So I’ve been having some fun lately shooting film. Yes film! Why film you ask? Well I’ve recently re-discovered the beauty of this medium. The color rendition is just perfect. The skin tones are creamy and soft (a very good thing in photography) and well, it just looks analog. And that’s a beautiful thing. I still love my digital camera and I won’t be giving it up anytime soon. I don’t feel one is better than the other. As a photographer, I have to think about what medium (film or digital) is going to work for a given situation. Sometimes it’s film and sometimes it’s digital. As most of you know, I am primarily an animal photographer. And the fact of the matter is that digital is better suited to that (in my humble opinion). You see, digital is sharp, super duper sharp. That’s great for the hair on animals, not so much for skin on people. Of course, skin can be softened in Photoshop, but film has a way of making skin look so good, it’s an excellent choice for human portraiture. So, I am now offering to add film capture to child, family and other types of people portraiture. If you’re interested, give me a shout!
All of the photos below were shot with this camera: a Yashica Mat 124G. This is an all manual camera and it has certainly slowed me down, which is a good thing! I do also have a 35 mm SLR that works with all my same lenses that my digital camera does.
We just finished up little O’s Baby’s 1st year plan the other day! I hope you enjoy his curiosity and beautiful eyes as much as I did!
These are some images from a Pittsburgh travel session I did in Alley and Oakley’s yard with their boys.
This little brother/sister team are so cute! Look at that white hair! Little sister was having a bad day and it took her almost an hour to begin having fun. I was about ready to give up and Mom said “Let’s go for a ride in the car.” And it worked! Moms always know. And Mr C. is such a good big brother.
I bet the Steelers would like to have these 2 on their defense! Look how mean!
I get this question a lot. And it is an important consideration since the photos are going to be around for your grandchildren and great-grandchildren and beyond. And you never know, your kid might become famous someday, since they are the most beautiful talented kid in the whole world. You want some photos of them looking their best when they do those “before they were famous” pieces. Anyway, on to the subject at hand, what should you wear? Well, number one, I wouldn’t recommend white. Unless it’s your wedding. Then you can wear white. Or if we are doing a romantic type shoot, (imagine a beautiful baroque gray horse in a field or in a forest and a woman in a white tank and prairie skirt). You get the idea. Besides those occasions, I don’t recommend white. Where ever there is white or highlights in a photo it draws the eye, and we want the attention on faces not on clothes. I do like colors like brown, blue, pink, orange, yellow (yellow is very “in” right now), and so on. Layers are great! A cami under a sweater for women, a tee under a button up shirt for a guy. And I’m a casual gal. I really like the jeans look, no need to dress up real fancy unless you really want to. For group shots, there is no need for everyone to wear the same outfit in different sizes. Just make sure the colors co-ordinate. Pick 2 or 3 colors and everyone in the group should stick to those colors. Also, everyone should dress in the same style. You don’t want one person dressed up real fancy and someone else in sweat pants. That just won’t work. FYI, I don’t recommend ever wearing sweat pants though. (For a photo shoot I mean, go ahead and feel free to wear them while lounging on the couch.) What about shoes? Who needs shoes?! We’re casual around here, remember? Seriously, there is nothing better than little kid piggies. Let them be free! Shoes tend to date photos, so if you do wear them try to keep them classic, like mary janes, flats, oxfords, and Converse.
Remember, these are just guidlines. The most important thing when choosing clothing is to be yourself. Also, I address it on a case-by-case basis, based on what we are going for with the photo shoot. That is why I have a pre-session consultation with every client so we can discuss these things beforehand and I will make some recommendations. If you want, you can even lay out some outfits and send me pictures of them and I can give a yay or nay. Or bring a few different options along to your session and we can switch things up. And I love accessories: jewelry, hats, scarves, boots, etc.
Any questions? Just let me know! I’m here to help.
And I’m gonna miss seeing her every 3 months. Last night we had her last session for her Baby’s First Year plan. But her mommy promised I would see her in 6 months. I’m glad for that because she is really a joy to photograph. She has never once gotten upset and she would just let me photograph her forever. I love that! What a little model! So here she is.
………what more could I ask for! I went out to see these girls at their home in the country. And I just loved the beautiful setting and the delicious light. Thank you so much V. family for having me out! On with the pictures!