Archive for April, 2008

From another recent newborn session, Shaemus was 7 days old here… I have lots more to share so check back!
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Scott is a milestones plan baby so I have the privilege of watching him grow all year! We had a bit of difficult time with his newborn session, but I am happy to say, his second session with me was dramatically different. He was very happy, and very cooperative! Such a cutie, and very much on the go (you can tell this by looking at how many images he is crawling in!) I can’t wait to see him again for his 1 year photos.
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This photograph makes me so very happy to look at… I literally gasped when I saw it as I was proofing, I was so happy I caught it!

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There will definitely be more of adorable baby Blayke to come…

I know I’ve made a few comments about how I’ve been bad about updating the blog during the new year, but never really explained why… so I figured it was time to spill the beans…
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My excuse is… I have been very busy, growing a baby! :-)  It’s exhausting!

I find that besides shooting sessions, and editing images, I don’t have a lot of energy left for anything else… but I know how many of you like reading my blog so I am making an effort to update it more frequently… I have lot of great images to share in the next couple weeks!

I know ultrasound pictures can be so confusing, so I’ll try to explain, that limb up by the head is a leg and a foot. What a good little baby, already practicing  curled up poses for upcoming newborn sessions with me!!

My "to be proofed" pile is full again and I am drowning in a sea of cute images!
I thought I’d come up for air and share one that caught my eye, more to come for sure!
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I thought I would share a tip for improving your personal snapshots… (disclaimer, this is just a simple tip for beginners using point and shoot cameras, not a textbook lesson!). It’s such a simple tip but it really makes a difference in the quality of your photos…

Are you ready? Here is my tip… turn off your flash!

That might sound crazy to some but *under certain circumstances*, turning OFF the on camera flash on a point and shoot camera will actually improve your snapshots. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not anti-flash. Flash is
often necessary for freezing motion, and adding light to a dark room to obtain a proper exposure (among other things). I like flash when the small light source is diffused (by bouncing it off something, or when shooting through a softbox). I just don’t like the harshness of flash when coming directly from the small source on top of a point and shoot camera (where you don’t have the ability to bounce or diffuse the light). When using such a camera, I prefer to turn the flash off completely.

Remember, I said this would work under certain circumstances… that means that in order to take a good photograph without flash you will need adequate ambient light (like from a nice big window, or from being outside in the daylight), and if you are not shooting in manual mode (where you can control the shutter speed) you will need a relatively still subject.

Let’s say you wanted to take a nice photo of Suzy on her 4th birthday. You could do what you would usually do and line her up against a wall in a moderately lit room, turn your camera on (leaving the flash on) and take a snapshot; but you will most likely end up with unflattering lighting, harsh shadows, and the dreaded red eye (or just little pindots of light in the eyes that are just as unflattering).

My suggestion for a much more flattering photograph, is to take little Suzy near the biggest window you can find, and position her facing it, or at an angle to it. Watch how the light from the window reflects in her eyes (you should see a nice window shaped catchlight in her eyes). Essentially you will be replacing the light from your flash with the light from this window (a much larger, softer source of light). Turn your camera on, but this time go into your flash settings and turn the flash off and then compose and take your photo.

You can see what a difference this little tip makes by taking two identical shots in a row, one with flash, the next without. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at what a difference it makes!

And like I said earlier, sometimes flash really is necessary, so remember to turn your flash back on when you are taking photos of the children running around and playing at her party (especially indoors), or when you are taking a photo of Suzy blowing out her candles!

For more photography tips from some other great photographers – check out this article by Casual Moment’s Pam Nafziger: www.casualmoments.com

I thought I’d share a few from a recent session… I have photographed the children of some of these beautiful ladies but never just the moms so this was fun for me! It was remarkably easy having 3 such cooperative subjects!

Anyways, they have been meaning to get some professional photos done for years (for mom) but never got around to it until now, so here they are!
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