Thursday, May 30, 2013

Spring Portrait Poses

 
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Spring is always a CRAZY....BUSY time of
year for me with my portrait business.
 
Here in Michigan, the flowering trees were the prettiest I have ever seen
this year, but they only last a few weeks.
 
 
So my mind was on overload with portrait ideas I wanted
to accomplish before we lost the pretty flowering trees.
 
Olivia was a dream surrounded by spring splendor.
 
 
Pretty girls and PINK are perfect with the
apple blossoms.
 
I love when girls book spring for senior portraits.
 
Pretty Kayla!
 
 
 
I found this wide-brimmed hat at a thrift store and
envisioned this shot right at the store.
 
Tara was the perfect beauty to carry this off with her
matching turquoise eyes.
 
 
 
I walk a trail near our home and was fascinated by
the thousands of yellow dandelions in the field.
 
I picked a bunch and made a dandelion head wreathe...
 
 
which was perfect for laid-back Danielle.
 
 
 
I loved the dandelions so much,
and was super excited to photograph twins
Eli and Ashton when the dandelions were in full YELLOW!
 
 
 
 
OMG, they were CUTE!
 
 
When the dandelions turned into puff balls...I was
crazed again...envisioning portraits.
 
 
 
 
I was also picturing portraits with bubbles,
and researched all kinds of long-lasting formulas and bought
a variety of bubble wands.
 
 
                                   I learned that photographing kids and bubbles is stressful.
 
This shoot with adorable sisters took
two hours and two locations. 
 
 
Thanks, Macie and Emmie for making it FUN despite
the mosquitos!
 
 
I wasn't finished with bubbles...I wanted to try it
with a younger child and capture
the natural wonder of bubbles.
 
 
 
I stayed far away so Fiona wouldn't notice me
and my camera. 
 
♥♥♥!
 
 
Yes, I'm TIRED after my busy spring...
but no rest for the weary.
 
Summer is HERE...with so many possibilities!
 
 

Friday, May 17, 2013

The PINK Dressing Table

 
If you read my blog with any regularity,
you know I LOVE to style my portraits.
 
Portrait ideas enter my head and I can't get them out
until I create them.
 
 
The idea for these pretty spring portraits came
when I found my daughter's old dressing table
buried in the basement.
 
The idea to paint it PINK popped into my head.
 
 
So I dragged it to the backyard and even though I
have NO patience for painting and usually do a crummy job...
 
 
I managed to spray paint it PINK...my favorite color.
 
 
I knew through the magic of Photoshop,
I could change it to any color I want.
 
 
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I tried it in all the colors...what FUN!
 
First, here's the original in pink:
 
 
Look at all the pretty colors!
 

 I waited...and waited for the Spring trees to blossom.
 
 
My son helped me haul the table to my friend's
beautiful field with pretty flowering trees.
 
 
This is Miss Emma...15 months old and
SOOO adorable by the pink dressing table.
 
 
 
While the dressing table was still in the field,
I quickly scheduled another photo shoot before
the tree dropped its flowers.
 
 
Meet Princess McKenna...
 
 
And her charming prince brother Jonas.
 
 
Are they a fairy tale come true or WHAT????
 
 
Princely Jonas just liked checking out the drawers.
 
 
I'm a bit pooped from all this pomp...
but I was so happy to fulfill my visions
with the pink dressing table!
 
Try doing some fun color-swaps yourself.
 
 
 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Adding Spring Backgrounds

 
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It's late this year, but spring has finally sprung here in Michigan!
 
I adore the flowering trees, but they only last a few weeks.
 
It's always difficult to coordinate clients' schedules around
the flowering glory.
 
 
The truth is...the people in all these photos were NOT by these pretty trees
when I took their picture.
 
I moved pretty Laurel into the background.
 
Here's the original photo of Laurel taken in a totally
different location:
 
 
 
Hubby and I were driving our son home from college yesterday
and passed Curwood Castle in Owosso.
 
The grounds were aglow with pink, purple and white blossoms.
 
I hated that I didn't have anyone to photograph in the
SPRING SPLENDOR.
 
 
I begged the boys to pull over so I could photograph
the pretty trees...knowing I could do my editing magic to make
the blooms last ....FOREVER!
 
I shared the method for adding people to new
backgrounds in this blog post.
 
 
It's sometimes hard to meld the two photo if the lighting is different.
I always run an action to help fuse them together better.
  
I also used the haze with this originally backlit shot.
 
I share the haze overlay here for free: here.
 
 
I'm sharing this so you can begin photographing
pretty locations with the idea of adding a subject later.
 
This works with autumn leaves, winter scenes...mountains...
ANYWHERE the scene is gorgeous, but you don't have a model.
 
Just photograph the scene as if you DO have a model.
 
Feel free to snag my spring backgrounds here in low resolution to
practice adding
your own family and friends.