Struggle

Tonight was my first time at The Beachland Ballroom and my first concert that I have ever photographed.  It did not go well.  99% of shows you can not use a flash.  I had no idea how to shoot in such low light without using one!!  I researched before I went.  I read how to adjust all the settings on my camera.  I googled how to photograph at concert venues.  I thought I was ready!  Boy was I wrong!!!   This is a little technical and if there is a photographer that can help me please please please tell me what I did wrong!!  So no flash,  I shot wide open.  Appeture as open and shutter speed as high as it gets.  I let in as much light as possible.  I took my ISO from 100 all the way up to 6500 and everything in between.  I adjusted my white balance, I tried my 18-55, 50mm, 55-200 lenses.  I adjusted and overcompensated for no flash and low light.  I don’t know what else I could have tried.  Every picture was coming out black!!!  This is something that I will have the opportunity to do more, with my sister writing for The Cleveland Leader and getting concert tickets and photo passes….. after tonight I want to give up, and yet want to pursue it and get better at it all at the same time.  Luckily because it was such a laid back and small venue I was able to use my camera flash or I would not have anything…but I probably will never be able to use it again in this type of situation!!!  Here are some shots I was able to get from The Lighthouse and The Whaler from The Beachland Ballroom Tavern on June 27th.  I will remember it as my first photography concert.. and what a learning experience (how much I have to learn)  

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The Twins

What an opportunity to photograph these two seven month old beauties!  They were the sweetest slimiest girls! I normally take a lot of photos and discard half because the kids are not looking or something.  With these two almost every picture was perfect!  They were so expressive and the most cooperative babies I have ever worked with!

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This is Mia

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This is Mia telling Ava… “this is my spotlight!”  LOL

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We did some indoor shots and both girls were perfect angels!  We decided to go down to the park and try and see if they would still be up for more pictures!  This is a shot that I am in love with!  It is a little far away but I like that about it.  It shows how tiny the little girls are,and I like the symmetry of the bridge.  They look so small and innocent sitting there.  The one below is a closer version of this shot.

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Love black and white with this shot!!  This looks so classic, timeless, and gorgeous!  Ava loved the grass, Mia did not like the feel of it and did not want to sit in it!

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Such sweethearts!!  I am supposed to take their one year portraits in the fall and am SUPER excited!!!

Siblings!

Mia and Dominic!  The cutest sister and brother I know!  They are so special to me!!  Their mom wanted some spring outdoor shots of them.  She didn’t have too many photos of the two of them together!  We got some great pictures of them separately and even a couple of them acting like they like each other!  😉  They really do love each other though!!  They are so sweet and Mia is so caring for her little brother!  We took these pictures in my backyard.  I am not a big fan of a lot of props.  Some grass, sunshine, flowers and two cute kids is just enough!

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Proof of their love!!!

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Such a fun little boy!!

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Mia and her mom!

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Look at those eyes!

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One of my favorite pictures of Mia!

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So sweet and she is the best model!!

It’s Fun to Be Three!!!!

It is really fun to be three, but not really fun to have your pictures taken!  I tried to approach this as a fun time and not a chore for Olivia!  I spoke with her mom and we decided to go and shoot at a huge playground in Beachwood!  It was half way in between us and what could be better for her?  I have found that trying to pose kids 3 and under usually doesn’t work, and its not very fun for them!  My favorite shots are always candid shots and I was thrilled with how all of these came out!  Olivia is so gorgeous and such a sweet little girl!  She had a blast, I had so much fun with her!  And I think her parents were really happy with how the shots came out!  They really captured her natural smile and playfulness!!!Image

I am a huge fan of black and white!  I love the feel and look of it!  I really like the white and grey framing around her!

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I loved this shot!  When I was looking at all the details on it though, as a photographer I was bothered by it!  I saw shadows, and blotches on her skin from the railing!  I was so upset about it!  I was thinking I should have moved her and saw the shadows at the time!  I then realized that from my standpoint it may not be 100% perfect, but it is still a great portrait!  I can’t control the sun or every single aspect!  I even mentioned this to Olivia’s mom who is a friend.  She then told me that in color it was her and her husband’s favorite picture and the one that they blew up!!  She said they loved the way that the sun hit her face and the shadows.  I made me so happy!  It also made me try and trust myself a little more.  It is good to be critical, but not everyone is going to love every single picture, and some that I may find little things wrong with might be their favorite!!

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This is one of my most favorite pictures I have taken thus far!!!!!  The angle, her smile, the candidness of it!  Image

Beautiful!

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Just hanging out and having fun!

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Her shadow reminds me of peter pan here!!

Haha!  Fun!!!

Sisterly Love

I had the opportunity to take pictures of these two beautiful sisters!  I had a blast and I tried to think of fun things and poses for them to do too!  It was my first opportunity to photography kids that were a little older.  I was so used to just trying to just chase after the kids, that I wasn’t sure how to actually pose them!  This first picture cracks me up and this was at the end of the shoot!  After about 30 minutes of behaving themselves, they show what sisters are actually like!  🙂  Love it!!!Image

Luckily having beautiful girls makes my job really easy.  You don’t have to do anything to have a great picture!

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The girls found this bag of rose petals in my little studio room!  They were so excited and laid them all out for their other pictures.  I thought why not do something fun!  They had a blast collecting them and throwing them up over and over!  I really liked the result!  It is what candid is all about…showing the girls having fun without having to force anything!  It is one of my favorite pictures and has not only taught me how to do different things with my camera, but also how to show an expression in a picture!

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Isn’t She Lovely!

Ok so she is my niece, but I just think she is just the cutest, sweetest, thing ever!  Her facial features just make me stare at her pictures!  She has such emotion, and the happiness you see in her just melts you!

I love this little girl!  I love being her aunt!  I love her smile and her little lips and perfect face!  I am so lucky to have her in my life, and that my sister asks me to take her pictures!  She is the utmost fun challenge there is!  She is soooo fast!!  Ever since she started walking she runs!!  Her joy and excitement is captivating!  Although she usually is running away from me…she LOVES having her picture taken.  You can always get a smile out of her once the camera comes out!!!

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This is one of my favorite shots of all time!  The innocence and beauty of it!

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This was my first time shooting with a white backdrop.  White is tricky to shoot, hard to edit, and shows a lot of shadows.  I have learned more in the past few shoots that I have done with it, but have yet to perfect it.  I am researching into more lights and another flash as well as learning new techniques!

OH Baby Baby!

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So about three of four months into having my camera I was hoping to photograph a little baby!  Mine was already 1 1/2 and I didn’t know anyone else having one anytime soon!  Along comes Amber!  We worked together for many years and have stayed in touch thanks to Fb!  She actually had moved to SC with her husband for a few years.  She had just had a beautiful little baby named Addyson AND moved back to Ohio!!!!!!  I was so excited to see her and meet her wonderful husband and gorgeous little girl!!  I was nervous for the shoot… but also not nervous at all with them!  Amber is very much like myself, fun, witty, outgoing.  If something is uncomfortable, we could easily just joke about it!  We talked for a few days, planned to get together.  I told her I would spend as much time as needed and was just so excited to spend the day with them!  I was so happy with the pictures and had a blast!  Looking back now, I am always always always always critiquing my work, and do not like to be negative, but wow I had, and have, a lot to learn.  At the time I loved everything even though we met challenges.  I had just purchased some backdrops, which were not all that great being that I did not have much of a budget.  Ryan, her husband, was trying to help me figure out how to get them to stay up!  I did not know everything I know now about my camera.  I had just started to figure out how to use my editing program.  Little Addyson was a few weeks old, and I learned that posing a little baby is not as easy as the first few days are!   Trying to get them to pose, rest, and lay, when they want to play, fuss and eat is not all that easy!  I always look at things from a technical standpoint first and then evaluate the rest second, and I am now disappointed.  I wish I could have done better!  But I take everything as a learning experience.  It inspires me to learn more and work harder!  It pushes me to do better with each experience.  I am lucky enough to be asked to photograph this little sweetheart again in a  week for her six month shoot!  SOOOO excited and have so many ideas planned!  I am  going to give it my all, and have really been preparing myself for this opportunity!  Can’t wait to share soon!!  

Lake Erie Sunsets

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I love Cleveland….well anytime but winter!  😉  Until I was 21 years old, I was never on a boat and had not experienced this whole other world that is out there.  I never knew how lucky we were to live by one of the Great Lakes.  It is, I think, our best feature.  My boyfriend, husband now, was the one that introduced me to the lake. His friends had boats when we were dating and now we have our second boat.  There is really no place I would rather be!  I have been on the lake now for about ten years, but had not experienced anything on the lake shore.  I was too young to get into the bars, clubs, etc when it was all going on downtown.  It seemed like it was a really fun place to be!  What happened?  It is so dirty, vacant, and depressing now!!!  Well that is all about to change.  I am so happy that I am going to get to watch it all being built from the ground up again!  I have seen the plans, and I really think it is going to draw so many people to our city!  How could it not?  Either way, I am going to enjoy the lake and the sunsets just how they are for now!  They are so beautiful in the summer and nothing like it!  

Boone Brothers

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As I was shooting the Boone family… I was thinking to myself, this is the most fun job ever!  Can this be real?  Here I have this amazing family, a little ham named Aidan that would run around and tell me what to do 😉 and this cute little one year old!  I was thinking this has to be too good to be true!  I have always enjoyed photographing, but this was the start of my new career.  I have always dreamed of finding a job that I love!  Besides being a mommy this is it!  I feel so fortunate!!!