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Mar 2014 11

The snow is melting, the birds are chirping and the crocuses are starting to push up through the ground. It’s the first signs of spring and for those who are nature enthusiasts now is the time to gear up for flower photography. However, before you snap the shutter there are a few things you should keep in mind.  We asked Adoramapix member, Kathleen Clemons for some advice. Her flower photographer will inspire you.

1. Use Soft Lighting

Harsh, direct sunlight is the worst light you can use for flower photography. It creates washed out colors, a loss of texture, and strong shadows which chop up the petal lines of your flowers. Soft, even lighting is the best type for flowers, overcast days are wonderful for flower photography.

 

Tip 1 KathleenClemons Canna Curves
Tip 1 KathleenClemons Irises

2. Pay Attention To the Background
When you are photographing flowers, pay close attention to your background. You want a background that adds to the image, not one that distracts or pulls attention away from your subject(s). Remember, if it doesnʼt add to the image, it needs to go! Sometimes, I actually choose the background first if that is what catches my eye, and then I choose a subject that contrasts or compliments it.
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3.Get Closer

Move in closer! This eliminates anything in the background that could detract from your flower. Try filling the frame with your subject. Start shooting wide and move in closer and closer. You’ll be amazed at what you will see. Shoot many variations of your subjects, gradually moving in closer and closer, with more and more of the flower filling the frame.

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4. Simplify Your Composition

Learn to see the distractions that pull your eye away from your subject, and eliminate or minimize them. Change your angle of view, move in closer, or use a larger aperture to blur elements that distract. Most of my flower photos are shot with large apertures to reduce depth of field and simplify the subject.  Using a selective focus lens like a Lensbaby is a great way to draw attention to one area of your composition.

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5.Work it!

As with all photography, beautiful and successful flower images begin with learning to see. This means really looking at your subject, from all possible angles. Examine the flower from the side. Notice the lines of the stem, stamen, the curve and texture of the petals. Now look from the top.  Notice any grains of pollen clinging to the center or spilling onto the petals. Lay down on your stomach and look up to see the underside of the flower. Sometimes this is the most beautiful part of a flower, and often overlooked. Really study your subject and shoot it from different angles, choose the best point of view. When you think you are finished with a subject, ask yourself, “Did I work it?” If not, you aren’t finished!

 

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Tip 5 kathleen Clemons White Dahlia site

 

Thank you Kathleen for sharing your advice with us. If you would like to see more of Kathleen’s work you can check her sites out here:

Twitter: @kathleenclemons
My photography classes: www.ppsop.com

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Feb 2014 27

This week we want to turn the spotlight on our mini photo books.  We offer 6 x 4.5 and our most popular size is 6×6.  Recently, I talked to Paul and Sylvia of Paul and Sylvia Photgoraphy and Design about the mini books.  Paul and Sylvia are amazing wedding photographers out of Toronto, Canada.

Sylvia dropped us a note saying, “I just wanted to let you know that we just delivered some albums to our clients and created a perfect 6×6 parent book through you. We absolutely loved it and so did they. ”

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The 6×6 wedding photo books are the perfect keepsake for parents after the wedding day is over. The parents’ wedding photo books are typically smaller versions of the original wedding photo book. They can be exact replicas of the bride and groom’s album or they can be customized to include any collection of favorite wedding photos and memories. Also, when you log into your account on your photo books landing page you can click the links to copy the book to different sizes.

The books may be small but they feature the same quality elements of our big photo books including lay flat pages and rich vibrant colors printed on archival photo paper.

These mini wedding photo books make the perfect thank you gift after the wedding and can easily be stowed and carried along when your parents want to show off their amazing kids on their wedding day.

 

 

Feb 2014 25

A baby goes through so many physical and developmental changes during their first year.  As a photographer, I work with clients who hire me to record these milestones with my “Baby’s First Year” package. I shoot on location not in a studio so what I capture at a client’s home are moments any parent with a camera can strive to capture too.  Here are creative ideas on what to aim for during the baby’s first 365 days.

What shots do I have on my checklist for these major milestones?

Capturing Baby's First Year in Photos

Capturing Baby’s First Year in Photos [Tina Case Photography]

1. Newborn

For me a newborn session takes place within the first 10 days after the baby’s birth.  During those first days, the baby is usually very sleepy and in a milk-drunken state. Take full advantage of this wistful time to capture a dreaming, sleepy portrait and consider using props such as cute hats, diaper coverings or au natural. I frequently use a feeding pillow and cover it with clean blankets that I supply. I never use a flash during this session because that can startle a sleepy baby.  I look for a window with a lot of light streaming through. I love to capture details such as the baby’s sweet lips, their tiny hand gripping the mother and/or father’s finger to show comparison, eyelashes, the back of the head where their hair swirls and of course, their tiny toes. For sure I compose a lot of photos with the parents together and separately. It’s particularly important for me to capture the father holding the baby. And remember, at this stage a newborn does not have strong neck muscles so it is critical to always support it properly in all shots.

A collage of newborn baby details

A collage of newborn baby details [Tina Case Photography]

2. Four to Six Months

By the time a baby is three or four months old, they have gained a lot of weight and have better neck and head strength, but not always.  Be sure to determine how strong the baby is based on the parent’s input.  At this age,  the baby is often able to lift their head when placed on their tummy which makes for a great shot.  They are able or nearly able to roll over.   They love to play with their hands and toes and smile a whole lot more. This is the perfect time to capture bright open eyes, big smiles, crinkled noses and chubby cheeks.  At three or four months they are not quite ready to sit up so I don’t attempt to photograph them in that full upright position unless they have proper support.

By four to five months of age a baby is able to hold their head up for brief periods. [Tina Case Photo]

By four to five months of age a baby is able to hold their head up for brief periods. [Tina Case Photo]

3. Six to Eight Months

Now that they can sit upright for short periods of time you can place them in very fun poses. Their personality is really shining through and their first teeth (typically bottom two) are starting to poke through.  They are gaining more control over their hands and feet and can start picking up small objects on their own.  This is the perfect time to capture them propped in a basket that has good side support (always keeping an assistant or parent within range) or sitting on a blanket outside on the grass.   As they get closer to 7 and 8 months old they are beginning to crawl.  I love to crouch down and snap photos at eye level.

By 6 to 7 months of age babies are beginning to crawl.

By 6 to 7 months of age babies are beginning to crawl. [Tina Case Photography]

4. Twelve Months

If the parents are planning a first birthday party my goal is to schedule our twelve-month session to coincide with that momentous event.  My photo checklist includes group shots with extended family, details of the décor and gifts and any shot that shows the ethnic or traditional details of the family.  Oftentimes there are great opportunities to capture messy faces as the baby tries to feed themselves and unwrap gifts.  If the parents allow the baby to smash their birthday cake I definitely have to capture that.  And of course, at this stage the baby is so close to taking their first steps.  My first of three daughters started walking just before she turned 10 months.  But my other two daughters didn’t walk until 13 and 14 months of age.  So be prepared to capture those first steps and attempts, which make for some amazing shots.  One of my favorite shots is when the baby hugs the parent’s leg – it’s such a fleeting, precious moment in time.

At around 12 months of age many babies are taking their very first steps.

At around 12 months of age many babies are taking their very first steps.

5. Perspective

In addition to this checklist be sure to capture the full story during each stage from different angles and perspectives.  For instance when the baby starts crawling try to angle your shots from above and eye level to freeze that moment from the baby’s and parents perspective.

Be sure to capture sibling interaction during baby's first year.

Be sure to capture sibling interaction during baby’s first year. [Tina Case Photography]

The baby’s first year will be filled with many firsts.  Be prepared to capture them at regular intervals.  A good reminder is to coincide these milestones with their regular first year check ups.  Those doctor appointments can serve as your reminder to snap away and capture a year of amazing memories. tinaambassador

Tina Case is an Adoramapix Ambassador and a writer and photographer out of the San Francisco-San Jose Bay area.  She co-writes for the photography blog Moms Who Click where she shares photographer tips, tricks and interviews.  Tina shares her parenting stories and more on Yahoo! where she is a featured “Parenting Guru.” Check more of her photos at Tina Case Photography | Facebook  | Instagram.

Feb 2014 20

The guests are gone, the dancing is over and the flowers have been dried . Your wedding was beautiful and amazing but you still have one job left, that’s preserving your wedding day images. So what do you do now with all those photos? For some of our DIY brides, they may have hundred of beautiful images sitting on a media storage device such as a cd, usb stick or even on a website.   When making a wedding photo book with hundreds sometimes thousands of photos to choose from, it may be a daunting task to make a photo book.

Thanks to our fabulous DIY bride and groom, Adam and Lindsay, and their amazing photographer, Wendy McElmon of Wendy McElmon Photography, they have made a wedding photo book that can be cherished for generations.

Lindsay was kind enough to give us a sneak peek into the making of her photo book.

1. Name and Date of Marriage
Adam and Lindsay Bird; We got married on Friday, August 9th, 2013
2. Photographer
Wendy McElmon of Wendy McElmon Photography
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3. How many images did you end up with?
Around 800-900
 4.. How did you organize your images?
I organized them into categories according to what layouts I wanted to do – getting ready, ceremony, posed shots, golf shots (husband LOVES golf), family, dinner, dance, silly booth, etc.
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5. Tell us a little about your experience building your photo book
I made 3 books for our parents and one book for ourselves.  The parent books are 10×10 and 26 pages.  Our book is 12×12 and 50 pages.
It was a wonderful experience!  The program itself online was very easy to use once I played around with it a little bit.  I had built yearbooks in the past for my schools (I’m a teacher) using programs with similar tools so I was familiar with the basics of using a program like this I guess.  I loved having the option of using a pre made template or making my own.  I had the freedom to make it exactly how I wanted.  Some other features I liked were the “use last style” for borders, unlimited undo, fill or fit to spread, and the fact that you could rearrange the pages by dragging and dropping.  I liked the reminders and explanations about the edge of the pages too.  That way, I kept making sure nothing too important was too close to the egde!  Another great thing about Adoramapix is the amazing customer service.  I had one tiny issue one afternoon and I couldn’t save what I had just done, so I emailed them and also wrote a little message on instagram.  Both my email and my instagram message were responded to within a few hours with apologies and an explanation that there was a server issue and all should be good to go now.  I appreciated the quick response and I also was glad that they had already found and dealt with the issue! When I ordered the first three books on a Saturday evening, it had given me a delivery date that was maybe 3 weeks away(I live in Eastern Canada).  To my surprise, all three books arrived within 5 days!  I was so happy to see them!  The quality is amazing – just what I wanted.  They look very professional! The packaging was also impressive – bubble wrapped, cardboard wrapped, and packed neatly in a nice big box.  Great experience!
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(Note: We do not include Cats with our Photo Books…… at this time ) 
6. What made you choose Adoramapix to make your photo books?
I am someone who likes to do a bit of research before doing most things, so of course I read a lot of reviews of different online DIY photo book programs.  I loved the fact that you guys had lay flat pages that looked nice and sturdy.  All of the reviews that I read had great things to say about Adoramapix!
7. Any advice for other DIY  brides?
Definitely sit down and organize your photos before diving in – know which ones you want to use.  Try not to choose too too many photos because I find the less crowded the better it looks.  Try and look online at many sample spreads and layouts for each category to see how you want to set your own up (if you’re starting from scratch).  Once you start having dreams about the layouts and spreads, it’s probably time to finish up and order the damned thing! haha And most impoartant – Enjoy the process!  Design therapy for sure :)  Thanks Adoramapix!
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And they lived happily ever after. Thanks to Lindsay and Adam for sharing their experience with us and their beautiful  wedding photo book.

 

Feb 2014 19

We are so excited to announce the release of our collage prints, metals and canvases.  You no longer have to play favorites with your images, you can  display them all by using one of our templates. We love the creativity this extends to the photographer and we will be adding even more templates shortly.

Let’s get started.

Step 1.

Select Collages from our drop down products menu.

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Step 2.

Pick your template and import your images.

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Step 3.

Choose whether you would like your collage to be a print, canvas or metal. You’ll then choose the size and finish.collages5

 

Step 4. Order 

Add to cart, order and wait for the delivery of your unique piece of art. This is perfect for professionals and for the consumer and it’s easy to create. We  hope this new addition will lend itself to some beautiful home and studio displays.collages4 collages3

 

 

 

 

 

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