Both types of imagery speak volumes. Some photographers shoot exclusively one versus the other. But the majority try to incorporate both into their style pending on what outcome best suits the session or an image from that session.
Is there interesting contrast?
When you remove color from the photographic equation, you are left with only differences in tone; lights and darks. These differences are what truly make good black and white images, and the differences in light and shadow bring contrast to the photograph. So, when you see that a given scene or subject presents the opportunity to exploit stark contrasts and unique lighting or shadow, it might be a great opportunity to try black and white.
Are there interesting textures?
When we think of texture, we can easily describe it in terms of how things feel physically, when we perceive them through our sense of touch. Texture in photography, however, can be a little more challenging to put into words. Texture in a photograph has to be perceived with our eyes and then we determine if it’s smooth, rough, or coarse. Transforming the tactile tangible into a visually tangible image takes practice and a trained eye, and this is where working in black and white can be the best choice. Examples of textures that work well for black and white photos are wood, metals and stone, even plants and human skin.
1. Make sure I have the correct white balance
2. Add a hint of warmth
3. Play around with contrast.....LOVE me some dramatic shadows!
4. NATURALLY touch up blemishes, dry skin, wrinkles, etc
5. Enhance the eyes or other fine details
6. Remove unwanted background distractions
7. If outdoors, enhance the sky if needed/desired
8. Add fine touches if necessary once client sees their images
This inquiry often comes up at consultation meetings and it's wonderful to know what a photographer offers prior to your session with them. That can sometimes make or break the session booking! I am an open book and want my clients to be happy with what they will receive from me. I only offer the highest quality of products from well-known, reputable labs with excellent customer service!
Do you want to have beautiful photos taken but worry that they are going to be shared amongst the world on all social media platforms and end up forever stored "in the cloud" somewhere?!
Don't worry, your session is safe with me!
I love all photography sessions: families, children, seniors, newborns, small intimate weddings, everything! But I think my favorite just might be studio sitter sessions! At this age the child is learning so much and taking everything in around them.
They are learning to roll over, sit & balance, touch & textures, finding their voice, stranger danger and so so much more!
These brave little souls come into my studio not knowing me and only wanting their mom. And moms want them to open up to me quickly because the sessions go by quick & life is busy....no one can stay in the studio the entire day hanging out with me....well, some might be able to! 😊
I have recently been requested to take some product photos for someone. I love this idea & cannot wait to get started on the project! It's something new, something different & something to continue to test my skills.
I took some test shots the other day of my own wedding bouquet to capture the details and show off the elegance. This lovely bouquet was made by my husband's very talented uncle!!! xoxo Thanks Mark, much love still....every day I'm amazed at it's beauty!
Well it's official, in 3 days my husband & I will have survived the first 2 years of our son's life! He's going to be TWO....whaaaat?!?! And let me tell you, it's not always picnics and fairytales in this house!!! 😉 Oh no, it's been a loooong two years, but sooo much fun has been had and I wouldn't change it for the world.
Hunter is the epitome of a toddler already....
Mr Independent, headstrong, free-willed, adventurous, creative
As I prepare for reveal sessions with clients, I pre-design wall art galleries that they may be interested in. It's always nice to see how your photos look on a wall with other photos and what sizes they look best in!
What's interesting though is how just an individual photo looks on a wall. A small piece of wall art may cost less but unless you're a foot away from it, it looks quite unproportionate on a big, bare wall. So, if you're going to order just one amazing photo, GO BIG!!! 😀
Aside from being a part-time photographer, I am also a wife, mother, business woman, veteran, crafter, gardener, camper, hunter, fisher, avid walker, cyclist, and thrifter!