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It has been foggy, so I took the opportunity to capture it! My college professor said that no photo is worth taking without a risk involved. The majority of my photos are not “risky”. I am a very cautious person. However, I couldn’t resist taking my camera out in to the mud, amidst all the animals. They were acting so crazy this morning, because the fog was SO thick.

Yesterday, the skies were more clear.

Yesterday, I stopped down to 2.0 and had my ISO at 1000. I did this, because I was photographing animals, and they move very quickly.

This morning, I pulled my ISO down to 100 and used my 50mm macro lens.


Why I don’t do digital copies…

Pro Prints vs Drugstore Prints…it DOES matter!

This is why I do not allow my clients to obtain digital copies of my photos and print on their own. I pay a professional lab to print my photos for my clients, so that they may obtain the best quality out there.

Head Shots

This was my first portrait session that was specifically for an actress’ head shots. It was so much fun! I loved being able to see the different expressions this young woman expressed. We had such a fun time and the evening light was beautiful. As the sun began to set, I used my external flash with a tiny soft box attached. I shot with the sun’s light on her face. This light alone would have cascaded many shadows on her face, so I used my flash as a filler. Some of these images are not what she will see but I love to keep a bit of the background for my personal use. Head shots require a much more cropped image, as to focus essentially on the subject. Portraits for senior pictures and the like are much different and require more of a background. Enjoy!

Head Swap

Another successful head swap. When photographing with children, it can be difficult to have every element in your favor. Earlier this year, I blogged about a head swap of an infant with his two siblings. They were all quirky children and I absolutely loved their expressions! In an image of all three, however, the baby was not looking at me whatsoever. I decided to take a beautiful individual image and place it into the previous image. I did the same here… graciehs
Gracie has always been very cooperative for me and has been posing for the camera since she was about six months old, demanding to see the images afterward. She loves to be photographed and is such a joy. When I direct her posture, she is quick to listen! In these images, however, I had a beautiful smile in close up images that cropped her feet and tires of her truck. My brother wanted an image that included these things but I could not find one with a genuine smile from Gracie. At this point, she wasn’t complaining but she was becoming bored and her smile dwindled… So I decided to use one of her cute smiles and add it to the not so smiley image. Let me know what you think!

Light Trails

As long as I can remember, I have always wanted to photograph a busy highway and capture the light trails from the cars… but I never did have the nerve to do that on my own.

I’ve played with light writing and light trails since I began photography. It’s one of my stress relievers and is so much fun to work with.

Last night, my good friend, Pablo, and I went out to downtown Dallas and captured some images like these…

To capture these images, I raised the ISO to about 250 or 500, depending on the area… just to allow a brighter image. I raised my aperture to about 5.6 or 11.0, again, depending on the light in the area and how long I wanted the exposure to be.

For the second image, there is a little bit of a trick to capturing a person’s portrait with a light trail. I, obviously, had Pablo stay very still, but there was enough light by the street lamps, that exposing for a few seconds to capture the light trail from the car didn’t affect Pablo’s portrait. In most scenarios, I would use a flash to capture the person’s portrait, then use a flash light or sparklers, whatever I was wanting for the light trail or light writing. In this case, however, using a flash would have been dangerous for the drivers passing by, so I was lucky that there were a few street lamps in our vicinity.

I decided to test out my flash and receivers with my friend Angelia.

As you can see in the first image, the flash created a very ”blown out” exposure on her left shoulder.

In this second image, the exposure is a little more even, aside from her right shoulder being bright from the sun. Because the sun is coming from her right side, she should have a much darker shadow on the left side of her face. I used my flash to null the shadow and create a more even exposure across her entire face. If you look closely, you will also see a little ”glimmer” of light in her eyes; this is from the flash as well. I feel this affect makes her look even more ”alive” in the image and helps the viewer connect to her a little more.

These images were shot without a soft box, which is why the flash was very harsh in only specific areas of the frame.

“Don’t shoot into the sun.”

“Don’t shoot into the sun.” is something my professors would say but, when it comes to romantic moments and particular portraits, I do point to the sun and have the sun’s ray outlining the subject(s). If exposed properly, the subject is not a silhouette but there is a soft glow in the entire image. I feel that this glow is appropriate to set a “mood” for some images. I am very emotionally driven when it comes to photographing and I like to convey an emotion tied to the events of the images.

Here are some of my favorite images where I used the sun in this way.