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Sunday, February 28, 2010

More photos with Emily

I'm mentoring Emily for her senior project on photography. Each week (weather permitting) we go somewhere fun to take photos. On this trip, we were joined by Emily's friends Courtney and Jordan. We had a great time and captured some fun images. Although Emily does most of the shooting, here are a few I took along the way.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Albums - the real thing!

I have been completing a bunch of albums over the Winter and it occurred to me that rather than just post the design, I should show a few shots of the actual albums as they are displayed on my coffee table. These albums are very nice quality and are the very same albums I offer in my basic package. Unlike some photographers who may offer an inexpensive press printed book as their "starter" album, we start at the top and stay there. Here are a few shots of my latest samples. These books both measure 10x13"; one is oriented horizontal and the other is vertical. Imagine seeing your photos spread across a 20x13 or 10x26" spread for the first time - it's quite a site! Although we offer many stylish cover options, these two books both feature the "Crystal Glance" cover, where the cover photo is printed right into an acrylic cover. Very beautiful indeed! Click the images for larger versions. If you're planning a wedding, I recommend one of these beautiful keepsake albums. These photos may give you a glimps of the quality, but nothing beats an up close and personal viewing. Please contact me to set up a consultation.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Little Wes

Today I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing little Wesley; son of Angela and James whose wedding I photographed a couple of years ago. Wesley is just over 2 weeks old and a real sweetheart. Angela and James have commissioned me to document Wesley's first year over the course of 4 portrait sessions. What fun! Click the images for to view them big.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Emily's Senior Project

Last year I mentored Katlyn Buser with her senior project of wanting to learn what it might be like to become a professional phtographer. We had a ton of fun and made some cool photos. Of course she wowed the review panel and passed with flying colors.

This year I'm mentoring Katlyn's best friend Emily. Emily wants to get into modeling and was the subject of much of Katlyn's portfolio last year. So Emily asked me to be her mentor this year, also to learn photography, but her thesis is directed towards modeling from the photographer's perspective. We just had our first outing this past Saturday and it didn't take long before Emily discovered that just because you're not in front of the camera that you have have it easy! The photographer must control all aspects of the resulting image with a specific purpose in mind. It is our job to photograph our subject in their environment and through the use of light, composition, color and posing, create a compelling image that will speak to the eve
n the casual observer.

In this shot, meet Katlyn's little sister, Caylee, who was kind enough to come along as our model. Keeping in mind this is Emily's first time behind the camera and Caylee's first time in front of the camera, we only tried to cover some basics. An important lesson we learned is that sometimes a model is naturually photogenic and may require very little direction from the photographer. Here is a shot I made of Caylee as she relaxed "between takes". :-)

Sisters tough...