I’m finally getting around to updating this a bit, with some not-so-new images. These are from Annie‘s session last September. But since I started this blog late last year, these were never shown here. Annie is a very sweet cheerful gal! She is a member of FCCLA (Family Career Community Leaders of America) and is the captain of the cheerleading squad.
We had a good time on her shoot, using several different locations in this beautiful valley in which we live. The scenic backgrounds here are gorgeous! We were very blessed to have a beautiful sunset as well. I hope you enjoy these images!
I love how in commercials, the “reporter” will ask, “You just won the Superbowl. What are you going to do?” And the reply inevitably comes, “I’m going to Disneyland/World!”
My family and I just returned for a once-in-a-lifetime kind of vacation to Disneyland. We have been promising the kids since Daijha, my oldest, was pretty young. My youngest is now 7 years old, so she was old enough to go and remember the trip. We also have an exchange student from Brazil living with us this year, so what an opportunity for him!
We all had a blast, of course! Even the youngest went on all the roller-coasters and rides. The funny thing is, I learned something about me as a photographer there. While I try to be creative with portraits, I am a terrible vacation photographer! LOL I learned that one of the most difficult things was to just take a snapshot for the sake of having a memory of our vacation! Snapshots are not a bad thing when on vacation. But I was challenged because for some reason, I feel that every shot has to be that breath-taking, jaw-dropping kind of shot. However, when on vacation, that does not have to be the case. Or does it?
A snapshot of the kids in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle
On this one, I was playing around with slower shutter speeds while riding on a merry-go-round. I like how it came out!
Lance wanted some shots with his dog, Lucky.
Lighting on this one was all natural.
I used 4 layers in post processing. I’ve been experimenting with some post processing techniques to find “my” style.
I wanted to use natural light since the sun was shining with some clouds. I am becoming more and more convince that I prefer off-camera flash.
I’m playing with a new program called PhotoTools 2.5. This program makes some post processing techniques a lot easier. It is a Photoshop CS 5 plugin and works in sync with Photoshop. It has over 200 different processes to experiment with.
I also added a scratch layer in Photoshop. I am trying to improve my processing and also find “my” style.
Lighting was with one of my Vivitar 283 flashes on a light stand. The wind was blowing a bit to hard for me to use my shoot-through umbrella, so it’s bare, throwing some hard light on Lance. I think this kind of lighting better suits Lance. Flash was on camera left.