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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!

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. 

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!

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!

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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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 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!

Newnan, Georgia and Fayetteville, Georgia Family Photographer | Photography Gift Certificates

Looking for a perfect gift for that special someone? Wow them with a gift certificate for a portrait session in their stocking! This year I am offering gift certificates for that perfectly special gift! Don't just buy something that will get tossed in a drawer this year.  Give the gift of memories! Portraits are the perfect gift that will bring joy year after year as they beautifully hang on the walls of our homes reminding us of what is truly important.  As a mama, I can't think of anything better than seeing my kids captured professionally and their sweet faces adorning my walls. 

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$150 provides your recipient a one hour portrait session with me that they can use anytime in 2016! You can also add on print credits in any value that can be applied to collections, prints and products after the session! 

The gift of memories and heirlooms will be the gift that everyone will love this season.  Your gift certificate will come with a gorgeous Kraft presentation envelope to make this gift truly special to receive. 

Contact me today and purchase a gift certificate for your loved ones! Shopping for the perfect gift has never been easier! Contact me via the contact form in the navigation bar above or email me at kimcunninghamphotography_at_gmail.com.

*Minimum purchase of $150 covers a portrait session and does not include prints, products, or digital files.  You may add on credits for collections, prints, products, and digital files in any denomination. Gift certificates will be available all year for all occassions!

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Newnan Family Photographer | Transitioning to High School

It's been a little quiet around here lately because we are in a seasons of transitions. The main transition for us has been getting this girl into her high school routine. Yep, my firstborn is a high school Freshman!

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When did this happen? Seriously!

I decided to take a little time to focus on the big family moments that are happening in our lives, because Mamas, that's what being a Mama is all about. Time moves so quickly in these child-raising years. If we blink, we miss it.  I mean, I blinked and my firstborn grew 4 inches in 6 months! I'm not even kidding.  She is changing and I tell myself to grab my camera and capture her fast before she changes once again. 

I'll never regret taking a couple months to ensure that her high school road was well paved with a present mother helping her navigate the gap from being exclusively home-schooled to schooling outside of our home.  It's been an amazing start!

Additionally, this time off has given me time to think about my business and what I most want to accomplish with it.  I keep coming back time and time again to creating heirlooms for you! You know why? Your babies are growing at warp speed just like mine. You blink and they are grown. While we can't ever slow the process down, we can freeze the moments through photography.  This image, though a casual home grown one, will be precious to me when she is a mama with littles of her own. That's what I most want to give you...precious frozen time.

But, I don't want to just give you digital files that sit on your hard drives waiting for the free time to print them that rarely comes. I'm a photographer and I don't always get around to printing my images!  You and I both know that we are investing our free moments caring for our families. Isn't that what we do, as Mamas? Over the last two years I have studied the art of preparing and printing wall art, just for you. Portraits are your legacy, not just some garbled information on your computer that will be useless as soon as technology changes, or heaven forbid you accidentally delete it! Anyone remember floppy disks or VHS?  Prints are forever! There is something so very different about holding a gorgeous custom print in your hand that viewing on a device cannot deliver.  

In 2016, I'm shaking things up a bit by personalizing your experience even more.  I will be sharing this with you as 2016 approaches. My 2016 Client Guide will be ready to send out in November for the upcoming year.  Take a moment to add your name to my newsletter list to be one of the first to hear about the changes coming your way.  

I tell you, I'm really excited about what's to come.  Think personal and professional service with products you will treasure hanging on your walls.  Of course, those digi-files will still be around for those needs, but in 2016 we are going to print and we are going large!

Fayetteville Georgia Family Photographer | The J Family

I love having clients that come back over the years for portraits.  What a joy it is to watch families change and grow with time! The privileged of having the J family in front of my lens once again was all mine because I just love chronicling what will be history.  This time there was a new addition who is just so stinking cute! It's hard not to love each of these beautiful kids and their personalities! Their parents are pretty great, too.

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Thanks guys for letting me capture your beautiful family and memories once again! I just love your joyful gallery!

Want to get in front of my lens in 2015? I'm taking a very limited amount of sessions for the rest of 2015, so reach out and let's make it happen!  Simply submit an inquiry via the contact tab on the blog and let's start planning!

Newnan Teen Photographer |Film

This year found me exploring the world of film photography.  Of course, film is not new to me because I was born in the 1970's after all.  However, shooting film with photography knowledge is a whole other ballgame.  A new challenge is always invigorating, so I dove in! These are a few shares of a recent session with my daughter this spring.  I'm thinking of adding film sessions to my line up in 2016!

There is just something about the whole old school process that I love! Let's see if 2016 has you in front of an old school camera and a couple rolls of film!

Newnan Children's Photographer|Newsies Inspired Session|Personal Work|

I've mentioned before how important personal work is to me.  I love being able to freely play with a vision rolling around in my mind.  My son, Aidan, was my muse for this Newsies inspired session that I have wanted to shoot.  Aidan and Elijah are neighborhood pals, so I brought Elijah along with us.  Now Elijah's mom, Sasha Holloway, is a fantastic photographer in her own right.  These boys are both photographer's kids and very use to the camera, which made this session so very fun. 

Interested in a session for your kids? Reach out and learn more about sessions with me, via the contact tab in the header! 

Newnan Child Photographer | Personal Work

One thing I love about being a photographer is working with my own children.  Not only do I want to preserve my own memories, but I love just shooting personal work from time to time. Personal work helps me grow as a photographer and helps me find my specific vision.  And perhaps it also allows me to just play and enjoy the process of being behind the camera.  

Yes, my kids do groan when I ask them for photographs, but I know they also enjoy being one on one with me.  

This is my middle child.  He let me style him with a 1950's inspired look and I just love this image. This will be on my wall.

I'd love to get your little ones behind the lens! Drop me a line. 

Newnan Child and Family Photographer | Session Inquiries and Bookings

Spring is officially here and the photography busy season is beginning.  Spring through fall are chief times for outdoor sessions as the weather brings out nature's splendor.  Now is a great time to get on the calendar for 2015!

Inquiring about a session is an easy no obligation process! If you are interested in learning what Kim Cunningham Photography offers, simply fill out a request via the contact form at the top of the navigation bar.  I will send you my newly designed digital Client Guide to walk you through the process.

This guide covers booking, session styles, pricing, prints, canvases and more! I will personally follow up with you via email after receiving this guide to see if you would like to set up a no obligation phone consultation to answer any additional questions you may have.

Inquire today for your flip through my Client Guide. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

Coweta County Child Photographer | Mom and Me Photography Sessions

Celebrate the special "mom" in your life this year with a Mom and Me portrait session. 

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I will be offering Mom and Me Mini Sessions on April 18 and April 25.  Mothers and children of all ages are welcome to participate in this special event celebrating motherhood. 

Investment: $175 for a 20 minute portrait session with 5 digital images to choose in your personal online portrait gallery. Professional prints and products will be available at a la carte prices and made available for order through your online gallery. 

This special rate offer will not be seen again in 2015, so secure your space for this special event!  Please use the contact form in the navigation bar for all inquires or call during office hours 2:00-6:00 PM Monday-Friday. Spaces will be limited to 6-8 sessions. 

Newnan Child Photographer |Styled Portraiture

Over Christmas I saw her in a new light as she took the stage to perform for our church Christmas Music Festival.  There was something about her face that caught my eye and a vision was born. Sometimes I just have to photograph someone because their face paints an image that I can't shake.  Photographers love to create and shoot for themselves every so often to exercise personal creativity. It has to come from within the photographer and be her vision.   Her face sparked all of that for me. I approached her mother about the idea and she was fully on board. Mom got involved by sewing this sweet outfit that we used for the session.

 I was inspired by In To The Woods, Little Red Riding Hood, The Sound of Music, and many other stories. Let me just tell you, this beautiful child is a wonderful model. She blew me away. She has the most soulful eyes I have ever photographed.  We incorporated her violin as this beauty is a budding violinist. She played a little serenade for me in the woods.

I just adore this session and it filled my creative tank in so many ways. I have so many ideas floating around my head and when the perfect face appears, we make it happen! Styled Sessions are a unique way to capture the soulfulness in your child. I will be adding Styled Sessions this year that are customized to the unique personality and interests of your child. I will work with you to develop your unique concept shoot.  To inquire about a Style Session please use the contact form in the navigation bar. I'm looking forward to bringing fairy tales to life!