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Has this ever happened to you? You are all ready for your photo shoot. You have on your perfect outfits, perfect weather, you're having an amazing hair day and then boom, your child throws a huge fit as soon as the session starts. You are not alone friend, this happens so much more than you think. I know parents always think I am just saying that to make them feel better but it's true. Kids have bad days just like we do and sometimes it hits them right as I whip my camera out. Here are some tips to make your photo shoot the best one ever!

1. Timing- Do not, I repeat do not schedule your session during nap time! Most toddlers/kids do better bright and early! Don't be afraid to request an early shoot, light can be gorgeous early in the morning.

2. Clothing- I know we see all those trendy modern photos on Pinterest and want your family to look just like that. But in reality, your 2-year-old isn't going to want to wear lots of stuffy clothes that don't move well. Pick out something that's low maintenance so we don't have to keep fussing with the outfit every 5 seconds. 

3. Food- Make sure that belly is full before you head over. A hungry kid is a cranky kid. Bring some familiar snacks and a water cup to the shoot as well.

4. Fun- Let me have some fun with your kiddo. Don't be afraid to play ring around the rosy with your toddler or tickle monster. The beauty of having portraits done is to remember the love and relationship you have with your family.

5. Early- Arrive early if you can. That way your child will have time to explore so everything isn't so new when we get started. 

Take a deep breath and don't worry about your child behaving badly.  He or she will probably surprise you with just how adorable they look in pictures!

 - Holly

As a designer and photographer, I think the most misunderstood element of working with clients are file types. There are so many file types out there and so many export options, it is easy to get them all confused. Here is a quick little infographic to give you a basic idea of what the different file types are and how they can properly be used! - Kristi

With the new year always comes New Year's resolutions. Some we keep and some last only a few weeks. This year I was determined to become a better person and more importantly a better me. Reading more books is generally right up there with getting organized and exercising more. With that being said, the one thing I wanted to start doing this year was read more. I think books give us an opportunity to not just grow in ourselves… but grow in our relationships with others as well. I loved reading growing up and with the hustle and bustle of work and raising a baby I just got out of the habit and I was determined to start in 2017. Since Jan 1st I have read 6 amazing books. Every time I open my next reading adventure, I open the door to an entirely unique experience. Here is a list of the books I have read so far:

1. Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist

2. The Broken Way: A Daring Path Into the Abundant Life by Ann Voskamp...(cont.)


Are you a morning or night person? More of a mid-afternoon person!

Are you a collector of anything? Chucks

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why? A pug because they are THE cutest animal on the planet... (cont.)



We are really excited to launch the VSI Newsletter and get a little more personal with our clients! Over the past few months, we have been revisiting all of the things we have on our wish list, one of them being this newsletter. We hope that you enjoy it as much as we did creating it!


Over the past month, I have been working on putting together branding collections to offer to small businesses. I am excited to collaborate with small business owners with big hearts to create beautifully designed visual identities and print pieces to help them elevate their marketing. Visual branding is what brings a brand to life... (cont.)


Are you a morning or night person? Night! But really anytime I am overly caffeinated.

Are you a collector of anything? My hubby and I collect shot glasses from every place we visit.

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why? A unicorn because the unicorn is thought to hold the power to divine truth and will pierce the heart of a liar with its horn. Who wouldn’t want to do that?

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? Anywhere with crystal clear blue water and sunshine

What’s your favorite song of the moment? Be Somebody by Thousand Foot Krutch

Have any hidden talents? I can whistle like a Disney songbird... (cont.)


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