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This sweet extended family was such a joy to photograph on this beautiful autumn day. With these many people and little ones, to boot, the session could not have gone better. Total pros, this lot.

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Thanks gang for an awesome time!

To book your family session this fall reach out in the contact section of this website! The leaves are starting to turn!

Nick| Class of 2017

Finding time to blog my work is often a hard thing to come by but I did not want to miss highlighting this recent graduate from the class of 2017. Nick was valedictorian of his class, the lead in the school play and Prom King! He is quite the accomplished young man! Most importantly, he has a kind heart which will serve him well in the future that lays ahead. 

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Thank you, Nick for a wonderful session. May God bless you in the years ahead.

To schdeule your senior session, reach out in the contact information and let's set up a time to talk!

Newnan Photographer|Gracyn|Personal Work

My daughter's recent winter formal was a great excuse to get her in front of the camera. We only had a few minutes because the weather was blustery and cold, so I had to shoot fast. It's always so rewarding to make the time to photograph my kids even in the briefest of circumstances. 

I love how these turned out with their unintended Shakespearian vibe. 

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Of course I ordered prints of these immediately! I can't wait to display them. 

Jackson|Class of 2017

One of my favorite aspects of photographing individuals is the opportunity to capture layers of personality. Working with seniors allows me to do just that. I purpose to capture not only portraits for posterity but also to allow people to relax and be natural in front of the lens showing their souls more than just their smiles. 

This session was super fun because not only was I able to work with a senior, but a senior guy, a photographic first for me. 

Jackson was amazing in front of the camera! It is so hard to choose which images to share because I really loved them all.

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Thank you, Jackson, for a great session! 

 

 

 

M Family|Bangkok, Thailand

This past October I traveled back to Thailand for a Mission's Trip to Bangkok, my old home. Upon arrival, I had an inquiry for a family session waiting for me as I waited for my baggage in the airport. The fun part of social media is that it allows you to "meet" and make friends with people from all over the world. I met Kathleen by way of her sister Courtney, a photographer friend that I only "knew" via professional development on the web.  Kathleen and her family are living in Bangkok, Thailand serving our country's interests abroad. They are in the process of adopting and needed a few family photos for their applications. I was able to squeeze in a quick session with them before boarding the plane to return to the States. I so enjoyed this brief time with them capturing the energy of this family full of boys!

A few from our time together...

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Thank you, M Family for allowing me to help capture your memories as you grow your family!

 

Virginia and Penelope

Last October, this gorgeous red-haired mother allowed me to photograph a mother-daughter mini session for her. I always endeavor to capture connections in my portraiture work with families because I believe that in the years to come what we most want to remember is our connections.  I love the sweet photos we captured on that lovely golden afternoon. A few of my favorites...

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Mamas, it is important for these years of motherhood to be captured, so make sure to get in the frame with your babies. Contact me and let's start planning a session for you!

Caroline| Old Miss Freshman | Peachtree City Photographer

Over the summer Caroline and her mom contacted me about getting some updated portraits for Caroline's upcoming start at Old Miss and sorority rush season. I love working with individuals, so I was so excited about getting some time with Caroline.

Many freshman are beginning their college journeys this month, so this feels like a great time to highlight this gorgeous Old Miss Freshman!

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I hope you have an awesome year, Caroline! Can't wait to hear how it's going!

Seniors, it's a great time to book your senior portraits as we head into the fall season! Reach out soon and reserve your space on my calendar. Collegiates, let's update your photos, too! 

Drop a line at kimcunninghamphotography@gmail.com!

Lake Redwine Family Photographer |The D Family

This past spring I had the joy of photographing the D Family.  Not only are they fun, but they really love each other, and that makes for a wonderful session capturing their relationships.

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This image was a favorite of all and is now displayed in a gorgeous 20x30 canvas in their home! I just adore the way it captures their connections.

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These are just a few of my favorites from my time with this adorable family. 

Reach out in the contact form in the navigation tab to schedule your family session! I'd love to have your family in front of my lens!

Kylee Class of 2016| Fayetteville Senior Photographer|Starr's Mill High School

Graduation has come and gone, but I did not want to miss the opportunity to highlight recent Starr's Mill Class of 2016 graduate, Kylee.

Working with Kylee was so enjoyable. I just love her gorgeous curls and beautiful, soulful eyes. I always enjoy the times when I am able to work one on one with a client to bring out those qualities that are uniquely them. The senior year is such a wonderful time to highlight who you are as you embark on becoming.

A few favorites from my session with Kylee:

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Rising Class of 2017 Seniors, summer is a great time to get on the calendar to have your senior photo session! I'm booking seniors from June-September. Reach out and schedule a consultation with me to find out all the details about a session with me. You can reach out by calling 770-856-4322, dropping an email at kimcunninghamphotography@gmail.com, or by using the contact tab above. 

D Family Sneak Peek| Newnan-Lake Redwine Family Photographer

I recently had the pleasure of photographing this adorably funny family.  Truly, they had the best personalities ever and made photographing them a joy! I'll be sharing more of their session in the coming weeks, but I just have to leave a sneak peek on the blog today.

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Sneak Peek for the gorgeous Kylee. More of her Senior Session will be coming soon!

I just love both of these and can't decide which I love more!

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Can't wait to share more from this collection soon!

Drop me a line if you are ready to get in front of my lens! Reach out under the contact form!

Beauty Counter Vibrant Eye Perfector | A Mama's Solution!

Mamas, I have been searching for the perfect eye cream over the years. I seem to wear my motherhood around my eyes.  The fine lines and circles give me away.  While I am not looking to be anything other than myself, I do want to look refreshed. And in my photographer's role, I hear the same from the mamas that are my clients. You don't want to look different, but you do want to look fresh and be the best version of yourself!

A few months ago, a mama friend of mine asked me if I had ever tried Beauty Counter's products. I hadn't, but was intrigued to learn more because I really trust this friend. My friend mentioned that Beauty Counter's products were completely clean and safe to use. That's pretty important to me. I do not want to use products that are laden with scary chemicals that potentially disrupt my hormones and cause health issues. Nor do I want that for my teen daughter!

Last month, I saw an ad in my daughter's school play playbill for Beauty Counter! I took that as the prompt I needed to check out the range of products. I mean, two mentions of this company just weeks apart meant that I should go check it out.  I found Meredith Chandler, That Beauty Counter Girl! She is so adorable.

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I spoke with Meredith and told her a little about the kind of product that I was looking for, and we decided on the Vibrant Eye Perfector.  This eye cream really hydrates the delicate under eye area while minimizing the appearance of lines.  The marine extracts target the dark circles that are so tell-tale of motherhood. The flower extracts promote firmer-looking skin. Those are all things that I want in an eye cream and I want it to be safe!

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The first thing I noticed after starting my morning and evening regiment was how supple the skin became under my eyes. Keeping that area well hydrated keeps me looking refreshed! I love that this rich cream keeps me moisturized without looking greasy. The fragrance is light and clean. My skin does appear firmer and my circles are minimized. I call this a win!

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I'm loving this little thing that I do to take care of myself in just a few seconds a day, because let's face it, as mamas, that's all we have! The fact that all Beauty Counter's products are clean and safe, makes me feel even better. I will definitely try more of Beauty Counter's range of products.

Meredith has a website and YouTube Channel with awesome makeup tutorials and tips.  You should pop over check out what she is sharing. You can get started with this pretty and fresh look for spring.

I told you she is adorable! Meredith has new videos coming weekly, so be sure to subscribe to her channel! Be sure to also visit her website to see the awesome range of Beauty Counter products for the whole family and ask Meredith how she can help you find the right products for you! Tell her Kim sent you!

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Newnan Family Photographer | Warm Up With Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Because you're here, I know that you're a busy mom, and that you are into providing fresh homemade meals for your family, and that you kind of can't handle not having a few go to meal ideas at your finger tips.  I am just like you. 

I am a busy mom of three, who just so happens to homeschool, and runs a business at the same time.  I know that you are just as busy, maybe not with the exact same things, but probably live in your car playing taxi all week long. I also know that, like me, you want to put healthy and nutritious meals on your table even in the midst of busy.

One of my go to winter meals is homemade chicken noodle soup. My kids seriously love bowl after bowl of this tummy warming soup and I feel like a total rockstar when I serve it. 

And it is supposed to be bone chilling cold this weekend in Atlanta, so this comforting soup will chase the chill away.

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Now, I love to keep bone broth in the freezer to make this meal not only easy, but to also keep the benefits of a good quality stock. It is so easy to prepare bone broth on a day when you can just let it simmer for several hours. But, I do use good quality store bought broth when my freezer is empty. 

To make bone broth, I simply throw leftover chicken carcasses from our roast chicken nights (that I freeze until I have a couple) in a big stock pot with a small bag of washed carrots, several ribs of celery, two peeled onions, cut in half, and a couple garlic cloves. Cover everything with water and set on the stove. I let that simmer for 4-5 hours, and then strain everything out. Once it cools, I freeze it in big containers. 

But again, you could use some good quality prepared organic chicken broth from the grocery store to speed up the process if you don't have homemade. 

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup: 
1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
1 carrot cut into thin crescent slices
2-3 celery ribs diced
64 oz. homemade chicken stock or store bought broth
2 cups cooked chicken chopped, I often use a rotisserie chicken from my local grocery
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 bag of egg noodles cooked separately and according to package directions. I love the Klushki noodles from Fresh Market in Peachtree City! They are so delicious and you can find those in the pasta section on the top shelf. 

Heat the olive oil in a dutch oven or stock pan. Add the carrots and celery and sauté for about 8 minutes to sweat out the flavors.

Add the chicken stock and seasonings. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 20 minutes.

Add the cooked chicken and let simmer until heated through.

Finally, add the cooked noodles and stir.

Ladle to soup into bowls and serve with your favorite buttered bread. The Rosemary Rolls from Fresh Market top the list of favorites in our house. 

Hope you all like this soup as much as we do.  It makes a great meal to give to our under the weather friends, too. 

Be sure to share this recipe and Pin for keeps! Let me know if you make it and love it. 


Newnan Child Photographer | How I keep kids happy on a photo session

I love photographing kids! I just adore capturing the childhood stages because I know that they are fleeting. Mamas, one minute we are marveling over tiny fingers and toes and then the next minute your firstborn is taller than you are! That's a true story in my house. It just goes so fast! That's why it is important to get our kids in front of the camera. Photographs, I believe, are the number one thing we can prioritize to hold on to childhood and making time for them is something you'll never regret.

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When prospective clients reach out to me about a session, their number one concern is often how their children will behave on a session.  Let's face it, most kids don't like to dress up or hold still for photos. 

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But, take it from this Mama! I have seen just about everything! Don't worry. It never surprises me when kids show up to a session with a bit of reluctance. I can always spot worry in the faces of Mom and Dad when the kids initially decide that they really do not want to be on a photo session. That's when I step in and let the parent's off the hook of being the enforcer. I do not expect kids to be perfectly ready to be photographed as soon as I pull my camera out.  Mom and Dad, I'm going to encourage you to relax and then, I am going to get to know your kids.  I'm going to look for what makes your child unique by paying attention to their cues.  I'm going to see those moments as part of the process and part of what I am going to capture, because it is real. And real is good.

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I am going to encourage your kids move and play. That always helps them relax and trust me.  I always have a bag of tricks to utilize, if I need them. I am going to get down on their level and make them laugh with my silly faces and jokes.  I'm going to involve you, Mom and Dad! There will be tickles, hugs and kisses! What I purpose to capture is your connections rather than your forced smiles.  Before you know it, your kids will realize that they are having a pretty good time. I still have kids who come up to me to let me know they remember our session. It makes me smile to know that our time is etched in their memory as a fun time! 

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We will get those shots that will lovingly live on your walls for years to come and you'll remember what it felt like when they were young, not just what that stage looked like. And when the time comes to pass the portraits on to your kids they will look upon those photographs at how you used to be. And that is pretty important, too.  

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So, let's get together and start planning those portraits for this year! There is no time like the present to capture your loved ones. Reach out to me in the comment section of the header or call me at 770-856-4322 to schedule your consultation.

Newnan, Georgia Family and Child Photographer | Spring Portrait Booking

It's time to start thinking about spring portraits sessions. I know, I can hardly believe that we are just a few days away from February and that Easter is March 27th this year! Spring is sneaking up on us quickly! With all this warm weather, we are bound to have an early blooming season. 

I am now booking spring sessions so that we can get your littles in front of the camera as soon as the sap starts rising. I'll begin taking spring portraits March 18th-April 30th. After that, you know Georgia flips to summer, so don't miss the soft greens, daffodils, and cherry blossoms that last just a few minutes, it seems. 

Spring portraits for children in Newnan, Fayetteville, Sharpsburg, and Tyrone.

For more information on sessions with me, my home page offers a Client Guide that you can download. It covers everything you need to know, at a glance!  Additionally,  I would love to set up a time to consult with you on a spring session. You'll receive a welcome packet with additional information, and I'll walk you through my process and all of your questions! All sessions are booked with a $150 retainer fee which covers my time from consult to the night you see your images for the very first time. Prints, products, and files are sold separately. 

Let's chat! 

Chattahoochee Hills Family Photographer | How to capture your kids on an outing

It's not often that I get to photograph my family on an outing.  I usually opt to bring along my trusty iPhone to Instagram bits and bobs of our day. However, the day we went to Serenbe, in Chattahoochee Hills, was a gorgeous winter's day so I decided to bring the big guns! But, any camera is great to have when you are out and about. The best camera is the one you have on you!

 Serenbe is so unique.  It's a combination of farm, residential living, and haven for creatives. You can even grab lunch while you are there!  Now FYI, Serenbe does not allow professional photography sessions without a permit, but personal photographs of your visit are welcome! I came as a mom this day and just documented our fun as a family.  I'm so glad I did! We had a blast!

Family outings are definitely something we moms want to capture for posterity.  Today, I'm going to share a few of my tips for documenting your family moments because I know you want memorable images of these happy golden years with your kids!

1. Catch the action! Nothing tells how it feels to be somewhere than action in your photographs.

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2. Photograph the details that make a location special. The animals at Serenbe are part of the charm, so I wanted to include them.

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3. Capture what it feels like to be there.  Ok, this is a big one! So many times, as parents documenting our fun, we ask our kids to stop the fun and smile for the camera. And we give that dreaded request, "say cheese!"  The smiles are cute, but there is no sense of the experience in those photographs. Don't ask your kids to pose all the time, just capture them as they are. This makes for a more memorable photograph of your day. 

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4. Utilize the landscapes and structures around you. Many people, when they see something neat-o, just take a picture of that neat-o thing.  But, I think you should put your family into the neat-o thing for a more memorable image. Years from now, you may not remember why you thought something was neat-o, but you will love that you have the image of your family!

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5. Now, grab a few smiles! Smiles and poses are fine and dandy as a part of your day and help tell the story. They just aren't the whole story! So, use these request to smile and make eye contact for when it counts. 

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Bonus tip: Forget perfection! Be present in your day and just look for the opportunity to apply some of these tips when you do bring out the camera. Don't worry about smudges on faces, messy hair, and mud on the pants. This is real and real is okay!

So, that's 5 tips and a bonus for capturing memorable photos of your family on an outing! I have more tips to share in my free download on how to take better photos of your kids! 

Head over to the link and get your download

 

Peachtree City Family Photographer | The C Family

I had the pleasure of photographing the C Family for their Christmas card photos back in early November and is my custom, I hold off on sharing Christmas card sessions until cards go out to prevent spoilers. Since there is just one week to go until Christmas, I think we are safe!

I had so much fun photographing this cutie patootie family with their perfect outfit coordination! They did a wonderful job bringing together a cohesive look!  

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Thanks C Family for a fun light-filled mini-session!  Their friends can catch their favorites on their Christmas cards! 

Let's capture your crew in 2016! I'm now booking for winter and spring sessions.  January is a great time to bundle up the kids in their fresh winter wear for an outdoor session capturing the nostalgia of childhood outdoors. Let's capture those toboggans, mittens, and boots! 

Head over to the pricing page to download your copy of my 2016 Client Guide!

Peachtree City Area Family Photographer | The B Family

What a joy and privileged it was to work with this precious family.  It's been wonderful watching this family come together over time. This dear sweet Mama and her girls have brought so much joy to our community. It was a honor to serve them capturing their history in the making.

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Thanks Girls for letting me stop by to capture your "right now". I loved every minute. 

Want to have me capture your "right now"? Let's work on that! Head up to the contact tab and reach out!

Newnan Family Photographer |Coming to you in 2016!

I can't believe 2015 is almost over! As we are taking time to enjoy our time with family during the holidays I want to share with you what is coming to Kim Cunningham Photography in the new year.

Each year that I have been in business I have taken some time to think about you and how I can best serve you, my dear clients.  At the end of each session with you, I want you to walk away feeling that you have been well cared for during the entire process. After some time dreaming and thinking, I have discovered that a change is needed. 

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In 2016, I am retiring online digital galleries. While they seem easy and convenient, they are actually a sort of a stopover in limbo land because you still don't have anything tangible to show for our session, yet. Sure, you can show your images on Facebook, but your images should be displayed in your home to be enjoyed.  I purpose to walk with you every step of the way towards getting your art on your walls.  Because getting your art on the walls is the goal of each and every session with me. This has become my core belief as a photographer

Through the years, I have discovered that there is a better way than just providing digital files to my clients.  I have heard from my past clients how "they haven't had the time to print their images yet" and that they "hoped to get to that soon".  It broke my heart a little knowing that these mamas worked so hard to dress their families, show up for a session, and now their images are still sitting on USBs or hardrives not being enjoyed. These precious mamas are just one short hardrive crash away from losing all those potential photographs. And I mean "potential" photographs because to me, unless they are printed, your images are incomplete. You have stored digital information, not portraits. Prints matter

And, I have a little confession to make. Even I struggle to get my prints off my hardrive and on to my walls. I need someone to take care of my personal printing for me! 

With constantly changing technologies, our digital images are a breath away from being obsolete. I love this article on digital decay. It makes me nervous to think that this is the legacy of convenience.

In 2016, I am committed to helping you dear Mamas get not only gorgeous portraits of your families, but also delivering finished products to you! You will not have to worry about finding the time to print your sessions. You will not have to worry about where to print and if the third party consumer labs will deliver high quality prints to you. You images will not languish on USBs or hardrives waiting to be finished. I will take care of that for you. Your custom artwork will be delivered ready to hang and enjoy!

To make this possible for you, I have studied the craft of print and canvas preparation over the last two years. There is an art and science to a well crafted piece of artwork that just can't be paralleled with handing over a generally prepared digital file. I am always committed to continued education to bring you the very best. 

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Our session process begins with an in-person consultation before our session to go over all the details.  I would love to get to know you before trying to capture you. After our session, we will meet to view the presentation of your gallery. This will be the time where you will see your images for the very first time! Then, I will be there to advise you as you make decisions. I will consult with you to help you decide what to print and even where your products would look best on your walls. We will mock up a design and show you exactly what your arrangements will look like hanging in your home. Sweet, huh? 

And finally, I will hand deliver your prints and finished artwork to your home ready to hang. I'm taking all the guesswork out for you because we Mamas have enough going on to keep us busy. 

For every print you buy, I will still provide you with a complimentary web-ready and watermarked copy of your image because I understand how important online sharing is today. And for you die-hard digital file lovers, I will still offer those for sale, but I am going to encourage you to think long-sighted towards the future to the time when your kids are not fighting over who gets the plastic USB drive, but who gets the large canvases and prints that hung lovingly in your home for years. Family memories are the best legacies we can leave behind. Don't you agree?

I would love to serve you in 2016! I am currently booking for Winter and Spring. Let's get you on the calendar and start capturing your legacy!