Recently, I decided to approach my portrait sessions a bit differently than in the past. Maybe a bit differently than most people imagine a portrait session. It occurred to me that my favorite images really showed some emotion of some kind. I want to actually look at a photo and feel the emotion. I want my clients to be relaxed and to leave a session having had a great time. The best memories are made when you are having fun, so I want people to have fun while getting pictures. I want to create memorable art to be hung on your wall. Yes, PRINT those images and display them! These two were a blast to photograph. We had so much fun and I love the pictures we ended up with. I can feel how much love they have for each other, hope you can feel it too.
Have you ever had a portrait session that went well? One where you got your photos (or digital files) and while you really did love the images, there was just something missing? I could have even been the photographer. It is ok! Maybe the images were perfect technically, but you just felt like something was missing. That is where lifestyle or documentary photography comes in. Lifestyle is a little more directed while documentary photography is really showcasing your everyday life with no direction from the photographer. I relate documentary as more of a photojournalistic approach. Personally, I prefer an in-between approach. These styles may not be for everyone and there is nothing wrong with having a perfectly posed portrait, if that is what you want.
Let's think back to when we were growing up. Try listing some of the most memorable moments you had as a child and some memorable moments you have had with your own children. These memorable moments are most likely (with a few exceptions) from everyday ordinary activities. When I think back to growing up I remember the trail rides my dad & I took on the weekends. Or camping at Deep Valley with my family and neighbors. I think of all the time I spent playing at Granny Georgie's. Such as the snow days where all the neighbor's kids would stay at her house and play cards and other games for several days. Or the board games played with my sister and parents. Memorable moments with my son include things like feeding the animals, playing in the dirt or at the shelter, the way he "farms" with his little tractors on the couch, going to the ball park to play on the play ground. In my life, these are the moments I want to capture and remember. It has, however, taken me awhile to realize this.
Currently, I am working on updating my portfolio to show more of this type of photo. What I want to do for my clients is capture these everyday seemingly ordinary moments. Now, some people may be wondering how these are different than regular snapshots. The truth is the subject matter may be the same as in snapshots. However, the actual images will be much more. By using different photography techniques such as learning to see and use the best light, the most ordinary of activities can be captured in an extraordinary way.
Last weekend the weather was great so we decided to spend some time at home. I discovered I have really missed getting out and doing stuff on the farm. It was just what I needed to relax and appreciate how great my life is! I, of course, took my camera with me so that I could get some photos. Here are some photos I captured from our long weekend.
My first one was Intro to Natural Light (INL) and I learned more about light than I ever thought possible. I cannot believe the difference in my photos before and after. I can now get photos that I love straight out of the camera. I still edit them but only to add that little extra pop to the images.
The next one I took was Timeless Photography & Emotive Expression. It is every bit as good as INL. This workshop also deals with light to some extinct. Everything photography deals with light. Without light there are no photographs. Timeless goes into creating portraits that will be cherished for generations. It pushed me to be more creative and to take time to think before I snap a picture.
I highly recommend both classes. There are many others that deal with all levels of photography from basic beginner to advanced. I know it is an investment but you will learn so much.
These pictures were shot with the Canon 70D and Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 lens. I used Lightroom to edit and the Kubota KIT Vintage Delish and Kubota Workflow presets.
So I have obviously been lazy about the blog lately. I have still been posting the Click A Day photo on Instagram and Facebook, just not on my blog. This morning I want to share with you the presets that I got to use with Lightroom. I love Lightroom and highly recommend it. If you have Lightroom, presets really make it easier and faster to use. I purchased the Kubota Workflow Collection Presets and love them. It has a lot of different ones and can be used with all kinds of photography. There are several different kinds of black and white, vignettes, old film, antique, 60's film, shadow opener (for lighting dark photos) and others that make the photos more vibrant or make the colors pop more. There is also a Vintage Delish collection from Kubota but I haven't purchased it yet. Here are some photos I took this morning and edited with the Kubota Workflow Presets. I used the Portra Soft (one of my favs), BW Hollywood, & BW warm and fuzzy.