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{Accessorizing} Your Photo Shoot

There are a few interesting things on the horizon for Mishelle Lane Photography.  A week from today I will be shooting the wedding of one of my co-workers, and I have a few families interested in portraiture.   I can’t wait!  Also, a great fellow photographer friend and I have decided to get our families together and each of us is going to photograph the other family.  I’m excited to see myself through someone lens, other than mine on a tripod, a timer, and a prayer.  Even though. last year, it did work out pretty well.  See?

Recently I was asked to shoot an engagement session for one of the cutest couples ever, Katie & Destin.   We mulled over different ideas for various locations, but we finally ended up in a little historic town, called Tate, not too far from where we live.    Actually, we started out at Dawsonville’s City Hall (which is also the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, because, that’s how we roll around here.)   I love to shoot there because there are a few backdrops that make me really happy.  I’ve had photo-shoots there with our kids, Zumba babe – Maggie, and Erica & Dusty.    Recently I came full circle with Erica & Dusty by shooting them from engagement to marriage to pending parenthood to first portraits of their adorable baby boy.  I honestly hope to do the same with Katie & Destin!



Often my clients will ask me what they should wear; I tell them to stay away from too many conflicting patters and offer some suggestions about colors.  Katie was spot on in her choices for their photo shoot.  She went with rich autumn colors and accessorized PERFECTLY!  I loved that she chose to wear an animal print scarf  and beautiful lacy dangling earrings.  When we take our family portraits, later this month, I will definitely go with classic accessories like scarves and jewelery to add depth and contrast.
I also visited Katie & Destin, at their home, and photographed them with a couple other awesome accessories—their beautiful fur-babies, Koda and Pixie.  And, still, Katie chose a beautiful scarf to compliment her outfit.  Seriously, I cannot wait to shoot their wedding on 4/20/12!


Highlights From My Last Photo Shoot

I was so excited when Zumba Babe Maggie asked me to take her portraits.
Maggie wanted to do it in honor of her birthday, and I was so glad that she trusted me to do a “Heads (AND) Tails Photo Session”!  We actually did a triple threat shoot:  Zumba, Boudoir, and Portraits.


If you are local and are interested in your own “Heads and/or Tails Photo Shoot” just drop me a line and we’ll set something up!  

All Work & All Play Makes Mishi Feel Just Fine

My Bliss: Part V

Waking up on Thursday morning was really hard, but I had my first “Heads or Tails” mini-session to get to in the Delta Atrium.  I met Amanda at 9:30am, and I was extremely happy with the light.   I took a few test exposures before texting her to see where she was, as the atrium is huge and I was kicking myself for not being super specific about our meeting point in my confirmation email, but we found each other without much of a hitch.

After Amanda’s photo session, I raced to the opening keynote.  Being one of the tribe leaders, for photography, I knew exactly where I had to go.  I got to hear the end of Brené Brown‘s talk.  What I heard was phenomenal, and I totally recommend you watch her speak on Ted.   Moving. Memorable. Deep. Her words are what made me finally realize that I should “come out” on Facebook about my blog.   I’m still listening and learning about vulnerability and shame and belonging and and courage and believing that . . .

Brene Brown's opening keynote

Brené Brown’s Opening Keynote at Blissdom
[Photo courtesy of Schmutzie]

After the Keynote it was time for Tribe Leaders Round Table Discussions.   I sat with some really wonderful women.  We talked about what we do, our passions, our goals, our equipment, and our overall love of photography. I was honored to sit there with them as a Blissdom Tribe Leader!

Then it was time for lunch.  Blissdom never disappoints in this department, and lunch was absolutely delicious.  I was so hungry that I didn’t even get a chance to take a picture of my yummy food (I know, can you believe it?)   But, I did get to eat lunch with my new friend Ann, and I got sit next to the ever lovely Domestic Debacle.  I also got to talk to Ryan, and I got to get a big, huge, love-filled hug from Amy!

Once I had my fill of Mexican flare, hugs, laughter, good conversation, and camaraderie, I headed off to do some more work.

I had head shots scheduled for Shab and Brigid, in the Garden Conservatory.

There was some time to go support my old Cre8buzz pals: Jim, Leslie, and Amy at their Innovative Writing Techniques Session!  Jim has a great recap (with videos) on his blog.  You must see it!

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Then I had my first Boudoir shoot with Carmen.   After that session I met Mandy in the Delta Atrium for her head shot session.    I felt in the zone.  I felt alive.  I loved doing this type of portraiture.  The Heads or Tails sessions were off with a bang!


Beautiful women, right?

That’s Blissdom to me.  Beautiful, talented, smart, funny, awesome women around every corner; seeing their bliss through my lens added to my bliss!  When work is your passion you get bliss.   I absolutely love what I do!


Once Mandy’s session was completed I headed back to the sessions to catch the Advocates and Activists:  Harnessing Social Media for Social Good in the Face of Compassion Fatigue Session where the speakers got real about the situations that they have harnessed social media for social good.   Ryan’s story touched me, and if you haven’t heard of him or what he’s done, you should definitely find out.    Other speakers included Ellie Schoenberger, Anissa Mayhew, and Ellen Seidman.

Blissdom 2011 by Mishelle Lane Photography

Thursday night was something awesome.  Music.  Food. Drinks.  Friends. Laughter.  Oh, this was a night I will remember for years.  [To be continued…]

Weekly Winners {Photo Shoot at Amicalola Falls}

Yesterday, I came full circle; if you will.

Two years ago, this month, I had the pleasure of photographing a certain family.  They were the first to be put in my professional portfolio.  These photos (the ones I took yesterday) have so much meaning to me because it really shows how much I have grown as a photographer.  I believe I’ve grown in all areas—composition, technique, and editing.   That?  Make me feel a sense of fulfillment.   It also reinforces that I am on the right path.

We met at Amicalola Falls, and I—of course—had to capture some of our surroundings before, during, and after the photo session.

{i am lotus for more winners}

A Year Goes By Quickly

A little over a year ago, I finally got up the nerve to tell my favorite bank teller that I thought we’d make really good friends. I did the only thing I knew to do, and I sent over my business cards for Mishelle Lane Photography and Secret Agent Mama.

That’s when she stood up and showed me, through the window, that she was expecting.

How cool, I thought, and then I told her that I.HAD.TO.SHOOT.HER.MATERNITY.PORTRAITS.

Some time passed and she had her baby a little earlier than I expected, so her maternity portraits slipped away from us.

Then… My brilliant idea!

I told my new *friend (whose name is Heather) that I wanted to shoot her son’s portraits through his first year of life. It would be my gift to her, in honor of her son’s birth, and in honor of our new found friendship.

Early one morning I met her at her parent’s house. I immediately fell in love with their house, as it’s a photographers dream, with great furniture, hardwood floors, and great lighting.  But, I digress.

Here’s Daxton’s first year through my lens:


Three Months~

Five Months~

Ten Months~

Yesterday, it came full circle.  I met Heather and sweet Daxton at her parent’s house again, early in the morning, and it was absolutely brilliant!

One Year~



Happy Birthday Daxton!

*Not only do I have a new friend, but I have a whole family of friends.  I’m so glad I acted on my instinct.

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