Meet Maddie. Easy-going & personable, Maddie wins the award this year for the quickest turn around between the date she first contacted me and the date we did her senior session: one week! That is a rarity this time of year, but she was anxious to squeeze her session in before school started and I just happened to have a time slot open that fit into her schedule. It’s awesome when things work out that way!
Because Maddie wanted a natural setting and she was scheduled for late afternoon, I anticipated a full-sun scenario where we’d be working primarily in the shade or capturing backlit images. However Mother Nature had her own thoughts, Continue reading →
Meet Liz. She loves to ride horses, teach others to ride horses, and swing dance. This young lady is a cowgirl through and through. Therefore, it should have been no surprise when Liz asked if we could include not one, not two, but THREE horses into her senior portraits. And yet somehow I was a little surprised. Being the ‘city slicker’ photographer I am, I can honestly say I’ve never photographed a horse in any of my portrait sessions. In fact I’ve hardly ever been around horses, except for a few touristy chuckwagon dinner excursions, which (let’s be honest here) hardly qualify as horseback riding at all. But I love a creative challenge, and so I happily took on this assignment. Continue reading →
As a corporate wellness director with the American Heart Association, and yoga instructor with special training in trauma-sensitive & restorative yoga, Lindsey works to find innovative solutions to help individuals, communities, and organizations cultivate systems that lead to better health and well-being. As she so eloquently states, “I want people to feel at home and alive in their bodies, lives, and workplaces.”
When Lindsey asked me to be the photographer for her online and professional portraits, I knew she needed a fresh approach that would reflect the same sense of balance she seeks to foster in her clients. Continue reading →
Hello fellow photographers! I wanted to share a great online resource I’ve discovered that is chock full of posing guides for all types of shooting situations: families, newborns, high school seniors, engagement, wedding, maternity, etc. I especially love the ‘posing cards’ that are downloadable directly to your phone or tablet, giving you access to the poses on-the-fly during a photo shoot.
It’s no secret I love natural light portraiture. Like love, love it. It’s my thing. My jam. My modus operandi. I absolutely love the look and feel, and I love its purity: no imposing soft boxes getting in the way, no umbrellas flopping over in the wind, no cumbersome lighting cords tying me down. I like to travel light, and natural light photography gives me the freedom to do so.
Yet, for all the wonderful qualities that come with natural light, it does have its limitations. And to be honest, lately I’ve been feeling a little boxed in. I figured it was time to expand my creative toolbox, try something new and dip my toes into the world of flash photography. Continue reading →
Prior to each photo session I sit down with my clients to discuss what they should wear for their portrait session. We discuss everything from casual to formal outfits, and classic to trendy ensembles. While the specifics for each photo shoot are different, one thing remains the same: I always recommend they choose a color palette that compliments their skin tones.
Let me repeat, I recommend they choose a COLOR palette.
As in: COLOR.
So what ‘colors’ do most people show up in?
So, just to be clear, WHITE is not a color. It is the absence of color.
CREAM? Well, that’s really just a dirty shade of white.
BLACK technically isn’t a color either. It’s what happens when all the other colors get jumbled up together.
And GREY? Don’t even get me started…
DENIM & NAVY – okaythose are colors. But aren’t we getting a little wild here? Continue reading →
“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundreth of a second.” – Marc Riboud
QUICK: When was the last time you used your camera in a setting other than Auto Mode?
…Been a while hasn’t it? Perhaps, it’s actually been since …ever. It’s okay, you can admit it – you are an Automatic-aholic. You, like so many others, have fallen victim to the ease and security of Auto Mode (or any of the other preprogrammed Scene Modes on your camera). Really, it’s okay. It’s not your fault. In fact, feel free to blame the technical gurus at Nikon, Canon, Sony or any of the other brand name camera companies for your addiction. I mean those guys really know their stuff and they’ve programmed today’s cameras with some pretty wicked features that conveniently take all the guess work out of photography. But with all of that convenience comes a price. And that price is creative freedom. Sure you can take some really decent photos using those preprogrammed modes, but wouldn’t it be great to create something a little better than decent – to venture beyond the everyday snapshot? If so, then you need to break the Auto habit and explore some of the other wonderful things your camera can do for you. Continue reading →