Just to give you an idea of how you should dress for your sessions. A lot of people ask what to wear, and how to coordinate so we thought it was a great idea to pass on this suggestion.
Lots of action during the break! We’ve had the very first niece added to our Family!! I don’t have any photos just yet, at least not any that I’ve taken! and we all know how I like to post my photos! Anyways more on that soon as we meet her!
Secondly, we have a new cousin on Bret’s side of the family. Super cute lil boy that I had the pleasure of playing with during the break! As well as his older sister ! Here are some of the photos I took!
This was a watch and wait moment. Another reason why I love my iphone pics… it’s easy to wait with this and always be ready… everything working together. There were plenty of great shots I missed bc I was not quick enough though!
One of my favorite events to photograph is the Lanier Law Firm Christmas Party in Houston. I am there every year. Tons of people, fun and play. I’m going to attempt to show you how I like to shoot events.
This way they can see what they like, and what they might change next time. Details are always important, but the people are far more important. I see way too many “fly on the wall photographers”. I think this is a horrible way to approach event photography. I know we all think that people at their parties, would rather not be bothered, but that is a lie. Everyone like photos of their friends and family. Focus on that first. If it’s a wedding I follow the Bride and Groom.. Most times they run into a friend at some point in the night, and would love photos.
If it’s a huge event like this, I just tend to walk around a lot. If you know people even better, stop them. Take their photos!
Stop families! Stop anyone that you know the host knows. The better you know your host, the better job you can do. Know who their friends are, if you don’t know, ask. You can ask anyone really, most the time they will tell you. If you don’t want to ask, then my approach is to stop everyone. Interrupt nicely, and politely ask if they would care to take a photo. Stopping them and grouping people for a photo makes a much better picture, than someone walking in the distance.
Over the Thanksgiving week I had a couple of sessions. This is an all boys photo shoot, Grandpa and the boys.
This was the only good shot of both the boys together, at this point Max wasn’t cooperating at all. Be patient and wait, eventually he may just give you what you want. You Can’t force them to look at you, keep calling their name, and be as playful as possible.
Family sessions and babies can be a big challenge. How do you get the child to smile? Pay attention? My answer, you don’t. You let the family interact and you capture that interaction. Smiles come with playing and attention. At all cost try to keep the baby/toddler happy.Take breaks if it’s needed…
Baby shower’s…. not a lot to say about them. They are typically boring and expensive, but always good fellowship. So needless to say I got a few great shots of the kids, and families that were attending the shower. It was actually very entertaining bc the ladies were spectators watching the men try and change diapers on dolls.
The food and pumpkins we made. Baby is named Brooklyn.
The baby guests… These were shot with flash on camera. I believe these two were metered though, no flash. Lots of window light, very pretty coming into the room.
Like I always say, Candid’s Candid’s Candid’s!
And a couple of Family Portraits…
All taken outside with only a flash. Lovely Missouri is always great on scenery.
A few shots from our Family at Thanksgiving…. Happy Thanksgiving from our families to yours…
I took some photos at my sister in law’s baby shower. I will post soon. Sorry it’s been a crazy couple of weeks. We’ve had a break-in, photography is okay though… We will press on. I’ve got a new laptop and we will update you soon. So sorry I’ve made you wait so long.
Oh and did I mention we’ve been added to Groupon? Well we have. So be looking for Groupon Deals coming to your computer soon.
Last week I did my second maternity shoot and we had a blast. In order to prepare, I bought some letters at Hobby Lobby and proceeded to paint them blue. I set up a full studio in my living room! I have a few other maternity sessions coming up, so this week I’m going to get more letters and cover the pink spectrum.
Stephanie is an Army Wife, her husband Shane is oversees… And we took these photos so that she could send him something, and he could be a part of everything.
For this shot, we have a black backdrop, and Stephanie is sitting on my coffee table. I used three lights, one of which is my hair light. The hair light is over the back of the backdrop peeking down, with a set of barn doors and a grid on it.
We used a sheet off my bed, because the blue was nicely lit against the black backdrop.
White is a very difficult color to photograph, very easy to blow out the white. So be careful. I tend to try to set my lights at about F8-11 at the highest.
The letters that I painted. I’m planning on using the giant LOVE letters for future engagement sessions. That’s all for today!