Congratulations Graduates!

Studio B Class of 2016 - 2.jpgA huge shout out to each one of these graduates!  It was a such pleasure to be your senior portrait photographer.  I wish you the absolute best as you head into the next chapter of your life!

Make your own path. Follow your own lead. Nobody else’s footsteps lead exactly where you’re going.

 

Listen Up!

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Meet Sophia & Emma.

From all outward appearances these two are just typical sisters – opposite in every way.  One is outgoing.  The other shy.  One is girly.  The other not so much.  One is tall.  The other petite.  One has long, curly hair.  The other sports a pixie cut.  One looks like dad.  The other looks like mom.  Need I go on?

Despite all this individuality, these two sisters do have one significant thing in common:  They were both born with profound, bilateral hearing loss.

In laymen’s terms, they are deaf.

You’d never know this if you met them.  In fact, they are just about as ‘typical’ as any two teens/tweens can be: Continue reading

Posing Guides

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.

Click here to check them out!

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What Are You Afraid Of?

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“Let me list for you some of the many ways in which you might be afraid to live a more creative life: You’re afraid you have no talent. You’re afraid you’ll be rejected or criticized or ridiculed or misunderstood or—worst of all—ignored. You’re afraid there’s no market for your creativity, and therefore no point in pursuing it. You’re afraid somebody else already did it better. You’re afraid everybody else already did it better. You’re afraid somebody will steal your ideas, so it’s safer to keep them hidden forever in the dark. You’re afraid you won’t be taken seriously. You’re afraid your work isn’t politically, emotionally, or artistically important enough to change anyone’s life. You’re afraid your dreams are embarrassing. You’re afraid that someday you’ll look back on your creative endeavors as having been a giant waste of time, effort, and money. You’re afraid you don’t have the right kind of discipline. You’re afraid you don’t have the right kind of work space, or financial freedom, or empty hours in which to focus on invention or exploration. You’re afraid you don’t have the right kind of training or degree. You’re afraid you’re too fat. (I don’t know what this has to do with creativity, exactly, but experience has taught me that most of us are afraid we’re too fat, so let’s just put that on the anxiety list, for good measure.) You’re afraid of being exposed as a hack, or a fool, or a dilettante, or a narcissist. You’re afraid of upsetting your family with what you may reveal. You’re afraid of what your peers and coworkers will say if you express your personal truth aloud. You’re afraid of unleashing your innermost demons, and you really don’t want to encounter your innermost demons. You’re afraid your best work is behind you. You’re afraid you never had any best work to begin with. You’re afraid you neglected your creativity for so long that now you can never get it back. You’re afraid you’re too old to start. You’re afraid you’re too young to start. You’re afraid because something went well in your life once, so obviously nothing can ever go well again. You’re afraid because nothing has ever gone well in your life, so why bother trying? You’re afraid of being a one-hit wonder. You’re afraid of being a no-hit wonder”

― Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Playing with Light

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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

Comfort Zones

Comfort Zones

Ahhhh… comfort zones.  Warm.  Cozy.  Stress free.

I’m currently taking a Lighting & Portraiture class, and I must say I was pretty darn happy when the first homework assignment was to take a portrait using exclusively natural light.  Seeing as I’ve specialized in natural light portraiture for several years now, this first assignment was right up my alley.  You want me to take a portrait using natural light?  No problemo.

Now I will admit, it was verrrrrrry tempting to simply bring in some already prepared images from my Studio B Photography business.  However, that would not only be cheating, it would be self-defeating and I wouldn’t be learning anything new.  As such, I decided to put a twist on natural light portraiture that would make it challenging for me, or at least a little different than my current modus operandiContinue reading

Never Stop Learning

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Ever have that dream where it’s the day of final exams and you realize you forgot you were taking the course and therefore never showed up to class, never did any of the reading, and are completely unprepared for the test?  Yeah, me too.

Like, ALL THE TIME.

While there are many theories as to why this particular nightmare is so common, my own self-diagnosis leads me to believe it is because I simply hate to be unprepared.  For me, the ultimate red-faced, anxiety-ridden, sweat-producing scenario is when someone asks me a question about an area in which I’m supposedly an ‘expert’ and my only response looks something like this…

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Ugh….AWKWARD!  Gives me the heebie-jeebies just thinking about it.  So what do I do when I find myself in one of these situations?   Continue reading

Black, White & Boring…

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?

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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 – okay those are colors.  But aren’t we getting a little wild here? Continue reading