Monthly Archives: October 2011

one location, one hour, five outfits, endless gorgeous images | folsom senior photographer

I am in love with this session for so many reasons. I’ve been focusing on newborns and children over the past few months but when Danielle emailed and asked if I would do her senior portraits, I jumped at the chance. I photographed her gorgeous sister two years ago and was thrilled that she wanted to follow in her footsteps with her portraits and have me do them as well. I consider it a huge compliment when families come back to me over the years–it means I must be doing something right!

The location for our session was just perfect and I love how this is an example of finding the right place to photograph with the light available. When we first arrived the sun was still pretty high in the sky, so we started with some open shade under a huge oak tree and in the walnut orchard (images in the white dress). Then we headed over to the truck parked in an open field and I was able to use the actual vehicle to provide some shade while also still getting some great backlight. As the sun started setting we headed to the shed and were able to capture some incredible golden light streaming in through the windows of the building. Then, for the last five minutes before sunset we got some great backlit images before heading back to the orchard for a different perspective with Danielle facing the sun for the first time during our shoot.

This is only about a third of the images from her actual gallery, but I wanted to give you all an idea of how just one session in just one hour can provide such a variety of bright, bold images, hazy sun-washed images, and gorgeous golden light shots. Don’t be afraid to try different things with lighting–if you’re an open shade shooter step out into an open field and play with backlighting. If you’re strictly a golden-hour photographer, schedule your session one hour earlier than usual and play around for the first half of the session. Push yourself to learn a new technique and I promise you won’t be disappointed!

one month ago… | newborn photographer

…this sweet little peanut was just a 5 day old newborn that modeled for one of my mentor me, baby! sessions. Judging by the fact that it’s taken me over a month to get her beautiful images on the blog it can only mean one thing–it’s busy season around here. If the virtual pile of amazing sessions to edit wasn’t the first clue, my crazy bloodshot eyes might be the other. I like to think that God gives me these little thorns in my flesh to keep me focused and balanced. I tend to work myself into the ground and last year at this time I had an extreme eye twitch. For an entire month. I got so frustrated with everyone thinking that I was winking at them that I finally visited the doctor only to find out that 1) I wasn’t getting enough sleep, 2) I was spending to much time squinting while looking through my camera, and 3) I needed to limit my time editing in front of the computer screen.

Um, can I get my copay back please?

So this year I promised myself and my family to take on a more balanced approach to the busy holiday season. And so far it’s been great–minus the fact that by the end of every night I look like I have a bad case of pink eye. Luckily all of these little eye problems are temporary and merely minor annoyances, but I guess it is good in a way to have something set limits for you–especially when it’s apparent you can’t be trusted to do it yourself.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting all the beautiful babies that I haven’t had the opportunity to blog yet. There have been some amazing little lives that have come into the studio and if this is what I’ve been so busy with, then I think it’s the best kind of busy out there, don’t you?

I love my job…that’s *all* | folsom baby photographer

connection | folsom baby photographer

the front of my new business cards | folsom newborn photographer