Family Photography

ANNOUNCING 2018 FALL CHRISTMAS TREE FARM MINI SESSIONS | MADISON HUNTSVILLE ALABAMA FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

Fall is almost here and I'm so excited to announce the date for my 2018 Christmas Tree Farm Mini Sessions! 

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Christmas tree farm family mini sessions will be held on Sunday, November 11th from 1:30 p.m. until sunset at Trim-a-Tree Farm in Athens, AL. Last time I checked, 5 of the 12 available spots remained!

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These sessions are perfect for couples and families looking for a few updated photos for a Christmas card. They are 15 minutes long and the $175 session fee includes your 5 favorite images for download with a personal print release.

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You can view some of my favorite photos from years past HERE and book your 2018 Christmas Tree Farm mini session by clicking the button below! 

10 on 10 | August 2018

if you're going by school year, summer is over. landan started back this week and now he's officially a junior. wah. where does the time go? however, i'm not calling it the end of summer until after labor day. we're visiting my sister in the outer banks, nc that weekend so we've got one more beach weekend in store before it's all said and done!

one thing i managed to do a decent job of was continue my eighteen summers project that i started two years ago. the thing i love about film is how in a busy season of life, it helps me to slow down and be more intentional about choosing moments to document while at the same time embracing the imperfection of it all.

this post is in collaboration with super skilled photographers all over the world, so please click through the circle, starting with Carla, all the way from Brazil!

without further ado, bits and pieces of our summer so far on film...

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Christmas Tree Farm Mini Sessions | Trim-A-Tree Farm Athens, AL | Madison AL

Due to popular demand, and because I love seeing your families so much, I've decided to open up a second afternoon of Christmas tree farm mini sessions! These fun sessions are held in Athens, AL at Trim-A-Tree Farms, just a 10-20 minute drive from Madison and Huntsville. These sessions include incredible cookies (from Mel's Sweet Treats!) and hot chocolate!! Head to the shop to read all the details and purchase your session! 

And, just for fun...here are a few photos from last year's sessions!

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Announcing Fall & Christmas Tree Farm Mini Sessions! | Madison Huntsville Alabama Family Photographer

NOTE: If Google brought you here and you are looking for info on 2018 Fall/Christmas Mini Sessions, click the button below:


Now Booking Fall & Christmas Mini Sessions!

To me, fall kicks off in August, when the kids head back to school and football season begins. So, with that, I thought I'd announce my 2017 mini sessions dates!

Cotton Field & Fall Foliage Mini Sessions

COTTON FIELD sessions will likely be held on a Monday or Tuesday evening before sunset in September in Priceville. I'll know the exact date once the cotton blooms. Send me an email if you're interested in a cotton field mini session and you'll be the first to know all the details. There are 4 spots available.

FALL FOLIAGE sessions will be held from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. on October 28 in Madison, AL. There are 6 spots available. 

Christmas Tree Farm Mini Sessions

TREE FARM sessions will be held on Sunday, October 15 from 3 p.m. until sunset at Trim-a-Tree Farm in Athens, AL. There are 9 spots available.

How to book your mini session:

Visit the shop on my website at www.marycolleenphoto.com/shop. Add the mini session of your choice to your cart and complete check-out. From there, I'll be notified of your purchase and will contact you regarding the details of your session. Payment is due in full at booking for fall mini sessions. A deposit of $75 is required to book Christmas Tree Farm mini sessions.

All mini sessions are first come-first served and sell out fast, so don't wait! 

As always, full collections are available year round for maternity, newborn, family and senior sessions. I hope to see you soon!

At Home with the Dial Family | Madison, AL Family Film Photographer

Last month, I was fortunate enough to take a film photography class with Ashley Crawford. Ashley's work is bright, bold and fun. She is a rule breaker and her creativity was just the push I needed to get over the winter rut. She challenged us to experiment with consumer film, pushed film, double exposures, light leaks and more. She inspired me to purchase some lomography 800 film, which I haven't played with yet, but plan to during our Europe trip next month. 

I was excited to put what I learned to use on my friend Brittney and her family. So, on a Sunday afternoon, I loaded up my gear and film and headed over to the Dial's house! I shot a mix of digital and film. Mostly film - but it was pretty dark in their living room so I made sure to take a few digitals incase my film didn't turn out. Thankfully, it did and I just love what we got. 

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All film images were shot on 35mm film. Stocks used included: Portra 400, Fuji400h & Kodak Max 400.

10 on 10 | January 2017

Happy New Year! It feels so strange to type 2017! It seems with each day and month that passes the years get shorter and shorter. As my boys grow up right before my eyes, the quick passage of time becomes painfully obvious.

I decided to share a few photos from our Christmas festivities for this month's 10 on 10 post. This Christmas was a special one - it was the first one that all four of us woke up on Christmas morning under the same roof since Jack was born. I'm so thankful for that precious gift.

In addition to some Christmas morning photos, I had to share a few from our time spent on Wilson Lake over the holidays. It was an unseasonably warm Christmas, so being able to watch the sunset from the pier of the lake was a nice treat! I hope you all had a happy holiday with your family! When you're finished scrolling here, head over to Charlotte's blog to see her beautiful 10 on 10 post from across the pond!

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Adventures in Film!

Hello, world's worst blogger here! :)

I'd been thinking about playing with film for a long time, for several reasons. One, I work a lot. Out of town a lot. When I'm home, I'm occupied by a curious toddler. I don't have hours to sit around and cull through all the digitals I took and edit them like I used to. The idea of thoughtfully taking only 36 frames, sending them off to be developed and receiving scans and being DONE sounds very freeing! Plus, I love the nostalgic look of film & often try to emulate that when editing my digitals anyway. 

So, one impulsive afternoon when I had some extra money burning a hole in my pocket, I picked up a Canon EOS 3 on eBay from some nice man in Japan. I ordered a couple boxes of film and then when it was all delivered, it sat around for a while. In May, I finally loaded a roll of Portra 160 and starting shooting through it around the house.

I finished the roll in May while we were in Eufaula for Memorial Day visiting Grandma Jean. 

I was really happy with my first roll! I actually didn't mean to order Portra 160 but I'm so glad I did! 

I also ordered Portra 400 and when we went to the beach in July, I brought a roll of it along with another roll of 160. To be honest, I wasn't as thrilled with my results with the 400 but I have another roll in my camera now and maybe I'll like them more. This film stock is known for being more "light and airy" but it was a little too much so for my taste. It also could be something I did.... who knows. But here are a few from that roll!

I also shot a roll of P160 while at the beach and i am in LOVE with what this stock can do in full sun. The way it retains the details in all the bright highlights, while still exposing my subjects nicely is incredible! I never could get nicely exposed skin without blowing out detail in the bright sky on digital like these! 

This series of photos of Brad & Jack playing in the hotel room were my favorite! I just love hotel room light and moments like this on film! 

I'm really excited that my first few rolls turned out so well and look forward to shooting more on film. In addition to the EOS3, I also have a manual Canon AE-1 and I just bought a film point and shoot camera today to keep in my purse. Can't wait to play with those! 

All of these photos were scanned and developed by The Find Lab

10 on 10 | September 2016

I feel like I say this every month, but I can't believe it's already September. I knew the summer would fly by -- I spent half of it on business travel -- but I still can't believe it's gone. Landan started high school in August (unbelievable!) and Jack will be two in a couple weeks. Fingers crossed autumn lingers longer than summer did... Here are ten snapshots from the past month. When you're done here, head over to Breanna's post. I could gush about her incredible work all day. You'll soon see why! <3