Utah | When to book your photography session …

This is an important topic to talk about today. I know I’ve touched upon it in a couple posts but Ill go more in depth today.
Depending on what kind of session you are booking will depend on when you should book so lets talk about when and why.

  • Couple & Family Sessions
    • Book about 2-4 weeks BEFORE you want to have your session. Usually I will book out by a few months and the earlier you book the more likely your desired date will be available.
    • Fall & Holiday Sessions – even earlier! 3-6 weeks in advance. This is such a busy time and I take limited amount of sessions so that I can enjoy my family time as the holidays approach. This also ensures your prints and cards are back in time to send out.
  • Maternity Sessions
    • Book at least 2-6 weeks in advance and when you will be 30-36 weeks pregnant at the time of the session.
    • While I will take clients 36-40 weeks pregnant I usually don’t like to. I never made it to this gestation in my pregnancies so I don’t have first hand experience but the word on the street is often how uncomfortable mamas feel during this gestation. I don’t want you uncomfortable during your session, I want you to feel beautiful because you are and this is why these sessions are done between 30-36 weeks.
  • Birth Sessions
    • Book in your second trimester.
    • A birth session is an investment and the additional time to prepare puts you and your family at ease.
    • You do not have to stress about finding some at the last minute because you already have it covered!
    • This gives me time to get to know you and your baby and know what is happening in your pregnancy so that when the time comes it is completely personalized and memorable for you.
  • Newborn Sessions
    • Also book this in your second trimester to ensure that I have the time surrounding your due date available for your babies arrival!
    • Newborn sessions are done within the first 3-15 days of life with the sweet spot being around 7 days old. This ensures baby is still sleepy and flexible for posing.
  • Smashcake Sessions
    • At least 4 weeks in advance.
    • Ill need time for preparing and planning if you have a specific theme in mind for your big birthday boy or girl.

Enjoy today’s Okinawa Summer Sunsets and leave a comment below telling me which is your favorite!

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  • July 4, 2016 - 10:19 pm

    Caylen Gallini - When to book your session is so important! So often people call to book for the very next weekend and expect a successful photographer to have an opening! Yeah right! Photographers book out in advance!!!!ReplyCancel

The age of a photograph and my grandparents

Its amazing how long photograph prints actually hang around for. I cant think of a better example than showing you that with none other than a few images of my grandparents!

This year on July 27th marks my grandma and grandpas 60th wedding anniversary which is also my grandmas 80th birthday!! <3 <3 <3 I could have saved this post until later this month but I didnt really want to. 🙂

Digital cameras and digital prints didn’t become popular until the early 2000’s. I have prints up until I bought my first digital camera in 2006. Up until that time prints were the best thing since sliced bread and in my opinion are still the best thing. My grandparents do not own a computer or even a cell phone for that matter and yes I know its 2016. But they have prints all over the house! Any picture I want them to have, I have to print and physically mail it to them and I am OK with that! I love prints! I love holding it in my hand. Sure digital is easy and its the normal thing now but prints will never go out of style, be outdated, or be replaced.

Please print the photos that are important to you!

That should be every single one you own just in case you were wondering. 🙂

That means no file searching. No worrying about hard drives crashing. No waiting on the internet to load just to show someone a picture.

My grandma displays each image she is sent on her piano. If you didn’t know any better you’d never know there is a piano under all the pictures, frames, articles, clippings, etc. that she saves.
Its in the living room, the display is bigger than the TV, you can’t miss it. Everyone migrates to it, looks, searches, and always talks about something on there. My kids did the same thing and they were born in the digital age. They were fascinated by it and wanted to know who everyone was. They spotted an image of me when I was 5 years old and asked who it was, they did not believe me when I told them it was me and had to ask grandma to confirm.

Prints last. End of story. Please print what is important to you, what you want others to see. Everyone will thank you.

My grandparents had 8 children (my mom was the 7th!) 4 boys and 4 girls, have 14 grandchildren, and 21 great grandchildren. Amazing what can happen in 60 years! Happy Anniversary to them! <3

Some fun facts about these image below:
– I pointed out to my mom the other day she and grandma have the same birth mark on their right arm. She never noticed it before!
– Grandma was tricked into making her own 50th anniversary cake!
– Grandma and Grandpa were married on her 20th birthday and had a double wedding with her sister!
– I made it a point to get pictures of them with my kids earlier this year. WIN!

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  • July 6, 2016 - 1:59 am

    Sharla Weaver - Love what you wrote about grandma and grandpa, awesome job!ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2016 - 3:28 pm

    Lee Jones - Excellent Work Candace ! Mom and Dad will love !ReplyCancel

    • July 5, 2016 - 4:49 pm

      Candace - Thank you!! Ill have mom show them this post soon! <3ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2016 - 2:40 am

    Caylen Gallini - These are amazing images to last forever! So glad you got to hang out with them while you were there 🙂ReplyCancel

1 subject 5 ways

I always shoot the same thing a few times and from various angels. Why? Because you get so many different looks!
It doesn’t matter what I am shooting, clients, my kids, flowers, etc. I will always have at minimum 3 different versions of it.
I also over shoot my subject but that’s besides the point. OK, I like options. That’s my final reason… options. 🙂

Once I remember where I read it from Ill share, but I read that you should never walk up to your subject and shoot.
Why? Because that’s what everyone does! Stand out by walking up and then taking a step to the left or right or crouch down walk feet in any direction and then take your shot.

Stand out and be different!

Don’t take the same shot as everyone else is, and you certainly don’t want the same pictures hanging on your wall that everyone else has.
So this is why I’m all over the place at your session! 😉

For good measure, I danced around this pretty pink flower just to show you what you can do with 1 subject 5 ways!

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  • July 1, 2016 - 9:59 am

    Caylen Gallini - 1subject 5 ways, and I’m in love! What a perfect example! ReplyCancel

 

Last Okinawa Beach Session for the Hermann Family

I am honored the Hermann family has asked me to capture the most important times in their life: Mama’s beautiful Glowing pregnant belly, the Birth of their precious little girl, all newborn squishy-ness and finally their last Okinawa Beach session before they PCS. Ironically they will be going to Tucson Arizona as well and I look forward to working with again. <3

Mama has a love affair with the beach just like I do and what better place to remind you of your time in Okinawa than the beach? I can’t think of a better place! I will be having my own final photo session done at the beach as well, I love it that much!

I cannot believe how cute and grown their little girl has gotten! She is the happiest baby and so full of smiles how could you not love her? Mama picked out the best colors for their clothing, so colorful and fun. I happened to get in the quilt we used just days before their session and loved that it matched so perfectly!

Would you chose the beach for your final photo session too? Or somewhere else? Leave me a comment below or book yours today!

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Candace Castor is a portrait photographer specializing in Newborn photography, family photography, child photography, and the art of any type of portraits.  Candace currently resides in Okinawa Japan and serves the surrounding areas with her natural light photography.

In October, Candace’s beloved military husband will be relocated in the Tuscon, AZ area.  She will be offering photography sessions upon her arrival in Vail, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tuscon, Casa Grande and other surrounding cities. Be sure to get in touch for more information on prices and to book your session today.

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  • June 30, 2016 - 8:04 pm

    Caylen Gallini - This last Okinawa beach session is beautiful:) love that babys smiles!!!ReplyCancel

How to prepare your kids for your photography session.

I touched on this a little bit with the FAQ’s post the other day as well as in this post here but we are going to talk a little bit more about it today specifically for the kids. How to prepare your kids for your photography session and why is pretty important for a successful shoot not only for myself but for you as well. Kids want to know whats going on, I know I did as a child. I wanted to know everything for no other reason but to feel like I was included in the process. I loved knowing secrets that my siblings didn’t know or so I was told they didn’t know. I struggle with telling my own kids things in advance because I really dislike hearing “are we there yet?” “when are we leaving?” etc. However, my kids are do really well with quick change and sudden impulse plans but I know not all kids are like that.

Consider these tips to help prepare your kids

  1. Tell them in advance, how ever far in advance you feel you need so they have time to get used to the idea. Explain to them you are all going to have fun as a family and that a photographer named Candace will be there taking pictures of it. You can let them practice with your own camera or phone letting them take pictures. Little ones that need an idea of what to expect really enjoy this.
  2. Don’t let them think I am the bad guy. I want them to be comfortable with me and have fun and if they are told they will be in trouble if they aren’t good for me they will be scared and I don’t want that.
  3. Don’t tell them “that is not your real smile” I know a fake smile from a real smile and have a few tricks to get them to show it to me!
  4. Bring something you as a family enjoy doing and we can incorporate into the session (please discuss this with me before hand so we are all prepared) such as a game, bubbles, etc.
  5. Ensure bellies are satisfied and tired eyes have had rest. I don’t know about you but I get hangry when I am hungry, and doing things while hangry do not work out too well. I also get grumpy when I’m tired and I do not expect anything less from kids either.

If your child needs something more to prepare, contact me and we can talk about it more in depth and tailor it to your child’s needs. The last thing I want is a stressed mom and/or dad, so let me do what you hired me to do. 🙂

Have you come up with some tips on your own that help you prepare? Id love to hear them and share them as well!

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Candace Castor is a portrait photographer specializing in Newborn photography, family photography, child photography, and the art of any type of portraits.  Candace currently resides in Okinawa Japan and serves the surrounding areas with her natural light photography.

In October, Candace’s beloved military husband will be relocated in the Tuscon, AZ area.  She will be offering photography sessions upon her arrival in Vail, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tuscon, Casa Grande and other surrounding cities. Be sure to get in touch for more information on prices and to book your session today.

 

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  • June 29, 2016 - 9:51 pm

    Caylen Gallini - These how to prepare your kids for a photography session tips are spot on! Unless of course you are the photographer and the kids are your kids 😉 at least that’s how it goes for me! Haha but seriously these tips are fantastic!ReplyCancel