Archive for January, 2011

Photo Tips Back Again

Monday, January 24th, 2011

I used to put photo tips up for all of you but didn’t realize that you ACTUALLY read them until someone told me this weekend “I used to love your photo tips”.  Well at least one person liked them so I thought I would give you some more.  Many of you have really nice cameras and could be helped with a little advice.

This information will be helpful if you have kids age about 1 1/2- 3 and sometimes older.  You know the age…when they want to be independent and your agenda is NOT theirs. Simply follow your child and SUPPRESS the desire to call their name.  Children at this age want to feel independent but still want your support and recognition.  If they know you are there and constantly looking at them because you are excessively calling their name and asking them to “Look Up”, “smile”, “Look at me” they will NOT look up.  They know you are watching them, therefore they have no need to check on you to make sure.  If you watch them quietly (through the lens I recommend) they will eventually look up to make sure  you are paying attention because they want to share their experience.  Often they will flash you a smile and hold up or show you what they have just discovered.

Be patient.  One great picture outweighs 100 bad ones.

Here are a few shots of my daughter at “that age”.  We threw her in a field and watched.

You will also get some natural expressions as they explore.  Good lighting and camera knowledge also help!:)

I hope this information helps!

Do you know an aspiring model?

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

I had the joy of working with an 8 year old “model to be” this weekend. She has been pressing her mom with the interest to join the modeling industry and needed some updated photos to gain an agent. I think she has what it takes. She was beautiful and easy to work with, had her own fun ideas and listened and followed directions very well.

After being in the industry on both sides, I know quite a bit about what an agent and also perspective client is looking for and needing to see when choosing a model.  The model must show their personality, ability to use props, ability to move well, whole body, great face and eyes, and different looks in expression, hair and clothing…..all in just a few shots.  The photos for these types of shots need to be clean and all about the model and less about the artistry of the image.  Of course the images need to be beautiful and show the model at their best.  Most models starting out need these types of images for their ZED card/comp card and need to gain experience in front of the camera with a professional photographer.  If you are an aspiring model or have one on your house, I can give you more direction and information, including how to gain an agent.

Here are more of this beautiful 8 year old.

2nd Annual Pre-Valentines Photo Special

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

email me at or call 858-922-4400 to reserve your session time.

This is a great time of year to get some fun studio shots of your kids.  I only offer this great deal one time a year.


For $35 you get a 25 minute photo session, editing , online gallery with up to 25 photos to choose from, and custom designing of any purchased products. Images can be used for products or purchased as digital files.  Special discounts offered on print packages and products for this special offer only.

*$35 sitting fee is for up to 3 children…each additional child will be an additional $10.