Capturing families of young children at the park is honestly one of the biggest challenges and most fun parts of being a photographer. Sometimes you only get one shot to get it right before a kid looses interest or takes off running in another direction. You've got be quick on your feet, flexible (literally and metaphorically), and get on their level. Frankly, I love it. I say, if the only way a kid wants to be apart of the family photo is if you let them be an animal--I'll rawr right back and pretend to be part of a nature documentary. It's a great reminder to the adults that photoshoots in 2022 don't need to be formal portraits that you have to be bribed to sit still for 20 minutes to get taken--they can be action shots, they can be spontaneous and candid, they don't have to be "perfect"--in fact, I think I family photo that shoes each members real personality shinning through is a much more valuable keepsake of this once in a lifetime moment in time of your family, than a stiff and mandatory grin.
My motto is "Keep it fun!" If a kid is curious about the camera, I don't mind spending a few minutes showing them how out it works and letting them try to take a picture of their family member or suggest shot ideas. I think photoshoots are most fun when everyone's input is valued, and everyone can create and play together.
Looking for a family photographer of kids portraits that really show off their real personalities and a photo session that doesn't feel like pulling teeth? Shoot me a message and let's talk!
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I love when my passions intersect and photographing a young actress in the theatre is definitely the epitome of the intersection of my work in theatre and photography. We had so much fun playing with a couple different looks and locations to create truly unique and cinematic high school senior photos for this Springfield, MO teen.
Which look is your favorite? I shot over 1,000 photos and edited it down to the best and ended up editing and delivering about 500 photos to this client. It is always the hardest part for me...trying to edit down. I never want the client to feel overwhelmed by the options...but I also never want to delete a photo that may end up being the clients favorite just because it wasn't my favorite. This is the constant battle I face internally when going through the photos after the shoot.
Looking for a more creative approach for you or your high school seniors photos? Reach out and let's talk and create photos that really capture the special time, place, interests of that senior year!
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The Sister Cities Kite & Piñata Festival last weekend was so fun! Love any assignment that gets this homebody out soaking up some sun! Plus, who doesn't love kites, piñatas, cute kids, cute dogs, great food, and great performances?
It was a great turn out and by the looks of it, fun was had by all. These are just some of my favorite photos from the 500+ I delivered for the event:
If you have an event coming up and need photos of it, I charge $150/hour for event photography. Shoot me a message to book me for your event coverage at 417-848-0932 or by email DesigningIndie@gmail.com.
I had Opera star Michael Spyres in my studio a few weeks ago to shoot photos for his upcoming album (!!) and he decided to get some headshots and couples photos with his talented and beautiful wife Tara too.
Their couples photoshoot reminds me of a James Bond Rom-Com and yes, we had as much fun as it looks like we did. So many adults get stiff and awkward in front of the camera, which I totally understand, and I believe it's my job to make you comfortable, relaxed, and confident so that I can capture your authentic personality, the real love between you and your partner, and get photos that feel like the best version of you.
Looking to get some authentically romantic photos of you and your partner? Shoot me a message and book your shoot today!
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I'm so excited about this exhibit coming to the Springfield Art Museum. Yoko Ono: Mend Piece is gonna be a really fun exhibit that you can interact with. I can't wait! Are you planning to go?
Creating the banners and postcards for this show was fun and I can't wait to go take pictures at the museum and watch people interact with this exhibit. Maybe I'll see you there?
Promo Photos & Poster Design for Ozarks Lyric Opera's Production of Pagliacci Starring Michael Spyres
When Sean and Michael Spyres reached out to me to take promo photos and create the poster for Ozark Lyric Opera's production of Pagliacci, I was super excited. Their take on Pagliacci is so refreshing and inspiring and I knew we would have a lot of fun collaborating on this. They wanted to pull in ideas from lots of vintage circus inspiration. How could it not be fun?
We took group and individual portraits of everyone with two backdrop options (Gold and Red velvet curtains). It was a lot of fun seeing these performers getting into character throughout their photoshoots. Plus, the costumes were...I mean, just look!
For the poster, Michael wanted to pull from old school circus imagery (see below for 2 examples he sent me)...and I went in and illustrated some of the photos I took to create both photo and illustrated poster options.
The final two posters they decided on were both illustrated posters. See below!
If you need promo photos or posters for an upcoming production, play, concert, film, etc. Shoot me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org or text or call 417-848-0932.
And don't forget to get your tickets now for Pagliacci at The Gilloiz later this month!
Here are some recent post card designs I put together for the Springfield Art Museum for their upcoming exhibits.
If you're looking for a Graphic Designer to create postcards or other marketing materials, feel free to reach out for a free quote!
As a former actress, I understand the need for professional headshots that look and represent the best version of you and showcase the different types of roles you will be going out for. I also know how much actors dread headshots--it can feel awkward. Believe it or not, many actors, though they may seem outgoing or used to be the center of attention, only feel comfortable in the center of the stage with a script in head or hand.
There are a couple things I do to try to make sure anyone I shoot with feels comfortable, relaxed, and confident for their shoot. I always like to ask for music preferences to create a custom playlist of each client's favorite tunes. I also have a hair and make-up counter with a well lit mirror, extra make-up and hair supplies for any assistance or touch ups that need to happen.
I want every shoot to feel organic and I want every client to feel creative and confident throughout the process. The great thing about shooting digitally--there's no pressure, there's no bad idea or pose--if it doesn't work, it's just one button to delete. And I never put time limits on my shoots--we shoot until we feel confident we got "the shot" a few times over.
For this session, we shot for about an hour and got over 500 photos to choose from. In my typical process, I would do a round 1 edit on all those photos, then narrow the photos down from there by eliminating photos so similar they are nearly duplicates, photos that are slightly different due to facial expression or focus by choosing the best photos. I would generally narrow it down to 100-200 that would go on to the final editing process. And then narrow it down one more time to the best 50-150 photos to deliver to the client.
In this case, Lisa wanted more participation in the photo selection process, so she went through the list of nearly 500 photos to cull down her favorites to move on to the final editing and retouching process. At the end of the day, for actors, you'll only end up using 1 photo of each look typically to get printed or add to online casting profiles.
If you are in need of professional headshots, don't hesitate to reach out!
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I first met Lisa Brescia when she came to see a play I was acting in at Springfield Contemporary Theatre. We chatted afterwards and discovered we had a bit in common--we both were from Wisconsin, ended up studying acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, and we both ended up living in Springfield, MO. One key difference? Lisa's Broadways acting credits.
When she reached out to me some time later to schedule a creative photoshoot session, it was just before the pandemic hit and everything shut down. I was so excited for our shoot and then, as with almost every aspect of our lives, it got postponed. So, when she reached out this year to reschedule it, I was elated. One of her ideas for our shoot was a black and white session in an oversized white button up. This style of shoot immediately brought to mind the work of one of my favorite photographers of all time: Peter Lindbergh. His images of women in white button ups or dressed androgynously on the beach are some of my favorite photos. I couldn't wait to dip my toe into this style with one of my favorite actresses in an ode to one of my favorite photographers.
The session was everything I hoped it would be...creative fun, paired with stimulating conversation. I always leave conversations with Lisa inspired and feeling warm with gratitude for the interaction.
If you ever have the chance to see her perform, I couldn't recommend it more!
If you are interested in scheduling your own creative portrait session, or in gifting a creative portrait session to someone, don't hesitate to reach out!
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I strongly suggest checking out the Linda Lopez: Long Lost exhibit at the Springfield Art Museum. It is absolutely dreamy!
If you need someone to photograph your art exhibits or events, or do the graphic design for your marketing initiatives (postcards, banners (like the ones shown above), ads, and posters) don't hesitate to reach out!
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I'm Andie Bottrell, a multidisciplinary creative based in Springfield, MO. This blog is designed to give you an inside peak into the process behind my projects and to share my work.