Homeschool Picture Day : iowa city, ia children photographer

Awhile back my friend Natalie asked me  if I would consider doing a homeschool 
picture day for kids in the area, and I thought that was a great idea.
So we found a morning, rounded up the families that were interested, and knocked out school pictures!
Plus having a bunch of cute children at my disposal was a pretty fun way to spend my morning. :)

I've been photographing these kids for years now--see here, here, here, here, here, here, here.
It makes me feel so old (ha!) to watch them grow up from little babies and toddlers.

Also, I just purchased VSCO the other day and edited these with some of their presets!
I've never actually used presets or actions before (I know, I know..I'm late to the party)
but I was at the point where I wanted something to spice up my edits
and so I'm super excited to play with them more in the future! :)

If you are homeschooling family in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area and would like to know if I do this again 
(possibly in the spring of 2014!) shoot me an e-mail (hannah@hannaheliseblog.com) 
and I will give you a heads up if/when it will be happening!
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goodness, this child.
can't. stand. the cuteness.
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~H. Elise
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  1. Your pictures are beautiful! I was wondering if there were any photography books that helped you when you first started photography. Did you ever go to college? I would love to become a photographer but don't really want to go to college.

    1. Hey Haley! If you can shoot me an e-mail (hannah@hannaheliseblog.com) I will share some more info/resources that helped me when I was first starting. thanks girl! I think that would be easier than typing everything out here. :)

  2. they are all so stinking cute! :)
    I absolutely love the way you implemented vsco, too! :)

  3. What a great idea! Umm that baby in the polka dots, ADORABLE!

  4. That's such a smart idea! Did you charge them? How many pics did you give them? I recognized a couple of the kids from previous posts:) A lot of orange that day, much to your pleasure I assume:)

  5. Hannah, these are all BEAUTIFUL! Loving the new edits.

  6. These are all so pretty and neat!! :)

  7. Last one is my favorite! Loveliness!

  8. Such a fun idea to do so many portraits in one session. Love these. And how you've added vsco into your beautiful style. Blessings! =)

  9. Just wondering which VSCO film set you bought/used? What are your thoughts about it so far?

    1. Hey Rosi!

      I purchased the 01 pack for Lightroom 3, and have really been enjoying it so far. I pick a preset I like and then take out all the grain, make it warmer, pop the colors, take out some of the dark tones, etc. I don't think I've used a preset without tweaking it to make it more to my liking, as some of them are too dark/grainy for my style. Hope that helps! let me know if you have other questions. :)



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