Boudoir Photography is a something that I think every woman should consider these days. Not for their spouse or future spouse or significant other but for themselves. Most women that come to me seeking boudoir photography are doing them as a gift for someone. "M" is no different. She is getting married in a few weeks and presenting these as a gift to her husband on their wedding day. I think it is a wonderful sentiment and something that he will truly love! What I liked even more was spending the time with M and taking pictures that showed her through then lens of a camera how beautiful she is. I believe that these types of photos are a gift to ourselves as well. They take back what media has stolen, a sense of self worth and beauty for every woman. I am sure you will agree that "M' rocks her curves with style! Her soon to be husband is a lucky man! Congratulations "M"!
Boudoir Sessions are a relatively new concept to most people. Some people book sessions for their significant others and some book sessions leading up to a special occasion like a wedding. I believe that the boudoir session should be for the woman who is posing and she should enjoy the images for her own sense of self as much as who she is giving them to.
I want everyone woman who comes through the door to feel special coming in and feel beautiful and thrilled with the images when the session is done.
Here are just some of the boudoir session images I have had the pleasure of taking. This is a recent bridal boudoir shoot before her upcoming wedding! Congratulations G!
I have always been a fan of a nice glass of wine, especially this time of year when I can sit on my deck and enjoy the summer nights and the relaxing breeze. On my travels with Destination Plymouth, I was fortunate enough to spend some time at Plymouth Bay Winery in Downtown Plymouth. They were in the middle of doing a tasting for a super cute couple (with their two puppies) while I was there. I was able to witness first hand the time and care they take with customer service. Not only do they have wines, but they also have wine jellies. In addition, they made suggestions about pairing wines, cooking with wine recipes. It was a long tasting with lots of information. It looked like such a fun time that I am planning my own date with Dave to go there and experience it for myself. Looking for something fun for the 4th? Why not have your local winery provide you with something to celebrate!
Happy Fourth of July everyone!!! Leading up to this fun festive time of year, I wanted to give you some pointers on photographing fireworks. First, you need to use a tripod (or another stable surface like a table) to keep your camera from moving. Otherwise you are going to show the vibration of your hand in the picture and it will come out blurry!! We don't want that!
If your camera has a bulb setting, you want to use that and it you have a remote trigger even better. You want to keep the shutter open for the whole time that the firework is in the air to get the most dynamic picture. Open the shutter when the firework goes off and keep it open until it dissapates.
Use a low shutter speed for a clean shot. The natural tendency would be to use a high ISO because it is dark out, but that also brings in all the residual light pollution from every other light source around you. Your sky will look yellow and grainy instead of clean and crisp.
Happy Shooting! Can't wait to see some of those firework pictures!!!
So excited for my next round of Cameras and Cocktails with Alden Park. Alden Park has been such a fantastic venue to work with. I would highly recommend their function room to anyone looking to host small group gathering. And tonight we are going to have so much fun! Here is my little elevator speech for Cameras and Cocktails! If you have some time tonight, its not too late to come and join us!
Drink, Socialize, Have Fun, and Take Crazy Pics!
Tuesday 6/24/14 - Cameras & Cocktails - In a Snap!
at Alden Park Bar & Grill in Plymouth, MA
A night of fun; A lifetime of better pictures!
Come and enjoy the cocktails and take some crazy photos with your friends!
Get your friends and join us for some fun! This isn't your boring old lecture session on cameras and how an F stop differs from your aperture settings. Get insider tips and tricks on portrait photography and have a great time while you do it! Don't have a fancy camera with lots of different lenses! No worries, these tips on composition and posing will work whether you are using the camera on your phone or a top of the line camera!
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29.99 per person
So clearly this is not a picture I took but I just love having fun Throwback Thursday Posts! My sister and I are twins. We are very close which is not true of all twins or all siblings unfortunately. When she gets pinched I don't feel it. I can't read her mind. Often though we are on the same wavelength. You can call it a twin thing or just chalk it up to being raised in the same family. I am very proud of my sister and all that she has accomplished. You probably so my previous post about her business, Archiplicity. She has been designing residential and commercial buildings for 18 years. She also rock climbs and scuba dives. She works hard to make sure that her friends are taken care of and gives a lot of herself away to make sure that others are happy. Today I celebrate my twin! I also would love to give a shout out to my friend Ed Nute who took this picture of Jenny and I when we were little. I won't call any of us out by saying how long ago this was!
I love sorting through and finding old photos of me and my family. I also love restoring them for other people. This is a great picture of me, my sister, and my cousins Adam and Jennie. It reminds me of the fun time we used to have spending part of the summer in PA with them. Unfortunately age has not been kind to the corners of this photo but lucky for me I know how to fix that! I hope you are enjoying throwback thursday as much as I am!
One of the hardest things to do is to take a great picture of your kids. I have a few tips to make that easier: 1. Pick their best time of day for pictures whether you or hiring someone or taking them yourself. I find that for most kids that is morning.
2. Make sure your kids are well fed. Also bring snacks, drinks, and treats to make things easier.
3. Play and interact while you are taking their pictures, it brings out the bright side of their personality.
4. If they are having a tough time, give them some time to reset. Whether I am taking pictures for other people or myself I find that this comes in handy to change the mood. I am more worried about getting the right shot than about the time on the clock.
The season is now in high gear and I am having so much fun. I have been having so much fun meeting new people and reconnecting with people I have photographed before. This is my second session with V. Her first session was her cake smash session and it is so much fun to see how much she has grown and what a beautiful little girl she is. She is also so amazingly sweet and fun! I loved spending time capturing her and at one of her favorite places...The beach!
So I am so excited my mini sessions on the beach are almost upon us! I just got another sign up yesterday! It's going to be so much fun! If you have not yet heard, mini-sessions are a smaller more compact session. For $99.00, you will receive a 30 minute session, 8-10 digital images and one 8x10 print from your session. Although most people typically think of this as family photos I have all different groups coming, families, couples, maternity photos, and a group of long time girlfriends just to name some. I still have sometime available if you are interested, Call now! 508-244-4073 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
So last Thursday was my 4 year anniversary with Dave. So technically this post should have happened last week, but my dad took precedence :) This is the first picture Dave and I ever had taken of the two of us by my very good friend Laurence when we were with her in Metz, France. The funny thing is that I knew then that we were meant to be together. So did Dave. He went back to Colorado and told everyone that he was moving to Boston.. her didn't know when but he was. This was the beginning of many of the great things that have come my way..Dave and Lucy..the two best things that ever happened to me!
So every once in a while, about 4 times a year, I try and do a creative photo shoot that has nothing to do with anything other than remembering why I love photography. Cynthia Morales, owner of C'mor Color Lush was introduced to me by a friend and we set out to showcase our talents! Here is our result!
This has been a whirlwind couple weeks with photo shoots and family visits and taking care of a two year old to boot! But I wouldn't change it for the world. I am baking a cake, posting a blog entry and ordering an album all at the same time while Lucy naps! That has been the whole last month really with no end in site. But, when you love what you do, you make it work and I love what I do. Taking these family photos allowed me to connect with an old friend that I have not seen in 5 years. I loved being able to reconnect and to take her family pictures with her mom and brother. Take a look:
So by now if you read my posts you can see that I am sort of making it my thing to give a shout out to all the great businesses in town that I frequent. Nothing is better than a personal recommendation to grow your business. So I am making it part of my mission to let people know of all the deserving businesses that I know. We all definitely need to support local business. It is great to have the convenience of shopping online, I know I do it a lot as well, but if we want to see our communities thrive we also have to support the places that we live and work. I met Mike from Smilin' Mike's Dojo of Champions before he started his newest Dojo location in Plymouth. He was teaching in Randolph and a few other places and he was a stay at home dad. Since I am growing my business the same way, I can tell you that it is not easy to spend all of your "down" time make a business work, but Mike has done it with finesse. He has such a great way with people and his business is taking off like a rocket. I can't think of someone that deserves it more. I have seen Mike in action with kids and he is fantastic, so involved and engaging. Once Lucy is old enough for Karate instruction she is definitely going here!
Mike has been teaching since 1997 and if what I see is any indication he's going to go a lot farther. If you are interested take a look at his business. His website is http://www.randolphkarate.com and his contact info is: email@example.com or 781-963-9600. Smilin' Mike's Dojo of Champions is located at 739 State Rd, Plymouth, MA 02360.
FYI, I like this business so much we are doing a Cameras and Cocktails Fundraiser with them on June 19, 2014 at 7pm. Ask me for more details on that too! I went to Notre Dame Academy in Hingham. I love the fact that so many of the women I went to school with are doing great things with their lives and in their communities. Amy Gordon is a great example of that. She started Second Nature Social Skills on a shoestring budget with no office to speak of. She had an idea that would make a difference in the lives of those around her. I am so happy to say that it has taken off and she is making great things happen along with her team.
I love the way Amy talks about her own business on her website so I am going to put her words here to explain exactly what she does:
Imagine how much easier life would be for people if they had specifically designed navigational tools showing them how to get to through the next social challenge: at school, at work, in life, with their peers.
If they had someone that could just tell them what the answers were in social situations as they learn in school?
Second Nature Social Skills aims to make this possible by using a highly visual, direct and explicit teaching approach in making the abstract and "hidden" rules concrete. This makes way to increase social mindfulness for you and your family.
Our approach is always customized to you and family. Everyone is unique and our teaching is individualized for you and your family learning needs. Second Nature Social Skills embraces this because we understand how you need to learn. We provide individualized social life maps so you and your family can confidently navigate your own journey.
Amy specializes in Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Nonverbal Learning Disorders and Anxiety. She is highly skilled and involved in her community. I cannot think of a better person to talk about for this week. Keep up the good work Amy! I love what you are doing!
You can check out her business at http://www.secondnaturesocialskills.com or contact her and her team at 508.747.2663 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
So as the daughter of a jazz musician, I occasionally get to have fun taking photos of my mother and her fellow musicians out at their gigs. I thought it might be fun to use some of their pictures to talk about how to take better candid shots. So obviously when you are photographing a band, or a group of kids on stage (the list goes on...) You can't change what they are doing and you can't change the limited number of angles that you have. I have a couple tips on doing the best you can with a difficult shooting situation.
The first tip, when I go on any photo shoot, I set my camera settings ahead of time. The benefit to this is that I am relatively confident that I am not going to miss any of the action. If you are in the same room for the whole time (barring being closer and farther from changing light sources like windows) you can usually make sure you are happy ahead of time and just focus on composition.
The second tip is don't be afraid to move around the room. Get as close as you can without disturbing others around you. Not a lot of good pictures are had by just sitting in your seat and watching the show.
Change your perspective if you can. Stand on a chair. Lay on the ground. If you are taking pictures of a dance group, try taking pictures of just their cute little feet all in a row. Don't be scared to play around.
Make one subject your focal point, take a picture of the singer and blur the band. Take a picture of the guitarist when he or she is playing their solo. Try to catch each person in their element.
One of my favorite places to frequent in Downtown Plymouth is Tiny Boxes Boutique. Their jewelry and accessories are so stylish and fun. You can always find something unique in any price range. Also, Karen and her staff are super helpful and great to talk to. Many times I go in with no idea of what I want to get for someone. I ask for suggestions, give a price point and I leave with something that my friends and family think is fabulous. If you haven't been in here you need to drop everything and go shop immediately.
Since we are nearing mother's day rapidly and I know there is a lot of shopping left to do, it is a really timely suggestion!
Selection includes silver jewelry, semi precious stones, fresh-water pearls, shells, beautiful real butterfly wing jewelry, recycled water and wine bottle pieces, hand blown crushed recycled glass, handmade fair trade items, crystals, mood beads, drusy jewelry,... Everything you could want.
Tiny Boxes is located at 31 Main St, Plymouth, Massachusetts 02360. Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tiny-Boxes-Boutique/101048299939784 or on the web at http://www.tinyboxesboutique.com.
Just a glimpse inside from one of Karen's own pictures!