December 11th, 2011 — 2:31pm
The first day we went out, the sun was fading fast and they weren’t exactly feeling cooperative. So I decided we’d try it again.
It wasn’t looking good for this day either.
Then they warmed up a little–but for that dastardly hat!
Of course by then they had behaved for more than two consecutive minutes…
Finally! Everyone looking at me. No one scowling. No tongues hanging out of mouths…
But does it show them as they are at this moment in their lives? That’s always my conundrum. These are boys. Only one of them is remotely concerned about his odor or clothes. They are funny and goofy and regularly dirty. The photographer in me wants to wow you with some gorgeous photo of spit-shined boys dressed in Ralph Lauren resisting sugar plums placed on the table next to them with Martha Stewart styling. But those aren’t my boys–and thank g*d!
What I love about capturing people through my lens is showing them as they are–how beautiful I see them as themselves. So it will be the last photo above or the final one from the last session (honestly I’m leaning toward that one).
When you are trying to decide what photo to use for you holiday card this year, I urge you to select the one that shows the world who you are right now. What is going on with your family today. Those shots are the most sincere and most immune from mocking. Cause really? I don’t believe you and your entire family kept those matching white shirts clean for one minute after that session at Pennys was over.
I have to make a decision today because I need to give Tiny Prints a fighting chance to get me my cards before Christmas (actually I just noticed that I can get 20% off any order over $49 and only $5 shipping and get my cards by 12/16 if I order by tonight–what are they? Miracle workers?) I think I’m going with these:
Which one do you like the best? Let me know in the comments.
*I attended a great party hosted by Tiny Prints a few weeks back and I got to have a new head shot taken, see some of my favorite DC Moms and see the new holiday options from Tiny Prints. They offered me 50 free prints if I wrote a post. But here’s the thing…I ordered from Tiny Prints last year and my cards got such rave reviews so there wasn’t really any decision about where I was ordering from this year.
4 comments » | Holidays, photography
November 3rd, 2011 — 11:26pm
Why is a blank page so intimidating? Whether it’s here or at work, the blank screen sends my heart racing. Sometimes I will write words–words of no significant meaning on the page just to fill it up a bit and take the pressure off. An outline, notes, old documents to use as a starting point, anything will do.
With photography, I begin a shoot with test shots. I aim at the ground, adjust my white balance, focus on a few inanimate objects to check my exposure and focus.
It takes a while for me to begin to see. Whether it’s to find the words to shape what I want to communicate or to find the light to create the image I want to capture, I have to mess up things a little bit before I get started. In complete opposition to my approach to housekeeping, I find it easier to organize and clean up my thoughts/ideas once I shake them all up and splash them around a bit. Actually, upon writing that that’s how I clean too. I have to get things all out in my vision so I can organize them and find their homes.
Assuming not everyone approaches their creative process this way, but it works for me. As I’m sloshing around poking at things from different directions, all of the sudden I find what I was looking for.
3 comments » | creativity, NaBloPoMo, photography, Writing
April 30th, 2010 — 10:58am
I’m saying it out loud, so now I have to do it.
I’m starting my photography business!
There is so much to do to set up a business let alone working on a craft to support it. It would be easy to keep putting it off–to wait until I had everything perfectly in place–but I know me and there’s no such thing (or time) as perfect.
And if ever I feel my confidence fail, I’ll look back at these faces.
A logo is being designed, a website will come too but the doors are officially open. And the prices are good if you get in early during my portfolio-building days.
39 comments » | photography