a whale of a tale

Today I introduce you to the beautiful Rachel…and her family.  They are all gorgeous!  And thanks to Rachel she makes me pretty too (she cuts my hair!)

We shot some fun family photos today out in Catoosa off of the famous Route 66 at the Blue Whale. This spot used to be a happening swimming hole, but now it is reserved for tourists and well me, and my people.

I cropped the photo because I was having a hard time getting the color back in the whale.  I’m afraid I may have blown the whale.   But I’m going to keep working on it.  I just had to share their beautiful faces!

*again, please click on photos to see better image quality.

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michael & anna wedding

It’s official.  I photographed my first wedding.  What a blast.  Now I have a lot of work ahead of me, but it sure is nice to enjoy my job.

Congrats Michael and Anna on your big day and life ahead!

*my new logo makes a debut too.

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experiments

As mentioned over on drewanie, I have been working with my good friend Becca on a logo design for melovision.  She is so very talented and I’m super excited to share with everyone how the logo is turning out.  She is currently working on the final touches but here is a little sneak peak at the logo.

In other news, I have used lensrentals.com to rent some equipment for Michael and Anna‘s wedding on Saturday.  I got an awesome zoom lens, Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS and also a Canon Speedlite 580EX II.

Now, I’m not the biggest fan of flash.  I don’t even know how to fully take advantage of flash.  I much prefer natural light.  But sometimes you need it which means I’ve been busy learning a new skill. First, let me show you what the zoom lens can do.

As you can see my messy dining room, I mean as you can see there is a lot of natural light going on. But here is what happens when I utilized the awesome zooming skills of my borrowed lens.

with out flash.

with flash.

The difference is incredible. Even though I didn’t need the flash while I shot the entire room, it was much needed once I extended my focal length.  But what does flash do to an entire room that is somewhat still lit with some evening light?

Here’s a simple shot of a living room late in the evening with out utilizing flash.

without flash.

Next I made several attempts to lighten up the room a bit.  My shutter speed was fairly slow therefore filling the room is a bit of light would help me capture moving people much better.

full flash directly pointed at corner.

flash pointed at right wall/corner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In my opinion the full flash straight on is way too much.  A blast of terrible white light. The image on the right I feel is much better.  The flash is blending in with the natural light coming from the windows.  In my opinion it’s a softer light that will allow me to capture brighter photos and shoot at a higher speed.  Me likes.

Wish me luck as I shoot the wedding tomorrow. It’s going to be a fun day!

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sneak peek: the hendersons

Steph and Adam have been long time friends of mine.  So it was a rather special honor for them to ask me to take their family portraits.  Which meant I also had the opportunity of photographing their ham of a son, Owen.   What a blast we had!  If you can’t tell, this boy is into tractors, trucks, and fire fighting.

Please not images appear sharper if you click on each individual photo.

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location, location, location

Lately I have been scoping out places to do photo shoots.  There are some popular places around here that people immediately think of, but I want something different in my photos.  Ere go, the need to hunt out cool places.   I mentioned this in Michael and Anna’s shoot, but I had never been out to these culverts in all my life, even though I saw them almost everyday of my first 18 years on earth.

We had fun playing around, figuring out angles, and preparing for the day’s photo shoot.

*I have mentioned this before. But I am disappointed how my photos always seem blurry to me as compared to the original.  Please feel free to click on the photo to see a larger & sharper image.

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photography 201: assignment 2

The assignment for this week was to write a short photojournalism story, bring 6 photos to support it, then pick one photo which best represents your story.  I was not thrilled about writing the story so please excuse that part and pay attention to the photos.

I chose to write about sailing.  It was a huge sacrifice to get outside, play on the lake, take pictures, and enjoy the company of friends (read sarcasm).

“Say ‘maiden voyage’ to the crowd at Lake Lewisville and ears perk up.  Most of the sail boats have long since had their initial flight with the sea.  But the community of boating enthusiasts on this shore has a passion for sailing on vintage Hobie Catamarans.  This warm spring afternoon, Gunner, proud new owner of an 18 foot Hobie Cat, set sail.  As the beautifully colored sails burst forth with the wind, Gunner was cheered on by an excited community.

Everyone on the shore that day watched as the wind blew into the sails, taking Gunner on a journey.  Questions were asked, “How does she ride?”  “How did you like it?” Even though these small sailboats hold one or two people, it is no individual sport.  The camaraderie at the lake was something to stop and awe at.  Even as I approached this glorious boat to set sail the entire community jumped in to encourage me. Take this life vest.  Here, wear my gloves.  I was equipped.

Not my first time on sail boat, I still felt different that day.   Who owned this boat before? What kind of community was surrounding these sails in the past? Who once rode on these hulls? Gunner may never know these answers, nor I.  Yet as I watched this boat pull out of the water and saw the caring hands take care of this Cat’s needs, I again stood in awe of a community with a passion not just for a boat, but each other.”

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photography 201: studio lighting

This week we talked about studio lighting.  It was a quick run through of what types of lighting options are out there.  I can not actually tell you how to utilize studio lighting.  However, I am thankful to at least add a little knowledge to my camera bag.

Our teacher set up the lights, adding one at a time to show us the difference.  Only problem is, stupid me volunteered to be the model. I had to rely on my classmates photos to see the difference in lighting.  Although, I did get my turn behind the camera and came back with these.

f16, ISO 200, 1/160, WB flash.

teacher photo bomb!

lights!

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