21 November 2011

My First Win!

So, although there were very few entries and it was just a facebook competition - I'm still pretty excited that I won my FIRST photography competition!

It was for portraits & they said that they loved the

"composition, the light, the mood and the emotion, all of which combined to create a fabulous shot".

Here's the winning photo:

The competition was sponsored by www.albelli.co.uk 

19 November 2011

The "Y" Family

I had the privilege of taking little boy's 1st birthday photos last year and was so pleased they gave me another chance to take their family photos!
When we tried it then, he was just starting to walk:
but now he is busy, busy, busy!
Although I know they felt pressure to slow their sweet boy down - it was a pleasure watching him run free at our photo shoot and we got a few great photos of him on the playground:

While he was busy, I managed to get a couple of just the two of them which was very nice!
and then we tried and tried for family photos!

But I think we got a couple that they'll be pleased with:
(I still want photoshop so I can get rid of strangers in the background!)

and my personal favourite of the 3 of them from the day:
my favourite bit is the way all of their hands are intertwined - the way family should be!

I'll miss you, Y family! Keep me posted on little S's growth!

And, for the record - here's a little before & after:

16 November 2011

The "A" Family

My computer is being fixed right now - so this post will be short & sweet.
Here is a little sampling of a family that I photographed a few weekends ago. It was a last minute decision to skip the park and head to the grassy area near the beach. The lighting was just right and we got some beautiful photos. We stopped by my house first and I think that was crucial in getting their little girl comfortable with me & smiling - a reminder to take time to welcome the kids before shoving a camera in their face!
isn't she just gorgeous?
Thanks for sharing your afternoon and your gorgeous smiles! It was a pleasure taking your photos!

9 November 2011

The "S" family

This is one of those photo shoots that I was just so pleased with!
Besides the fact that we had rescheduled a couple of times and I think the family had kind of a rough start to their day - once we got walking in the park and finding worms:
then everything seemed to flow so well!

When I got home & started looking at the photos - I sometimes couldn't believe that I had taken them! I know there is still a lot of room for improvement - especially in the area of perfect focus and exposure control - but in all honesty, I think these are my best photos to date and I'm so glad, too, because if they hadn't turned out well, the S family's Christmas cards might have had a picture of them with a shark jawbone. I guess there are worse things in the world - but now they have this instead:
this is my personal favorite as it seems like
such a great capture of their personalities
I know the dad really wanted a photo with his girl - it was difficult because we were all a bit distracted by the worm, but I liked this one:
and although this is a little silly - I loved this one:

So happy Christmas-card-making S family!

8 November 2011

The "B" family

You may remember me mentioning that I was looking forward to taking some photographs of an older couple. I mentioned my excitement because of the generational differences and cultural differences - I was curious to see how it would go - how natural the posing would be, how I could bring out some natural looking smiles, and creative poses with much less flexibility and energy to get to my favorite photography spots.
This is a couple that I know pretty well and am very comfortable with, so it was actually pretty easy to get on with them. I don't know what I was doing with my focus, though, I think I had it set wrong the whole time or something as more than half of my shots were out of focus. I was thinking about so many other things - especially the lighting which was a challenge because of our location - that I just didn't worry too much about doublechecking focus which usually isn't my primary problem (although there is still a LOT of room for improvement).

Well, with all of that said, I was blessed that they took me to a park that has special memories for them - as it was their sons' favorite park. He passed away a few years ago. It is also a place that their daughter has done a lot of painting, so they have paintings of the park in their home. What a special place to have photos taken!
I love this family and we had a fun afternoon together - I hope that they like what they see and that these pictures will be a blessing to them as they look at them in the years to come.

7 November 2011

Autumn fun in Seaton Park

Capturing my daughter standing still while the leaves were flying
in the air was such a pleasant surprise! That was just plain luck.

I increased the sharpness & shadows of this photo to help make the
water look more active - the original had softer looking water.

I'm not totally happy with the framing of this shot,
but the look on my son's face makes it worth it to me,
even if they're almost out of the frame.

in Lightroom, I reduced the clarity on this one just a bit to give it a softer finish

The lighting was good, but it was just a bit too dark.
Shooting in Raw allowed me to increase the exposure a bit at home
without it looking too grainy.
As always, constructive criticism is appreciated!
What would you have done differently?
What are your thoughts?