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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Final Session of the Fall Season

Last Saturday was the last day to have a portrait session created in time to receive finished portraits by Christmas, and this was my last session of the day. In spite of cold fingers and runny noses, I really enjoyed this session. It was at a location that is very popular in our county, but I have never shot there before, so now I can say I have! I love walking into a challenge like this - not knowing beforehand where I'm going to shoot, because it really forces me to look at the lighting first, and the background second. Lighting is the very most important variable to consider when creating portraits, and we had some FANTASTIC light on Saturday! Thanks so much, H family for spending a couple of goofy hours with me, and for making me feel funny.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Cold Little Brave Ones

Ok, A, you can stop checking the blog every 10 minutes.... Here's your sneak peek. For the record, I think this is the fastest I've ever blogged a session, so you ought to feel pretty special. It always amazes me how good your kids are! They were such troopers in that cold cold morning. They are honestly some of the easiest kids I ever have the privilege of working with. I did get some great images of your girls too, but I wanted to highlight your middle child on this one just because he is such a heart-breaker! I go nuts over his eyes every time. Your gallery should be up by the end of the week, and I'll let you know via email when it is. Thanks a million for this awesome session!


Ok, ok I couldn't resist... Here's one of your girls too.

PS - sorry, I haven't figured out how to enable image enlarging since I switched to my Mac. I'm working on it...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Growing Pains

I think I'm the last photographer I know of to switch from a PC to a Mac. My abomination of a PC this past week finally convinced me that it was inevitable, so I went out on Monday and bought a brand new, shiny iMac. I gotta say, it's so PRETTY! Anyway, now I'm trying to sort through all the problems of changing platforms, and still trying to juggle my holiday workload, so if I seem to disappear for a while, that's why. I will try to keep up with my posting, but with the lab deadline looming in front of me, I honestly don't know how often that will be. Please be patient and know that I'm working hard to get everyone's portraits finished by Christmas.

I want to quickly post these images of a sweet girl I met in Switzerland. She had me create these portraits just a couple days before I came home, and I haven't even had a chance to post them yet. Thanks, B for this opportunity! Even in the pouring rain, you look fantastic.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Studio Envy

I have a good friend, Ryan Cummings, who just the past year leased his own store-front studio. I cannot deny this is a dream I've had for a long time. There is just something about having that retail facade that really helps, I think, with marketing and name recognition. I've done numerous studies, however, and the overhead of running a store-front studio would be so great, I'd have to raise prices exponentially just to pay for that image, let alone have a successful, thriving business. I rented Ryan's studio on Saturday just to get a feel for the space and equipment, and although it was really nice, I left feeling like it wasn't anything I couldn't do in my current humble home studio. So I will be content with what I have for the moment, and frankly, it ain't so bad!K, your girls are so adorable! Thanks so much for being my guinea pigs! I have some really great ideas for your Christmas Card this year, and I LOVE the Scottie dog sweaters - they photographed perfectly. I'll have your gallery up soon.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Classics never go out of style

So I've been thinking a lot lately about the current trends in photography. Part of me really likes modern, hip images that aren't posed or refined. Images like that are fun to look at, and evoke emotion. That being said, however, there is just something about a classic, timeless family portrait that never seems to go out of style. You just can't beat a single image where everyone looks their best, and looks like they belong to each other. I don't know what the future will bring for my profession, but I have a hard time believing that traditional portraiture will become irrelevant. This family is one of my very first clients, and when we talked about what kind of session to do for them this year, we had to strive for something different from what we've done in the past, so we went very formal and very classic. I loved the whole session, and I can totally imagine future generations from now looking at these images and saying, "WOAH! Grandma was a hotty!"