Heather Sears Photography- Kansas City Maternity & Newborn Photographer: Blog https://www.heathersearsphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Heather Sears Photography- Kansas City Maternity & Newborn Photographer (Heather Sears Photography- Kansas City Maternity & Newborn Photographer) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:05:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:05:00 GMT https://www.heathersearsphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u256017492-o835375378-50.jpg Heather Sears Photography- Kansas City Maternity & Newborn Photographer: Blog https://www.heathersearsphotography.com/blog 90 120 Couples Boudoir Q&A https://www.heathersearsphotography.com/blog/2016/7/couples-boudoir-q-a Couples boudoir is a fairly new genre and so that raises a lot of questions.  What is couples boudoir?  I've asked individuals to send me their questions about couples boudoir sessions so I could address them here.  If you have another question you would like me to answer, feel free to email it to me HERE.


1.  How is couples boudoir different from porn?
     Porn focuses on arousing an audience, usually through sexual acts.  Couples boudoir focuses on the couple and their relationship and does not include sexual activities.  There are ways to get a sensual feel (i.e. implied nudity, etc) without making it into a porn.


2.  What happens if the male client becomes aroused?
     If this happens, the male client can call a break from shooting for a bit.  Regardless of what happens, I as the photographer, will never call attention to this so to not embarrass my client.

3.  How do you make the photos look intimate and not just posed?
     In a session we will do some posed photos and then some more candid shots.  We will usually start out with the posed photos since everyone is a bit stiff in the beginning anyways.  Encouraging the couples to communicate and just have fun with the session also helps the photos to look less posed.


4.  How can you help clients feel comfortable if they're generally a self-conscious person?
     With any boudoir session I shoot, there is a lot of joking, laughter, and chit-chat.  I have found that this seems to break down walls and helps everyone relax.


5.  How would a session work with a partner who doesn't like photos taken or doesn't have a "model" physique?
     Again, with all boudoir sessions, it's about YOU.  It doesn't matter what your body looks like, it's your body.  I always strive to pose and photograph the way your body looks its best and it's no different when it comes to couples boudoir.  If your spouse prefers to play a background roll in your session, we can work with that too.  


When booking your session, just talk it over with your significant other.  If either of you have questions, email me or message me on my facebook profile here.  In a group chat, we can discuss any questions or concerns.  We can discuss what you would want out of your session.  Let's make your session about your relationship and your love.  These will be beautiful photos that you'll want to look back on time and time again.


(Heather Sears Photography- Kansas City Maternity & Newborn Photographer) boudoir couple couples hug intimacy kiss love photo photographer photography relationship https://www.heathersearsphotography.com/blog/2016/7/couples-boudoir-q-a Thu, 14 Jul 2016 21:14:47 GMT
November Specials https://www.heathersearsphotography.com/blog/2015/11/november-specials Below are our November specials that I am currently running.  


Until Nov 15, receive 50% off a photo disk order.


Until November 30th, take 15% off any canvas order using the promo code below during checkout:


As always, if you have any questions about your order, feel free to email me.  Enjoy some savings!


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Winter is Coming https://www.heathersearsphotography.com/blog/2015/10/winter-is-coming If you're a Game of Thrones fan, you totally read that title in a slow serious tone didn't you? But in all seriousness, winter is upon us and every year I hear families say that they want an outdoor session but are concerned about the cold.  I'm here to tell you, book those sessions and don't worry about the cold.  Don't worry about the cold and don't just resort to wearing those bulky frumpy coats.  I wanted to make a up a little blurb to show you that you and your family can dress warmly without freezing.  I'll also include the link to my pinterest so you can purchase any of these outfits if you see something that catches your eye.  So let's get started.  Here are my tips for looking great for those winter photo sessions.


1.  Layers are Key

This is probably the most important tip.  Under armor or long johns are great to wear under your outfits.  Just make sure you have sizes that fit snug enough that you won't have any bulging.  If you don't have these items or want to skip those, that's fine.  You can layer without them.  Men, classic flannel shirts or sweaters are great.  Look clean and nice for photos and you can wear another t-shirt or long sleeve shirt underneath adding that extra warmth.

Women have the option have wearing flannel as well, but there are also some really great sweater dresses I've been seeing lately.  Again, like the flannel, you could wear some thin layers underneath the dress if needed.  But then to cover your legs you could wear tights, leggings, and even add a tall boot to add some extra warmth depending on how much you feel you'll need.

2. Bring on the Accessories

When I say accessories here I don't necessarily mean jewelry though feel free to add jewelry into your outfit if you'd like.  I'm more talking about hats and scarfs.  There are some great options for both that won't muddy up your photo or add too much bulk to you.  The goal is to stay warm, but also to still be able to see you, not just a bundle of clothing.  Infinity scarves are a beautiful way to dress up, but also stay warm.  And they're not only for woman.  I've seen sizes for kids too.  

Think a stocking cap or a beanie doesn't belong in photos?  Think again!  As long as you're still color coordinating with your outfit, wear those beanies!  Women, have a lot of hair but still want to keep your hair warm?  Rock that volume and wear a "slouchy beanie".  

Another option is just a classic newscap.  (There are a couple different names for these style hats, so see photo below for example.)  If this classic look is something you'd like to try, do it!  I've seen women's versions and kids sizes as well.  These hats keep with the dressed up feel but still allow for your head to keep warmth in.


3. Outerwear/Coats Are Okay!

Still concerned about the cold?  It's ok to wear coats, or jackets, or even gloves!  The key is to keep everything color coordinated, not too bulky, and keep with the dressed up look.  Here's an example of a fitted coat that is a great look without being too bulky.

Vests and sweaters are also a great option and can sometimes be more easily coordinated with full outfits than coats.  Below are 3 different kinds that would all be good options for your session.  Note, if you use a bigger (more "poofy") vest, make sure that your other clothing is more fitted so we don't lose YOU in all the clothing.

Lastly, gloves.  Gloves are completely ok to wear in your session.  There may be some shots where your photographer may feel the shot would be better without gloves but as soon as that shot is taken, put them back on.  Which brings me to another point.  Communicate with your photographer.  If you need to take a break and go warm up in your car, that's totally acceptable.  I know I personally like to shoot fast with winter sessions so we make sure we get good shots quickly in case someone is not handling the cold well.  But if you can take some of the tips I've given and layer, use accessories, and even use outerwear, you should be able to stay warm enough to get great photos without showing the "cold" on your face.


I do want to touch on some "do-not's" while we're at it though as well.
1.  Don't wear big bulky coats.  These often tend to just hide the subject and don't look that great in photos.

2. Don't wear random baseball caps or ones with writing/symbols.  This really will dress down your photo and many times these caps will cast harsh shadows over your face or even hide your face.

3.  Be picky with your stocking caps/beanies.  While I said stocking caps or beanies are great, please pick one that will coordinate with your outfits.  Again, symbols or saying should be avoided. Only exception being would be if you are doing a themed session but even then, thing need to coordinate and flow or else your photos will look "off" or "scattered".

4. Don't wear bulk boots.  Boots are a great addition to those winter outfits but be choosy in what boots you wear.  You will want to wear a more dressy boot or even nice western boot, not big and bulky snow boots.  You would definitely not want to wear a boot that had symbols, characters or strange colors on them.


If you ever have any questions about what to wear or not wear for your photo session, just be sure to ask your photographer.  Part of their job is to help you in every way to be sure your photos are perfect.  And while a photographer can make sure every camera setting is right and their editing is on point, if the outfits don't flow or if you just show up in any old bulky coat and snow boot, it is really going to affect how your photos look.


All photos used as examples in this post were from Target.  I chose Target because they have great pieces at affordable prices and they always have sales going on.  I'm not suggesting you use Target, I am just using their pieces as examples.  Walmart, Kohls, JCP, and many other stores would also have these same styles.  **I am not being paid by Target to promote their products in any way.**


Check out my Pinterest board for more suggestions or for links on where to buy the items shown in this blog.

(Heather Sears Photography- Kansas City Maternity & Newborn Photographer) Photography boy coat cold dress family fur girl hat kansas leggings man photo photographer scarf session sweater winter woman https://www.heathersearsphotography.com/blog/2015/10/winter-is-coming Fri, 23 Oct 2015 19:10:47 GMT
Why I hate Facebook https://www.heathersearsphotography.com/blog/2015/2/why-i-hate-facebook I'm sure you've seen me rant many times about how Facebook really messes with the quality, and even the coloring of photos when they're uploaded.  I feel like I'm always reassuring my clients that they're gallery will look much better.  And it's the truth!  Since I have a blog set up (not that I currently use it much, opps), I figured this would be a great space to show you just how different the FB photo is from the original.  In the photo below, the photo I uploaded to FB is the top one (I just took a screen shot straight off facebook).  The bottom photo is the original on my computer and would be the photo the client will receive.  Can you tell a difference?


Greg's 1st birthday sneak peekTop photo: Screenshot taken off of sneak peek shown on Facebook Bottom photo: The original photo that is on my computer, and the same photo that the client will receive.

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Win a photo session! https://www.heathersearsphotography.com/blog/2014/11/win-a-photo-session How would you like to win a photo session AND $50 print credit AND all while helping out an organization of your choice for as little as $2?  I'm giving back to the community by having a raffle.  A portion of the proceeds from this raffle will go to an organization of the winner's choice (i.e. Harvesters, My Father's House, etc).  Interested?  Email me to purchase your tickets.  [email protected]



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$10 for 6 tickets OR

$15 for 10 tickets OR

$40 for $25 tickets


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