[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Rya Duncklee.

Rya says:

“This session was captured for a client for Mother’s Day. I wanted to convey the special bond between mother and child, so we let Dad sit this one out.

I used a combination of photo and video to capture the relationship images as well as the candids, and edited the final video fusion product for my client to assure that she walked away from our session with a tangible heirloom that she could pass on to her children.

The voice-over in the video portion is my client, the subject’s mother. Her words are a reading from letters to her children that she wrote. It was important for me to capture her guidance and advice to them during this time in their lives.

I love that she describes them a little in her reading. They can loook back on this session 20 years from now and see how much she loved (and still does) love them.”

Rya’s Photography Tip:

Try to incorporate little 10-second video clips into your client portrait sessions. If you have a camera that can do both, you can use a monopod for stability and switch back and forth while shooting.

This added little bonus will not only wow your clients, but it gives you added variety and a leg up on your competition, helping you to really stand out in your marketplace.


Rya used a Nikon D4 and Nikon D4s with a Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 lens and a Nikon 35mm lens to capture these images.

Rya Duncklee is a Jacksonville, Florida Children and Family Portrait photographer.

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Published by Beth Teutschmann

A big fan of food, chaos, and all things fun, Beth is the owner of Starboard Editing, LLC - a photography post-production company focusing on anything from editing to blogging and SEO. When she's required to leave the confines of her dark room, she enjoys martial arts, eating, tattoos, cooking, ice cream, sillyness, eating, and traveling. You should probably say hi.

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