Autumn Leaves In LFK|Trina Baker Photography

Autumn is in full swing here in the Midwest and I can’t get enough of this gorgeous light. I spent the weekend shooting family photos amongst the fall foliage. Today I went out to run errands and vote and tool some quick snaps with my iPhone. Get out there and enjoy the beauty of nature. It heals your soul. Also, vote early and spend Election Day volunteering to get your fellow citizens to the polls. Head over to Vote.org to find out how you can get involved.

Autumn leaves in Lawrence Kansas by Trina Baker Photography

Douglas county courthouse in Lawrence, Kansas with Autumn Leaves

Saturday Downtown LFK| Trina Baker Photography

Today was beautiful day to wander around downtown LFK. After a morning photo session at Potter Lake, I enjoyed a wonderful breakfast at The Roost. Then I decided to head down to check out Alchemy Coffee Shop’s new space. It is lovely. I decided upon a Dark and Spicy Coffee, and sat down to edit my photos, write this blog post and listen to the soft Reggae tunes. If you have the opportunity, stop by and visit Alchemy. You will not be disappointed.

Trina

Saturday downtown Lawrence, KS Mass StreetDowntown LFK Alchemy Coffee Shop Trina Baker Photography Coffee shop bunny plates and coffee by Trina Baker PhotographyInterior Alchemy Coffee and bakery photos by Trina Baker

365 Project 2018

I started another 365 project on Monday. My friend wanted to begin one so I decided to join her. We didn’t wait until the beginning of the month, we jumped right on in. Today I went out looking for some Autumn foliage and found these little pops of color at the Lawrence Arboretum. Armed with my trusty Nikon D800 with my Lensbaby Edge 80 and Sweet 35 I captured some nice images with the perfect amount of bokeh. It was a lovely afternoon.

Lensbaby Edge 80 Trina Baker Photography

Colorful flowers photo by Trina Baker Photography

Flowers at Lawrence Arboretum

Yellow Autumn Trees Lawrence Kansas

Mike & Diana Engagement Session| Lawrence, KS

These two are some of my favorite people on the planet. When we were deciding where to shoot their engagement photos downtown Lawrence was our first choice.

Mike and Diana live near downtown and have worked and played their for many years. We began in South Park and stopped at a few places along the way. Some were planned, break at the Red Lyon for a quick beer, and some were discovered along the way.

I was especially excited to find a new spot near Bon Bon and the new Lawrence Arts District that has so many possibilities for cool photos.

It was a really fun evening and I can’t wait for their wedding!

Trina

Couple pose for engagement photos in South ParkLawrence, Kansas

Engagement photos by South Park GazeboLawrence, Kansas

Couple posing for photos by South Park Fountain

Engagement couple colorful door Lawrence photography

Sunflower engagement photos in Kansas

Brittney’s Senior 2018, Autumn KU Campus

Sunday was dreary, chilly and overcast here in Lawrence. Sounds like a perfect day to shoot photos. A lot of photographers would have rescheduled but I LOVE an overcast day for portraits. You see the clouds reflect light and act as a giant soft box. Without harsh shadows the beautiful popping colors and even tones bring the Autumn colors to life. Even though it was a bit chilly, Brittney was up for anything and we got some really awesome photos. I love her fierceness and her confidence yet her softer side came through in these images. She is a force.

Senior girl Photos autumn Kansas

Yellow leaves autumn Kansas Trina Baker PhotographySenior girl sitting in yellow leaves red pantsLawrence Kansas senior girl portrait session

Finding The Light With Lensbaby

I went out this afternoon with the goal of capturing the beautiful Autumn colors. What I discovered was I was more fascinated by the light than the color. You never know what will inspire you. I like to challenge myself to only 24 shots. Mostly because I could shoot all day, haha, but mainly I do this to force myself to slow down and take better photos. Taking time to enjoy the scene, find a subject and look for the light make these little jaunts so relaxing for me. I think they also make me a better portrait photographer. These images were shot with my Nikon D300s, Lensbaby Composer Pro with Edge80 optic, sent to my iPhone via Mobi card and edited with the VSCO app. I like this setup because it’s lightweight and mobile which allows me more freedom than when I am carrying a lot of gear.

Trina

Autumn Lawrence, Kansas red leaves Lensbaby Red autumn leaves in Lawrence field by Trina Baker Photography Lensbaby bokeh autumn nature in Kansas

Mr. Sully at Marvin Grove, University of Kansas

Marvin Grove is located on the University of Kansas Campus behind the Spencer Museum of Art. Named after the third Chancellor of KU, James Marvin, it is a beautiful, scenic place to shoot photos. The trees are planted in a way that lend themselves to really cool sight lines and wonderful backdrops. You can frequently find people lounging in hammock tied between trees or having a picnic. It is also a perfect spot for Autumn portraits.

Family Autumn portraits at KU Campus on Che Meredith blanketLittle boy in yellow pants poses for Autumn portraits in LawrenceFamily portraits of mother and child in Kansas by Trina Baker Photography

The “Fryday” Wedding |Trina Baker Photography

There was dancing, the guests were dressed to the nines and the bride and groom were lighting up the room on “Fryday”. It was a wonderful evening and I was honored to capture it all! Oh yeah, there were donuts. Lot’s of tasty donuts! 😍

Trina

Wedding party downtown Lawrence photographer Trina BakerBride and groom pose with wedding party in Kansas łBridal party posed for photos in Lawrence with Trina Baker Photographer Wedding party jumping for joy at Red Lyon Tavern In Lawrence Bride and groom toast at receptionGuests dancing at reception after wedding in Kansas

The Colors of #LFK |Trina Baker Photography

I popped into downtown Lawrence this afternoon to run a few quick errands and noticed the amazing colors that seemed to be everywhere. I shot these photos with my iPhone 8 Plus in portrait mode and edited with the VSCO app.

The iPhone 8 Plus uses two cameras in this mode. A 12mp wide angle lens and a 12mp telephoto lens. The telephoto lens is what actually captures the image. While it’s doing that, the wide-angle lens is busy capturing data about how far away the subject is, which it then uses to create a nine-layer depth map. You have five modes of light to choose from, natural, studio, contour, stage and stage mono. You can even edit the light mode after you take the shot. Cool, right?

I Love the shallow depth of field I get with this mode. The specs say it’s an f1.8 equivalent. Even though you have to shoot in the standard 4:3 format, you can always crop square. It has definitely become my go to mode.

A Lensbaby Night Out In LFK!

Those of you who have visited my blog before know my love of my Lensbaby lenses. I am obsessed with the blur, bokeh and how creatively I can bend the perspective. Last night I took it to work with me and took some night shots with my Nikon D300s. Using the Sweet 50 optic I looked for the street lights and neons and tried to find distinct angles to showcase the night. I want to showcase a different Lensbaby optic each week so watch this space.

Do you have a favorite Lensbaby optic or lens? I love them all but would love to know your favorite.

Trina