Archive for March, 2010
It is rare that I get a chance to do adult portraits (as opposed to children/newborn). Children are growing and we want to capture their every move, every look, and every step along the way. What about us-the adults? Adults have stories to tell too, we change and grow up and wouldn’t it be nice to capture it-as if we are just as important? : ) So, this portrait session was different-we started out with a goal of a business headshot but we ventured out and had some fun. We wanted to capture who she was at this moment in time-her style, her smile, and those fun boots. I was inspired to try and encourage more “adults” to take the time to photograph themselves. BUT, I know the next problem-what to do with the photos? Nowadays, there is social media all over… not only do we have social media as a place to display updated pictures but we can do books, albums, image boxes or a simple slideshow for keepsakes. I say GO FOR IT! Schedule a fun photoshoot! If you have children, your kids will love looking back and seeing that you too were pretty darn snazzy and cute! Just sayin’
This is my little one. She is missing the peace sign here. She loves to sneak that in pictures nowadays… She looks so calm and willing to cooperate. Do you have kids that hate to take pictures? I will consider these kids spoiled-lucky them they get somebody wanting to take pictures of them all the time, tons of their life documented. To them, it is a big pain in the neck. Here, we are in the studio but using the natural light from open windows. This front room has been a fabulous place to call “studio”. I can practice any time and I am lucky!
Another favorite with her! I may have already posted this but you can never have too much of smiling fun! These girls were perfect angels for about 5 minutes. Then, the photos were boring and going to the park sounded like a much better idea. Few of them could have continued the photoshoot for hours but my daughter led the negative crowd. She started pouting and got impatient. I am so glad that at least one was a keeper. I have since purchased a 40×30 print for her room. These girls have been dear friends to her since she was about 2 yrs old. In this picture, I again used the window light (as you can see to the far left) and used some flash.
Yet another favorite on the home page slideshow, this towel picture. It was spring break and there he was wrapped up in a towel to stay warm after a swim in the pool. I love everything about this picture. Am I allowed to say that about something on my site? Mostly, those eyes that seem to be seeing right through the camera… Also, I love that spring break in AZ means swimming in a pool!
I have lots on my mind. First, I often wonder how I get from place to place because I am ALWAYS looking around for cool spots to take amazing pictures. I get to a stop sign and wonder what I have passed. Dangerous? probably! Second, my sister mentioned that nobody watches my slideshow (I probably should agree since it isn’t loaded fast and isn’t flash and isn’t like my old site) and suggested that I put my favorite pictures here in the blog so they are on record as part of my “gallery”. BTW, do you like this form of gallery? I suppose a gallery and blog may be overkill? So, I am combining them into one. Hopefully someday soon, I will rename the tab to be gallery/blog. Third, this picture is one of my fav’s too. I love the shoes, their smirky smiles (because they were doing everything in their power to run from me and I CAUGHT them) and I LOVE this location. It isn’t for everybody I suppose. It is an old crackly building on Ocotillo. Not much of the building is showing because with these two you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit (what I always tell my kids). I loved the subject which was most important!
So this isn’t really FAMILY but our goal that day was family pictures. The cutest little boy was sleeping with the cutest little mouth. AND, I am a lover of color, especially green. You put all those wonderful things together and I can’t help myself! Obviously, I like to post pictures that I love, right? This is sneaking to the top of the love list!
AZ Photographers: did you know that TPT is assessed on everything? Yes, that means services/session are taxed! I didn’t believe it, I questioned it, I looked it up and its true. My accountant didn’t believe it so he did research as well and we both came to the same conclusion!!!! You don’t want to not be in the know and have to figure it out the hard way! Just sayin’
She is the only girl (as far as kids in the family) and I love that she can pose like no other. She has got the cutest skirt and jacket (ok, full outfit). Her smile is contagious! Oh to be young and vivacious! I have more of this darling girl-in her outfit for a special birthday. She is full of fashion (or could it be her mother?) and I can only imagine what that is like. I love the dynamics… if you saw last year’s pictures we captured a true family moment. This year (actually end of 2009), one year later they have all grown to be more handsome and beautiful. These are some of my favorites for this family but I really like the last/bottom right. I may need to put that in my studio one of these days!
It is spring break here in Queen Creek, AZ (and probably most of AZ) and some kids are daring to swim-namely my own. The water was too cold (maybe there was even a layer of ice-or so it seemed) for me but I did get some sun. Spring time is here and it is absolutely beautiful. Spending some time outdoors is my goal (while its possible). My daughter and her friend had no fear, full body underwater. No, our pool is NOT heated but they asked me to heat it after they dipped their toes. Sorry to report, no heater here! Actually, I take that back… give it a few weeks and the heater will be in full effect-probably more heat than they ask for. ; ) This is AZ!
Lily, this cute pug, has been in their family for quite some time! She is getting old and has cute grey whiskers to prove it. We did family pictures in their backyard to make sure that Lily could be part of the action.
What is better than having your best friend also be your sister! I can see the comfort and love between these two and they were simply adorable! I have loved this image since the day it was captured at Power Ranch in Gilbert, AZ. Our goal was family pictures and their family looked beautiful. They were coordinating with black and gray/silver. When the girls twirled in their awesome holiday dresses, I stood back and snapped away. Their dad was such a trooper… he had just returned from a business trip and was ready to roll with family pictures the next day. (maybe he wasn’t happy about it but he was truly a happy camper) Anyhow, family relationships are so fun to capture, each unique. The feelings are always different for me-I know the behind the scenes shots and actions. My favorite images usually tell their story! Sisters…