A senior session this last Friday took me back to my roots. I grew up on a farm in Audubon, Iowa. Even though I was a farm girl, I have always been a town girl at heart. However, this last week, while taking pictures on a farm, I became a bit nostalgic. We went into one empty building where I saw a mama cat with 2 baby kitties scurry away to hide behind a hay bale. New life is always exciting on a farm, and my family loved to tame the new baby kittens we found in the barn. We walked among the chickens during the session. My chores growing up included gathering the eggs and feeding the chickens. One thing I did not anticipate was taking pictures, such as this one, up in the haymow. I haven’t climbed into a haymow in at least 27 years and I stuggled a bit getting up and down, reminding me that I need to work on my upper body strength. I was reminded of the fun we had spending hours playing in our haymow growing up. The pictures that we came up with were totally worth the workout and I am enjoying the memories that came back to me during our session!
Today is Labor Day and traditionally, in our home, that is usually what we do – labor. Past activities on this holiday having included trimming the bushes, tending to flowers, mowing the lawn…. This year, my weekend has primarily been dedicated to working on pictures. The first task was finishing assembling pictures of my kids – namely assembling my son’s track pictures from the spring into books for him. As much as I like creating pictures for others, I love creating timeless photographic memories for my children to cherish as they grow up. The rest of the weekend was dedicated to retouching and ordering pictures for clients. My husband is a family practitioner. One of his sayings is, “You get the best diagnosis from your patient.” In other words, you learn so much simply by listening to others. Likewise, I can get the best pictures of my clients, simply by listening to them – their ideas, favorite colors, interests, and by observing their personalities. This picture of Christie was created after she had expressed an interest in having a picture that represented her love of her old school and her new school – she thought that something that looked like a reflection of the past would be cool. You are looking at the final result of the collaberation between the two of us.
Photograph the insides of buildings, not just the outsides – especially beautiful are churches and buildings of historical significance.
Try filling your camera frame with your subject. Get in close, but not too close, for a dramatic picture! For other photography tips, please check our “Portraits by Michelle” facebook page.
I received some fantastic news yesterday! I received a call from PPA and two of my photographs have been honored at the 2012 international print competition! These will go on display at the Professional Photographers of America national convention in Atlanta, Georgia in January 2013. The titles of these two images are ‘Shadows & Light’ and ‘Tuscan Door.’ I hope Al and I can see them on the display floor at Imaging 2013! 🙂
Of all of the pictures I take, I so enjoy the ones I take of my pride and joy, my children. We spent tonight watching the Algona Bulldogs play a scrimmage against each other. Bo is a sophomore at Algona High School this year and is the quarterback of the JV team. We are so looking forward to watching him play football this season!
Today was spent, in large part, arranging pictures from our family vacation in July to St. Louis. One of the activities we participated in while there was taking a photography lesson together with another professional photographer from the area, taking pictures of the St. Louis skyline at night. It was a great time, sharing my love of photography with my family! We each had our own camera and a total of 5 different cameras on the trip. They are so excited to look at their final pics!
Abigail is a girl after my own heart! She has an avid interest in photography and has done quite well with her photographs for 4-H. We had a great time photographing her indoor senior picture session yesterday – I explained how and why I was using some lighting techniques and had her grab one of my antique cameras for this fun shot! We are going to have so much fun looking through all of her pictures after her outdoor session next month!
Whether a baby is 12 days old or 6 months old, like these 2 beautiful little guys, taking pictures to commemorate these important days and milestones never ever gets old! Such fun!!!
Busy, busy day preparing senior pictures. What do Kyle and Christie have in common? They are both amazing young women with great joyful spirits and wonderful-sounding laughs! So excited to see the expressions on these girls when they see their pictures very soon! 🙂