On Tuesday I had the pleasure of having a FUN photo session with the "C" family. They have two adorable little boys ages 2 and 3 so you can just imagine the energy in this session! It was great though- we went on adventures in the woods, went over bridges and then got to see a huge man made waterfall (you know a dam! It was such a PERFECT spot for two energetic adventurous kids! Mom and dad did great as well :)
Such a busy and fun weekend. I was finally able to get a day to take my friend Maggie's family photos. We got rained out last month and never could find a date. Unfortunately putting it off so long placed us in a wonder time of year for Michigan. Most of the leaves have fallen and the skies are gray...the trees pretty much look dead-lovely. I suggested that we check out a botanical garden- assuming that we could get some color, but I was wrong. I was a little worried, but after looking around we had some amazing landscapes that were actually beautiful. It was a little bit of a hike and a little cold, but Maggie in her heels, and her boys were troopers! Well, for all that we had against us I think the photos turned out great.
Turn off your flash! Don't know how to do that? Well, look in your manual - you know that little booklet that came with your camera. It's amazing what information is stored in that book! If you lost your book just type it in google and search for your camera make and model number and the word users guide or manual. I encourage you to turn the flash off so this means again you need light- so go outside or near a window and shoot away!
I cannot stress enough how much light controls your photograph. I promise if you start taking photos outside you will see 100% improvement in the colors of your subjects! I PROMISE! In these two photos just look at the green color on Mr. Insect. See the difference? I know Michigan weather really strains us to take photos inside, but when you get a chance and the weather holds up even for an hour- grab your kids and head OUTSIDE!
Mr. Insect taken indoors without a flash
Mr. Insect taken outdoors (I know it's not a direct comparison, but you see my point right?!) without a flash using natural light.
So, I probably had the best senior session I have ever had last Sunday. Not only was my senior gorgeous, she had spunk! She wanted something not traditional and different. I threw out a few suggestions and she was game! Here are a few of my favorites from the funky side of this session!
Oh and don't freak out- I totally rocked the "traditional" outdoor scenes with my own twist ;)
I stumbled across a great Photographer in the California area. I loved her style and energy that shone thru in each of her photographs. I followed her blog and we super excited when she came out with a specialized blog for "Mom*togs" or mom photographers! This was such a great idea and she gives tips and trick to mommies with cameras! I teach photography at Henry Ford Community College and I love sharing my knowledge to interest others in my passion! Anyways it's a great blog and has tons of tips. One tip I learned from Drew was using fabric as a backdrop! No need to buy expensive backdrops when all you have to do is drop by JoAnnes! Thanks Drew! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Momtog!
Here is a photo using a backdrop that Drew suggested!