Friday, April 16, 2010

I spent last week, editing photos from the UD Party and getting posted online, and I am now updating and cleaning up my website this week and next. I feel there is just too much clutter in the index.

I am using Flickr to store some old photos for viewing and instead of having 6 or 7 weddings listed in the index, I will have one page referencing the different weddings, and then create links to view them elsewhere. I will still show have one or two most recent weddings and events to view, but the listing at the top of the page will be be smaller and less overwhelming.

I am hoping this will in turn make it easier for prospective clients to view.

I also used some creative time to print and frame more photos for the studio. The walls are filling up nicely.

Feel free to stop by either place and see (online or the studio on St Nicholas Ave) The studio is small, but I am trying to make the best of it until I can afford something larger.

I will need to update some of my studio photos soon. Once we get building issues resolved, I hope to have a grand opening and open house early this summer.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

UD Party Photos

to view UD Party Photos from April 9, 2010 click the following link

or copy and paste the above address

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Victorian Photos

I created these images in my studio using natural lighting from the picture window to the left and lots pf props (plants, vases, shear drapery). My goal was to create a portrait with a Victorian style setting almost apearing to be a painting as opposed to a photograph.
A friend of mine agreed to be my model for this set of photos. I have used her before and found her to be very effective. I particularly love the soft flow of the skirting around the knee in the far right photo and the classic "S" shape of the pose and lighting around her face.
The only editing I needed with these photos were a little cropping and some desaturation of color on two of the photos to help give a more period look. The third photo, I created a second layer and desaturated it. Then using variety of different opaque settings, deleted some of the desaturated layer to add color to the roses, the scarf, parasol, dress and and portions of the face. This gave the effect of a black and white photo which had been colorized.
I use Photoshop for almost all of my editing, and enjoy the variety and editing options offered. I have more of these photos posted on flickr.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

My webpages

How did this come about?

I plan on using this blog to not only promote my business, but to share with others, challenges and successes in my new career path and encourage others to seek after those things which bring them joy either professionally or personally. I will no doubt include personal information along with business experiences and how they help me as a photographer and a person. First let me share what brought this all about with a with a brief recently history of events.

In 2008 my employer announced that the department in which I worked was moving to another city. Due to family and other committments and issues, I chose not to move with my job. I was not the only one to make this decision, contrary to the belief of some of the upper management people who decided this was a good move for the company. Out of the over 250 people in the departments involved, less than a half a dozen employees made the move. The rest of us stayed in the Dayton Area and changed our career paths.

I have been taken photographs for many years; personally, and as part of an unofficial part of my job. I was greatful for the art and photography classes from years past, and for the opportunities to put into practice what I had learned and experiment with other styles and presentations. For years I had been taking photos of events and employees at work, many of which were used in publications and by the individuals in the photos for personal use. I have also been doing photography for friends and family of their weddings and other special events. Due to much encouragement and support by friends, family and other photography associates, I made my decision.

I took advantage of the schooling offered to me and took some additional photography classes and receive my Certification of Photography Technologies. I was able to enhance my skills and experiment with new and different techniques and improve my digital photography editing skills. Working from my home, I was able to network with others and create my own photography business. Weddings, Portraits, and Art Photos became a daily occurance. If I was not taking photographs, I was editing, experimenting and honing my skills in working with lighting, props, outside photography studio and developing my portfolio. I went from using my artistic side of my brain as recreation and distraction to it being a dominate part of my life, and I was enjoying every bit of it. Even with some of my experiments didn't quite work out the way I had hoped, I learned from it, and moved on to make the necessary changes.