Newborn photography sessions are so much fun. It is a time where time is truly fleeting and I am able to capture the intimate moments with a brand new little being. During this session, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with sweet Baby Ryan. I may be done having children of my own, but I get […]

Newborn Photography Session with Baby Ryan

Baby Ryan's Newborn Session in Parkersburg, WV


To all my fellow photographers, below are three of my favorite tips for taking stronger images in backlight. 1. Select the light placement for the look you want. If you want flair, allow the light to point directly towards your lens If you want more of a haze, place the light *just* outside of your frame  The […]

3 Tips for Backlit Images


This time of year I always get a lot of inquiries for Cap and Gown graduation sessions. Lots of my fall seniors will do them as a spring add-on session, and they are also popular with college seniors that want to celebrate their accomplishments. One of the most common questions I hear and see, from […]

6 Ideas for Your Next Senior Cap & Gown Session

senior cap and gown session by Lori Pickens in Parkersburg, West Virginia


If you are anything like me, when you see smoke bomb images, you are absolutely mesmerized!  But now, instead of wishing you could capture moments like that, you can use these tips to do just that.  Grab my best tips on photographing smoke bombs and creating amazing images. Set Up your shot first.   Even the […]

Tips for Smoke Bomb Images



This post may contain affiliate links. This means that I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. I only recommend products and brands that I personally have used and love. As a photographer, one of the biggest actionable steps I was able to implement was setting daily goals. By setting these, […]

How Daily Goals Can Help You as a Photographer

goal setting for photographers with lori pickens



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