Beach and swimwear should have an element of fun and excitement so you can see a picture and wish you were there. You may arrive on a beach day to clouds and an overcast sky, but with action and color you can cheer up the situation and make your pictures come alive.
Swimwear pictures should be photographed from a low camera angle to elongate the legs and gives a sleek line to the body. If you are photographing a plus size or more curvy type, try bending the front leg closest to the camera and lean the upper body towards the camera to slim down the hip and middle area.
This energetic bikini beach shot was taken at Matheson Hammock Park one afternoon. Gina is always alive with spirit and fun, wearing this leather fringe skirt that is her own design.
My sister-in-law recently was recently visited by her Argentinian relatives, who came to my house to dinner. This was the first time I had met this mother and child and I was immediately taken by their sweet and friendly nature along with the amazing cat like eyes on the young daughter. Murial had a lions mane of curly hair which framed her auburn, hazel eyes. She seemed completely comfortable around adults, unaware that she was the only child at the dinner party.
I gave her some dolls and toys and she played in her own little world until dinner. She was not a finicky eater and devoured dessert, which included chocolates, ice cream and cookies, with no fear of calories-I’d like to do that sometime!
Well, needless to say, I offered to photograph her before she returned to Ushuaia, somewhere on the southern tip of Argentina.
The next week Murial showed up with her mom and I started to photograph her in the natural light outdoors. It was an overcast day and I wasn’t achieving the brilliance in her eyes so decided to light her in my studio. After a few shots I nicely asked her mom and aunt to leave the studio do she wouldn’t be distracted. I have a teenage assistant who is good at breaking the ice as she is friendly and unassuming. After a few lighting adjustments, I felt a real connection in the camera capturing her natural, fabulous looks. Here are a few outtakes from the day.
Spent the weekend in Delaware, Ohio, visiting my 91 year old mom, who is in assisted living, and also my sister and neice and her growing family. I love taking family pictures and my neice is a particularly splendid pregnant mother, so I set out to photograph her baby bumb surrounded by her loved ones.
Seeing that is was around 6 degrees with light snow, we opted for an indoor set up. Big picture windows became a great setting for a silhouette, so we started with Gigi alone peering out the window. She has an abundance of blonde curls and has stayed slim at 7 months pregnant, so I wanted to accentuate her tummy with a nice glow from the sunlight.
Next we added her husband, Bart, who has piercing blue eyes framed by dark black hair, and little Walker, who looks like dad, and when we got their adorable 2 year old to stand still, I snapped this picture below.
At last, feeling inspired that the light stayed just right and my glamorous mom was not too tired, I asked my sister to drape Gigi in this luscious gold silk and to accentuate her belly. Although we changed location from the bedroom upstairs to downstairs play room so Walker could enjoy his cartoons while we continued, it worked out fine and we took this amazing beautiful maternity picture that I plan to enter into an upcoming photo competition!
So although the weekend weather made me appreciate south Florida, I’m totally happy with my winter wonderland photo shoot!
A family day in the park can be the best subject for getting great natural family photos. Scout your locations ahead of your picture day, check your lighting and gauge how many people may be around. Week days are usually best since most people work and the parks are less frequented, but if your only option is the weekend, try early morning when the majority of families are still getting ready to go out.
Next, plan your clothing- choose 2-3 colors and no more. Here we have blues and white mixed with a plaid which works well and doesn’t get too busy.
Getting your family active and having fun is the absolute best way to get happy, natural pictures. This little tyke started out a bit fussy and we were not getting a good feeling. When a child is uncooperative the parents can easily become discouraged, so we changed course and began having a chase and run around the trees. Little Walker came alive and we took so many great pictures that it was hard to choose.
When you go to any location with a plan and idea, be prepared to change it up if your first situation is not reaping expression and feeling. A picture should make you want to join in the fun so be flexible and have a good time!
Hello to all and Happy New Year!
I am trying out a blog for the new year and hope you will follow and enjoy.
These pictures of Cassie are some of my new favs, she is lively, expressive and a beautiful preteen.
I was looking to show her innocence and total unawareness of her little girl charm that will in a few years bloom into an exquisite teen.
I took the red outfit first, I chose a big tree to offset the cardinals on her sweater and in her hand.
As I tried to direct her body language, she became a bit awkward at first, not sure if she was doing it right, but as she looked down as if this cardinal was alive, I snapped this lovely photo that shows a sweet, pensive mood.
Afterward I moved her to a big, puffy, black bean bag chair in another part of the yard, she was thrilled with the chair and became alive, smiling, laughing and having fun. I asked her to not smile for a few and look directly into my lens, and in this top picture she looks like an absolute star!
Take a look around and let me know what you think.