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Thank you for considering Ashley Flug Photography to capture this special time in your life. I truly feel blessed to be a part of my clients lives; to make memories, and give life to the stories you will tell for years to come.

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My favorite part of photography is capturing the love between parents and their children or a mommy and daddy to be who day dream about the day they get to meet their bundle of joy. I have children of my own and they are everything to me! 
I love that I am able to capture the love and emotion in a way that is timeless and beautiful. Don't worry moms, when you drop your son or daughter off to their first day of kindergarden you can cry bittersweet tears when you come home and see their photos on your wall.
Parenting is not easy and it is far from perfect but as long as you have love that is all you need. Let me capture that bond between you and your children.

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Oh how I just adore the family I’m blogging about today. I’m lucky enough to say I’ve been photographing the Gorman family for 2 years now! I truly can’t believe how much the children have grown and changed since I first met them.

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It goes without saying, Abigail and Josh are always a pleasure to work with. It’s hard to not love clients like Abigail who has so much love and excitement for her family. Dad and husband Josh is just as great. He is always keeping everyone laughing with his sense of humor and he adores his family so much.

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When Abigial emailed me to take their photos again, I immediately began counting down the days to our session! And as for the day of the shoot, I had a great time! They had a pretty great time, too.

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“I love that my kids love Ashleys style of picture taking, she is very personable and she doesnt waste time! With such a large group of kids keeping things moving is a must with us, having to much down time where kids can get dirty and do who knows what is never a good thing. Ashley has always given us more photos then we can afford to chose from, I love that we have options and poses that we get to scan thru!” says Abigail.

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Okay, enough text. Check out the fabulous Gorman family!

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Check out tips and tricks for your upcoming session on my blog!

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Christmas, Thanksgiving, the 4thof July, these are all holidays that you spend with your family and loved ones. These special holidays are filled with food, laughter, games and love, which is why it’s the perfect time to take some beautiful holiday photos that you can print and display in your home or in an album.

Below are a few tips to help you take great shots at your next family gathering.

 

  1. Make your photos interesting

Straight lines make for boring photos, especially when it comes to people. If you’re shooting a large group, try using a staircase to break up a large group of adults. Children can stand in front of the adults in order to make it easier to fit everyone into the shot. You can also bring some color and fun to your photos by incorporating holiday-themed props such as a backdrop in green, red and white for Christmas, flags and hats for 4thof July or Thanksgiving themed photo booth props such as beards or turkey drumsticks.

  1. Don’t forget to incorporate candid and natural looking shots too

The best photos are the ones that come to life when you look at them. You can capture such photos by simply allowing individual personalities to shine through by taking candid and natural looking photos along with your posed shots. Get everyone to loosen up by taking a few funny shots of people jumping or making funny faces, both kids and adults always enjoy this.

You should also have your camera ready to take shots of people busy in the kitchen, laughing at the dinner table or kids kicking a ball around outside. These photos are great because they’re truly capturing a moment in time.

  1. Wait until the Golden Hour to take outdoor photos

The Golden Hour refers to the time of day when the sun is at its lowest point. It starts around 20 minutes before sunset and lasts up until about 20 minutes after sunset.

This golden lighting offers a softer light, which means:

  • It creates softer looking skin, brighter eyes, and sparkling smiles
  • It adds more dimension to your photos
  • There won’t be any squinting eyes because it’s too bright outside

Shooting your family and friends during Golden Hour also makes everything seem a lot warmer, which emphasizes the warmth and love you have for each other.

Holidays are the one time that it’s easy to get your family and friends in one place and it’s a time when people are relaxed and joyful so take this opportunity to capture some amazing photos that you can treasure for years to come.

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You want to look your best on the day of your photo shoot and how you apply your makeup can play a big part in this. When it comes to doing your make up you want to enhance your natural features. Usually the less is more approach is the best way to go about this. To help you create a flawless natural look for your upcoming photo shoot consider these simple steps.

 

  1. The base.
  • Moisturize-

You always want to make sure you moisturize prior to applying your makeup. This will help keep the makeup looking fresh while keeping your skin hydrated. It also makes it easier to blend and limits creasing.

 

  • Foundation-

After moisturizing, you want to apply your foundation over your entire face. Use a brush or blender to ensure you get an even coat over the entire area.

 

  • Concealer-

Most women have a few trouble areas that they want to conceal, mainly around the eyes, mouth, and nostrils. Use concealer sparingly and make sure it is well blended in.

 

  • Powder-

Applying a translucent powder to the center of the forehead, nose, and chin will reduce any shine you may experience. The camera will pick up any gleam your face gives off so you don’t want to skip this step but you do want to try to avoid any powders with glitter or shimmer as this will only be magnified.

 

  1. The eyes.
  • Eyebrows-

Many people neglect to use an eyebrow pencil to make their brows a little fuller because this can often be easily overdone. Using an eyebrow pencil, however, can make your eyes look wider and your face look younger. Starting at the bottom of your brow use a pencil to fill the brow in from the bottom up. You want to start off a little darker and lighten the color as you move towards the top to create a more natural look.

 

  • Lids-

To help emphasize your eyes with eye shadow you want to use three colors. Start with a natural color that is close to your skin tone and apply it over the lid. Apply a darker color to the crease of the lid and finish with a highlighter color applied to the inner corners of the eye and along the brow bone. You want to ensure everything is well blended to maintain a natural look.

 

Don’t shy away from eyeliner either. Eyeliner will help frame the eyes and this can make them appear brighter. To apply the eyeliner you want to use a skinny makeup brush.

 

  • Lashes-

Apply mascara first then the root of the lashes and then work your way out. Do this to both the top and bottom lashes and apply a second coat if necessary.

 

  1. Contouring.
  • Highlight-

Highlighter should be applied first before blush or bronze. This is the same highlighter you used with your eyes but along with applying it to the brow line and inner corner of the eyes you also want to apply it to the top of the cheekbones and center of the nose.

 

 

 

 

  • Bronze-

Lightly apply the bronzer to the jaw line, sides of the nose, under the cheekbones and to the temple area.

 

  • Blush-

Keep your blush a natural color and apply it to the checks. Make sure you blend it well with the highlighter and bronzer.

 

  1. Lips.

To finish off you natural look you want to stick with a lipstick. There are so many nude colors to choose from so be sure to find one that keeps your makeupwell balanced.

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