Lois and Dan were absolutely a joy to work with. We started our engagement session out at the lake to get some green goodness – watch out for stickers! It was a blast putting them together and letting the “new family” play and have good time. We moved to the studio to finish up with some more formal type engagement pictures, were we got some precious pictures of Camryn and her step-father-to-be Dan.
Congratulations to the Lois and Dan. It was a joy to work with you.
I know Ron and Nita Fishburn from Rotary Club. They brought in this picture from her son’s wedding to have the background taken out. You just gotta love those 70s styles with the bright orange curtains!
In 25 years of professional photography, I have never had the opportunity to photograph a 5 generational portrait before. This was quite an event, not only for myself, but for the family as well.
I traveled out to the house of one of the grandchildren near Maysville, we moved everything out of the dining room, so I could set up my background and lights and I stood in the kitchen. Tight quarters, but we made it work.
After I was set up, we brought in eldest two members of the family and set them in the chairs for the portraits. Grandma instinctively reached over and held grandpa’s hand. I was touched. Both over 90 years of age and married for over 70 years, they still held hands. And they held hands during the whole session.
This expressive little girl came in as part of our “Be in our front window” promotion. We wanted to do something different, so I borrowed a lab coat and a stethoscope from wife and we had the girl bring her teddy bear. The concept for this child’s portrait was a “teddy bear check-up”. She played along very well and we created some great looks.
The child’s grandmother Phyllis would commission this portrait. Phyllis had a preconceived idea what she wanted her grand-daughter’s portrait to look like. Preconceived ideas are both good and bad – often more the latter than the former. I can look at an example, and tell you how it was lit, what lens it was taken with and even be reasonably close with estimating the camera settings. We can go to the exact same spot at the same time of day; but at that point I no longer have control. I can’t control expression. I can guide the pose, but really it comes down to the subject to pull execute it properly. This used to happen frequently when I was photographing weddings. The bride-to-be would show me an image cut from a bridal magazine of bride and a groom frolicking in the waves on a Caribbean beach at sunset and ask for the same image when their wedding was in cow pasture in the dead of winter.
The point is, it’s okay to have a preconceived idea – if you are willing to let go of it when something better is shown to you. As a professional with over 25 years of experience, I know what will make you look the best.
Phyllis ended up liking one of my ideas better than what she had originally envisioned.
Adrian came in early to talk about her senior pictures. That’s always a great idea. We got a chance to talk about her interests and that created some ideas in my mind. The most novel idea was the “floating pictures”. Adrian likes photography, and has some nice macro work in her portfolio. Athletes are always easy to portray – just use some sports equipment. Artists and photographers are harder. I wanted to create something where her images floated around her. I photographed her against my green screen and removed the background and the floor. She sent me some of her images and I blended those into a computer generated scene. The results are really cool.
Another thing I have been doing more of in my senior picture sessions is a “glamor” look. Using very specific lighting and props to create a very glamorous, mysterious image. Just because they are senior pictures doesn’t mean they have to be boring. The results were great. Thanks for coming by for your senior pictures, Adrian.
Annie was so much fun to work with. A little quiet at first, but once the session started, we had a lot of fun. Annie goes to Norman High and is really excited about finishing high school. Your senior pictures are great, Annie. Thanks for coming by.
One of the services I offer is copy and restoration of photographs. This is always fun and challenging, though this one was a greater challenge than most.
Judging by the materials, technique and the information from the customer, the original was early 1900s. It had been stored in a sack, and because of it’s brittle nature, was now a shamble of pieces. Every time you touched it, another piece would flake off.