CLASS OF 2017: FILLING THE SCHEDULE NOW! 606-436-1988 only 100 per year!

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Secrets to getting what every mother wants . . . part 1.

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5 Amazing Tips to getting Natural Expressions from a Child’s photo shoot. Do Try this at Home!

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How to shoot the perfect beach portraits AND be inspired to create your own!

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Hello Gorgeous . . . 2016 Pikeville H.S. Senior, Ariel

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Featured Senior! 2016 Johnson Central H.S., Hillary

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Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Professional Photographer, weddings, maternity, newborn, and Seniors!

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All Roads Lead Home . . . Little League, Padres 2016, sports photography KY, baseball photo shoot

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2016 & 2015 Leslie County H.S. Seniors, Stewart & Haley . . . and The Crazy, wonderful world of being a twin . . .

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CLASS OF 2017  FILLING THE SCHEDULE NOW!  Class of 2017, now it’s your turn!  We are already planning late summer and fall shoots. The calendar is filing up faster than ever before and we only shoot 100 Senior Sessions a year!  Find out the details of our Senior Sessions here or call the Studio M-F. Leave a message! 606-436-1988

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Every mom wants a beautiful portrait of her kids.  Anyone who says otherwise is totally full of it.

Read on to find out some of my secrets for success with sibling photo shoots!  (That’s a total tongue twister).

As a photographer, the goal is to get them as close in proximity that’s comfortable for them, AND make the mom GASP when she see’s the finished result.  I prefer window or studio light for 2 siblings, and tend to go outside for more than 2. Below are examples of my studio work, I’ll blog part 2. in the future!

I like to keep the background simple, no distracting clothing for the most timeless, classy look.

Secret #1.   Photograph them in a way that I would if it were my own children.  This means, keep them connected.  I’ll use their arms, cheeks, etc. to create a circle of love.

This was shot with window light, one reflector, mid-day.   This is what every mother should have of her kids!   I want this of my kids!!!!  I am putting this on my bucket list.

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If the siblings are younger it can be way more challenging, but just as rewarding.   These twins were totally unaware of me, I was secretly pretending to photograph their new baby twin brother and sister.  They had climbed up my step ladder, as soon as I got down.  I had to act quick and turn my camera away from their siblings and catch this fleeting moment.  So, Secret #2.  Don’t let them know you are shooting.  And when they see you, smile.  They will smile back 9 out of 10 times.  DON’T TELL THEM TO SAY CHEESE! 


Secret #3.   Find the emotion.  Remember, it’s not about the CLOTHES, it’s about the connection they share, the bond.  .  .  Emotion is the element I try to thread through all my images of children.  Kids will mimic adults’ emotions, happy, joy, laughter, and then, in the moments right after, you may capture something like this. . .
Kingery-41Mabe-4 copySecret #4.  Don’t over think it!   This brother/sister duo above came in for sports montages so they weren’t prepared to bring extra portrait clothing.  No need to worry, take the shirt off the brother, wrap the sister in a neutral colored fabric, and voila!

I’ll leave you with one of my favorites sibling shots this year . . .



Stay tuned!

Contact Us to book a sibling session!  606-436-1988 or fill out this quick email form and we will contact YOU!




I shot this series in about 5 minutes, during a break in a girl’s softball team shoot. This precious little Lucas kept saying there was no way I was taking his picture! His mom stepped out of the camera room for a few minutes,  so I quickly grabbed him, told him we could surprise his mom with pictures since there was “no way”she would believe it he did it.

Immediately,  it became a challenge and GAME ON!   This 4 year old wasn’t about to back down from this game of, “I dare you” to get in front of the camera.

Read on for 5 Amazing tips in getting these adorable, natural expressions from your own child.

  1. Set up the lighting before you ever invite someone into your space for shooting.  If you are a mom and notice the lighting is perfect by your living room window, grab your camera first, then invite your child over to play or sit.  Keep reading for the best tip EVER.
  2. Please please please please please don’t ask them to say CHEESE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   THERE, I SAID IT!  STOP THE CHEESE MADNESS.  Parents always wonder why their kids have a fake smile, well it’s because you make them say a word that does NOT evoke a smile.  Try the word, “Hi”  . . . I promise you will get better results. Talk to your kids, make them laugh, don’t make them speak! They are not circus poodles. Tell them they better NOT smile, that surely will crack them up.  They can rarely hold a straight face when you tell them not to smile. Make a game out of not smiling.
  3. Be quick!  This shoot took 5 minutes, no shirt and voila!  This mom will have a wall portrait hanging in her home with NO effort from her!  Now, that’s a photo shoot any mom would love.  What a great way to celebrate a 4 year old.
  4. Let them know how awesome they did!  Lucas was beyond proud of himself.  In fact, as soon as he saw his mom again he said, “I did it mom!”  Now, he has a good memory associated with having portraits made, and will not run from me the next time he comes to the studio.
  5. Reward them!  We bake cookies for all the kids at our studio that are old enough to eat them.  It seems this works out better than a bribed trip to Wal-Mart.  Plus, it puts it on me and takes the pressure off the parents.


THERE YOU HAVE IT, quick and easy tips . . .

If you don’t want to worry about shooting your own “expressions” session, we are offering these at our studio this summer as an affordable way to be a part of our family and capture this precious age of your child.

Suzanne Deaton Photography “Expressions Session” include: One kid, simple clothing, 15 minutes,  includes a 20×20 expressions heirloom wall portrait, and COOKIES!  These are $300 and are ideal for 3-7 year olds.  You DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS AGE! 

Our studio is known for being easy to work with, delivering on time, being kid friendly and enthusiastic about children’s portraiture.  Call us and we can have some fun!  606-436-1988.





  1.  Find Inspiration:  Without inspiration, your beach pictures will look like everyone else’s. Inspired by my Dad’s old navy sailor pants (circa 1967),  we headed to Myrtle Beach, S.C. to bring make this dream come true and honor a man we both miss very much.  My Dad passed away over a year ago.  McKenna and I thought he would be thrilled if she could wear his old sailor pants for a photo shoot.  My Dad was a small man, as you can see by the fact that a size 4 teenager can button them!    (All 30 buttons!  Wasn’t easy with acrylic nails, LOL) . . .
  2. Beach Style:  Use the colors you see in the ocean when planning your wardrobe.  I love bright turquoise, blush, navy and green, and please and forgo solid white from top to bottom.  I wanted a nautical, Ralph Lauren feel for this senior shoot. I created a board on pinterest with some great looks for beach portraits.   
  3. Wait for the golden light hour when on the beach.  This session was shot around 6:30 to 8:00pm.  As you can see below I kept the sun behind my subject for most of the shots.  I love the backlit look and you don’t have to worry about squinty eyes.   If you will be photographing toddlers, you may want a sunrise session instead of sunset.

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3. Don’t be afraid to make your subject or kids get dirty, sandy, it’s the beach after all!  Embrace the wind, sand, and waves, whatever Mother Nature throws at you.



4. Take Action: Take action shots of your subject, running, splashing, playing, etc. Show the happiness of feeling the wind at your back!  Action shots are so easy with children, because they have a difficult time being posed all the time anyway.

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5.  Use open Shade:  Which means, get in the shade and use the sun as a side or back light. Sometimes this will cause your subjects eyes to go a little dark, so in this case we had a white reflector on hand.  A reflector is cumbersome when chasing toddlers but essential to all my senior work.




6. Camera Equipment is important:  I used a Canon 5D Mark III for the body and 3 prime lenses:  50mm 1.2 L for the wider shots, 85mm 1.2 L for a few full length shots and a 135mm 2.0 for everything else.  It’s easy to get rid of people or seagulls in the background when using the 135L.  It’s sharp and fast and has beautiful bokeh.  To purchase anything I’ve mentioned click here. 


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7. Know when to stop!  Don’t kill your kids by over shooting!  Get the shot and move on.  I suggest doing posed shots in the first 15 minutes while they are still willing to please you, then let the fun unfold, and know when the FOLD ‘EM.

8. Hire a Pro!   If you will be in the Santa Rose area of Florida I love Kansas Pitts Photography.  Check her work out here.  She’s amazing!
9. Shoot what you love: Having a daughter that’s going to be a senior next year is surreal.  It makes me view my photography in such a different way.  I now can put into words what I couldn’t have before.  I specialize in creating images that show who a senior is at heart, what they have been through and what lies ahead.  What sets me apart is I KNOW how moms want to see their daughters, AND I know how to make this fun and exciting for the senior as well, to pull out emotion, and mix it with fashion forward trends.

My advice to other photographers, shoot what you love and shoot from the heart and your senior’s inner beauty will shine.

Thank you McKenna Deaton for helping me mend a little bit of my broken heart through this session . . .



To book your own senior session give us a call and we will start the planning process for your own session!  606-436-1988. 




With a name befitting a mermaid princess, one knows to find a gorgeous personality to follow the name.   Meet, Ariel Ward, a 2016 Senior from Pikeville.  On the day of her senior pictures, it POURED the rain.  We decided to embrace the moment and get right out in it.  Finding an old rusted car was pretty easy and the stares we got from the on-lookers (dirty old men) were priceless!

We wanted to make sure her senior pictures showed off her gorgeous hair.  Ariel started this process at home by leaving in her favorite hair care product, “It’s a 10”.  Click here to purchase!   She puts the product in after her shower while it’s wet and lets it air dry.  She then curls it with a 1 inch curling wand to achieve her magic. “It’s a 10 is definitely my favorite product,” says Ariel.

Ariels favorite senior memory was cheering on her Pikeville Panther football team as they won the State Championship in Bowling Green, KY.  Her senior photo shoot was a delightful memory.

Here are some of her luxurious images!

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Showing off her lovely locks with some backlit hollywood lights!



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I love posing my Senior girls so all their curves are accentuated. . .







Thanks for looking and helping me celebrate Ariel’s Senior Portrait Session!

To Be featured on my blog just call and book your Senior 2017 Session today!  606-436-1988.


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The canvases feel like smooth velvet.  The finish is matte and these pictures do not do them justice.  I wish you could reach through the screen and touch them . . . then you would GASP!!!!!!!!!!   They are perfect for your baby’s nursery, down a hallway, or split up throughout your house and office on shelves.  Perfect if you want to see her everywhere!


To book your Luxe, 6 month old baby session today so these products can be yours call 606-436-1988.  Please leave a message and we will call you back!   For more babies and details about baby sessions click here.