Holiday Photo Tips from Jennifer Loomis
How to take professional looking photos of your child and baby
• Pick the right time for your children. You and your children need to be at your best during the shoot, so don’t attempt to try a family portrait when everyone is hungry and tired.
• Set up a home studio. Create a studio-like setting in your house or outside your house. Clear away the clutter, put away toys, and remove anything else that is distracting from the area or background, such as plants and chairs. Near the tree, or in front of the fireplace are classic. But use the stairs in your house if you have a large family. Outside look for a tree that doesn’t have cars or other houses behind it. Sitting on the front steps or porch are also classic.
• Dress for the holiday! If it is a holiday card, then get festive and colorful, but avoid words or branding. Patterns and stripes can also be distracting, but be you. Continue reading →
There is an immediate sense of familiarity and comfort when you step into one of Jennifer’s studios where she can usually be found running around barefoot and sipping a cup of tea. You almost completely forget you are about to have photographs taken because of her laid back demeanor and sense of humor. Before your maternity shoot, Jennifer, Tiffany or Michelle sit down with you to chat and get to know you. They wants to learn about what you like about your body, what you are comfortable with and which style of photographs you prefer, so they can then outline roughly what will happen in the shoot. Before your family shoot, the photographers like to chat about your priorities for your shoot as well as what you like about your children and their interactions. Our family shoots tend to be four shoots in one, starting with the entire family and ending with the children. Continue reading →
Now that family photography is dominated by color lifestyle photography, black and white photography, and black and white film photography, has started to become unique and special. I like that. I like that I am still offering film. I like that my 20 years of training and expertise has to be distilled into one, two or three rolls of film. I have to get it right. I can’t put the camera on auto and just click away. I have to know what I am doing. I have trained to anticipate the image and the moment. A specialist processes my film; an artist who has trained for years to perfect her craft, creates my prints which are retouched by a master using a real brush and special dyes that he creates. These prints are museum quality and will last for a very very long time. Although not everyone appreciates this in today’s digital world, I do and my clients who find me through many avenues definitely do. Continue reading →
How photographing an autistic child taught me to be a better photographer
Today I photographed my first autistic child and I loved it. My client was worried because her son didn’t like to look at cameras, and she said, he can get very focused on something and not want to change course. Basically she was worried that this wouldn’t be what I expected or it would be difficult shoot. I told her, I am a photojournalist trained to make photos as they are happening, not to set them up and so I am going to treat this just like a story. Let’s just let him be himself.
It was awesome and it has taught me to be a better photographer in under two hours. Here is what I learned and will apply to photographing other autistic children, although they are all different. Continue reading →
I have spent my career studying the unique shape of the pregnant woman. With my most recent series, I am studying the landscape created by this form. When the images are printed large, the form becomes foreign. Worthy of examination and discussion, this shape represents an area of the women’s body that is surrounded by debate of ownership, degradation by toxic environments, and depravation of corporate fertility centers charging exorbitant fees for women who want to become pregnant.
Using mostly natural light and black and white film with no digital alteration, I have created two distinct bodies of work. The first is narrative and captures the subjects during their transformation to motherhood. The second is a radical departure from portraiture, removing the individual and framing the pregnant body as a new abstract landscape and language.
My goal is to present the diverse shapes and stories of pregnancy, to give them a place in visual history, and to employ this archetypal female form to spark conversations about contemporary western social issues surrounding the family. Continue reading →
I recently did a proof edit over the phone with one of my favorite clients. I have been working with her long enough that we have similar discussions about images we like and images we think work together. She is so great, she comes up with brilliant ideas for triptych (three images together) that sometimes I haven’t even seen. I love that!
I am writing this today because I think these images illustrate what I feel to be an important aspect any good portrait or fine art photograph – the triangle or the diagonal. While we aren’t getting as specific as DaVinci’s Golden Ratio, that appear prominently in his work, a lot can be learned by studying this master. Continue reading →
Most pregnancy photo shoots happen 6 to 8 weeks from your due date, so there’s almost no room for error if you don’t like the finished result or the photographer makes a mistake. It may be tough, if not impossible to schedule a re-shoot before the baby’s birth. Here are my five tips to help you make the best choice when selecting a pregnancy photographer:
1) Do Your Research Start gathering names and looking at portfolios on the website. Trust yourself, if some photos take your breath away, that person is the first person to call. If you weren’t personally referred by someone who has used the photographer and can recommend his or her work, ask for several referrals to contact. These may be already posted on the photographer’s website. We post testimonials on our site as clients send them in, unless they are from a celebrity like Jeff Probst from Survivor which we thought was pretty cool. Continue reading →