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Camera Talk

July 8th, 2014

In the not so distant past, if you would have asked me what my daily camera of choice was, I would have told you it was my Nikon. I want photos from everyday life, but don’t want to sacrifice the quality for the convenience of a point and shoot camera, so I use my “big […]


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In the not so distant past, if you would have asked me what my daily camera of choice was, I would have told you it was my Nikon. I want photos from everyday life, but don’t want to sacrifice the quality for the convenience of a point and shoot camera, so I use my “big camera” as it’s often referred to as. I love that camera, but what I DON’T love is how hard it is to carry it the places that I’d like to take photos.

Last year, I started looking into a smaller camera for my non-business related photos. My main goal was to not sacrifice image quality, manual control over the images, and no nagging feeling that I should have toted out the big guy instead. What I ended up with really changed how I interact with photography on a day to day basis, and has returned my “freedom to snap”. I set out to find a camera that was high in photo untitled shoot-020quality, small and portable.

After much research, I ended up with the Olympus EP-3, and even though it was mid range for Olympus, this camera is fantastic for me. No more lugging the huge camera, figuring out which bag fit all of my gear, trying to decide how many lenses I wanted to bring along. To combat my “which lens” dilemmas, I picked up my EP-3 with only a 17mm lens (equal to about 35mm on my large camera). After a year and a half, I’m happy to report I made with the single non-zooming lens. There were no decisions other than take a photo or not. This camera is small enough to fit in all but a few of my purses — another bonus I had missed.

How are the photos? I think in low light, my lens is a bit noisy, but I could just be a little nitpicky.  If you’re on the fence about buying a new camera because you feel like you need to go big, do your research and see what other options are available.  My camera is tiny, but very capable. It has more features than most people use on their DSLR’s, and if you like to use your camera in manual mode, you can do that too by programming a few buttons. I like it, once I got the hang of it.  It has in camera art filters, and a host of interchangeable lenses including zooms that you can purchase if needed.  The lenses are also very small and lightweight – even the zoom lenses.

So, long story short, if you need a better camera, don’t immediately go for the large DSLR if you don’t need all of the features. Check out all of your options, and you just may end up with a gem that better fits your daily life.

Now for the images… All but the first one taken with my Olympus Pen E-P3.

On a side note, if you have another system – you can purchase adapters and use some of your old lenses.  With the $24 adapter, I’m able to use my Nikon lenses with great results (See the photos of President Obama’s visit!).  I was pretty sure that with bag checks and security, professional cameras would not be allowed into the venue without a valid press pass. If you know me…you also know there was no way I was going without a camera.  I stuffed my Olympus, converter and 3 Nikon lenses into my tiny camera bag and crossed my fingers.  The guy checking my bag said “Nice little camera..I hope you can see him with this!”.

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Practice, Practice, Practice!

December 7th, 2011

In just a few minutes, I am heading out to do my first photos at a local daycare.  I’m so excited, and also nervous.  I’m doing a holiday setup that I hope comes out really well! Have I ever done a holiday setup? Well, not really!  But did I work my butt off practicing my […]


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In just a few minutes, I am heading out to do my first photos at a local daycare.  I’m so excited, and also nervous.  I’m doing a holiday setup that I hope comes out really well!

Have I ever done a holiday setup? Well, not really!  But did I work my butt off practicing my technique until it turned out nice, well, I think I did! I usually don’t use the backdrop, as I’m on location – or the studio lights, but I know how to set them up & go with the flow of things when duty calls.  Overall, I love the look we turned out with.

My practice subject is most often Donovan, and while he hates it, I still love the time we spend together & the questions that he asks are so insightful.  Last week, I practiced my holiday photos with him.  And while they started out all wrong, in the end I hope the children & parents are going to enjoy these – I enjoy the practice shots I did of him in the blue, and eventually I threw him in some holiday wear & will use these for my Christmas cards!

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Photos with a six year old who freely complains

November 27th, 2011

I often hear from clients & friend, “I don’t know HOW you are going to get them to cooperate for their photos”  – well, let me tell you, my experience is home grown & practiced extensively with my own son.  He’s six, and I started photography when he was very young, so I’ve essentially worked […]


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I often hear from clients & friend, “I don’t know HOW you are going to get them to cooperate for their photos”  – well, let me tell you, my experience is home grown & practiced extensively with my own son.  He’s six, and I started photography when he was very young, so I’ve essentially worked with a longstanding client since age 6 months or so. Because he knows me, he feels quite comfortable complaining & voicing his opinion about every aspect of the session.  This is never so evident as with our yearly birthday photos. Every year for his birthday, I plan a big photo shoot. It’s pretty much a guarantee that he’s not going to want to do it, and there will be bribes made, and ice cream to be had afterwards, and probably a toy purchase.

For his photos this year, I had the grand idea that I would do photos on our summer vacation again (as I do every year) in Kitty Hawk, NC, which is just beautiful.  Every year though, I try to come up with a new idea for photos either at the beach, near the beach, or around the beach.  The beach birthday photos started when he was 3, and I absolutely look forward to them every year. This year’s plan was at Jockey’s Ridge, (oooh, sand dune shots!!) and photos at the Wright Brothers Memorial.  I figured I might could get him excited about planes or something (in addition to taking my photos!).  So, along with my husband kiddie-wrangler we headed out to the WBM, and then had to hike him up to the top.

Now anyone with a young child knows how that goes.  My son is no different with the complaining, except there is always an element of “I’m hot” stuck in there somewhere – he’s always hot, and I’m sure if he could have made the trek without a shirt or his jeans, he would have been pleased.  Anyway, by the time the three of us get to the top, he’s hot, his legs hurt, his feet feel funny he would like a snack…oh, and he’s thirsty.  In my head I have just nixed the Jockey’s Ridge portion of the show. No way, no how am I taking him up there for photos after the drama of walking up a hill with a sidewalk. Jockey’s Ridge is all sand, which means more complaints, more whining, more hotness – with sand – and he can’t NOT touch sand.

As we reach the top, I let him explore a bit with Danya – he’s quite excited about how high up we are, and how much he can see from the top. Great! I’m happy that he’s happy.  Out comes the camera, because he’s happy, it’s time to get the party going.

Unfortunately, he’s not so excited about this part – as you can see in my terribly overly bright first shots.

Deal #1 is thrown out…”Hey – do you want ice cream? We can do that…if you want to when we leave….IF you cooperate with me, that is.” Ahh…things begin to pick up quite nicely after we come to an agreement that’s pleasing to his stomach. I get a few more shots in, but I have a mental list already of shots I need up here, since I’m not going over to Jockey’s Ridge.

That proposal gets a better response, and with the watchful help of Daddy, we get this session rolling. (Danya wasn’t actually posing for the photo above…he just happened to be standing there like Donovan – too cute!).

Not saying we don’t still have some attitude adjusting to do…but he knows by now that short of tears and a mental breakdown, the show rolls on!

My little guy, he turns from warm & friendly to cold in a few seconds!

Generally, the method is “just keep shooting” and eventually, I’ll have a set that I’m happy with.  Luckily, Donovan responds very well to jokes!

And he’s always quick to suggest “if you let me do what I want to do, I’ll be so much better”. So usually there are a few shots that are of “what he wants to do” which includes crawling and climbing on statues & exhibits, playing in the dirt & collecting rocks & sticks.  Oh, and letting him pose the way HE wants to pose. Did I want photos with Orville (or is that Wilbur?) in them? No…but I let him have it his way.

So, after being majorly frustrated with this whole experience, he wanted NOTHING to do with going to see the exhibits of the planes. We left right away. In the end, we ended up going to Jockey’s Ridge later on in the evening to watch the sunset & play with the kite he got in exchange for squeezing out ten more minutes of photos earlier.  I took the camera, but it was all for fun.

Yes, there were major complaints about walking way too far…but a funny thing happened.  For the past few months, every time I ask Donovan which (LOCAL) park he’d like to go ride his bike, or go play…he says “Jockey’s Ridge”! The next day, we went back to the Wright Brothers Memorial to see the exhibit of the plane (the ticket is a 2 day ticket).  He was totally wrapped up in the story of the first flight. Evidently he even went back to school talking non-stop about the Wright Brothers & their early aviation experiments.  He still brings it up, months later – as well as how much FUN it was being at the top of the memorial & being able to see “everything”. All of the drama has been forgotten, and although I can’t say I want to drag him back up to the top next year for photos, we probably will go to check out the sights.

 

 

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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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Creating a feature wall

August 17th, 2011

What do you do when you have the strong urge for color in a room, yet you know you can’t paint the entire room? You create a feature wall. Pick a wall, could be the odd wall that’s not exactly large enough for anything else, or the area above your mantle, or a narrow space […]

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What do you do when you have the strong urge for color in a room, yet you know you can’t paint the entire room? You create a feature wall. Pick a wall, could be the odd wall that’s not exactly large enough for anything else, or the area above your mantle, or a narrow space between two hallway doors. That wall is perfect to accent with paint, and add decor as a feature wall.

I’m pretty visual, I love collecting ideas, and I love to do projects. The problem with my method is that I’m not a planner. I’m the type to buy now, sort materials and ideas later. You can only imagine all of the things I’ve purchased for a potential project that never really made their way into fruition. That was long before you could do everything online…so, this week I’m going to share a few places online to help you get a project planned and priced before you ever hit the store. Today’s post is dedicated to the buyers…not the planners. I’m sure the planner-people are reading this now thinking “Duh – who buys first?”. Well, this post is for us!

Planning it online
So, you picked your wall, and the first thing you want to do is run to Lowes or Home Depot and get paint…right? Well, there’s a better way. Lots of paint manufacturers now have online paint color selectors so you can “try” colors on blank walls in a real room. My favorite is at Behr. Play with all of the colors in a variety of rooms – and if you like you can even upload a photo of your room and color that too. Sherwin Williams also has a similar paint selector.

After you choose a color, then head to the paint store — but only to buy a sample…or a few swatches that you can see from far away.  Most companies sell tiny cans of paint in order to let you test colors.  Take it from me…sometimes a test is good.  Thanks to no test colors, the Apple Green I picked for my son’s bathroom dried and turned into Shocking Shrek Green!

Gather Online Inspiration
There are many websites online that allow you to save a notebook, or favorites for later.  One of my favorite sites is Etsy.  Everything there is made by hand, and you can find some really great craftsmen and women there.  I also find myself frequenting these sites for ideas:

Apartment Therapy
Ikea
Offbeat Home
Tip Junkie
Pinterest

Sketch out your plan
While the paint dries, or while you’re getting used to looking at your swatch on the wall, pull out the paper & pad & start sketching.  If you’re a magazine page collector, pull those out too.  Getting a visual from somewhere usually helps jump start your own thought process.  What do you want to feature? One photo, a series of photos? Word art & photos?  There are so many possibilities!  I am trying my best NOT to accumulate paper these days, so I browse for ideas & save them online at Pinterest.

The thing is, this planning phase can go on for a long time, sometimes you decide you’re not ready for that next step, or you just like your walls the way they are for the time being.  Either way, knowing online resources for design & inspiration are always a good thing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My website is complete!

July 13th, 2011

After months and months of things that only happen to me, my website is finally complete! I can only say it’s been a labor of love, and I hope you all enjoy it & share it with your friends. The address is www.jacquelineperryphotography.com    


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After months and months of things that only happen to me, my website is finally complete! I can only say it’s been a labor of love, and I hope you all enjoy it & share it with your friends.

The address is www.jacquelineperryphotography.com

 

 

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Moving Day!

April 1st, 2011

Hi, and welcome to my new blog.  I decided to let go of the old blog & start fresh at a new domain.  I have big plans for this wide open space for 2011!  I hope to fill this with photos from my sessions, inspirations from friends I’ve met along the way including other photographers […]

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Hi, and welcome to my new blog.  I decided to let go of the old blog & start fresh at a new domain.  I have big plans for this wide open space for 2011!  I hope to fill this with photos from my sessions, inspirations from friends I’ve met along the way including other photographers & creatives from my local area & across the country.  Anyone who knows me knows that I have a deep love of anything artsy, and I will be sharing a lot of that here on my blog.

It is my photography blog, but it seems to me that since I have a photography website already, using this blog to showcase recent client work & happenings in my life together with my other interest will give you the full picture of who I am.

I have so many things & shoots to update on here that never made it to my old blog, so you’ll be seeing a lot of those to begin with. Fridays around here are always “Fun Fridays” which means a little bit of everything.  Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE finding things online, so expect to see some cool things from around the web, and other interesting Friday content.

So, thanks for stopping in, follow the feeds, or stop by a few times  week to see what’s going on, I’m glad to have you! As always, if you have any questions, or comments, feel free to participate in the conversation by leaving a comment.

 

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November 24th, 2005

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