Behind the Scenes Look into Vintage Philadelphia, PA | VinSpire

Behind the Scenes Look into Vintage Philadelphia, PA | VinSpire

 

I met Destinee of Vinspire during a February Tuesday’s Together meetup, we got to talking and thought we wanted to work together. Destinee teamed up with me to create a fun vintage inspired senior shoot. We took Destinee’s knowledge of vintage and matched up great makeup and hair styles with the girls wardrobe. Lauren and Maddy joined us as models and looked amazing!

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Everyone came over and Destinee got to work, while I started taking on behind the scene pictures.

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When all was said and done, Lauren and Maddie looked great and we headed into Philadelphia to fit our vintage theme.

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Love and Joy.

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A Philadelphia, PA Couple’s Session | Jack + Kerri

A Philadelphia, PA Couple’s photo session at Fairmount Park | Pennsylvania Couples Photographer

New Jersey couple, Jack and Kerri celebrate a year together. They visit Fairmount Park, in Philadelphia, PA, where they had their first date.

Life can be crazy, but when you have someone by your side, it makes life easier. I had the pleasure shooting with Jack and his girlfriend Kerri. When I asked them if there was a place that they would like to have their shoot they said Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. I had not been there before, I’ve heard it’s beautiful, so I was excited!

Jack and Kerri celebrate a year together by visiting Fairmount Park, where they had their first date.

Do you remember your first date with your boyfriend or girlfriend? I’m sure you do, I like to tell my couples to choose a place that means something to them. On our way I asked why they choose Fairmount Park, Jack replied with “It was where we had our first date.” All I could do was smile, isn’t that so sweet! I was am so happy that I could help them hold onto such a great memory.

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If you are looking for beautiful portraits of you and the love of your life, contact us today at 609.440.6176 or tonya.moken@TLMproductions.com.

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Super Moon Lunar Eclipse

Shooting the Super Moon Lunar Eclipse

September 2015 Super Moon (Blood Moon) Lunar Eclipse, on September 27, 2015.

This past Sunday, many of us were able to see the lunar eclipse, for the most part. If you are in the Philadelphia area like me, you probably saw a lot of clouds. Which was a little disappointing since a “Super Moon Lunar Eclipse” is not suppose to happen again until like 2033, or around that time. The couple hour event is amazing to see, I unfortunately did not get to see the whole thing, mostly because I started falling asleep on the sidewalk watching it; luckily it was nice out, I could have slept there.

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Capturing the eclipse was no small task with the cloud cover, I spent about 15-20 minutes trying to find the best focus on the moon; shooting at night you will want to be in full manual mode. So what did I use? I had my Canon EOS 70D set up on a tripod and 70-300mm lens attached. A longer lens is always best for taking pictures of the moon. The longer the lens, the closer and more detail of the moon you are able to see. Because I was shooting at night, I also used my phone which acts as a remote for my camera. This way the camera did not shift a little when I would hit the shutter.

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Once, I had my focus it was time to see what the best exposure would be. Sunday night I was about a half hour south of Philadelphia, and the best place to see the moon was standing on the sidewalk, next to a street light. I have photographed the moon before and I have found a 2-6 second exposure is the best, a longer exposure and everything moves (the earth and the moon). With the 2-6 second exposure I dropped my aperture to ƒ/5.6, I wanted a smaller opening. I played with ISO the most, I finally decided on 640 as the best for me.

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Try playing around with your settings the next time you shoot at night. The moon is out most nights and a great way to practice shooting in low light. Let us know what settings you found to be best for you.

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Gracie’s Garden

Gracie’s Garden

Longwood Day

It’s time to meet little Gracie, an energetic 1 year old who loves mom, dad, her dog Abby, playing in water, Sesame Street, and yellow flowers. Gracie’s parents Adam and Denise brought her down to the Philadelphia area to visit her Uncle Matt and Sesame Place. During her time here, Gracie’s parents took a trip to Longwood Gardens and invited me to be apart of their experience. The yellow marigolds were Gracie’s favorite flowers by far, matching them perfectly with her yellow dress with little birds. Smelling the flowers and crawling and walking she never stopped moving for long and it was a true joy to watch her discover a new world.

Adam and Denise are in town from Pittsburgh and took a trip with Adam's brother Matt and his girlfriend Tonya to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.

Adam and Denise are in town from Pittsburgh and took a trip with Adam's brother Matt and his girlfriend Tonya to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.

Adam and Denise are in town from Pittsburgh and took a trip with Adam's brother Matt and his girlfriend Tonya to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.

Gracie also got to play in the Children’s Garden, which is sized to her nicely. Whether it was a fountain, a rain display, or a Chinese dragon painting water feature she loved splashing, painting and catching the water.

Adam and Denise are in town from Pittsburgh and took a trip with Adam's brother Matt and his girlfriend Tonya to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.

Adam and Denise are in town from Pittsburgh and took a trip with Adam's brother Matt and his girlfriend Tonya to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.

Adam and Denise are in town from Pittsburgh and took a trip with Adam's brother Matt and his girlfriend Tonya to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.

Adam and Denise are in town from Pittsburgh and took a trip with Adam's brother Matt and his girlfriend Tonya to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.

Seeing the world through Gracie’s eyes showed me again and again how magical the world truly is. I did a special picture just for her so that she will get to see the magic for years to come.

Adam and Denise are in town from Pittsburgh and took a trip with Adam's brother Matt and his girlfriend Tonya to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.

 

I look forward to seeing this cutie pie again along with her great parents.

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Gaining Grain

Gaining Grain

Gaining Grain Blog Taking pictures is something most of us do daily, just take a look at Instagram. 70 million photos and videos are being posted every day according to Instagram’s website. Many times these pictures are taken on our phones, our phone settings are the same as the ones on our cameras, only difference is we have more control over the settings in our DSLR cameras. Do you feel like your pictures are coming out grainy? There is a setting to help you adjust the amount of grain in your pictures. ISO (pronounced “EYE-so”) is represented by the International Organisation for Standards, and refers to – in simplest terms – how sensitive a particular film is to light or in a digital setting how sensitive your camera is to light.

Your camera’s ISO settings will most likely range between 100 and 1600+ and you should change it based on what your environment’s lighting is. For example, if you’re taking pictures outside on a bright and sunny day, your camera’s sensor doesn’t have to be as sensitive so it can be set to 100. On the flip side, if you’re taking pictures in a dark setting, outside at night or maybe in a museum, your sensor will need to be more sensitive to absorb more light and the ISO should be higher, say 1600.

Now, you may be wondering, “what exactly is this doing to my picture?” I’m glad you asked! Having your ISO setting higher, you’re telling the sensor to absorb more light. Since your picture is made up of millions of little pixels, each one of those pixels will become “brighter.” Doing this will start to make your picture look “grainy.” You may not notice the “graininess” on your camera’s LCD, because of it’s size, but it will become noticeable on your computer screen or when you print them.

Gaining Grain BlogNow, you may be scared to use a high ISO setting, but you shouldn’t be! You may be looking to give a picture a “nostalgic” or “antique” look and using a higher ISO setting than you actually need can help you achieve that. You would also want to to bump up your ISO when you want to “stop motion” or capture the night sky. To “stop motion”, your shutter speed would have to be greatly increased. Since the shutter is faster, your sensor needs to be more sensitive (higher ISO) to achieve the same exposure. To take a picture of the night sky, you have two choices. You can do a long exposure shot, which will give you a “shooting star” sky, or you can have a higher ISO setting to get a quick, star-filled sky.

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Professional head shot by Tonya Moken.

Professional head shot by Tonya Moken.

Tonya Moken is the owner of TLM Productions, LLC, a business focusing on you in South Jersey and Philadelphia. Please call TLM Productions’ Tonya Moken at 609.440.6176 or email her at tonya.moken@TLMproductions.com for a project quote or photography lessons today!

This blog was written by Tonya Moken and Matthew Goswick.

Video ASAP!

Video ASAP!

Are you saying, “I need a video ASAP!” Only problem is you didn’t factor it into your budget this year, for one reason or another. There is a way to do video that is budget friendly, but a word of caution, people will be able to tell that it is not done professionally. Well, with that being said lets get started.

Most of us nowadays have a smartphone, which has an okay camera on it. Using a smartphone will give you the flexibility to shoot on your time and not have someone else’s schedule effecting your shoot. There are a few steps that you need to do in order to get ready to shoot your own video.

  • Step One: Write a script and then use it as bullet points.
    • You dont want to seem scripted, you are not an anchor on the news where every little fact is important to the story.
  • Step Two: Find a neutral background.
    • Having a neutral or non distracting background, is important. If there is a something behind you distracting the viewer it is going to take away from what you are saying.
  • Step Three: Get a microphone.
    • The mic on your phone is ok, but if you want to give it that little extra getting a microphone that can plug into your phone will make all the difference.
  • Step Four: Set up and start shooting.
    • Now it’s time to set up. When setting up, plan to have your phone propped up by something like a book or a picture frame. Don’t hold it! A video that is going to be telling about you and/or your company is not the time to be “selfie styling” it.

A few other things that you will want to think about when shooting on your phone is how it should be set up. Having it sitting there vertical, will look bad when you upload it to YouTube. Have it on its side (horizontal) this way the picture will fill up the box that YouTube already has set up. Now you are on your way to doing a video, remember to also have a quiet place when filming. The background noise will be annoying and distracting to your viewer.

 

 

Professional head shot by Tonya Moken.

Professional head shot by Tonya Moken.

Tonya Moken is the owner of TLM Productions, LLC, a business focusing on you in South Jersey and Philadelphia. Please call TLM Productions’ Tonya Moken at 609.440.6176 or email her at tonya.moken@TLMproductions.com for a project quote or photography lessons today!

 

Looking for Who?

Looking for Who?

We are all looking for someone or something, sometimes we know what it is and other times we don’t. People tell me all the time that they are looking to do video. That’s great everyone should be looking or already working on a video for their website and social media pages. In my experience the first thing I hear is, “I want video, but I don’t know what to do in the video or what I want to say.” All are important things to think about, but what about the videographer that is going to be working with you?

The production company, videographer, or camera operator might not seem like an important part of making your video, but they are vital to the success of your video. Here’s why, my guess (and I’m only guessing here):

  • You’re nervous about remembering your script or trying to read it.
  • You’re not comfortable in front of a camera, after all most of us are not seasoned actors or actresses.
  • Is this video going to show the “real” you and what your brand is?

These are all things that most people are concerned about when they start looking for a production company to shoot their video.

No matter, if the people that are talking to me about video choose to go with me, I tell them make sure you are comfortable with who ever you hire. Being comfortable with the person that is going to be working on the post side of your video is important. Have a few meetings with them, the first time is to get to know each other and most likely start getting your script and video ideas down on paper, after this initial meeting where you made sure the video has your vision in it, it is time to start shooting. If you are someone who does not like public speaking doing a video is going to be a little tougher. Let your videographer know, because they should be able to help you relax and calm your nerves, just like a duck on water.

Things to look for in your videographer:

  1. Timely: arriving on time for meetings and early to set up if you are not going to their studio.
  2. Energetic: you’re going to be nervous and scared when you first start. Having someone who is upbeat, making you laugh and smile will really help you feel better and more confident in what you are saying and the way you are acting.
  3. Video Look: I know this one seems a little funny to be looking for, but it is important. Ask for samples of their work, chances are your video is going to look similar to the samples. This is because all editor’s have a style, if you don’t like the samples they send you probably won’t like the video they do for you.
  4. Professional: this is a big one, because you want your video to look, feel, and BE professional, so it is important that your videographer is professional, but still making you feel comfortable.

 

Do you have a video up on your website yet? If not what is holding you back from getting one? Let me know what your thoughts are on video in the comments below.

 

Professional head shot by Tonya Moken.

Professional head shot by Tonya Moken.

Tonya Moken is the owner of TLM Productions, LLC, a business focusing on you in the South Jersey and Philadelphia area. Please call TLM Productions’ Tonya Moken at 609.440.6176 or email her at tonya.moken@TLMproductions.com for a project quote today!

Triangle of Exposure

Triangle of Exposure

Photographers hear all the time, “your pictures come out so well. What camera do you use?” Yes the equipment that photographers use is important, but only for the fact that they need it in order to be in their line of work. If a photographer did not have a camera, it would be pretty hard for him or her to be the picture taker. A photographer spends time with their camera when they first get it. Learning everything they can about it, like where the buttons are for the aperture, ISO, and shutter speed, a long with many other settings that they will need to know how to get to like the back of their hand.

The big thing that many people don’t realize is how important ISO, aperture, and shutter speed is for a picture. Each one affects the other two, just like if you change a side on a triangle, the other sides are adjusted as well. Thus giving you, the exposure triangle.

Here are the three elements to the Triangle of Exposure are:

  1. ISO – the measure of sensitivity to light (graininess)
  2. Shutter Speed – the amount of time that the shutter is open (motion)
  3. Aperture – the size of the opening in the lens when taking a picture (depth of field)

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A good way to think of each one is by creating a metaphor for yourself. I like to think of ISO as sunglasses, this is due to the fact that when you lower your camera’s ISO it makes your camera read a neutral or darker light. Just like when you put sunglasses on when your outside, your are taking away the brightness of the sun, ISO does the same thing for light in your picture.

I use a metaphor that includes shutter speed and aperture together. I read this metaphor on Digital Photography School’s website. (Yes I still need reminders sometimes on what everything is). Think of a window with shutters, the window represents the aperture. Depending on how big your window is, that’s the size of the opening in your lens. The larger the window, the larger the opening, and the more light gets in. The shutters are your shutter speed. If you open and close your shutters quickly less light is going to get through. When you have your shutter speed set to be open longer, you will get more light and a brighter picture.

Lighting will always affect all three elements in the triangle of exposure. Now you know what each one does and a metaphor to go along with it. Here is an example, you set your ISO to 12800 and the aperture to ƒ3.5, your shutter speed will need to be lower so that your picture is not blown out. The best part now is that you’re probably using a digital camera, which means that you can practice without worrying about the cost of developing pictures. Many cameras now give you an option to put one of the elements into auto while you adjust the other two, by doing this you will get a chance to slowly ease your self into shooting full manual versus full auto.

Another thing to note about ISO, aperture, and shutter speed is that they also affect other elements. ISO affects the graininess of your image, Shutter speed affects motion that is captured, and aperture affects depth of field. I will talk about each of these in another post.

 

I’d love to see what pictures you take with your new knowledge of shooting in manual mode. Share your pictures in the comments below or on Facebook or Google+.

 

Professional head shot by Tonya Moken.

Professional head shot by Tonya Moken.

Tonya Moken is the owner of TLM Productions, LLC, a business focusing on you in Somerdale, NJ. Please call TLM Productions’ Tonya Moken at 609.440.6176 or email her at tonya.moken@TLMproductions.com for a project quote today!