Throwback 60's inspired Couple's Editorial

Throwback 60’s Inspired Couple’s session

With Brooke from Blush Photography

We’re saying goodbye to summer with this super fun “Summer of Love” shoot styled and photographed by Brooke Johnson of Blush Photography during Photo Native 2019 in Palm Springs, California. Brooke is a master storyteller and expert at working with her couples to truly capture their unique essence and experience and this shoot was no exception. Featuring a fresh throwback to the 60’s: Elvis meets flower power hippie love - the playful vibe is undeniable between this couple. Attendees watched Brooke create authentic connection and strong, emotion-based images and then were able to work your their own magic behind the camera and implement all they learned with Brooke there to guide and offer feedback in the moment.  

“I enjoyed every minute of the shoots and classes. I really did not realize how much of a rut I have been in until I left Photo Native. Too busy to see the big picture. I am SO excited about the changes ahead. Thank you!” Jolene Bresney, shoot and PN2019 attendee 

Hair and makeup: Nicolette Paige 

Models: Real life couple Nicolette Paige and Colby Fratto

Location: Ace Hotel, Palm Springs

Aching to create stunning images of your own in a carefree, supportive setting? We’ll be sharing the moodboards and shoot descriptions for our Photo Native 2020 shoots so soon! By attending Photo Native 2020 next February 17-19 in Santa Barbara, California, you will learn from industry leaders and creative powerhouses and have the opportunity to customize your experience with a shoot or two as well. At Photo Native, you’ll make a plan with actionable steps to get you from where you are, to where you want to be in a fun learning environment. Tickets available now!

Finding your ideal client in Senior Photography

Finding your Ideal Client in Senior Photography

Inclusive Senior Photography

Mary Vance Photography

Visit more of her work



“Senior photography? That is… intense…” she said.

I recently spoke with a photography mentor and friend about what senior photography means to me.

In my industry, successful brands lean toward exclusive experiences. Many photographers drape their models in high fashion clothes and use complicated posing or setups to capture their subjects. While I admire this style and recognize the success of these brands, I have found that the key to my own success is inclusivity. When I focus on inclusion, I open myself up to the hearts of the people I photograph.

Each of my clients bring a different experience and background to a shoot. Some of the seniors I photograph experience anxiety or have decided to take a gap year after high school. They don’t always follow influencers on Instagram, but are passionate and engaged in the world. My seniors are real people, experiencing real things; some struggle with their gender or sexual identity, or are navigating a physical or developmental disability. Others are working through tricky relationships at school. They can be high-flyers, academics, athletes, or artists.

When I photograph my seniors, I don’t just see an opportunity for artistry. I recognize the organic beauty that already exists within them. This is when the best moments are captured—the glint in a senior guy’s eyes as he picks up a football. The love that radiates when a daughter hugs her mother, or the joyful giggle that bubbles up as the wind blows through her hair.

My goal with every photoshoot is to let my clients know that THEY BELONG. I want to create a space for them to be transparent, to feel valued and loved, without having to change to fit any standard that the world want to push on them. And when I’ve done that, then I have done my job well.

Senior photography can definitely be intense, but I think that the intensity of inclusion is worth it.

Intentional Commercial Filmmaking with Emily Mitchell

Intentional Commercial Filmmaking

With Emily Mitchell

from Every Day Film School

It’s no secret that video is becoming increasingly popular to help tell the story and share the vision of commercial clients, and this video by Emily Mitchell showcasing the Ira Loves Mae spring clothing line is the perfect example of lifestyle meets commercial. During her Native Shoot at Photo Native, Emily Mitchell, founder of Every Day Film School, created a film that revolves around three main elements: a young family, fun and playful interactions, and a setting that is curated and styled to complement the clothing and overall aesthetic.

With a documentary style approach and some open-ended direction, the outcome resembles a relaxed catalog shoot with heartfelt emotion. And that setting? It’s the perfect amount of modern meets classic, complimenting the wardrobe perfectly. 

Registration for Photo Native 2020 is now open, and we would love for you to join us in Santa Barbara next February!

Come stretch your creativity, learn new skills, and arm yourself with the tools you need to overcome the hurdles and challenges you're facing.


“I was really blown away with Photo Native, I didn't know what I was expecting but man, one of the best investments I’ve made, if not the best. I loved that we really got to make friends and had to opportunity to mingle over meals. But my favorite thing about Photo Native was that there were so many varieties of photographers, that they weren’t all similar style. I think it was my favorite because you truly get to admire their art and creativity for what they are and got see and feel their passion and how they got to where they are. ” - Millie O.

Photo Native Attendee

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