Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Head Shots

I just finished a six week photography corse on light. We talked about all kinds of light. I've always considered myself a natural light photographer, but after taking this class, my feelings have change. Why should I just limit my photography to natural light? Maybe because when I think of a speed light, I think of harsh ugly light where and red eye. lol But honestly, you can get beautiful lighting and light fills with a speed light, mono light, soft box .....etc. Even outdoor shots can be considerable better if you know how to light correctly. Anyways, I recently did head shots for a lady that needed them for a movie part and I thought I'd practice on my Nani. 

It was hard for me to take so many portrait shots in a row. (I wanted to turn the camera to landscape, just out of habit) So the last two shots are landscape only because......that's what I wanted to do. :)
I have to tell you that, trying to not get a reflection in the glasses was my biggest challenge. I need to read up on that. I love faces and I think that out of everything I take photos of, I love faces the best. 

"There is only you and your camera. The 

limitations in your 

photography are in yourself, for what we see is 

what we are."



The Liberty Hill Belles

I was asked to photograph the Liberty Hill Belles, instead of the usual school photography company.  And I was happy to do so. I've always felt that most school photographers don't really care about how you look and that they do so many that it hardly feels special. I'm by no means trying to bad mouth them, (well maybe a little...shhhhh...). I mean, they charge so much, too, on top of that. Anyways, I just made two packages available and called it a day. But I did care about the work that I gave them, and not just give them whatever. You know what I mean. :)
I took individual photos and a couple of group photos. These will be used in the yearbook as well. After the shoot, Emily, (the Belle's dance coach), emailed me and told me that the girls were so excited to have their photos taken by a real photographer. That made me smile. 
  Also took some fun shots of them. Those are the ones I'g going to share.

"Don't fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have."


The Lee Family

This family was such a joy to photograph. Even though it was pouring earlier that morning, it cleared up just in time for our shot. This is only the second time I've had an early morning session (8:00am) and it went better than I expected. It was overcast and honestly I love to shoot when it's overcast. Overcast weather means I can basically shoot anywhere. Here's some photos of how our day went.

"Ambition is the path to success, persistence is the 

vehicle you arrive in."



The Miller Family

Thought I'd post a few shots from the Miller family session that I shot earlier this month. It was much more challenging than I had anticipated. This was the first shoot where I had four children. It wasn't because the youngest was in pre k or because the oldest was a pre teen, it was trying to get six set of eyes to stay open. (parents  We shot at my friends house, in Liberty Hill, because I was in love with her garage door. I'm weird that way. Here are a few from our session.

"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song."


Friday, September 19, 2014

Then and Now

I've been meaning to do this a long time ago.  I started Project 365 in 2010, mainly to learn how to use the Canon 7d that I had just got for 2009 Christmas. That camera was way too camera for me at the time. I didn't even know how to set anything! Here is my "now" and "then" photo.

It's funny to look back, because back then, I thought, at that time, that that was a pretty good photo. I'm happy to see progress.  I just always want to learn more and improve and be the best (in my "over achiever" standards. ha) 
Speaking of learning more. I've signed up for another Kevin Gourley Photography classes. We started last week. This class is all about light. Not necessarily lighting...but light. It's going to teach us how to manage and manipulate light to create photographs. 
"Photography": derived from the Greek words "photo" (light) and "graphs" (drawing).
I am excited to be in class again! 
I've been getting some side photography gigs also. Which include head shots and real estate photos. I enjoy shooting the real estate ones. So fast and easy and I get to meet a lot of nice folks. 
Good things happen to those who hustle