Thursday, September 30, 2010

Jackie- San Diego Portrait Photographer

It was a chilly December night.
I had my wool peacoat buttoned tightly and scarf tucked neatly inside, not to let any of the heat out. I am always cold, especially when I get nervous and this was a doozy. I was driving in my new boyfriends car {my husband now} to meet his parents for the first time.
I was nervous to say the least and full of anticipation. 
What if they didn't like me? or worse, grilled me on my love for their son. The entire drive was full of angst and Parker did a wonderful job at calming me down. 2 hours later we arrived in Palm Desert. I opened the car door. We walked up the neatly groomed path to their front door and knocked. The door opened and his mom, dad, sister, and brother all greeted me with a big smile and a hug.  Since that day Jackie is like my little sister.  We had a great time taking her pics and hopefully you like them too! 

This is one of my favorites...
Love this one too!

Thanks Jackie! Your the best lil' sis ever :)! 
Happy Thursday! 

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

Night photography tips

Parker and I were given a used tripod, but it's new to us:) (Thanks Micheal!You are the best). So we decided it would be fun at 11:30pm to take some pics of downtown San Diego and use our new tripod. We seriously had the best time and stayed out until 1am (Who needs sleep anyway).
* All photos taken with a 50mm 1.4, a level tripod, in manual mode, and a Canon 7d. 
(These are all straight out of camera)
 Exposure 30 sec and 22 aperture setting. While the shutter was open a boat with a green light sped by. Awesome!
I've seen this before and Parker had a flash light on his i phone. Let me tell you it's hard to write in the air:).It says "love" in case you were wondering. 
* 20 sec/ 13
The following pic is a little fun with bokeh, which I love! 
*15 sec/ 1.4 /Manual focus 
Some tips for night photography
1. Try to pick somewhere dark with not too much ambient light.
2. Higher apertures keep light focused.
3. For long exposures use a tripod or something really stable (note: human tripods don't always work.
4.If you don't have a shutter release cable use the timer to reduce camera shake.
5. Patience
6. Go with someone who likes photography as much as you:).
These are a few things I learned and I hope you had a great weekend! 

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Smith Family- {Preview}

Here is a preview of the adorable Smith family session...hope you like it!
Happy Monday! 

Friday, September 24, 2010

Joy + Justin-{smitten}

Joy is as sweet as a cupcake. Justin is as cool as well anything cool:). They make an adorable couple and love sports. They are incredibly kind and laid back. In a word: Awesome! We met up at the cove in La Jolla for a Just Because Portrait Session. Then had a delicious dinner at Spice and Rice Thai Restaurant.  Laughter ensued as we ordered appetizers and four entrees, then proceeded to reminisce about Joy's trip to Italy...and you know how I love Gelato. So of course we had to go to the Gelateria in the cove for a tasty sweetie. After more laughter and great stories we parted ways, but Parker and I were left with a wonderful feeling of happiness and hopefully some new friends.
This is my favorite...
Hearts of love!!!
Work it!

A cute little dog walked by...
How beautiful are they...
We had a fun time with a nostalgic candy...Double Bubble! Check out the GIF...
How cute are they?

Joy and Justin really like sports, so they brought their Jerseys to show their love...

Summer stroll on the beach...with lots of kisses.
Mi amor!
Thanks Justin and Joy!