It is official! SWMO has the cutest kids! We may be biased, but it just doesn’t get much cuter! From princesses, to Star Wars characters and scary creatures, you all had some great costumes! Thank you all for sharing your photos with us–we loved seeing each and every one of them!
We have to take a minute to brag and give major kudos to business partner and friend, Jeremy Huse. Jeremy Huse Photography was one of the first businesses we called when we decided to launch Southwest Missouri Moms. We knew we needed photos and knew Jeremy was just the man for the job. Not only is Jeremy super fun to work with–he has great ideas and is always looking for the latest trends in photography.
Take a minute to get to know Jeremy. We think you’ll like what you read. We know we do!
Where are you from and how long have you lived in SWMO?
I was born and raised in Cassville. I was actually one of the last babies born at Cassville Hospital. Cassville is still home!
Usually up with my wife around 6:30 am to start the day. Mornings consist of placing orders from the previous day then check emails and social media. I usually try to teach and/or learn something new from the constantly changing photo industry. I have several resources that I use to become educated and grow as the industry changes. Early to mid afternoon I prep for shoots. Most, if not all, of our shooting is done in the mid-afternoon to evening. If I have no shoots planned, I spend my time with family.
How long have you been a photographer?
I am in my eighth year as a photographer. This is my second year as a full-time photographer.
How would you describe your style?
Very relaxed and laid back. We consider all clients family and want them to feel comfortable, no matter the situation. We use both natural light and ﬂash photography to ﬁt the needs of our clients depending on the situation.
There are many beautiful locations. I’m not sure I can name just one. I love to shoot at sunset. Each day provides something different at that time and that sets our photos apart from others.
The smile. Hands down. It’s the joy you can bring to someone in delivering a ﬁnished product–creating a family portrait that will last forever, or a high school senior celebrating graduation, to capturing a child as they grow. In the end, you have memories and the photographs to take you back to that time.
What is the most challenging part of being a photographer?
Keeping up with the industry. Fashion, trends and the ever-changing world around us. Technology also plays a huge role in this business and is always changing.
What is your current favorite photography trend?
Composites for sure. You can put anyone anywhere! I will photograph the subject and them place them in a background digitally. This makes virtually anything possible and I think it’s the future of photography.
That totally depends on the session. Sometimes with children we may shoot several and only have a handful to show. As a general rule for children and families, I shoot 75-100 and show 40-50. High school senior is usually double that.
What advice do you have for moms in regards to taking their own snap-shots?
Patience! Photographing your own child or children is tough! I try bribery, but it doesn’t always work. If I had one tip, it would be to bring someone along that they know, but not someone they see or spend time with on a daily basis.
What should parents consider when searching for a professional photographer?
Style and reputation. You mainly want to choose a photographer based on their style, ﬁrst and foremost. If you don’t like their style, you’re not going to like your photos. Then look for reviews and ask around. Don’t be afraid to call a photographer and ask for references. I have never had this happen but would be glad to give them!
Photo credit: Jeremy Huse Photography. Like what you see? Click here to see more.
Thanks SWMOmoms for sharing your fun snow day pictures with us! We LOVED seeing them. I know we sure had fun playing with our kiddos in the snow.
What does your family do on a snow day? Comment above with your favorite snow day activities. Also, if you have a great place to go sledding, do tell! 🙂
By Melanie Merkling, mama of 1 and professional photographer
One of the most important things to think about when shooting a picture is the “composition.” Proper composition will draw your eye directly to the subject of your picture, creating a bigger emotional impact, making the photo more interesting. There are a few basic composition principles that will add the “wow” factor to every photograph you take.
1. Less is more.
Remove as many unnecessary objects from your picture as possible. Lots of things in the background or around the subject will distract the viewer’s attention from the focus of the picture. This holds true with clothing, as well. When photographing children I always recommend avoiding clothing with pictures or wording on it because it detracts from the beauty and simplicity of childhood.
2. Create some contrast.
Most of us do this instinctively when decorating our home or putting together an outfit, but it often gets forgotten when taking a photograph. Creating a contrast between our subject and the background significantly affects how much our subject stands out in the picture. So if the subject of your photograph is light, try to get a darker background, and vice versa. This is a great way to add some personality to your shots. For example, I’m thinking of all those great rain boots in bright colors. If your child has a pair of these or some other brightly colored object that symbolizes this moment in their life, dress them in some white, khaki or similarly light-colored clothing and find a sidewalk, driveway or something else with little color and take some pictures of them in those adorable bright green frog rain boots or with their bright red tricycle. The child will be the star of the photo, and that special childhood memento will “pop,” giving you a fun creative picture.
3. Be off-centered.
One of the most important rules when composing a more interesting shot is called the “Rule of Thirds.” Instead of always placing the subject of your picture right in the center, imagine your photo being divided into a grid with three vertical lines and three horizontal lines. Try to place your subject at one of the four points where the lines cross. (Some cameras even have viewfinders with a grid overlay as an optional feature. See example photo of “rule of thirds” below.) Add this tip to the two previous principles, and you’re well on your way to some awesome photographs!
For more info on Melanie Merkling or to contact her directly, click here to visit her website: MELANIE’S WEBSITE
When the school year ends, you’ll probably have quite a bit of kids’ artwork piled up from the past 9 months. (I used to save my favorite pieces in a Rubbermaid box at the bottom of my pantry.) Those little masterpieces may be safe in there, but nobody is really enjoying them in that box. As the years go by, all those Rubbermaid storage boxes are going to take up valuable storage space. So what’s a mama to do?
I saw this solution idea years ago on Oprah when she was doing her “Clean Up Your Messy House” tour. Professional organizer Peter Walsh said a great way to preserve your kids’ artwork is to turn it into a photo book that can be easily stored on a bookshelf for years to come. (Click on his photo below to read more about it.)
We love this idea!
How to do it:
- Make a pile of the kids’ artwork you want to preserve.
- Lay each piece of artwork on a black piece of paper and take a digital photograph of it. Zoom in so you can capture the details in each drawing. (You could also use a scanner app, if you have one.)
- Once you have digital images of each piece, use your favorite online photo store (like Shutterfly or Snapfish) to create a custom photo book.
What I love about this idea is that you can add captions or other details about who created each piece. You can even customize the hard book cover by using a photo of kids’ artwork, and you can add the date on the spine of the book. If you use it as a coffee table book, it will certainly spark conversation between guests and your kids who will enjoy showing off their book of artsy accomplishments.
As an alternative, you could also use your favorite pieces of kids’ artwork to create custom calendars and then give them as presents for grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. Check out the example shown here from Snapfish.com.
To get started on your own book or calendar of kids’ artwork, check out these options for photo books of kids artwork on Shutterfly.com.