Archive for May, 2011

New Studio

Slowly but surely, I have been piecing together a portable studio for some time now. I specialize in outdoor portraiture because I feel that being outdoors allows my clients to be more themselves. It allows for movement, fresh air natural lighting, and a more relaxed atmosphere. Studio portraiture always seems to be stuffier, more forced, and not as comfortable for the client. But, there is always a need for a studio setting. Weather may rain out as session that can’t be rescheduled, or you may need more privacy than a park setting can give you.

I now have a fully functional portable studio for any client’s needs. When my final items came in the mail, I think my boyfriend was even more excited than I! He said “Set it up!” and ran upstairs to change. A few minutes later he sat down in front of my backdrop and proceeded to be my model. Lucky for me he is quite photogenic, as well as patient. He had no qualms about holding his poses while I adjusted lighting and fixed backdrops.

This was my favorite shot of the evening. Nothing fancy. Just him, looking like the amazing man he is! 🙂

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Soul of a Musician

I recently was referred by a past client to do a shoot for a gentleman that wanted a photo for the cover of his upcoming album release. He was hoping to get some vintage looking shots, much like the “Old West” photos you see of people sitting rigidly in their chairs not smiling. After a few phone conversations, I was a bit surprised by the style of photos he was wanting. Let’s just say that this musician is a little quirky, and seemed to have much more personality than an old-school vintage photo would give him credit for.

Upon arrival to his property I pulled up in front of a beautiful old red barn that made for a perfect photo op and a fun prop. To the left of the barn was a beautiful field filled with yellow flowers, and a perimeter of evergreens to make the perfect backdrop. This was a photographer’s heaven.

We started the session inside the old barn, searching for that vintage look he was wanting.

I asked him to start playing one of his instruments so he would feel more in his element. As soon as his fingers started strumming the strings and his soft, melodious voice started filling the barn, the session really came alive. I felt like I should be paying him! I was so taken by his music… I could see HIM starting to come through.

Soon we were in the field; me snapping pictures and him singing to the neighbor’s dogs.

It was a beautiful sight, and I know I was enjoying myself even more than he was! After some fun shots showing off his beautiful guitar and a bit of his quirkiness, I had one finally shot I wanted to try out. It involved some arm manipulation and probably feeling a little lop-sided for a bit, but the end result was well worth it. This was my favorite image of the day… it just screams music, art, and beauty.

I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to work with this incredible musician! I also made a deal so I get to purchase the first copy of his cd! I can’t wait!

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What is in your backyard?

What I love most about photography is that it opens people’s eyes to the beauty around them, and even to the beauty within themselves. Photography makes you take a step back, slow down, and look at things, people, places in a different light. Often something that hundreds of people walk by every day without a second glance, if captured in an image in a different view than the “everyday” view, will capture people’s attention once transformed into the medium of a photograph. So many times someone has seen one of my photographs, gasped, and asked me where it was taken. I would then point out a window or day “On the corner of 4th and Capital” and they would be amazed. “I never noticed that there!” they might say, or “I had no idea something like that could be so beautiful!”

A while back I had been sick and housebound for a while, and I was going a bit stir crazy. I was desperately wanting to take photos of something…. Anything…. So I stepped out in the backyard with hopes of finding something to fancy my interest. At first glance there wasn’t much… lawn, bushes, rocks, moss, fence… but then I slowed down and really looked. Walking the perimeter of the little suburban yard, I found some amazingly beautiful things, that I hadn’t even realized were there…

Beauty is everywhere. It is around us, and within us… we just have to slow down, open our eyes, and look.

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