pinterest boards of [throo] the lens photograpy

If you are on Pinterest, you know the vast amount of information that can be found on this site. I love it. I find inspiration of all types out there…recipes, cleaning tips, photography, words of wisdom, humor, free stuff, kid stuff, teaching materials, and on and on and on. If you aren’t on Pinterest, then you should be!! It is super easy to use. Basically, you create Boards and “pin” things you like to those boards. Think of boards like a file folder that you put paper (pins) in to keep things neat and organized. Simple, huh? The image above shows a *few* of my Pinterest Boards.

When working with clients over the last few years, the thing I hear most is “I’m not sure what I want”. Using Pinterest to plan your next photography session will help you hone in on what you like and don’t like…ensuring that you get the session and images that melt your heart every time you see them.

So, how can you use Pinterest to plan your next family photography session? 

1. Create a Board for your session. pinterest board example

2. Start pinning images that you like. Don’t think too much about it. Just collect images. You can find photos under the Photography category. And don’t forget to check out my Pinterest boards. I pin like crazy!

3. After you’ve collected 20 or so images, go through each one and decide WHAT you like about that image. Look for themes in the images that you chose. Are all the images taken in an urban setting? Country setting? Are they posed or more candid? Is there a certain theme in each one (i.e. – kids at a lemonade stand)? Are the images outside or inside the home? Are they black and white images or color images?

4. Next, collect examples of clothing that you like. Maybe you find some great color combinations, textures, etc. Make note of what you like and when the time comes to make wardrobe decisions it will be less overwhelming. I have boards for Men, Women, Girls, Boys, Families, and Kid Accessories.

5. Finally, collect examples of how other people have displayed their photos. Do you want albums? Wall Art? Wall Galleries? Prints? What do you want to do with these images (i.e. give them away, hang them on the wall, frame them, etc)? Where in your home do you want to display these images (i.e. make a wall gallery in your stairwell, hang a large print above the fireplace, etc)?

6. Last but not least…share your board with me. Send me the link so we can collaborate and plan your session. Knowing what you want is the key to being overjoyed with your session and I will settle for nothing less than you being OVERJOYED!!


If you have questions, leave me a comment below or send an email to Happy Pinning! 🙂

by Melissa Lloyd

I love being a family photographer and documenting a child’s sweet, innocent, silly, and loving personality….after spending only a few minutes with Olivia, it was abundantly clear that she has a LOT of personality. 🙂

Olivia is spunky.

Olivia smiles when she get’s to wear her Tom’s.

Olivia is an avid explorer.

Olivia likes to wear red finger nail polish.

Olivia is 3.

Olivia loves hugging her mom.

Olivia is SUPER silly.

Olivia likes purple and green.

Olivia loves to blow kisses.

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by Melissa Lloyd

{For the Love}of little moments

I am excited to start a new adventure with some other great mom’s/photographers entitled For the Love. Every month, we will be defining and sharing what For the Love means to us. At the bottom of each post will be a link to the next photographer’s blog…be sure and follow the circle all the way around…some really sweet, amazing, and gifted ladies are participating with me and you don’t want to miss out.

For me, this months “For the Love” is all about little moments…more often than not, these are things we (I) take for granted the most in life. As mother’s we have so much on our plate to accomplish…or at least things that we think we need to accomplish every day. Laundry that seems to multiply exponentially, never ending housework, errands, meals (these kids think they should eat every day – geesh!), work outside the home, and the list goes on and on.

For me, the realization that my children are growing up so fast has been tugging at my heart for a while now. Sometimes I am way too distracted by things that have no real value. It pains me to say that, but it is true. Things that took time away from reading with Joshua, coloring with Maddy, or just hanging out with Zach. Things that I can’t even remember now but were somehow important in that moment. Things that, to them, may have seemed more important than they were.

Over the last few months, I have been trying to find ways to simplify MY life in an effort to be more present in my children’s lives. Not just in the room…not just giving the obligatory head nod/smile…I want to make sure I am really present in their lives. I don’t want to miss something because I am folding towels, cleaning a bathroom, or reading on Facebook about what someone ate for dinner.  It’s a work in progress….but what I am finding is that it takes focus and effort to see the little things because sometimes you have to be still and quiet or you will miss them completely. Being still and quiet in a world that is loud is not easy. TV, social media, 24/7 internet, 24/7 everything for that matter, media that is constantly bombarding us with messages to “buy more stuff” or “go-go-go” or “to be more because we aren’t enough”….L-O-U-D.

I can’t remember where I stumbled onto the website for Awesomely Awake, but I found this cool mama (Shawn Ledington Fink) a few weeks ago and have loved reading her thoughts on being what she calls an Abundant Mama. Today I started one of her online courses called Cherish the Wow. It is all about discovering the Wow moments in…moments that make you do one of those head slaps, or moments that make you cry, or moments that cause you to laugh so hard you get an ab workout…seeing those moments every day and appreciating them and the beauty of your life and your story. I am excited to go on this adventure with Shawn and see my own story with fresh eyes….to learn to see what is truly valuable in life.

For me, this is what I strive for in my personal and professional photography…recording my own story…and showing clients the beauty of their story recorded in images. Today, For the Love is all about little moments…the images below are all little moments of my daughter Maddy…

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Follow the circle to Nina Podlesnyak of Story in Colors…♥


by Melissa Lloyd

  • Melissa thanks for sharing your beautiful thoughts on Motherhood! Looking forward to spending the year in this circle!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you for Awesomely Awake link, it’s amazing!
    You put a thumb on it, these little moments are such treasure!ReplyCancel

  • that’s a great project. it really is hard to remember to be present in our kids’ lives, and they grow up SO fast. love your pictures.ReplyCancel

    • Hi Gaylene, thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you will come back again. I took a peek at your blog too…love all the time and attention you spend with your kids. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Really great message. We have so much on our plates that it doesn’t hurt to remind ourselves of what is most important. Moments change and I know youre thankful for your gift and the ability to capture them so perfectly. Absolutely stunning as always xoReplyCancel

  • Aww! Love these! My favorite is the one where she is peeking through the sheets. Adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Cute photos:) Love the one of her peeking through the blankets!ReplyCancel

  • very sweet…love the framed image in the blanketReplyCancel

  • Very cute session. nice workReplyCancel

  • I love these. What beautiful and dramatic black and lifestyle images!ReplyCancel

You will always be your child’s favorite toy.  ~Vicki Lansky

Ava had a tea party.

Jack was a superhero.

Mom and Dad played along.

Memories made.

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by Melissa Lloyd

  • Cute kids! They really look like they’re having a great time!ReplyCancel

  • What a sweet session! The black and white shots of each of the kiddos are probably my favorites. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Love how you captured their interests Melissa, beautiful images!ReplyCancel

  • Adorable kiddos, you really captured the love!ReplyCancel

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