Every year this wonderful day comes around, a day to give thanks. The difference between today and other other holidays of giving thanks is that today you should thank everyone you know. Today is not a day I typically post a blog on, but I feel that I need to thank some amazing people in my life.
I want to start with all of you who are reading this, you are helping me live my dream. Many of you are friends and family or friends of friends, but still an amazing group of people that are showing their support week after week, day after day.
To my boyfriend who lets me go crazy over every little detail when shooting or working in post production, and sits by my side the whole time just laughing at me. His laughing at me makes me realize that the things I love about an artistic job is that little things will not always be perfect. Those imperfections are not imperfections, they are the true self being captured in a moment in time to live on with us for ever. “Life is perfectly, imperfect.”
My sisters, I have definitely driven you nuts with all of picture taking. Pretty much since I fell in love with photography 8 years ago, you both have been the subjects in learning how to pose people. We many not be huge fans of being in front of the camera, but we learn together and help each other. I have loved helping you learn Photoshop and learning everything you have taught me over the years.
Mom and Dad, you let my curiosity in technology take full bloom really young. I may not have understood it at the time, but with every passing year I learned a little more. You gave me my first “camera,” even though it did not work I would set up different toys. You told me that I can be anything I want to be and it may have sounded a little crazy that at 21 I said I wanted to create my own company, but you let me. Thank you for your continued support, now two years later I am able to write this post thanking you. I know I still have a little more growing up, and growing with TLM Productions, but I know you will be here every step of the way. Thank you for letting me live my dreams.
Thank you everyone for all of your support. I can’t wait for the next year to see where we will go together.
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Mickey Paradiso’s senior portraits taken at Washington Township Lake park.
Starting your senior year of high school is exciting, there are so many things that you get to look forward to, that you are finally able to partake in. Senior trip, the senior prom, and a great day for everyone in the family, graduation day. Senior portraits are part of the fun of senior year, families hold on to them for a lifetime. I had a great time hanging out with Mickey during her session, we went to Washington Township Lake Park. The day we were shooting there was a charity race going on, dodging some of the walkers on our way to where we wanted to shoot started our session off in an interesting way.
The morning was chilly and Mickey was in a super cute army green dress. We started off the picture taking portion in front of the beautiful fall colors that were reflecting off the lake, before we moved into a little gazebo.
Mickey has played soccer pretty much her whole life, she played her last year of high school soccer this year. Senior night was a few games away and we wanted to capture her fashion style with her love of soccer.
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The lines of the soccer net are leading your eyes to Renae.
Our eye is being pulled to one spot in the picture. We’ve all seen them, the pictures that make you wonder… What are they looking at? The person is off to one side of the frame and slightly looking off camera. What is just behind the photographer that we can’t see? Our eye is being pulled to one spot in the picture.
Gracie is almost centered in the frame, but the background frames her nicely in both the left and right third.
This is called the rule of thirds, using this rule you are able to create space that draws the viewer’s eyes to your subject. The rule of thirds take a little bit of thought and practice to master. Picture a grid when looking through your viewfinder, there are nine boxes in your view where you can choose a box to place your subject. Some DSLR cameras now have an option to put a grid on the LCD viewing screen, this is a great training tool for beginners or a great reminder for those of you who are more advanced.
In this self portrait I’m filling the left side and part of the middle, an adjustment to the Rule of Thirds.
Choosing the placement of your subject will depend on how close or far you are. If you are shooting close to your subject you many want it to fill more of your photo than just one box, you can try placing it on the cross point of the lower third of you photo for it to fill more of the picture.
Placement and color contrast pull you to the red flower, the Rule of Thirds line draw you to the little green bug on the red flower.
Remember to practice shooting and try the rule of thirds. No matter what others think of your photos, if you love practicing and learning, keep going. If you don’t love the rule of thirds let us know what you have found that makes you fall in love with your pictures.
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