Friday, August 27, 2010

Cynthia and Justin- [re]Married!

Of all the weddings I've done, last Thursday night's small wedding may have been the most sweet one. I don't know their entire story, but Cynthia and Justin, along with their three children Blake (a future photographer), Tatum (a beautiful little girl) and Tristan (a hyper kindergardener boy) and a few relatives, gathered at Rosedown Gardens in St Francisville for a small RE-MARRYING ceremony! Cynthia wore a vintage 1920's-30's dress that I loved, and it fit the garden gazebo wedding well. A dinner reception at the Carriage House restaurant in St Francisville (just beside the Myrtles Restaurant) followed. Speaking of the Carriage House, if you haven't eaten there, you're missing out. They offer a menu of authentic cajun fine dining with a small intimate but classy setting.
Next on the blog lineup- Photography tip 3, and a way to win free iTunes!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Amanda's Bridal pictures

Since Amanda (from Denham Springs) and David (from New Roads) were married on August 14th, 2010, I can share my favorites of her bridal pictures. These were taken at Rosedown Plantation in St. Francisville, LA. Thanks to Emily Folk for helping me with the shoot!

Tip number deux - ISO

Tip number two- master your ISO. ISO is the same thing that film speed used to be, back in the "dark ages." I have no idea what ISO stands for (like I said, I'm self-taught. Hold on, let me do a google search..........)

OK, voila! WikiAnswers says "ISO stands for 'International Organization for Standardization' and is taken from the Greek word 'isos', meaning equal. See ISO has replaced the older ASA designation. "

What does this mean to us? Nothing. Who cares? No matter what ISO means, what really matters is understanding how to use and apply it. ISO controls how light or dark your picture is (the "exposure".) The higher the ISO, the lighter the picture. Which you would think would be the answer to all low-light situations. But, there is a negative side to having a high ISO- the higher the ISO, the grainier the picture.

So here's your assignment- 1. Set your camera on manual (even if you haven't learned to shoot on manual yet). 2. Figure out how to change your ISO on your camera (look for a button on the menu or on the camera that says ISO), and 3. Stand in one indoor place and take a picture at each ISO setting. This will show you how ISO can affect your exposure.


Thursday, August 19, 2010

New custom Wedding CD cases and photo tip 1.

Nikki and Michael Harvey were the first to receive the new custom wedding CD case. I found these through my photo lab, and they add such a neat element to the wedding CD. I'm loving it! Note- these are for wedding CDs only.

Also, here is a new series of photo tips for the beginner, intermediate, or anyone else who wants to know more about photography. It's focused toward anyone who has a digital SLR, but some of the tips will apply to people with a point-and-shoot (the little cameras that fit into a purse or pocket). Please don't have high expectations of these- I am a self-taught photographer, and will be giving tips in the manner that I learned them, and how my dysfunctional brain understands them.

I personally have three cameras that I use regularly. 1. The Canon Rebel- this was my first digital SLR, purchased in 2006. I use this as my backup camera and my outdoor dirty area camera. 2. The Canon 5D (the first version, not the 5D Mark II). This is my primary photography camera. 3. The Canon PowerShot SX120IS. This is my little point-and-shoot that I carry in my purse for those times when June is smiling so cute because she's dirtying her diaper, or when my horse is grabbing the water hose with his mouth and biting little holes into it that will later come back to haunt me.

Photo tip for the day- To begin having more control over your pictures, learn to shoot on manual. However, don't do it all at once. I recommend starting slowly. First, take your camera from the green "auto" setting to the "P" setting. As you master "P", move to "S", then to "A", and then eventually to "M". Here's what all these mean:
*The green "Auto" setting- controls everything for you, including whether or not the camera flash is used.
*P- Camera controls everything except whether or not the flash is used.
*S- Camera controls everything except the shutter speed. Shutter speed controls the lightness/darkness of the photo.
*A- Camera controls everything except the aperture. Aperture controls the size of the hole that opens to take the picture, which affects two things- the exposure (lightness/darkness) and also the amount of the picture that is in focus.
*M- Manual- YOU control everything (evil-mad-scientist-laugh).


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Blast from the past...

One of my previous clients, Kim Lindley, contacted me this past week about getting a picture from her family's session in August of 2008! Her two twin girls are now in college at Pepperdine University. Pepperdine wanted to feature their family on their website, and Kim needed to send them a recent family picture. The most recent one was the one I did in 2008 when their extended family gathered at Applehead Island, near Marble Falls, TX.

I was flattered to hear from a return client, and it made me wish I could visit Marble Falls more often to do business with the great people I photographed there.

Here's the picture they chose for the Pepperdine website, the link to the site and a couple others that I liked from their session. TM

Monday, August 9, 2010

Free Iphone background pics!

Here are a few pictures I took yesterday. Sure, there are lots of other photo shoots I should be blogging today, but these pics were too neat not to share. The horses are Breezy (the older bay horse), my husband's horse Sonny (younger bay), and my horse, Tex (the grullo). OK, for all you non-horse people, "bay" is a brown horse with black mane and tail, and "grullo" is a light tan horse that has a dark face, dark legs, dark mane and tail, zebra stripes on its legs, and a line down its back. (See the link for more info if you are truly interested in this.)

Lately we've had to cross the Mississippi river to go to my husband's grandmother's house on the St Francisville to New Roads ferry. I absolutely LOVE riding the ferry! When the bridge is finished, the ferry could easily be a thing of the past, so I try to take as many pictures as possible.

You should be able to right click and save them on your computer, and then sync them to your iphone. OR, just navigate to this page in safari, then click on the image and push "save image."

Please leave a comment on the blog if you use one of the photos, just because I like to know that someone, anyone, is actually reading this thing :)
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