If there's one thing a photographer does well, its making something from anything.
We take a puddle and turn it into a reflective pool, or magically change a bed sheet into a diffuser.
I rediscovered the joy of DIY with photography when I wanted to make my own large diffusers. I didnt have the money to get one that was sturdy enough so I took money I earned from a shoot and went straight to the fabric store and bought fabric. Mom's old sewing machine took a beating from me as I learned to use it, but this huge square piece of fabric turned out lovely..... I just couldn't make a decent frame, lol!
That was a few years ago. Mom's old sewing machine gave way to a sturdier beast of a machine that weighs a ton and I troll resale shops as I work on new projects. Resale shops are magnificent for crafters. Let me tell you about the rocking horse I saved.
It was a solid wood rocking horse with a mangled tail and mane. Well-made and well-loved. It was looking for a new home.
I got it for almost nothing and found some perfect rope, fabric, and leather, and voila! a great baby photography prop or accessory for a shoot.
I'm working on other projects, so stay tuned!
While on location its far more convenient for everyone involved if the background is chosen from whats there; I am far more controlling when its my studio - I love fabric and what it can bring to a background. This is a gray faux suede that has amazing properties with light. My favorite background that I've added over the last few months though is my black microvelvet. It can be pricey, but if you wait for sales (and can give it a go at piecing together large panels) you can save a lot and have a background that will last for years.
I had a wonderful opportunity to photograph a good friend of mine who has won yet another natural bodybuilding title from the 'Musclemania' show in late 2014.
More on Ray Crumpler...coming soon.
Earlier this month, Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department had their first Toys for Tots fundraiser breakfast. For a small fee, children could have breakfast at the fire station, have a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and perhaps even sit in a fire truck.
i stayed in one of the truck bays all morning photographing children while my assistant got some action photos outside the bay.
We of this writing, I'm still adding photos, but I hope parents will enjoy the memories of their little ones!
As any photographer will tell you, the real work starts after the event. My clients had a delightful wedding day and my second shooter and I took many images for them to enjoy.
Many.... Many images!
That means hours in front of the computer evaluating which ones stay, which ones go, which ones get edited, etc. So, after looking at images of the gown, the couple, the ceremony, I came across this little gem. It's the bride and groom with his mom. There is something to be said for the joy one experiences when catching a great moment like this! :-)
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