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!

Biaani

Well, it's nice to get busy! I am still working on getting my studio "just right" and experimented with my daughter's best friend, Biaani. I originally was setting up my studio in my little basement, but I decided to do what my mother always did - just do it in my living room, just move my furniture over! It is a bit crammed, and it would be nice to have a gigantic house to have a room that is just my studio or to always be able to rent a studio - but that is a goal I will have to strive towards for now! My mom has shot a lot of major celebrities in her house and done magazine covers - and you would have never known that it was someone's living room. (I hope my mom doesn't mind that I'm sharing her secrets!)
Anyway, I think the living room will work much better than the basement. Just a hassle moving stuff back and forth. Equipment can be heavy! And well, in just a short time, I've accumulated a lot! And of course, I am obsessing on buying more...
But isn't Biaani pretty? I'm sure Violet won't mind that I borrow her friends every once in awhile to experiment with.

The Little Studio...

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I have been setting up my little studio in the basement again.  I got some new equipment for Christmas, but I see some old backdrops have gotten damaged while buried in the basement - so I am having to sort things out and seeing what I need.  It is an itty-bitty studio, that shares space with our collection of bicyles, Tim's train table, and our camping gear!  Yeah, on a scale of 1 to 10 in professionalism, it rates about a 1 1/2.  And I don't think I could photograph really more than 2 or 3 people down there, but I am keen on making it work.  Everyone has to start somewhere, right?  If I clean it up a bit and place some strategic curtains, I think I could make it look pleasingly funky, as opposed to a black widow den...

Anyway, I took some lighting tests with Violet, and we had fun with it.  I am lucky that my daughter is such a wonderful model.169ec-violetjan2013-small-cr-35383b-violetjan2013-small-cr-38

Angela

I know, I know....  I went from bad to worse keeping this blog updated photographs.  Just a lot of stuff going on, even though I have been taking pictures, I have also been doing other things - doing fundraisers for multiple sclerosis (it went very well!) and dabbling in my old career of film work, which has loooong days and is quite involved.  And of course, in between all of it, I consider myself a full time mom.  (On the right is my daughter and her best friends on Halloween).  And somehow we entered the holidays!  Where did the time go?  I read a book that said contrary to popular belief about mothers of newborns, mothers of preschoolers are the most tired and busiest!  I don't know if that is a scientific fact, but I'm using it!

Anyway, I photographed my gorgeous friend Angela last week whose baby girl is due next week!  I am also in the midst of reorganizing my studio - since my studio right now is a little more basement than studio.  I'm trying to clean it up and make more space.  It was also my first time   playing with a new light set up.  I am pleased with these photos, but I still have more work to do getting the studio in working order.  Baby steps....

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...