In January, we had our first-ever mentoring session with our past bride, Jamie (aka the stunning supermodel bride from the Sarasota, FL gallery on our main website). Jamie contacted us when she decided she was interested in becoming a professional photographer and asked if we do mentor-ships. We jumped at the chance of having our first one be with a past bride who we loved, and before we knew it, Jamie made the drive to Nashville to pick our brains.
As nervous as we were because we had no idea what to expect, I think it actually went pretty well. The first part of the day consisted of “classroom” time at our dining room table (keeping it classy, folks!) where we discussed everything from why we use the camera gear we do to the importance of a blog and anatomy of a wedding day. Jamie insisted our shoot be with her best friend Lauren who was close to having her first baby. We shot her maternity session around the Parthenon here in Nashville, and I loooooved it. You long time readers may remember I’m a bit squeemish around pregnant women and their bellies! I was actually nervous about leading Jamie through a maternity shoot, because in our five years of shooting, we’d only shot one!
Lucky for all of us, Lauren is practically a model herself and can work the camera like no other. Seriously… Pregnant or not, I’d photograph Lauren any day! She was perfect because instead of spending so much time on posing and setting up the shot, we could kinda throw her into “autopilot” and focus on talking Jamie through the shoot.
Lauren’s one request: A photo of her hands and her parent’s hands on her belly. :)
Jamie in action!
Lauren, thank you sooooooooooooo much for being such a great sport! Jamie, I hope you learned a lot and I’m so excited to watch your business grow! Love to both of you girlies!