A Fresh Start

A new website!  What a relief!  My old one was driving me crazy and looking kind of shabby, but I just hadn't had the time to make changes.  I still don't have time, but if there is a will, there is a way.  You HAVE to make time to be professional, right?

And I get to debut my most recent photos, which are now a few weeks old!  I got to try out my new strobe set with my gorgeous friend, Sarah.  And her gorgeous son!  I didn't realize he was crawling, so that was a bit stressful, since my new studio set up wasn't exactly baby-proofed, but he managed to live through the day.  Luckily!

I am still learning the ins and outs of this new lighting system, and of course, I always have higher expectations of myself.  But ultimately, there are some nice photos here.  I am looking forward to shooting Sarah again when I have this system down - I know the next session will be even better!

The Avery's

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!

The Metzler's

Last weekend I photographed the Metzlers.  This was the second time, the first time being in 2009. It was so fun doing it again, since the last time I photographed the little ones, their son was just a baby! And their daughter still had her chubby little toddler cheeks, not the lanky little girl she is now.

Definitely a favorite thing of photography is getting to connect with so many great people! I love it!

I'm Back...

When I started this blog, I connected with advertisers and had the plan of hooking in with the whole big blogosphere out there, connecting with other bloggers and doing the mandatory weekly blog post, having guest bloggers, etc., etc.... However, I realize now that was totally delusional on my part. There is absolutely NO WAY I can update this blog every week! I just do not have the time. I could probably force myself to make the time, but realize I'd rather spend it with my family... Or taking a much needed break...

However, almost 2 months have passed since my last blog post, and that is definitely too much time to pass! I will find a happy medium where I post here regularly. But I will not keep up with THE blogging world at large...

This last past month I've been busy with relatives from out of town and my daughter's 3rd birthday party, but I've still managed to take plenty of photos and meet some new clients! I love getting to know new people! That has been the greatest gift of doing photography, so far, meeting such great people.

I have also started a Facebook page! So, if you are on Facebook, please be a fan of my page, and you can instantly keep updated with any new photos I take... I will probably be better at keeping my Facebook page updated than blogging here. But I will TRY!

The Prichards

I am behind on updating the blog! I did a big photo shoot yesterday and am still editing the pictures. I am posting them here but annoyed because I wish I could show them bigger - they definitely need to be looked at on a larger scale! Well, this is a free blog site, I shouldn't complain.

So, Mary, the client who contacted me, wanted a portrait with her brother and mother and somehow have the environment of her house be included. Mary's 5 year old daughter was also supposed to be in the pictures, but didn't want anything to do with the camera, unfortunately! Mary had been raised in this house, and so we took photos in all areas, inside and outside. Mary was now in the process of buying the house from her mother, and was now going to be raising her own daughter in the house. So, in a way, the house was kind of like a family member that needed to be included, and it's history had a story to tell. The pictures were also kind of archiving the house, as it is now, as it now getting passed on to the next generation, and most likely have a new chapter with a new history.

Mary had also told me that her father had recently passed away, so a picture of him was also included in most of the family portraits. Her father had been a renaissance man who did carpentry, welding, etc., etc., and had restructured the house and rebuilt the house over the years, where it seems like the house was definitely a final product of his labor, love, and handiwork. I could identify with the history of the father, since my husband is in construction and can build a house from the ground up, from plumbing to electricity and the whole nine yards, but he went to the Minneapolis School of Design as a sculptor, and is a true artist. If he builds something as simple as a bench, he is not a manual laborer, he is a craftsman, and anything he builds is, in a way, a piece of art. I went to some high falutin' art schools and I know some "high brows" debate the definition of art, but I'm ready to argue with them on this one - and yes, a craftsman is a true artist.

Anyway, I digress... the point is, I felt the history of the father and the house because living with my husband, I understood the depth of his handiwork and what it meant to his family. I was excited to take the photographs, because this was a family that had a definite story, and I wanted to honor that. I really wanted to do them justice.

Unfortunately, my kit isn't as big as I'd like, so I ended up renting a wide angle lens that I thought would be best for this particular shoot. I forgot how much I love using a wide angle lens! On my old, pre-digital camera, I pretty much only used my wide angle. This time around with my photography, I didn't buy a wide angle lens first because I'm going for a more commercial portfolio and I thought a portrait lens was best. But a wide angle is so much fun!

After talking to Mary and her telling me about her dad, I was expecting a somber shoot, but was quite surprised by quite the opposite! Of course, there were some melancholy moments, but mostly, it was a lot of fun! Maybe because I could relate to this family personally on so many levels. Mary's brother is a clown, and my uncle used to be a clown! Not too many people have clowns in their families! But they were great, and they brought a lot of humour to the photo shoot. It amazes me how no matter how much I plan a photo shoot and how much I predict how it's going to go, it always turns out completely different. But that's what's great about taking photographs and meeting new people and getting surprised by what they bring to the table.

And happily, in the end, Mary's daughter came out to join in the photos. I literally had already packed my camera bag and started putting away my lights, so, they were not the most artistically pleasing photos! (The backdrop is only half in the photos and I'm using the camera's built-in flash). I didn't want to do too much fussing and scare either the daughter or the dogs away after what had already been a long evening - I needed to just grab my camera and shoot! But I was happy that the family was happy that they managed to get a couple of photos at the end with everyone! Including the dogs!

Finally...

After dealing with so many illnesses, I am finally getting to take some photos. Although, illnesses are still haunting our photo sessions.

I got a chance to take some quick snaps of my friend Anise and her son, Cyan. (Seen above, she is the owner of Anise Mouette). I had technical problems with my camera, which was really embarrassing, and Cyan was actually still sick, so we didn't take very many photos. But still, we got a couple of nice ones!

Then I also photographed Sara and Andy with their 22 month old twins. I am still sorting out their photos, but here are some ones I grabbed quickly. I was still kind of sick that day and took an overdose of Sudafed that day - which I really hate but I was desperate, so I feel like I could have done better. But still, there are some nice ones. I think you need your full wits about you, though, when photographing toddler twins...