Thursday, March 31, 2011

Trendography: Utah Product Photography

This shoot was for a friend of mine who creates and sells kid-friendly graphic art. I have her work in both of my children's rooms and I love the bright colors and bold designs that she uses. I think her work speaks for itself, but in my opinion it is modern, fun, trendy, sleek, simple and UBER-COOL. The thing I like most about it (being a former first grade teacher) is that it truly appeals to children and often incorporates letters and numbers into and artistic design. I'll have to post some pictures of my kiddos rooms so you can see how I've used Trendography art in my own house. You should check out her Blog, Etsy, and sites.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sister is Back From Peru, Alive.

Happy Wednesday!

I had a pretty productive day! Cleaned and de-clogged my shower, swept my floor, called a client, visited with my sister who just got back from Peru on a humanitarian aide trip with her Hubby (here is a few head shots I took of him for some Medical School Applications):

He was recently accepted to 3 different Medical Schools (very good ones) and we are so excited for them! I'm pretty sure that they accepted him because he had such a great head shot, right? ha ha ha.


It was really fun to look through her pictures and talk about the places she visited and the work that she did for some of the villagers. I was surprised to find out that in most villages you are not allowed to take pictures and that if you do, you have to pay a large amount of money to do so. Interesting. Luckily the village that my sister went to was a little more open to photography.

I apologize for no Tuesday tip this week. I have some good ones in the making, but have lots of editing to do from some shoots over the weekend. Look for a tip next Tuesday, and have a great Wednesday!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

I will miss the flowers

I will so miss the flowers that Blake brings home from his floral design class. The semester is almost over :( Here is a bridal bouquet he made a few days ago. I love the orange and purple color scheme.

P.S. went to the most charming reception tonight. can't wait to post about it. Here's one teaser though. . .

OK, wait. 2 teasers:


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sneak Peak: Utah Photographer

This is just a tid bit of a recent product shoot. I will post a bit more from this shoot in the next few days :)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Tuesday Tip: On the Tilt

Lately I have been thinking a lot about photo composition. I have a HUGE list of posts that could be written on some of these thoughts. To start of I wanted to explore horizons a little bit more. In one of my first photography classes I was shown a picture of a swimming pool that had a slightly tilted horizon in the distance, then the same scene was shown photographed with a straight horizon. As students, we were asked to respond to these photos one at a time. We then compared the images and decided which one we preferred. Until that point in time I had never really thought about horizon lines and how they effect the balance of a photo. For even a point and shoot photographer this little tip can completely change the way your photos look and feel to the viewer.

Here's an example of what I'm talking about:

And here is my PERSONAL opinion on horizons. I like them straight (parallel) and occasionally I like them very tilted. I rarely like a photo that has a slightly tilted horizon.

Here is why:

a horizon that is straight (parallel to the top and bottom of the image) across is not distracting. It leaves the viewer 'alone'. So the viewer can view the subject more effectively. straight lines are calming, they are solid and soothing to the eye. They are simple. I almost always shoot with the 'intention' of having a straight, non distracting horizon.

However, sometimes I really tilt my camera to create an extremely angled horizon. I do this in pictures that I feel should have some sense of movement in them. I LOVE to do this when I am taking a picture of two people looking at each other, or about to kiss. I feel that it signifies that movement and emotion between the two. A tilted horizon is very distracting and it forces the viewer's eye to move more rapidly and less predictably over the image. It creates movement.

I try really hard (sometimes to no avail) never to shoot a picture with a 'slightly' tilted horizon. To me a horizon that is only sightly tilted looks like an error. As if the photographer was trying to take the picture with the horizon shown straight (parallel with the top and bottom of the image), and botched it. I do this sometimes, and it totally bugs me.

That being said: I was on a website the other day and an inspirational and amazing photographer that I admire has a ton of photos on her blog with 'slightly tilted' horizons. . . and I liked them. Somehow she did it in a way that it defiantly didn't look like a mistake. it was awesome.

anyways, I just wanted to get y'all thinking a bit about composure. let me know if this tip makes any difference in your future photos :)

PS. this post was not posted on Tuesday because on MONDAY my motherboard fried, literally. Now I have a new motherboard in this old laptop. Thank Heaven for warranties.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Mr. Talented

This is by far my favorite arrangement that Blake has done for his floral design class. I think it is beautiful.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lucky Winners: Better a little late than NEVER.

So, when I said 8:00am, I meant "When my internet decides to work" so please forgive me for my tardiness. I had every intention of posting right at 8:00am on the dot (What did you say? "The road to hell is paved with good intentions," ok I know, thanks).

well, I picked the random winners at with a random number generater.

and the two LUCKY winners of one free photo session in 2012 are:

So Comment #1: Raven- Oooo...Pick me! Pick me! I would be thrilled if I won and you did a newborn shoot for our soon-to-arrive baby boy.

and Comment #8: Mindy- I am so desperately in need of family pictures. This would be so awesome!!

Congrats Raven and Mindy! I will email you later today.

And now I feel bad because I wish I could give you all a free session :(, I will be having more giveaways though, so check back to see what other freebies I will be giving away. Thanks for playing.

P.S. Towie says "hi" (My son insisted that we needed to post a picture of Towie)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

For Rachel

My friend Rachel made these baby boots for little A, they turned out super cute. My other friend Dani created the pattern that she used. You can find her pattern here. Dani has an eye for super style, you'll love browsing her Twirly Bird Etsy Shop.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tuesday Tip: White Foam Core Board and a Window

HI! I hope Tuesday is treating you well. I am excited to share a simple trick that I used to take example pictures for the last photography tip that I posted. If you read that post you saw a few pictures of some photography projects we did at our house. Here is the "behind the scenes footage."

Ghetto you say? well, I prefer the term 'simple.' This little mini-studio was constructed by the north facing window in my living room at about 3 in the afternoon. I laid one foam core board on a desk that sits by the window and placed another foam core board behind it. This is how I usually take pictures that have a white background. For Bro's valentine I wanted to add some funky blue circle paper to the mini-studio. I did this by using scrapbook paper and tape. The picture is pretty self-explanatory.

I also tried some other scrap book papers with the greeting card that I shot at the same time.

You can buy foam core board anywhere, I got mine at wal-mart, but I saw bigger pieces at Hobby Lobby last week for a better price. It's a wonderful tool to have when you are doing table top photography. The white reflects light onto your subject and creates a brighter mini-studio. I also use foam core boards as reflectors when photographing people outdoors and indoors and I always use them when I am working with window light. This is a really useful, portable, easy set-up for someone who is taking pictures of objects for their blog, Etsy shop, or for any other reason. Just remember that you want your main light source to be the Be-A-utiful* window light, and your secondary light source to be the light reflecting from your foam core boards. Turn off all of your incandescent lights (lights in your house) and don't use a flash. You may need to use a tripod to avoid camera shake if you shoot with a slower shutter speed. Try this with your point and shoot camera (turn off the flash) or your SLR.

So go ahead, create a mini-studio and try moving your inanimate subject at different angles in the window light. See what you like, have fun, throw in some scrap book paper and create some photo-joy.

*diffused light: Light that is filtered or spread. When you use a north facing window it diffuses the natural sunlight so that it is soft, and very flattering to the subject. Here are some more articles on window light and photography.

Don't forget to enter the St. Patrick's Day giveaway!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Getting Married: Utah Engagement Photography

This was a special session because I had the opportunity to take pictures for J, my brother in law, and his adorable fiance. I really enjoy taking pictures for my family because I feel like it's a talent that I can legitimately share with them. I'm not the best cook, so I'm not the type to cook people dinner or bake cookies . . . but taking and editing pictures: That I can do!

J and N have a cool story: They met in Virginia while J was working on his MBA and N was working for NASA. She has since returned to Utah to finisher her masters degree and he is still in Virginia finishing his MBA so they have had a long distance relationship for the past 6ish months.

She is such a catch and we are so happy that J waited patiently to find her. I think she is fantastic. Besides being incredibly intelligent, she loves to travel, has great taste is jewelry, is so good with kids, and so easy to get along with.

And J, he's pretty awesome too.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Something Pretty

My husband is taking a floral design class right now. He made these boutonnieres and brought them home the other day. I thought they were pretty.

Don't forget to enter the St. Patrick's Day Give Away!