new year, new photographer | part 1

So we recently moved to the Washington DC area from Florida and got to experience our first #snowzilla , which brought about lots of excitement for the first two days. But after what seemed like the 100th snow day in a row, we needed to discover some new activities to do inside since the snow was getting a little old. So I pulled out the camera and we decided to have a "photo shoot". Only this time, my children weren't the subjects, I was. It started with them taking pictures of mommy's growing belly and after looking at a few of them, I realized that I'm REALLY bad at pulling off "the natural look" in front of the camera. I was super uncomfortable, I didn't know what to do with my hands, my posture sucked, I didn't know where to look, do I smile or no smile? Gosh, it's tough being the subject, especially when it was just me. I didn't have my kids with me to help hit my insecurity. And then it hit me, how do my clients know what to do if I don't help give them direction? And how can I … [Read more...]

week #13 – routine results

Week #13 - This week's challenge gave a glimpse into your day, what you experience on a daily basis and hopefully helped you appreciate the beauty in something that you may take for granted. Kathleen Reed Liz Makedonsky Julie Morehead Catherine Brusie Jody Brusie Alyssa Novotney Kim Gyomory Tara Greenaway … [Read more...]

week #13 – routine

Week #13 - We all have routines, some we love, some we dread. This week we will snap a picture of one. This one may be hard to get creative with, but I have no doubt that you'll surprise me. This will challenge us to step out of the box and snap an image of something we do everyday. It will give us all a glimpse of what your day consists of. Tips/tricks - Embrace the details. It is tempting to try to capture everything in one picture. We all love a good portrait image because everyone is in them but there is also a beauty in the details. Detail shots are what brings certain images to life – they show the little moments that are part of the bigger picture. People may think you are weird because you “forgot” to include someone’s face or entire body but you should do it anyways! Telling the story of your life requires looking at the details. … [Read more...]

week #12 – black & white results

Week #12 had a fantastic turn out, the results are amazing! I love the use of light, shadows and the cool textures you took advantage of. These images really truly look timeless and nostalgic, great framers! Amanda Swoish Me Kathleen Reed Mary Beth Jacobson Liz Makedonsky Samantha Dionne Payge Bashore Julie Morehead Elaine Czazckowski Alicia Hartwick Crystal Dhooghe … [Read more...]

week #12 – black & white

Week #12 - Taking a black & white (B&W) image may sound easy, since most cameras, phones and editing programs allow you to simply convert your image from color to B&W now-a-days. However, there are many aspects to consider when removing color to create an image that evokes emotion, uses light and shadows make your image pop and allows textures stand out that are normally overlooked. B&W images can be very powerful, they are actually my favorite kind of images to hang on the wall since they are timeless. They convey so much emotion because when there's no overpowering/vibrant color, all you focus on is the look on the person's face or what is happening in the photo. The other thing to take advantage of in a B&W image is the light and shadows. Use these to draw attention to your subject and add contrast, since contrast is the main way to convey dimension in a B&W image. For instance, below I used the light from window hitting Ann's face to highlight her … [Read more...]

week #11 – halloween results

Week #11 - Halloween is such a fun holiday for both the kiddos and us adults. I had the pleasure of having my mom come stay with us this year and she made Halloween even more fun since she loves it so much! It was great seeing how you all celebrated too! Liz Makedonsky Me Samantha Dionne Kathleen Reed Tara Greenaway Alicia Hartwick Jody Brusie Kim Gyomory Amanda Swoish Alyssa Novotney   … [Read more...]

week #11 – halloween

Week #11 happens to be Halloween, so I know there will be tons of photo opps this week with cute costumes, spooky decorations, pumpkin carving and many more traditions that make this holiday so much fun for both the kids and us grown ups :-) Send me your images by next Sunday (day after Halloween) so I can feature them in next Sunday's post! Tips/tricks - Have fun and share this post, hoping to get a lot of participation this week! … [Read more...]

week #10 – candid results

Week #10 - Our candid challenge produced some really sweet images. I just love how each image tells a story about the subjects in the image. Keep it up ladies! Amanda Swoish Liz Makedonsky Kathleen Reed Mary Beth Jacobson … [Read more...]

week #10 – candids

Week #10 will be one of my favorites, candids. They are my favorite images to capture during a photoshoot or wedding because they show people in their most natural and usually most flattering element. Candids are great because they capture real emotion between your subjects verses the super-posed images...not that I don't love those too :-) The other reason I love candids is that they are the easiest for your subjects, there's no adjustment needed to make the pose look natural (this goes for both kids and adults :-). So this week, try to capture a nice candid moment between your children, your family or friends and send it to me! Tips/tricks - Like I said, capturing candids are super simple since it's just snapping pictures of natural moments. However,  during a photo shoot, it may be hard to relax your subjects that aren't used to being in front of a camera. So here's some tips that I've found to be helpful. I like to ask my clients lots of questions at the beginning to get to … [Read more...]

week #9 – autumn results

Week #9 results made me REALLY miss Michigan. Everyone sent me beautiful images of the trees changing colors, cool weather and fall time treats. The closest thing we get to cool weather down here is that it drops from the 90's to the upper 80's, lol. So technically, I can't even wear my favorite fall boots, like I took a picture of below. Thanks to everyone who participated! Look forward to tomorrow's post for week #10! Liz MakedonskyMeJulie Morehead Kathleen Reed Bridget Fleck Amanda Swoish Alicia Hartwick Alyssa Novotney Mary Beth Jacobson Tanya Singh … [Read more...]