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.
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.
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.
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! 😍
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.
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.
Recently I have been thinking about what one could accomplish in 20 minutes. Specifically, could I shoot a photo session in 20 minutes and achieve quality images that meet my clients needs. For the last two weekends I have offered these mini sessions as a trial run and the results were awesome! My clients love the idea because they can fit it into their busy weekends. I love it because I can offer my services to more clients while giving them quality photos.
The family below were one of my guinea pigs for these sessions. They wanted family photos with their daughter before the new baby arrives. It was perfect for them! We have already booked another session a few months after the baby arrives. They would rather have three smaller sessions a year than one longer session to document their family.
While I will still offer my full sessions, I am going to offer these 20 Minute sessions seasonally. If you want to be notified about these sessions simply sign up for my mailing list. I promise not to bug you too often!😊
I needed to get out and shoot for fun today. My portrait studio is keeping me quite busy this Summer. This afternoon I ventured down to South Park to take some photos with my Lensbaby Velvet 56. It is super hot here today so I only shot for about 15 minutes, however, I love the images I captured. These were edited with VSCOcam on my iPad with the “Essence” preset. I love the look of old matte film. Thanks for looking. Leave a comment so I know you were here ❤️
Some quick photos shot with the Lensbaby Velvet 56 using the macro function. This lens is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Although it is a little tough to focus, especially at f1.8, it creates such dreamy photos that it’s worth it to me to spend some time getting the perfect focus. I edited these images with AlienSkin Exposure 7 using the Fuji 100 film preset. I like how the images have a vintage film look.