La Lume Presents…

Hi Everyone!!

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged.  Oftentimes, photographers get pretty busy during the fall!  It’s our busy season, and we are spending our time tending to our clients and their images.

Unfortunately, blogging kind of gets pushed down on the priority list.  We catch up on that during the winter months, where things slow down a little bit for us.

For me, they had to slow down a lot in Jan/Feb.  Mainly because of this reason:

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I am pregnant, with a due date of May 22nd.  Things also slowed down because of the crazy snow we’ve been having in the Northeast!  I am from Texas.  I basically shut down in this.  With my son being home so often from school, there was not much time for business anyways!

This pregnancy is both a blessing and a huge surprise for us.  My son is an only child because that’s how things worked out, sadly, for us.  We had many miscarriages after him, followed by other infertility issues.  All of which the doctors simply said they could not figure out why it was happening.

It was a hard pill for me to swallow.  However, being a woman of faith made that pill go down easier instead of like a jagged little pill.

If you know me, you will know I am very big on being “present” in the moment and really spending time with the person who is right in front of me.  I do not live on my phone.  I do not have my social media alerts on.  I do not respond within minutes.   I’m ok with that!

With this pregnancy, I want to really enjoy it. Every back-aching minute of it.  When the baby comes, I want to enjoy every minute of it.  Every middle-of-the-night-feeding-diapering-colick-y minute of it.  For our first, we moved to Paris when he was 3 months old, and I spent most of his infancy just barely breathing above water.  For this one, I want to be able to give it a peaceful and calm entrance into our world.

As a result, I will be changing my pricing format.  I still whole-heartedly believe in printing through your professional photographer.  My monitor is calibrated to my professional labs.  What I see is what I will get correctly printed on the highest quality photographic materials.  I expect nothing less as a professional and for my clients.

However, I cannot maintain that business model while I tend to my family.  Starting now, La Lume Photography is switching to a Digital File based model.  Please see my  Investment page for more details on my new pricing.

I love what I do, and I can’t imagine giving it up.  Or not talking to my clients ever again.  Or not meeting new families with lovely personalities of their own.

However to keep doing what I love, while being really present with my family, is an ongoing challenge for me.  There are many people who do it so much better than me!   For right now in this phase in my life, this is how La Lume Photography can still be present for you, while at the same time letting Phuong Besancon be present for her family as well.

Thank you for understanding and following me through this journey!  Drop me a line, just to say hi!  I love to hear from all of you!!

Bises,
Phuong

P.S. Stay tuned!  I will be blogging about my fall sessions and Confirmation pictures for Sacred Heart!  La Lume was pretty excited to be part of some great changes this past fall!

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Maddy’s Senior Session! Hockessin Senior Photographer-Wilmington Christian School

Remember yesterday when I talked about my “Old World” and classic senior session?

After living in Paris, I really love visiting Longwood and getting taken back to France with its well manicured gardens and beautiful architecture.  When Maddy wanted to get her portraits done there, I was pretty excited.  Longwood can look so many different ways, and I love trying to shoot it in a way that fits the personality of my client!

Maddy did a great job, styling her session to match her location.  I think the colors and feel of her outfits went absolutely perfectly with Longwood.  Take a look!

Hockessin Senior Photographer Wilmington Christian School Photographer
Hockessin Senior Photographer Wilmington Christian School Photographer
Hockessin Senior Photographer Wilmington Christian School Photographer
Hockessin Senior Photographer Wilmington Christian School Photographer
Hockessin Senior Photographer Wilmington Christian School Photographer
Hockessin Senior Photographer Wilmington Christian School Photographer
Hockessin Senior Photographer Wilmington Christian School Photographer
Hockessin Senior Photographer Wilmington Christian School Photographer
Hockessin Senior Photographer Wilmington Christian School Photographer
Maddy totally rocked the shoot.  She totally rocked this awesome pocket of glowing light that I found.  I love how this image has a very “anthropologie”-ish feel to it!!  Come to find out, that’s where she got her dress.  The necklace was from Francesca’s Collection.  If you ever wonder from where I would most like birthday/Christmas presents, it would be those two stores.  ;-)

Thank you, Maddy, for choosing me to be your photographer this year!  I hope you always look back on these images and marvel at how young and full of life and hope you had, marching into your senior year!!

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Katie’s Senior Session – Hockessin Senior Photographer

I love how different every senior session is because everyone has their own personality, interests, and artistic preferences!  One day, I’m shooting an Old World classic stylized session (up next!), and the next day, I’m shooting a rustic and casual session reflecting a beautiful gal’s love of nature and athleticism!

Katie wanted backlit and casual images reflecting her fun personality!  I hope I did her justice because she was a riot!  We went to none other than Fair Hill, the reigning champion of a variety of rustic vignettes!

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Hockessin Senior Photographer Wilmington Christian School La Lume Photography Fair Hill Senior Photographer

Katie is a natural athlete and scaled these stones easily.  I, on the other hand, was a COMPLETE disaster.  At one point, she told me, “You just stay where you are.  It’s easier and faster if I just move.”  I am always so amazed at all the different ways in which people are talented!

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I love how Katie’s personality shines through in this image!!

Hockessin Senior Photographer Wilmington Christian School La Lume Photography Fair Hill Senior Photographer

My most favorite part of Katie?  Her eyes!!  Drop dead gorgeous!!

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Thank you so much for letting me record one of the most exciting times in your life, Katie!!  I love seeing all the excitement your senior year brings and can’t wait to hear about your plans for the coming year!!

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How to Style Your Family Session – Part One! Oxford Family Photographer

Hi Everyone!

I am excited to introduce to you one of my most style savvy clients, Emily Chandler.  In her previous life, she was an employee of my favorite store:  ANTHROPOLOGIE.

*cue singing angels*

When Emily and her family showed up for their family session last year, I was immediately smitten with how well their outfits were put together!  They weren’t matchy-matchy.  They were colorful and visually interesting, and I loved it!  This year, it was the same story.  Here’s what she looked like last year:

What to Wear for your Family Session
So!  I asked Emily to write a blog series for me about What to Wear to Your Family Sessions.  However, I didn’t want it to be just a picture-perfect-storyboard with gorgeous outfits all thrown together that OBVIOUSLY are cute.  Anyone can look at that and see that it’s cute.

The hard part is putting it all together.  I wanted Emily to come up with a “Step by Step” process on how to dress your family for your session.  Today, is Part One of this!

Part One is covering actually what NOT to wear to your session, which is as equally important as what TO wear to your  session!  Stay tuned as Part Two AND Part Three are coming soon!  Without further ado, Emily’s words on What NOT to Wear to Your Session!

Hello blog world!
I am so excited to be here!  When Phuong asked me to write a guest blog post on her blog, all I could say was “please, pinch me.” I am such a blog junkie.  I have about 6-10 blogs I follow daily, including Phuong at La Lumiere Photography.

I love looking through the different blogs to find my inspiration, whether it be an out fits at a photo session, the color of a dish or the design of a room.   All those go into a big huge filing cabinet in my head and out comes the creativity. I wish it was that easy, don’t you? Try it! Hop onto pinterest and search family photos.  See if you can find any inspiration there.  Magazines are a great source as well.

I’ve always had an eye for colors and textures so it does come a little easier to me than some.  I’ve mustered up some of my basic tricks of the trade to help those who find it somewhat difficult to put it all together.

I like to start with the DON’Ts of family photos, remembering that they will most likely be put out to display around your house or sent out in Christmas cards!  You want them to look good!

  1. Try to stay away from everyone dressing the same ie: White top and blue jeans.  It’s not a GAP commercial.  Even though it looks fresh and clean, we want to capture and intrigue our audience with pops of color, texture and coordination.
  2. I know we all like to support our favorite stores by sporting their name across our shirt or logo on our shoes.  In this day and age, the eye is trained to focus on logos, but today we want to be focused on you.
  3. Last, but not least, try to choose colors and textures that compliment your skin tone, work well together and  make you feel the most comfortable.  You don’t want your photo to look forced.  The easiest way to stay clear of that is to keep it comfortable.
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