Gifts from the children are always a sweet way to remind a loved one just how much they are loved.
If you don't have the time or patience for an arts and crafts project there is always an email message to let your special friends and loved ones know you are thinking of them. Here I simply took a picture of the children on our couch - using a red table cloth as the background. I used Photoshop and Illustrator to create the final email jpg. I was able to send it to the entire family within minutes! I would be happy to help you customize your own email.
The Holidays are a crazy time of year for everybody. When trying to schedule a photo session you are challenged with finding a day and time that works for you AND your client. Sometimes the weather doesn't cooperate and you have to somehow find a way to find the light and make it work.
This photo shoot was Wednesday, December 5 after school. We met at Binney Park in Old Greenwich after 5pm. The weather was unseasonably warm - a plus - but overcast and therefore VERY dark.
We headed right for one of the beautiful bridges Binney Park is known for at the water's edge. My 42" reflector was a huge help in bouncing some extra light up at the faces. This shot was taken at 5:15pm with an ISO of 4000 in the RAW mode. The magic happened in the post processing phase. I was able to push the exposure substantially to brighten the image. With the high ISO and post processing push the result is a grainy photograph that is a bit moody.
As it got darker, finding the light became more challenging. I took a picture using a flash to see what I could capture. In the picture below you can see just how dark it was at 5:30pm. The faces are crisp thanks to the bright flash but I feel the result is a flat boring image (despite the gorgeous faces).
I forgot how absolutely amazing Central Park is. After leaving the city behind four years ago - with three kids in tow - I never looked back. Who had time? Last month my dear friend asked me if I wouldn't mind coming in to the city to take their family portraits for the third year. YES! This marked their first holiday season as a family in the big apple after moving there from Old Greenwich.
We got together and took a "walk in the park" last week. I let the boys lead the way and all sorts of great spots and shots were unveiled. We climbed trees, stairs, walked through and over branches and hills and scootered through all sorts of paths. I'm not sure who had more fun (probably me!)
Lesson learned: life is an adventure - don't hold back.
“No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
Taking pictures is my passion. I take family portraits in and around Greenwich, CT