 Jan 2018 21:45:00 GMT
Beautiful Mom When I photograph people with lots of freckles I like to use a High Pass Filter to exaggerate them a bit. I think they are so gorgeous and I totally wish I had them! I took this at the Farmers Market of a lovely mother and friend of mine with her sleeping baby. <3 

Aren't babies so squishy and cute!! ALMOST makes me want another one, almost! 

(Petite Joy Photography) children mom and baby portrait Thu, 04 Jan 2018 21:30:00 GMT
Tips on Hiring a Photographer Hiring a photographer is kind of like shopping for a pair of shoes. There are a few different aspects that go into shoe shopping. First there is the size, you don’t want them too big or they will rub on your heel or slip off constantly and you don’t want them too tight or your feet will be cramped and hurt all the time. Then there is personal style and taste. You wouldn’t even try the shoe on if you didn’t think they were cute. Lastly there is function…. do you need dressy heels for a special event or are you going hiking? You definitely don’t want to wear heels if you are going hiking. 

Ok, yes, but what does this have to do with hiring a photographer? Everything! Fit, obviously you need a photographer that fits into your budget. Keep in mind though that usually the pay scale matches the skill and experience. So if you go with the cheapest photographer in town chances are your photos are going to look more like your Aunt Sue took them. And the higher end photographers charge so much because they are worth it… your photos are going to be gallery quality and you will want to display them on your wall proudly!

Personal Style! It is important to look through a photographers past work to see if their style of shooting and or editing is something you like. After all you are getting these photos done in order to adorn your walls or perhaps send out on Christmas cards or birth announcements. Liking the images is a pretty big deal. 

Finally function. If you want your family photos to be more like a lifestyle shoot where you are making cookies with your kids or taking a trip to the zoo for the first time then you don’t hire a photographer who does studio portraits. You won’t be happy with the outcome. 

Here are 5 simple questions you can ask to see if the photographer is a good fit for you: (remember you are hiring them its ok to ask questions)

1. How long have you been a professional photographer? 

2. Can you provide references and may I see your portfolio?

3. What is your photographic style?

4. What does your fee include and what’s the delivery timeline?

5. Do you require a written contract? 
(Contracts protects you just as much as the photographer)

Happy Hiring!!! 
If you are in the local Northwest Arkansas area I would love to meet with you over a cup of Arsagas coffee (Myan Mocha is my favorite!) and see if I'm a good fit to capture your memories! I look forward to meeting you and making meaningful art together!

(Petite Joy Photography) children family hiring a photographer photography portraits seniors tips Mon, 01 Jan 2018 21:00:00 GMT