So i am constantly being reminded that i don't share enough of my portrait work here on my blog so figured i'd share a few from yesterdays shoot. I was doing a little product work for a fellow military circle of friends member, Hold It!. The adorable heart clips & bands you see in these images are all hers! Anyways i borrowed a couple of my favourite clients, turns out today is Rylie's 4th birthday so it was perfect timing. Well we headed up to my most favourite location ever (times infinity plus one) for some pictures. The weather was perfect, gorgeous sun & a slight breeze that sent Rylie's hair all over the place. & had so much fun amongst the wild flowers! I can't believe i only started using this location for my portraits this past month, i am positively kicking myself on this one because (& you probably don't realize) so much of my fine art is shot up here. Anyways hope you love them as much as i do & have a fabulous friday!
I have often spoken about my military friends ... how much i value their input in my life, how they help keep me sane through the hard times & how they're always there for you no matter what! Well i made some wonderful friends through etsy ... military wives, veterans & family members ... ladies who i know simply through the internet but who are constantly pushing each other & supporting us in our chosen "professions". & these friends have become a kind of "team" ... not quite in the etsy sense since we're not all on etsy but a team who are promoting each other & helping us to achieve our goals. They give advice, make suggestions, help me step outside of the box & no matter what are always there when you need to talk. This group is know as "military circle of friends" & i am incredible grateful to be a part of it.
Anyways here is a list of the shops so you can check out that & find yourself some new pretties!!
This week i have a whole new level of excitement going on. After our quick trip to canada, & england, we then spent 2 weeks in the deep south checking out the stunning photography of Amy Tyler & Sarah Montigue Miller we are heading back to Europe & a country we have yet to visit ... (the country i currently reside in) Germany, & more specifically North-Rhine-Westphalia close to Dortmund. After a week of primary colours, vivid & bright we are hear to check out the more subdued tones of Sofia Olejnik & Detail Loving. Sofie's work is exactly as the name describes, all about the details & she captures them wonderfully. Quirky & incredible unique there is nothing obvious in the angles she chooses, the composition or the way she goes about showcasing her subject matter.
& here again we have a photographer whose art doesn't stop at the photography itself, she incorporates all kinds of outside elements into creating the final product. There's a simplicity to Sofia's work, & whilst the elements may seem strange together of the outside they work creating incredible unique interesting pieces. When you look at a photography there seems to be more to the image, nothing appears quite as it seems. Here again we have an artist who enjoys stepping outside the conventional photography box, using a variety of techniques, different subject matters & experimentation in creating something new & different. I have never had the talent for putting the seemingly random together & always admire it in others.
A camera playing dress up ...
... spring in full bloom ...
... elegance in simplicity!
All the images here are for sale in Sofie's etsy shop Detail Loving. Be sure to check out more of her stunning photography on facebook & on flickr.
So with the impending arrival of Jacob i had this plan ... some newborn props, experiment in the studio ... well it hasn't happened. I mean it's not like i haven't taken a million & one photos of him because we all know i can't get enough of him. Every time i tried to photograph him sleeping, put him in one of those cute little poses you see everywhere he would wake up. When this boy is asleep he does not like to be moved. & over time he grew & i just carried on photographing him around the house, on a blanket, in the yard & on our bed & i've come to realize this is what i like. I have nothing against the props, i use them occasionally & i still have ideas for more stylised portraits of him as he grows but what i really love is the natural stuff. He doesn't need a funny hat or to be squished in a container, he can be awake or asleep because this is him at his most natural whether he's crying, yawning, or simply making faces at me. & it suits my photography, its what i'm good at, it's what i enjoy & what i want to continue. If you come to me for your newborn shots they're going to be natural, around the home, in the garden & in my mind a little more personal because of it.
After a couple of weeks overseas, Canada & England, we headed south to Tennessee & the stunning photography of Dandelion Studio. This week we're staying in the south & checking out the gorgeous photography of Sara Montague Miller. After weeks of whimsical, dream like photography now we get to see another side to fPOE, much simple in concept, clean & contemporary. To my mind Sara sees everything when she clicks the shutter, post procession is minimal, it's all about the moment.
I see Sara's work & i think National Geographic, the amazing colours really pop from the page. So vibrant & full of life. I can picture Sara traveling the world, exploring exotic locations & leave our mouths watering at the prospect of a summer holiday. But her work isn't just about the colour, it's also about a feel, emotion, time & memories. It's a journey through a wonderful glorious technicolour world. But even without the vibrant hues, yellow & blue & red Sara can still create a wonderfully evocative feel through her wonderful understanding of light. & it doesn't matter the season or the subject matter she can still leave you smiling & dreaming of that perfect vacation.
Relaxing on the beach ...
... taking a moment to smell the flowers ...
... an evening spent watching the world go by!
All the above images are available for sale through Sara's etsy shop. & you can check out more of her stunning photography through her blog, her facebook page & on flickr.