Monday, July 25, 2016

To print or not to print

Lately, I've been thinking about some old family pictures I came across. Then, I stumbled upon a blog post by a fellow photographer in the US about recreating a print. It got me really thinking.

When I ask clients these days what they'd like as their final product, more often than not, they request digital pictures. I, too, enjoy having digital pictures to share and show on my phone and social pages. However, thinking back 6, even just 4 years ago, where are those digital family pictures we took when my daughter was born? My son's newborn digital pictures? Where are the family pictures from this past fall? To be honest, they're tucked away on a hard drive and I'm not even sure they're backed up properly. I'm not positive that I could find them quickly. I carefully back up client work, but those personal pictures get put on the back burner.

One of my most treasured possessions is three boxes of loose pictures and two photo albums that I have sitting on my shelf at home. They're from many wonderful high school and college days, trips, friends, and memories. Anytime I want, I can pull those albums out and show anyone my truck that I drove in high school, a picture of so-and-so that went to prom with me, and my summer I spent working at the Grand Canyon. That was back when I photographed with a film camera, and printed everything.

The digital photos have wonderful sharing use. I especially enjoy looking at the timehop photos on facebook, and old pictures on Instagram. Perhaps that's going to be the new way to keep up with old photos. But, I worry about the integrity of those. One little mistake, hack, or other on our social pages and BAM- our treasured pictures are gone.

So, whether you print through us, or print somewhere else, I encourage you just to print your pictures! There are so many options out there- albums, books, loose prints, wall prints, canvases, and more.

Check out this article about the photographer who traveled 2500 miles because of one print. 
TM

Friday, July 22, 2016

Blair and Ben- a beautiful Baton Rouge wedding

   

Blair and Ben's wedding - it's hard to even talk about all the fun that there was there. The girls and guys were all really fun to be around, and knew how to have a good time. 








Look at this dad's proud face!



This was one of my favorites.




So, Blair and her dad started off the father/daughter dance with a nice slow dance, and then they busted out into a really fun one, with Mom joining!

Blair and my friend, LaJerica




These guys were really fun!



Ceremony venue: St. Gerad, Baton Rouge, LA
Reception Venue: Reflections, Baton Rouge, LA
Catering: Reflections


Danielle & Bannon- Engaged

 
Danielle and Bannon and I had a [warm] beautiful early morning together. We started at her grandmother's house- what a beautiful, sentimental place to do an engagement photo shoot. There was lots to use for the pictures there- the pretty flower garden, the porch, the lake, the dock, and the pine trees.


 Her ring is SOOO pretty- look at the details on the side!


Then we went from there to St. Francisville to catch some spanish moss/Lousiana feeling photos.



Bannon and Danielle's brother have been close friends for their whole life. Apparently, the thought of dating his friend's little sister never crossed his mind until she moved back home, all grown up. It's all history from there. I'm looking forward to their wedding in Lakeland this coming winter!

TM

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Lighting and photography workshop - Seeing and Shaping Light, July 31


Today, a friend stopped by the studio because she had this new camera and wanted to take website pictures of some candles she is about to start selling in her boutique. She was wondering the best way to take "correct" pictures of her merchandise. I asked "what is your definition of correct?" It turned out, she knows how to stage the pictures, and she is pretty comfortable with using the camera. What she was really needing was tips on how to best LIGHT the merchandise she wants to post online. Just a confirmation of what I've been planning...
 
Many people have been making request for another photography workshop. It's been a while since I taught one! But, I wanted to teach something that can benefit anyone with any camera, even a smartphone camera. So...

I'm excited to announce the Seeing and Shaping Light workshop will be on AUG 14, 2016, 3-7 pm in St. Francisville, LA!  


It'll be a four hour class, and just like all my other photography workshops, it'll be hands-on. We'll have things to photograph in many different lighting situations. We're going a little late for this one so that you can also get both bright daylight and in-the-dark experience, and we'll have some light refreshments (although staying till the end is optional if you need to get on the road).

We'll be learning the following:
  • Seeing light (it's everywhere!)
  • Using light correctly to best light people and also stationary objects, rooms, and more
  • Creating light
  • Using your on-camera flash to its best ability
  • Even and not-so-even lighting situations
  • Unconventional lighting to make unique pictures
  • Making the sun work for you instead of against you
By the end of the workshop, you should be able to look for light in the foreground and background, recognize some lighting patterns for portraits, understand what exposure is, know what lighting situations to avoid, and find attractive indoor and outdoor lighting situations using natural (sunlight) and man-made light.

This will be a good fit for hobbyist, a marketer, someone getting into photography, or someone just needing how to take better pictures, this will be a good fit.

We won't be covering off-camera flash- this workshop is based on using the equipment you already have, whether that's just your phone camera or a digital SLR. It's recommended that you are over 14 years old and be able to adequately and somewhat quickly use your camera to take pictures, even if they're not perfect pictures.

You'll take home notes from the workshop, some coupon codes from two of my favorite labs, MpixPro and CGPro Prints. We'll also have goody bags and a drawing for a grand prize, a free 20x30 canvas and free shipping, donated from CGPro Prints!


The workshop is only $95 and limited to 20 participants.
Sign up HERE. 







Questions? Feel free to give me a call or email! 225-634-7229 or tara@taramariephoto.com

Hope to see you there!
Tara




Saturday, July 2, 2016

I get to tell love stories.

I get to tell love stories.
I don't tell the end of the love stories.

I don't tell the beginning of them either. By the time people make it to me, they've already begun their love story long ago. No, I get to document the beginning of the longest part of a love story- the wedding. 


I tell stories of the joining of two people coming from two different places, committing to joining together their two lives into one for good.


Often, I tell the "finally" story of people who already have a life together, who are taking the next step forward.


I don't just tell the love story of the couple who is getting married. At every wedding, the couple is surrounded by people who love them. I often survey the crowd at weddings, and think about why each group or each person is there.

I tell stories of people traveling together and alone from states and countries away to be at the wedding. I myself have even traveled very far to a friend's wedding, knowing no one but my friend, the bride, just because I love her so much that I would never miss her wedding.


I tell stories of mamas swelling up with love as their grown girl walks down the isle.






I tell the story of grown men tearing up.







I tell stories of sisters and brothers hugging like little kids, so excited to be together during a milestone day in their sibling's life.


I tell stories of best friends' love.






I get to tell stories of cousin love, family love, and love of people who have already passed on.




I tell stories of beloved mentors giving money at the money dance and cherishing that one dance with the person they love in a different type of love.




It's a neat thing to experience these multiple love stories all in one place- a wedding. 
TM

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