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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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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 1

I turned in my photos for our first homework assignment.  We were asked to take window portraits using natural light.  The assignment called for vertical portraits of various poses with and without a modifier.  A modifier is a simple reflective device used to bounce light back onto the subject, in this case a person.

I didn’t realize there are gold reflectors.  In the past I had just seen silver and white diffusers as well. But apparently there are gold toned and also a sliver/gold toned reflectors out there for purchase. Depending on skin tone, these color variants can really make a difference.  I happened to already have a silver visor for the car.  It worked perfectly.

A disclaimer: In class we did plain old boring head shots, which I suppose I thought that’s what was expected.  But some great poses showed up in the homework.  I wish I would have taken more time on posing these but the idea of the homework was to learn how to use and see what a difference modifiers can do.

with out modifier

with modifier

with out modifier. I like the shadows on his face in this one. But the other really brings out the background nicely.

with modifier.

with out modifier.

with modifier. Wow, what a difference this made. This is one of my favorites of this series.


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michael & anna

These are my first ever engagement photos.  What a fun couple Michael and Anna were. I have passed this area of culverts multiple times in my the 30 years of living but had never been out there. I love them!  It was challenging to use the curved features but I think they make for some interesting photos.

Michael and Anna, I hope you enjoy!

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sneak peek: michael & anna

After a week of non-stop rain, we were welcomed with warmer temperatures and sunny skies.  I’m so glad I had a chance to photograph my cousin Michael and his fiance Anna.  I think we were all happy about the lack of rain this weekend.  Here’s a sneak peek of our evening in the sun.

p.s. Emma is the cutest little girl ever.  Cheese!

Special thanks to Drew for entertaining Emma!

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taylor & daniel

I had such a fun time spending the evening photographing Taylor and Daniel.  They let me do whatever to them, even if it meant sitting down on some pretty nasty places.  This is my first time working in RAW.  I don’t know why I have delayed because I enjoyed it thoroughly. I’m still new at using the program and color editing, but I think these turned out great.   Here are a few of the final images.

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