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Little bit of Love!

2 Things: 1- A new look will be rolling out soon for VHP!  and 2 - I love Pinterest. lolI suppose its thanks to Pinterest that people are constantly "overthinking" photo shoots, and doing up styles and themes! I still often and mostly shoot the standard, but once in a while a client... usually a friend - will join with me in making sure we have lots of good, or a few of the perfect, props and setting pieces and we create something spectacular! Over the last couple of weeks I've had 2 shoots like this that just turned out so beautifully with just a few accents!

A&Z K Family

Maybe its the whole blanket theme that makes it work? I don't know.. its just perfect! - I will say these are probably two of my favorite shoots ever! And they just fell into place perfectly!

Tasha and Ben {Mommy and Me Portraits}

I met Tasha when she was around 12 I think? :) I was just 17 or 18 myself... helping out with the Jr. High Youth at the church we went to :)Now she has little Ben! <3 Time flies!! He was so cute! A quick busy little guy - but so cute!! Its probably a good thing we just did a mini shoot ;) His still-ness didn't seem to last long! Granted I think it was 105 outside :) As I remind all clients: Please remember, you will receive a disc of your photos with no logo on them. Please do not crop out or hide logos (even when using as a profile picture on Facebook). Feel free to share these pictures, the blog post, etc… These are meant to hold you over while waiting for your disc – Encouraged use: sharing, using as profile pictures, tagging friends.. etc

Close Connections

I just LOVE seeing unbreakable bonds and this family has just that :) A few family portraits and then a full shoot of Breezi - the recently graduated sister :) I had a great time with them... They even tried to give me the most adorable puppy ever. Which I turned down, but Stormi had fallen in love already - so SHE kept her... :) I thinks she's grateful :) anyway - I digress. I had a great time during this shoot!! Breezi was excited about getting her senior pictures done, which makes it even more fun... I could have kept shooting all day!

Busy Bee!

Thats me! Oi! So busy! This move is coming up in 1 week! And we are not even close to being done with packing! Its barely started! PLUS I'm trying to fit some shoots in before I go, and would LIKE to get all the editing done before I leave.. *sigh* I will say though - having this established clientele here is going to make visiting here financed by photo-shoots much easier than visiting other places I've been and tried to finance with shoots... Elsewhere I have some interest... and generally rely on Facebook *marketing* and on others to really do the drumming up for me...  But here, I already have clientele... only a years worth but its still more than need-to-be-drummed-up type clientele. And with Fall coming up - a lot of people are ready for their second (or third or fourth!!) go-round with me... with the news of moving - I have had a lot of  "OH NO! I wanted to get a shoot in with you before the holidays..." or "But I'm having a baby! You need to be here!"  or "Now I have to find a new photographer..."It feels SO wonderful to see and hear elation when I say "But I'm going to be here and scheduling shoots for a week in September, A week at the end of October, and most likely a week at the end of January 2012. "

So in the next few days I will be sitting down scheduling shoots for A week (dates not exactly nailed down yet) surrounding the weekend of September 10th And for a week surrounding October 28th

I'll have to take non-refundable deposits, which is not what I normally do... But I'll need to purchase my air-fair with the money I make from these shoots... There for - with the way plane tickets work... will need to be in my hand BEFORE the shoot! :) So keep this in mind!! And contact me if you're interested in a shoot for September or October! I already have a TON of requests... Just have to get the dates nailed down - so if you want a spot... let me know!

 

Anyway - onto the REASON for this blog! To share with you what kept me busy yesterday morning! (and tonight with a little editing :) In the heat of the AZ morning... 2 shoots!!

Happy Happy 2 year old!! She wore herself out quick though! It was so Hot!!

^One of my FAVORITES for sure! Her smile.. her laugh - her eyes.. GAH shes so cute!

 

And across town to a maternity shoot!! (The mom-to-be is a friend I met ONLINE... crazy huh? lol ;) I love Baby Gaga... just FYI)

Vanessa - Seriously - I think you look like Christina Ricci!

Precious Precious!!

Thanks for looking!! :D

3 Year old + Photoshoot....

= Ups and downs and everything in between :)I met Stacy (Mom) at the Hissyfits Hullabaloo craft fair in November... She seemed to be mostly attracted to the idea that I give copyright and a disc of all your images instead of leaving it up to the client to buy my photos :) One thing I stand quite proudly on with my business.  After a few reschedulings... Sicknesses and such between us... We finally got to meet up for a shoot! Little Miss Delaney was the star of the show here.... And I was excited to see how happy and peppy she was coming off the playground when I arrived. But when I got the camera in her face... um.. She changed her mind... which you'll notice.. and I learned... she does a lot. At least this day! We started with some whole family pictures... Grandma, Uncle Jason, Mommy - and Delaney... She wasn't so excited.

She needed some talking and joking.... She certainly didn't the idea of my crab (Preston, my lens buddy), camera  and I coming closer... But we started seeing if she thought Crab's said... Meow.. or Woof Woof... Or Moo.... She thought we were silly :) A little cuddle and play with mom seemed like it might work to really brighten her up again... But not for long... even with an attempt at swinging! Time to eat! That should help.... I let them do their thing and I snuck around a little... Look what a little food did! haha... I love her look in this photo... Shes not so sure why Grandma is in the waggon :)

Havin a good 'ole time! This is the smile I KNEW was in there! Peek-a-boo!She decided at one point in there that she was ready to go home... We headed over to see the train... She so wanted to ride! (That's a silly band in her hand... I was so afraid it was going to snap! AH!) Playin on the tracks... We're going to ride it!!! So. So. Excited. No more please... Let's go! Such JOY!

We're on the TRAIN!This photo makes me squeal inside a little... :DWe got off... She was done. Spent. Time to go home!

Hope you all enjoyed! With the down moments, to be honest.. I was a little concerned that I might not have as many good photos as I like to have. But I was so pleasantly surprised! She is so photogenic and certainly agrees with the camera... even if she didn't want to. I had a REALLY hard time choosing photos for the preveiws... because initially when I picked the ones I wanted to use.. I had close to 50! So I had to really cut it down. I just love the story they tell!!

:)

Braddocks Take 2!

Mike and Tabi... Tabi and Mike...  They help our world go round :)Dear friends we RARELY get to see anymore because WE moved... and they haven't followed us... yet? yet.

Oi. The first shoot I did with them over a year ago... They loved.. and I did at the time.. but my work has improved so much! I don't mean to gloat.. but I am SO much happier with the images from this shoot!! So I call this... Take 2 :)

I'm not quite done yet - but I wanted to get a sneak peak up for them of my favorites :D :D PS.. a fair warning, the little ones stole the show :)

I am certain you'll get a good glimpse of who they are thru these photos :) Meet (From Left to Right) Micha, Shai, Tabi and Mike :) AKA: The Braddocks

So thats that! Looking forward to Take 3 next year :) Or next visit... which ever happens first! LOVE YOU GUYS!

Sh.. Sh... SHARLA!

A friendship is only as strong as what breaks it...Sharla isn't my oldest friend, but we've been friends for a while now and have stood through some... well... rough times together... But by golly we're still kickin :) Sharla has always been a fan of my photography... even before I considered it worthy of having fans.. haha. When I were in Florida, I did we little mini-shoot :) Here she is with her 2 munchkins!

 

Austin...

And Arianna

 

Cutie patooters!!

This made me laugh... This is how they responded to "serious faces"

She's always been fun to do photos with :)

My favorite part: I told Sharla to laugh for me... She just busted out a gut laugh on command... :) She was quite right when she said "I bet you can't get many clients to do that for ya huh?" Hahaha! So true...

"Nice to meet you, will you please laugh really hard for me right... NOW."

 

Love you Sharla!

Tabi and Mike.. I know you're waiting anxiously!! You're next!

 

Fix-it-Friday with I Heart Faces!

I have wanted to participate in an IHF fix-it-friday or photo challenge for a while.. but I always seem to have some shoot I should be catching up on instead.  :) Not today... well okay - thats not entirely true. I do have some photos to finish from a shoot I did with family a while back that have been placed on the back burner. But I also need to get a blog in to keep those of you happy that are on the edge of your seat, waiting for the next blog entry! *haha*

Anyway - over at I Heart Faces, if you aren't familiar with them... check it out - Amazing photo tutorials... awesome guest contributors to learn from.. fun contests, Fridays with SOOC images to  fix up and play with! Glad I'm finally getting around to participating instead of lurking!

So here is today's Fix-It-Friday Original Image:

So my I cropped it in a little closer, and then I went through and kinda did the same ole, that I usually do. (I use Lightroom 3 by the way) I decided not to do anything that I dont usually do with photos this being my first FIF week :)

Bumped up the exposure because I LOVE Images that are a bit over exposed. Not always, but when it comes to close ups on kids faces. OMG. Yes. My favorite :) Warmed up the temperature JUST a bit... to +2 and brought up the contrast also JUST a tad bit to +5

Now - the tad bit adjustment thing is something I've really worked on in the last year. I used to kind of.... Over do things I guess you could say. I was un-sure about my photographic capabilities and somewhat covered up what I wasn't sure of, with over edits.I like contrasty images, so BAM contrast = +100 I've certainly learned better.  And now i'm MUCH more confidant in the photo as it sits. :) and my editing is a lot more little tweaks than cover-ups ;)

Anyway - continuing on... I couldn't help but use the brush tool to brighten those GORGEOUS eyes! (within the tool I brought up the exposure a little, the saturation a LITTLE, and the clarity a LITTLE)

I played with the tone curve levels... afterwards... to finish it off - Highlights   -11 Lights  -5 Darks  +13 Shadows   -25

Can't forget my favorite: rounded corners border :)

So here it is:

I like to keep my same edit when doing black and white - and just remove the saturation (sometimes that takes a few tweaks after the saturation is gone... but this time I think it still looks pretty great) : So heres that look

Everything is the same except the saturation is down to -100

 

 

Finally a BOY!!

So nearly all of my cute little models have been girls! I finally have a little boy to post! And hes quite a cute one at that!!

Brayden's mommy, Carrie, met through our Mom's Meetup Group... Brayden is VERY active to put it mildly.. I'm pretty sure Carrie would agree with me that during this shoot I was litterally chasing him around in their back yard and when he'd stop for more than 3 seconds I fired off about 50 shots :) Hes such a cute kiddo though, we landed lots of cute ones :)