Outside

Our boys love being outside.  It does not matter what the temperature is outside they would stay outdoors all day long.  Luke now points toward the door when we mention going outside.  When Noah was a baby the only thing that would calm him down was stepping outside. I hope our boys always love being outside as much as I did when I was younger.  I am looking forward to taking our boys fishing, camping, hiking and all the other fun summer activities. Here are a few shots from the past couple of weeks. I’ve been exploring some Adobe Lightroom presets that I recently downloaded. I need to learn more about presets and start making my own so my editing goes a little quicker. If you use Lightroom and have some favorite presets (free or paid) or know of some good tutorials please share the links in the comments. Now go outside and enjoy the great outdoors.

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Help!

In the past few weeks I think I have taken some photos that are better than some on my Best 20 page. I would love to get your feedback. Which two or three images below do you think are the strongest and which two or three images on my Best 20 page should be replaced? Leave a comment and feel free to share this post with others. This critiquing process will not only help me grow, but also learn what types of images people are drawn to. Feel free to tell me why you chose what you did.  Thanks!

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Senior Photos : Corin

Two weekends ago I took some Senior pictures for a friend of mine.  It was only the second time I had ever taken Senior pictures. The last time I took them was five or six years ago. I’ve learned many things about photography since then, but as always I learned quite a few things about Senior photography in particular. The first thing I’ll point out is that I have a newfound respect for people who do this professionally. There are so many things that go into a shoot besides just taking photos. I knew this, but until last Saturday I hadn’t really lived it. I’m also very thankful Corin’s mom and my wife came along!

One major takeaway is it’s always a good idea to double check and see if the venue is actually open at the hour you want it to be… rookie mistake #1. It doesn’t matter how planned out and beautiful the shots will be if the place is closed. Also, next time I’ll make sure we have all of our props for the shoot before we head off to location… rookie mistake #2. Most importantly, I learned I should spend more time scouting out locations prior to the shoot. Granted, I was shooting in a city far from home, but next time I’ll make sure we have several predetermined location options before trekking through the city…for hours… rookie mistake #3.

Although mistakes were made and things learned, I believe we got some great shots in the end. Here are a few of my favorites.

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Black and White

Since downloading Google’s Nik Collection it has been hard to pull myself away from the computer. I could literally sit for hours playing around with all the different settings. I still find myself leaning more toward realistic presets and settings. Here are some shots of the boys after running them through Silver Effects Pro. I didn’t play around with these too much, but can’t wait to learn all that the Nik Collection has to offer.  If you know of any good Nik tutorials or online lessons let me know in the comments.

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Luke’s Weekly Photo : Week 45

It seems like the older he gets the less time we have to get a good shot. This boy is on the go all the time! Fortunately we were able to make him laugh for a couple of shots, which really isn’t that hard to do. He’s a pretty happy baby as you can tell.  Only 7 more weeks and our little (big) project will be over. It’s certainly bittersweet, but we are looking forward to Luke’s first birthday. To see all of the weekly photos check out Luke’s weekly project.

Agnes Mae : Newborn Photography

This past weekend I had the privilege to photograph my niece Agnes Mae. I am so thankful that her mom and dad entrusted me to capture these moments. This was my second attempt at newborn photography. All things considered I think they turned out well, but I definitely learned a few things and have a long way to go if I were to focus on newborn photography. My first attempt at newborn photography was with our second son Luke. Sarah (my wife) and I were not very concerned with how much time it took, but let me tell you timing is crucial! Here are a few more things I learned this time around:

+ Be prepared with props (blankets, pillows, bean bag, hats, clothing, etc)
+ Pay attention to the lighting (time of day, side of house, windows, external flash)
+ Pre-planning the poses and when you do particular poses matters
+ Make sure it is quiet and warm for baby

If you have attempted newborn photography and especially if you do it professionally I would love your feedback in the comment section. What have you found to be helpful in newborn shoots? Do you notice any “opportunities for growth” in my images? Technically? Compositionally?  Also, I’d love to hear from anyone which image is your favorite!

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