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1) Where are you located in the lovely world, AND how long ago was this session shot?
I am located in beautiful downtown Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. I photographed this little girl at the beginning of March. She was born about three weeks early, and at 5 pounds, she was my smallest newborn to date.


2) What did you shoot with for this session? Gear geek talk me..
I am a Canon girl. I shoot with a 5D Mark II. My lens is a 35mm and it never leaves my camera!


3) Did you have a prop theme, and if so, How did your prop “theme” come to life?
I did not have a prop theme. I typically try to stick with an organic look with neutral colors. I did find some great blue and white polka dot material that I wanted to try for her session, so we did incorporate that!


4) Where did you get your props for this specific session (share those prop shops!)?
I make a lot of my own props. I am a huge fan of up-cycling and love to make pants and rompers. I do make my own tiebacks as well.


5) What was your favorite part of this session (i.e. baby snuggle time, great new prop used, location)?
My favorite part of this session was catching up with this little girl’s mama. I’ve been photographing their family for 4 years now. We hadn’t seen each other since last June, so it was great to talk about Joy’s two big brothers and find out how big they are getting!


6) Do you shoot in studio, or on location? (if studio, tell us a bit about it!)
I have just moved into a little studio! Moving out of my garage and into my own space has been the best choice I’ve ever made. The studio is small, and I share it with THREE other photographers, but so far so good! We manage to share the space well, and the merging of props has been fantastic.


7) What was your FAVORITE prop used during this session?
My favorite prop was the new blue/white fabric. I love the way it photographs. And by adding a simple outfit or headband, I will be able to use it for boys or girls.

8) Anything fun, nerdy, or quirky about yourself that you’d like to share?
I LOVE re-reading books that I read as a child. I’m currently working my way back through the Baby-Sitter’s Club series. My ten year old daughter is reading them too, so we discuss what is happening in each one. It’s fun to share things I enjoyed as a child with her.


Mini Session Snacking – Top 5 Treats to get you through the DAY and keep you full of energy for your sessions!


With Mini Session season opening up, and the warm rays of spring sunshine beating down on us… PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE EXCITED!  Booking mini sessions is a great way to advertise your business, gain new clients, and just have a day of fun shooting.  But it also means that YOU will be out working for the ENTIRE.DAY. And if you are anything like me, you book your clients back to back, without a break or moment to breathe for yourself.

Aka, no lunch break.

So instead of starving yourself through the day, and finding that by the last few minis you are exhausted, out of energy and purely picked clean of enthusiasm…. let’s talk about healthy snacking.

I like to call this my “Food-Ammo”… when I am “shooting”, this yummy picnic of food ammo helps me get through my day of mini sessions without losing my energy, or thrill of the shoot!  Simple treats that I can pop in my mouth while waiting between clients, or even keep in my pocket for a quick snack between outfit swaps.


1. Go crazy, get NUTS!

The proof is already there… they help energize, and fight sugar cravings.  Unlike sugar, that gives you a quick buzz then major “sugar depression” after… nuts help energize you for hours, and you can feel good about eating a handful of them.  In addition, they are filling… and fun to eat.  Go for CASHEWS, ALMONDS or my favorite, SUNFLOWER SEEDS!

2.  Go FRUITY!

Fruits are a superb natural sugar, but also help boost your body’s immunity and endurance.  Grab and banana, orange, or sliced strawberries… how about those delicious “Cuties”!?  Kiwis are great too… but not the best (or cleanest) for a quick snack.

3. Yo’ YOGURT! 

Yogurt is a liquid, so it’s absorbed quickly into your body therefore giving you a fast boost of energy (and a good sugar fix).  Grab a greek yogurt… they are super filling, and contain so many yummy and good qualities.

4. Grab a GRANOLA! 

They are easy to transport, and loaded with potential. Grains for energy, fruit or nuts for a sweet tooth fix, and of course BELLY FILLING!  Don’t be cheap with your granola or sports bars.  Find a quality product, and read the label.   Granola is super yummy, and a quick, easy and energy boosting treat.

5. Give in to your desire for DARK CHOCOLATE

Dark Chocolate is full of the mineral magnesium and iron, lending energy to your body.  Again, label read and be picky… find one that is at LEAST 70% cocoa.  Wanna sweeten it up?  Prepare a small container of peanut butter (natural, or home made of course), and dip your chocolate bar into the peanut butter…. MY FAVORITE SNACK RIGHT THERE!


Of course… don’t forget to drink your water. Make sure you bring a giant “to go” of water… because with out this major body need… you are going to run out of energy, dehydrate, and loose all your ooompf for the day.

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Who is ready for a truly unique and fabulous marketplace.. 

We know we are!
After month of hard work, and gathering information from leading photographers in our industry, putting together a site that they will love to shop and that vendors will be proud to be part of…. we welcome our new sister site…


The Prop Shops is dedicated to photographers only,
no seeking through thousands of other items to find what you need
for your photography based business…

TO CELEBRATE… I am giving away a $50 Gift Certificate to
The Prop Shops  here.. as well as on our INSTAGRAM account!


one winner will be given a $50 Gift Certificate to spend in ANY
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simply visit the site here:
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The comment can be anything… but creativity counts!
Let us know what you think…
maybe a favorite prop shop you see.. or one you’d like to see included!

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Happy Shopping… we hope you LOVE
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Paige Laro – Featured Photographer!

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1) What is your photography site, blog url , and any other sites you own that you’d like to share with us?

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2) What sparked your interest in the photography world, and when did you start first professionally shooting clients? Plus, where are you located?

Ive always been a photographer at heart. when i was younger, my parents bought me a semi pro camera. I was always out in the wood shooting anything and everything beautiful.

It was only when my daughter was born, and i looked into getting newborn photos for her. I got photos from an amazing photographer. Her name was Carolina Hanna Photo. She was totally out of my budget, but i didn’t care. Watching what she did, i knew from that moment, how happy i was and how much passion i had for photography. Thats what i was going to do. I wanted to make moms happy and grandmoms cry.

Currently located in Nipawin, Sk Canada

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3) And we have to ask, our typical question…… WHAT DO YOU SHOT WITH, and what is your favorite lens?
Nikon D610, Sigma 50mm art

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4) Let’s have fun… any extraordinary talent, or obsession, that you’d like to share with us? IE: can you touch your tongue to your nose, or do you snowboard, maybe run marathons or like to mow the lawn in your bikini ? :)
I have an obsession for real hoarding photo props. I was buying newborn props before i was even a newborn photographer. And finding them and amazing prices. lol but non photography related.. I’m a web designer… i know .. pretty boring.. hmm.. what else… Im a mom, and I make amazing homemade real sushi. <3


5) Now this will be fun, seeing that you have worked with so many amazing vendors that we love & adore as well… it will be a hard one for you, but do you think you can give us a TOP 5 list of prop shops that you love “GO TO”? Please share (and include url)… in no order:

ugh… i hate you!!

1. my top one is KhristinesKreations – she amazing, friendly and she treats me great with free stuff!! I got to her for any tiebacks, wool fluff, basket stuffers etc.

2. For my crochet needs Creations by coralee. I send her an idea or picture and its done in a few days exactly how i wanted and cheaper than anyone i have ever found. (part of my talent)

3. for baskets, buckets, creates i got to JD vintage props. No need to explain. They have awesome shit!

4. For backdrops and floordrops. i got to Lemondrop shop.

5. if i am looking for BLING, i got to handcrafted crowns. Shes a darling, sending me goodies.


6) Do you shoot on location, or do you have a studio that you work out of?
I work in my studio for newborns/maternity and on location for everything else.

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7) Do you use actions (have a favorite?), or do you process on your own? We’d love to hear about your #1 processing technique that you seem to use on every edit.
I love my actions.
I used GTG & Florabella

And i use portraiture every edit!

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8) *Favorite Prop Image
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9) Do you have any other photography based adventures planned for the near future? For instance, your mentoring.. w’ed LOVE to hear more!
I started doing some one on one mentoring. But i am in such a small down… actually a small province of only 1.2 million people. But i do plan on doing some online mentoring in the future.

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10) Any fabulous formative info you can “share” with fellow photographers ? Just starting out or seasoned professionals… we could always use inspiration… so we’d love a “pep talk” !
If i had to give any advice, it would be what I would have wanted to hear when i just started. If this is what you want to do, if this is your passion. Live, Breathe and sleep it. I did. Read, research,, videos, workshops, and practice a lot. Join thone groups on facebook that have photographers helping you out all the time for free. get critique and take it seriously. Find your style. It important. I never knew what that meant, until i discovered mine. You want people to see your photos and say, thats totally ” so & so’s photography” like case coralee photography… you can tell her work anywhere.

Dont be just good…. reach to be the best. <3

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