The true treasure of every portrait session is the creation of beautiful custom portraits to display in your home. You want to look back on them, years down the road, and remember exactly who you were at this moment in time. We know the feeling.
This is such a great feeling to learn something new and push myself. As photographers we would like to savor time and capture every bit of our children's life. I am happy with the images that I have, but I find it amazing also being able to capture them sounding out words, hear them laughing and everything else they do that I don't want to forget and.
My kids love getting crafty and send homemade Christmas cards to all the friends and family members. As the number of the kids' friends grew, it gave me an idea to use a printing company to turn their artwork into a Christmas card. All we needed to complete this project was a creative spirit and some holiday cheer.
It's that time of year again and it's truly the most wonderful time of the year, isn't it? There are so many candid moments for capturing photos of the ones you love. Who doesn't want to create beautiful images of their celebration: a stack of colorful presents by the Christmas tree, kids on Santa's lap, Christmas lights and ornaments. There are plenty of moments to capture and if you are like me, I am pretty sure you do not want to miss a thing.
The word “photography” comes from two Greek words meaning “light” and “drawing”, together meaning “drawing with light”. Without light it would be hard to create a photograph. Learning to use natural light effectively and understanding how the light works is essential for all photographers.
I have been asked how I created rim light in this image and what was the source of light. I am happy to share with you with my set up for this image and the way it was shot, so here it goes.
That day the weather was not that good, it was one of those dreary autumn days. We were sitting on a bed with my daughter reading books. You would say why we closed all the shades instead of letting all the light in?
There are moments when I feel like I am pulled in several directions at once, like an entire lifetime is lived in a span of a couple of weeks. I find myself wishing to freeze moments in time and hold on the days when my girls read their first book, ran into my arms when they fell down, played with Play-Doh or held my hands on walks. As a parent and a photographer I found out that my camera helps me to slow down, to block out the noise, and to preserve my own story.
The backpacks are set and lunches are packed. We have our back-to-school memories captured and documented. But what about learning in the classroom, recess time on the playground and those field trips that your little one may not remember now, but will cherish in the feature?
Digital has done wonders for our industry – it allows us to learn faster, it gives us technological opportunities that we could have only wished for in the “film” days and it has made completely new styles of photography possible.