What I Love about Photography

I have been learning a lot over the past few months. I tend to be a voracious reader and learner and there is so much to learn about photography. I’ve been reading and watching a lot online, including a short photography workshop last month. I love to look at images from other photographers whose work I like. I try to figure out what I like about their work. I look at how I think they lit their subject, their composition, what lens I think they used, what settings they probably used, etc. There are so many fantastic photographers out there! … Continue reading What I Love about Photography

Winter Mini-Sessions

For two weekends in December I had the pleasure of photographing quite a few families at a Christmas tree farm. I got to meet some wonderful people and photograph some adorable kids. Those sessions were a few weeks before Christmas. A few weeks after Christmas I rented a local natural light studio for an afternoon and did some early Valentine’s Day sessions. Every time I do a shoot I learn new things. I’ve started keeping track of what I learn during each shoot so I hopefully can remember to apply what I’ve learned in the future. Here’s a (somewhat) quick … Continue reading Winter Mini-Sessions

Fall Mini-Sessions

It’s been a while since I posted. I’ve been wanting to post about my fall mini-sessions but things have been busy. They are about to get a lot busier so I thought I’d better get this post out now. After photographing my friend’s family in October, I decided I wanted to try to do a few fall mini-sessions. It was already early November at that time and I didn’t know how long the leaves would still look nice or if the weather would continue to be warm. I posted an announcement on Facebook and had openings for 4 mini-sessions a … Continue reading Fall Mini-Sessions

The N Family Portrait Session

A few weeks ago I mentioned to a friend that I was learning more about photography and would like to get more practice photographing people. She asked if I would want to photograph her family. I was happy she asked because for some reason I was a little hesitant to ask people outside my family if I could photograph them. She, her husband, her three adorable kids and I met last weekend for a photo shoot. As I was driving there I realized I was nervous. I felt like I was getting ready to perform on stage. But as we … Continue reading The N Family Portrait Session

Portraits and My Garage Studio

I’ve been reading up on how to take better portraits. One of the books I read recently mentioned that a garage is often a great place to find “open shade.” As I understand it “open shade” means the subject is in the shade and is looking out toward light. So I decided to experiment in my garage. I threw a quilt over the back of my car in the garage. I had been looking for a colorful quilt to use in pictures but everything I found was pretty expensive and I didn’t want to use a family heirloom to throw … Continue reading Portraits and My Garage Studio

At the Zoo

Today I got to spend a couple hours at the zoo with my son. It was pleasant…sunny and not too hot, not too crowded. I made a rookie mistake taking pictures there, though. Last night I was outside taking pictures of the full moon. I had my ISO set to 1600 for that. I forgot to switch my ISO back to 200 to take the zoo pictures. So every single one of them was shot at an ISO of 1600.  : (  Apparently this causes the pictures to be grainy. I’m not planning to blow any of them up to … Continue reading At the Zoo

A Photography “Playdate”

This week I had the chance to get out and have a “playdate” with my camera. One of the photography books I’m reading suggested this idea. It was really fun! I took off for a few hours with my camera with no real plan of where I would go. I was surprised by more than one thing I found to photograph. I started in my own garden in our backyard. There was a horrible yellow spider that I had seen there the day before. Once I got the picture onto my computer we noticed the spider seems to be missing … Continue reading A Photography “Playdate”