One Day, your Children will Look for Photos of You

Your babies will be having their own babies before you know it. 1988 seems like a few years ago, not decades! Now I'm looking through boxes of photos searching for pictures of her and I together. No wonder she cut me off from practicing portraits on her! I was so busy capturing her life, that I barely exist in those boxes.

My baby, day after my 20th birthday, 1988. It's the only one they took and it looks like a double exposure!

My baby, day after my 20th birthday, 1988. It's the only one they took and it looks like a double exposure!

My baby's baby's Ultrasound. They've improved a LOT. As has my portraiture!

My baby's baby's Ultrasound. They've improved a LOT. As has my portraiture!

It seems like yesterday it was back in the film days that I was taking piles and piles of snapshots of Danielle growing up. I started doing portraits on her when she was 10, but WHY didn't I think to get in the shot with her? So now I'm looking for studio portraits of her and I and I have one. ONE.

I remember having to hold her hands because she wouldn't stay still... lol.

I remember having to hold her hands because she wouldn't stay still... lol.

She'll have LOADS of photos of herself when I'm gone but nowhere near as many of us together.  Of me and my Mom... none. A couple of photo booth shots...

I'm holding a goldfish on the right. I believe these were taken at Sherden Mall?

I'm holding a goldfish on the right. I believe these were taken at Sherden Mall?

... and one my Grandma snapped of one of our perpetual matching outfits that Mama had made...

 

Here I am a Photographer preaching about the importance of having professional portraits done with our children and I have scant. But that's why I'm trying to change that! Don't let that happen to you! It's so common to have portraits of our children because we want those photos for ourselves but what about what our children will want when we're gone? They will look for photos of you! Do you exist in yours?  

How many photos do you have of you with your Mom? Do they portray who you are? Do they capture the love between you? It's time for Mom to exist in photographs. And what better day than Mother's Day?

A session with me will be designed with wardrobe consultation and posing and a fun day to capture the love between you and your family. Mom's and daughters get their hair and makeup done and get access to my wardrobe! My beautiful tulle skirts fit all. 

How do you think CJ and Dior feel every time they look at their portraits? Imagine it's you and your loved one in the picture. How does it make you feel? Adored? Important? We all want that.

I was blown away by what I captured between these two! Do you think this is something that will be passed down to Dior when her Mom is gone? Absolutely!  She will treasure these prints for generations. Will the photos you cherish that are stored on your phone last for generations?

Click on the Contact tab on the left to book a free consultation! Sessions can be gifted to a Mom you would like to honor. But hurry... there's very little time left to book to be able to get your prints by Mother's Day!

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Why You Should Print Your Portraits

80's hair and Olan Mills. I'm glad the 80's hair has faded but I miss the portraits on the walls! How did digitals become the norm? Yes it's popular to have digitals for your social media and screensaver, but where do they go from there?  Your friends forget your photo you uploaded as soon as they like it or love.  You know what I think was cool? When folks used to have their portrait painted then ornately framed and proudly hung on their wall. Why did this stop?  Maybe it's that our walls have been replaced with mass-produced-pastel-cow-head-faux-paintings and prints of famous prints and our attention has been steered away from family pride and into our phones and computer screens. 

Where are your portraits? On a USB in a drawer somewhere? When's the last time you had any professionally done? If you have children, what is this saying to them? A study showed that when kiddos see a photo of them in their home, it boosts their self-esteem... gives them a sense of belonging, knowing where they come from and that they are loved. 

What is filling your walls? Something unique and full of heartfelt pride or something practically every other Ikea shopper has? Let's bring our portraits back into the real world! 

I know you would like to be photographed with. Who with? Your children? Your pet? Your spouse/significant other/life partner? Your Mom? Your Dad? Your car? Your favorite tree? Or maybe you want to be pampered and made to feel like a model after a makeover! In this hectic world, you deserve it! How do you want to be remembered? What if your favorite social media deletes your page? It happens! You've lost everything, unless you can locate that USB. Which is still unreliable. The photos from my last iPhone magically disappeared. Gone forever. 

#printyourphotos. My prints are rated archival to last at least 100 years. It can last even longer if preserved in a frame or folio box, both of which I offer as products. When you're gone, they will be treasured by your loved ones. Think about it... you've lost someone you love, right? What do you have left of them? Photos at least, I hope.

Click on Contact at the top of this page to book a free consultation to discuss how you would like to be photographed and go over wardrobe and pricing. You have nothing to lose! Questions? Ask me!  My job is to take the best portrait of you that you've ever seen. Whether or not you purchase is entirely up to you.

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What we Take With us

Tornado sirens blaring, phone and charger in hand, I grabbed my camera bag, my purse and my cup of tea and hunkered down in the closet on top of my husbands dirty clothes. 

A friend posted that she had hummus while she watched the storm and I thought, hummus, yes hummus is a good thing to have in the closet, with tea while the tornado passes. Next time I think I'll build a fort in there. 

Fellow tornado-dodgers, what do you take with you to your hunker down place? 

My DIY Canvas Backdrop

Through a lot of research… watching Sue Bryce’s DIY canvas backdrop video, watching YouTube tutorials, googling DIY canvas backdrop images and picking my auto body painter (a painter's a painter's a painter, right? But let's not mention the time he tried to paint my toenails) husband’s brain before concluding what colors to use, I started my DIY backdrop adventure.

I was a little overwhelmed on deciding what method to use and what colors to buy since I couldn’t find it spelled out for me step by step anywhere! And I really really wanted to use the colors Sue had which I loved and would lessen the decision making involved, but I needed to compliment the dresses my client would be wearing. So I picked a photo with golden hues as my guide.

Some tutorials I saw used a method where they sprayed down the canvas with water first but I thought "Sue didn’t, so I won’t." I then dug deep into my overloaded brain and remembered that I took a painting class or two. Walmart didn’t have the 9x12 canvas in store, so I ordered one online and had it shipped to my local store for free.  But I did grab my roller brush and tray kit and a really big piece of plastic from the paint section to lay down on my husband’s shop floor for putting the canvas on while painting.

On to Lowe’s for paint! I knew that I wanted a golden center so I started with golden. But how to get the darker shades was what was troubling me. Focus! Breathe. Wait, I took painting classes… class!  One semester…. and Oh yeah, I've painted a wall or two or three and matched the molding color! I started grabbing color cards for the vignette and held them up next to the golden I had chosen to see which shade would match well. 

Going off of how Sue mixed her colors in her video, I got a gallon of flat white, and a quart each of the yellow and a dark brown.  Don’t forget to get the free wooden stir sticks for mixing your colors. For the darkest outer vignette, I bought a tube of black from the artists acrylic paint section at Hobby Lobby.

Sorry I didn't think to note the exact color name.

Sorry I didn't think to note the exact color name.

I was a little scared to mix the colors, but I thought “just have fun!” So I poured some yellow into the white and mixed until I got what I was looking for.  I had little strips of canvas that I tested it on annnnnnd... success!

I used painters tape to tape down the vertical edges of the canvas onto the plastic because I had seen a portrait somewhere that had a nice “frame” from the original canvas peeking through just an inch or two.

I rolled the golden on the middle and thought “this is going to be easy!” Then I grabbed the brown to add to the middle color until it was dark enough to my liking and rolled it on. Then I added the remainder of my brown and a little black for the outer edge.

But the transition from shade to shade was too harsh!

Honeyyyyyyyy! Poor husband always gets dragged into my I'm-determined-to-do-this-projects. “You need a sponge,” he said. So I remembered the sea sponges I had from college.  I ran into the house and got them. Yaaaay another crisis solved! I grabbed the paint tray and went back to work. Note to self: sea sponges age and fall apart after how many years of non-use? Husband to the rescue again… he went into the house and found a newer large kitchen sponge and brought it to me and lovingly showed me how to maneuver the paint so that it would transition smoothly.

After 6 hours of working on my backdrop, I was happy with the results but my legs were screaming. I hung it up on my background stand the next morning to finish drying and made the bestie pose for an iphone snap. *Please excuse the soft vignetting at top right, it was from a cute but later-discovered-impractical-for-a-photographer phone cover I picked up at trade days.

*Please excuse the soft vignetting at top right, it was from a cute but later-discovered-impractical-for-a-photographer phone cover I picked up at trade days.

*Please excuse the soft vignetting at top right, it was from a cute but later-discovered-impractical-for-a-photographer phone cover I picked up at trade days.

What I learned from this experience: Paint peels/washes off the skin, but does not come out of shorts.

Buy a roller extension so you can stand up to paint and save yourself from days of pain from getting up and down up and down up and down from your hands and knees. Although the sponge work will still require major squats and crude Yoga poses.  And an Oliphant really is worth saving up for.

Click image to go to my Portraits album.

Click image to go to my Portraits album.

Abygail was the first client I shot on my handmade background. It turned out lovely!

 

A special thanks to the hubs for all his assistance. He's the greatest guy but the worst subject to get to stand still for a photo!

Spring Forward!

Have you noticed how happy the birds are with the arrival of Spring? Or maybe it's just me, happy with the concurrent arrival of new beginnings.

While the birds are bathing in puddles from the recent rains, I'm cleaning out clutter and cobwebs indoors.  Coats of brightly colored fresh paint are going on the walls and on canvases to be used as backdrops for portraits. My dining room and backyard, beautiful enough to be chosen for one past and one future wedding, will be studio space until I am blessed with one in town. For now my clients will have to endure the puddles, the cat and the chirping birds.