So now you're probably thinking, "What the heck happened??" Well, let me tell you!
Technology errors are the digital photographer's nightmare.
This last bullet point is what failed me with Macie's Session. We had taken the photos below, and they were BEAUTIFUL, high resolution images, and then my computer just fried. My external hard drive had fried about a month prior, and then my laptop fried before I had replaced my external, so everything I had saved just went... poof. Bye. Gone. I was devastated.
I had already post-processed these images, and had uploaded them to Facebook, which is how I have the ones below. However, as anyone who has downloaded an image back to their computer from Facebook knows, the quality just isn't there. I did my best to save them, but it was clear - we would have to take a new picture. That's how the one at the beginning of this post came to be!
So let's talk these photos!
The first photo that we took in our secondary session was shot on a piece of railroad track that is no longer being used which sits off to the side of the active tracks in Alma, Wisconsin.
The rest of these images were shot in Winona, Minnesota during her first session. The left two images were shot alongside an antique store in downtown Winona, and the right two images were shot in the Lake Park. We had a lot of fun during the session, and I really enjoyed editing the images. I'm still sad I don't have the originals anymore.
I learned my lesson the hard way. ALWAYS back up your files!
Back when I lived in Wisconsin, I shot this senior portrait session around Alma, Wisconsin.
Locations: Tim Neitzel's property on County Road N in Alma, Buena Vista, and the town of Alma.
Train tracks do run alongside the town. Train tracks run along the Mississippi for quite a length, you could almost follow them to tour riverside towns in Wisconsin.... or you can just take the River Road. Whatever floats your boat! Ha. Okay, I'm done.
Anyway, the town has a bridge that goes over the tracks, so we headed there next.She was just tall enough that when she sat down on the bridge, her face was above the shadow lines. Just so you all know, I said before this girl was a trooper, and I mean it! The walkway part of the bridge is the rigid metal, with the little points that stick up at you. While you never notice it with your shoes on, it really hurt my knees when I was kneeling to take this image, and so I can only imagine how it felt when she sat on it!
For the image below, I normally greatly dislike taking images on train tracks, but since Kaylee's mom was with us and could keep an eye for oncoming trains. I highly recommend NOT taking photographs on train tracks for the following reasons:
1. It's hard to hear a train when you are on the tracks. Obviously, I could see beyond Kaylee, and she could see beyond me, but we could have been distracted until it was too late (PS, that's the back of a train you see behind Kaylee).
2. It's trespassing! If we had gotten caught, the railroad company has the right to sue you for trespassing.
So what are my alternatives? If you can, find a piece of track that is no longer being used. You can find them on the sides of active railroad tracks and older towns, like Alma. Use that instead!
Since I normally don't like taking images on train tracks, I had her sit down, shot photos in a quick succession, and then had her get off the tracks. We were probably only physically on the tracks for two minutes!
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One of my very first official sessions was doing a photo shoot for a local equine therapy business - Equimotion. I ventured out into the farmlands of Wisconsin and found myself on a beautiful farm with the picturesque red barn.
There were chickens roaming freely, which slightly freaked me out because I hate how they look at you. Don't ask. There was a loud dog who barked at just about everything despite the peaceful atmosphere the ranch had, and several horses.
The business partners wanted portraits done individually with their horses, and then some of people working with the horses themselves.
This shoot, which took place in 2013, was done using my Nikon D50. It's amazing how quickly technology changes in the photography world. Also, you can tell I was a bit new to Photoshop from my color correcting skills, and the fact I didn't straighten that darn door. Ah, well! We live and we learn.
The business partners were very satisfied with the imagery that was provided, and we had actually scheduled follow up shoots. Sadly, the business partners ran into some disagreements on how the business should be run, and those shoots never came to fruition.
Below are images of volunteer clients working with the horses. They all agreed to be photographed prior to the shoot.
Once upon a time in a land far, far away called Venezuela, I shot my very first maternity session. Jaqi, the mother being photographed, was barely showing at 7 months pregnant, we we got a bit creative in what we wanted to do to show off her teeny baby bump.
We took the photographs at this little private resort on the Northern coast of the country at a little place called Guakamaya. A lot of the huts were empty while we were there, so we took the liberty of using up different spaces to get different poses and looks. The weather on the coast was perfect for a photoshoot as well, with enough warmth mixed with an ocean breeze to stay at a perfect temperature the whole time.
The charm and atmosphere that these beach huts had to give made for beautiful, interesting backgrounds in each shot.
Keeping Jaqi's small bump in mind, we had to be strategic with her poses and hand placements to show that these were more than just personal portraits - she was carrying a child!
In the left image above, we had Jaqi arching her back up to push her belly out more, while cradling her precious bump with her hands to further accentuate it. In the right image above, as it was hard to tell there was a baby bump at all when she sat in a normal position, we had her tuck her dress to help accent the belly, with her making a heart with her hands to tell the viewer that love was growing inside of her.
In the images on the left above and below, we continued having her cradle her small bump, with the lifesaver behind her creating a nice frame within a frame, and a focal point for her head to lean towards.
Obviously, having your client gaze down lovingly at their growing belly is going to make it obvious to the viewer that there is more going on in the portrait than just a pretty client.
Interested in booking a maternity session? Let's chat!
I haven't written a blog in a very long time... but I promise I have been busy!
Here is the brief list that I will go into details with further into this post:
1. Photoshoots of 2019 thus far
2. Photoshoots Scheduled for 2019
3. Available Dates
Photoshoots of 2019
Clients: Darrell and Anteria
This beautiful couple flew to Colorado from Michigan for a vacation and decided to get their engagement photos done while they were in the Centennial State!
They tied the knot on September 27, 2019 in Michigan. I wish them many, many years of happiness to come!
De'Edra bought her beautiful home early this year, and I had the blessing of going and taking photos of her home as it was being built. It was neat to see the whole process! She moved into her home in late spring.
Jovanna had a last minute senior portrait session earlier this year. She was such a trooper, posing in the cold weather, but looking so relaxed about it!
Clients: Logan and Jade
I am so happy I was able to photograph this lovely couple's engagement session! Their wedding is coming up next month on November 10! I am so excited!
Clients: Megan and Justin
This couple toughed out a 10 degree weather day for their engagement photos! I was seriously impressed with how well Megan handled the cold - especially since her hand had to be ungloved to show off her sparkly accessory!
Clients: Megan and Justin
Megan and Justin tied the knot on September 20, 2019! It was a beautiful wedding, and I am so happy I was able to be a part of it!
Clients: Brittney and Bradley
This gorgeous couple has one of the best venues booked I have seen so far in Colorado. Their engagement photos were shot last spring, and they will be tying the knot in a few weeks on November 2! I can't wait!
Clients: Kelly and Joey
I was able to photograph my friend Kelly's engagement photos to her beau, Joey, while I was vacationing back in Minnesconsin ;). I will be her MoH in her wedding next year!
This young lady had portraits done of her in her Quincineara gown with her celebrants!
Client: Nayan - Parents are Laura and Sanjeev
This young man was born last April. I was able to be a part of his mother's maternity portraits the previous autumn, and was lucky enough to also be selected to take his newborn pictures!
This young man will be graduating next spring! I just shot his senior portraits in September, and I was so excited that we were able to use graffiti as a background!
This young lady will also be graduating next spring! She was such a trooper walking all around James A Bible Park for her portraits, but she made leaning on trees look fashionable!
Client: Colgrove Family
And to wrap things up with what has been accomplished so far this year... I was able to photograph family portraits for Tisha and Gerry! Just look how cute their babies are!
Scheduled for 2019
November 2: The wedding of Brittney and Bradley
November 3: The wedding of David and Lacey
November 10: The wedding of Jade and Logan
Available Dates for 2019
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