A few of my favorites…

Below are a few of my favorite shots from a 1st communion shoot I did a couple of weeks ago.

I must say that I thoroughly enjoy working with children.  It is fun to observe them just being.  When working with children I try to extract their natural personality vs. posing them extensively.  Many times children will naturally land in a pose that with just a little coaching from you makes for a near perfect composition.  The  little girl featured in the images below was so sweet and such a joy to work with.  She loved exploring the environment and I enjoyed chatting with her about what she saw, how she felt, etc.  Letting children be themselves and letting them lead the way relaxes them and gains their trust and comfort with you enabling you to more successfully capture their true essence.

Little girls are especially fun to work with for first communion shoots because they are in their fancy dress, sometimes a veil, a headpiece, special jewelry, and they just feel like little princesses.  It almost takes me back in time to when I got to twirl around in my dresses and feel like a princess.

The one thing I think it is important to stress is that one should never lose their style and artistic flair when photographing children or any subject.  It is important to stay true to ones style and vision.  After all, isn’t that why you were hired?  It is important to satisfy your clients and ensure that you have the expected, traditional shots, for example the praying hands for a first communion, but once that is achieved, move to your work flow and capture your subject in the way you are most comfortable.

I used Topaz Labs for my black and white conversions and used vignettes or borders to create a more ethereal/vintage appeal.

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Wonder of Light

Wonder of Light

Wonder of Light

I dream of days gone by

As warm, golden light gently kisses my hair.

I move, cautiously,

Along the rocky bed of the stream.

The crisp water sweetly caresses my skin

While I gaze through

Reflections of trees and clouds

Seeking a treasure similar to those

Found on warm summer afternoons

Of my youth.

At once my eyes come to a glistening stone.

I bend to grasp it.

It slips through my fingers.

The water swirls around my slender wrist as

 I reach for the smooth stone

 floating to its resting place.

I once again capture my prey.

I bring it up to the glow of the mid-day sun.

It shimmers as though it was

Inlaid with diamonds.

A smile cannot be contained

As the days hunt produces a

Treasure without measure.

copyright Robyn Graham

Still Winter

If you are like me, you are tiring of all of the winter images of snow, ice, and cold drab days…despite those feelings, however, I still love the beauty of snow.   I love the fact that when it snows the winter world seems brighter and full of hope.  Sunlight is a necessity of happiness to many and the snow helps brighten our world when the days seem long and dark.

We had a little over 13 inches of snow yesterday!  My children were out all day and of course had the times of their lives.   Snow aids to winter creativity.  The opportunities in snow are endless and if there is something to do in snow, kids will find it and enjoy it.  My boys spent most of the day with friends but my daughter had fun with my husband and I here at home.  Here are just a few images of our time outside.

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The One and Only PoseThen One and Only Pose

All FunAll Fun Catching Snowflakes on the Tongue…And Eyelids

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The Right Place at the Right Time

This morning the boys in our family (bed-heads and all) decided we should go out for breakfast to a little breakfast club we belong to.  Fred’s is an establishment of it’s own kind.  We love it and enjoy every breakfast we eat there.  The environment is the best by some distance as there truly is no stranger.  Today as we waited for stools along the counter and sipped our coffee I caught an older couple watching my children from their stools.  The gentleman smiled a rather large smile at me and tapped his chest.  I wasn’t sure what he meant exactly, but simply smiled back in return.  He seemed like a very nice person with a lovely, gentle smile and joyful eyes.  As our name was called and we went to take the 5 stools next to their two he said to me “I thought they (meaning my boys) looked like angels but now I know why.”  And he pointed to his chest again as to say the logo on their shirts gave it away.  He then said, “we belong to that parish too”.  Once we established that we belonged to the same church the conversation didn’t end until it was time for them to give up their stools to the next couple waiting to be served.  It was truly one of those mornings where we were in the right place at the right time.

As the gentleman introduced himself  as Gonzolo Ponce-De-Leon my 11 year old asked, “like the explorer?”  Mr. Ponce-De-Leon proceeded to tell us how he is of the same lineage, in fact is the 13th generation, of the family of Juan Ponce-De-Leon.  Talk about perfect timing.  My son is studying the expedition of Juan Ponce-De-Leon to find the fountain of youth, which led to the discovery of Florida, in social studies class.  Once this fact was established, Mr. Ponce-De-Leon gave my son a quick history lesson on a napkin.  He told my son that he should now be guaranteed an A+ on his project.  As always, I had my camera with me and asked Mr. Ponce-De-Leon if he would mind if I took a picture of him with my son to show his teacher and classmates.  Mr. Ponce-De-Leon very graciously obliged my request, thus the photos you see below.

We always meet fabulous and interesting people when we visit Fred’s for breakfast, but today was the best yet!  And we look forward to seeing Mr. and Mrs. Ponce-De-Leon at church now that we know them and will recognize them.

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The Right Place at the Right Time

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A History Lesson over Breakfast

 

 

To learn more about the life of Juan Ponce-De-Leon you can visit the link below:

http://www.biography.com/people/juan-ponce-de-león-9444105

Generations of Blessings

“A grandma’s heart is a patchwork of love.” – Anonymous –

My 89 year old great grandmother and my  daughter.  Generations of blessings.

My 89 year old grandmother and my daughter. Generations of blessings.

The tragedy that took place Friday has left me thinking more and more about how dear my family is to me.  I have always known that of course and I have never intentionally taken them for granted, but when life is flying by, I don’t take time to consider how blessed I am as often as I should.  I think most of the world today is the same. Everyone I talk to is SO busy.

Especially during this Christmas season, I hope that all people who are blessed with family will take the time to love them, to reach out and hug them, hold their hand, and let them know how strong your love for them is.  Love is an everlasting bond and when thinking about Christmas, it is my prayer that all remember that love is at the heart of the meaning of this ever so special holiday.  The first gift of love came from God above, let’s treasure it, and share it.

Love flows from generation to generation.  No one is too old or too young to need to know they are loved.

 

Ten Little Miracles

“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ten Little Miracles

Ten Little Miracles attached to One Magnificent Blessing

The Influence of Another

“Blessed is the influence of one true and loving human soul on another.” – George Eliot

She is this Influence on Me.

I loved the peacefulness of this image in black and white. I felt the tranquility of one human loving another in the black and white vs. the enlightenment of the soul that I felt with the image in vibrant color.