One of the things I love best about being a photographer is meeting interesting and new people. I just loved spending the morning with this husband and wife lawyer team in uptown Charlotte. They needed a variety of images for their new website so we did some more formal color headshots along with a little more relaxed black and white outdoor headshots. I am often asked for headshots against a white background so that their webdesign team can “cut them out” and layer their image into the website background/design so we did that too :-)
Need some ideas to keep the kids busy during summer break? Well if you are a new mom or new to Charlotte you may not know that a few of the movie theatres here offer $1 summer movies.
They are every Tuesday and Wednesday from June 17-August 13th! Get there EARLY as the seats fill up fast! I think they usually offer a l “kids meal” if you are looking for snacks (drink, fruit chews and popcorn)
Here is a schedule of the movies that will be shown at the Regal Stonecrest:
Tue June 17 Wed June 18
The Smurfs 2
Tue June 24 & Wed June 25
Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2
The Pirates: Band of Misfits
Tue July 1 & Wed July 2
Despicable Me 2
Tue July 8 & Wed July 9
Tue July 15 & Wed July 16
Adventures of Tintin
Rise of the Guardians
Tue July 22 & Wed July 23
Kung Fu Panda 2
Tue July 29 & Wed July 30
Tue August 5 & Wed August 6
Walking With Dinosaurs
Tue August 12 & Wed August 13
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
For more information: http://www.regmovies.com/Movies/Summer-Movie-Express
They are also doing the summer movie express at the Phillips Place Theatre.
As a photographer I try to always keep pushing myself and learning new techniques. Each year I try to find one good photography workshop to help me be a better photographer :-)
As it would be for this year, I feel VERY lucky that I was following a photographer I admire on facebook because it lead to a gem of a workshop. He only made one teeny tiny post about it on his facebook page – so if you weren’t following on facebook then you would never have known about it!
So what was it??? I got to hang out with this cool cat …. Zack Arias. Not only is he a great photographer but it’s his personality that really draws you in. He honestly and truly cares and wants you to be a better photographer. He wants to help you grow. It’s not all about the money money money (totally hearing that song in my head now) but about the passion and paying it forward to newer photographers of all walks.
So what did we do???? It was an informal workshop -a small group of us met up at his studio and he asked us each what was the main lighting issue that we wanted to learn and work on. Each of the 9 of us got a chance for him to answer our very own personal lighting need/issue. You NEVER hear of that! There are all sorts of workshops/mentoring etc but NEVER have I had someone answer my direct question in such detail. I was the only one there with ZERO off camera lighting experience and I was so nervous that everyone would cringe at this newbie but man – NOPE – they were all helpful and patient! He walked me through an entire set up for corporate head shots from where to place the umbrella to what type of flash and how the remotes communicate with each other and the camera. THEN – I got to be a fly on the wall and watch as he went through all sorts of other lighting set ups – how to quickly get a different look just by moving the umbrella. He had a model there so we got to shoot our own images with each set up. I’ll post some for you but be easy on me – I was just trying to get the settings right – not trying to build a portfolio :-) OH ANDDDDDDD he let me try out all of his fuji gear (I have a new Fuji x pro 1 that i’m still trying to learn)! I got to use and play around with all of his lenses – I’ve never seen another photographer just let me have at their camera bag/gear to man handle all of their stuff!
The informal workshop lasted from 9am until I dunno – about 10pm I think? Not only did he give us all personal attention but he provided the BEST food. I got to experience my very first doughnut covered in caramel and get this BACON! It was AWESOME! He also provided lunch and then we got invited back to his house as his wife (Meghan Arias) with a KILLER voice baked us up some gluten free lasagna (seriously the cheesiest lasagna EVER – so cheesy you didn’t even miss the gluten). They had yummy local beers for us and some wine as well. I still can’t believe it. WHO does that? Who feeds you at their own home AND provides all the drinks too????? I think I may have paid more for my hotel stay than I did for the actual workshop (ok, not really but it wasn’t far off!)
So – find yourself needing a kick in the pants? Keep an eye out on Zack’s facebook page for the next informal hangout- I promise you won’t regret it! In the mean time – browse around his new dedpxl site – filled with lots of good tutorials, assignments and critiques and other random gems to expand your mind.
A dear friend of mine that I miss terribly inspired me to put this collage together. Many entryways, doors, windows and paths from our travels through Europe. I’m hoping to add more images to this as I find lost photos … Continue reading →
I realize I am way behind in blogging out our recent snow days here in Charlotte but man our house has head the plague of sickness for the last month! Still – I wanted to take a quick moment and share what we did during our snow days here. Think snow cream and paper masks that the boys got for Christmas from their uncle and mom over here with a new camera to test out :-)
I have to say that I am completely in love with the Fuji x-pro 1 but man has it had a bit of a learning curve for me! Fun and frustrating all at the same time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My little friend is getting so big! It’s so fun to see the “baby’s 1st year” participants as they grow! They change so much in that first year! This little guy is just about 6 months old during this photo session and is so smiley and in love with his big sister! I just love this age since they can sit on their own and they usually have a little bit of chub on their thighs and such loving personalities :-)
Please contact me if you would like more information on our first year program. We usually do 3 photo sessions around 3-4 months, 6-7 months and 1 year old with a beautiful coffee table album with the 1st year images at the completion of the series.
Man the fall colors here in the Carolinas are just beautiful! I love seeing all the reds, gold’s and oranges that fall brings our way! And of course I love to photograph beautiful families in these beautiful fall leaves! Here’s some images from my wonderful assistant’s family session this fall!
Oh my goodness he is just pure sweetness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The stars aligned and man we got SO MANY wonderful images of this little chunky monkey! This is my FAVORITE age to photograph! It’s around this 5, 6, 7, 8 month old stage that babies are so smiley, chunky and ohhhhhh they laugh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! At around 7 months is when I suggest parents have their child’s portrait taken because they are usually able to sit at or around this age and they have a little meat on their bones by then too! and of course…it’s a great age for a sink bath full of bubbles!!!!!!!!!!!! I really meant to post these santa hat pictures at Christmas but yet again – things got away from me. Anyway – I hope you enjoy these images. I love the one of him looking up at the HUGE bear – this was TOTALLY his mom’s idea!