Sunday, February 28, 2010

Isn't She Precious!

I love this little girl - isn't she absolutely precious? Having the opportunity to photograph her was truly a blessing to me. What a fantastic day!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

So I'm Boring.....

Ok, I know I'm not the most interesting person ever, but really.......

Yesterday was so much fun (yes, I'm thinking of myself - clearly my little subject didn't agree)! Not only did I get to meet little Lynnlee, but I got to take some pictures of her, AND I got to help her mom with her new camera. Love it! Thanks for sharing with me, Liz. You and Miss Lynlee made my day!

Monday, February 15, 2010

A Little Tricky

Editing someone else's photographs can be a little bit tricky. Photography is an art as well as a science. We attempt to capture with our cameras our interpretation of the scene before us.

But lighting, especially at an event like a wedding, is not necessarily the photographer's friend. That's the case for this particular shoot.

The photographer captured some really nice expressions and some very sweet and playful moments. Unfortunately, the exposure was off in many of the shots.

There also were problems with white balance. Many of the shots were simply too blue. The wedding party was moving from bright sunlight to deep shade. It's certainly not easy getting both types of shots correct.

Weddings should be a day when dreams come true. In an environmental shot like this, I wanted to convey that dreaminess. I liked the composition of the original - it was just a bit too harsh. A fast lens with f-stop wide open to give a shallow depth of field and correct white balance would have gone a long way toward making this a dynamic shot and would have saved editing time and expense. I'm a big proponent of getting the shot right in camera and only using Photoshop for special effects.

M., you were a beautiful bride. Thanks for allowing me to prove it!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

To Chrissie

Here's a perfect example of the significance of a photograph's context. This sweet little face belongs to a dog I met quite by accident during a recent visit to an Independent Living facility.

On one of my many trips through the lobby of the facility, I noticed these two lovely ladies, sitting and visiting with the staff. On a whim, I stopped to pet the little dog, Chrissie.

I listened to her owner and learned that the next morning, Chrissie was scheduled to be put to sleep. She was nearly blind and had suffered a spinal disease that had left her unable to have consistent control over her back legs.

Her owner was so distraught that she couldn't bear being in her apartment alone, so she had come to the lobby where there were people continually coming and going. It was a distraction from an extremely painful decision.

As always, my camera was close by. I offered to take pictures of Chrissie as a gift to capture the love the two of them had shared for so many years. With permission, I'm sharing these poignant images with you to illustrate the point that context gives each photograph additional meaning and importance.

To Chrissie: You are deeply missed.