Friday, June 3, 2016

Innovative and Gritty (stunning too)

There's something very intriguing about a dad and his daughter who promise to find me the perfect brick wall. And you ask "what's so important about a brick wall?"

Well, this senior gal wanted edgy, gritty, and a brick wall.  After the family left the consultation (where we decided on the important stuff like clothes, shoes, and hair), I instructed dad to find me a cool and edgy brick wall within the streets of downtown Kittanning. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Shelby's Boudoir Debut

Funny thing is, lovely Shelby had a 3 hour notice that I needed her as a boudoir model. And even without hours (even days) of preparing and primping, Shelby totally nailed this session.

It was a first for us both. I am a portrait photographer but never dabbled in boudoir at all. I've gaze at the beautiful boudoir images online and dreamed of having sexy models lining up at my studio door. So when my initial model couldn't make our scheduled session, I made a quick call to Shelby.

Now imagine a typical snowy western Pennsylvania afternoon, roads are slushy, air is chilly,  and Shelby is supposed to be at home working on a school Power Point project. She gets my text, drops everything, shaves her legs, packs some lingerie, and meets me at an old restored farm house for a few hours of boudoir practice.

Her friend tags along for moral support and I have my stylist already there for all the primping and fussing we may need.

And then the fun began! What an afternoon. I hope you enjoy the images from my very first boudoir session. I know there's room to improve but I am very happy with the images. 

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

December, Are You Ready?

During December I tone down my intensity on scheduling photo sessions for a couple of reasons: one reason is life,  plain and simple.  Life just takes over at the holidays and fills my days with baking, shopping, and decorating. Plus I have a 40 hour/week job too. So there is just a lot going on now.

The other reason for a "slack" December is because I don't find myself marketing to the indoor studio sessions for the toddlers dressed in their adorable new Christmas outfits.  I am an outdoor gal. I like to find a spot in nature that brings out the personality and character of my models. So it seems once the air becomes chilled and the ground is covered in snow, fewer folks are thinking fun outdoor photo shoot.

But I am about to change all that.  I am so ready to get my beautiful clients into the woods under the tallest of pines posing in an antique sleigh.  Ok, that's it. I've just convinced myself. December is no longer my slacker month. (going to charge my battery now) :)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Bokeh what?

It's the Christmas thing to do - capture that perfect Christmas tree blur. So I had to try it!

This lens creativity is called bokeh.

To Achieve Christmas Tree Bokeh Photos (blurry, out of focus lights) ...

1.  Set your camera to manual mode.

Set your camera on manual and also set your lens to manual focus too. (normally via a switch on the side of the lens.)

2.  Put your camera on a tripod.

In order to do proper Christmas tree bokeh you will need to use your camera on a tripod as otherwise due to a slow shutter speed, you will get motion blur.

3.  Put your aperture wide open (i.e the lowest number your lens will go down too.)

For the purposes of Christmas tree bokeh, you want to shoot wide open, or put simply the lowest f stop number your lens will go down too.  My lens (a 50mm) will go down to f/1.8 but you may find if you have a kit lens on your camera, it won't go lower than around f/3.5. 

4.  Raise your ISO.

You want to raise your ISO enough to compensate for the lack of light, however not too high that it makes it too bright in your room.  This might cause your photo to have some grain, but it is better to have a bit of a grainy image than an under exposed one. 

5.  Set your lens to manual focus and have a play!

Depending on how you focus your lens when it is on manual focus (by turning the focus ring on the front of the lens) you will see a real difference in what kind of blur you get.  For the purposes of Christmas tree Bokeh you want to turn your focus ring so it's actually out of focus, the blurrier the focal point, the bigger the bokeh.

In this photo I used a heart-shaped cut out over my lens. 
f 1.8, 400 ISO, 50mm lens, manual mode, 1/25