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On location – my favorite place

March 8th, 2012

Since I am totally on location (except for newborn sessions) I tend to scout around town a bit looking for great spots. I have a few spots that I always suggest to people, mainly because they are so versatile. My all time favorite spot locally is the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on the campus of […]

 

Since I am totally on location (except for newborn sessions) I tend to scout around town a bit looking for great spots. I have a few spots that I always suggest to people, mainly because they are so versatile. My all time favorite spot locally is the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on the campus of Duke University. To say this is a great spot for most all portrait sessions may sound like a stretch, but there are so many nooks and crannies in this place, it’s hard not to love it and find different spots every time I go.

By moving a few steps to the left or the right, an old familiar shoot locate becomes something brand new and interesting. Evening light versus morning light can change the whole ambiance of a shoot.

Yesterday morning, I decided to go out and take a very early morning tour of the park. The weather was going to be in the seventies, which made for a warm morning here. I loaded up a few lenses and headed off to the park. Familiar areas looked brand new in the morning light.

Take for instance this scene – the little Asian shelter by the pond in the Asiatic Arboretum. I’m sure it has a proper name…but I have never taken the time to read the little garden sign that explains.  Same place, different light, slightly different viewpoint.


This is one of my favorite spots in the park, the bamboo forest. This is the place where Donovan fell into the muck pond/cesspool when he was 3….and I had to carry a naked, muddy kid from the park and both of us rode home absolutely filthy. Unfortunately, I have no photos of that, but the tall bamboo here w/the light shining through is something you just don’t find often around here.


The pond stairs from different angles.


And there are some places that are unexpected gems at a huge park – places you wouldn’t notice much, but make a nice backdrop for photos.

Again, there are spots that are better at some times than others.  The spot below is one of them.  You may need to click it to get up close and personal with the details.  In the middle picture, the water was clouded and scummy, the first photo, the water level is below normal, but on the far right, it was clear (as it gets I suppose) and worked really well for the photo.

A location will never be “over done” as long as you vary up certain elements, a park like this is constantly in bloom through the seasons, and every season brings a new great spot for photos.

As I took pictures of spring, I made a few desktop backgrounds. Feel free to download and use these, simply click on the image, and when it opens large, right click & save on your computer.

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Fall Ramblings

October 5th, 2011

Yesterday was my friend Shirley‘s birthday, and along with her sister Dawn, we got together and went to a very cool antique village nearby and had lunch. To say that the place we visited was “cool” is almost an understatement.  It’s very cool, but so much more – especially if you’re into salvaging things, remaking […]

 


Yesterday was my friend Shirley‘s birthday, and along with her sister Dawn, we got together and went to a very cool antique village nearby and had lunch. To say that the place we visited was “cool” is almost an understatement.  It’s very cool, but so much more – especially if you’re into salvaging things, remaking & reusing odd finds.  The place is FULL of odd finds!  We stayed for over an hour browsing all of the cool things & making mental “things to make” lists.  Dawn was very smart & used the Pinterest app to take photos to load straight to her Pinterest board. I’ll have to remember to do that next time!

Outside everything was decorated for fall. There were pumpkins & mums, fall colors, hay bales & corn.  I love how they always change up the decor depending on the season. The village is made of about 5 or 6 smaller buildings full of antiques, and 1 larger building. Outside is used as well as inside.  It’s tucked in a little spot you’d never think to stop at if you are in Raleigh – it’s off of Durant Road, after the train tracks close to the Capital Blvd. side of things.  It is SUCH a feast for the eyes inside & out.  If you love vintage jewelry, or love finding things to re-purpose for the home, you have to visit.  And they have some of the best vintage chandeliers I’ve seen around, for quite reasonable prices (and most are plugged in and working!).





This last photo is of this great outdoor fireplace mantle, it would be cool outside on a patio or in the backyard, this one had a mirror, some frames, candles (even a candle holder with eyeballs in it) – it was very Halloween, without any of the usual pumpkins & jack-o-lantern decor.  To the side was an old bed spring leaning against the wall with white lights woven through the springs.  There were used wine bottles placed in the large spring coils.  Great idea if you love wine & always have bottles around!

So, are you decorating for fall, or are you like me, and just too stumped to make a move?  I need to get some mums & pumpkins at least, and then I’ll worry about inside later.  I know lots of people have tons of fall interior decor they pull out & place around – but since I’m not one much for sit-arounds & knick knacks, I’m sure that’s why I have no spare decor.  Maybe I’ll make a feature wall or feature area that I can change for the season. I may have just the perfect place on my stairway.

 

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Location Scouting

June 27th, 2011

Since I’m an on-location photographer, it’s crucial that I find great spots for photos.  In order to find these cool spots, I often head out alone or with a friend, cameras in tow looking for places that have potential. I’m all about the *living backdrop*, getting out and spotting is really cool, I always find […]

 

Since I’m an on-location photographer, it’s crucial that I find great spots for photos.  In order to find these cool spots, I often head out alone or with a friend, cameras in tow looking for places that have potential.

I’m all about the *living backdrop*, getting out and spotting is really cool, I always find something I never knew was here in town – or in the case of last weekend, in a neighboring town.

My first trip two weeks ago was with my friend Cher, she’s usually up for exploring. My main thought was grunge and texture.  I found a lot of great spots, though I’m not sure I’ll be able to convince anyone to have a session in the cemetery!

Did you notice Cher’s camera strap? I have one as well, it’s made by Black Rapid, and it’s the RS-W1 strap for female photographers. It’s got a nice feature that allows it to lay the right way over your chest without the uncomfortable feeling or look of a normal strap.

Then, last weekend, my friend Shirley from Wild Blueberry Ink and I got together to scope out a totally different scene.  She had been telling me for a while about going down to Smithfield to the river. The Neuse river runs all through this area, and depending on where you are, you get a totally different view.  Down that way, it’s very calm & serene.

As we were down there, she took me to Selma, a neighboring town that had TONS of charm, I’m definitely going back. And supposedly, Selma is some sort of mecca for local antique-ers. Who knew?  We went to a flea market that was an indoor feast for the camera.  I saw SO many weird things…including a very very creepy puppet theater with hand painted naked women.  I would say “mermaids”…but some of them had no bottoms on! *gasp*. I can only imagine this thing cropping up at the local library for story time. I’m sure the kids were enthralled with the nude exhibition playing out before them.

I’m definitely heading back there, sooner rather than later.  Of course, I picked up the bowling bag (it was $2) – soon to be converted into a camera bag, and a cute plate on a stand to hold my rings. I also thought it was cool to see a photo of the Bodie Island Lighthouse, which is where I took Donovan’s 4th birthday photos.  The baby giraffe I wanted, but didn’t know a) where to hide him and b)what he was even good for!