Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Senior pictures - Mark

Mark's mom told me he likes things artistic and unique. Yeah, I love that! He came up with great locations and I had a blast photographing his session. We started at Decatur HS where he wanted some photos next to "the shed". Wow, I went nuts over it's colors and textures! I super saturated the color on this one.

Shot a few more around the school before heading to another location.

I applied a hand colored look to this one.This spot has a fantastic view of Mount Rainier, Commencement Bay and Tacoma.
We finished at Dash Point park where we got lots more great images. It's fun and challenging shooting on location. I use what I find there as the "props" and adjust with the changing light and weather conditions.

Here's an example where the background was very bright, and we were under the shade of a tree, so I used my softbox flash as a main light, exposing for good color in the background. The sun provided a perfect rim and hair light.Here's an example of using the sun as my main light, and filling the shadows with my flash unit. Positioning a subject so that the light is from the side accents shape and form. Using shadow is just as important as using light in good photography.I applied a special warm, grainy, contrasty, technique to this image for a different and dramatic look.And I gave this one a rich chocolate tone, with a sweet smile for mom.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Happy Birthday Lillian!

It has been such a joy photographing Lillian over the past year - mommy's maternity, newborn, 3, 6, 9 months and now one year portraits. I'm always amazed by her beautiful eyes and long lashes. Here's a tip: click on the "babies" label below and you can view all the posts under that subject. Scroll down to see images from all of Lillian's sessions and the changes over the year.