Archive for January, 2011

Seattle Family Photographer

This family has, hands-down, the best little model I have yet to work with. She LOVED the camera and was the sweetest little thing! Most family shoots that involve little kids involves me running around trying to position myself “in the action” of the children so I can fire off a couple of shots before they move to something else. It is what I’m used to (with two little boys of my own that don’t really like being photographed) so it was pretty funny to me that I had to almost pretend like I wasn’t going to photograph her to get her to keep playing and just being her cute self!

She was also a great behind the scenes coach to for some of the shots of just mom and dad. I just *love* capturing a family just hanging out doing their thing and this family was just so easy and fun to work with. Thanks guys! Enjoy your sneak peek!

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I must give credit to my little assistant for this idea…this was our **super secret** shot of Mom and Dad. 😉
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Apparently I was feeling the love that day because there are a lot of shots of them kissing. 🙂
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I heart film

I realized that some of the people who follow this blog might still not know about my “other” blog, yet. I wanted to post a couple of pics from my film photography project to lure you over so you can bookmark it.

Why film? There is just a quality about film…the lovely soft rendering of color and skin tone…the detail that is captured in the highlights…there is just nothing that comes close to it in the digital world. I also am falling in love with the (surprisingly) few “soft” shots (focus speaking) I’ve gotten. In fact that little imperfection sometimes makes me love them even more! Both film and digitial have their place and benefits, though. I would LOVE to start integrating film into my sessions and I think that this year might be my year to start. But since many of the sessions I do include fast-moving kiddos…I still very much love my digi-cam and it’s ability to take hundreds of photos without having to change rolls!

One HUGE difference between film and digital (for you photographers out there) is that, with digital, you always expose your shot for the highlights. Digital images tend to blow out the whites far before you’ve actually exposed correctly which means that in order to get a nice clean image you have to expose for the brightest part of the image and then edit the photo in post (on your computer) to get the right balance.
In film, you expose for the shadows…and the whites are RARELY blown. Did you hear that??!! I am always amazed when I see an image from my film camera that would have been ruined with the same settings in digital. Makes such a huge difference in the image, in my opinion.

But the single best thing about film for me is that you don’t have to sit at a computer editing the photos. After you take a roll…drop it off…pick it up and THAT’s IT. I do not like editing photos one bit. 🙂

Here is a little sampling from this weeks roll…unedited (a couple of scratch marks below for evidence, ha!)

Film Friday ~ Week 4

Film Friday ~ Week 4

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Film Friday ~ Week 4

Film Friday ~ Week 4

A bit of a photo-cliche on the next one (right), but what can I say. 🙂
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Portrait of a tantrum

“Oh. Crap. Mama put me down. No, no…I’m fine. I can handle this.”
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“Nope…I can’t do it…I NEED her. I can’t believe she’s doing this to me!!”
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“This is the worst thing ever!!!!”
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“HOLD ME!!!!!”
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“SERIOUSLY!!!”
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Mophead

Alright…I think the time has finally come to cut poor Blakey-Blake’s hair. There will probably be lots of tears (mine), but that hair is out of control (and sadly just finally long enough to stay down in the back, despite his two swirly cow-licks). Maybe we’ll do a baby ‘hawk and just go with what nature intended on that boy.

Bonus! I finally caught Blake doing his super cute scrunched up happy face!
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And this one of Coen documents the -is a cookie is a good enough bribe for a photo- debate (left), and acceptance of said bribe.
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Alt-backyard

Our boys spend much of their time over in the Seattle neighborhood of Pioneer Square…it’s a cute little spot right downtown where the Grandparents live and they can be often found hanging out in the park playing chess or mingling with the local houligans. We lived there when Coen was just a babe too…so this is kind of their alternate backyard.

Dave and I picked them up this weekend after a photo shoot that we did together and we took them for a coffee. 🙂

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p.s. Is anyone else tired of taking pictures in the grey and almost dark afternoon. I am SO ready for Spring.

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Babyface

I was just going through some old photos and, ack!, my baby is quickly losing his baby face! These photos were taken last September and I’m embarrassed to say I don’t have that many more since then.

Must. Remedy. That.

Blake is right at that age that renders him unable to sit still for a moment. But try I must…before those chubby cheeks and squishy thighs disappear altogether.

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And this one…well, he’s practically a man. Sigh…where does the time go?

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Seattle Family Photographer ~ Mini session

That’s right…I dragged another family out into the freezing cold for a photo shoot. 🙂 This is one of my very favorite families and I have been photographing them ever since their firstborn was just a tiny little thing. Deb received a beautiful frame as a Christmas present from her hubby this year and since they have recently gone from a family of three to a family of four they wanted a new family portrait to go in it!

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Thanks for the fun session, guys!

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Seattle Family Photographer ~ Alki Beach

When I received an email from this mother inquiring about a photo-session I was THRILLED when she used the words that most documentary-style photographers love to hear from their clients – creative, candid and fun. She had already gotten her yearly “everybody smile and look at the camera” shots and she really wanted some photos the showed the personalities of her kids and the love that she has for them. Enter me. 🙂

I had this hair-brained idea that it might be fun to head down to Alki beach and go tide-pool hunting…in January. Ummmmm…can we say, not the best idea in the world for freezing conditions?! She and her boys were seriously troopers as we wandered about and took a few photos before finally calling it good. Bonus? We get to do it again…in better weather. It wasn’t a total bust, though… see below for evidence. If you scroll all the way down there is also a fun little video that Dave put together with his new fancy camera.

Brooke I hope you like your mini-session preview!

Family Session ~ 1/9/11

Family Session ~ 1/9/11

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Family Session ~ 1/9/11

Family Session ~ 1/9/11

Family Session ~ 1/9/11

Family Session ~ 1/9/11

Family Session ~ 1/9/11

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Dear poor neglected blog…

…it’s probably even more of an insult to you if I use this post to shamelessly direct you over to my other blog…for my first official Film Friday post! Here’s a tease…

Film Friday ~ Week 1

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