Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fall Family Fun {Federal Way Family Photography}

I had the chance to photograph the Jackson's a couple of days ago in the midst of the beautiful fall foliage.  Their two kids talked to me all along the path toward the lake, and by the time we were ready to begin photographing I felt like I was family friend to them!!

Along the way, their little one Sydney picked up this amazing yellow leaf that made it into many of the pictures you are about to see. 

Hanging out on the dock.  I'm not really sure who the dock belongs to, but I figure that sometimes it is easier to ask forgiveness than permission!!


The leaf....and some beautiful eyes!!


Their handsome son, Cole.


Brian's parents were in town visiting, so we thought we'd get them in a few of the pictures.  It was fun to watch grandma and grandpa with them...these kiddos are LOVED!!



I always like to get families playing together.  Isn't that what we all do best??  And so often there is no one there to document all the joy and laughter.




We found a slug on our photographic adventure and of course we had to capture the moment.  Can you tell how they feel about slugs???


Now I think this is a "reality family picture".  Mom and Dad are adoringly gazing into each others eyes while the kids are getting more wild by the minute, running circles around them!!




OK, so this is the last series...but it's my favorite.  I love the sneaky look on those faces!!



I had so much fun with you, Jackson Family!!!  The fall leaves were almost as beautiful as your amazing family, so they made a great back drop for you all!! 

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

More Workshop Images

So before time gets away from me, I thought I would post a few more pictures from the Workshop in Phoenix. All of them were shot on my Canon 5D Mark II...which I LOVE by the way!!!

Lens: 24-70mm @ 70mm, f/2.8, ISO 200, 1/2000

Lens: 24-70 @ 46mm, f/3.2, ISO 200, 1/800
(with a little cross processing in PhotoShop)

Lens: 24-70 @ 30mm, f/3.5, ISO 320, 1/400

Lens: 16-35 @ 35mm, f/2.8, ISO 200, 1/200

Lens: 16-35 @ 35mm, f/3.5, ISO 200, 1/80
(with their names replacing the previous ones in Photoshop...not so well done, but you get the idea, and I was in a rush!!)

Lens: 70-200 @ 70mm, f/3.5, ISO 200, 1/200
(Because the groom needs a shot all by himself!!)

Lens: 85mm, f/4, ISO 320, 1/50

Lens: 24-70 @ 70mm, f/10, ISO 200, 1/30, Using Off Camera Flash

Lens: 70-200 @ 165mm, f/2.8, ISO 400, 1/100

Lens: 70-200 @ 115mm, f/2.8, ISO 400 1/80

Lens: 17-40 @ 40mm, f/4, ISO 640, 1/100, Using Off Camera Flash

Lens: 17-40 @ 36mm, f/4, ISO 640, 1/100
(With cross processing in Photoshop to make it a little funky!)

Lens: 17-40 @ 36mm, f/4, ISO 640, 1/100
(I know it was a maternity shoot, but I loved this little look she gave me through the railing!)

Lens: 17-40 @ 39mm, f/11, ISO 500, 1/200, Using an Alien Bee strobe (thanks to the amazing Doni Brinkman!!)

Lens: 17-40 @ 25mm, f/11, ISO 500, 1/200, Using Alien Bee

I so loved being with this great group of photographers!! Each of them is following their passion and living life to the full. I agree with my friend Erin McFarland that they all have amazing hearts...and happen to be photographers as well!!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Seeing the Light {Photography Workshop}

Ahhh....I am now at home sipping a cup of tea and really FEELING the difference of 40 degrees between Phoenix and Seattle. I am so glad no one can see me right now because, far from glamorous, I am in my sweats, slippers and under my favorite fuzzy blanket...(not that I ever really think of myself as glamorous).

It was a whirlwind trip to Arizona - taking a missions trip down to Mexico, seeing old friends, celebrating a birthday (for my son) - and then after I put my family on a plane back to Seattle last week....I got to stay and play!!!

A few months ago I began to dream about a "workshop" (sort of) where photographers could gather, get to know each other and share what they know. Let's call it a collaborative experiment...and in these last few days, the dream came to fruition. Here is the crew I got to hang out with for 3 days....

We began the workshop experiment with a meal together, getting to know each other and then a lesson in using our flashes from my friend, David Anderson (note..that was NOT a lesson in flashing!!) Many of us realized how much we didn't know about our flashes and David set us straight. Thank you!!!

The next day we got to spend the whole day with Stuart Thurlkill of Eyes 2 See Photography. What a privilege that was for us.

Stuart talked shop with us in his studio during the morning and afternoon and then we had him walk us through a bridal shoot. (My friend Roseanne and her husband Justin were generous enough to show up looking amazing and did everything we told them to do...thanks guys!!)

So I'd love to introduce the participant to you...

Chris of Christopher Maddox Photography (you may recognize him from the Mexico trip pictures too!!)

Renee (and Keane) of Renee Bergmen Photography

And below is Christine of Christine Kay Photography

David of David Anderson Images...and I have to say this may be one of my favorite pictures. It so shows who David is!! He is putting down his flash (we already know he is an expert in that arena) and when we were talking about our styles, he would say his is to be so behind the scenes and unobtrusive that you hardly even know he is there. But I caught him!!!)

And we can't forget Stuart!! I just LOVE this picture!!

I already feel like this post is going to be SO long, but I thought I'd throw in one of our beautiful bride...

On Friday, Doni shared how she uses her off camera flash and then we headed over to Erin's for a lesson in Newborn and Maternity Photography.

Erin doing her "baby magic" above...

I think our model is one hot mama!!

The workshop was officially over on Friday night. Thank you to all who participated!! It was so fun to meet you all, get to know you and learn from you. How about doing this again?? How about summer in Seattle??

Devon and I went on to do a couple of more shoots on Saturday was a Senior Session (sort of!!) and then a family. Here are a couple from those times...

The kids in the background of this next one were making the same kind of faces my kids make when my husband and I go in for a kiss. I think I almost heard a child say..."sick-o" (which is what usually comes out of my son's mouth!)

I had SO much fun (and sunshine and warmth!!) However, I must say along with the cliche, "There's no place like home!!"