Saturday, November 11, 2017

Fall 2017

Where did the year go....seems like it was just January and I was thinking about what I'd like to accomplish in 2017.  Here it is nearly the winter holidays with 2018 on the horizon.  It's been an amazing year for change and growth and love and photography and work.  I am grateful for all my friends, family, clients and followers.  Wishing you all many blessings!

Wearing Paige denim, Sanctuary blouse, French Connection cardigan, Michael Stars hat, Eric Michael booties, all from Miss Meers boutique in Eugene, OR.

I took these photos by setting the Nikon df and 50mm lens on a tripod in front of me on the road.  I used the interval timer setting on the camera to take several shots at once.  To my left and slightly in front of me was a white reflector to bounce the light from behind me slightly onto my face.  This lifts the shadow from the hat and puts a catchlight into the eyes.  It was only an hour or so before sunset so the sun was pretty low on the road behind me.  The camera exposure setting was 1/250sec, f2.0, ISO640.  The images were brightened and filtered in Lightroom using Rebecca Lily presets.


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Tips for Photoshoot Locations

It's been such an amazing fall season for portraits!  I am so grateful to live in beautiful Oregon where we have so many unique photoshoot location options.  But honestly, location doesn't have to be complex.  As can be demonstrated with samples from this Springfield high school senior shoot with the beautiful Cielo.  We took these photos all within close proximity to each other.  The red and gold colored backgrounds were in a parking lot.  The green trees were on the side of the road.  The field of dried flowers was beside a parking lot with the highway in the background.  Here are some of the main things I look for in locations:

Accessibility:  I like for my clients to be able to drive easily to a location and park and not have to go far.

Look for low color and texture:  I look for trees with low hanging branches or building walls with interesting textures.  I'm trying to add interest to the photo at the same level as the person.

Use background to frame:  Whatever light or objects or patterns I have in the background I'll try to use that to frame the person in the portrait in an interesting way.

Position the person well for the light:  For portraits I like to use the shade of buildings or trees.  You can even use surfaces like sidewalks to bounce light softly into the subjects eyes.  If you are in bright sun position the light behind the person.  I also like to use a reflector to fill and bounce light gently into the eyes.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Crystal Crown

I absolutely love this summer light in my backyard.  Wearing Michael Stars tunic and Sam Edelman sandals from Miss Meers in Eugene.  Seven for all Mankind jeans.  Crystal crown and dream catcher hand made from the Oregon Country Fair.

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