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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sun, Surf and Sand

An unexpected trip to the Oregon Coast brought great opportunity to grab some great shots of the waves in action, and the tail of a whale!  Check out some of the photos on facebook or at under the nature section.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Taking Photographs instead of Snapshots

"Why don't my pictures look as good as the photographer's pictures?" one might ask.  One of the things that sets photographers apart from people who just take pictures is how images are composed.  A fundamental rule of photography and other visual art is to follow the Rule of Thirds.

The example to the right follows this rule but it is still not an acceptable shot from a photographer's standpoint.  Why?  The bird is running out of the picture.  A better composition would have been to frame the bird on the far right and have it running into the picture.  That way, the bird has somewhere to run and viewers are drawn into the picture instead of out of it.

Any time a subject is in motion, it is a good idea to compose the picture so that the subject enters the frame as in this example.  The dolphins are coming out of the water into the frame and you can almost imagine them completing their jump and splashing into the water on the other side.

This rule doesn't just apply to subjects in motion.  Any time the subject is looking to one side, the image should be composed with her/him looking into the picture.  The bird's body in the image below is pointed to the left, but the bird is looking to the right.  Composing the bird to the left of the frame gives the feeling of the bird looking into the picture instead of out of it.

It is important to think about composition when shooting as it may make the difference between a snapshot and photograph.

Monday, September 13, 2010

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Breaking the rules (of Photography)

We had a great time with Miranda this weekend. Using the "facebook generation style" we created a different look for this "Scene".  Miranda was a natural.  We had fun looking for color and contrast in an Urban scene.  Thanks to our creative consultant on this shoot, Michael Salzer for all his input on the latest trends.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Perfect Dress/Trash the Dress

We had a great day today taking photos of a beautiful girl. She was looking for the perfect dress in a wonderful dress shop-Private Label Bridal Outlet in Everett.  (They were so accomodating!)

Then we took her down to the beach and put her in the water.  You couldn't even tell afterwards!  (Note to all of you wanting to Trash Your Dress, her dress will have to be cleaned so wait until after the ceremony!)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

A Bright, Sunny Wedding

We really enjoyed shooting Cindy and Darrell's wedding last weekend in Poulsbo.  The bride was very nervous, but very sweet, and beautiful.  The handsome groom was so accomodating and helpful.  They are a very loving couple and gave us lots of opportunities for great smooching shots! 

Note to those looking for outdoor locations for their weddings:  The harsh sun causes shooting challenges because of shadows, contrast and guys often don't want to take off their sunglasses.  This can cause squinting, so when looking for an outdoor location for your weddings remember to make sure it has a solid, shady area for the formals!

Congratulations Cindy and Darrell and good luck in your future together.  Eric and Heidi.