Personality, Eyes, and Skin…

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I loved working with this family a couple of weeks ago… A mom and her three girls!  Is there anything more beautiful than a woman with the loves of her life in their natural state?   I’m thinking Dad/Husband will be thrilled with his surprise gift!  What do you think?

A House, in Black and White

“I never expected anyone to take care of me, but in my wildest dreams and juvenile yearnings, I wanted the house with the picket fence from June Allyson movies. I knew that was yearning like one yearns to fly.” – Maya Angelou

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The Ladybug at Sunset

Getting Untangled

A small speckled visitor
Wearing a crimson cape
Brighter than a cherry
Smaller than a grape
A polka-dotted someone
Walking on my wall
A black-hooded lady
In a scarlet shawl.
~Joan Walsh Anglund

Working her Way Up

 

Oh ladybug, I wish you joy
As you complete your garden chores.
I’d like to put aside my work
And join you in the out-of-doors!
~Author Unknown

On the Edge

The Ladybug wears no disguises.
She is just what she advertises.
A speckled spectacle of spring,
A fashion statement on the wing….
A miniature orange kite.
A tiny dot-to-dot delight.
~J. Patrick Lewis, “The Little Buggers”

To see an image from this series in black and white visit Monochromia for my Thursday post.

2104 Point Shoe Series – VI

2014 Pointe Shoe Series VI

2014 Pointe Shoe Series VI

“Everything in the universe has rhythm. Everything dances.” -Maya Angelou

Find your rhythm and dance this weekend everyone!

A Recent Newborn Shoot

Newborn Shoot

 

ss 1/60 f 5.0 ISO 1000

manual settings and focus, natural light

 

Newborn Shoot

 

ss 1/60 f5.0 ISO 1000

manual settings and focus, natural light

Newborn Shoot

 

ss 1/60 f5.0 ISO 1000

manual settings and focus, natural light

Newborn Shoot

 

ss 1/60 f5.6 ISO 1000

manual settings and focus, natural light

Newborn Shoot

 

ss 1/60 f5.0 ISO 1000

manual settings and focus, natural light

All of the newborn images above were shot using my Nikon D800 and my 50mm 1.4 lens. Individual settings are above.  Which is your favorite?

 

“A new baby is like the beginning of all things-wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.”
– Eda J. Le Shan

2014 Pointe Shoe Series – V

2014 Point Shoe Series V

2014 Point Shoe Series V

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Manual focus, manual settings, diffused light, black and white conversion in Topaz Labs

“When life takes me on a new journey, I simply remember the smile my first ballet recital put on my face and I move forward.” – Andrea Thompson

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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