Saturday, February 28, 2009

I just ordered my studio lights and stand. Today has been a pretty good day for me for now I can go one more step in my photography career. When you don't have a studio weather and location can really limit you. Now I can do sessions during the day while everybody is at school and work. Will be here at the end of the week so I will have some fun testing them out. Here is a picture of my lights for those who are photographers they are the Photogenic Lights. Was going to go with Alien Bees but decided to do these after going to the Sandy Puc seminar. Which if you have not signed up and she is coming your way you NEED to sign up. Amazing seminar and great information! And the discounts you get on products are a money savor.

Light Info and picture.

AKC640K 640 W/S AC Only Portrait Studio 2 Light Kit
Product Code: 907287

# 2-AKC320 StudioMax III Lights
# 2-UW45 Umbrellas
# 2-TALS8 Air-Cushioned Stands
# 1-AK3419 Case


Friday, February 27, 2009

Even sick Logan is such a cutie! Poor guy is not at the top of his game and in this picture he was not a happy camper. A friend of mine Andrea is a photographer here in town and she was showing me her lights. I plan on buying my first set of studio lights and was unsure how it all works. Thank you so much for helping me it really did help a lot. I did not have my camera so she let me use hers ( we have the same one) to try out what its like to do studio pictures. Here are some pictures of the end result. Now I am so excited that I can't wait to get my studio up and going. Its all starting to feel real to me which is really nice!

Amazing Song

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Saturday night David and I sat down and watched several movies in a row. He started one that I had never heard and swore I would like it. The movie was titled Strange Days and was filmed in 1995. The movie was set in the year 2000 and how they thought the world would be. Oddly how the economy is society may get out of control just as they portrayed in the movie. Here is the video of the song played at the end of the movie when the credits role. I am a techno fan already but I love this song. I looked on Amazon for the soundtrack, LOL you can buy it for $2.00!

Tots 2 Teens by Sandy Puc

Monday, February 23, 2009

The seminar was amazing and I learned so much! We went over by a hour but it was okay and well worth it to say the least. Through out the whole seminar there were so many things I could not wait to try out with my own studio. Starting out in this business can be very stressful and daunting since most of the equipment we need is very expensive. With Sandy she lets you know its okay if you have to make do with what you have just gather little things along the way and before you know it your business is taking off.

She teaches you how to market your business, target the right clients, keep the faithful clients and how to keep going during down time seasons. What not to say and what to say to get kids to do what you want and to get the shot that you are after. Bribery is the #1 key.. And the number one key is CANDY! You can't go wrong with candy for every child can not live with out it. Change up your techniques and keep them going pretty fast so that way the child ore children wont have time to think of any thing else.

Another technique she shares is how the Chicken is a photographers friend! Why is that you say well because it scares the child and also stops them dead in their tracks so there fore they will listen to you and also you get the shot that you want. Its a ONE time shot so make sure you are behind your camera when you spring the chicken. When you are going to be using mom to get a childs attention or mom is going to talk make sure she is behind you or beside you so that way the child is looking up and you get a great angle and of course the shot you need. Once its over thats it you wont get it back so make sure to be prepaired.

Never say NO. This rule applies to everybody including moms. Kids hear the word no all the time and there for they result that with no fun and you want your studio to be fun along with your session so No is not a option. Another way to get a childs attention is the treat box have one not just for small children but one for teens as well ( filled with more stuff like chocolate and stuff) also have cheap toys on hand for those who can not have candy. Dum Dums and Smartees are a safe bet as well.

Say funny phrases they envoke smiles. Here are a few..

Okay everyone. Look right here and say "Mommy is a monkey!" and "Daddy wears diappers!"
Its not unusual for the kids to laugh and then look at their parent. As soon as they turn, say "Hey your mom isn't a monkey, is she?" This brings their eyes back to you for that shot.

Other phrases that work: "Say, 'Yes'" Yes has a way of making a nice soft expression, Also, instructing a child to say "yeehaww!" "ooh-la-la" and "hubba-hubba" always brings a smile. For older children, you can ask them to say "I'm gorgeous" or I'm so good looking!" The cute embarrassed smile is an adorable look.

There are so much to learn in such a little time but with patience and a great attitude you to can capture beautiful images and have a very successful business! If you are on the fence about this seminar let me tell you first hand you wont want to miss this. So jump off the fence and sign up today. If Sandy is coming to your town and you have not signed up don't wait. The seminar is 79.00 with the promo code APR09 you only pay 59.00!

Next year she is doing one towards Families.. I can't wait ;) Thank you to Andrea and Misty for going with me we had such a wonderful time and learned so much. It doesn't matter if every photographer in town is there you will all walk away with different ideas and aspects on how it will work for YOU!


Monday, February 16, 2009

Yesterday I went on a nature walk with my sister in law and our cameras. There was not much to find since most of every thing is still dead from winter. We discovered a few new places to check out and met some nice people along the trails. Below is a few that I found worthy to post!




Sunday, February 15, 2009

Photographing pets is one of the many joys of my job. So when I was asked to photograph this little guy today I could not say no. He was so full of energy and had a wonderful time and who knew dogs could eat cheese! Look forward to capturing more of this little guy when he gets a little older and its a little warmer. Below is a few of the mini session we had.


Saturday, February 14, 2009

Today is Valentines day and since we do not do much for the special day we decided to have a fun photo shoot. Here is a picture of Hannah and her funny faces. Its always fun to be silly and a great excuse to break out the camera at the same time.


Wednesday, February 4, 2009

I had the pleasure to puppy sit this little cutie. Her name is Samona, I hope that I got her name correctly. I could not resist taking her pictures here are a few samples.