Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Baby H....

Princess H came into the studio today for the first time. I've known her forever - even before she was born - and I photographed her mom's maternity session. She's simply beautiful! We had the best time today, even though Miss H decided not to sleep at all! But we did manage to get her to sleep for about 10 minutes so we could catch a couple cute ones of her!

She'll be back when she's 6 months old so you'll be able to watch her grow up with me. If you join my Facebook group, you'll be able to see the rest of her session as soon as they're all edited.

Until next time,

P.S. The first image totally shows how DONE H was at the end. Notice how she's shakin' her little fist at me! LOVE that!

Friday, June 19, 2009

The "A" Family's Sneak Peak

A few weeks ago, I met a really nice lady who walked into the studio and asked me about photographing her, her husband and their grandchildren. Today, they all came in and did we ever have a great time.

"H" had all of us laughing through out the entire session with his awesome sense of humor. He is truly in love with his wife and it was really pretty special for me to see this family at work. "E" tried really hard to reign in all the boys (H included!) to get some really great images for her wall. Well, it worked and we got a bunch of great ones.

"A" and her younger brother "J" totally reminded me of my own kids. It was so funny to see how they related to each other and even though "J" thought it burned when I asked "A" to put her arm around him, I could totally tell that he really does love her!

Then there was "J" and "J". What a couple of amazing little guys! Big "J" was just about the sweetest young man EVER and was such a trooper. He kept going and going even though he really wanted to go down to Toys 3! Little "J", I think I totally fell in love with. There was at least two times that I counted that he came up to me and grabbed my legs from behind with a great big hug.

Don't even get me started on how fabulous all these kids moms were. WOW!!! It was pretty easy to see how these boys and one young lady got to be as wonderful as they are.

I think I can honestly say that when they came in at 9:30 this morning, they were clients. When they all left at about 12, they were friends.

Thank you so much, "A" family. I had a great morning! What a great way to kick off my weekend!!!

Until next time,

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A photo secret to share...

So, I've been thinking that it'd be kind of interesting to share some of what I've learned throughout the years about photography. Here's one of the most important bits, I think.

Take a look at any magazine. Check out the cover model. Of course that person looks beautiful and all, but check out the eyes. What do you notice? In every single photograph the person has some sort of white light in the eyes. Sometimes, they're square. Sometimes circular. They can even be shaped like an octagon. The point is, they're always there. Those catch lights make the model look alive. If a model is lacking those catchlights, the eyes look "dead." Not exactly a look most people are going for, unless of course they're photographing in the morgue for forensic photography or something.

The other type of catch lights are called "Pin" lights. Those are found in images that use a pop up flash or the flash on the smaller digital cameras that most everyone has. Those pin lights aren't bad...just different. Pin lights almost always show up in the center of the pupil as alittle orange dot. Most true professional photographers know how to use the flash correctly to avoid the pin lights, which in my opinion, look amateurish.

A professional photographer will have catchlights in the model's eyes (from studio lights) at either the 10 o'clock or 2 o'clock position (or somewhat close to that). If that photographer is shooting outdoors, the catchlights will have much different shapes or may not even have a true "shape" at all. Just some really nice light in the eyes.

That's one thing I"m always striving for and one thing I've learned to look for. Nice, good catch lights. So whether you choose to work with me or anyone else, be on the look out for cool catch lights. In my opnion, it's one of the differences between a professional and an amateur.

Until next time,

Friday, June 12, 2009

The "S" brothers...

Were just so cute and a blast to work with! I have a sister so I've not been truly able to see how two older aged brothers are together. These two had me in stitches! They were cracking me up with their antics and their conversations, too. It was so much fun to see how close these two guys are to each other and how much they genuinely seem to LIKE each other.

Even though the session didn't go exactly how mom and grandma planned, I was still able to get a bunch of really great images. These are just a few and I usually post the images that are great, but not my favorites. With this session, though, I think I'm going to have a really difficult time trying to figure out which ones AREN'T my favorites. They're all that good!

What a couple of cute, sweet boys. I can't wait to come back in to the studio tomorrow to edit some more of these!!

So glad grandma won that gift certificate! I think it was a win-win-win!

Until next time,