Friday, February 26, 2010

I love Natural & Creative Lighting!

Sometimes the agents I work with at my day job, ask me to do new headshots for their advertising and cards. I always enjoy this little bit of time of with them that's usually spent joking around, telling them to do things and sit places where they have no clue what I have in mind. The best part is when they see the shots and really like them. My subject below, is a naturally adorable girl with stunning eyes. I love what she wore and couldn't help but do a normal edit and one that was rather vintage to match her outfit.

These were done in natural light

As for Creative Lighting, I love finding kids to do the teen shoots with, because they really don't understand how beautiful or handsome they are.  I know because I HATED being a teen. Teens are quick to take pictures of themselves with their p&s but seem intimidated to have them done "professionally". I believe that's because they don't understand what is involved and that it is nothing like what they will see with their little cameras. Being a teen was TERRIBLE. I can't imagine how awesome it would have been to have gotten the chance to take part in some fun real photoshoots and show the world that I was more than what THEY (the mean kids) said I was. Here are 2 exceptional girls. The gorgeous young redhead is MaryHelen and the beautiful, rather sultry girl with the wild hair is Rachel. MaryHelen's mother did the hair for both girls and her co-worker did the finished look for MaryHelen. Our friend Angela did their makeup which really brought it all together.

The teen shoot was done downtown during the day with some creative lighting.

Real Estate Photography - Middle Georgia Photography

It looks like the season is starting for doing more real estate photography. This is an area I really love to do. It's not that easy and it takes thought and a little more equipment but that may be why I like it. Not everyone can do it although a lot of people think just because they have a camera and take photos of a house, that it's the same thing. News flash -it's not! I did a "before & after" blog post on ActiveRain about just this thing and posted sample shots. I work to make every home shoot better than the last and it's all a learning process and a big part is the process of  addition- versus deduction (meaning adding lights).  I did a few on Friday and have just now gotten around to being able to post a few favs from the day.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Attempt at Motivational Spill....

 Don't see this photo, FEEL it!

I am always astounded by how short of a time we have in this life and how you never know when someone is going to die. My dad left this life at just 54 and it boggles my mind how many often I hear of men between mid 40's to mid 50's dying out of the blue. It gets me to thinking.....well, everything makes me think, it's my curse and it's why I do photography and why I started with graphic design.....

I believe we all come into each other's lives for "a reason, a season or for life" and up to US to make the most of our time while we are here. Once you realize this and keep it in mind- you will view meeting/knowing people a whole new way. You never know when someone is going to come into your life that is going to give you the support, or the wisdom, or impart the knowledge on you that will be needed another day and it's important to pay attention to it. I want to make a good impact on others lives....I want to show people they have it in them to be a better person....I want "YOU" to realize that if you stop believing you can't, and instead believe that YOU CAN.....that it will happen. You may read this and think "She's full of crap, that never happens for me"....well, then you are right....because you believe it. I am living proof that changing your way of thinking CAN make a difference. I spent the 1st half of my life wanting to do things but always saying there was no way I there wasn't. I certainly don't have everything going for me...I don't have a nice house, I don't have kids, my bills aren't all paid, I struggle every month and I don't go through life like it's a party. LIFE.IS.HARD. I work some days around 24 hrs just being sure things are done but can look around the tiny home I live in and nothing is done there. I want to help everyone and make everyone happy but I know I can only do it one person at a time. I especially like working with teens and it's why I do the Teen days (Casting Calls) because kids need help with confidence more than ever these days. I know because I Lived It. School was terrible and I literally have the physical scars to prove it.

I know some people see all my photo posts and may be sick of them and there are others that are always commenting and complimenting. I may like "my stuff" but there's nothing like hearing someone else liked it too or "Got it". Some folks do lots of light photos and I tend to do darker or use creative lighting. Some people have asked why I do that and it's because I'm trying to convey an emotion to the reader. I love to hear people say I'm talented because I don't say that of myself and although I may think I made something pretty, I'm my harshest critic and always want to do better. I just use the camera to capture the vision I have of whatever I am looking at. I love when people get it and just like with any artist, I hate when someone says "You camera did a good job".... I want to say, "Your fork made a good dinner".

Look at this photo

What do you see? Do you just see a flower? If so, look again.... it's dark, it's shiny, it's romantic, softly lit, it's singular and it's facing away rather coy, but you can see all of it's beauty....

Look at this one

Do you just see a withering tulip? Look again.... it's bright, soft, it's lit by the sun and you can see something inside but aren't sure what...there are some focused petals and out of focus....and it's all on purpose.

What will your obit say if you died today? We don't want to think about it but face it, we are born to die. I realized one nite a few years ago that mine wouldn't say much and although I didn't know what I wanted it to say, I knew I didn't want it to say nothing.

  • Enjoy your loved ones.
  • Love your friends and don't have enemies.
  • Stop and look at your surroundings instead of with blinders on.
  • Work at your day job but also play.
  • It's ok to let your guard down because there are people that care about what you have to say.

And then.........Go out and have a good day...because I said so!!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Spring has brought the birds!

Oh my....spring was officially least for the weekend and today was GLORIOUS!!! Not just gorgeous and not just beautiful but GLORIOUS! The birds were flocking around my feeder and there was a lovely variety to oogle upon. I got tons of great shots of them but I'm going to just post a few of my favs.

Hairy Woodpecker


Tufted Titmouse

TWO Red Bellied Woodpeckers

Willie watching me watch birds and is obviously completely bored!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I. Love. Flowers.

The nite after Valentine's, I had Valentine's dinner with my mom at her house and I got a chance to take some photos of the flowers I had delivered to her this weekend. They are gorgeous - tulips & iris'! If I could figure out how to just take photos of flowers for living, I would do that at least half the time. :-)


A tulip with mom's ukelele....I'm very musically motivated (always a song in my head) and I love the look of instruments. I used to could play quite a few but haven't in a long while.