Friday, June 26, 2009

Soaking up the summer

After having back-to-back portrait sessions and then a full week without, I was too impatient to wait for this weekend's maternity shoot to pull out my camera. So I scooped up Allison after a nap a few days ago, and we headed over to my sister-in-law's amazing back yard because I knew they weren't home and wouldn't mind.

Now that I'm thinking like a photographer all the time, I see things differently. I hadn't ever noticed that their property is a portrait-taking dream. I didn't even get to test out all the shots I wanted because in mid-afternoon direct sun and heat, Allison and I both got tired. And having to be the parent and the photographer isn't easy. Another set of hands would've made a big difference.

But despite non-ideal light and a lack of help, I got some beautiful pictures in a little less than an hour. I'm envisioning some incredible senior portraits if I could talk my in-laws into letting me pass through on occasion.

It seems silly to keep practicing with the same subject, but it really has helped boost my confidence level. And, well, I can't EVER have enough pictures of Allison around. It's nice having a cavernous stockpile of desktop backgrounds for home and work.

So, without further ado, here are some of my latest photos. I've saved two of my favorites for her 20 month letter. And my new friend Dorie can take a big sigh of relief because I listened to her pleading and used a watermark. Literally.


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25 comments:

Jessica said...

These are fun! I especially like the one of her peeking out the window. :)

Anonymous said...

Kelly, They are beautiful!

Mrs. Alex P said...

Wow, these are amazing.

Anonymous said...

They are nice pictures, but nothing professional. I thought the block one on the pregnant belly was creative a few posts back, but you apparently borrowed that idea from Dorie's skills. You are a talented writer and I hope you don't abandon that for a hobby.

Anonymous said...

Anon: wow what a party crasher.

I think they are great Kelly. Awesome job. I'd pay.

Angela

Fit Mama said...

Wow, Dorie is a friend of mine! That setting is perfect for photos. It's great that you have a place like that to utilize :) Ally is a beautiful subject, as always!

Anonymous said...

That negative anonymous comment reeks of bitterness and jealousy. I imagine a struggling "artsy fartsy" photography student sitting in their bedroom taking pictures of garbage bags full of headless barbie dolls wondering why noone wants to patronize such an "artistic" mind. Don't shoot down someone's dream just because your's is turning to shit.

Meghan said...

She is getting SO BIG.

novelle360 said...

Actually, Dorie introduced herself to me in an e-mail after seeing my maternity shoot post, so I didn't get the idea from her because I didn't know her yet! She has, however, given me lots of other ideas, including on the business end that I can't thank her enough for.

Blocks are actually pretty common in those types of sessions. I don't think that idea has been original for years.

All of the photographers I've talked to have other sites they uses for inspiration. You just glean ideas and try to incorporate different looks into creating your own style.

Lioncloud said...

I love the one of her in the check hat, looking down, and the one of her getting up the step.

As far as "creative," Kelly is not trying to be an editorial photographer. She's building a commercial portrait photography business. People getting portraits done want to _look good_ in them, not look like models in editorial poses. That requires technique and an eye for a good photo, which Kelly has in abundance.

Michael said...

I think it is funny that people always assume that criticism means jealousy (Anonymous's response to anonymous)

the_plainsman said...

Yes, every professional in every endeavor knows practice leads to continued proficiency: writing, all of the graphic arts, lawyering, doctoring... It's great that you have such a willing, available and photogenic subject!

And although customers will expect certain "stock" photos, (maybe blocks are common, but they are new to them and their baby), nothing says you cant stretch their world a bit and give them something MORE than what they expect. That artistic shot you create that will keep them coming back as satisfied customers.

I like the one most where Alli is out-standing in her field (LOL), as well as the ones with the barn, both reaching for the window, (one gets a sense both how small, and curious) and the one peeking out.

cafechick80 said...

Those pictures are awesome!

Dorie Howell Photography said...

Whew, I can sleep easy now. Love the "Watermark" :)

And to Anonymous #1, she didn't steal that from me. I have never taken that kind of shot. Every photographer takes ideas from others and a mark of a good photographer is someone who can see the artistry in other's pictures then stretch, mold and adapt them discover their own style.

I think I can say from experience that posting your pictures when you first start in the business is nerve wracking at best. Good for Kelly for putting herself out there. Stay tuned, in a short order these pics are going to amaze you.

Oh and to Fit Mama - My presence here is all your fault. :)

Anonymous said...

Some inspiration!
http://asmilelikeyours.com/

Anonymous said...

@ Dorie-- It is on your website header...
http://www.doriehowell.com/

Bottom row, third pic in= the block picture.

KT said...

Anon, if you can't see the difference between what Kelly did and what Dorie did, you're blind. They're two completely different shots with different vibes. Just because they both have blocks does not make them identical.

If one person takes a picture of a tree and someone else takes a picture of another tree, it doesn't mean one stole the idea from the other.

Give it a rest.

Kelly, your work is incredible. I'd schedule you in a second if we lived closer.

Anonymous said...

Your daughter is SO lucky to have such a talented mom!! You get beautiful art that you can display and show off, and she'll get beautiful pictures in the future.

Erica said...

I'm envisioning senior pics in place of Allison and they would look great! That is a pretty decent place for those : ) But Alli certainly looks adorable. I can't wait to see your work progress and develop! Good luck!

Erica

the_plainsman said...

A fit of insomnia last night, read your subsequent and most recent post, (not that your posts put me to sleep), and came back fully awake to point something out, but now see you picked up on it too! That's good.

Marcy said...

I'm glad to see so many people backing Kelly up, but keep in mind that as a professional she will face lots of criticism from lots of different people, both qualified and not. Rather than get all up in arms about one negative comment, it might be best to learn how to let them roll off your back (this is kind of in general to everyone, not directly at Kelly).

Emily said...

those are amazing, gorgeous..SO good! awesome pictures :)

Anonymous said...

Great pics Kelly hope we get a chance to see you all when you are in NY all the best Alan

Jaclyn said...

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! Kelly, they turned out BEAUTIFULLY!!!
And Dorie's a member of my mommy message board. You ladies have two of the best subjects to photogrpah. =)

Ray said...

I love the photo of Allison trying to look out of (what seems like) a red farmhouse. And I love the last photo of her on a bench. Adorable.

You're right, your sister-in-law's backyard is a DREAM! =o)