Have camera will travel, I love my job! Downtown Orlando’s 13th floor of the Regency Bank building... what an incredible view. I knew we had to use the cityscape as a background in their conference room.
UBS Financial commissioned us to photograph their staff of professionals. None of the staff were available until after the market closed. I was hoping for a good market day… happier, better expressions. Show me the money… Like most executives after the market closes they just want to go home.
Sandy and I arrived early, scouted the location, set up and were ready for the first executive by 4pm. We captured 4-6 different poses of each professional and went on to the next person. I feel our experience played a major role with this photo assignment
I love the variety of assignments my job offers, I have found through experience that now I tend to focus (no pun intended) on what I like to do best, this photo shoot is one of them. I enjoy meeting people and walking away from a job feeling very good about the product and service we provided. Thank you Ivonne &USB for the opportunity to serve you and your team. Wishing you ALL continued success.
This family commissioned us for their family portrait at the beach while in Florida. This time of year I have found mornings work best for a variety of reasons, 1) It’s not too hot 2) It’s not raining 3) There are not a lot of people to contend with in the background since it’s so early in the morning.
I know it’s not easy for a family on vacation to get up at 4am and travel east for a beach portrait. When a client makes that kind of commitment, you know it’s important to them.
I feel it’s worth the effort, watching the sunrise lends itself to some incredible lighting. You can’t duplicate God’s natural lighting. Another advantage is you get to spend some valuable family time. To me this is not work, it’s a passion. A passion to deliver the very best product. I had a blast and was on a photographic high on the way back to the office. What a great way to start the day!
We had all the ingredients for a fantastic portrait session, good weather, good lighting, a nice looking and cooperative family along with good clothing selections. It was a fantastic morning. Thank you Sherry and family. It was a pleasure serving you and your family while in Florida.
Photo Tips101: Want to take better firework images? It can be tricky, find a spot where you will have an unobstructed view. You may want to show people in the foreground or the landscape, that is subjective and up to you. Another tip would be to make sure that there are no extra lights around, street lamp, signs, headlights, etc as the extra light can and will affect your exposure of the fireworks. Pre-aim where the fireworks are going to explode. It’s ok to shoot a little loose and crop in later on. In fact I would recommend a normal (50mm-lens) rather than a telephoto. Learn to see what your lens will see before looking through the lens. Most firework events last 10- minutes so you can watch the first few fireworks for your placement. Put your focus on infinity and leave focus on manual. You must have a tripod. No flash, ISO 200 at f/ 8-ll is a great place to start. Place your shutter speed on B and allow 4-6 second exposures. It’s ok to use long exposures if there is not light around you. Take a few practice shots to see how the exposures are working. For a variety of images, take one, then allow multi fireworks explosions in one frame/image. I have found it best to use a cable release as well so that your hand won’t shake the camera. Another trick is to take a black board large enough to block the lens so that you don’t have to keep opening and closing your shutter, I have even used my wallet. I would recommend that you bring a mini flashlight along with extra batteries and flash cards.
This is my second largest family to date, 26-total. WOW! One of the many things I’ve learned over the past 30-years in photography is experience counts and you must remain flexible in this profession.
Lisa commissioned us to photograph her family from Brentwood, TN while in Florida on vacation. What I have learned is, try to put as many “things” in our favor, time of day for outdoor portraits is vital, if there are small children you want to choose a time when they are at their best and it’s also best to feed them before the photo session and clothing selections can make or break a portrait.
We scheduled the photo session on a Thursday at 8am. At 8am the sun is pretty high in the sky and can be difficult to find good lighting for a large family grouping of 26. I arrived early on the photo day and scouted the grounds and found this spot. I liked the depth it gave us, we set the group up on the cart path so they would not get the clients wet & dirty from the dew. I learned if I put my camera at a lower prospective it would not show the cart path. The location was not far from their vacation villa, which was a benefit for the grandparents at ages 79 & 75 years young.
You learn to improvise and make the most out of any/all situations. I recall way back in my early training that when you are in a difficult lighting situation… back-light! So I did, with a little help with a fill light off-camera.
What I’ve learned the past 30-years is everyone in the group needs to look good. Starting with mom, if mom doesn’t look good you are done! Happy momma, happy life.
What I’ve learned through my decades of photography is to listen to the client. Occasionally they have a few ideas of their own and I try to make it work.
One last thing from what I’ve learned through my time in the photography business is to have a plan. I start pre-planning the night before, I start getting my mind “set” into large family groupings by looking at past large family groups we have done, thinking about the ages of the children, wondering how mobile the grandparents are, etc. It’s not always EASY putting together 26-people and making them ALL look good with lighting, posing and expressions, etc. This was not an easy task and certainly NOT for someone who has little experience with large family groups. But it was worth the effort, we now have captured their family vacation in 2014. Who knows if or when they ALL will be together again?
Looking at the first image, you see an attractive couple celebrating their 25-wedding anniversary in a urban landscape location and think it's a nice photo. The current trend of "natural light" photographers produce retouniely. A trained professional certified photographer, my job is to use my knowledge and secondary lighting to create the the second image. It's the little things that makes a difference.
It’s the little things that make the difference: We went to the beach with the Boydston family from Oklahoma yesterday morning for their family portraits. As I was scouting for the best location to position the family I saw the sun coming up. I was looking NE. I love using natural lighting and felt it gave good separation between the subjects and the background. I prefer not to use flash whenever possible, but in a certain situations I needed extra light. The flash was off camera to the left of the subject just out of camera view. Photo A without flash…see how dark their faces had I photographed them in natural light. Photo B is with flash to match the ambient light. I used a Quantum Q flash. Even during the sweet light time “sunrise” I will sometimes add a little more light.
The Boydston family at the beach at sunrise from Oklahoma. Afternoon thunder storms are one of the reason why we do sunrise sessions this time of year. And it was a beautiful sunrise. Thank You M/M Boydston, clients like you make our job not a job but a pleasure to serve you.