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Monthly Archives: February 2009

Baby George – Lifesessions Baby Photography

Just a quick post today to share some of my photos of beautiful baby George.  He’s just three months old which, in my experience seems to be that tender age where they start to give back just a little with a precious smile that makes all those night feedings and early mornings worth it.  And it just gets better and better in the next couple months as their personality really takes hold.  George was a super star and his daddy did a fantastic job of getting those smiles out.  I’ll quit yapping now and let you all enjoy the pics!

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The Decisive Moment

Some photos are simply priceless…  Henri Carter-Bresson once said, “There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera.  That is the moment the photographer is creative,  Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.”  This photograph is great because that moment was captured in Leo’s expression to his nan as she desperately tries to get a hint of a smile on his face.  The tux and the fact that he’s just 7 months old adds to the image and communicates a story open to interpretation.  I just love this picture!

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Life with Leo

What do you do with a one year old that’s bored with home, toys, and frankly you?  You take him to the park of course!  So here he is, happy, interested and having a fantastic time at Walpole Park in Ealing.  Leo can’t keep his eyes off all the other children and really just want to have one of the bigger, walking kids to play with him.  I did manage capture his interest for a second of two for a quick snap.  I love this age!  Soon, Leo will be walking and finding his own fun.  I can’t wait!  The first 6 photos were taken with my new (1.5 months) Sigma 50mm 1.4 which I think I’m finally on the better side of its learning curve.  Enjoy the photos and leave me a comment!

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Alive with texture

Layering a texture over an image can make a decent image into something really striking.  I love the raw, gritty mood it adds to these two images and will start to tinker with incorporating textures into my people images soon.  This would be a perfect match with some fall foliage images for some real crisp, yummy pics.  Adding a texture is to an image is simple; create a new layer over your existing image, paste your texture onto that layer and then play around with the opacity and layer type (overlay, soft light, multiply, etc.) to suit the image.  Check out Poser for some fantastic examples of using textures in portrait photography.  Also, flickr has some fantastic free textures uploaded by its users (located here and here).  I’ll be posting some of my own textures soon so stay tuned!  Here’s a couple of my creations.

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Updated March 6th, 2009.  One of the key factors in photographing a texture is to use angled hard light.  As you can see, the first texture below was made using a diffused light source creating a very flat looking surface.  It’s got a nice gritty look that may work for some images.  The second example was taken during mid day when the sun was in full beam and angled at about 45 degrees from the wall. This combination creates those wonderful shadows that really help to make it “pop”.  Email me if you would like the larger versions of any of these.

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