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So I’m going to attempt to post just about every day from now through the new year. Many have asked me if I am still doing photo sessions – absolutely! Just been too busy to blog. I’m trying to set aside some time once a week to schedule blog posts to go up.
I have photographed this wonderful family somewhere around 7 times? I think? They’ve been with me through all three studio moves. It is so nice to watch these boys grow up, and I especially love the location we chose this year, and would love to get some images of my teens like the last one. In fact, wonder if my whole family would go for a little ride with me after this snow disappears….
Just checking in, buried under the to-do list. Second snow day of 2013… I’m in Norrisville and Sunday we were hit with 9 inches, and today, 3-4? I don’t know… I haven’t checked, still editing Christmas pictures for clients! ;) Speaking of, we are not taking any more holiday sessions, but are still taking indoor sessions including newborns, maternity, etc. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to book. We are also booking for 2014 as well.
Took a little walk today between editing……
Chickens are staying cozy.
When I was updating my website this year (still haven’t finished it, what a surprise, huh? ;)), I was contacted to exhibit some of my work at the Consumer Electronics and Photo Expo 2013 in Russia. It seemed to go really well, and it was very nice to be able to participate. Here’s a few shots that were sent to me of the exhibit which was held in the frameworks of Photosalon “World Photography Stars”. I think I had to submit about 20 images.
Clients: Six galleries are ready and going up tomorrow (Friday) – if you are waiting for yours, it is likely yours will be one of them. Two more will go up on Monday.
Erynn and I are in Pennsylvania right now, at the annual Conewago Trail Riders Fall ride. Our group from Muddy Creek Meadows comes out here twice a year, and it’s a lot of fun….
When you camp with horses, you have to tie a rope between some trees and construct a tie line for them where they stay safe and tied. We are sleeping in our horse trailer this year instead of the tent – I think we like it better this way.
Here’s our horses, Pippi and No Brakes….
No Brakes trying to figure out if Erynn has a treat for him….
In the creek….
No, we don’t all wear orange vests, Erynn is on road guard duty (when the horses cross the road, road guards keep the the cars from continuing up the street until the horses cross.
Here’s the scary bridge. My first year, we came upon this bridge and I thought I was going to plummet to my death. It’s quite frightening. Some horses have no problems going across, and others freak out really badly. Thankfully, my girl does great, so does Erynn’s.
There were 53 riders today. We road for 6 hours.
So all in all, today went well…. I haven’t ridden Pippi in a while because she has been lame, but she was doing really well today, no lameness…. She did buck after we jumped a lot in the woods, and she laid down in the creek with me on top haha… but I was thrilled to be back riding her again.
If you follow this blog or my Facebook page, you know that my daughter, Erynn, has a hobby creating special effects. She began this probably about two years ago, and every now and then, she decides she wants to create something, and it’s my job to photograph it for her. This weekend, Erynn felt the need to create, so I knew at the drop of a hat, we would have to take off up the road and find a place to shoot.
Here’s what we captured (I used a few different techniques on these images, thus the variation in effects).
Here’s a closeup of her leg that I took earlier….. this was her first “burn” work… So yeah, this is called Mom supporting her daughter’s strange creative hobbies
For the photographers…. This is with off-camera flash. I had a small square softbox on my Multiblitz light, and portable battery….. I like to use wide angles a lot when I am working to bring more scene into the image and maybe a little distortion. I was bothered by the blue sky, and wanted to create something a little more “foggy/dark”…. so I decided to pull out a longer lens and work.
I liked this effect much better….
I then went back to the wide angle lens to obtain some distortion. I decided to get more focus on the hand and the mask. I also shot with the light slightly lower than subject to pull a more “ghoul” lighting. Erynn in perfect character, distorted her body slightly with a forward lean, and we got it….
So you all are saying to yourselves, “this is disturbing! What kind of mother are you to let your daughter do these things!” Haha! Well, I have to say, she’s a really cool kid and loves to be in character for things like this.
When we were done, she ran around and had fun
and then needed a Monster at Rutters in Fawn Grove….
And of course a shout out to Multiblitz…. this was shot with this amazing lighting!
Disclaimer: As a photographer I speak up strongly against photographing on random train tracks. Most train tracks are actually off limits and federal property. Many photographers trespass and can even be arrested for photographing on especially live tracks. If anyone in Maryland remembers the Chase (Amtrak/Conrail) train crash in the 80s, the accident happened behind my house growing up. My brother ran into our treehouse to avoid the debris that was flying because of the explosion. I have some horrifying imagery from that accident burned into my brain, so that is why I stress not to photograph clients or play around near train tracks (I’ve actually seen people place babies on live train tracks and photograph them there, not kidding). These tracks that I used for this shoot were not active, and I had permission to be there.
Gorgeous little girl…… I love photographing babies at this age… when they are just starting to sit up, or can push up nicely on their bellies. We are currently booking October and November sessions – please contact us at email@example.com as this is the busy season, and we will fill up quickly, especially weekends. :)
Hello – just wanted to share a few changes that have occurred in the past few months….
…..We’ve implemented a new pricing structure that makes it easier to purchase digital images….. please inquire for details
…..We have just finished implementing a new gallery viewing program that you can easily share on Facebook, and it will insure a quicker delivery of any digital images that you purchase.
…..The big announcement is that we have moved out of the studio. I found that I have been 90% on location and 10% in the studio. It didn’t make sense to keep a studio full time anymore when I am spending much more time on location. However, I will now have two studios available to utilize when needed. Doesn’t that sound odd? I no longer will be holding a full-time studio, but have two different locations for any studio work. One is located in Northern Harford County and the other is in Ellicott City. These will be ready and waiting if we need studio work. Other than that, I am looking forward to be shooting more on location!
Here are a few from a recent on location shoot…. We are currently booking right now for the fall foliage – please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your shoot.
Hello all, we are wrapping up the summer, and have some major changes coming (I probably said that already I am sure…)
Would like to followup on Stormy Girl Surprise, my daughter’s horse that I told you about here…. We found out the gender of the baby tonight.
Stormy is officially 65 days pregnant. Horses are pregnant for 11 months, so we have 9 more months to go. The baby is currently the size of your hand.
Dr. Hess barely had the ultrasound in, before I could even get the video camera going, he said, “It’s a girl!” Wow…. Erynn has a ton of names ready for a boy, so this one threw us… she has a lot of thinking to do, but has plenty of time.
If you are curious to see what an equine ultrasound looks like, here’s a bit of what we saw… What you are seeing is the baby is lying on it’s left side. Head is on the right side of the screen. It appears the front legs are kind of curled up. She picks her head up and lays it back down several times. At one point, you see her lay her head down and the skeleton shows pretty good and she looks like a pterodactyl.
My daughter, Erynn, is a part of the Airville PA 4H group. Last year, if you remember, her first year on Stormy showing Western Gaming, she made it through Counties, then made it through Districts, and then went to States. Well this year, we had already planned that she would not be showing Stormy due to working on breeding her. Now that Stormy is pregnant, although Erynn is still riding her, we didn’t want her to endure the stress of making it to states as she probably would have again.
So Erynn decided to use her other horse, No Brakes, this year. No Brakes is a tiny horse (Icelandic Cross) with a ton of power. He has that name for a reason. Unfortunately 4H does not offer Jumpers as an option. Erynn loves Jumpers and she has taken both Stormy and No Brakes to jumpers shows. (There is a big difference between hunter and jumper – hunter is about the classic hunter look and “proper” details and form. Jumpers is kind of like gaming for the hunter. Jumpers is about speed, height, and power.) Erynn hates hunter, but figured that was the only thing she could compete with No Brakes in. He is not a hunter pony by any means.
She again qualified to move on to Districts from Counties yesterday on jumping 2’6″ (they don’t let her size horse do 3′ which is a shame because he jumps 3′ beautifully – he’s a jumper, all about speed and power).
Here are some shots from yesterday….
No Brakes is well known for his constant smiling. No, this is not because of a particular bit. He does this even in a bitless bridle or halter.
When I was doing jumper shows (I’m not doing them now due to my back injury), this was my most difficult thing to do. See how Erynn in mid jump is already looking toward the next jump? That’s telling No Brakes which direction to go after the jump. This will help him get on the correct lead. When I jumped, I was still going “Whew, I did the jump and didn’t die! OMG, I’m still alive! I did it! Oh, wait, there’s another jump? Where is that again???” I was not a very good jumper haha!
In contrast, here is what a typical casual jumpers show looks like….. Erynn and No Brakes from this spring….
Just a heads up – we have SIX Studio Lighting Naturally books left, and then they are gone for good – will no longer be produced. They are priced at the lowest we have ever offered. The original workshop that this book was from was valued at $1895.00.
Here are some newborn images using the technique taught….