Did you ever wonder why a professional photographer's photos have that extra something ? There are many things that go into capturing a great image. With moving children, it is not always easy. My little model here is one year old and moved quickly. I had great window light coming in behind me to light up the scene and used a 50mm lens with an aperture of f2.2 (shallow depth of field to achieve some blur in the background), which also enabled me to have a quick shutter speed (250) to ensure a sharp picture of a quick moving one year old. I like to get my focus point on the eyes for a nice sharp picture of the face. Ok, great ... got the shot, it looks ok. But now, the extra something and where I spend my time when I am not behind my camera ... in the digital darkroom. When I take my photos, I shoot in a RAW format (most, if not all non-pro use a .jpeg format). By shooting in RAW, I am able to adjust the white-balance exposure, colors and many attributes of an image or part of an image. I use Adobe Lightroom to make these adjustments. After Lightroom I bring my photo into Adobe Photoshop, where I can fix blemishes and remove distracting elements of a photo. I also use special "actions' that you can build that compile a group of finishing touches to an image in a batch format. In this photo, I used an action from www.thecoffeeshopblog.com/ called the "2 minute miracle", which softened the skin tones and gave the image a little extra POP! So there you have it .... while you might have thought we were just great at taking pictures, there is a science and art to the final product of every image captured by a professional photographer!
I had the awesome opportunity to work with and assist Meredith Ann Photography (www.meredithannphoto.com) at a Wedding yesterday afternoon on the Jersey Shore! So happy to see the Jersey Shore starting to perk back up ! Now... while I know I am not a wedding photographer ... this was an "all kid bridal party" and I was happy to be able to jump in on the fun !!! The boys looked so handsome in their suits and the girls were all too excited to spin their dresses and show off their pretty tiaras! The Bride and Groom looked great and were so relaxed and seemed to really enjoy their special day. Take a sneak peak ...
I am excited to announce that Denise Jean Photography has partnered with Tiny Prints to help with the ordering and printing of photo cards for holidays, birth announcements, religious events and more. Tiny Prints is a leading retailer of premium photo cards and has been recognized for their high quality prints and customer service. To place an order through Tiny Prints, you can click on the link below which will lead you to our co-branded storefront. From here, you can shop for any product on the Tiny Prints site or review a few of my favorite choices. You can also find a link to the Tiny Prints storefront from my website. I can upload images from our photo sessions directly to Tiny Prints and help you create beautiful cards from the amazing moments we capture together ! Feel free to contact me with any questions!
Over the weekend, an unseasonable warm weekend, I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph a Dad and his daughters at Deep Cut Gardens. I am a true "Daddy's girl" in every sense of the way ... so I was very excited for this photo session. It was a such a treat to meet these sweet little loving sisters who adored their Dad and were excited to take pictures. These special relationships are something to treasure and I was so happy to be capturing their smiling faces. A little girl looking up to her dad and him holding those tiny little hands, knowing they have a hold on his heart forever. I only know the love I have for my father, I can only imagine the love a father has for his daughters. Truly, truly special!
Happy New Year ! One of my business resolutions is to "blog more", so here we go ! The last few days I have been working on getting organized for the new year. I have been culling through the 2012 images, updating my website and reflecting on my first year in the business of capturing life's moments. I noticed a theme throughout every photo shoot ... images of children and families looking away from my camera and enjoying what lies beyond. Some looking down the path in a beautiful park, some looking at each other or at the simple rolling waves in the ocean. I purposely do this in each session, but I realized its apart of what I deeply want for every person... the ability to live in the present and look to the future. I have been gifted with the ability to capture moments to treasure forever, but there is no better gift than the present... hmmm.. maybe that's why a gift is called a present? In 2013, enjoy every beautiful moment, look in the eyes of a loved one, a beautiful flower or the waves of the ocean and STOP, take it in. You, like a camera, have the power to take in that image and all its beauty! I wish everyone a Happy, Healthy and Beautiful New Year.