Wedding Day In LFK| Trina Baker Photography

About a month ago I met with Lucas and Steph to talk about photographing their wedding. They were so obviously enamored with each other. So in love. I was excited for them an couldn't wait to document their day. We were met with a beautiful, sunny and crisp Kansas Autumn day. A rarity in November for sure. The trees around Danforth Chapel were brimming with color. It was the perfect backdrop for their photos. Here are a few of my favorite shots from their day.

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Dried Roses|Trina Baker Photography

I spotted these dried roses on my work table and was smitten by the colors so of course I had to take some photos. I ran the Simple Cream, GeorgiaPeach and Silk Blend actions from MCP along with some of her Mood Ring overlays that were also included in this set. Love the subtle matte tones these actions can create. I then added some linen textures from 2 Lil’ Owls Studio to gove the images a vintage feel.  It’s always a good day when I have time to play in my studio.  Click on the images to see them in my shop!

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Matte Wetlands| Trina Baker Photography

I haven’t done any personal shooting in a few weeks. Today I ventured out on a chilly Kansas day to take some photos of the wetlands. I wanted to experiment with some matte finish black and white images. Trying to capture the essence of the day, I think these photos work with the matte look I was going for.  The black and white combined with the tilt shift of the Lensbaby is also a neat look. Sometimes it’s good to play, experiment and grow as a photographer.  All of these images are available in my shop. Simply click on the photo and away you go!

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Dessert In B&W| Trina Baker Lawrence,Kansas Photographer

In addition to my love of photography, I also have a passion for baking.  Since it’s St. Valentine’s Day I decided to make a flourless chocolate cake and photograph the process. I am not a food blogger, my friend Megan over at The Flying Fork has that niche covered.  Nor would I consider myself a food photographer.  I do, however, love to photograph kitchen utensils, bowls, mixers, spoons and other items you might find in a kitchen.  That is why I decided to edit these images in black and white. Well, that and the fact I am in one of those phases. I wanted to focus on the shapes, lights and patterns created when making food and that is just easier without color.  Which raises a question. Can you make successful food images in black and white?  Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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January Wetlands: Trina Baker Photography

It was a warmish day, about 45 degrees, which is balmy in January in Kansas.  I decided to take advantage and head over to the Baker Wetlands to shoot some photos.  These images were edited with Florabella’s Matte Action from her Colorplay Action Set and then textures were added using 2 Lil’ Owls Studio’s Nostalgia textures.  I really love the effect. I have used textures in the past, however, lately I have been a bit more bold with them. What are your thoughts on textures?  Do you like them subtle or bold? I would love to know your thoughts.

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Friday Five

Today we are going to get to know Angela Haugland one of my fellow team mates from fPOEInspired by nature and architecture, Angela has a unique vision that focuses on vintage themes and translates through all of her images.



When/Why did you start taking photos?

I started taking photos when I was in high school, I had borrowed an old Canon AE-1 film camera from my grandparents to take a photography class in school, and instantly fell in love.



Why do you love photography?
I love that simple things can be captured in such a beautiful way, and memories can be preserved forever. There is a very personal connection to photography for most people, whether they are the ones buying prints, or the ones taking the shots. You have to feel connected to your art, and I feel like a lot of times, that my camera is an extension of my arm, and serves as just another way to reach out and collect little bits of beauty all around me.



Who are some photographers from the past and present that inspire you?

Hmm…. that’s a tough one… I think I will have to go with Henri Cartier-Bresson. He’s a french photographer with an emphasis on “street” photography (architecture, city still life, portraiture, etc). He has a quote I really love too, “To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye, and the heart. It’s a way of life.”



If you could travel anywhere in the world to take photographs, where would it be?

I would love to go to Italy again, everything there is photogenic! Ha! I was there in 2003, but only for a week. I would love to take a trip and stay for at least a couple of weeks… I would also love to go to South America someday…




If someone gave you $3000 today to spend on photography equipment, what would you buy?

 Oh gosh! Come to think of it, I could use a new camera body! I’ve loved the heck out of the one I have, and it might be time for an upgrade… $3000 will do quite nicely for that! 🙂



Please stop by and visit Ms. Angela’s etsy shop, her Jewelry Shop and of course facebook!
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Friday Five

This weeks Friday Five featured photographer is Erika Lafrennie from Traveling Gal Photography.

When/Why did you start taking photos?

For me, taking photos was more about finding a way to capture all of the amazing things I discovered while traveling. Gradually, I began to realize that I enjoyed taking those photos almost as much as I enjoyed the adventures themselves. I’ve been taking pictures since 1995, but in 2011, I started taking photos in earnest for the sake of photography. My style varies between fine art photography and social documentary photography.

What inspires you?

Hands down, other cultures! I have lived in or traveled to more than 25 different countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, and I am never happier than when I am in a new place that feels completely alien to me. Taking pictures is a wonderful way to digest and understand the world around me.

What would be your dream job as a photographer?

National Geographic! I would also love to work for an NGO documenting social causes in desperate need of global attention. Right now, I would most like to return to the Omo River Valley of Ethiopia to photograph the disappearing tribes who live there. The Ethiopian government is developing industrial sugarcane plantations and completing construction on the Gibe III Dam. The tribes of this area rely on the Omo River below the dam site for their survival, either through flood recession agriculture or to provide food and water for livestock. Once complete, the dam will interrupt seasonal flows of the Omo River, effectively threatening the only two options for survival in the region.Government troops are also forcibly removing people from their land, and human rights groups are reporting numerousbeatings, systematic rape, and unjustified arrests throughout the region, as well as a rapidly increasing number of deaths from starvation. Along with the normal everyday advancement of technology into the region, the way of life in this part of the country will be forever changed. Likely, entire ethnically unique tribal groups will vanish from a region that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980 specifically for its colorful genetically and linguistically diverse peoples. I would revere the opportunity to return, spend more time with these incredible peoples, and document what’s going on there.

(Photos from my series, “Disappearing Tribes”)

Why do you love photography?

Photography is the tangible result of the way an individual sees his or her surroundings. It’s the closest you can get to seeing inside someone else’s mind. When I was younger, I lived in New Orleans for a while – a gorgeous and inimitable city that I fell completely in love with. For me, New Orleans has a very European air, and its rich history breathes and co-exists alongside the present day. Years later, a coworker who was born and raised in New Orleans saw some of my photos and didn’t recognize the city of his youth. He asked me where they were taken, Paris? Prague? He was stunned when I told him because he had never seen his home in that way.

What is your favorite camera?

Obviously, there is an undeniable difference of clarity and resolution between photographs taken with a professional-quality SLR camera versus a cell phone camera, but it doesn’t necessarily make the cell phone shot less lovely. I prefer digital to film, and my brand of choice is Nikon, but as a general rule, I don’t answer this question. I believe one either has the natural talent to compose a great shot, or not. One of my all time favorite photographs was taken with a dusty, old disposable underwater camera purchased on a street corner in Kanchanaburi, Thailand for $5 because all of my camera batteries had run out. When inspiration strikes, you use what you have and make the best of it.
Thanks to the lovely Ms. Erika for sharing with us today. You can learn more about Erika on the web.

Bright Flowers

Just a quick peek of some flowers in my kitchen. Taken and edited with my iPhone and the 100 cameras in 1 app. Love how bright these turned out.

Friday Five

I am starting a feature post called “Friday Five”. Every Friday I will interview a fellow artisan by asking them five questions. First up is my fellow fPOE, Female Photographers of Etsy, team mate Shannon Clark.

 

When/Why did you start taking photos?

I started taking photos in Jan 2011. I had admired the work of others for many years and being a creative person, I decided to give photography a try. A year and a half later, I love it!

 


 

What’s your favorite thing to photograph?

I’m partial to city and carnival settings, basically man made subjects. I feel like you can go in every editing direction with them (from wild and modern to classic and vintage) as opposed to nature and landscape photography.

 

 

 

If you could travel anywhere in the world to take photographs, where would it be?

New York!! Or any large city

 

 

What are you most proud of?

I’m proud of a lot of things, it’s hard to narrow it down to one. I think the opportunity that made me most excited and feel accomplished was signing with a publisher who has had their artists’ work in big stores such as Bed, Bath and Beyond. Fingers are crossed that can be me! I’m also proud of having my wholesale accounts for Iphone cases and for having the most featured photos from an artist/photography on Picnik’s facebook page!

 

What do you do to unwind?

Edit photos!!

 

Thanks to Ms. Shannon for sharing a bit about herself and her wonderful photos. Follow her on facebook and view more of her work!

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A Walk In The Blur

I went out to take some photos and clear my mind today.  A much needed relaxing walk exploring the architecture of my town. I took these with the Lensbaby Composer with the Edge 80 optic.  I am so into this lens right now and am starting to find the best ways to utilize it’s distinct optics. All of these images are listed in my shop in the 8×8 size.

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February Light

 Since I have been extremely lazy this week which resulted in not one trip to the gym, I decided I needed to get out for a long photo walk. Today was a perfect, sunny, 57 degree day. Armed with the Lensbaby Composer I walked around Mary’s Lake for 90 minutes taking photos along the way.  You really have to search for interesting things to photograph in Kansas in February.  I usually look for texture, light and color, if I can find it. Today I was taken with the low afternoon light that was skimming over the water and peeking through the trees.  The new Lensbaby optic, Edge 80,  is coming my way next week. I will have more selective focus goodness to share. Enjoy the weekend!

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