How to be prepared for your family session

Hi there friends! the holidays are just around the corner which means a lot of families are out there getting their pictures taken for their holidays cards or to give as gifts to family and friends. These sessions can be very stressful especially with little ones that don’t seem to understand what is going on. I have created a check list that you can download below that will make sure you and your family are all set and prepared for your family session!

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Top books that small business owners should read

Hi there friends! Lately I have been finding myself curling up with a cup of coffee (or tea) and diving into a really good book. I have been obsessed with self-help books and business books lately. They have inspired me to me able to improve myself and my business. I thought that I could share my top favorites in hopes that these can help you in your search for improvement in your business or life!

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Best of Class of 2019

As it starts to get more chilly outside my time with the Class of 2019 comes to a close. I had the pleasure of photographing some AMAZING seniors this year and I can’t wait for what next year has to offer! Below are some of my absolute favorite shots from the Class of 2019. If you would like to see each of their full blog posts click on the link below.

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Julia and Zach's Milwaukee Zoo Wedding

On a chilly morning of September 29th, I exactly drove to St. Elizabethan Church in New Berlin. I couldn’t have been more ecstatic to photograph this wedding. Julia has been a friend of mine for almost five years; we were camp counselors together through college and we had field trips every summer at the zoo. It really came full circle to be able to capture her wedding and be a part of their special day.

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Burlington Fall Wedding

I had the most wonderful opportunity to be the second photographer along side Brittney Mangold Photography. (Go check her out if you are in the Burlington area!) We got to capture the beautiful wedding of Lauren and Vaughn. These love birds have actually been in each other’s lives since second grade. There was a picture they had displayed of the two of them in the same first communion class. They had no idea that each other was in that same class! Small world, but the stars aligned and brought them together when they got to high school.

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Madelynn's Waterfall Senior Session

After several days of rain I got to capture this ray of sunshine! Madelynn was such a joy to work with and we made the best of our very mosquito-y situation. She is a senior at Franklin High School and is looking to pursue Chemistry in college. All the props to her because science was definitely NOT my strong suit. That’s why I went for art. Madelynn rocked her session with such grace and happiness I would have loved her session to go on even longer! Too bad that we were loosing daylight and we arrived at the end of the session.

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The Prahl Family Session

This past Sunday I had the most wonderful time for the Prahl family. It was so unique to have a family with such a wide range of ages and made it that much more fun! This was a gift to grandma to get everyone together for some photos. Everyone grows up so fast so why not take the time to capture these moments now?

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Fall Outfit Ideas

Fall is here which means all the fall sessions! I’m so excited to capture all the colors that fall has to bring. I often get asked what to wear for a particular session and I thought I would help you out! I do have Pinterest boards full of ideas that you can find here as well. All of these outfits I will be showing you are ones that are completely shoppable! I will link the store that I found these outfits so you can have an exact guide of where to shop and what to get! Perfect right? Let’s get started.

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Vanessa Jordan Photography Branding Packages

Hey there friends! I wanted to write this blog post because, if you haven't noticed two weeks ago I launched my branding packages in my shop and I want to talk a little bit about them! First off if you don't already know, I am a full-time graphic designer and I wanted to share that side of me with you. Something that has been brought to my attention, is how hard it is to create your own branding, create your logo, know what colors to use, know what’s going to look right and just know the tips and tricks that a graphic designer would know but, a small business owner really wouldn’t know. I created these branding packages in hopes that they will help you and they will give you kind of a jump start on your branding experience. So for example, one of the branding packages I have is called AB Modern. It's a very modern style, very minimalist, black and white and can really be used for pretty much any business.

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Relaxing Weekend Getaway

As a small business owner you are constantly on the go. You don't have traditional work hours, you're always always on the clock and always working. For some days it seems 24/7, which can really wear you down. As much as you love your craft and you love what you do it can be really really stressful on your mental state as well as your body.

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The Best Bridal Party Gifts

Hey there brides and grooms! Wedding days are right around the corner and do you know what you are going to give your ladies or gentlemen to thank them for being by your side on your big day? I have talked to many brides and many of my friends who are getting married, and one of their biggest struggles is finding the perfect gift for their bridesmaids or even their groomsmen. After having all of those conversations, I thought that I can help everyone with that struggle! I have compiled a list of the best bridal party gifts. So these are gifts that you can give to your bridesmaids or groomsmen, or some may be more suited for bridesmaids or more suited for groomsmen. This list will cover all the bases, your one-stop-shop so then you'll be ready to give the best gift to the most important people in your life.

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Top Five Podcasts for Entrepreneurs

I don't know about you but I LOVE podcasts. I was never the type of person for talk radio but there is just something about listening to someone as you walk, run, lift weights, drive and learn something! I believe in being a forever student and that you can always be learning. Podcasts are a great way to do that. 

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My Parent's Portrait Session at Historical Site

As most photographers know well, when you announce to the world that you are a professional photographer and that you are open for business, family and friends come flocking. They want you to take pictures of EVERYTHING. This can be a great learning experience but I personally just love to take pictures of my family. As I have been making my rounds to each family of my extended family, I had a moment of shock when I realized that I haven’t had a chance to give my parents a session. Clearly, this needed to be addressed as soon as possible. Thinking back, the last time they probably had professional pictures taken of them was on their wedding day. They were certainly due for some professional pictures taken by their daughter no less.

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Why giving client gifts is so important

You maybe asking yourself, why do I care about giving client gifts? And why should I? Wouldn't it cost me more money in the long run? Not necessarily. Take a moment and push all of your doubts aside. Give me a moment to show you why giving client gifts is so important, how it will benefit in the long run and what you should gift your clients.

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What's in my camera bag?

This post has been in the works for a long time. I never wanted to showcase what was in my camera bag until I knew for sure that I want to work with this set up for a while. So here we are! This may change over time so be sure to check back if I make an updated post. At the end of this post I will put a link to an Amazon List I put together so you can shop for anything that is in my bag!

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Checklist for your perfect senior session

Do you ever wish that there was a check list for everything in life? Unfortunately there isn't a list for everything. But, the good news is I have a check list that is a sure fire way to make sure your senior session is the best! Some of these are optional but this will prepare you and make sure you are set to go!

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