Photographing People with Glasses

Here is Tuesday’s Tip for you…read someone else’s blog. 🙂 Hehehe.  Sometimes, it’s just easier to share what someone else has come up with.  Heck, why should I reinvent the wheel?!  I just read these articles last week and thought I’d share them with you!  Hope it helps!  Check out these blogs about taking pictures of people with glasses…

http://thepioneerwoman.com/photography/2011/04/photographing-people-in-glasses/

http://machoarts.com/tips-on-photographing-people-with-glasses

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Photographing Anna’s Birth

Anna's Grand Entrance!

I had the honor of photographing my sister’s delivery…the arrival of my newest niece.  Ok, ok.  She’s actually my sister-n-law, but over the past 11 years of looking alike and getting mistaken for being blood related, I’ve decided to claim her!  She’s more like a sister anyways.  I was so honored (and excited!!!!) that her and James wanted me to photograph Anna’s birth.  One of the most beautiful moments I will never forget.  I have to be honest, I might actually remember more details than I do of Kylie’s birth.  It’s why I believe birth photography is so amazing.  Someone else can capture and document all the details for you to remember later.  I SO wish I had photos like these documenting Kylie’s birth.  I am a bit envious. 🙂  You know, usually you are lucky if you get a nurse to take a family photo of everyone smiling.  This is actually documenting the emotion, the anguish, the joy, and the beauty of the interactions in the room.  I absolutely loved recording every sweet little thing…from Mommy holding her for the first time to first kisses to holding hands to praying as a family for the first time to first attempts at nursing.  It was one of the most precious moments.  One that kinda takes your breath away for a little while as you soak in how good God really is and the miracle of childbirth.

I must recall some of the memories from yesterday…even if just for future purposes.  Liz went so fast with this delivery.  Around 4:15am something clicked and the contractions she had felt the day before turned into the really hard ones.  They were instantly pretty close to each other.  By the the time she got to the hospital, her water broke and she was working her way beyond 6cm and quickly got to 8cm.  I got a phone call from her mom at 6:35am.  I freaked just a little wondering why they hadn’t called me yet.  I called and reached James.  He said it just happened so quickly and to try to come.  I wasn’t sure if I’d make it in time, but I arrived a few minutes after 7am.  I believe it was about 7:13 or 7:15 when I arrived in the delivery room.  A few pushes later after only about 40 mins of pushing, baby Anna made her grand entrance at 7:23a.m.  WOW…I made it just in time!  Well, I might have driven 75mph in 45mph construction zones on 465, but I can’t remember. 🙂  All I know is I made it in record time. Lol.

Anyways, I don’t want to share all the details, but what I will say is that birth photography is absolutely amazing!  I had tears in my eyes and was shaking as she pushed her final push!  What an adrenaline rush!  What a breathtaking experience!  What a precious memory!  What an amazing Easter!  As we celebrate Easter, we celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection as well as the holy spirit being left behind for us to create new life in us.  So as we celebrated Jesus’ life and death yesterday, we also got to celebrate the miracle of life here on earth, too.  Words simply won’t do.  I can’t formulate them right now, but I find the symbolism to be simply beautiful.  I am reminded of God’s goodness.  An Easter morning I will never forget.

Feel free to see more photos here.

5 pounds 13 ounces- 20 inches born at 7:23a.m.

Kylie Reid’s Photography

isnt this cool? i have no idea what it is but its something that is blurred. 🙂

So my daughter, Kylie, is an aspiring photographer.  She asked if she could post a few pics on my blog.  Hope you don’t mind!  Give a kid a camera and watch what they do.  Kylie will get down on the ground and capture the most unique things.  She finds beauty in the simple things and approaches photography with such freedom.  I LOVE watching her in action!

something else blurred. both of the blurry shots remind me of paintings!!

our fireplace on Christmas

practicing portrait photography with her babies!! 🙂 too cute!

Hand Holding Rule for Shutter Speed

a fun new shot I took recently at an engagement session 🙂

Oops!!  Tuesday’s Tip for this week is a little late.  I spent most of my day photographing a newborn and editing AND celebrating my hubby’s new job.

Well, this weeks tip is regarding shutter speed.  I recently took a lighting class where the photographer totally threw out the hand holding rule.  So the rule is that you should never shoot with shutter speed under 1/60th unless you use a tripod.  If you are simply taking photos without a tripod, you should always try to stay above 1/60th.  I think this is true, but I’ve discovered that at 1/60th sometimes it’s still blurry.  The slightest movement will show blur.

Through my discoveries and experience, motion starts to freeze at 1/250th.  So if you are taking pics of a busy toddler or of sports, your shutter speed should always be above 1/250th. 🙂  If you are taking portraits of someone who is not moving your shutter speed should be well above 1/60th if you want a sharp image.  I would recommend a stop between 1/100 and 1/200.  The photographer who taught the class says that the number one reason people don’t have sharp images is because the shutter speed is too slow.

Try it out!  See if you can see a difference!!  Take a photo with a shutter speed of 1/60th and at 1/200 (or somewhere around there.)  On a side note…if you are using natural light indoors, you may have to bump up your ISO to allow for you to get that high of a shutter speed OR you will need to have a wide aperture.  Lighting indoors right now is still not good on rainy days!

PS. Here’s a good article on getting sharp images….http://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/photography-tips-for-sharp-photos/.

Buy a Gift Certificate…Get a FREE Gift!

My snazzy new gift certficates!! 🙂

Happy Friday!  Are you trying to come up with the perfect gift for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day?  Have you considered a photo session?  Buy a session for your mom or wife…or dad or husband.  Either arrange for the session to be done before the holiday as a surprise gift or buy a gift certificate to give for a future session later in 2011!

To celebrate, I’ve decided to run a little promotion from today until Father’s Day!  If you buy a gift certificate for someone else, a free 8×10 will come along with it!  It’s a great way to get an extra print!

I thought I’d share an idea with you that I got last year for Mother’s Day…a Mommy & Me Photo Session!!!!  It’s exactly what I asked for!  Since I am ALWAYS behind the camera, I really wanted some fun interactive shots of me and my little girl.  Perhaps you feel the same way!  If that’s they case, you should consider a fun session for just you and your kiddos.  Mommy & Me sessions are SO much fun!  Here’s a little glimpse into my session with Kylie…and into a piece of my heart. 🙂

Feel free to email me at raindancerstudios@gmail.com or call me at 374-8713 to order your gift certificate today!

Happy Early Mother’s Day or Father’s Day!!!

Jill

5 Tips for Photographing Kiddos

 

Now that's what I call fun!! 🙂

After Brynn ate her cake, she preceded to walk/crawl around the kitchen leaving trails. Mom was so chill and relaxed about it and because of it, I was able to capture her cute cake butt in the air as she crawled around! 🙂

Now this is fun too! 🙂 Brynn even peed on the wall & floor during her session and Mom was laid back about it. We had a great laugh and it made the session quite hilarious!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE photographing kids, especially when the parents are cool with letting me do my thing and don’t keep telling their kids to say cheese! 🙂  I’m beginning to get more comfortable with actually taking the kids away from Mom and Dad for a few minutes to help them relax and have a little fun with me!  I love how every situation is so unique and different.  No kid is the same!  Some kids I’ve had to sing with, dance and be silly, or find things for them to explore, like dirt, dandelions, water, etc.

The best photos of kids happen when they are allowed to be themselves, are free to explore, and have fun.  So, here’s Tuesday’s Tip for photographing kiddos. Actually, here’s 5 tips for you while taking photos of kiddos. 🙂

1. Relax.  I’m going to say that again…RELAX!!! 🙂  Kids know when you are stressed or anxious and it rubs off on them!  Give yourself time and space if you really want to capture the essence of who they are!  Don’t try to get the perfect picture in 5 minutes worth of time.  Really, don’t try to force a particular photo in any amount of time.  Lead kids to it after they’ve warmed up and been given the space to not feel pressure.

2. Let them explore and have fun.  In other words, leave them alone for a bit.  Don’t make them pose all the time.  Follow their lead and be a photo journalist!  Don’t force them to look at the camera and say cheese for every shot!  I know it’s hard to get out of that habit and it’s ok to sometimes do that, but you are missing out on  seeing emotion and the beauty within.  If you want a kiddo to be smiling or laughing, then do something funny instead- tickle them, dance, make faces, tell a joke, play peek a boo.  Do whatever it takes!  Heck, even buy a lens pet for your camera if you photograph lots of kids!!  I just got an owl and fish one!! 🙂  Can’t wait to use them!!!

3. Let them be silly (even if you are trying for a photo that is more serious!)  You may actually like the silly ones AND it makes the process fun even if you don’t print that photo on your Christmas card. 🙂  Be sure to let their personalities show!!

4. Let them wear something that is comfortable, but cute.  Dressy photos makes everyone feel uptight and like you can’t move the wrong way.  It makes people more tense and it’s really hard to relax.  Kids will behave better if they feel comfortable and relaxed.  Dress clothes on kids typically means don’t get dirty and this is not a time for being silly or having too much fun.  Well then you might have grumpy kids or kids who just don’t want their photos taken.  (Now, of course this isn’t always the case for ALL kids.  I’m just advocating that you consider making the environment has comfortable as possible.)

5. Rediscover your inner child and play with them while taking photos.  Get into their world.  Take a step back from picture taking, play a little more, then take another pic!

I hope you’ve enjoyed a few tips for photographing kiddos!  As a bonus, if you want a few tips on posing, read this: http://www.soulographer.com/whats-the-deal-about-posing/.  I read it this past week and thought I’d share it with you!

My Photography and Painting Intertwined

Liz & James...preparing for a precious little one

So, I bet some of you didn’t know that I paint too! 🙂   Surprise!  Here’s my first detailed painting since the accident.  It’s been about 3 years since I’ve painted anything like this.  Wow.  Time flies.  The last time I painted anything detailed, I was in Louisiana doing a wall mural for a good friend.  As my passion for photography has increased, my time to paint has decreased. I thought I’d share a couple maternity pics with the painting in it. It’s really fun to be able to share both my painting and photography intertwined together! 🙂

Years ago my husband’s sister, Liz, asked if I’d do a wall mural when she had a baby.  We changed it to a canvas so they would always have it and it could be moved if they ever switched rooms around or moved.  I gave it to her this past Sunday.  They wanted it up when I did maternity photos and also so the room was more “complete” for the baby shower since I hosted it at their house!

I have moved into the realm of expressionistic painting in the past 3 years, so this painting really pushed me a bit out of my comfort zone.  A comfort zone I once functioned in.  It brought me back to my first artistic love…painting.  It forced me to make time to paint since I was giving it as a gift.  I matched 5 sets of animals to the Noah’s Ark lamp they have for the nursery- the giraffe, lions, elephants, monkeys, and alligators.  I especially love the sparkly rainbow! 🙂  Here’s a couple more photos…

 

cute! 🙂

 

up close pic!