Congratulations to the lovely Nania and Aaron!! Super excited for August 20th!!!
Archive for May, 2011
It was was one of those days where I was sure the bride and groom had practiced in the mirror beforehand. Shut up…you know you practice in the mirror…whether reciting answers for an interview, rehearsing lines for a play, or practicing your smize as if Tyra were watching. But, after thinking about it for two and half seconds, I figured I was the only one who probably ACTUALLY does that and realized that these two are just so pretty and happy in love that it transcends to those all around. What a perfect day and setting for your wedding. Congrats Sean and Melissa!!
Ok…see? See what I mean? She looks like she is straight out of magazine! Melissa…admit it…you practiced looking so smizeilicious (I never thought I would use the word smize in public, but I can see why Tyra says it all of the time…it’s a fun word)!
Just to clarify…this is not a form of tooting one’s own horn. It is merely a celebration of me getting to photograph Kyle…who has been dubbed Redbook’s Hottest Husband in America. CONGRATS KYLE AND HIS LOVELY WIFE, JULIE!!!
Hair and makeup by Courtney Peters at Donoven’s Salon.
Dear flash haters,
From one natural light lover to another…I have a tutorial on combining flash with natural light over on I Heart Faces. If you would like to check it out, you can see it HERE. Maybe you will see the light (no pun intended) and realize flash can open a whole new world to your photography.
P.S. While we are on the subject of I Heart Faces, I thought I would submit an image for this week’s challenge, “yellow.” A recent favorite…
“It’s almost a cruel joke that you don’t have little girls of your own to photograph…as a mother of 3 girls, I LOVE how your images show you’re inner girlyness.”
Just a little comment on my Facebook that made me giggle. Any one who knows me knows it was my destiny to mother all boys. I am perfect for them and they are perfect for me. However, it’s also no secret that I do like to tap into my inner girlyness and am in LOVE with little girls clothing and styling. So, what’s a mother of four boys to do? Photograph other people’s girls of course!!! One of my favorite clothing lines for little girls and boys is Eden’s Bouquet. We were thrilled to have our girl models dressed by them at our workshop last weekend. Whimsical and soft meets urban grunge…LOVE IT!
You can see all of Eden’s Bouquet products HERE.
Our He Said She Said Workshop went down this last weekend and I am still on cloud nine. The biggest, hugest thank you goes out to our staff, the amazing sponsors, and Mother Nature…who allowed us a few hours of weather perfection. AND, the workshop would be nothing without my newest best friends…er…attendees. We couldn’t have asked for a better group of people…period.
Location: Russell Industrial Center, Detroit
Hair: Kenna and Randall Stephan from Scappare Salon
Makeup: Courtney Peters from Donoven’s Salon
Girl Children’s Clothing: Eden’s Bouquet
Hello and Happy Monday internet friends! A few questions as of late…
H asks…I was wondering how you get such crisp images. While I realize a big part is correct camera settings, I was wondering if you do an sort of sharpening on your subjects.
The best chance of getting a tack sharp image is to use a tripod. But, the truth is…I use a tripod 1 in every 452,352,446 times I pick up my camera. It’s just not me…I have to be moving around everywhere. So, yes, you are correct…your camera settings do play a part. A lower ISO and carefully chosen shutter speed will definitely help with getting a sharp image. As a general rule, try to keep your shutter speed above 1/125 and if you are photographing a moving child, 1/250 or higher is a good rule of thumb to minimize blur from hand shake. You can absolutely achieve a sharp image with any lens, but it is true that nice “glass” makes a world of difference in the clarity and sharpness of an image. As far as sharpening while post processing, I do use a general Kubota sharpening on most images after the image is processed. Oh…and don’t forget to sharpen for the web! This makes a huge difference in how crisp an image looks when it is on the web. I use Kubota’s web sharpen action for this one.
L asks…Do you use actions and what are your favorites?
I do use actions…a combination of my own as well as others. I am a huge fan of Kubota, Totally Rad, My Four Hens, MCP Actions, Brenda Acuncius actions, and Lilyblue (most of which are fabulous sponsors for our workshops, by the way)!
E asks…Do you ever find yourself using higher ISO’s in low light rather than setting up flashes? Do you get a lot of noise at your higher ISO’s?
Yes, I absolutely raise my ISO if needed. Deciding whether to use natural light with a higher ISO or flash depends on the situation and the “look” I want to create. I am a big advocate of creating my own light using flash if needs be, but there are times such as weddings or the following image in which I need the image to be lit naturally and a higher ISO is required. If I had kept a low ISO in this image, my subjects would have been black silhouettes, with very little detail. My two cameras (Nikon D700 and Nikon D3s) do allow me to shoot at a high ISO with very little noise.
M asks…Do you shoot RAW or JPG?
A couple of years ago, my answer would have been half and half…weddings RAW, portraits JPG. But, in the past year, I switched to 100% RAW. Love it!
T asks…I am somewhat new to photography and am obsessed with it, but I am already feeling the need to quit before I even start. I have two children and can’t even think of keeping up with shooting, editing, emailing, ordering, and everything else! I know you have four children, how do you do it???
Ahhhh, the never ending quest for balance. I think many people DO quit because there is a lot of pressure as a working parent from home to try to find that balance between work and family. For me, it was all about deciding exactly how many hours and what days in the week I wanted to work and and STICKING WITH IT. I learned to say no. Seriously…simple, but it saved my sanity. Another saver? I outsource…a lot. It’s all about keeping what you love and getting rid of the rest.
And…a few more images from my recent shoot with the little one from above…