What’s Your Confession?

Last month, my sister-in-law and her band made the trek down to my house from Bloomington, Ind., for a photo shoot. The occasion? Her next CD, Hotel Confessions, which will be released Oct. 23.

Jenn and I had been talking about doing these pics for several months and one thing we’d agreed on very early was not to share any of the photos before the CD release so the impact would not be diminished. What we really hadn’t counted on was how tough that would be!

The photos turned out even better than I expected. She’s so fun to work with and needs very little direction. My biggest challenge was to make sure I left myself room to crop the pictures properly for the front of the CD. Normally, I crop in nice and tight with the camera, which does not lend itself to that fabulous square format.

I was glad to have some time to hang out with the guys in her band before I threw them in front of the camera. I think it gave them the chance to relax so being photographed wasn’t as heinous an ordeal! It really helped me get the kind of pictures I’d hoped.

Of course, I can’t show them to you. Yet. Well, except that one up there. Which is similar to the photo I used for this promo poster. So you’ll just have to believe me when I say we made something amazing that day, something perfect for the music it accompanies.

Just wait and see.

ETA: I updated the link to the poster, since it apparently was done wrong the first time. Sorry!


Today has been a rest-and-recovery day for us. We needed it after two days of traveling and staying up late. Friday morning, we packed up the car and hit the road — Honey, me, Miss L and Ava — to spend the night in my cute husband’s hometown in Tennessee. Our favorite rocker aka my sister-in-law, had a show scheduled that night. Since she lives too far away for us to regularly see her, the fact that she was only 3.5 hours away meant a trip was in order. It also meant a little photo session was in order. Jenn and I have been talking about me taking some promotional photos for her since at least a year ago, but we haven’t been able to make it happen. This weekend provided the perfect opportunity, so I packed up pretty much everything I own in the photography department and hauled it with us. And I am so glad I did! Here are a few of my favorites:

Jenn and I are both crazy about this one:

(If you’re interested in seeing the rest — at least the 122 that are done so far — you can see them here.) I have to say, it was quite a change of pace to photograph grown ups. My usual subject is … less than cooperative at times. If you’re around three year olds at all, you’ll know what an understatement that can be. It was so amazing for me to say, “drop your chin a little” and actually have the subject comply. Plus Jenn was totally willing to try anything I asked of her. And it was just fun to hang out with her and chat, which we just don’t get to do that often.