February has been my busiest month yet – which has definitely led to a slow down in the blogging.
You may recognize this home from my last interior/real estate shoot. I was invited back after that shoot to take some family shots. Since I am not a huge fan of very posed shots, especially when there are small children involved (who get bored pretty easily), I suggested a cookie baking lifestyle shoot.
Lifestyle shoots are simply the photographer capturing your family doing something, it can be baking (this is always a fantastic shoot), making a snowman, or just hanging out. The sessions can be as long as you want, but at a minimum I always suggest an hour.
Lifestyle photo-sessions are often harder to shoot because you are moving around in the home through different lighting scenarios, and shooting around different bits of furniture. However, they are definitely my favorite style of photo shoot. It’s fun watching the kids get messy and really play – I am able to capture such great expressions and emotions, while the family actually has fun.
It’s time for me to head off to my favorite charity, Rifle Animal Shelter, and grab some photos of their adoptable pets. I can’t wait to share them with you, and, who knows, maybe one of you readers will find your forever furry friend.
Last week, I was contracted for a real estate photography project on a newly renovated property in Carbondale. What a gorgeous home. The shiplap ceiling in the master definitely gave me ceiling envy, and the stunning decor in the kids room gave me definite interior design goals.
I thoroughly loved this shoot, and was very grateful for my 14mm lens, which is able to capture an entire room in one shot. A definite must-have for any home interior photographer.
This last week has been super busy with private boudoir clients, but I got a slight change of pace yesterday, when I got to photograph Wolf Gensch – from Wolf Gensch Construction, at his home – which ironically enough for a contractor, is currently under renovation.
I photographed Wolf and his son for both formal headshots, and for a little father-son goofing around.
We are under a storm warning here – so am editing, editing editing!
EEEK! I have been so busy since New Year that I haven’t had time to post! I have been shooting back-to-back with editing sandwiched in-between. I have decided to separate out my boudoir business from my family & portraits, so I am also building a brand new boudoir only website.
I have two years of images to play with, so am hoping to get something brilliant up. If you are interested in boudoir shoots with me; couples boudoir, maternity boudoir, bridal boudoir, or just because I want to boudoir – join me on my VIP ladies only boudie babe group here, or follow my work on my brand new shiny instagram handle @boudoirbygeorgina
If you are more into family, portraits and weddings catch me on my traditional photography instagram @georginafordphotos.
I have a boudie babe marathon coming up, with five ladies hitting my studio, I absolutely love the fact that I get to make these moms, grandmoms, soon-to-be-wed ladies feel like goddesses for the day!
Happy 2019 to all my friends, followers, and people randomly browsing the internet while trying to get rid of their hang-over. What a year 2018 has been for my business and I, and 2019 has already started with such incredible promise.
A few years ago, while in a dead-end job, I took stock of who I was, where I was, and where I wanted to be. I was sitting there, a Managing Editor of a business and finance publishing house, earning a great salary, but I had completely lost all joy. I looked back at the days when I leaped out of bed and was excited to work, to develop magazines, improve the publications. There was none of that joy anymore. I craved a life where I could be master of my own destiny, create beautiful stories for people either through words, or pictures. One of my passions is sharing people’s stories, emotions, lives – bringing readers and viewers in through my pen or my camera and make them FEEL. There was no way I could do that in a corporate suit obeying mindless directives, developing policies just to ensure people did their jobs. My worst nightmare – sitting in an office mindlessly repeating tasks, saying the same things over and over, a salaried automaton waiting for the next pay-cheque. So I picked up my camera again, and really started learning. I developed my contacts for freelance writing and editing.
It was scary, it could have failed, but I did it. I took a leap of faith. My family and I then moved to Colorado, and here we are.
If you have a dream, work towards it, just take that first step.
Taking photos of your kids is not easy, especially when they are small and fast (or big and unimpressed!). I have taken photos of kids from days old, to decades old. Here are a few easy tips to nab those photos on your phone, or camera this holiday season.
If you are using a camera, shoot in sports mode if you have small kids. The higher shutter speed will capture those precious seconds as they zoom about!
Photography literally means painting with light – try and get your kids positioned so that the light is on their face – and there are no shadows on their faces for example, near a window or a door if you are inside. If you are outside, do not face them towards direct sun as they will be squinting. Try and find even shade.
Give them something to do. This can be playing with a toy, jumping up and down, or getting them explaining the plot to a cartoon they watched, a story they read. Ask them questions and snap those expressions as they talk.
Watch them play – take out your camera and take photos. Some of the very best images are unposed. Move yourself around them to find the best light.
Always focus on their eyes. If they are still babies (even young kids), get a squeaky toy. I have found that making a noise will attract both kids eyes, and pets eyes, (and sometimes can be used with adults too!).
Get down to their level. Take photos on the floor with your child.
If you are going to take posed photos, keep the time short. Most small kid’s attention spans are 15 minutes at a time.
If you are taking photos outside, the best time to do it is early morning or evening at dusk. The shadows are not as harsh, and you get better light.
One guaranteed technique is to tell your kid not to smile. EVER. during the session. You will get cheeky grins all round.
Have fun in a sessions. Smile, laugh, make fart jokes if you have to.
Happy Christmas Everyone, from my family to yours.
I am so excited to have won this photograph competition, with this photo! This is definitely one of my favorite bag companies (who doesn’t want a bag guaranteed for life right??). Head on over to Saddleback Leather and check out their amazing range of bags. I am trying to choose my next bag, but there are so many choices!!!!
I hope you are all having a fabulous Christmas season. the kids are off, it is time to get your phones and cameras out and get those happy holiday snaps. Check out my blog on Christmas eve on how to take the BEST kid and family snaps this festive season!