Sometimes when things go wrong, it can actually make them go really, really right. For these pictures, I'd planned to meet up with Amanda an hour earlier in the day, and we were going to go downtown to my favorite spot with some balloons. However, I got stuck at a horse show, and by the time I got out of there, →
'Tis the season for senior pictures, so y'all are going to see a few of those in the next week. :-) Let me just say how much fun I had taking these. Taisa is at once quiet and effervescent, and I feel like I managed to catch her being both, and I love the results. In fact, I could only bear →
Ok, so it's not summer quite yet. I still have three more weeks of work (two with students, and one to get everything on my to-do list done that hasn't gotten done in the past few months.) But I'm done with grad school until August, and I feel so infinitely more relaxed already. It's not that it's that difficult, it →
Last week during spring break, I had three photo shoots of babies I've photographed before -- one is now 6 months, one is a year, and one is 18 months. It's a nice age spread, and while I've mentioned this before in past posts, it's just SUCH a kick to get to see them get older and look at how →
This is the longest break I've taken from blogging since I got back from my trip this past summer and jumped into the school year and grad school and was frankly, too depressed about being back from my trip to blog. That was weird -- I've heard of people getting post-vacation depression, but it'd never happened to me because I →
I'm really, REALLY behind on post-processing right now. I don't actually do that much to the pictures I take. I shoot in RAW, and then I dump them in Canon Digital Photo Pro (yeah, I really need to switch to Lightroom -- figuring that out is on my list for this summer) and tweak mostly for white balance and sometimes contrast →
It's after 1:30 AM, I'm tired, I have a ton of pics still to proof from various other things, and my internet is behaving in a manner that's causing me to use obscene gestures in the direction of my router (I haven't taken a picture to add to this set yet, but I'm rapidly moving in that direction), so this →
I like the rain. I really do, honest. I don't like it enough to, say, move to Washington (sorry Mom!) but I do like it. That said, when it's nice and sunny during the week but picks the weekends to rain, I start to get a bit grumpy. There are only so many hours of daylight, and if it's going →
A friend of mine who is a children's photographer has remarked many times about just how awesome it is to take pictures for the same families year after year, and get to watch through her lens as the kids grow each year. I haven't been doing this nearly as long as she has, but I've already gotten to see a →
Yesterday afternoon I hopped on my bike and headed down to Old Sacramento to take some pictures of my coworker Mila and her family. You may remember (well, probably not, but I had to say it) that I took a few pictures of Mila and her daughter last month, but it was just two of them, and it wasn't anything →
Yesterday at work, one of my coworkers who is out on maternity leave stopped by with her six-week-old son to say hi to everyone. I happened to have my camera with me (I've gotten into the habit lately of dragging it just about everywhere with me) so I popped upstairs to where she was chatting with some people to snap →
Ok, so I don't actually drink coffee (except for the occasional frappucino, but I don't think those really qualify as coffee) and I don't usually take a midday break, but yesterday I made an exception. I had a small project to do at work that involved my camera (more on that in another post) so I'd already had it with →
I do intend to finish my trip journal at some point... and I also plan to get through my trip pics... somehow. All 36 GB of them. I will. Honest. Anyway, in the meantime, I had the privilege last Saturday of going down to Old Sac to meet up with a former student (he's attending a different school for his senior →
My post title is from a Paul Simon song that I've liked for years... it somehow seemed to fit for my coworker's lovely daughter, whom I was privileged to be able to take pictures of a couple of weeks ago. Kristin, she's beautiful. :-) . . . .
Here are the last of the pictures from Thursday's photo shoot -- the full gallery is here. I love all of these pictures. Thanks again for letting me take them, Holly! :-) .
Holly is a friend of mine from... well, it's kind of a long story, but she grew up in Davis (just outside of Sacramento) and went to Cal Poly at about the same time as me, and now she and her husband live just outside of London. Anyway, last summer she and her husband generously offered to host John and →
I love taking pictures of people's kids, and it's been a privilege to take pictures of my coworker Laura's granddaughters several times over the past year. As I was working on processing the most recent batch from right before Easter, I was struck by how much the girls had grown up. I mean, I know that's what little kids do... →
I don't usually do much Photoshopping of the pictures that I take. I shoot in RAW and I post-process, but that's only using Canon's free Digital Photo Pro app, and usually the only thing I really do in there is sharpen and tinker with white balance. But for the photo shoot I did of my coworkers grandkids a couple of Fridays →
IMG_5566-2, originally uploaded by Kari_Marie. This was the last picture from my photoshoot of my coworker's granddaughters during spring break. Shortly after this, hunger- and naptime-induced meltdowns ensued. I love this picture, though. :-) .
Pic from today. I call it "mistake with fill flash.", originally uploaded by Kari_Marie. I've got a great flash--Canon Speedlite 430ex. The problem lies in the fact that I really don't know how to use it. I can muddle through the settings well enough when I have time, but when I'm in a pressured situation (say, like when I'm working with →
So on Saturday we were just pulling into the small town where we were going to stop for lunch, when out the van window I saw these lovely young ladies clowning around on a wall outside a school. Our van stopped about 1/4 mile past where they were, and I grabbed my camera and bolted out of the van to →
A couple of things of note: 1.) I actually wrote this post last week, but it broke my website, so I took it down. Well, it didn't really break my website, but it broke the HTML, and everything was displaying all wonky. So I spent two hours beating my head against the wall and getting nowhere before finally giving up and →