Month: November, 2010
Meet lovely Lori! She called to set up a photo session of herself as her husband’s Christmas gift. It has been years since she’s done something like this for him. The day of the shoot was rather damp and dreary but we made the most of it. We started at her home which is a fantastic location! They have lots of windows and it’s right on the lake. We decided to go to a parking garage just to mix things up a bit.
Lori, it was a pleasure getting to work with you! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
I managed to get behind on my What to Wear posts again. This time you will get the October and November suggestion in the same post. Remember when putting together several outfits that it is better to “coordinate” than “match.” Work with similar tones of colors. It’s good to add pops of color and accessorize. Hope these suggestions spark your creativity!
A couple of things that I’ve noticed since doing photography as a profession…
1. I take less pictures of my family than I did pre-pro. It’s a combination of it feeling like work when I have to edit them later and wanting to be in the action with my family, not just behind the scenes.
2. When I do take photos, my stuff tends to sit unedited for weeks or months. If I just take a few shots, they will get done in a timely fashion. However, if there are a lot to go through from a week/end away I sort of forget about it because there are more pressing things to edit.
As I was going through my personal 2010 files, I found a bunch of raw images from our mini vacation to Door County in August. I found some real gems in there! It was fun to rediscover these images and remember the great time we had as a family.
There are a some shots that I want to talk about. The first one is right on top. Aaron and I went to a concert in the park one evening. There was a lady sitting about 10 feet in front of us sipping a glass of wine. I realized that the sky was reflecting upside down in her drink. I inched my way forward and took the shot. That one makes me smile! Next we have the rock castle that Buddy and I made on the beach. He loves to collect things. He started piling the rocks, so I started stacking them on the pier. Before we knew it, we had a pretty cool display of rocks. The people around us were rather impressed. Then there are the shots of the kids on the swings. As we all know, it’s not easy to take photos of people swinging. I used my fish eye lens to get a different perspective. Though they are not all in perfect focus… I love them! They sum up the joy in my kids.
Of course, I always enjoy trying to capture some portraits, sunsets and the kids playing in the water. In that final mix of shots is the one of my family in front of the “SMILE ALWAYS” graffiti. I have a picture from a previous trip that has my family being grumpy in front of these words. This time they decided to cheese it up for me. These guys melt me heart!
Discovering these images has reminded me that it’s still worth it to keep shooting even if it does require more work. It’s worth it even if it doesn’t get edited until the off season. It’s worth it for the memories!