Archive for August, 2011

Ruby Beach

My boyfriend and I decided to take a day road trip around the highway 101 loop. Something both of us have been wanting to do, but never taken the time. It’s quite the trip to make in one day, but nice to catch a glimpse of some places that we might want to plan a full-length trip to at a later time.

My favorite stop along the route that day was Ruby Beach. We stopped in on a whim, thinking it looked like a cool place on the map. Yes, we had to use a REAL paper map due to the lack of cell reception on that highway. You know, the kind that you have to unfold and then figure out how to look at it without blinding the driver? Yeah, one of those. It was great, and I was pleased to find that I still knew how to use one properly. We didn’t even get lost!

So, back to Ruby Beach. It was beyond beautiful. We pulled in just before sunset, so there were not many people, and the tide was out. We practically had the beach all to ourselves, so we took our time strolling along and taking pictures. I would love to come back and enjoy this beautiful piece of Pacific Ocean beach.

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Family on the Lake

It turned out to be a beautiful evening for this family portrait session! A few clouds rolled in just as we started and worked to my favor as a jumbo-sized soft box! (That’s the big thing they put over the light/flash so the light isn’t so harsh)

We started out on the deck of their home, overlooking the lake. The view was amazing, but I was having more fun watching their two boys having fun with the shoot. They were not camera shy at all, and both boys had lots of fun ideas to share.

After a “formal” shoot, they decided to change into some more casual outfits. We went back down to the dock for a little fun.

The boys wanted to show off on their bikes a bit, so we walked up to the driveway and did a few tricks!

Then I decided to ask the boys who could jump higher… we went back to the dock to for a little more fun before ending our session.

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The Perfect Gift

I often find myself browsing through Craigslist looking at ads people post looking for photographers. Usually the ad reads something to the effect of “I don’t have money, so if you would like to add to your portfolio, this would be a great opportunity!” Well here’s a newsflash: I don’t have to work for free to add to my portfolio. People often don’t understand the true amount of time and effort that goes into a photo shoot. It’s not just walking around taking snapshots and then handing over a disk of images. It’s work. Hard work. And the work isn’t over when you’re done taking pictures. You have to weed through hundreds of images and make the choice of what is good and what isn’t. Then there’s the editing, and time to upload, etc etc…

But I digress….

Last week I was browsing Craigslist adds just for fun, and I came across one that caught my eye. Someone wanted to hire a photographer to document a very special surprise evening they had planned for their mother. He offered a fair payment for two hours of shooting time, and stated he would want to buy prints at a later time. The gig was all the way up in Woodinville, which is about an hour and a half from my home in Olympia. Normally it wouldn’t have been worth my drive, but  I liked the add so much I responded anyways. I just loved the idea that this man had come up with, and I felt it would be an honor to be able to be a part of their evening.

To my surprise, he called me the next day, saying that with all of the responses he received from the ad he placed he liked my work the best. Now that made my day!

The event was a Chris Isaac concert, being held at the Chateau Ste Michelle winery. That in itself was enough to get a photographer excited! The grounds are meticulously maintained and the buildings are beautiful.

Mother and son arrived in a town car at the VIP entrance. As the mother stepped out of the car, I was snapping pictures like paparazzi. She walked towards her son saying “I think that lady thinks I am someone else!” Her son then told her that he had hired me for the evening to document their time during the VIP reception. (photographers weren’t allowed into the concert)

They walked through the grounds, tasted some wine, and enjoyed the amazing feast that was provided for all VIP guests.

Then it was portrait time. The mother said she hadn’t had a photo taken of her in years… it was my pleasure with her beautiful smile! She still seemed in disbelief when it was my time to leave. I have a feeling her evening was just getting started…

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Boredom = Fun

What does a photographer do when business is a little slow and the photographer is bored? What’s the best way to market you photography business? Get out and take pictures! That’s the answer to both questions!

My goal on this sunny afternoon was actually to try and find a couple to photograph on the street, free of charge, just for fun. I went to a few parks but just couldn’t muster up the courage to break in on a conversation or stop them in their tracks to ask if I could photograph them. This is something I need to work on… another time…

I decided to take a different approach to street photography. I went to a local skate park with my big 70-200 canon lens, parked myself on a bike rack (rather uncomfortable!), and waited until I had a bit of attention from the teenage boys showing off their tricks. At one point there was about six of them all standing together, so I made my move. I walked up and asked if they would mind if I took their pictures. Let me tell you, a group of teenage boys gets giddy when a lady in heels carrying a huge camera asks them to take their picture! I handed out my card after one asked if I did modeling pics (he was wanting to become a model and wanted to start his portfolio), and then started shooting away.

It was lots of fun, and next time I’ll be bringing a wider angled lens. I was still able to get some fun shots, though! I think some teens were happy to get some new facebook pictures!

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