Saturday, August 6, 2016

Dora's Bridal Shower // Wedding

A close family friend had her bridal shower last week, and it was a fun opportunity to explore my 50mm lens in an indoor setting with a small crowd of people. 

Her sisters really went to town with decorating and making delicious food!

They set up this table with paper for guests to write down date night suggestions and memories, and it also served as the game station.

The theme for the party was tea, and they provided all of these teacups themselves! A lot of bargain hunting was done for most of the party decorations.

The bride-to-be with a friend's adorable child - seriously, don't ever think I've seen a newborn that was THAT cute.

The maid-of-honor wasn't able to be physically present as she is serving overseas right now, but they were able to get her on Skype for the last half of the party.

Gathering up guesses from the guests on what Dora's wedding gown will look like.

Reviewing the guesses....

Another game they played was having Dora read out questions, such as "who's favorite color is orange?" and having the guests at each table make their guesses by raising sticks with actual silhouettes of Dora or Joe.

My gorgeous mom. ;)

The party was hosted in a pretty little park room, right near the local river, and they set out buckets of fresh flowers at each entrance.

One of the only shots from the day that I actually really liked (aside from the subject matter, of course ;))

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Maria's Two Years // Child Portraits

I was lucky enough to stay with my brother, sister-in-law and adorable niece on vacation, and even luckier that I was there for my little niece, Maria, to turn two.
Katie and I went to a park to take Maria's two year photos, and Katie had the great idea to bring her little white rocker.

At the beginning of the shoot, Maria was quite cooperative...

...laughing whenever Katie said "Maria, think of something funny!"

After a couple minutes, it was hard to constrain her to the chair...

After moving to a couple different places in the park to play with lighting, Maria started getting tired of it all...

This is probably my favorite one - her face cracks me up!

However, with a small bribe suggestion of ice cream after a few more pictures, we were able to capture a few more (mostly melancholic) shots.

I don't even know what this expression is, but found it hilarious
This is Maria spinning in "hircles"...

So fun! I'm hoping next week to take the two-year and four-year pictures for her cousins, and get some of them all together.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Rosie's Senior Pictures // Senior Portraits

After much cajoling, I was finally able to take my sister Rosie's pictures. I just got an 85mm lens, which I played with on most of these photos, and I shot everything in RAW for the third time ever, so I could do some playing around in Lightroom for the first time.

Mary, Rosie's best friend, was helpful in getting Rosie to pop some real smiles.

This photo (below) will probably be the girls' favorite, since they're both so camera shy...

This last one with Pip was taken right before she jumped and led the girls on a harrowing twenty minute chase through and beyond the park.

Finally, one last shot for Mom to put on the wall, along with the other kids' senior pictures.

There's still so much to learn about photography, between how to capture the best image you can on the camera, and then all the editing in Lightroom, and even little technical details, like calibrating the screen monitor to more correctly show the true colors. It's very overwhelming and more than a little discouraging sometimes, but it's still fun to play with!