Little Miss A is much more excited the second time around about this whole tooth thing. And it’s certainly not difficult to get her on board with the whole fairy situation. So here she is showing me loose #2.
And how bout that magenta feather in A’s hair? I’d love to run right out and get myself one today. In purple, of course.
Very recently, it was like my birthday all over again here at Sequined Asphault Studio (I mean, if I had birthdays anymore, which I don’t). The very same week I got to guest blog over at MirrorMirror, I decided on a couple of new ultra exciting camera lenses and ordered the first (with much prodding and many assurances from the gang about laying out that much money for the good of my craft).
And Tricia, who has always been one of my biggest cheerleaders, kindly assented to me coming over and testing out the new glass on 2 of my most favorite wee ones, A and Chase.
Even though it’s a totally new way of shooting for me, and after the fact there are definitely lessons learned, I’d say we got a few keepers in the bunch.
Good morning, Internet!
All I know is The Hunger Games movie comes out Friday… Is it Friday?… No? How about now?
I’m having trouble deciding what to give up for Lent. It seems my birthday falls splat in the middle of the 40 days this year. And a birthday without vodka or sugar seems like way more suffering than Jesus would want for me. Maybe I’ll shroud myself in purple until Easter…
Little Miss A has a new brother and he’s a cutie! He showed up as a present for us right when we got home from our honeymoon! I heard he gave up his first smile to Mom this weekend, but I didn’t get one when we had our little photo shoot the other day. He was a natural in front of the camera though.
In lieu of the traditional black and whites we were planning, we decided to go with a more modern monochromatic look.
Little Miss A doesn’t know it yet, but she provided the stand-in for our set up. Ariel. With feet. After she’s given up her voice to be with Eric.
As I sit here working on updates to The Dance Collective web site (while missing a class at The Dance Collective), I am reminded of how rewarding it is to work with my clients. As primarily an Architectural Photographer, the vast majority of my clients are creatives by nature and trade: architects, interior designers, builders, magazines, etc. and so they approach shoots with the same creative energy they approach everything else in life. Even my rogue Clients, including Amanda and Enrique of the The Dance Collective are Creatives. And, seriously, it make for a way more interesting day, or night, as it was in the case of this particular shoot.
During my interiors shoots, I am a focused perfectionist. I shoot directly to the computer and double and triple check everything from the technical aspects of things including my lighting and camera settings, through composition, and a plethora of other artistic decisions. For example, we might move a chair multiple times to get the shot just right. Props are swapped in and out. Books, pillows, ottomans, furniture. Candles or lamps may be lit and extinguished. Until we have that moment. The one that everyone feels is just the right balance. It’s all way more exacting a process than one would ever imagine.
With people it’s a little different. A lot different. There are countless decisions that are made in order to achieve the final shot. But they don’t necessarily build with each shot better than the previous. You can’t get everyone to achieve the same expression, the same posture, or the same grace in every frame. People are unruly. For me, it’s less relaxing and a little more ‘a wing and a prayer.’
So instead of shot 29 being 28 shots more sophisticated than shot 1, sometimes shot 29 looks like this.
And that’s when I’m hoping the bottle of champagne is handy.
- graphic design
- hustle and flow
- iPhone photo
- little guys
- on the nightstand
- personal projects
- rolling in glitter
- sarcasm font