A Day in the Life of a Photographer | Julie Pottorff Photography Southern Illinois Family & Children Photographer

So, what does a photographer do all day? You’re probably picturing me laying out by a pool all day, sipping on fancy drinks with cutesy umbrellas, just basking in the sun. Oh wait, that’s just where I have been picturing myself lately, hehe! I actually have 2 full-time jobs. During the regular work week, I work for a fantastic farming company in the credit department. When the clock hits quitting time, my second job begins: photographer. Well, that’s also when my 3rd and most important job begins as well: Mom. So, yes, I am juggling all three full-time jobs right now. 

Let me preface this by saying that I am only speaking for myself in this post. I spend a lot of time preparing for sessions. Let’s say I have a family session next week. I start preparing for it by scouting out locations. I don’t want to take my clients to the same location over and over and crank out the same old photos. I want to offer something new and fresh. Scouting locations will usually take me an hour. After that, I will spend an average of 2-3 hours studying different posing ideas and techniques specifically geared towards family portraiture. During this time, I may also be conversing back and forth with the client, answering questions and having a general discussion about their upcoming session. On the day of, I make sure I have someone to watch my 2 little girls while I’m out. I spend about 30 minutes gathering everything I need for the shoot:  reflector, camera, ladder, etc. I also make sure my card has plenty of room for more photo storage and that my battery is fully charged. I always make sure that I’m ready 15 minutes in advance, just in case my client(s) show up early. 

During the session, I may spend anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on who I’m shooting and what mood everyone is in. Afterwards, I get home, upload the pictures to my computer (and back them up). I then look through them all and pick out the best images. It usually takes me a few hours and a few days to get all of the images fully edited to my liking (I’m very picky). 

At this point, I will let my client(s) know that their pictures are ready to be viewed. My typical ordering session lasts about an hour, although it can be much shorter or longer. Depending on what they order, I can usually have most products ready to be delivered within a week. And, let me tell you, it is like Christmas morning for me every time I get a customer order in! It’s SO exciting to see my work on print 🙂 When the order arrives, I unpack it all and make sure everything looks like it’s supposed to. If so, I’m ready to get my clients’ order out the door so they can enjoy their pictures!

You see, there’s a lot of time involved with a photography business. It’s not just a matter of spending an hour taking your picture and the 5 minutes it takes to upload them to a computer. I want my clients to have the best, most amazing images that I can possibly provide them with. Not only that, but I want to deliver fast results and have impeccable customer service. So, while I would LOVE to spend my days soaking up the sun in a pool raft with a strawberry daiquiri, I choose not to. I choose to work hard and give my clients my very best. However, if I ever win the lottery, you’ll know exactly where to find me 🙂

If you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a session with me, please contact me at 618-662-2401 or email me at juliepottorffphotography@gmail.com

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Maternity session | Flora, Illinois Maternity Photography

I truly had so much fun with this couple! We laughed and joked around the entire time. Her husband even helped me out by showing his wife how to do the typical belly pose. Unfortunately, my fingers were not quick enough to capture that moment 😉

They are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their new bundle of joy, due later this summer!

What to Wear? – Julie Pottorff Photography Family Photographer Southern Illinois

What to wear is one of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to portraiture. Of course, everyone wants to look and feel their best! 

There are a few guidelines that always work well. You can choose to match the season. During spring/summer, bright, bold colors look the best. Of course, in the fall/winter, dark, rich colors are optimal. You can also choose to wear colors that match your background. For instance, if you are having photos taken at the beach, you would choose soft, pastel colors. Finally, wear layered outfits or clothing with texture. This type of clothing makes your photos visually interesting and appealing. 

However, in saying all of that, you should wear something that you feel comfortable and makes you feel like a million bucks. Have an outfit that makes your blue eyes really pop? Wear it! Are the jeans with the sparkly, detailed pockets your favorite? Wear them! What about the dress that makes you feel like a supermodel? Wear it! The last thing you want is to be fidgeting with an uncomfortable outfit during your session. When you wear clothing that makes you feel like the most attractive person in the world, you exude confidence that will translate onto your photos. You hold your head up higher, smile bigger and your eyes light up brighter. Photographers want you to look and feel your best, because we want to present you with images that you can immediately fall in love with.
Still need help? No problem! When you schedule a session with me, we will go over all of the details, including what to wear. I will help guide you through the process.
Contact me at (618)662-2401 or juliepottorffphotography@gmail.com to schedule your session today 🙂

Everyday Moments – Julie Pottorff Photography – Southern IL Family, Wedding photography

The other night I was outside playing with my oldest daughter, Rylie, and our dog, Sadie. Rylie is a HUGE fan of animals, particularly dogs and cows (we don’t have any of these!). Rylie will be 2 years old this August (already??), and she loves to help out. That evening, she dipped out food for Sadie, helped me pick lettuce from our garden and spent some time going down the slide. Once my daughter began playing with our family dog, I got my camera out. It had been a week or so since I had last taken any pictures of her, so I thought I would try to capture some cute moments.

This photograph is one of my new favorites. She leaned in to give Sadie a kiss, and as you can see, our dog was in the process of reciprocating. I snapped the picture at just the right moment. That isn’t always the case, so I truly treasure this photo 🙂


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