I've photographed a many babies over the years, but usually at a few months of age. However, these days it's become popular to photograph the little tykes when they're about a week old. The theory (I say that because it doesn't always work out that way), is that they sleep more. Feed, them, keep the room warm, use a noise machine, bingo... off to never-never land.
This session's baby was the exception. He's a cute little guy, but he just didn't wanna sleep. After about three hours, he finally agreed to let us get a few images with him dozing off. We worked fast to capture this and a few other images that made the wait worthwhile.
Each season has periods when certain photographic things happen only for a short time.
In the summer, we have various flowers and foliage that blooms, or the weather is conducive to water activities.
In the fall we have warm colors, but not always warm weather.
In the winter we might have one or two snowfalls that hang on the trees with such beauty that it takes your breath away. But unless there's an immediate cold snap, the snow on tree branches decays within hours.
In the spring, we have a short window with dandelions, lilacs and apple blossoms. But I discovered an another short window... for dead dandelions. I passed by a field of the white dandelions gone to seed. I called up Emilee, an upcoming senior who lives nearby, and asked if we could do a few images in that field. We did so. The next day rain came and washed them all away!
Ya gotta strike while the iron is hot!
Sorry that it's been so long since I blogged. I've been crazy lately with so many changes going on. I can't wait until things stop changing. ;)
Today's entry involves helping a background with a background. I like the blossoming trees, but the brown-sided house wasn't going to look that great behind the trees. A fellow photographer (Lee Larsen) was along and he suggested a background. I never put a background outside like that before, so that's the perfect opportunity and reason to do it. Great idea!
I used my 200 f2 lens at f4 along with a 2X teleconvertor, which makes it an effective f8. Why such a long lens? Well, if I didn't, I would have seen past the background with the wider angle of view. I first tried a 1.4X, for a focal length of 280mm. Not enough. I needed 400mm.
After 37 years of working with me in our photography business, Shirley is exiting. It's always been my passion... not hers. She enjoyed many moments... from assisting weddings in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, and eventually with portraits, helping girls with make-up, handling sales, and all office work. But the last few years have been very trying for her... seeing her own life passing by if you will, without fulfilling her dreams.
While Shirley doesn't have any immediate plans for employment, she mostly just wants to retire from the business. The last few years have seen the rise of sub-par photography being accepted by people simply because of the plethora of affordable, higher quality cameras (as if that "makes" a photographer!) and image editing software. As everyone knows, just because you have a tool doesn't mean you know how to use it. This, coupled with the flood of newcomers unwittingly pricing their work below a sustainable wage made the business unbearable for her.
But mostly, she just wants out to live her own life... taking care of the home, the yard, and the garden.
We needed to look for an employee to handle what Shirley did. Enter Shawn! I photographed Shawn's senior portrait back in 1991. One of her portraits is shown here. We also photographed her family's and her sister's portrait a little later. She's long been a dear friend of Kim, our daughter-in-law and son, Wes. Wes has been telling us we should hire her for quite some time.
Shawn has a background in interior decorating and sales. In fact, Wes repeatedly told us to have her redecorate our reception room. I stubbornly wanted to do it myself because I had a vision, and while I like the result, Shawn no doubt would have been able to lend a more feminine styling.
So, it's quite likely that the next time you come in for an Ordering Appointment, you'll have the pleasure of meeting Shawn. I'll continue to handle all Consultations, Photo Sessions and computer work. But Shawn will be our new team member in charge of marketing and sales.
Welcome aboard, Shawn!