Do you find yourself just not seeing the point in having a photo session? Maybe you see the pictures on social media and just don't understand why anyone would go through with wardrobe contemplations or hours of pampering… Want to know some of the many motivations behind people enjoying a day of glamour, documenting fun memories, and looking & feeling like royalty? Here they are!
Got a birthday coming up? Ushering in your roaring 20's or feeling 30 & flirty, 40 & fabulous, 50 & fantastic, or 60 & sultry? We're definitely willing and ready to help you usher in the next year of your life with some captivating photos to celebrate your day!
Couples session? With love! Called2Capture would be more than happy to reflect and capture you and your special person's love for one another.
Or are you maybe wanting a way to celebrate your family? Gather the kids, siblings, grandparents, and the pets for images that will be treasured for years to come.
Or are you looking to make the best first impression possible? Headshots and Personal Branding sessions are a MUST if you want to stand out from the crowd, look professional, and advance in your career.
Boudoir? This is the perfect way to help empower the goddess-like feeling that you have inside of you, ready to be unleashed as you celebrate the beauty that is remarkably you.
Or what about something different? Ever dream of a full on vintage session? If you have a dream and wan to bring it to life, Called2Capture can make that happen for you.
Whatever the occasion, whatever the dream, and whatever the reason, Called2Capture is here to make your vision come to life.
Contact us today to get started with your own photo session now! It's time to celebrate.
Often times, it's easy to be turned away by a photo session due to preconceived notions that have been instilled in you. People tend to think back to the horror that was their 6th grade yearbook picture. Or maybe the thought of having to stand in front of a camera and awkwardly strike some poses like you did on prom night when your parents forced you to sit through a marathon of picture taking. Or perhaps you tell yourself, "I'm just not photogenic."
Whatever the case may be, rest assured in the fact that you can completely lay those thoughts to rest!
Photo sessions in this era have evolved drastically.
Now, your photo session is just that - it's all about YOU; and Called2Capture is here to supply you with every single tool you need to make your dreams come to life.
Whatever idea you have for your photo session, we've got you covered.
Have you ever envisioned you and your partner enjoying a dreamy evening on the beach, just taking time to celebrate your love for one another?
Or maybe a fun, classic vintage session is more your style: accompanied by a day of rockin' old school music and poppin' colors that exhibit the individuality that resides within your old soul?
Ever dream of the stunning, lustrous look of a soft, white-sheet portrait: the beauty and delicacy that you are being perfectly posed and pictured in the most magnificent way possible?
Or what about a full on glamour session? Filled with stunning sequin dresses, lace accents, and glitz encompassing you while show off your style and elegance in front of the camera?
Maybe your dream is of you and your family, all huddled together wearing the widest of smiles as you spend the day reminiscing in your love for one another. Spending time, celebrating the bond that you share while you make even more memories to one day look back on and fawn over as future generations get to see what makes their siblings, their parents, grandparents, great grandparents and the like so incredibly unique.
My name is Jamie Nicole. For those of you who may not know me, I am Stephanie's assistant here at Called2Capture Photography. As much as I love being behind the camera, it took a lot of time, reassurance, and personal growth to be okay with being in front of the camera. This is my story.
Growing up, from infancy through elementary school, I practically lived for the camera. I would always love having my photo taken. Anytime a flash would go off, my head would turn towards the source and a smile would light my face as my cheeks nearly pushed my eyes closed.
But it didn't last. Throughout middle school and high school, my body went through some drastic changes. I became more than overweight, got braces, and went through some serious style alterations. I looked in the mirror and absolutely hated what I saw. The thoughts, words, and actions of others heavily influenced me. Societal standards got inside my head. What I saw in magazines, social media, television, billboards, and movies dictated how I saw myself. All of the lies spewed by the media had taken residence where the love that I had for myself once lived.
While I spent years stuck in what I thought was the worst body, things changed in the late stages of my high school experience. The weight started dropping. I was going down and down in clothing sizes by the week: but the love I had for myself continued to drop, too.
Growing up until that point, I had always assumed, "If I could just lose the weight, I'll be good. I'll be happy." But I found that wasn't true. I never would've thought that dropping over 70 pounds wouldn't make me happy… But it didn't. The years of telling myself that I was not good enough had become permanently ingrained into my head, and the lies weren't going away with the weight loss.
Until I had a photo session that changed how I perceived myself.
Before working here at Called2Capture Photography, I had the honor of being photographed by Stephanie. For the first time in years, I loved the images I saw of myself. I wasn't the monster I had once believed I was - that I had made myself out to be. Stephanie showed me that there was nothing that should have ever held me back from being photographed. I could see myself as I truly was; who I have always been beneath my skin and the false beliefs I held for so long. I was finally set free.
If there was one thing I could go back and do differently throughout the years of constant internal and external bashing, I wouldn't have hidden myself away. I look back and all I can see are many missed memories and opportunities. I simply wish that I would have chosen to live my life more than I was.
There are so many other women out there who are held captive to the same lies I once believed. Stop waiting until you "lose the weight" or until you feel "good enough". It's time to stop hiding and letting years or decades pass without having a single photograph you love of yourself. You're perfect the way you are NOW. I have always been beautiful and deserve to exist in photos, and so do you.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation and celebrate your beauty!
Vision boards are becoming increasingly popular. What are they, exactly? It is a combination of words and pictures that reflect what you want in life, how you want to feel, or where you would like to be. It often includes goals for health, careers, traveling, family, and love. The power of the vision board lies in the fact that you are seeing something every single day. It helps you focus on your true goals and desires despite the hustle and bustle of daily life. Having this at the forefront of your mind means you will stay on track to achieving your dreams and creating the life you want for yourself.
Stephanie's Vision Board
My vision board came about in August 2017, a few weeks after my brother, Michael, had passed away. Life as I had known it came to a stalemate. I had to reinvent my future because I could not imagine one without him. I knew the only way I could move forward with my life was to pour my heart and soul into what made me happy and to feel like I was working towards something that mattered. For me, this was my photography business.
First, I started by going through various magazines like Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Professional Photographers of America. I cut out images and quotes I was drawn to. Gradually, I ended up with a pile and got to gluing. I love the elegance of the woman in the maroon hat and the boldness of Angelina Jolie. The man & woman are Julio and I facing the world and making our career goals happen. I felt hopeless and defeated by my circumstances like the woman in the blue portrait. The phrase "Portraits with Impact" from this PPA issue jumped out. I envied the happiness of the woman all the way to the right. I longed for the day where I would be that happy again. That day has come.
If we don't like something in our lives, we are the only ones who can change it. Whether it's our health, relationships, career path, or character. The word "grit" has defined the past nine months of my life, where I have experienced incredible personal and professional development. I look at this everyday as it hangs above my nightstand. Many of my goals have come true or are just beyond the horizon. Colossal changes are coming in the next month. I cannot wait to share them with you.
How To Make Your Vision Board
One of the questions I get asked the most is, "But what do I wear?" There are so many options that deciding what to wear can be overwhelming. You can use what's in your wardrobe, borrow from friends or family, rent from Rent the Runway, or buy something new. We also have a studio wardrobe available to our clients as well! Here are some ideas on what to wear for your photo session.
Sequins photography beautifully. They are elegant without breaking the bank. They are glamourous.
Lace is timeless. The detail in lace will never go out of style. It's on dresses and blouses. The whole thing can be made of lace or it can be a part of the outfit. Lace long sleeves are very slimming for arms.
There are so many options for necklines: off the shoulder, detailed, plunging, one shoulder, round,
v-neck, and strapless. Just to name a few.
One of the things I love about skirts are how versatile they are. Each of these skirts below are a part of the studio wardrobe available to clients. Look at how the same nude tulle skirt was photographed in three different sessions. Brittani paired hers with a tan tank top and long-sleeve lace top. Jamie paired it with a black long-sleeve lace top. Kaye loved one of the studio's crop tops that goes perfectly with it. Dina and Adenike went with edgy red skirts and black tops.
Women desire that hourglass shape. Form fitting clothing hugs those curves in all the right places. When photographing you, I will enhance your gorgeous shape with posing techniques.
For many women, including me, who do not like to wear form fitting clothing, I recommend wearing something that enhances the waist line. This gives great shape without being too clingy.
Back or Front Design
When a dress or shirt has special details on the back or front, it makes for a gorgeous photograph.
What's your style?
During your consultation, we discuss your favorite styles and colors you like to wear. We schedule a wardrobe fitting one or two weeks before your session. This ensures you feel comfortable and look amazing in your wardrobe selection & that the final images will have the look and feel you desire! Schedule your consultation today!
When you have lost someone you love, a photograph becomes priceless. A prized possession. One of the only things you have left of that person. It is physical proof that they were here at one point: walking beside you, talking about their hopes and dreams, breathing the same air as you. You cherish this photo because time stands still here. It is attached to a memory of the person you love. You can remember EXACTLY what they wore, imagine how their voice sounded as they laughed at your joke, the way the sun shined, how you had better days ahead. You will frame this photo, box it up, and keep it safe so you don't lose this person, this moment, this dream.
Death has no boundaries or preferences. He does not exclude the rich or poor, good or bad, young or wise. It will take a wonderful woman to cancer, a baby who has yet to see the light of day, a successful businessman, religious leaders, a nomad, and anyone else in-between. From dust we have been made and to dust we shall return.
And, suddenly, my only brother has returned to dust. I received the news late in the evening on Friday, July 28th. My brother had lost his battle to his addiction after sixty days of sobriety, joining many others as a statistic of the opiate epidemic. He was only twenty-six years old and had his whole life ahead of him. In his journals, he wrote about how much he loved his family, how he wanted to go to school, how he loved his son Tristen, how he knew Jesus was his Lord and Savior, how he wanted to get better. With a shattered heart, I accept that he is no longer suffering or a victim to his addiction.
While making the funeral arrangements, I am naturally given the task of putting together the photo slideshow. Many hours are spent scouring through old family photo albums, social media, messaging old friends for anything they might have. Each photograph embodies a specific time in his life: when he was playing sports as a kid, skating with his friends at the YMCA, the times he skipped school, family vacations, when he became a father, when he was a kid before the troubles of this world caught up to him, when he went to church and gave his life back to Jesus. I devoured each image, staring at them for hours. Trying to remember how his head is thrown back when he laughs, what his tattoos say, how his eyes reveal his internal pain, how he smiles when he is genuinely happy.
Fortunately, I always made my family take pictures the past few years whenever we got together for Thanksgiving. Nothing fancy. Just some photos of us all in the backyard. Now these photos are more valuable than gold, money, or jewels. I could have a thousand pictures and it will never be enough to fill this whole in my heart . But it is enough to remind me of who he is, how much I love him, and how I will miss him until I see him in heaven again.
Take the picture. Someone else may need it someday.
Here at Called2Capture Photography, we plan out every photo session with our clients. Each person, family, and couple are unique. We all have different ideas and dreams. Before arriving at the photoshoot, we will already have a vision in mind. We have thought about the lighting, posing, props, colors, setting, and creative composition we want to achieve. Our goal is to get it as close as we can "Straight Out Of Camera" (SOOC).
A beautiful part of photography is the power of editing. There are many things you can do through Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and other editing programs. Unwanted weight and blemishes can be taken way. Skin, eye, and hair color can be altered. Entire backgrounds can be changed. People can be added or removed. Antique family photos may be restored for future generations to remember. Every photographer has their own particular style of editing. At Called2Capture, we prefer vibrant colors and emulating the look of film. Here is a before and after of one of our most recent photos:
In the Before photo, everything appears realistic with neutral colors. It is more dark and moody. In the After photo, the details are more vibrant with a pop of color. The beach scene appears dreamy. It feels as if we are on the beach laughing and playing with Tristen. At Called2Capture, we are constantly refining our workflow and learning new things. Continue with us on this journey and allow us to turn your vision into a work of art.
Many of us do not like to be photographed. We don't want our messy hair, mismatched clothes, tired eyes, and silly faces immortalized in photographs forever. We want to wait until our hair looks perfect, our make-up is on point, or we are wearing a trendy outfit. Maybe we want to lose or gain a few pounds. Or we might say that we would rather be the ones behind the camera photographing our children, friends, spouse, and other family members. What happens when you escape the photo-ops too often? There might be no photos of you since high school or your wedding day. There are years or even decades where you are unseen.
You see, it is important to #existinphotos because someone will want to remember you at this moment in time. Whether it's your mom, dad, sister, brother, cousin, niece, nephew, grandchildren, grandparents, best friend, aunt, husband, wife, or someone else. You are important to someone. They want to recall your messy hair. To see your silliness at the family bbq. To remember how you loved wearing bright colors. To remember your crinkly smile from laughing at a cheesy joke.
What happens when the day comes to remember you? Will they find photographs of you in your joyous moments? In your messy, real-life moments? As a husband or wife, will you and your true love share photos outside of your wedding day? As a grandparent, will your children be able to hold up a beautiful photograph of you as they tell your grandchildren your legacy?
I have come to understand the importance of existing in photos and encouraging others to document the special moments and people in their lives. There was a time where I was just starting my journey in photography. During this time, my grandma was my favorite person to spend time with. We would always go thrift shopping in off-the-wall shops on Antique Row. I would listen to her for hours on end as she retold stories from her youth while we had our morning coffees together. Her house was a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of college. Eventually, my grandma allowed me to photograph her in the November of 2012. It took a lot of convincing since she was self-conscious that her medicine made her seem heavier than she was accommodated to. These photos captured the essence of who she was: a bright personality that was full of laughter and a wise woman with a heart of gold.
Then her cancer came a few months later. She no longer had enough energy to leave the house. The pain from the radiation took a toll on her and made her irritable sometimes. Since she had cancer in her throat, she had to have a feeding tube. Her body was not very strong so she lost a lot of weight in a short amount of time. If you have ever cared for someone who was battling cancer, you understand the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual toll it causes.
In November of 2013, just one year after our photo session, I had to say goodbye to my grandma. These images are one of my most prized possessions. It reminds me of her smile, her laughter, and the countless moments of happiness we shared. For this reason, I implore you to exist in photographs. It is something priceless and to be treasured for a lifetime by those who love you.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, we worked diligently to bring an incredible story to life. In this segment, you will get to hear from Patti Cain. She is a woman who is very close to my heart. She has been a role model and mentor for me throughout my adolescence and early adulthood. In the video below, Patti will take you through the story of her breast cancer diagnosis, fight, healing, and how she's doing now.
In May 2011, Patti was a single mom. She was accustomed to working 50+ hours per week. Despite her busy and hectic life, she spent a lot of time volunteering at church in leadership positions such as teaching the middle schoolers and high schoolers. In the midst of all this, she received a call from the doctor that would change her life forever. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at 47 years old.
When most people hear such bad news, they cave into their despair and give up hope.... But not Patti. She has always been a fighter and more optimistic than the average person. She filtered this news through her faith in God. Regardless of what was happening to her, Patti remained vigilant in her faith and had hope for a positive outcome. Her suffering must have meaning. She might not have understood why it was happening at the time, but that did not delay her steadfast love. From the beginning of her diagnosis to this day, Patti has seen Him as the Conductor of her life.
A pivotal part of her recovery was her support system with her family, friends, and church family. Anyone who knows Patti is a witness to her love for the Lord and her family. Her daughter, Kaitlin, is her greatest joy in this life. She adores her extended family and church family. Once you become a friend of Patti, her door is always open to you with unconditional love. She has a lot of children she has "adopted" and taken under her wing throughout the years. For this reason, many people know her and love her as a second mom. When Patti let everyone know what was going on with her, she received an outpouring of help, prayer, and love.
As a single mom, Patti could not afford to stop working. It did not matter that the doctor suggested she takes 6-9 months off of work. There were bills to pay and mouths to feed. Going through her chemo, radiation, and surgeries, Patti still clocked in at least 40 hours per week. Thankfully, she was blessed with a job that could adjust her work schedule as needed. She relied on God from day to day to give her strength. When she could not do it on her own, she called on Him.
About three weeks after her diagnosis, Patti underwent her first mastectomy surgery. This is where the breast tissue is removed as a treatment for breast cancer. From June 2011 to November 2011, she endured intensive chemotherapy treatments. This is used to kill cancer cells. Unfortunately, it kills the healthy growing cells as well. Some side effects of chemotherapy are hair loss, nausea, stomach pain, and headaches. From December 2011 to January 2012, Patti received radiation treatments. Even though there are several possible side effects of radiation, most people experience excessive amounts of fatigue as the good cells are being destroyed alongside the cancer cells.
March 13th, 2012 was a day to remember. Patti went for a PET scan. It was the moment of truth....
After a long ten months of treatment,
Patti was declared cancer free!
Five years later, Patti is still recovering. Overcoming a life threatening disease such as cancer takes a toll on you physically, mentally, financially, and spiritually. It takes time to heal, but you will, just as Patti is still healing. The best thing you can do is love yourself as you are. Stay positive and never give up. Take it one day at a time and rely on God to be your refuge and strength.
As a reminder of her journey, Patti has a keepsake box full of cards from loved ones. These notes of encouragement are a constant indicator that she is loved by many.
While planning our photo session, Patti shared a quote that truly described her experience.
Facts About Breast Cancer In The United States
Encourage women of all ages to be informed about the screening and symptoms of breast cancer. May we all support and love women who are going through this battle. A special thank you to Patti Cain for sharing your personal story on how you fought breast cancer. If any reader has a story about breast cancer they would like to share as well, please feel free to share it with us in the comments section below! Today we celebrate the women who have fought breast cancer, those we remember, and those who are still fighting.