What to wear for your Senior Portraits

  Senior Session  We are now in the middle of February, before you know it the Class of 2021 will be graduating.  So if you haven't scheduled your Senior Session now is the time.  I hope you schedule with me, but even if you don't here is some advice on what to wear... Choosing what you wear to your senior photoshoot is kind of a big deal. After all, anyone who cares about fashion will tell you that what you wear is an expression of who you are. It's obviously not the only thing that defines you, but the duds you don certainly make a first -- and lasting -- impression.   When selecting your session day outfits, think about what your style sense is and what you envision for the shoot. I highly recommend flipping through fashion magazines, perusing Pinterest, and checking out in-the-know blogs for inspiration. And don't forget: from head to toe, details matter! Thoughtfully select the perfect shoes, accessories, jewelry, and even layering details when putting toge

Why Family Portraits are important to take and display...

  Ok, so I know what you are thinking, you're a photographer, of course, you are going to tell me that taking family portraits are important.  Well, just hear me out. How many of you have lost someone and when looking for memories thought I wish we had more pictures?   Life is short!  We are not promised tomorrow.  When we lose someone pictures and memories are all we have left.  Those pictures not only provide comfort but, they also help us to heal and get through the hard times of grieving.  So, this not good enough for you? How about this... Kids grow and change so much from year to year and before you know it they will be grown and gone off to college.  Taking family portraits annually documents your family's growth and changes, and when you display them in your home, they can be conversation starters for future family members (boyfriends or girlfriends).  They provide family history and when your kids have kids, family portraits will help to tell your family story, your hi
Why Do Photographers Cost So Much? You decided it was past time for your family to have professional family portraits taken.  So, you get on social media, ask a few friends, and find a photographer.  You call said photographer to schedule an appointment and are blown away when they tell you that it is $300/hr photo session, with $50 non-refundable deposit due at time of booking.  You tell them you will call back and never do. So, why in the world does it cost so much?  A photographer is banking, $300/hr.  Wow!  I am going to show you how photographers do not make $300/hr.  We will break down the hidden time and expenses of a photographer.  Here we go:   A photographer makes $300/hr to just push a button. Wrong!   A photographers job does not start and stop at the push of that little button on the top of their camera. When you factor in the hidden time and monetary investment, most photographers earn a lot less.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, photograp

Hey Ya'll!

Welcome! Hey, ya'll!  Let me introduce myself, I am Rachel Anderson, owner, and operator of Southern Mom's Photography.  You have landed on my blog page!  Great!  Glad you are able to join me for this adventure.  We are going to be real here.  I feel that being real with people allows them to feel as if they know you and besides I am sure that sometimes we may share the same experiences. So, let me start by getting you up to date.  I have already introduced myself, I am 40 years old.  I have three children, Jacob, 26, (my stepson from my first marriage) Austin, 20, and Savana, 14.  All three have the same dad!  I am divorced, but I do have a boyfriend.  We have been together off and on for 10 years.  Jacob is married, so I also have a daughter-in-law and two grandkids that are grown.   I have been a nurse for 20 years and all though I do not currently work as a nurse, I do keep my license active.  I just recently finished school at SNHU (Southern New Hampshire Un