Usually I request that clients bring special memoirs with them to their photoshoots to help bring my creative vision alive and to make their photos something to remember for a lifetime. These memoirs along with any special requests from the clients' Pinterest boards help make beautiful photos.
Brittany was having her senior photoshoot done, so, naturally, she wanted her class ring included and accentuated and a photo showing her tattoo. However, my favorite piece from Brittany's photoshoot was a necklace from her grandmother. These types of pieces (and now these photos) will always be special to Brittany and her family.
Not all photographers offer black and white photography and/or the client must request this specific style of edit. Here are 4 reasons you should request black and white photos from your photographer:
Do you not agree that black and white photos are beautiful? The simplicity and grace warms my heart and brings a smile to my face.
Blake Lloyd, a former student of mine and founder of Blake Lloyd Photography, is an aspiring photographer in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. Blake is currently taking courses to learn Photoshop and apprenticing to learn all that she can about photography. Here are 5 reasons you should book Blake Lloyd Photography for your next family session or event:
Blake's photography business is perfect for anyone who needs quality images on a budget. Because she is a student, her prices are on the lower side, however (and equally), because she is a student, she is learning more and more about technology that most seasoned photographers do not know. Student photographers, like Blake, are the way to go!
One thing I love about working with students is their passion! Blake is confident in her future and putting in the work for Blake Lloyd Photography. When you book a session with Blake, you will not have to worry about the time and effort spent on your photos and, ultimately, your memories. Her passion for photography will ensure quality images.
Contact Information for Blake Lloyd Photography:
This family with six children, one daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren had a great session with Elegant Exposures. I was especially impressed with the two littles (twins) who hung in there like champs!
Little Miss is an Elegant Exposures model and professional. She had to show her FIVE brothers the ropes when it comes to posing.
Elegant Exposures wants to wish the Reynolds/Hunt family a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!
and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Day 5 is here! Thank you for all those who participated. I hope everyone was able to walk away with a little takeaway and had fun!
Click here for the editing presentation and challenge.
Click here to see today's Christmas photo challenge and learn a little about ISO!
Rule of Thirds
Side -by-side perspective • Front-center-back perspective
When thinking about the rule of thirds, you don’t only have to think about what is beside your subject.
Think about what is in the FOREGROUND and BACKGROUND, as well.
Here you will see a tree trunk in the BACKGROUND, the SUBJECT, then a leaf in the FOREGROUND to complete a different perspective for the rule of thirds.
Use what you learned about perspective and get a photo or photos with a Christmas book.
Post another collage showing different perspectives
Want that perfect bokeh (blurred background)??
In simple terms:
As a portrait photographer, my aperture settings depend on how many subjects are in my shot & how far away I am from my subjects.
Day 2: Presents
Use what you learned about aperture and make a photo collage using different apertures.
- One block with one gift (f/1.4)
- Another block with three gifts (f/5.6)
- Another block with all the gifts under your tree
(f/10 or higher)
- Or use a kid or kids in some of your pictures
Don’t have a DSLR camera? We still want to see your collage and creativity with Christmas gifts! And, don’t worry, tomorrow is for you!!
THE PROBLEM WITH HARSH LIGHT:
Sometimes we think, "the more light, the better," however, the full sun causes some issues:
It’s okay to find the shadows! Look for soft, diffused light to soften the face. If you really want that sunny glow, you can add in a sun glare during the editing process.
How do we deal with INDOOR LIGHTING?
I use a combination of two light sources for indoor photography:
SOFTBOXES & NATURAL LIGHT.
Day 1: Christmas Tree
Use what you learned about light and get a photo of a Christmas tree.
- Outdoor Christmas tree farm
- Use window light to photograph your indoor tree
- Photograph your kids by the tree and the window
Just be creative and USE YOUR LIGHT!
Remember to Post, Post, Post!
Everything is more fun with friends, so invite a friend to join in on our fun!
Click here to register for Elegant Exposures' 5 Day Christmas Photography Challenge. You will: