This weekend I spent some time with this amazing mom and her two girls. We were shooting lifestyle portraits in their home.You might be asking yourself. "What is a lifestyle session?"
My definition of a lifestyle session is a combination of documentary photography and classic portraiture. For this session I had mom pick out a few activities they like to do as a family. For them it was baking, reading and playing games. We decided to spend 20 minutes on each of these activities which resulted in an hour session.
What I really love about these sessions is that I get to engage with them in a more organic way. We aren't in the studio, or on location. There is no pressure to smile, sit pretty or pose for the camera. For children this is particularly important. As you can see from the photos, the smiles and silliness are genuine. After about ten minutes they barely acknowledged I was taking photos. While I did do a bit of directing, most of the time I was simply moving around observing and getting different angles and light. I like to think I am capturing the moments you want to get with your phone but miss them and the moment is gone. This mom told me she has very few photos of her and her daughters because she is always taking the photos.
I am really excited to shoot more of these sessions this year. For me the best photos from my childhood were the Polaroids my aunties took of me and my siblings. Oh the carefree 70's, amiright? LOL.
I want my clients to look back on this time in their lives fondly and see just how amazing baking cupcakes was in 2019.
It’s a cold snowy day here in Lawrence and it seemed like the perfect day for some chili. I was chopping the garlic when I noticed all the beautiful textures that were on my cutting board. I grabbed my iPhone 8 Plus and took a few photos then edited them with VSCO app and Lightroom Mobile. I did all this while the chili was coming to a boil. Editing on my iPhone has become so intuitive for me that I rarely edit my mobile photos in Photoshop anymore, which is great! It brings a real spontaneity to my blogging in that I can capture, edit and post images in the moment without having to wait to be on my computer.
From the delicate garlic skin, to the scratchy texture of the top, the color, lines and textures are amazing. The simple elegance of this garlic and is everywhere in our daily lives. I encourage you this weekend to look for something extraordinary in the ordinary.
Have an an amazing weekend!
It was a dreary day here in Lawrence so I picked up a cheap bouquet of Roses to shoot this afternoon. I used my Nikon D800 and the Lensbaby Velvet 56 which is one of my favorite combinations for floral still life. I did some general edits, white balance, exposure, contrast in Lightroom Mobile and thought they were quite lovely but a bit bland. They needed a little boost.
Taking some time to capture and edit these simple still life photos gives me the opportunity to be creative with my editing which I restrain myself from with my portraits. I can add textures, crazy light and color and be as creative as I want. It soothes my soul.
For these images I used the Distressed FX app on my iPad. I added some textures and creative light to these photos and you can see what a difference it makes. My biggest problem is that I could spend hours playing with this app so I have to give myself a time limit. This app is pretty straightforward and it’s free for the basic pack with in app purchases. So why not try it out?
I have a difficult time deciding which one I like best, because I love them all for different reasons. Which one is your favorite? Leave a comment and let me know.
Here’s a quick screen capture from an edit in the Distressed FX app so you can see how easy it is to use.