Friday, March 28, 2008
This is my favorite image from March. From the leopard print looking wall, the pose, the smile, and the coloring, it just screams "teenager!" I love how fun and cool it turned out. Click to enlarge to get a better idea of what I am talking about. Thanks Jennifer!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
This gorgeous dalmatian is Checkers. I had the opportunity to do a pet session with him last week. He was adopted about 12 years ago from a rescue shelter, and didn't really know what to think of me and my camera. Sometimes he came to me, other times he ran and hid. He was so sweet and timid. It is amazing to me that, even with animals, you can get a wonderful sense of their personality through pictures.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Today I had the pleasure of photographing my best friend's brand new baby boy! Well actually, he isn't brand new, he will be four weeks old tomorrow! He was a pretty sick little guy, so we had to put off the shoot. I am happy to say that he is doing much better, and was most cooperative! He has the sweetest facial expressions I have ever seen, and he seemed to know something we didn't. Thank you Gabe!
Monday, March 24, 2008
I had a blast working with Jennifer and Nicole on this shoot. They were so fun to be around, and had some really creative and interesting ideas. We drove all around downtown Puyallup. Every time we saw a bright colored wall or some interesting art we put it in reverse. We were even stopped by the police for being on the railroad tracks!!! I guess it is trespassing or something??? I could have spent all day shooting them. They are such great girls, and they took some beautiful pictures.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Snakes and snails and puppy dog tails...or rather, sheriff hats and cakes are what little boys are made of! I had the pleasure of shooting Joshua for his first birthday, and this is a little announcement that I came up with. He was too funny! You would image that a little boy with a cake all to himself would be in heaven, but Joshua was a little uncertain. It took a while, but he got into the spirit of things. I am not sure how much cake actually ended up in his mouth though! The "new sheriff in town" is his brother Jackson. Jackson was playing with all of our costumes while I was working with his brother, so I knew I had to get some images of him in this cute sheriff's hat. As you can tell, he is a very serious model.
Friday, March 21, 2008
I had the best time preparing this storyboard of little Louisa. What's funny is the shoot wasn't even for her! I was shooting her brother for his first birthday, and Louisa strolled in all dressed up in her tutu and leggings. She was so adorable that I HAD to get some shots of her! She was amazing! My favorite image is of her feet and legs. I love the curve of her foot in those cute little tights...it just screams childhood to me. More tomorrow on her brothers...
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Here is another storyboard that I wanted to share. This is Cecily. She is one of the funniest girls I have ever met! She could only hold a pose until the second before I clicked the camera, then she makes a face, blinked, or looked away just in time for the image to be taken. HOWEVER, when un-posed and allowed to do whatever she wanted, she came up with these adorable images. I guess I learned my lesson, some kids were just born to pose themselves! More storyboards to come...
I have been messing around a little bit on Photoshop this morning. I am always amazed at what you can do! Just check out this before and after! Do I smell a new ad? If you aren't Photoshop friendly now, I absolutely recommend taking a class or doing some independent study.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I am coming up with some new and creative ways to place images together into collections or storyboards. Here are a few examples. I will post more later, this is just a taste! I am thrilled to offer these! They are great to frame or use for gifts. Talk about adorable announcements, invitations, and cards!
Monday, March 17, 2008
Yummy! Believe it or not, this pose actually is called "The Burrito." It is one of the most classic and easiest baby poses around. It works great for babies that can lift their head and shoulders up when laying on their stomach, and keeps working until they can crawl and get away. It's a wonderful pose for babies around 4 months to 9 months. TIP: The images look amazing when done professionally with a matching background, but it can work great at home too. Keep your background clear of distractions. Chose an area where you have a solid or appealing background. This would be adorable outside in the summer. Strip your baby down to the diaper. Get two towels. They can be whatever color you like. White usually works the best. Place one towel under your baby, with him or her laying on their stomach. Take the other towel and drape it over their head like a hood. You will probably only get one or two good shots before they start to pull the towel off, but then you just might get some amazing images of them playing with or cuddling the towel. Also, try sitting them up (for babies who can sit up on their own) in this same pose. Let me know how they turn out! I would love to see what you come up with!
Saturday, March 15, 2008
One of the things that I love most about photographing kids is props! I am not talking about putting babies in buckets or baskets, I love props that mean something to the child. Props should tell a story about a moment in your child's life. I photographed my son, Tavin, wearing these glasses yesterday. Only he knows why, but for a few weeks now he has been wearing them non-stop. I wanted to have a momento of his quirkiness, so that I don't forget it when he is all grown up. This way I will never let him forget it aswell! TIP: If you use props, use something that is dear to your child. The girl holding the stuffed animal is Jane and the animal is Bubbles. The other stuffed animal Lemonade, her brother Clark's. Get creative. Don't be afraid to photograph objects that mean something to your child. These are Jane's adorable pink shoes. They will love to see the photographs when they grow up and no longer have those items. Use something that will spark a memory of something hilarious they did, even if it is 20 years down the road. Favorite costumes are always great too!
There is still time for Easter portraits! Of course prints won't come back in time to give out to friends and family for Easter, but you will have them to look back on! I have sessions open on Friday 3/21 and Saturday 3/22. Call or email to book your appointment!