The real question is not where ideas come from but where do they go. ~Paul Beatty
January is such a blah month for me but I gotta tell ya, the snow fall we had Monday evening was absolutely beautiful! Let’s be real here…Mother Nature knows whats she’s doin’! I loved how the snow was so heavy and layered the branches of the trees, bushes and shrubs. When Mother Nature creates this beautiful Winter Wonderland, we (my kids and I) affectionately call our small town of Eau Claire, Narnia. Cheesy I know…but HEY… I grew up performing on stage as a child so I’m pretty imaginative and dramatic! Just roll with it!
The snow gave me such renewed inspiration that I texted one of my clients and asked her to come and play. No need for fancy make-up, hair, or clothing! Just show up and BE YOU! She was right on top of that and the above pictures is what I captured in 20 minutes of play. And just like that…my creative juices are starting to stir. My January slumber is almost over. I’m getting excited to greet 2018!
What are you working on that’s bring inspiration to your life?
Until next time.
Winter Carnival happened for my Emily this past weekend. (Insert Happy Dance) Normally this dance doesn’t draw a crowd like Homecoming or Prom, but this dance was important to her. Last year she tore her ACL and was 3 weeks post surgery so she had to sit the Winter Carnival dance out and when you’re 15, a freshman in high school, I’m sure you remember just wanting to be with your friends and not wanting to miss a thing. So she was a bit depressed she missed it. She did get dressed up for photos with her friend group and had dinner with the her friends (all 16 of them!) which in my opinion was awesome, but of course I’m no longer 15 years old! (what do I know) And…to top it off a group of kids came back to the house after the dance to fill her in on all the juicy gossip that took place on the dance floor. SO this dance marked her “I’m all healed up” come back!
Saturday was a scramble and complete blur for me(thank goodness I take so many photos!) but I stepped up to the plate and hit a home run! (That’s right…Mom Hall of Fame recipient) The day started off in a small Wisconsin town (which I had no idea existed and I’m thankful for Google Maps for getting me there) watching and cheering on Hayden at his basketball tournament. Then leaving that event only to race home to curl and style Emily’s hair in a record 20 minutes! (air fist pump) The first round of pictures took place at 3pm and we showed up at 3:45pm! Oh well! It is what it is. Then we raced to our second photo group location by 4:35pm and captured everyone looking amazing before sunset at 4:57pm! Whew! But wait, there’s more. My home was the “before dinner” snack shack, and I was thankful my husband was home from Peyton’s away basketball tournament to have snacks, drinks, and wine (for the parents) laid out ready to entertain. Once the kid and parent company were out the door it was time to meet our friends out for dinner and plenty of drinks! By 9pm we were ready to prepare for “Round 2″…you guessed it we were hosting the after the dance snacks and sleepover! In all seriousness, I’m extremely thankful for these busy parenting days because they really do just fly by so quickly. Lemme show you what I captured.
These guys crack me up…of course that AWESOME set of wheels had to be in the photo!
Emily second photo location took place at Banbury. Then these cute kids enjoyed dinner at the Livery.
Emily with her besties! They call themselves “The 3 Musketeers!” There is never a dull moment with these three and the laughs are constant!
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Endless rows of green and purple. Scent of lavender fills the air. The Sandia mountains provide the perfect backdrop. Los Poblanos. This quaint plantation nestled in the heart of Albuquerque along the Rio Grande is one of my family’s favorite places to be in this world. Mallory, our New Mexican baby, requested this location be apart of her photographic story. She grew up attending the annual lavender festival during the hot summers and has such fond memories cutting lavender and creating bundles with her grandmother and me.
Everyone has a story. I’d love to capture yours.
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“You are not in the mountains. The mountains are in you.” John Muir
Photographing in full sun.
Red Rock State Park lies about 15 minutes outside Las Vegas. On our way to LA in 2016 we took a tour of the park and I captured a few images for Mallory’s senior portfolio.
Photographing in full sun is not my first choice, but when it’s my only choice I have to make lemonade outta lemons. I took the photo’s above at high noon. Not only did I need to properly expose Mallory, I needed the mountains in the background to tell the story. It took me awhile driving around to find the right location within the park, but once I did, me and my girl worked fast due to ever-changing lighting scenario.
Here’s how I set up the shot:
- Positioning: Making sure I was facing into the sun and placing Mallory in front of me was key.
- Exposure: To properly expose for her skin, I used the desert floor as the natural reflector.
- Clothing: Having her wear dark colors meant I could expose properly for her skin without blowing her skin-tone or any highlights.
- Background: Having the mountains take up most of the background, I knew there wouldn’t be a blown out sky which would be a common occurrence.
- Direction: When photographing her face, I had her turn towards me, away from the sun, to cast even light on her face.
- Challenge: The wind. With her long hair I could only photograph her face in one direction so her hair wouldn’t cover her face. Pulling her hair up was not an option, and provided the movement I needed in her photo since she was stationary.
Lens: 50mm ISO 100/f 2.2/ SS 1/5000
**Having a camera body that has the minimum capability to dial the shutter speed to 1/4000 would be ideal and produce better results.
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Fine Art Portraits. Canvas. Wood. Framed Portraits. Books. Albums. Oh My.
How I help you see your family as art goes way beyond digital images. After all, who wants another “to do” project after your session?
Offering a varied amount of (nothing but the best) heirloom products to my clients is the heartbeat of my business. More often than not my clients are looking for finished art they can enjoy long after their portrait session has ended. Today, I wanted to share with you the newest product offered to my clients.
Printing on wood.
Heritage Wood Accordions have a Fine Art Paper Mounted directly to 3/4” wood with hand sanded corners to give you that hand-made artisan effect. No wood color or grain shows through these prints so you get the look of a wood print with true color and clarity in the printed image.
I actually ordered this amazing product to display a few of Mallory’s senior portraits and loved this so much, I replaced my traditional portrait folio offered in my collections with this heritage wooden accordion. I know my clients are going to love this!
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