Posts Tagged ‘center street’

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(Woops no one in the family picture was looking… I failed… or did I? haha)

Art for my models vs models for my art

I think it was a couple posts ago that I was discussing how a photoshoot is a collaborative effort… or at least should be.

There are many things that impact the way people view your pictures… when you go to a beautiful spot, or have beautiful subjects people will be more attracted to your pictures … or if you put it to a theme everyone will go crazy for.

But that’s not my whole job in fact a lot of my job is… GASP… taking good pictures.

Dealing with whatever lighting I have been given that day, whatever subjects, whatever spots… and always bringing out the best possible for those situations.

So what about mid day lighting… where the group was so large I couldn’t just put a big diffuser over their heads and add in my own beautiful lighting by flash or reflector.

I went au natural and found spots that worked well.

And the day and the people and their personalities and the lighting and my lenses and my brain all worked together to come up with something that worked for them.

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Bright shiny day… but we found a somewhat shady area and got a spot with the least amount of shine through and had people facing directions so it wouldn’t hit them quite as much.

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I relish that I took what might have been a cheesy idea… and turned it into perfectly normal and good.

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I threw in whatever they were doing… or pushed them to do stuff I could see them doing that would make the shoot a bit more funny and memorable.

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I took several opportunities to run through the whole family doing individual portraits during the time… extra attention to Mom as well.

And for one of the run-throughs at the end I broke out the lights, to kind of play around.

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A couple of Notes
I walked up and down the route of the parade with my new fun lens.

Let me just tell you it’s much better than standing (or sitting) in the same spot for the whole parade.
It’s also nice to only live 3 blocks from the parade route.

ALSO… having a 70-200 2.8 makes a parade much more enjoyable.

I took a ton… but I’ll just post a couple of them here.
If you think I took a picture of you I can get you a link to the full gallery online.

I took my second camera with the wide/medium zoom but I hardly used it… I suppose it was still useful to make me look semi-important. haha

I also hung out with a friend Gordon who was shooting pictures for the Freedom Festival magazine.

Now for the FUN part… Let me tell you a STORY


Let’s start this off on a patriotic note!


Not as many flags but still as cool.


But don’t worry these kids had flags to spare.


These things were all over the place
… I meant the snapper things.
But yeah kids too!


More kids… some sat, some stood, others… they were more squatters.


And they liked to point at stuff

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I had the honor of taking pictures for Susan Hartwig.
Her roommate came out to help with the flower and dress and helped me out some on the reflector.
Dawnee Ray came to help out and have the opportunity to take some pictures…
a special thanks to her as some of the pictures come from her.

She looked beautiful and we had a great time.

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This is the spot where I first took pictures (bridals and engagements) It had been a long time since I had visited and the first time I have ever seen it so packed with people getting pictures taken. We all behaved ourselves and got to take pictures everywhere we needed, except for the grove, because of a “kind” man who insists that there is a point where center street no longer becomes public property. (Who knows he might be correct)