I have a wonderful client who has hired me for maternity photography and then subsequently for newborn photography for all three of her pregnancies. Not only is she a gracious lovely woman, but she is also my muse. Every time she steps in front of the camera, I just go wow. She has this gorgeous alabaster skin and dark hair.
For her most recent newborn shoot, we did it at her house in NJ. It was late and the kids were tired, but we tried a bunch of different things that all came together. For this posting and probably future postings, I am going to publish what I consider the best images from our shoot. I also included two of her maternity photographs. Oh and instead of one or two, you are going to get all the good ones. Be sure to go to the last photo. It is priceless, and her idea! 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 →
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 →
I first met this family for a maternity photography session nine years ago. This family shoot was our fourth together and our third family photography session. They are happy people and now that they have three boys, there is a lot going on and it was a lot of fun!
One of my favorite photos from the take is the family photograph of all five of them together. It is different but yet at the same time offers a “portrait” of each one of them. Look at the movement in the photograph and how your eye travels from left to right and top to bottom. This is important because, to me, it becomes one step above a standard portrait – you get to see the energy or the feeling behind the moment. Continue reading →
Wow. Ever had a shoot where the baby is just one big lovely ball of energy? I had that happen with Jackson in our baby photography session in SF!
When I teach classes I tell my students to connect energetically with their clients. This to me is a very important component of photography – connection, or shooting from the heart instead of the head, as my mentor Bryan Moss would say. It isn’t easy. If you are a new photographer and are trying to figure out F-stops and shutter speeds, the last thing you have time to do is to think about shooting from the heart. What if the exposure is wrong?! But once you get all the technical stuff behind you, then try it, and see what happens! Continue reading →
I met Katisha and her husband during our maternity photography session more than a year ago. They purchased our Platinum plan which includes three photography sessions which meant I got to see them to photography Kyle as a newborn. These images are from our third and final shoot. It is so much fun to see him grow. He is so cute, curious and full of life! The below images are some of my favorites from our family photography session when Kyle was just walking. I have included a brief explanation of why. Hope you get something out of it! Continue reading →