I love being a photographer but I hate having my picture taken. Like many women I only see my imperfections when I look at pictures rather than the beauty that my daughter sees. Tonight I heeded my own words, "You children don't care what size you are or what imperfections you may perceive. They see that you are beautiful just the way you are! Don't wait to get in front of the camera. These are the moments they will cherish forever!"
I love working with families that love to have fun! When people enjoy life it shows in their images. You can just tell how much this family is having! This session lasted twice as long as a normal session, mostly because we were all having fun, we kept seeing good photo opportunities and I just don't put the camera down until we are really done (or it is too dark to see!) I hope you enjoy seeing this night as much as I enjoyed shooting it!
This is such a great time of year! We get to enjoy the sun and the beach! Especially after this last winter! Oh my goodness! We will savor every day of this now! One of my favorite things is photographing kids being kids and what better place to capture those moments than on the beach! A carefree place where families can relax and unwind and kids can be themselves. Love these beach babies!
After coming home from doing the Rapunzel Photo shoot, Lucy said to me, "Mommy, I want to do that!". Well she didn't have enough hair for Rapunzel, LOL but she makes a stunning Red Riding Hood! See some more of my children's photos!
This has been the perfect summer for beach photos! It has been sunny and not too hot, just a nice temperate climate that really makes people feel comfortable and at ease taking photos. This year I have had a lot of family reunion type photos. I have had so much fun meeting people and getting to know them while taking their photos.
These are just a few from one of the last family reunions I was lucky enough to be a part of!
If I had a penny for every time someone has said to me, "I don't photograph well", I would be a rich woman. Now I am not saying that we are all Salma Hayek who would look beautiful dressed in a paper bag, but I think that a lot of bad pictures have to do with bad posing. The goal of every photograph is to accentuate the positive and downplay what people do not like about themselves. Part of understanding that comes from taking a lot of portraits and learning what looks good and part of it comes from talking to your clients about what they are happy with and what makes them insecure. Here are some helpful tips to get you started:
- Change perspective:
- Stand on a chair
- Lay on the floor
- Hold the camera above your head.
- Use things around you to change your perspective
- Close, Close Close
- Break the ice, make people laugh
- Make a photo more intimate
- Get at their level and take candids in their environment:
- Play outside
- Sit on the ground or a chair
- Side over the shoulder most flattering angle
- Need to be at eye level in most cases
- Avoid photographing down someone’s shirt!
- No Mug shots
- Turn person slightly to the side and have them look over their shoulder; that is the most flattering for all body types. And don’t we all have something we don’t like! I have never posted a photo on Facebook that I have not photo shopped!
- Chin Down
- Photographing underneath can increase stature as you saw but make sure that people are keeping their chins down or else you will end up with what I like to call the double chin effect!
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 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 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!
Christmas Photos and Christmas Photo Cards are well under way now..I finally sat down to design my own and I thought I would share so that you can see some of the things we have been designing for people! Lucy loved playing with the lights and we made sure they didn't get put in her mouth. Overall it was a fun and east photo shoot because the christmas lights kept her happy!
Let me know what you think! They go to the printer tomorrow :)
...and here is one of the other photos that I loved from that shoot. Dave's grandmother knit the sweater and hat before she passed away, what I nice way to keep that memory forever...to put it up in the house or on a card.
Usually January is a time for hibernation, but the weather has been so good this year people are still out and about. We are doing mostly studio work right now, due to the chill in the air and we are exited about some of the projects we have done and some of the ones we have coming up. Take a look at some of the head shots we have done lately and look forward to some of our cute babies coming later this month!