Monday, March 11, 2013

Bedtime Stories and Secrets

Let it be known that I am a sucker for black and white photographs. I LOVE them. There is something timeless, classy, and just perfect about them. I know I’m probably in the minority on this subject, but I don’t care. I have to talk myself into printing photos for the walls of our home in color. It’s hard. I am drawn to black and white, it speaks to me. (I’m an artist, I can say weird things like that!)
I got these shots while I was hanging out on the floor with my baby when my little girls decided to “read” each other a book. They took turns, which is a big deal some days at our house. I laughed because suddenly my 4 year old was telling her sister that the book was about baby Jesus’ birth. Totally not what it was about, but I didn’t correct them. It can be about Jesus.
These first two shots  are through the slats at the foot of the bed. So if you are wondering what made my sides dark and blurry, that’s what it is. I decided that I like them. They add something to the photo that normally isn’t there.
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I love capturing my kids just being themselves, it makes me happy. And this photo above it definitely Kyla. She throws her hands up in the air when she’s excited, cocks her head to the side when she asks a question, and shakes her hips when she dances. She’s completely expressive with her tiny little body. And the photos below are totally Sophie. She loves to whisper “secrets”. But she usually is so paranoid about having someone overhear her that she basically mumbles in your ear and it really tickles.
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Tell me, do you prefer color or black and white?

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Tip of the Week (#2)

This week I wanted to talk about window lighting and how to make it work for you. I know most camera’s have a flash on them, but let’s be honest, it’s not very pretty. So let’s work on not using it!
Imagine you are in a room with lots of light. You stand and take a picture, you look down at your shot and this is what you see:
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How did this happen?  There was so much light in the room.  It was a bright room.
What’s the problem?  You, the photographer, had your back to a wall without a light source (translation, no windows on the wall behind you).
Watch your back. If you have a window-less wall behind you your subject is gonna be dark. So all you have to do is move your position. Let’s talk about two options for shooting with window light.
Option #1: you can shoot with the light source to the side of the subject and you’ll get a result similar to this…
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Notice the side lighting. One side of her face is in part shadow, the other in light. The only difference between these and the first photo is that instead of facing the window-less wall she only has one cheek towards it. The shadowed side of her face is towards the wall with no windows. Makes sense, right? This is really a very basic tip.  (disclaimer: with 3 walls with windows there is plenty of light to shoot this way. It may not be the case in your living room. But give it a try).
Option #2: If you don’t like the shadows on your subjects face you can always face them head-on towards the light source and you’ll get something like this:
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The window-less wall is behind her now, so the only place that isn’t getting light is her back.
Oh, the possibilities! Isn’t light amazing? Pay attention to it next time you shoot, and go take some amazing photos!
Missed the first tip? Check it out HERE

Monday, March 4, 2013

Cabin Fever

This photo hangs on my girls’ bedroom wall, a nice 16×20 canvas print. Every time I see it these days I get antsy for winter to finally end. It’s like the canvas is taunting me, reminding me how long and cold this winter has been. We are desperate to get outside and play, but 40 degree weather isn’t really ideal for playing outside especially when we still have two feet of snow in our backyard.
So by posting this picture I am hoping it’ll encourage spring to finally make it’s grand entrance!IMG_9325 copy