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Congratulations… 2014 Seniors Part 1


Over the next couple weeks I will be posting several blog posts Congratulating area 2014 Seniors of whom I took their Senior Portraits.  Good Luck to all of you on your new adventurers in life!

2014 Senior from Union City High School, Michigan:  Austin Wolfinger who has enjoyed playing baseball and fishing.

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2014 Senior from Union City High School, Michigan:  Tyler Reilly who has been a part of the Cross Country & Track and Field teams. 

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For more information regarding Senior Portraits you can check out my website Senior Information by clicking here.  

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Through the Lens Thursday #6: Flower


Today I thought I would try something a little different.

I have subscribed to a host of blogs by Alison Lee who writes the Writing Wishing Blog.  I would highly recommend her to anyone who enjoys reading blogs!

Through the Lens Thursday was started by Greta of GFunkified and I found Writing Wishing Blog.  Every Thursday they post something related to a word with a photograph(s) they have taken.  

Anyways…  when I discovered that the word for Through the Lens Thursday was going to be FLOWER, I decided what a great way to spruce up these winter days in Michigan!

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Some of you may have already seen these flowers on Facebook or on my Website.

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These 2 images are both of Tiger Lilies from my back yard.

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This baby of a flower is a Purple Cone Flower and grows to become a fairly large flower at maturity.

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Not only do I like to take pictures documenting different stages in a flowers life cycle…  I also enjoy playing with my focal point, depth of field and rule of thirds.

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On to the lovely Black Eyed Susan of the bunch!

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Flowers serve as a great tool to not only play with angles, lighting, water droplets but to work on your macro photography…  all things wonderful that come from a mixture of my love for photography and gardening!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Object: Clothes Pins


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This challenge is suppose to encourage you to use an object as your focal point and inspiration!  Composition, focal points and framing can really make the difference in whether an ordinary everyday object could even be interesting to photograph or to even look at.

So I am going to tell you the story about this photo that I am entering for this Week’s Photo Challenge.  I love to hang my laundry outside during the warmer months in Michigan.  As a challenge to myself, I decided to see if I could photograph clothes pins!  To make it a little more interesting, I hung my colorful neoprene lunch bags on the line with the clothes pins.  I was just looking to see if I could make it look interesting enough to capture someone’s eye!  Anyways, I like the photos…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition @ a Basketball Game


FB P DSC_0865Sometimes while photographing a sports game, I will get a little sidetracked and photograph something other than the game!  I usually try to make it something challenging like a juxtaposition which is “the act of placing things side by side, especially for the purpose of comparison or contrast.”

One way I have found to capture a juxtaposition during a basketball game (actually during warm ups) is to capture the basketball as it comes thru the hoop and net.  For me it is more of a comparison of technique, focus, position and timing.  The shear timing alone can be extremely tricky but always such a delight when I capture that perfect moment in time!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family


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Martha & Ben are my children and Jake & Maddie belong to my brother, Bill.  This picture was taken towards the end of the summer 2012, in Union City, Michigan for my Mom’s birthday.  She had spent a ton of time over the summer babysitting Jake & Maddie while Martha & Ben were constantly stopping over to visit or to eat!  What an appropriate way to end the summer and give my Mom a birthday present that she definitely did not have!!!!!!

Family Portrait Sessions start at $100.00 with an additional charge of $10.00 for each Family Member beyond 6.  I am a natural light on location photographer who will travel to you within 40/45 miles of Tekonsha, Michigan 49092.  For more information you can visit my Website.  

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

Here is the picture from the very top of this post.  Ben is slightly tall and almost didn’t fit within the frame of this photo!

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January Photo Challenge: Favorite Shot of 2013


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There are several portraits that I would call “my favorite” but when I think of a favorite portrait of 2013 this is the one that comes to mind first.  I love the fact that McKenzie was willing to sit in the middle of this downtown Battle Creek side street in white paints.  She was perfectly centered with crisp bright yellow lines with bold fall colors behind her.  Here dark jacket and dark boots…  the subtle but bold and balanced background…  with just a slight breeze to slightly move her hair.

Prior to taking this portrait we had walked about a block to utilize an older brick building.  We had decided to try taking some pictures in the roadway, but being downtown Battle Creek the road adjacent to this one was fairly busy.  McKenzie’s mom was our look out for any traffic that may have decided to come our way.  I was sitting in the middle of the side street towards the other end where I listened for traffic that may wander from the other direction.  What we wanted to be a quick shot wound up taking a few minutes due to traffic.  Several times I had to wait for automobiles to pass or clear the corner in the background.

I will have to admit…  I refer to these types of shots as “Playing in the Road!”  I mean how many times have we been told not to play in the road when we were kids.  It is fun to see the response from both my clients and anyone else attending a portrait session when I ask them, “Do you want to play in the road?”

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginning


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The women’s hurdles had just finished with an amazing young lady from Athens winning.  Now the gun has gone off and the boys are leaving their blocks.  I cannot believe the adrenaline rush that I am experiencing let alone the runners!  I am moving, backing up trying not to trip over my own feet.  As my heart is racing, I get set and I start taking more pictures.  Here is what I captured…

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Congratulations, Jesse Anderson from Union City took first place at his home track invitational!

I chose the first picture for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginning because being a sports photographer I have captured several beginnings of races, games, matches and competitions…  and I think this is my favorite beginnings to a race that I have photographed so far.  Char