Monday, July 21, 2008

My turn...

Since my girls were born, I've always been taking pictures of them. And I've also taken them to numerous places and had their pictures done. Since I am starting my own business, I will be the one doing all their pictures and to invest in myself as a photographer. I admit, I could have done it in past, but I was always afraid they wouldn't turn out so well. I wasn't confident in my ability, but no longer. I am now. I am putting more time in to learning, making my pictures better and finding my niche. I don't think I am quite there yet, but I am well on my way. Thanks to my kids, my husband, family and friends I have the support I need and some subjects to harass with my camera.

Here are my two beautiful girls, my reason for everything.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Still learning...

Today I shot pictures of my friend Sabrina's children. Alexis is a beautiful girl that loves to point out details, whether it's my hair that remains the same from day to day or that it's too much light for my camera; she's simply a fun girl to take pictures of that also keeps you on your toes. Her little brother, Trenton, is adorable and unlike most boys, he likes to stay close and keep on an eye on everything. I had fun chatting with Lexi and I also learned that you have to be quick with children so that they don't get too bored. They don't really care while you adjust your meter or ISO, which I was checking constantly today! Kids are all about fun and taking pictures can be fun at first, but for most, it's becomes old quickly.

Sabrina, Lexi and Trent, thanks for meeting up before your hike. It was fun.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Essentials

A portfolio is essential, plain and simple. I can't imagine being hired by someone, without them being able to see my work and know, at the least that I can operate my camera. All photographers are different. Different styles, different perspectives. You can have two people photograph the same event and, I bet, the pictures will be completely different. You may even prefer one over the other. Portfolios allow some to look at a photographers work and see their perspective of the world around them. Some may not prefer one's work, but another may love it. This is why portfolios are important and why I am currently working on beefing mine up.
So, to beef up my portfolio I have been going to my friends and offering my work at practically nothing. My latest shoot were of some friends of mine expecting their first baby. Olga and Bilal are so excited to become parents and I loved being able to capture this happy time in their life. I remember expecting my first baby and love to see that joy my friends are now experiencing. After dinner over the weekend, we ventured down to the park where I got to share in their joy by documenting it. I even got a few shots of their dogs, Leo and Maja. Pregnancy suites Olga, she's radiant and it was easy to see how much Bilal adores Olga. I can't wait for the time to come for me to take some newborn photos.
Olga and Bilal - Thanks for letting me share in this happy time and for also, helping me out at the same time. Much love to you both.



Friday, July 4, 2008

The Beginning

For years I have dabbled in photography. As a child I always had a camera, it started off as one of those simple point and shoot cameras that took 115mm film. I had a purple one for a little while, until Shamu splashed it and left it ruined. In high school I did yearbook and newspaper for a couple years. My parents got me first SLR camera for Christmas one year and later got me my Digital SLR. I've always liked to take pictures and I don't know why I didn't study Photography while I attended college. So now, here I am with this yearning to do more with photography. I have a great deal to learn, but I am getting there with the help of a couple friends in the business and some books to understand the basics a little better.

I've named my business High Hopes Photography. It was going to be Lacy Lynn Photography, but everyone here has that middle name and uses it for their photography business. Whiled I was a little dismayed at this revelation at first, I knew another name would come. One night, while rocking my daughter to sleep I was humming that High Hopes tune. I don't know all of the words, so humming works. As a mother, I have high hopes for my girls and want them to be happy in life. Photography makes me happy and I have high hopes to make a career out of it one of these days. And there it was, High Hopes Photography. I have a little logo that I drew and I should have it up soon.

So, to begin I am offering shoots for next to nothing. Mainly to establish a portfolio and learn to use my camera better. My first little mini shoot was my friend's daughter, Jessica. She's a wonderful girl with a beautiful smile and personality. She's really got it all together for being so young. It wasn't an easy task since I had both my girls with me. My oldest, Hayley adores Jessica and wanted to be in the pictures too. Besides keeping track of the kids, the shoot was fun and I think I got a few good ones. Let me know what you think.