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Category Archives: Hiring the right photographer

Senior Portrait Session

Senior Sunday / Michelle’s Portrait Session

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Michelle is smart and so level headed, I had to re-think my whole life after I was done shooting her session. I love being inspired while doing a portrait session, everyones creativity rubbing off on each other. Its like a breath of fresh air. I didn’t know I wanted to be a photographer till my early 20’s & I love meeting young people who are focused on making the best out of the life they were given. And that smile is contagious.


xx -Lana

Family Engagement Couples Session

Ellery & Walter / A lifestyle couple portrait session

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Ellery & Walter are a powerhouse couple. Both full of conviction and passion and they are madly in love. I wanted to create a minimalistic look with these too because they stand out on there own. I choose a concrete setting with lines and minimal colors. I said to them, “be in love” & it came so easily and was so natural for them. This was definitely one of my favorite couple portrait sessions. xo -Lana

Ashley and Kevin
Lifestyle couple session

Ashley & Kevin

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Ashley is a close friend of mine which made this lifestyle portrait session ea-ZY. When you already feel comfortable with the client you can see it in the photos the moment you start shooting. I love lifestyle because it allows the couple to be themselves. They mostly talked and drank coffee and I shot while also drinking coffee. (cuz, duh) They met while working together and it took a good long while for them to actually start dating but the process of watching Ashley giggle like a school girl was worth the wait. xo -Lana

Engagement Shoot – Why hire a professional photographer?

Why Should You Book an Engagement Photography Session with Lana?


An Engagement shoot is great for two reasons:

1. Memories
You and your fiance have had a one of a kind love story and an engagement shoot is the perfect way to capture that. An Engagement shoot allows you to be your everyday self with your soon to be husband or wife in front 2of the camera. I love when my clients pick a location that has sentimental value to them. The restaurant where he proposed, the steps where you had your first kiss or that awkward first date that turned into a life long commitment. Its great when you can look back and reminisce about the first butterflies with your loved one.
2. Trial Run
No matter who is shooting your wedding, you need to get comfortable with your finance. Some couples are camera shy or freeze up when they feel the camera facing them. An Engagement shoot allows you to practice those things and work out an kinks. It also allows you to get comfortable with a third wheel. Your photographer will be with you every step of the way on your wedding day and being able to experience that at your engagement shoot will calm your nerves and keep you from jumping out of your skin every time you are having a romantic moment with your spouse and you see a lens out of the corner of your eye.

Session Details:
When you book an Engagement shoot with LanaK photography a few things will happen. One, I will either sit down or email with you about the location, theme (if any) and just emotion you are going for. We will talk about what represents you as a couple and if you want to incorporate that into your photoshoot or if you are just looking for romantic photos. We’ll go over candid shots and I will talk you through how I shoot and how I get couples to feel relaxed around me (there maybe a rubber chicken involved).
I shoot on location which means we will pick 1 spot or an area to shoot in. I welcome shooting in your home as well as some people feel most comfortable in their own spaces.
Your session will be an hour long, which is plenty of time to get comfortable and start taking photos. A lot of times the photos at the end of the hour are the most relaxed so I will never rush you until I feel I have enough really great photos to work with.
Two Weeks after your session you will receive a CD/Flash drive of your best edited photos which range from 40-60 photos.

Hopefully from there we will only build on our relationship. You can call on me for all of life’s momentous moments; Engagements, weddings, pregnancy, Newborn photos, Family photos and also any memory you want to capture like a trip to the beach or a surprise birthday party.


The splendor about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever and almost impossible to reproduce. Your infants delivery and growth is one of the most momentous and emotional lifetime experiences that should never go uncaptured. With this precious moment why wouldn’t you hire a professional new born photographer?

Naturally, most couples don’t even need to be asked if they should hire a photographer for their wedding. Logically, people will always want to remember each and every detail in their wedding day- the elegance of the décor, the rich sumptuous cuisines that were served and, of course, the first kiss as a married couple. In a recent survey, the average American spends between $2000 to $ 3000 on a wedding photography! Shocking figures right? Well, compared to the cost of new born photographer, there is a substantial difference!


Just like doctors can’t treat themselves when they are sick, even professional photographers hire photographers.  You wonder “Why should I? I own a good camera, why should I need a photographer for my new born?” Well, below are 5 reasons you should hire a professional photographer.

1.) You will be in the photos.

In most homes, there is usually that one designated photographer who takes almost all the snapshots. This means that he or she is conspicuously absent in most of the photos in the family album. In most cases, it’s usually the mother who plays this role. When the mother does appear in the photo, the images aren’t as enchanting because they have been taken by another family member who has either not practiced much photography or it’s the first time for them handling the camera.

2.) Stylish photographs

The advantage that comes with hiring a professional photographer is that the output is usually very captivating and stylish. Unlike the family snaps, professionals will always guide you during the session. This entails picking the ideal spot to complement your style and the best outfit to wear.

3.) Equipment quality

Although cameras come with different lenses and qualities, the ordinary consumer camera cannot match the one professional photographers use. Photographers have superior cutting edge cameras that most households don’t have.

4.) Equipment experience

One feature of most household photos is the blurry images or sometimes the dark images. Normally, when taking photos most people usually leave their cameras on auto mode and let their camera do all their work. This is one great feature, but things are bound to also go south if instructions are not followed well. That’s where the role of a professional photographer comes in. They know what filter to apply and what shutter speed and ISO to use to ensure the image is well exposed.

5.) Attention to detail

New born photographers are highly trained professionals that know how to handle the fragile bodies of babies without harming and endangering them. They know how create those adorable baby poses while keeping the baby comfortable. Furthermore, they will meticulously handle the baby’s subtle skin to ensure it glows naturally.

Achieving that perfect photo that you so desire can be a daunting task to the photographer. With this in mind, it is important to guide the photographer to achieve that specific shot. One way to ensure the photographer gets that specific shot is to properly invest in the shooting location. If the photo session is going to take place in the family living room, you can always make prior preparations by ensuring the furniture is in the right position, the attires have been selected and well ironed. Such little details weigh a lot in achieving that specific session you desire.

Similarly, you can always ask the photographer to come with a portfolio of his/her previous work. Doing so will make you have a much easier time selecting that specific session you want the photographer to achieve. In addition, you can always ask the photographer to take many photos during the session for you to choose the one that best suits you.

New born photographers are highly trained professionals that have studied the art and science of photography for quite a long time. We are well conversant with the numerous challenges that this photography comes with. Shooting in natural light is just one example among the many unique challenges that they usually encounter. For portraits most new born photographers prefer using natural light. Usually the choice of location is left to the parents. Most parents prefer tranquil scenic locations such as gardens, parks and even river banks!