I met Mindy through her sweet hubby who is a fellow photographer. We met at a photographers meet and greet and my first impressions was she is just perfect for her partner Dave. They are both comedians, constantly smiling and making people laugh. They are a pleasure to be around. My first session with them was a few years back and I captured some images for their engagement. Fast forward to our most recent session, this time Mindy got the royal treatment.. this session was all about her. We spend the session laughing and joking and having a ball. Dave was my assistant that day as well setting up some behind the scene shots. It was an epic day. I look forward to shooting her every year of her life.. she is simply beautiful.
Samantha booked a session with me to update her social networking images. She recently graduated and received her designation as a Registered Massage Therapist. During our initial consult she was not sure what or how she wanted to be captured - sometimes the choices are overwhelming - I mean you do get a few different looks in your session. In the end she arrived with a suitcase of options and we styled her with a casual look, corporate, and went all out with a glam look. It was fun to try something different since Glam is not really her style but she was feeling the vibe.
It was a fun filled day, with loads of laughs, great stories, and dress up!
Did you know that basic concept of photography has been around since about the 5th century B.C.E. but the first camera that could capture permanent images- like we do today- was around 1830s in France. Joseph Nicéphore Niépce exposed a pewter plate coated with bitumen to light, and that is the first permanent recorded image.
There is magic in capturing images and creating memories with your loved ones. When I was about five years old (likely I was going into first grade) our family had our portraits done. I recall setting up in our spare room and me chasing down my tabby cat to be sure he was in the picture with me. I still have that print with me. If you are like me, and want to capture those memories on film here are some ideas for your next session. I am sure you will find one below that you’ll love.
Family history. Do you have a wall dedicated to your family tree in portraits? Are you swooning at that ‘old’ masters style of your grandparents portraits or just the tone and color? It just takes is a bit of creative posing and editing and you can achieve the same timeless feel. When you are ready to display them display thhem in an ornate frame and voila!
First and last day of school. Facebook gets flooded with the first day of school images, usually all ready to head off. What about adding a little something more and get some fun pictures of them getting ready. How about your teen graduating from the last day of high school. Fun!
Generational photos. I have a portrait of my grandparents and my great grandparents that hang on our wall. These type of portraits are one of those treasures handed down through generations so why not create one for your own family tree? Have a session with your daughter(s), mother and grandmother to capture the generations of women in your family, or perhaps the men of your family there is no limit to the combinations.
Maternity portraits. You may not really feel like doing maternity session but they are a fun way to capture your pregnancy. Years from now you can look back and share the stories of that time with your child.
Pet portraits. Pets are part of our family, so why not capture them in a session as well. You can either do formal studio sessions or more casual outdoor – like a day in the life of your pet or you can shoot in the comfort of your own home. So many FUN ideas to share with your pet.
Save the date. These sessions are becoming quite popular with newly engaged couples. Why not it’s a personalized way to invite people to your wedding. Be creative you can do anything from writing the date on the bottom of your shoes to using chalkboards or balloons to display the date.
2018 was my year, I turned 50, I went on my first cruise and I attended my first photography conference out of town.. in Joshua Tree California. I loved it. I had the opportunity to shoot a few different models and I met and shot (very briefly) Bobby Jamal Pitts who was modelling with a small group of very talented photogs. They had him posing and moving and covered in fabric and flapping fabric to catch the wind. At one point he was covered head to toe in this white fabric and the wind picked up and took it off his face to reveal this expression of peace and groundedness. So, I screwed up my courage and ran over to ask if I could intrude and take a few shots, I already knew the look I wanted. I wrapped him and asked him to settle into a more feminine expression and pose and this is what we got. I truly wanted to create something different with the image, a feeling of a painting. Hope you enjoy. Please head over to Bobby’s page and check out his other works. IG is https://www.instagram.com/iamjamalpitts
Your images are gorgeous and they deserve to be displayed accordingly but this doesn’t mean you always have to use a traditional frame to showcase them in your home.
Here’s some inspiration on how to display your cherished memories.
If your décor is modern contemporary you might want to consider canvas gallery wraps, mega mats or go frameless if you’re looking for something truly sleek and modern
If rustic or vintage chic appeals to you and you want to get your creative on, you could turn old pieces of wood into funky stained photo clipboards, binder clips to hang the photos in place. Or try hanging a thin cable or string and hang your photos. .
How about vintage frames from a second hand store, find different sizes, colors and styles and create one entire wall into a display of your favorite variety of memories. Be creative, there many shapes and designs which will allow you to create your own unique photo display
Finally, there are folio boxes or image boxes that allow you store you images that have a window in the box to allow you to show off your image and easily change them out without hassle.
No matter which you choose make it your own and get creative. Filling your walls with a lifetime of memories is one of the most special ways to tell the story of your life or family.
Definition of ‘glamour’
1: a magic spell
2: an exciting and often illusory and romantic attractiveness ‘the glamour of Hollywood’
What more can one say about the experience?
My dad was an artist. I think I have mentioned it in the past but he was a sketch artist, it was a hobby as a child but when he ‘grew up’ he stopped. I used to always go to him for nice lettering when I had a presentation or a science fair project that needed to look nice with pictures. We never hung any of his stuff on our walls it was saved for the kids things, finger paints and doodles and family portraits, but at my Grandma’s there was a painting of his. It was a painting done on black velvet (it was all the rage back in the 70’s) of a sad clown. It had the most vibrant colors, and he had a HUGE red nose. I used to stare at it when we went to my grandma’s for Christmas dinners with everyone. I was always proud my dad had made it, and I loved staring at it. I was quite young but that memory has stuck with me. It recently popped back up when my girlfriend went out for Halloween as a sad clown (it was epic by the way). As soon as I saw her dressed up like that the memory flooded back of my dad’s work.
So this is a little ‘Hommage’ to my dad, and his art, and the impression it made on me.
This is one of my favorite shoots and I find myself absolutely obsessed with it all. I have since returned to the set and created some mixed media pieces as well. I will make a blog about that in the future. For now enjoy the speed edit.
Have you heard the term ‘White Sheet Session’ and wonder what it’s all about? Well, imagine a boudoir session without the lingerie. I don’t mean a nude session, this is about about the intimacy we can create with a white sheet. It’s about embracing the sultry side of you. With a basic white sheet you have full control over how much you want to reveal or not. You may start our feeling a bit nervous, but trust me it's full of laughs and when you leave you will be glowing. I have had women literally gliding out the door feeling sexy, gorgeous and empowered. I strongly suggest a night out after your session, why not you are already made up and ready to take on the town.
While the idea of this may seen like something you do in your 20’s and 30’s, I am here to say NO! Do it now, no matter your age! Celebrate a milestone birthday, or surprise your special someone.