Monday, April 05, 2010

photo of the day: eyes

This is the last one from the shoot, I promise. But I love getting reeeeeally close to faces, and this was just adorable.

ready for a closeup

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Thursday, April 01, 2010

photo of the day: I *heart* nerds

More outtakes from Saturday's shoot in Winterthur. I love these glasses so much; they're 3D glasses where the lenses fell out.


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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

photo of the day: ROAR

Yes, I'm adding to the white tshirt project. For the photo on the left, I said, "What face does your sister make when you touch her stuff?" 


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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

photo of the day: me myself and I

True facts: some days you want to take pictures and there is no one around to pose for you. And it might just happen that on that day it's warm and glorious and the last thing you want to do is sit down and work on finalizing your presentation for career day. So I don't know about you, but on such a day I personally might crank up the tunes and spend half an hour being a nerd in front of the camera in the name of "practice." For what I have no idea. But there you go. (Don't worry, I did actually put in some real work.)


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Friday, March 05, 2010

photo of the day: I have no idea

I don't know how one would describe this expression; I just know that if you had to make a face to represent "verb conjugation" this would probably be it.
outtake 2

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Thursday, March 04, 2010

photo of the day: suprised

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

photo of the day: confuzzled

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

photo of the day: outtake

Since I'm going on a mini-break with le husband for the next couple of days, I'm not going to be around to generate new blog content. (Don't worry: we hope to come back with plenty.) So I'm just going to give you some of the outtakes from the white tshirt project for the rest of the week.

See, before you get to that comfortable place where you get a genuine smile, you get a lot of reeeallly goofy expressions. So I'm going to share some of my favorites.

outtake 1

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Monday, March 01, 2010

photo of the day: the white shirt project

I'm presenting next week at Ignite Sussex, and as I've been working on the slides I got the motivation I needed to start a project that has been percolating for while: the white tshirt project. Eventually I plan to have black and white prints of bunches of my friends mounted on the walls of my living room, but I started with the ten people I had handy last night. (Yes, there are only nine in the collage. Ten is much harder to fit into a rectangle.) 

The point that the images go with for the presentation, however, is this: the part of my job that I love, the reason I can't take pictures of houses or flowers or rocks, is there is this moment, after you shove someone in front of a camera, when suddenly they relax, you connect, they look at the camera, forget it's there, and see you. And that smile, that moment of realness, is what I live for.

I hope to grow this thing eventually

(You can view a larger version here, and the whole set is here. I'll be adding to it eventually.)

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

photo of the day: this is why you practice

Because that's how you get good. Two years ago I had some weddings booked and a few under my belt, but not too many, and I wanted to practice on this whole "posing the bride" thing, as well as add to the old portfolio. So I asked for a model via craigslist, and that's how I met V. I had a wedding dress (picked up for $10), so she had to be a certain size. It really wasn't big enough, though. So I added a skirt made of tulle, picked lilacs out of the backyard, and we had ourselves a bridal shoot.

The first thing I notice on reviewing this stack of photos is the time of day in which I shot. It. Was. Bright. Correctly exposing both her skin and the pale dress was nearly impossible. And since I wasn't yet shooting RAW, there's not much to be done. Sign number one of an inexperienced shooter.

The second thing I noticed was just how awkward I was at posing. It's interesting looking at the images. I'm attempting the detail shots that I'd seen on blogs, practicing with shallow focus, and really failing quite a lot. It's funny, because now those details shots are my favorite, and have become second nature. I'd forgotten that there was a time when I just couldn't do them. Posing my model is awkward, too. It's obvious in the shots that I didn't know what to ask for, didn't know how to show her how to move. If you've ever done a photoshoot with me, I'm very physical. I have to wear pants when I shoot because much of my posing is done through example. In these images I hadn't a clue what to ask for.

The last thing I noticed is how I ask for much different images now. In the first round of culling, two years ago, the images I picked were more formal and posed. This time, I like the candid ones, the ones that are drenched with light. Consequently, out of the 419 images I took that day, there are about 6 that I actually like now and would even consider keeping in my portfolio. If you don't believe me, check out the rest of the set. First seven are from the original cut, second seven are from today.

And that, children, is why we practice. Because that is how you get good.

the lashes

tiptoe through the tulip

retro glam

jeep girl

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

photo of the day: birdseye view

This is another photo from a shoot that you've already seen, but I finished processing this week. (I'm delaying working on other stuff.) I know I do a lot of photos with focus on the eyelashes, but that's because eyelashes are AWESOME. There are several photos in this second round of uploads that I kind of liked on my first flip through, but didn't love. It's taken editing to make them really pop. Now, though, I can't stop staring at them.
This particular image I love because it makes me think of Moulin Rouge, which is one of my absolute favorite movies of all time. Visually it is such a cacophony, I can't watch it without finding inspiration. So the hat, the eyes, the hair: it's all so lovely to me. Anyway, the rest of the batch is here.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

pic of the day: bomber

Since I'm currently in a lull before wedding season starts, I actually have a little more free time on my hands, and I'm trying to use it to get organized for the coming year, as well as catch up on all my other projects. So in the interest of sharing the things I run across, as well as keeping me sharp, I'm going to try to share one picture a day, either old or new, and why I love it or the story behind it. ::deep breath::

This photo is actually from this weekend; I did a shoot with a good friend of mine and we just played around and had fun. I was ecstatic to find out that she's verrry comfortable in front of the lens. I wasn't expecting that at all, but I shouldn't be surprised: she's one of the most unassuming, self-confident, genuine people I know.

Anyway, the shoot was a great time to bring out a little bit of the glamorous side of her, and we had a blast with it. I chose this photo because I love the way she manages to make an essentially practical, slightly ridiculous hat look fierce and ever-so-slightly sexy. Rock on!


There are a few more pictures from the shoot up on Flickr.

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

pregnancy pictures!

I met this absolutely gorgeous couple through mutual friends, and we decided to take some pregnancy pictures and final family portraits before the new baby came in nine days. Yes, you read that right. NINE DAYS. This girl looks amazing! She looks better at nine months pregnant than I ever have in my entire life.
So anyway, we started at their house and then headed down to Roaring Point State Park. It is lovely down there, and the threat of rain had cleared out most people, leaving the beach to us. It was absolutely lovely, and we just took pictures until we realized that the soon-to-be big brother was hungry. There are still more, but these were so gorgeous I had to share them.

Aren't they adorable together?

The boys!

On the drive down we found this abandoned house and we had to stop and use it for pictures. Isn't it fabulous?

Um, supermodels much?

Isn't this just a fabulous stairway? Could have spent house just at this place.


Love. This. Shot.

Hard to believe they're days away from child #2. They are so sweet to watch together!

She is so freaking cute.


Um, yes. This is amazing. And I know I took it, but, yeah. Love it.

isn't she just breathtakingly lovely?
And this. This was her idea too--don't you love people who are also photogs?

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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

M's senior photos

I took these a couple of weeks ago, mainly in downtown Rehoboth. M was super-fun to shoot with; she's very laid-back and unpretentious, so she was up for pretty much any pose or idea. That's her (totally awesome) car in the photos, she wanted to know if she could use it, and I was all "heck yes!" Anyway, it was fun.

yes, that's her car

ford GT




all serious and stuff


the wall

again with the car

retro glamour

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

mac's senior photos

So it's that time of year: senior photos! I had two shoots last week, with two very different girls, and they were both tons of fun.

M is homeschooled and the oldest of six. We hit the downtown plaza (I'm afraid I'm wearing that place out!) and then pemberton park. Awesomeness!

Isn't her pink gown fab? 

She looks all emo here. Love it. 

Aren't her eyes amazing? 

I love this one. 

Very rarely can I get an upside-down shot to work, but it does here. 

My favorite. blue toes! 

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