Monday, November 25, 2013

In October, I traveled down to Frisco, TX with my hubby for a work function.  While we were down there, my boss/co-worker/friend asked me to take pics of his family.  So, with J as my assistant we got to have some fun taking pictures of this good-looking family!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

05.19.2012 {Portfolio Work}

My friend, Ashley, has been my go-to model for when I want to practice my photography.  And after each session, I feel even more and more pressure to use her as often as I can before some real model agency comes and steals her away from me.  She is gorgeous!  And I'm pretty sure she'd have no time to play around with me when she'd have like a million bookings.  At least, that's how I imagine this is how it's all going to go down.  :)

 Despite my fears of losing her to some hot shot modeling agency, I LOVE spending time with her.  She has an absolutely refreshing spirit that just filled with inner beauty.  I wish there were more people like her.  So, at the expense of proving that she's deserving of a real modeling contract, here are some pics from Saturday, when we spent some time working on head shots.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

My Sidekick {Personal}

So, I figured I should get some updated pics of the puppy.  Titan is my ornery sweetheart, and my hubby's best friend.  So, here are some pics of Titan!

He was a great subject!  And he totally made me laugh, because it's like he knew he had to pose.  He would sit there, patiently, but would be whining, cuz he didn't want to take pictures, he wanted to play!  Hence, why I'm pretty certain that he decided to stick his tongue out at me! 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Shooting for the Moon

I've been trying to become a little more well-rounded in my photography. So, one night while driving home, I noticed how bright the moon was and decided that I should try to shoot it. I figured I would go for a full moon, found the date, and waited. A couple days before, I decided to try and take some test pics in case I couldn't take pictures on the actual night of the full moon. Thankfully, I did, because I didn't have time the night of the actual full moon.

 So, it was definitely a learning experience. I'll admit I definitely didn't think it through. You don't use nighttime settings; you use daytime, sunny and bright, settings, because the moon is being lit by the sun. Duh!! So, with tripod, remote shutter release cable, and my telephoto lens, I went outside. It took many tries, but I eventually got it figured out. I had to manually focus, since the lens struggled to find a focus point. And I wish I had more visually interesting settings to frame the moon with, but I don't really have many options when I'm confined to my backyard. So, here are my attempts at shooting for the moon. 

The top picture shows you that you can't take this like a normal nighttime picture.  At a high ISO, the moon is way too bright.  So, the second picture, I brought the ISO down and adjusted my shutter speed up.  The final picture, which is the best, is where I brought the shutter speed up even more. 

Monday, April 2, 2012

My Favorite Photography Tools

I try to consistently read up on photography blogs and keep mental notes of tips that other photographers have found useful.  So, as I continue to take pictures and build my photography skills, I keep hoping that, one day, improvement will be evident in my work.  And, while taking the Martin family pictures, I actually realized I'm truly taking to heart some of the lessons I've learned!

Now, it's pretty common knowledge that the best lighting for outdoor pictures is either early in the morning or later in the afternoon right before the sun goes down.  Well, when Payton and I were trying to find a time on Saturday that would work well for her family, the best time that worked for her was at two in the afternoon.  So, when we started taking pictures, I tried to stick to more shaded areas of our location.  But, there was this ridiculously, green field that would look great for pictures, but there was zero shade around.  But not to worry!  I had brought my five-in-one multi-disc light reflector.  Now, I've used it before, but this was the first time, that you can really see the benefits of having one. 

Payton was standing on the edge of the field and I took a shot.  Now, there weren't a whole lot of angles that I could work with, like turning her so that her back was to the sun, since I figured it might not be smart to tromp around in knee-high grass.  But, with the sun being almost over her, it wasn't easy to get a good shot.  So, I commissioned Gary to help hold the disc, which I had turned into a diffuser, and got the shot I wanted!!

As you can see, the photo on the left has LOTS of hot spots.  The sun on the side of her face is really harsh and just makes for a terrible picture.  The picture on the right is with the diffuser.  I managed to include one hot spot on her arm, but overall it's a much, much better picture.  The diffuser really softened the light so that the picture could be much more appealing.

So, needless to say, I'm pretty encouraged that I was conscious of how my equipment and the right adjustments can help create a better picture!!  If you're interested in getting a portable, disc light reflector, check out the one I purchased!  I got it on Amazon, and it works perfectly for my needs.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Martins {Family Session}

My dear friend, Payton, entrusted me to take some portraits for her graduation announcement, so we headed out to take some.  Since her parents were in town to celebrate Gary's birthday, we figured we'd get some family photos as well.

Angie and Gary are like second parents to me.  I think the world of them!  And they've spoiled me too, letting me tag along on their family trip to St. Thomas several years ago.  So, forgive me if I'm a little biased about these pictures.  Because, I think they're a wonderful couple! 

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Precious Angel {Personal}

So, after a long, long break, I'm hoping to update this a little more often. Hopefully, I'll really get to pick things up once tax season is over.

In the meantime, here are some pics of my beautiful, baby niece.

I had the privilege of getting to take care of her and snuggle with her when she got too sick to go to daycare. She woke up from her nap and was doing a little better, so we played on the floor and I snapped some pics, since I didn't have any recent pics of her.

 And my personal favorite.  I think it's all in the eyes.  She's perfectly innocent.  I can't believe that she's already almost 9 months old.  They seriously grow up way too fast!!