Don't post much anymore on the blog, but updating a fun photo shoot with the kid. We had fun hanging out in Griffith Park, which is a part of our every day life, anyway. We even found a good spot at sunset to set up the tripod. I want to teach her old fashioned photography with manual settings. Not enough kids are learning that these days now that everyone has a phone with fancy automatic settings! Sure, phones make things easy, but can't replace a classic art form. This day was just an introduction...
Yes, it's true, I kind of abandoned this blog for awhile. Yes, I have taken photos, but I have not posted them here. Life got a little hectic, and photography was just not a priority. Although, like I mentioned, I was taking photos - sometimes life just gets a little haphazard, family issues arise, and focusing on family comes first.
Now the dust is beginning to settle, and I realize how much I miss my camera. Yes, I shot a few family photos for Christmas cards - and done some headshots, but I miss doing photography for the fun of doing photography! I originally explored photography as a fine artist, and ultimately, that is where my heart is. I miss it!
Anyway, I realized I hadn't taken photos of my daughter since she turned 9 - and she is already on the verge of turning 10! Thought that would be a good excuse just to get out my camera and loosen up a bit. My daughter is always a wonderful muse, and she is growing up too quickly! So, it is good to get photos before she has completely grown.
We've been going up to Mammoth Lakes a lot lately, and my daughter snowboards. So, I thought I'd do a photo session with her in her snowboard gear! Nothing fancy, she is wearing a jacket from K-Mart - but this is her style! Many times when she was younger, I'd want to style her and pick her clothes, buy a fancy dress, etc. This time, I just wanted to photograph her as is. Even though I wanted to venture back into my photography, this time my core inspiration, was thinking as a mother - not a past art school student! I know many years from now, this will be how I want to remember her. Not in a fancy dress she never wore any other time.
We also stopped at Convict Lake on the way up. We had never been before! The scenery was stunning! Well, my daughter snuck on some of my lipstick when I wasn't paying attention - and even though I wiped it off, it left a bit of a stain! Other than that, I just wanted to photograph her as is. Okay, I admit it, I have a good looking kid, and between that and the scenery, I had fun doing photos again...
This was more of a mini-mini session - I think I was at their house for about 20 minutes! But the Mullens needed some quick photos in time for their Christmas card.
They couldn't do it sooner, because their house was still under construction. Their dream home just got finished! Last time I photographed them their house was still being built. It was a long wait for them! It was fun having this quick photo session, not just to see their house finished, but also to photograph the kids again. I love having repeat photo sessions with families and seeing the kids grow! There is something magical about seeing them develop into who they are as people, right before the camera.
My daughter had her first violin recital! She hasn't even been playing a year, so it was kind of a big deal. And since she hasn't even been playing a year, to be honest, we weren't expecting much - but it went great! She was a little nervous, (I was, too!) but once she got on stage, she loved performing!
It was an added bonus that the recital took place at the historical Brand Library & Art Center. It is a stunning place for photos, and it felt like my daughter was performing a real concert!
It was my daughter's idea to play violin, that she first started asking for when she was around 6 - and I postponed starting lessons for a bit because I didn't know if it was just a passing phase to want to play. When we finally started, we bounced around with a couple of teachers - but then ended up with the amazing Nancy Kuo, of Leggy Fish Violin Lessons. I couldn't be happier and prouder of how my daughter's lessons are going - now I wish we started sooner!
My daughter actually got invited to audition for a music video for Bruno Mars - how fun is that? It was actually because she plays violin, that she was invited to audition. Of course, she wouldn't actually be playing violin for Bruno Mars, I guess they just needed a kid who could look like they were playing violin?
So, even though I have ten million pictures of my kid, I didn't actually have just a recent regular headshot for her - so I thought I'd do a photo session with her.
That being said, although we showed up for the audition - we didn't stay! We had no idea what to expect, and didn't realize that there were several other parts being cast at the same time, and there was something like a 3 hour wait before my daughter would have been called in. When I was told, "Come at 4" - I thought we'd see someone at 4! I felt fairly naive, considering I was raised in Los Angeles and the film industry, and my mother was a headshot photographer. For some reason, I thought situations with kids would be a little less manic and cut throat! My daughter has done modeling jobs before with HUGE photographers for well-esteemed companies, but because it was word of mouth, we just showed up and she had the job!
Anyway, it was a school night with homework, and because I wasn't expecting the mob of people and multiple castings going on, I had not brought anything with us at all - no books, no homework, no electronic devices, no water, no snacks... So, we gave it a little bit of time, sussed out the situation, and decided to leave.
I don't mind if my daughter does a job here and there if it falls into our lap, but I wasn't quite prepared for that amount of hustle!
For now, she's just my own private model - and I love that!
I had such a lovely time photographing this family! At first the little boy was hesitant about having his photo taken, but we just turned the photo session into a game and played a good game of chase. (Yes, you do get some exercise while photographing kids. I have broken into a sweat more than a few times during some photo sessions!) Anyway, in the end, the shy son ended up turning into quite the charismatic model!
Well, the whole family was wonderful!
Yet another blog post from Mammoth Mountain.
It is our home away from home! I thought it would be nice to take some photos of my daughter with her violin, and a view of Twin Lakes in the background is the perfect setting! I guess there is a reason I post from Mammoth a lot - it is so gorgeous! Whether it is spring, summer, fall, or winter. I wish I had the scenery on hand every time I have a photo shoot with a client here in Los Angeles...
This is Harry. He is only 7 years old, and quite the model. I didn't think he'd be that into the whole "posing" thing, but boy, was I surprised. I mean, sometimes he was a typical boy and goofing off, but for the most part, he got quite intense!
My daughter also posed with him for a couple of shots, and that is when the silliness usually happened. But even through the silliness, there were still some great shots with some great attitude!
Harry would definitely have a future in modeling if he and his parents chose that path for him...
Ah, I'm finally getting back into the swing of things and doing more photos. This week's photo session was with Lynette. She was super shy at first, since it was her first ever photo session. It was super fun watching her come out of her shell and get more comfortable with the process. Why not? She's gorgeous!
The lesson I got from this session? I forgot to put music on at first, and when I asked her what she liked, she said the music from "Frozen." I realize my music list needs to be updated... VERY important with girls this age!
I know, I know, I haven't updated the blog in ages. I know there are photos I need to sort out, but I'll just start fresh right now, and post the photos I took this week.
Since Spring is finally here, I thought it would be fun to take my daughter and her best friend, Biaani, to Descanso Gardens. I think they were a bit annoyed with me because they mostly just wanted to play and get dirty, and I dressed them in some non-hiking, tree-climbing dresses... But they looked so cute!
I'm on vacation, but this guy came along and I really couldn't resist...
It's Christmas card photo shoot time! I still have a process with dealing with my head after having a photo shoot - I always have an exact idea of what I want the picture to look like, which is good to have, but it's also good to go with the flow and accept things when the photo shoot goes in a different direction. Yes, a good photographer should be in control of the photo shoot - but well, when it comes to children and animals, no matter how slick you think you are, there is a little bit of powerlessness that needs to be accepted. And doing a child and animal together? NOT good for a control freak!
Ironic that I am a control freak, and my favorite subjects are both children and animals.
We did the photo shoot in Mammoth Lakes, where we were taking our Thanksgiving vacation. I decided to spontaneously do the shoot right when we arrived. Mike had just been in the truck for 5 hours, and had newly arrived in snow, so he was a little wound up. Maybe I should have let him get his ya-yas out for a little bit before the shoot?! I was just all gung-ho to get the photo shoot done with and out of the way while Violet's hair was still neat and I had everyone's attention. We were on vacation, after all!
We also didn't really "research" our location, and just got out of the car at the first area where we came to snow. It was heavily forested so had hardly any light coming in, and shooting in all that white snow was new to me. I mean, of course, I've taken a million "snaps" in the snow, but not where I'm wanting to control the lighting on the face, etc. The metering was all over the place! At first I was worried I didn't get anything and was mad at myself for rushing the whole thing.
Ultimately, I got some good pictures, And a little Photoshop tweak here and there, and, actually, it was a GREAT photo shoot. I always have trouble reminding myself that not EVERY photo has to be great - 10 great photos in a quickie photo shoot is more than enough. The goal was to get a Christmas card photo - and I got it! Actually, in the end, I had trouble choosing...
But I learned some lessons for next time! It is certainly NOT my last photo shoot in Mammoth!!
Last weekend I got to photograph the Mullens for their annual Christmas card. They have been rebuilding their house for the last past year, so they wanted to incorporate their construction site into their family photo. I loved the idea! Although, sometimes it was hard to keep up with their 7 year old daughter, Veronica, who has been taking gymnastics since she was a toddler, and quite at home swinging around the scaffolding. Luckily, I knew what they wanted before I arrived, and I was wearing jeans. Although my shoes could have been better! I have since had the idea to go buy myself a nice pair of black sneakers. Yes, it's important to dress nice for a photo shoot, but you also need to be ready for serious action!
I hope everyone had a fun Halloween. We did!
My daughter was Frida Kahlo. Challenging, being a blue-eyed blonde with a Czech/ Irish background, if I didn't want to spray her hair black. I was planning to but then in the end couldn't be bothered. So, she turned out to be more Frida-inspired, and beautiful none-the-less. (I can brag about my good-looking, kid, right?)
Her best friend definitely looked more authentic, already having Mexican descent and a mother who is well-versed in the appropriate clothing. We made jokes about the "Dueling Fridas," but in the end, they both looked amazing!
Well, I finally did some proper photo shoots with my new full frame Nikon! I'm loving it! Definitely a more complex camera than my older Nikon, so I have a feeling it will be a process before I know it's options inside and out. But, so fun to play with! I will definitely have more control over settings. And it is so much faster!
Over the weekend, I did some shots of my daughter's lovely friend, Biaani, and did some warm-up shots with my daughter. Whenever my daughter's friends are involved, the photo shoots don't last long, but I still managed to get some nice shots in.
And no, there is no retouching on their skin. This is what their skin looks like! Ah, youth...
My wonderful, wonderful husband bought me a new full frame camera! The Nikon D600! I haven't had any official photo sessions with it yet, but the day after I got it, I heard at the last minute that there was a protest outside of the Japanese Embassy concerning the annual dolphin hunt in Taiji. I am vegan and a bit of an arm chair animal activist, but I always say I'd like to get more involved. So, I asked my daughter if she wanted to make a quick sign, and we headed downtown! She is not vegan, (my husband is not even vegetarian, so she is raised with a combination of our lifestyles). However, she is obsessed with ocean life, since she thinks she is a mermaid, so I knew she'd be concerned if I told her about the annual dolphin hunting. (I didn't get graphic, of course!)
It was a nice day, wonderful for me meeting so many like-minded people that are so passionate about a cause I care about, and I think, good for Violet. And of course, the camera was fun to use, too! Although I still need to spend more time getting familiar with it.
You can also see all my photos on my photo album site, Zeugphoto.com.
Miles needed updated photos - even though I photographed him a few months ago. The thing about little ones, is that they change in such a short amount of time. Wow, what a difference! Wow, that boy has energy! It was already a hot day, but after chasing Miles around like crazy, I was sweating like I'd never sweat before! I had lights set up for the subject to sit in a specific location - silly me! So, I was a bit nervous that I hadn't gotten any good photos of him, but I managed to get a couple cute ones. After all, he's a great looking little boy!
Then I photographed Sarah, (while Miles stayed with his dad!). I've spent so much time focusing on my little studio, I had forgotten what it was like to hit the streets. It was super fun! And of course, Sarah is gorgeous and an amazing model, so the photo session was a joy to do. The hard part? Deciding which photos I liked best.
I have taken a month or so off during the summer to spend time with my daughter. But of course, I am always taking pictures. We managed to fit in one "session," and I managed to get to Descanso Gardens early enough to use it as a lovely backdrop without any other visitors around. And of course, my daughter is always an amazing model! She is, without a doubt, my favorite muse! This was a quickie session that I was cramming before leaving for a vacation to San Francisco, but we still got some nice shots. Actually, even though we spent about half an hour taking pictures, there are still too many to look at to pick out a favorite!
I photographed the Avery's this past weekend. I LOVE this family and knew they'd be a lot of fun to photograph! Their son, Alexander, however, was not down with it AT ALL! He REALLY did not want to pose! Or even look at me. Or be in the same room with me... But, in the end, I snuck in a couple of shots of him. He didn't look too pleased about it, but I got him! And he still looked pretty darn cute, so it doesn't matter that he wasn't that he wasn't smiling.
Meanwhile, I took a couple of shots of Alison, the 7 year old, in the studio. She loved posing and was super fun to take photos of!