Aug 222012
 

Jelly Fish

Living near Baltimore there are many places I try to visit at least every couple of years.  As I have friends and family come visit who don’t live in the area, I make it to some of these sites more often then when they aren’t here visiting.  It is very easy to take for granted the sites in DC, Baltimore, and Annapolis, let alone all the other areas near by.  My last visit to the Baltimore Aquarium was this past April, and it made me want to make it there to visit more often.

When I went there was still an official Dolphin show taking place several times a day, and I hear now that is not the case, but visitors can still go watch the trainers interact with the dolphins and can pay extra to spend a day assisting the trainers/or become trainers for the day.

There are many fish and exhibits to be seen that can teach young and old alike about our oceans and water ways.  There are even special exhibits that occur sometimes.  When I went there was a special Jelly Fish Exhibit to capture the visitors imaginations.  The fish are beautiful and there is lots to learn along the way.  The aquarium has activities for children and lots of information that is fun for the adult visitors, too.  I’d recommend a trip to the National Aquarium in Baltimore to anyone who is contemplating it!

 

Aug 212011
 

 

 

This summer has sped by and though it isn’t quite over…fall is fast approaching.  This fall watch for a few blogs on The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in October, Disney and Shiprocked Cruise in November, and few smaller events in-between.  But this summer has found me gaining experience with a few other things.  I had the honor of doing my first child shoot with 2 beautiful girls (ok, one was a 13 year old).  I did a couples shoot.  I also did my first maternity shoot with a wonderful model Fallyn.  I also did a couple shoots with a couple local roller girls who are Roller Derby players here in Baltimore.

 

Working with children is something I do daily, but it is very different working with children and young teenagers in the studio then working with them in a hospital.  They can be more cooperative because this is something they actually WANT to do, unlike being in the hospital.  It is fun to watch them start to have fun changing positions and loosen up in front of the camera as you work with them.  Sometimes the camera can be a daunting thing, and the pictures improve as model gets more used to working with you.  The pictures become more natural.  Sometimes the studio isn’t the best place to have younger kids, they need to have toys or fun objects to interact with in order to get good pictures.  But I worked with an older school aged girl and her 13 year old sister.  They both seemed to have fun and relax once we got shooting, creating a few very good images.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When a couple is together for a while they want photographs together and Anna and Mick are no exception.  This was fun to work with a couple friends and to get some great shots of them as individuals and together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A new model, Brittany, also modeled for me this summer:

 

 

 

 

 

Fallyn is a model I’ve worked with in the past, but it also happens that now she was expecting a little girl to come into her life, so I was given the chance to get some beautiful maternity pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last couple shoots I participated in were with Ela Trick and TwiBite a couple local roller girls who play in Baltimore.  This was fun and added the challenge of having roller skates in the studio.  This was fun and the girls were thrilled with some of the images I was able to provide them with.

Ela Trick

 

 

 

 

 

TwiBite:

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are just a few pictures from each shoot.  I’ve shared more on my Flickr site, feel free to check them out there!  This has been a great summer with a lot of portraiture on my part.  Hope you’ve enjoyed some of the images I’ve collected this summer and I look forward to what the fall has to bring!  Think I’m most excited about going to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in October.