We have our three winners from our Back to School Photo Contest! All the photos were adorable and inspired fun back to school photo ideas for many parents. We did a random drawing and here are the winners!
Our first winner is … Jackson! Jackson started Kindergarten this year. His mother, Amye, said, “I had very mixed feelings about Jackson’s first day of Kindergarten. After having a slight meltdown during the summer when completing his registration forms, I was very worried about what may happen on the first day of school. I am happy to report both Jackson, and his mommy (me), did very well and there were no tears. It was an exciting, and fun, first day! He is LOVING his new school, Southminster Day School, and Kindergarten!” Congratulations and we are so happy to hear to the first day went well for both Jackson and mom – no tears shed!
Are you planning to send valentine cards that friends and family will love? Then you should spend a little time thinking about valentine photo ideas, first. There is one simple thing you can do to make your photos pop: use props!
Since most Valentine’s Day photo cards share a palette of pinks and reds, adding a shot of pink or red to your photo is a fun way to tie your photo into the card design. A cute prop, such as a big candy heart or a flower that matches the colors in your card, makes it look like the card and photo were meant for each other.
Spring is here and we all want to get outside. A winter’s worth of shooting portraits inside is enough to make any photographer go stir crazy. But today the greens are vibrant, flowers are blossoming, trees are budding, and it all makes a great setting for outdoor portraits. All you need is a camera, a subject, and some decent weather!
Shooting in Natural Light
One of the true perks of shooting portraits outdoors is you don’t have mess with studio lighting, flashes or any of that mess. You’re au naturale. Here are just a few outdoor photography tips to keep in mind:
The sun is your friend
When shooting in sunlight, keep the sun to the side of the subject. Shooting with the sun directly behind you just results in a squinting model and flat lighting. Shooting with the sun behind the model leaves you either with a correctly exposed background and a face in shadow, or a well lit face and a blown out background. Keep that sun to your side and you’ll get an evenly exposed shot with nice contours on your model. This happy couple on the right wanted an impromptu portrait taken while the cherry blossoms were poking out in Washington D.C.. The sun was a little too harsh and a little too high for our liking, but they were happy.
But so is the shade
Shooting in shade is kind of like shooting in a giant softbox. Your light is soft, you don’t have to worry about highlights that are too hot or shadows that are too dark. You can just focus on your model. What a relief!