Archive for April, 2012

Daunte

April 13th, 2012

I have known Daunte all his life, in fact, I just love it when I get to do maternity photos, then newborn photos, and photos as the babies grow into toddlers then children. If you are a blog follower from way back, you have probably seen photos of Daunte as a baby – head full […]

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I have known Daunte all his life, in fact, I just love it when I get to do maternity photos, then newborn photos, and photos as the babies grow into toddlers then children. If you are a blog follower from way back, you have probably seen photos of Daunte as a baby – head full of gorgeous black hair and sparkly happy eyes. Doesn’t ring a bell? No problem…check him out. Tell me he didn’t know how to strike a pose at a very early age.

Well, that was three years ago, and his parents wanted new pics for his third birthday…since they hadn’t had photos in forever. That’s usually what happens, you look around and realize the last family photos you had either a) Don’t include most of your kids or b) Features your children as newborns or young babies. They change so much!

So, we got together in October, and went to Mordeci park (the same place I photographed the Hines family). But it was terribly cloudy that day, so we didn’t make it to all of the photo hot spots. This session (a week later) found the grounds looking very different. It had rained, which in turn browned the beautiful orange and yellow leaves on the ground. What was left were crunchy and dry, the rest had been blown away!

The awesome, cool, perfect for fall location that I described to my clients looked nothing like I wanted it to, but that’s Fall in N.C. Instead of focusing on the beautiful colors on the ground, this time I took advantage of the few leaves still hanging around the trees & used a colorful building & still green grass as backdrop.





I love these with the green!

Daunte was as cute as ever, and what a HUGE personality he has! He’s charming and funny, and warmed right up to the idea of photos. We then changed locations to Pullen Park, to the lesser known hilly side across from the N.C. State University campus. They day was gorgeous, and the colors at Pullen Park were much more fall than downtown’s offerings. Check out the gallery below to view the rest of the photos with the Jacksons.

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Let’s talk scale

April 12th, 2012

Well, it’s not Wednesday, but I’m on the topic of walls anyway (albeit a day late!). Today, I’m talking about scale, the scale of portraits you hang on your walls. Most of us have been on Pinterest, we’ve seen great wall arrangements that feature 20 + smaller prints in frames in a great grouping. While […]

 

Well, it’s not Wednesday, but I’m on the topic of walls anyway (albeit a day late!). Today, I’m talking about scale, the scale of portraits you hang on your walls. Most of us have been on Pinterest, we’ve seen great wall arrangements that feature 20 + smaller prints in frames in a great grouping. While that’s a great aspiration…if you’re like me you don’t have 20+ smaller prints framed in similar frames, nor the willpower to mark our precise hanging spots for 20 or more frames. They need to be straight, they need to be evenly spaced, I need new frames….gah! Where do you even begin planning that?

I’ll tell you where you DON’T begin! You don’t begin at your portrait ordering session! Do you know why? Because 8x10s look lonely living alone on the wall, and unless you have a grouping, it can make your walls look awful lonely & sparse. If you’re already working on your grouping, then by all means, add some 8x10s in. If you are not and just thought to hang your 8×10 alone, let’s revisit my naked dining room. Yes, it’s spruced on one side…and naked on the other. So, it makes the perfect setting to illustrate “that room at your house where you have that empty wall”.

It’s bleak and what it needs is a portrait to liven it up. So, you go to your ordering session & sit down to view all of your images from your photographer. Of all the things you would like to do…you decide to splurge a little and get the 8×10 size. It’s very big compared to a 5×7, the crop is even different. You get it home and frame it & place it in the middle of the big, blank wall. You stand back and admire it’s….well…smallness!


What happened to the large photo you had in your head? It’s so tiny you must walk up on it to see it. The truth is, your proportion and scale is way off. 8x10s are nice on a side table, on top of your piano even, and they’re huge in an album, but on a large wall, they don’t have that same impact. Small wall portraits CAN have a larger impact, in a smaller space – a hallway, a narrow wall space or a powder room. But on a wide open wall and even above your fireplace, you need to go up in scale.

I had the photo above printed at a much larger scale to demonstrate the point. Larger image, better cropping and fills much more wall space. On paper, this size seems GIGANTIC. It’s a 24×36 sized Signature Print, mounted on heavy board. Imagine this size as a canvas, and the impact it would have on a wall.

To compare the two, it’s like apples and oranges! When you’re in your ordering session and you’re not sure of what size is proportional for you wall, let’s look at some sample images and compare, or better yet, take measurements of your wall space & be prepared to fill it the right way.

Many thanks to the Jacksons for being my model family (yet again!).

Side note: I went to link to the blog post I was quite sure I made months ago and found the blog post still hanging out as a draft! Stay tuned tomorrow for a very, very late post with the Jacksons from back in the fall!

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Be Bold!

April 3rd, 2012

Bold patterns are in season this spring, don’t be afraid to mix and match them with some traditional favorites! Click on the photo below to check out individual items at my Polyvore site.

 

Bold patterns are in season this spring, don’t be afraid to mix and match them with some traditional favorites! Click on the photo below to check out individual items at my Polyvore site.

Be Bold!