Senior Portraits: Julia

One of the seniors I’ve shot this year but haven’t had time to blog about! Julia is a darling girl who was quite willing to strike a pose and be silly. Love her personality! It really came through in her photos… And that hat! I was so excited when she showed up in that hat.  

Still Life with Nest

I had been thinking about doing a nature-inspired still life for awhile and finally got around to creating a few scenes with a bird’s nest (fake), some moss, and a few other tchotchkes. I couldn’t resist throwing in a mannikin for a few shots. Those are fun little things that I need to shoot more…

Still Life with Candy

Sometimes I have a hard time coming up with subjects for still life. This week, I decided I wanted to focus on color more than on finding the “perfect” subject. I have this fun chalk-painted turquoise table top that I thought would look good with something red. First thoughts were red fruit—strawberries, raspberries, pomegranates, or…

Still Life with Manikin

This week I tried a lighting style I have never used before: small, single point source lighting. Using this kind of lighting creates a bright modern feel—very different from my typical style. Since I was going bright and modern, I thought colorful and quirky would go along with it, so I chose to use colorful…

Still Life with Keys

My assignment for this image was to try out one large, soft light source. This is a lighting style I use often and am very comfortable with, so the challenge was finding something interesting that would look good in this kind of light. I decided to go for a bit of an antique look. I…

Still Life with Wheat

So I found this rusty old wheat grinder in the garage of my in-laws. Thought it would make an interesting subject for a still life. Turned out to be a bit more challenging than I expected in terms of composition and light. This week was a study in perspective with lots of experiments with different…

Still Life with Toilet Paper

Yep. Toilet paper. I won’t say where the inspiration came from because it would be . . . unladylike. But I started wondering if I could make something elegant, interesting, or attractive out of something as mundane as toilet paper. And then I decided that I needed to learn how to shoot white on white,…

Still Life with Pinecones

A study in texture . . .   I think pinecones are gorgeous and intriguing with all their layers and woodiness and secret dark places. For this shoot I figured out my lighting and background textures fairly quickly, while composition was a struggle. Since my last still life was dark and moody, I wanted a lighter…

Still Life with Nuts

Have you ever seen pecans still in their shells? Until last week, I hadn’t. Somehow I am in my mid-40s and had never managed to see these gorgeous things. Recently I was wandering our local grocery store, and these lovely, shiny, red baubles caught my eye . . . along with the wonderful textures and…

Inspired by William Coupon

On the surface, William Coupon’s style seems deceptively simple—a single large, warm light with a handmade backdrop. But the results he gets are rich and complex, and he is masterful at capturing character. I really, REALLY love this portrait of Neil Young. And he has photographed many of our presidents in the last couple of decades, including Jimmy…