Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Clarke Portraits

I forgot I hadn’t posted a sneak peak of these adorable kiddos!  We had a lot of fun chasing ducks and were lucky enough to avoid the worst part of that day’s rain.

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This little gal was smiley and so excited to be photographed:

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Her brother was more difficult to win over, but still such a sweetheart.  Between the playground, the pond, and the ducks, it’s no wonder he wasn’t interested in the camera!

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We took cover from the rain for our group shots, and I’m so happy with the result:

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Here’s my favorite from our session:

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And here’s how you know when it’s time to go home:

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Thanks, Heather, for spending the morning with me.  Your children are adorable, and I enjoyed or session.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Romney (cont’d)

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Romney Baby (and a few more tips)

Such a sweet little guy.  We set the appointment for a time when he was supposed to be napping so we could get detail shots and sweet sleeping baby pictures.  I’m so glad he was awake for this session!  Here are my favorites:

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Just like with my last session, we had a cold Oregon day for our shoot and so we were working with natural window light.  The shot above and below were both taken with baby on the bed in the master bedroom—in the above shot, I knelt between him and the window.  The front lighting is very forgiving of skin imperfections, and we’ve got great natural catch lights in his eyes.

For the 2 shots below, he is parallel to the window.  That gave us a little more shadow, which adds character and depth.  If there’s too much shadow, you can prop a white pillow (out of the picture) on the non-window side.  That will reflect some light back into the shadowy area.

 

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Another one with him facing the window and pulling an adorable baby face:

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And of course I love shots of mother with baby.  I told Jana that she was my prop in these pictures—they’re really more about the interaction of mother and baby than getting a great shot of mom.  (but of course you want mom to look great, too, or she’ll never show anyone the pictures!)  And the background is a sheet draped over the edge of the crib.  Just make sure to iron it first—wrinkles can be hard to take out in Photoshop (as I experienced first hand with these pictures).

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Thanks, Jana.  Your little guy is adorable, and I really enjoyed getting to know you a little.

 

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Baby Davis

Rather than just post these pictures, I thought I would share some tips on photographing your baby.  Julia and I created a little “home studio” out of things she has in her home, and there’s no reason why you can’t do the same. 

Here’s one of my favorites:

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I love natural lighting and avoid using flash whenever possible.  But it’s a baby, it’s winter, and we live in Oregon.  So we set up the baby inside facing a window.  Julia has a wonderful fuzzy blanket that we used, but you can also use a sheet or any blanket you have.  Texture is great, but busy patterns will take your focus away from the baby (and make it harder to fix problems in Photoshop!)

Here’s a pulled-back look of our “studio” set-up.  Obviously he’s much bigger than his little brother, but he wanted a little of the attention:

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The dining table, a blanket, and pillows worked wonderfully for what we needed.  You can also tack or tape a sheet to the wall, or have someone hold a blanket behind baby.

For this shot, we added a boppy under the blanket to keep him from rolling over.  It doesn’t matter if your backdrop is tall enough to be the only thing in the backgroud, but make sure it blocks out all distractions (like the fridge in the picture above):

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We also took some of him on a blanket on the floor.  Again, the key is having baby positioned so that natural light is coming in through the windows:

 

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If you have other kids around, it helps to also have another adult.  In trying to get the above shot, we also got this one (thanks to big brother):


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But don’t send the siblings away, or you’ll miss moments like this one:

 

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And a note on editing:
With digital photography and editing software like Photoshop so readily available, the trend is to overdo it when it comes to editing.  My goal is to keep the baby looking like a real baby and not a magazine photo.  If you choose to edit your pictures (and I highly recommend learning how to use editing software), be sure to keep the original files so that as your tastes change and skills improve you can always go back to the untouched version of your picture.

 

Thanks, Julia, for sharing your morning with me.  Your little guy is adorable!

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Special Closed

Thanks to all who responded to my special!  I will have your pictures posted soon.  My regular prices are listed under “Session Information” for anyone who is interested in booking a session.  Have a great day.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

$25 sessions for babies and children this week and next!

TWO WEEK SPECIAL--$25 baby/child sessions (read on for details) during the next two weeks! I'm taking a babies and kids online photography course and I need to photograph kids in the following categories: baby 0-5 months, 5-12 months, and 1 year old; kids age 2-3,5-7,and 8-12. I need one model per age group, and I'm hoping to photograph the babies this weekend and kids next week. $25 gets you a 30-60 minute session with me and a cd with 5 images and rights for you to reproduce the images. I've never done a session this cheap and doubt I will again, so pass the word on! 1st response for each age group gets the discounted price.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Jensen Boys

 

We’ve been planning these pictures for months, but something always got in the way.  I had an opening on a perfect fall day last week, and we took advantage of it.  Thanks to the Jensens for a nice afternoon at the park. 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Jensen Boys

You’ve probably noticed, but I really like this bridge for pictures.  Yesterday was the perfect weather, and I just love what the afternoon sun does for this shot.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

I love Photoshop!

I always tell my clients to feel free to ask if there are any touch ups they would like in their photographs.  I can’t fix everything, but I am willing to give it a try.  The picture below was one I thought about touching up before giving it to the bride and groom, but it looked like a big enough job that I wanted to know if they would even use it before putting in the time.  I never mind doing the editing, but if I touched up every picture I took, I would never leave the computer!  Well, the bride did ask me to remove the extra woman, and it turned out to be a quicker fix than I expected (since she’s right behind the bride, I was nervous about keeping a sharp profile).

Here’s the original:

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And here it is 10 minutes later.

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I cropped it to remove the DJ, and I used a fabulous Photoshop tool called the clone stamp to erase the guest in the background.  What do you think?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Ivy Seniors

Thanks Ivy for letting me be part of your senior memories.  I really enjoyed our session and can’t wait to hear what you decide for college!

 

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

John and Cindy Wedding

I met Cindy almost two years ago, and one of our early conversations somehow turned to marriage.  I don’t know if she remembers, but she said, “Jen, you’ll understand this when you’re older, but  my life is full and I’m happy, and I don’t need a man or marriage to fill that need for me.  There’s nothing missing in my life.” 

So it must be a pretty special man to make her look like this:

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Isn’t it fun when your life takes an unexpected turn for the better?

And of course, weddings aren’t only for the bride.  Look at the size of John’s grin when he saw Cindy for the first time in her wedding dress:

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Allow me to introduce you to Mr. and Mrs. Sitton. Their story is wonderful, so if you ever meet them be sure to ask about it.

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The wedding was a beautiful backyard affair.

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With lots of family

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simply amazing flowers,

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great food,

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and of course, dancing.

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The weather forecast predicted rain for 7 pm, and a few scattered showers during set up made everyone nervous, but it stayed beautiful and the reception went into the evening as planned. 

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