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 #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...]