Meet Erin. Class of 2013.
I met Erin while photographing her team's tennis pictures this spring. One thing that I noticed right away about Erin is her beautiful red hair. And her fun personality!
She loves, loves, loves to sail and living on a bay leading to a Great Lake, she is no stranger to the waters. Quite an avid sail girl too, throughout the summer she helps to instruct a sailing class for youth. It is clearly her biggest passion!
And of course her session had to involve her sailboat. Oh yes! Something I knew would showcase her individuality!
We had a perfectly warm, sunny evening. Beautiful locations for her senior session. Thank you Erin for 1., not letting me fall off your sailboat and 2., being so amazing throughout your session!
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Meet Erin. Class of 2013.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Friday, June 1, 2012
Class of 2012! Congratulations to all of you for making it to this point in your lives. High School Graduation! You did it. Be proud. And be proud of who you are!
Enjoy these graduation memories with friends and your family. Savor these moments of happiness!
As all of you begin this new journey in your life, remember to never lose sight of who you are. Be true to yourself. Stay positive. Keep smiling! And don't lose hope! Stay on that path to your dreams. But most of all, never give up trying!
Congratulations to all of you!!
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Meet Saidee. Class of 2012. With her long red hair, bright blue eyes, she is so beautiful! I absolutely loved this session with her. She has such a fun style, dressing in vibrant colors which accented her hair and eyes, not to mention her personality. Such a fun and happy, laid back girl! Her colors and clothing choice she wore brought these pictures to life. And those orange, suede boots? Love!!
Friday, May 18, 2012
My children are probably my favorite subjects to photograph outside of our flurry of pets around our home. But my daughter is probably my most photographed participant. She helped me prepare some images for my photography class I held last weekend. She patiently let me take numerous images of her, finding the best lighting and those catchlights, or reflections in her eyes. Which I love!
I use an editing software called Lightroom which I have adjusted to and now love using. It has caused my editing workflow to speed up and cause my turn around time for editing sessions for clients so much faster. Which leaves me more time to take pictures of my kids!
Monday, May 14, 2012
All of these pictures shown below were taken by my extremely talented big sister who has developed her skills as a photographer in leaps and bounds! I am so proud of her and love how we are able to share this passion for photography together. You can view more of her awesome work over on her website here and her own blog here.
I had this awesomely, yummy cake made by Jennie's Cake Creations for my class. I sent her some ideas of what I wanted, mainly a vintage type camera cake. One of the images I sent her was how this cake turned out. I loved it! Not to mention it was very good to eat!! She is super talented and I highly recommend her for creating your cake for any occasion!
Inside my home we did some "classroom" time. We worked on how various settings on our cameras worked. How to clean our camera. I talked about prime lenses and zoom lenses.
We moved on to how the Aperture ring in our lens brings more or less light into our cameras. How Shutter speed affects the speed of light entering our camera. What ISO is and how it works.
I showed the class how to position your subject in sunlight. On Saturday it was a bit hazy so we didn't have real bright sun to contend with, but I kept my daughter at a 45 degree angle to the sun, turning her head a bit to ward off any shadows. We also moved the girls into some open shade and showed the class how this works well too.
In this picture I was demonstrating how to do some backlighting, or shooting my subject with the sun behind her. And there is my funny niece photo bombing the picture. She cracks me up!
Monday, April 30, 2012
Meet Jessica. Class of 2012. She has these amazing green eyes that just sparkle in the light. Her smile is endless. And her personality is relaxed and happy. Someone you want to be around all the time.
I met with her and her mom last fall in October and we had such beautiful weather for Jessica's senior photo session. She and her mom are very close to one another. Almost like sisters. Giggling together. Smiling and laughing. Talking about their family, school, and Jessica's plans for college. Their easy going way about things relaxed me. Jessica's natural ability to pose and smile in front of my camera created such beautiful images of her. I couldn't have been more thrilled with how these turned out.
Thank you Jessica and your mom for such a fun couple of hours together!
Yes, she is holding a snake. Her mom and I were screaming like little girls when we saw
this snake slithering across the trail we were walking on. Yes, I loathe snakes! And it was quite apparent her mom is too! Jessica, full of confidence and fearless of reptiles, picked this snake up posing for a picture. Jessica, you are far more adorable than the creature you are holding!
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Meet Andreas. Class of 2012. Big smile. Super sweet. Did I mention funny? This session left me feeling thrilled, content and yet sad. Andreas had recently found out his dad was diagnosed with a dangerous form of brain cancer. This broke my heart. So much so and ironically because it is the same type of brain cancer my husband is facing. I had spoken with his mom before his session and learned of this cancer news. I was instantly taken back in time to when my husband was diagnosed, reliving everything she was telling me that was happening to her husband. I felt shaken. And angry about this cancer. Yet, I felt suddenly connected to Andreas and his family. I so wanted to reach out to them and tell them it would all be okay.
During his senior session with me, we laughed. Alot. But we also talked about brain cancer. He had so many questions about it. What his dad was going through. What would happen next. Radiation. Chemotherapy. Emotions were riding high for him and I hoped all of my answers would provide him with some comfort, knowledge, and hope.
His close friend Aneesha, who I photographed a few weeks before, accompanied us. She really helped Andreas feel more comfortable in front of my camera. I think her being there helped ease any nerves he was feeling about being photographed. And after about 20 minutes he loosened up and seemed quite comfortable posing for us!
Andreas has plans to attend Northern Michigan University in the fall and I am so excited for him. I attended NMU for a short while myself and I think he will really love this college. His dad continues to heal and beat this cancer. Which makes me so happy for them. I can only imagine his dad feels extremely proud of Andreas!
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
This idea to hold my own photography class has been popping up in my mind alot lately. I have so many moms who come up to me and ask me questions about how to capture better pictures of their kids, pets, flowers scenery and on and on. I always love these questions. I love to help them in hopes they will take better pictures. But there is more to just pressing the shutter button on your camera and hoping it will magically take a perfect picture. Ha! Been there. Done that. We don't live in a perfect world do we? Sure, we can set our cameras to Auto Mode and let the camera do all the guessing for us, but we bought our fancy DSLR camera to take awesome pictures. Right? Why not learn what all those other buttons do? Why not be as awesome as our camera??
Of course you can learn how to move out of Auto Mode. Yet, it takes practice. Lot's of practice. And patience. Tons of patience. Trial and error. Learning to take charge of that black box in your hands called a camera. And learning to move away from having the camera choose all the settings for us. You own the camera. Why not really own that camera?
Taking pictures is not rocket science. It is however about learning what I call photo recipes. Each particular photo situation involves a special recipe. Ingredients and skills. Lighting. Aperture. ISO. Shutter speed. Exposure. Oh my.
With such an interest in photography all around me I have decided to share my talent. My passion for photography. With hopes to teach and guide others along so they can achieve more from their camera. Lose the red eye! The blasted whiteness of flash. Dark pictures. Blurry moments. Become a better photographer and take those pretty pictures. Make your friends jealous.