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Not only is this little doll adorable and sweet but… normally I get the punishment of having to say bye to little ones after we work together. Not this sweetheart! I have the privilege of baby sitting her a couple times a week (Me and her mom met from her hiring me to photograph her birth. Her birth was as beautiful as she is!)
So look at the cutie I get to hang out with on a regular basis…
A friend of this family noticed they didn’t have many pictures as a family and decided they needed to fix that!
We met at Central park, and despite the freezing temps, got a few shots that really captured everyones personality.
I am well aware of how many families cannot afford the luxury of professional portraits. Believe it or not, my family is one of them.
It’s true, I could not afford to hire myself to do what I do. Does that sound crazy?
So, I know how special something as simple as personalized, professional, portraits can be to a family that otherwise would not even be able to consider them.
Because of this, I would like to offer my time and talent, as well as some custom designed, professionally printed holiday cards, to a family that would otherwise be stuck with snapshots, Sears, etc.
- The session can be outdoors (though, I am incapable of controlling the weather. Fortunately I won’t be in the pictures though, so it’s ok if I’m bundled up and freezing.) or in their home.
- I will not charge the family a dime, and I won’t even push for them to purchase prints. They are certainly welcome to and I will provide a gallery for them to share with family members should anyone else like to, but it is in no way required.
- I will include 25 4×5.5″ cards with a custom design including one or more photos and a greeting on both sides. Envelopes included.
- I will provide them with images of their choosing for sharing in email and on facebook, etc.
- The session can be a family, a pregnant mother, new baby, young child, older child, etc. Really whatever the family feels like fills their needs best.
If you know someone (or even more than one someone) that is deserving of this gift, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (or use the contact form here) with a brief story as to who you’d like to nominate, and why you think they’re deserving.
I will use a panel of judges (yes, really. I can’t be responsible for choosing myself, can I?) and notify you by email if the family you nominated was chosen. You can then tell the family how they got the session, or you can just say it’s a gift from you. I’ll even send along a gift card to print and pass along. They can then schedule their session any time during the first half of December.
I will close entries at 11:59pm on Tuesday November 29th then notify the nominator of the chosen family before December 2nd.
And since all posts need pictures, look at this cutie!
This is Sam.
I first got to meet Sam around Halloween of last year. It was the closest his family could schedule to his first birthday (Thanksgiving) since he was going to be in and out of the hospital for treatments over his birthday.
He is an amazing boy to watch. I had to force myself to take pictures, because I really wanted to just drink in his fantasticness. He’s definitely one of those kids that I could just watch walk, and investigate the world around him, for hours.
This is little T, his mama adopted him from ethiopia a little over a year ago. (That was when I first met him and his mom. She had asked me to take pictures of them, and mostly him, to celebrate and commemorate them being together for their first year.)
I’m not sure I’ve ever met a little boy so young, yet so full of personality, and love! I feel like I should be PAYING to take pictures of him. He’s absolutely adorable, and a blast to be around!
These kids were a lot of fun to work with. Despite the insane heat, they were ready to play and show me their spunk.
Their spunk just so happened to be photo worthy.
Their mother wanted something sort of warehousy/industrial (I love switching up scenery. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the natural setting of the park (hence why I suggest it to so many) but, it keeps me from running out of ideas when a client wants to try something new every now and then) so we hit up a little industrial area in the city, and it provided us with exactly the settings we wanted.
Melissa is another one of those that entrusted me to photograph her children early on. I guess she too was/continues to be impressed enough to have me do it again and again.
Have I ever mentioned how much I enjoy watching children grow up through my lens? (I’m sure I have)
So this last trip to NC Melissa scheduled a session and asked me to meet her at this amazing little mass of trees on Emerald Isle. Her boys, bigger than ever, climbed all over and had a blast.
Back in 2007, when I first started to get serious about my photography as a business I met this family, and they entrusted me with the task of photographing them and their little one (she’s not so little any more).
Through the years, I have moved. Then they moved (Then moved back) but we’ve managed to cross paths throughout.
They’re cute, sweet, and make beautiful babies. What more could you ask for?
So this last visit to NC, we met up once more, so I could photograph, them with their new addition.
Here are some of my favorites.
I edit all the time. I rely on it! Maybe a little too much. I digress… My days in school (for photography no less) were spent playing with film canisters, enlargers, developing solutions, etc.
Taking the photograph, was half the battle. After that, I had to develop the film just right (especially slide film. That stuff is SUPER temperamental). And if I felt so inclined, I could “push” or “pull” my film (a method of intentionally under or over exposing film, then developing it to compensate.) Then there was the darkroom. Here you can (and often MUST) use various filters to bring out certain tones, or create more or less contrast, “burn” and “dodge” to get much needed detail in stubborn shadow and highlight areas, you can even create different effects in the way you run it through your various developing solutions. The variables were pretty endless.
Now I have no film to process. I shoot an image, then stick the memory card in my computer. There are the variables I set in my camera, not too dissimilar from those on my previous film body, but it’s like going straight to the darkroom. The darkroom now being more of a lightbox, my computer. So since I was a large fan of spending copious amounts of time in the darkroom to achieve customized results with any given image, this naturally carried over into my transition to digital. (It totally helped that I got a decent introduction to Photoshop in school as well)
So.. I don’t think one of my images straight out of camera fully represents me, and my capabilities.
To give you an idea of what I’m talking about, here is my first ”Before and After” post.
And a brief run down of what I did…
Mostly, I just dodged out the shadows on her face and neck/chest. After dodging, I then blended these areas to the non affected areas with the patch tool.
After that, I gave it a film treatment, or something. Using Alien Skin Exposure. I went with (color slide film – grain off) Fuji Provia 400f.
New site. New blog. New photos!
So, meet Maddie. An adorable toddler, that’s full of spunk.
When she ran, her cheeks jiggled, and it was one of the most adorable things I’ve ever seen.