Chloe Ramirez

Sherrelle & Quinton - Indianapolis Photographer

I had the privilege of traveling to Indiana to speak at The Reset Conference 2018. I spoke on "Photographing the Feeling" and also led an in home couples shoot out with about 12 other photographers. 

These two beautiful humans were our models for the shootout I led.

Click Away 2018 - Instructor Recap - Chloe Ramirez

It's been a month since I took a flight from California to Amelia Island Florida for the 2018 Click Away Conference. I have taught at 2 Click Away's and I have been to 3 but this BY FAR was my favorite. AND I will list out WHY (who doesn't love a good list):

  1. It was at a RESORT. Talk about a vacation! I literally woke up to ocean views, coffee in hand and ultimate vacation vibes... at a conference. It was too good.
  2. Click Away is extremely inclusive. A lot of times people come to conferences and do not know a soul. Among the massive amounts of people, I witnessed people asking people that were sitting alone if they wanted to eat lunch together. I mean what?! It was like living in my dream world where everyone is included, gets along and talks about photography. Too specific? Hey its my dream world!
  3. The Click Away staff was on point! If I ever needed anything, lost my classroom, got locked out of my classroom (yep I did that) they were a text away ready to help. 
  4. The Opening Party was on FIRE! Click Away knows how to throw a party for a bunch of photography geeks. There was a live band, The Voice Competition winners displayed for viewing, a bar and photo backdrop installations for all the photos with your new besties.
  5. The People Were Ready to Learn! Saving the best for last here obviously! I taught 4 classes this year and every.single.person in my classes were amazing. I might be being biased here but everyone was open to learning, asked questions, and was respectful and kind. A literal dream.

Below is my photo recap of my time at Click Away! Special thanks to Bonnie Hussey, Kate Testerman and Kris Kelley for taking behind the scenes during my classes <3

Shenandoah and TJ - Sacramento Lifestyle Photographer

A beautifully intertwined sweaty mess of love - Family Lifestyle Photographer

This life we live, we're only getting one shot at it. 

There's literally a million reasons to put photos off. I know because I too have had my own reasons. There's even more reasons to not do lifestyle session or an in home family session.

Your kids are too wild for photos? Embrace it. They're little and they're perfect exactly how they are. Childhood is precious, let's allow them the space to be who they are. 

You need to lose that extra baby weight? Me too! But it might not happen in a couple months like you planned or maybe it will but I have your best interest in mind and you are ridiculously beautiful and perfect with or without that extra baby weight. In fact you're rocking the shit out of it. You grew a life and that's the most badass thing I can think of. Seriously. Please give yourself some credit. You are a badass. Rinse. Lather. Repeat.

Your house isn't Pinterest perfect? Here's a secret...NO ONES IS and that is normal. I can tell you what, that's the last thing you will be noticing in your photo when you're seeing snuggly loving photos of your family. You're going to see the love. 

Your lives, they're messy, a little crazy, those dishes in the sink they look perfect there. One day it will be clean but they're a reminder that we are needed by these little people. We are SO needed that we put getting those dishes done to tend to their needs. That is part of being a family. Sacrifice.

You're sleep deprived, but those babies, one day they will be sleeping in their own beds. But RIGHT NOW, right now you're waking up tangled in each other's arms. A beautifully intertwined sweaty mess of love. 

The tantrums and crying, those are ok too because they have your arms to fall into. You are their home, and THAT, that perceived imperfect moment of chaos, that is your actual life and you are LIVING IT RIGHT NOW. I know all caps feel like shouting but I AM! Those moments, we aren't getting those back. Those babies, one day they'll just sleep through the night and you will miss waking up with their sweaty head on your chest.

Let's not be afraid to be vulnerable anymore. There is so much more beauty in your lives than a perfectly posed photo. No good story or movie is only happy and perfect. That would be so stagnant, predictable and boring. I know that you are so much more than that, because your family is completely different than any other family and that is so interesting and completely perfect to me.

If you feel a connection, if you're reading this and I am hitting a nerve, please reach out to me. I am the photographer for you. I want to meet you and see all the wonderful things that makes your family who they are. 

 

-Chloe