Outdoor Portrait Sessions | Nikki Gardner Photography

I’m happy to announce that I’m offering outdoor portrait sessions! Now that businesses are reopening in Massachusetts, I’ve come up with a plan to safely begin photographing sessions again.

For outdoor sessions, I like fields, parks, and backyards. I use a wide angle lens for environmental shots and a telephoto for portrait shots—a perfect mix for adhering to the new business guidelines and practices. The location will be carefully chosen with socially distancing guidelines followed so that you won’t need to wear a mask during the shoot. 

Sunrise and sunset times render the best lighting conditions. If those times don’t work for you, don’t worry. Lighting tricks are my specialty. I can work a little lighting magic throughout the day. As long as we remain 6 feet apart, we’re able to have a safe session together.

Safety practices that I will be implementing:

  • Keep a safe distance during our session by staying at least 6 feet apart
  • Jazz hands greeting because hugs and handshakes are out for now
  • Sanitize my hands and all of my equipment before and after each session
  • Request you bring your own blanket, quilt, stool etc. for any seated shots
  • Continue to wear a mask and to practice social distancing in my daily life 

This will be the new standard for portrait sessions for awhile. I’m excited to make portraits again and to reopen for outdoor shoots. See you soon!


Daily Photo Journal Project—April Highlights

I am a journaler. I started penning my life as a kid. This has always been the basis of my work. A space where stories are born. 

I love this quote by Joan Didion, “I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I see, and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” 

This, to me, speaks to both writing and photography. I learn from what has been written and photographed about what I am thinking at that moment. The real magic happens when the words or images evoke surprise afterwards. But, mostly, my journals are a place to return that feels like home. A reflection of home, all the memories, time, and fictions that happen over the years. A place to dream.

With a desire to create a new body of photographs, I started a new photo journal project in April 2020 as a way to mark time, ideas, thoughts, emotions. It has become the new routine. Small noteworthy moments photographed and taped to journal pages offer comfort during these endless days. 

I thought I would share highlights from April’s photo journal.

Do you keep a journal documenting your life? If so, what kind? Send me an email, I’d love to know…

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