Favorite Photo Moment

I captured this image at a family wedding earlier this month, and I wanted to share it here.

Grandma and Grandpap Deemer

Grandma and Grandpap Deemer

This is a photo of my husband’s grandparents (my grandparents-in-law). Grandpap Deemer, as we call him, is on dialysis three times per week and walks with a cane, but halfway through this wedding, he leaned over to his wife of 65 years and asked her to dance.

It was beautiful.

P.S. While I snapped this photo, I was not the official photographer for the event. This image is not for sale.

September 30, 2012Permalink Leave a comment

What Should I Wear?

One of the most common questions I receive shortly after scheduling a photo shoot is “what should I wear to the shoot?”   While there are certain things that you can wear that make my life easier or harder as your photographer, I really don’t have a strong preference as to what you wear.  My simple answer is this:

Wear whatever will make you most comfortable.

No, really. I used to spend a lot of time thinking about what to tell people to wear to shoots, until a personal experience with a photographer changed my opinion of the whole thing.  You see, when my son Michael was born, the hospital photographer insisted that I pose with him for a few shots.  At the time, I was two days post c-section.  I was wearing one of my husband’s shirts and my most stretched-out pair of yoga pants.  The shirt even had an ugly red logo.  I hadn’t washed my hair in two days, and I just felt generally gross for all of the reasons women feel generally gross after having a baby.  I also knew, however, that as the family photographer, there just weren’t nearly as many pictures of ME with my baby as I would like.  So I said, “what the heck!” and let her take a few.  I’m so glad I did, too, because I love those pictures! (I’m not posting them here because they are not my images and I don’t have express written permission from the photographer to share them.  Trust me, though, they are great!)

Ever since, the only instruction I’ve given my photo clients is to wear what will make them comfortable.  If they ask about colors that go together, I’ll tell them.  Of course, I would prefer if you don’t wear clashing, obnoxious, busy patterns.  And yes, it’s cute when a brother-sister pair matches like these two:

But it’s not necessary

I have plenty of equally precious photos of this father-daughter pair who didn’t match at all.

Or this mother with her baby girl, who had on no makeup and a simple white t-shirt when we did these photos.

Like the hospital photographer who captured my precious moment, I insisted she participate in the photos, even though she hadn’t planned on it.   The bottom line is this: if you’re comfortable, your expression will be more natural.  If your expression is natural, I can make the picture work, regardless of what you’re wearing.

So don’t worry about what to wear.  Just wear what makes you comfortable.  I’ll figure out the rest.

September 17, 2012Permalink Leave a comment

My Favorite Kinds of Photos

My favorite kinds of photos are the ones that tell stories.  I hate posed photos of children smiling, but I LOVE photos of children running and laughing.  Show me a picture of a happy, engaged couple looking at each other, and I get goosebumps!

Show me the same couple posing and looking at the camera, and I don’t care how beautiful they are, the picture seems just “okay” to me.

My love for photography really began when I took this picture of my son, Nate.

I had been taking tons of pictures of Nate, and he had been mostly playing quietly with the ball.  Then, he looked up and made this face, and I just loved it.   Looking back, it’s not a particularly good picture technically.  There’s a lot of headroom above him, and his eyes are ever so slightly out of focus, but I love it nonetheless.   I took it with a point and shoot (and truthfully, not even a halfway decent point and shoot) in November of 2009.

You see, before this point, I had taken thousands of pictures of Nate, but I hadn’t really given much thought to how to compose the shot and what to capture with the click of the shutter.  I took television production classes in college, so I knew the basics of accurately framing a shot, using leading lines and following the rule of thirds.  But it wasn’t until I had a subject that I wanted to photograph every single day that I realized the power of a decent camera and some basic photography knowledge.

Over the years, I’ve taken more and more posed photos of Nate (and his brother, Michael), and after years of practice, I can now get a technically accurate posed shot of him (despite the fact that he RUNS from the camera many times!).  But for the most part, my favorite pictures, even from our “posed” sessions, are the ones in which he is laughing or looking somewhere other than right at the camera.

That approach is the heart of my style.  I want to capture moments and emotions, snapshots in time of the way you or your child really were, not just how they looked.

September 1, 2012Permalink Leave a comment