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Baby Colton | Fredericksburg-Stafford Va, Custom Maternity, Newborn, Cakesmash and Family Photographer

Please meet Colton!

Colton's mommy and I met about a two years ago during one of my Mommy and Me mini sessions! At the time she had two precious little boys and we chatted and joked about possibly "trying" for that girl! Well a year ago Kelly messaged me with the great news that their family would be growing and I was ecstatic! And after months of waiting to see if they would add another bouncy baby boy or a sweet little girl I got the message saying they are going to be a BOY family for sure lol! I know Kelly wanted a little girl but I told her she could borrow my girls anytime, and I reassured her girls cost WAY more!!!

Colton's parents decided on a nautical/fishing theme and I was so excited to run with this theme! If you don't know, my husband brother and pretty much every guy in my family is an avid fisherman/outdoors man, so the props were endless! This little guy was a great sleeper also so it made my job super easy! We ended his sessions with one of my favorite setups to date! I think Mom loved it also! Please Enjoy!!

 

Baby Details!!!

Baby Details!!!

Snug as a Bug!

Snug as a Bug!

Love this group of images!

Love this group of images!

How cute is this? Hey Fishy Fishy!

How cute is this? Hey Fishy Fishy!

 

 

The Importance of continued education | Fredericksburg, Va Photographer

When I first started out as a " professional" photographer I had very little knowledge of what I was doing other then what I had read or googled somewhere. It got me by for the first few months but as I started branching out and admiring others work I noticed some of my images were missing something. It was something that couldn't really be found online or in a book, for me it was furthering my education in my field! At first I thought no way, this isn't for me! How am I going to invest 1,000's of dollars for professionals to teach me when I was hardly even making enough to cover that bill. Somehow I was able to save and I attended my first mentoring ship. When I sat down with her I was like a ball of energy!! I had a million questions running through me head!! She was so sweet to, she answered all my questions and helped me truly start the foundation of my business! 

After my foundation was built, it was time to start focusing on my area of focus and my technique. For me it was all about Belly to Baby! So in March of 2015 I attended Little Moons Workshop! It was a lovely experience and I instantly saw my work transform over night! When I said earlier some things can't be found online or in book, I simply meant you can't possibly learn how to pose a newborn without actually "posing" a newborn right? Of course not! These workshops are created by individuals who have been in the industry for a while, they have so many tips and tricks that simply aren't out on the internet! They have to keep somethings a secret  for their workshops right? 

Throughout 2015 I worked and worked on creating my style and perfecting my work! I grew to really find myself and start to love my art! However there was still a photographer I just admired! I was pretty sure she didn't offer any type of workshop our mentoring because I looked many times lol! Well I finally just one day messaged her and told her how much I admired her and if she'd be interested in mentoring me and well...... she said yes!!!! My artistic little heart burst with excitement! So in May I had a one on One mentoring ship with 11sixteen photography!!! It was a wonderful experience and i had many many light bulb moments! She's an artist and Photographer I admire and i was honored to be able to share a day with her picking her brain and having her critique me. I left feeling refreshed and driven all over again!! Its a great feeling working with others who share your passion and who are there to help you along your way. so if any of you  out there are in a dry spot or have lost your inspiration or simply want to learn more and better your work, I highly suggest taking a workshop or mentoring ship. I guarantee you will see growth in your self as a person and as an artist. If you are you really serious about bettering your skill and art, I woulds urge you to mentor with a photographer whose work inspires you. Theres tons of workshops and mentors out there. Take advantage of them, I know they can be expensive, but continuing your education should be part of building your business. Learning from someone with experience is very empowering like I mentioned above. Not only will you gain confidence, but you gain a friendship and community also. My best advice is finding workshops and mentoring that is "hands on" I think you get the most out of your investment this way. Please enjoy some of the wonder shots I got during my mentor session. Thank you Kelly for not only being a wonderful teacher but a great friend!

 

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The Big Reveal Part 1 | Fredericksburg, Va Photographer

So the BIG day has finally come! I know some of you have been waiting awhile for this Big surprise, as well as myself! When I think of my brand and what I want my clients to get out of a Stephanie Tignor Photography experience a few words come to mind Quality, Thoughtfulness, Passion and most importantly Friendship and the feeling of welcomeness. I strive to be the best photographer and Christian I can everyday and its important for me to make sure my clients feel that as well. However sometimes it hard to get that vibe and feeling across on viewing a website or looking at reviews. All those things are great tools to use when deciding on who will be your photographer for such a special time in your life but sometimes those things fall short and we need more. I know as a mom of two it can be somewhat unsettling or scary brining your newborn baby to a place you've never been and have a stranger hold and pose your baby or toddler. It can be stressful and it can seem overwhelming. Im here to help you with all of those feelings and emotions best I can. Thats why I decided I wanted to make this "surprise" for my clients so they can see me in action,  see my studio and get to know me before actually meeting me. I want you to feel as if you've already experienced a session with me and were all friends already! And moms and dad rest assure that everything is taken care of when you come here for a session weather it be a newborn, grow with me, or cake smash session. Everything from the cake smash outfit down to the cake is taken care of. 

They say you have to make dreams and goals that scare you to keep moving forward and keep bettering yourself, and for me this was a Scary big dream goal of mine that I can finally say is done and I'm super proud of it. With out making you wait any longer please enjoy this video Curtisoy of "Zoled Creations" on how things work behind the scenes , what you can expect at a typical session and a little bit more about myself.