Monday, January 12, 2015

My hometown family session

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I grew up in a tiny town in Oregon called Estacada. All I could dream about was when I could leave that town forever. When I go back, I feel like I never should have left. I admit, I went and had my adventures. I traveled to Europe twice and had the best time in college... away from Estacada, but I miss it. I miss the one super market, the ranger station on the right as you drive into town, and the old saw mill up on the hill. There really is no place like home, and I love when I get to go back.

Katie White, this lovely lady that I went to high school with, saw my posts on Facebook and asked me to take her family portraits. I was honored and excited that I could go back to Estacada to take them. Katie and her high school sweetheart had an adorable baby boy, and their family couldn't be any more gorgeous. I took these images with my Nikon D5100 with the 85 mm 2.8 and 50mm 1.8 lenses. We drove to her grandparents property and found a beautiful bridge for parts of the portraits.

The more I work with families, the more I get to see the quirks that make them so strong and beautiful. Families are the strongest force that keeps society whole. Documenting them has been a great hobby, but it has been an honor that people will let me in and see what love they have for one another.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

My life, as documented by my phone

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There are many things we take pictures of and never show anyone... Unless your my mom, then you show everyone.

I have a bad habit of keeping all the pictures I take. Things that I am to lazy to write down, pictures of things I find amusing, beautiful, funny. I take pictures of things that inspire me, but I also take pictures to actually use in social media. Needless to say, my photo album is a mess.

I also have to mention that I have this app on my phone called "Word Swag" (idk why, but the name is catchy) and I use it to put text/quotes over pictures I "borrow" from Pinterest (I use them purely for backgrounds on my phone!) I just have this obsession with fonts, okay?! I keep all of those to look at (I'm a little weird). I also keep pictures of hair styles I like, clothes I want to buy, really cool textures, colors, food... you get the idea.

There are also selfies, and snap-chats (that were stolen) that I don't post to social media, but are stored on my phone. However, its somehow okay to post here (right?) I figured, what the heck?! Why doesn't everyone else do this? The world would be much more interesting! ;)

This is me... through my phone.

(Because they're too adorable)

(Raylee's searching for daddy with her nose)

(Because our dogs are more famous and loved than us.) 

(My little bird and her momma)

(Because I thought it was a cool shot)

(Because I thought I was cool)

(What I wake up to)

(Because I love his snaps <3)

(Because... it's Koda)

(Because I love looking at makeup, okay?!)

(That one time Raylee balanced her bone on her head)

(Still can't decide which color I like best, so I made this pic stitch to help me decide... Still can't decide)

(Because... they love each other!)

(His and Hers)

(First Christmas mantle!)

(I really really want to make one. It was a good idea!)

(Because I miss Ireland everyday and need a reminder...)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

How to photograph with less than ideal lighting

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I recently did a shoot on a day that we were unable to get the best lighting. I had to make the most of it. It's not realistic that I will be able to shoot every session in the nice buttery lighting before sunset or after sunrise. I shot 10:30 in the morning and we didn't get done until around 11:40. Right before the harsh noon day sun.

How did I make it work? I followed these guidelines that I set for myself... more like the only way I know how to do it:

1) Shoot in your cameras RAW mode rather than JPEG. This setting will capture and save more detail so it's easier to edit abs correct lighting or exposure mistakes later on.

2) Try and get the light behind your models. There is something dreamy about light coming from behind anything you shoot. This is true in any lighting. It is always more flattering.

3) Try and diffuse the light somehow. I used the shade of the trees in the venue we chose for the shoot. It created nice dappled light, and allowed for streaks of light that could illuminate the back of my subjects. It turned out great!

4) In bright day light, make sure the ISO is set as low as possible and the shutter speed as short as possible. Or ensure that your ISO and aperture are low/small opening. There is going to be ALOT of light coming into your lens, so prepare for it. Especially if you have a prime lens, and the sun is behind your models. I shoot with prime lenses, and they let in quite a bit more light than normal lenses.

4) In photoshop, you'll have to do some major adjustments/contrast. I have the tutorial for how to do that here!









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