Meet Norm Mast.
He and his wife, Ellen own the Berry Good Farm where I take lots of my photos for people. It’s a great place because they are great people. Seriously some of the happiest, nicest folks you’ll ever meet. They let me come out when I want and even use their golf carts to haul my funky props around.
Anyhoo, Norm needed some snazzy headshots for a new website he is working on. He wants to do some IT consulting and I think he’d be great at it. He also teaches at Baker University and Ottawa University.
If this kind of photography is something you are needing, please shoot me an email and we can work out a price. Honestly, this was a very quick session. He knew what he wanted, we met downtown, snapped a few shots and ba-da-bing, snazziness was had. This wouldn’t work with everyone obviously, but for the right situation, I think a mini session might be a great thing.
Let me know what your needs are and we’ll work something out.
So I don’t usually use this site as a blog of all my random thoughts, but I have a few things rambling around in my noggin I thought I would share.
Firstly, I have been so jazzed by this year’s turn out of photo bookings! I have had extremely awesome clients enduring the heat and fantabulous seniors that I am so glad to have met. Thanks to everyone for letting everyone know about me. The result has surpassed my expectations.
Secondly, I am learning so much. I’m learning about beauty and people’s perceptions of themselves. And how when all we see are snapshots of ourselves all the time, we might start to think we’re not photogenic. I’m saying phooey to that. I have had way too many people tell me they don’t usually like pictures of themselves and be so nervous at the shoot only to find that they, in fact, are quite beautiful.
I’ve been studying people in art for 17 years: drawing them, painting them, and photographing them. People are beautiful. You don’t have to be a model to be beautiful. You just have to be you, in your most honest form. That’s what I’m about. Showing you
Thirdly, I love my sidekick and assistant.
You might have seen Connor’s photos a couple months ago. She was my senior rep and got the whole ball rolling when we posted her pics on Facebook. Not many people had heard of me before that. I found out that day about her love of photography and her desire to be my trusty sidekick at other shoots and she brings a great energy to the session. It may look like she’s just holding my reflector, but she has some rad ideas. And I feel better when she’s there. I can’t explain it other than that.
Now go forth and conquer!
Fourthly, I hate to say it, but the holidays are around the corner and I’m sure you want a snazzy photo to put on your cards. Now is a great time to let me know if you want to book in November for that. If the weather is crummy we can go in your house…as long as there is enough light.
Also, if you are a business owner or a person who just needs headshots for a website, please contact me, I might have special rates for you.
In her ‘about me’, Katelyn described herself as someone who loves to make people laugh. I knew from right then, we would hit it off. She’s a firecracker, with quick wits and one-liners at the ready. And full of spunk. I love that.
Needless to say, we had a great time together. One of the first things she said when I picked her up was, “I don’t do this.” (meaning get her pictures taken) I knew then that my challenge would be to capture this young lady’s spunky spirit in a way that even she would be wowed. I like to show people how I see them.
And I might also add that Katelyn is a girl of 573 different facial expressions. Wow. I was cracking up. But for this preview, I’m gonna show you some of my favorites.
Thank you so much for entrusting me with your senior photos! Here’s to a great year!! And keep it up with the comedy…this world needs the laughter.
I first met Ally at church several years ago. I thought her whole family was, and still is awesome, but didn’t really get to know them until I started hanging out with Ally and her dad during praise band practice for our church service. I’ve always been a little in awe of her. She is such a go-getter and just seems to take life by the horns and steers it where she wants it to go.
But I still didn’t feel like I knew her well beyond the fact that she is a great student and loves music. After her shoot today, I feel like I get Ally much better. She is extremely laid back and peaceful for someone who has it so together. She has a great sense of humor and I know for a fact she is a terrific big sister. She wanted a more natural location for her senior photos, so we took advantage of the break in the rain today and spent some time at The Berry Good Farm capturing the different sides of Ally.
Here’s a peek at what we did…
Ally, I had a wonderful time doing your photographs. You are a shining star filled with grace and joy and I hope I’ve captured that for you.
I am learning that I need to man up and just ask people what I’m wondering. Why? Because great business deals can follow. I love antiques and especially the one on 534 N Main in Ottawa, Kansas. I loved the twinkly lights on the actual front porch and the variety of stuff they rotate out there. Particularly that bathtub. I’ve been in several of the antique stores around town and this one is my favorite, hands down.
They have great prices and the atmosphere is peaceful and soft. So when I finally got up the nerve to ask the owner if I could ever do a portrait shoot in there, Sharron’s graciousness was actually overwhelming and unexpected. She not only agreed to that, but hired me to take some photos of her antiques to showcase on her website.
I had lots of fun doing this shoot! Here are a few of my favorites.
I’m sure I just barely scratched the surface of all that was there. I will definitely be going back just to shop at some point. I suggest you do the same!
If you’re a business owner that needs some high quality photography for your website or to hang around your place of business, please contact me so we can talk!
I was really looking forward to Reggie’s shoot for a couple reasons. First, she sent me a great ‘about me’ and I could just feel the warmth and happiness in her words. Secondly, I had other people telling me what a joy she is. I am all about soaking up the good vibes. I love people like that.
And it was all true. If I had to describe Reggie, based on the small amount of time we spent together, I would say she is a warm ray of happiness with a megawatt smile and just a joy to be around. She is gonna go far in life, I can just tell.
p.s. I finally got the nerve thanks to Ms. Payton, Queen of the Steel Backbone, to ask to use that groovy green car. It’s located on 3rd and Walnut and I promised the nice man I would let everyone know it’s for sale.
Thanks to Reggie for the pleasure of doing your senior photos! I had a blast and I can’t wait for you to see the rest!!!