Aug 162012
 

Lately I’ve found myself trying to build my family portraiture portfolio.  This is a learning experience because there is so much to consider.  I’ve been building my infant and child portfolios, too, and they have similar challenges.  When young children are involved a photographer needs to keep in mind that it by necessity needs to be a short shoot.  Get in the beginning the shots you really want because that is usually the best chance you have, then you can try to fill in a few others if the child/infant is up to it.  As a pediatric nurse I know what to expect from most kids, but each child is an individual and one is never totally in the know.  Some kids work better when Mom and Dad are present, others are better behaved when they are no where in site.  Sometimes the parents think they are helping by adding comments and such, but sometimes they just distract.  This can be said for any extra person in the studio…if that is where you are shooting.  Being outside has it’s own challenges…and add in pets…and one could easily throw ones hands in the air and say ENOUGH, but I love the challenges that each of these things have brought.

Family portrait in the studio

Family portrait outside

family portrait outside and with pets

 

Through these shoots I’ve dealt with an healthy infant, one who had shoots earlier in the day, and one who had a stomach flu.  Sometimes we get thrown curve balls, but good results can still be had!!

Jul 132012
 

So I’m going to really try to be better at this blog thing…and post at least once, if not twice a week.  I’m going to share my adventures (including such events as going to Myrtle Beach, trips to Ocean City,  and white water rafting the New River in West Virginia) and my Interests (NASA, Airshows,  Hapkido, and photography including black and white film and even exploring wet plate (ambrotypes) and Cyanotypes).  Come along with me and maybe we’ll all learn something together!

Sep 222010
 

School is back in session which means that fall is closing in, but the summer heat is still around.  This is a day of beginnings and I hope that I can keep going with this.   I was asked to take a picture of my niece in one of my sister’s favorite  summer dresses that she surely will outgrow by next year.  Since she is very often with me when I’m photographing things and experimenting , I have a feeling she may frequently show up here if my sister allows.  🙂  She gave her permission, so I’ll start my a picture a day blog with this new one of her.  🙂