Christmas Mini Tips for a Great Session

 

Bluebird Christmas Tree Farm

 

This was the first year that we went to Bluebird Christmas Tree Farm for mini sessions and it was amazing!! The tree farm was so cute and because it was before the season, we pretty much had it to ourselves. The Farm only allows a few photographers at a time so that we are not in each others shots.

Our props set up was filled with whites, greens, browns, gold and red for splashes of color

Because Shane and I tag teamed this session, we had him start at our staged location. He made sure to get all the posed photos with our props, which are perfect for Christmas cards. Our set up was  focused towards more neutral, woodsy colors, but we still added the shinny gold to help catch the eye.

Bluebird Christmas Tree Farm
Bluebird Christmas Tree Farm

 

After the posed session, I took the families through the farm to get shots through the trees and around the location. They had a great little cabin in the back with a wooden porch that allowed us to have shade, which gave us more even lighting! Next to the cabin we had more variety with a field and tall grass.

We loved the outfit choices out clients went with! Many of them stuck to  browns, blues and greens with a little red, it went so well with the trees and outdoors. It is always a good idea to have your group color coordinated, but not too matchy.

Bluebird Christmas Tree Farm

 

Bluebird Christmas Tree Farm
Every once in awhile we had some tears from our littlest models so we had to think quick on our feet. Snacks, Silly faces and You tube videos brought the smiles right back….we owe a lot to “Baby Shark”, that song is a lifesaver!

More tips for Great Christmas Photos:

let their personality shine
Decorating the Christmas tree is a great way to engage the kids
There is nothing like warm hugs to make your heart melt
Games, like follow the toddler, are amazing
Silly faces do the trick!

There was so much to learn this go around but I feel like we had a good groove. We really look forward to taking it to the next level in 2020!!

5 Things to plan in Cades Cove for Engagement Photos

Cades Cove Skies
Cades Cove Skies by ST Photography

When you think about your engagement photos there are not to many locations more beautiful than Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains. So why not take that opportunity to add that beauty to your engagement photos.

In order to get the most out of your trip there are a few things to keep in mind.

  1. Cades Cove, in the Smoky Mountain National Park,  offers an 11 mile one way loop road of scenic valleys, fields, mountains and wildlife. Since it is only one way, travel is slow, so plan on taking some extra time making your way around the loop. There are a few roads that allow you to skip portions if you need to. There are also a lot of sight seers who like to take their time, especially if they spot wildlife.

 

Cades Cove by ST Photography
Cades Cove by ST Photography
Fields of Cades Cove by ST Photography
Fields of Cades Cove by ST Photography
Engagements by ST Photography
Engagements by ST Photography

2. Your photographer must have a permit to take photos in the National Park. The National park wants to make sure only photographers who know their rules and are licence should be taking any professional portraits in the loop.

Engagements in Cades Cove by ST Photography
Engagements in Cades Cove by ST Photography

 

Dancing in Cades Cove by ST Photography
Dancing in Cades Cove by ST Photography

3. Schedule your shoot for either early morning or late afternoon. Traffic is usually a little lighter during these hours. Not only should there be less people but it is also peek lighting.

Engagement in Cades Cove by ST Photography
Engagement in Cades Cove by ST Photography
Cades Cove Loop
Cades Cove Loop by ST Photography
Cades Cove by ST Photography
Cades Cove by ST Photography

4. There are a lot of amazing shots that you may need to walk to in order to shoot at that location. Be alert to what may be living in that area. If you see any wildlife take cation and try not to get to close. Some animals, such as bears, could attack so use good judgement and back away.

Forests of Cades Cove ST Photography
Forests of Cades Cove ST Photography

 

Creek and Forest of Cades Cove ST Photography
Creek and Forest of Cades Cove ST Photography

5. There are so many breathtaking buildings on this loop that bring a unique point of view to any shoot. Be respectful of other people and of the property. These structures are historic treasures.

Methodist Church on Cades Cove Loop
Methodist Church on Cades Cove Loop by ST Photography
Methodist Church by ST Photography
Methodist Church by ST Photography
Engagements in Cades Cove by ST Photography
Engagements in Cades Cove by ST Photography

These 5 easy steps will help your engagement photos in Cades Cove run smoothly. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding and enjoy your time in the Stunning Smoky Mountains National Park!

Engagements in Cades Cove by ST Photography
Engagements in Cades Cove by ST Photography