Thursday, June 11, 2009

Thankfully Alli's too young to protest

To say I'm enjoying my new camera is like saying Paris Hilton enjoys attention -- a gigantic understatement.

After having it in my possession for two full days and not being able to open the box, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I didn't care that it was 1 a.m., I just wanted to see how fast it could click.

Here's my first D90 photo:

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Oooh ahhh ... the June image on my wildlife calendar.


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And because everyone was asleep, I was forced to use a mirror.


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Then I used the light from my nightstand. (Jer's a heavy sleeper.)


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Since then, I've used it every day. I want to make sure I'm comfortable with the settings before I start taking official portraits, which is, well, Friday, but more on that later.

And because this entire venture is a work in progress, I'm not sure how everything is going to turn out. I plan to see what people want and are willing to pay for, and I'll do what I can to give it to them. That said, a lot of you left comments about how you wished I could come take pictures of your family outside in a park or at your home.

So I started looking at my surroundings differently to see if I could make a portrait in my own back yard. It turned out beautifully. I got a bunch of amazing shots of Allison without much effort, which has made me rethink my entire game plan.

It can't hurt to offer more options -- the versatility of a studio and the personal service of a house call.

Here are three of my favorites:


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31 comments:

Ray said...

Love the photo of you taking a photo (hehe). And I love that second photo of Alli. I can't wait to read more about your first photography session on Friday.

On another note: I still don't understand why you were not able to use your camera as soon as you purchased it. That part confuses me.

novelle360 said...

In order to get the $300 price match credit, the box had to be unopened.

... And what are you still doing up?!

Ray said...

Oh okay. And I don't like to sleep early. I'll be up for another two hours or so.

Sleep tight. =P

Anonymous said...

Wow, the quality of these photos are stunning and it makes me want to ditch my current SLR for a newer model with an awesome lens. I can't wait to hear more about this project of yours.

Christina said...

LOVE LOVE LOVING your shots. :o)

Anonymous said...

Kelly, You are off and running and I wish I could just sit here and wait for your photos to start rolling in. All of your fans are waiting with bated breath..

Anonymous said...

Amazing photos! I love the one of you taking a photo and the one of Allison on the stairs. You have some serious talent!!

Anonymous said...

Those pictures are beautiful! And I'm sure it helps to have an adorable subject to shoot.

Fit Mama said...

beautiful pictures!

Myranda said...

I really wish I lived in PA...or at least closer to PA...I'd have you take my daughter's photos in an instant!

Anonymous said...

I love the last one it almost as a retro feel. The others seem so surreal that they should be in a magazine.

Jennifer Suarez said...

I love the mirror photo and the way you lined up your eye perfectly with the flash space.

I also love the last photo of Allison. Natural light is amazing. I try to take most of my photos using sunlight. Even my pitiful little cybershot snaps some fabulous pictures in sunlight. (sorry still suffering from camera envy, this might last a while!)

Anonymous said...

i agree with doing both studio shots and more "casual" shots.

i don't know about other people but i would kind of feel intimidated at a studio with the big lights and and a lot of pressure to have a real smile in a portrait and striking a pose as opposed to a natural setting like a backyard or a playground, where people can feel like themselves. it will bring more of a natural picture instead of a forced sit-down-here-and-say-CHEESE!

so it's nice to be able to offer more than the usual studio portraits (beat that SEARS!)

Soo Jin said...

Your pictures are gorgeous, Kelly! I love them! I contacted you once to get your opinion on your old SLR (I wanted to get one for my sister) and now I'm drooling over your new D90! I especially love the pictures of Alli out in the backyard...gorgeous! Can't wait to see more! :)

Maryum said...

That is a really nice camera. Good investment :)

Sarah said...

They're all amazing photos of Alli, but the last one just sticks out so much (in an amazing way) I'd totally frame that if she was my kid! =D

I can't wait to see more of your work!

Timberly said...

Beautiful!

Jessica said...

I am so excited for you! The pictures look great! :)

cnjweber said...

Know what would've been AWESOME? If there was a cool reflection in the lens of the camera in the photo of yourself. Love the eye in the center...you've got a great talent for composition. The ones of Alli are great! I love the one on the stairs because of the innocent expression on her face. Keep at it! Im living vicariously!

LeslieAnn said...

Does reader Myranda know you live in PA? :)

Love the photos of Ali. Very sweet.

Marcy said...

Are you on flickr? There's a group there called Natural Light Child Photography that I peruse from time to time. The discussions are always active, and full of really great info on everything from technique to pricing to running a business.

I also like this blog, she's a pet photographer in Seattle and she recently wrote a bunch of posts about different aspects of running a photography business (dealing with competition, starting a business in a recession, etc) that are great reads.

Good luck! =)

the_plainsman said...

You are building quite a porfolio of amazing photographs! I like the self portrait as well. Very much. It is fun watching this new enterprise unfolding and blooming.

Alli will soon be asking for modeling fees so she can bank them for college, LOL. She and your photos of her are wonderful.

I'm partial to the under the bushes shot, as I spent plenty of time there as a kid, too!

Erin said...

ahahaha I see breaking dawn!!

Anonymous said...

Some of the most amazing children's photos I have ever seen were from when a photographer came to my cousin's own home and took photos of her kids in their spiffy clothes and regular play clothes. My cousin didn't have to drag them to a studio and the photographer found all kinds of great places around IN and OUTSIDE their house to take creative pictures. My cousin ended up spending a fortune which made the photog very happy and she had divine pictures around her own home that she certainly couldn't have taken.

Might be something for you to think about.

Jaxon

Marcy said...

I'm sorry, I'm a doofus. Here's the link to that blog:

http://www.cowbellyblog.com/category/for-photographers/

Jaclyn said...

I loved the pictures; especially the self-portrait and the first two of Alli. Though with such beautiful subjects, how can one take a bad photo, eh?? =)
Good luck and I'm dying to know how things go on Friday...er...later today, I guess.

Amanda Strong said...

Don't undersell your services. That's my biggest piece of advice. As a freelancer the worst thing you can do is not charge enough for your time and for the equipment you use (camera, memory cards, computer, editing software/Photoshop, etc)!

It's taken me a bit to get it right but I reached out to some local photographers who are pretty popular around here and pretended that I was looking for pricing as a potential client. This gave me a great way to gauge if my pricing was too high or too low.

Your outdoor photos are great! I like to browse other photographer's site with similar styles to mine (and different too!) to get new ideas. Here's a link to where I keep client online albums:
http://gallery.me.com/agordon16#gallery

Good luck!

Molly said...

Love the Meyer book on the nightstand!

kathy Hicks Walker from FB said...

If you ever make it out to Southern Cali with your camera...Garrett would love to pose for you!

Kristin said...

I lurrveee the last one(:

-KrIsTiN-

aj said...

The last one on the steps is the best!