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!
There are certain things you start to pay attention to when you take lots of pictures. When you feel like you have gotten the aperture right and the shutter speed right. Your exposure is good. Now how does a good photo become a great photo? It's attention to detail. If you want your subject to stand out you pick simple but picturesque backgrounds. If you are taking snapshots on the fly and you can't control the background then you shift your subjects to make sure that there is no tree growing out of their head or a pole! Seems simple right? But if you don't pay attention to the small details you pictures look cluttered and your subjects get lost. Or worse, they look laughable because some object is protruding at just the wrong angle! I try to pick simple backgrounds; a row of tall bushes, a brick wall, the beach when no one is there. When you have control over your environment it eliminates anything that might get in the way. Happy Shooting!
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!
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 email@example.com
So just a couple weeks away now and I have our first beach mini sessions for the summer! I am so excited to be out on the beach with some people I know and some I will get to know. That is one of the beautiful things about this business! I get to meet new people all the time! Here is how a mini session works. You book a 30 minute session on June 21, 2014 with me (there are a few slots still available) in return you receive 8-10 digital images and one 8x10 print. You may order more prints but they will be priced separately. Just take a look at the last mini session I had!
So now that it is getting nicer out and summer is coming more of us are thinking about taking vacations and getting out and about. In addition to wanting to have loads of fun on your trip, you probably want to capture some moments that remind you of the great time that you had. Here are some things that I find helpful.
1. If you are driving bring a tripod. You want a picture of the WHOLE family.
2. When you set people up look for a location with a bench or some rocks, something that will make it easier to stagger people. Photos are so much more interesting that way.
3. Stay away from bold prints. If one person is wearing a brig floral caftan, that will certainly be the focus of the picture!
4. If you have kids, take pictures in the morning. That is usually their best time and the time they are most willing to listen to direction. Also I am not above bribery (carry a little treat with you, a couple M&M's go a long way!
5. Mid afternoon is the best time to capture great lighting. It's called the golden hour and you have great light if you think you can get you family to pose then.
6. Save noontime for lunch not pictures! There is usually a hazy film on your images when the sun is right over head. I try to avoid taking pictures at this time if I can help it!
If all of this seems like a lot, consider calling a photographer located where you are staying and having them meet you for an afternoon. Family Photo Shoots are affordable and you won't regret having some great images to cherish! Happy Shooting!
So we all have those family photos that are great and we would like to keep but they degrade over time. This is one of my favorite photos of my family but it is yellow and starting to show signs of wear. You can see though that there is a lot that I can do with Photoshop to make photos like that better. What about choosing a selection of family photos and create a new album of digital images for an anniversary or a birthday gift. That would truly be something that would be remembered!
So this week is a week for tributes I guess. I am making this throwback Thursday post about my grandmother. She was really the linchpin that held together the family. She was one of the most giving and most outspoken women that I knew. She passed in 2012 and is still greatly missed. Even at 93 we would talk every day and she was sharp as a tack. I used to call her in the middle of the night and on my way home from work just when I wanted someone to talk to. She was a seamstress by trade, she took care of her family with love and grace and lots of Italian cooking. This was her photo on her wedding day. I restored the image and I am posting the before and after of the restoration. I miss her everyday and I love her with all my heart!
I find one of the toughest things for people is to make a family photo look interesting. When you go on vacation someplace nice you want to take a photo of yourself there to capture the moment. However, lining everyone up in a line is usually not that interesting looking. One of the easiest things you can do is to have people at different heights. Even with just a few people it adds more visual interest. Use something available like stairs at a famous building or rocks at the beach and have people interspersed at different levels so that you are filling the frame with interesting content or making it more interesting. With kids, another good thing is to provide snacks and drinks and time to run around. If kids are grumpy and don't want to take a picture then give them 10 minutes to goof off and/ or have a snack. It usually changes the mood right away. I almost always have snacks and waters on hand a family photo shoots just to make life easier for people. If you are planning a big trip, consider hiring a professional where you are going to take a photo while you are there. It makes a once in a lifetime trip even more memorable. Happy Shooting!
I had the wonderful opportunity on Friday to enjoy some sand and sun with the Sanfords. Sadie is a particularly easy subject to shoot because she enjoys life so much. She can entertain herself and she is so sweet and fun that she makes the day so enjoyable. We had fun building sandcastles and surfing, snapping some pictures in between. Hope you enjoy these as much as I had fun taking them!