California, Here I Come

I am eager to announce that I will be coming to southern California for child, baby, and family photo sessions from February 24-28, 2012.  I love the light in California — the original Hollywood filmmakers knew what they were doing when they set up shop there.  I previously spent a good amount of time there, during my stint as production coordinator of The People’s Choice Awards.  It’s always wonderful to go back and capture people in that glorious California sunlight. 

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Try It: Photo Lessons for Improved Creativity

Lesson 1: The 3 Threes of Composition

This lesson was shot on an iPhone 4S, in order to focus on composition, without getting bogged down by manual camera settings.  I recommend you complete this project with a point-and-shoot camera, and focus on getting the best shot you can with a simple tool.

Composing your shot by deliberately using the four sides of the rectangular frame is a key component to creating a great photograph.  You will want to pay attention to the way things are arranged in the frame, as well as ensure than anything unwanted is left out of the frame, by moving the camera slightly, or changing your distance to the subject.  Let’s get started on this simple exercise that will improve your composition skills instantly!

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Newborn Portraiture – Jan. & Feb. Giveaways

The arrival of your baby is monumental — it’s one of the few times in your life that practically everything is put on hold so that you can prepare the way for this precious new life to begin.  While this time will inevitably be ripe with questions and newness, it is important to make a point to try to drink in the experience, no matter how sleep-deprived you are.  Your child will only be a few days old this one time; the days will quickly turn to months and years.  Everyone should get a document of when they were counting the days and hours, measuring the moments, when all else in life is on “pause.”

For the months of January and February 2012, I am offering a weekly drawing for a newborn session for a family in the Cleveland area.  The winner will receive an in-home shoot* of their newborn baby, online proofing, and one digital file of their choosing.  The drawing is for parents (new clients only) whose due date falls within that week, and the shoot must be scheduled within the first 12 days after the baby is born to qualify.  It’s my way of helping Cleveland families relish and savor one of the most glorious moments of their lives — the arrival of a precious new baby.

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