Too often we are asked to do an afternoon portrait photography session with kids. I’m sorry, unless you are a rock star who keeps your kids up to 1am (I have photographed those kids and they are different) I will have to refuse. Why? Because photographing 2 snapshots of your kid in the afternoon is one thing, but asking for their good behavior and focus for longer than that is a disaster.
No matter where you are these days it seems as though you will find somebody taking a picture with their phone or digital camera and every new mom and Uncle Joe are calling themselves “photographers”. Now I’d hate to burst your bubble if this sounds like you but just because you have played around with a fancy camera or have taken a few great pictures with an iPhone this doesn’t qualify you as a professional photographer. Unfortunately, thanks to modern day technology and social media we are used to seeing a flood of mediocre images every day and the world is being taught that this is what photography looks like now. This just isn’t true!
I’ve had a lot of return clients lately at my LA portrait studios, and I am always beyond flattered that they return to me for their portrait photography time and again since my prices can be higher than some of my competition. With that being said, I think it’s pretty clear I must be doing something right!
How do you tackle a huge photography project that makes you absolutely crazy? Well, that’s what I just did.
Gosh, I can’t believe the response to my appearance in a Bank of America ad. It’s very cool. I feel like a celebrity, not just a celebrity photographer.
I have been looking for many years, frankly obsessing, and looking for a photographic paper and to work with a private printer, a person who had the sensibility and sensitivity to print my artwork in a an even more exceptional way, and I have FINALLY found the perfect fine art printer to do so.
I’m so happy at the response to my work this month! My fine art nude entitled “The Valley” was accepted to a juried exhibition at a Los Angeles photography gallery called the 1650 Gallery this month.
It’s confirmed! The producers of Dr. Phil called and will be showing Linnea’s maternity photography of the celebrity Dahm triplets in the next episode airing on Monday.
My photo studio in Pasadena used to be next door to a great espresso cafe/roaster, Jones Coffee. They, unfortunately, moved this year just down the block. I still go for a visit for one of their wonderful Italian sodas and amazing cafe mochas. They are a forwarding-thinking company and have the hippest location that is one of the best kept secrets (not for long) in Pasadena. And they showcase various artists!
This month they have a floral theme and when they called me, I knew I had to contribute my flower photography. Please go and visit this month while it is still hanging. And check out one of the coolest coffee roasters in town. I have several flower portraits hanging there from a 24″x30″ to a 30″x40″ Gallery Wrap.
On a daily basis, I encourage parents and loved ones to slow down and take the time to document these beautiful and fleeting moments in life with portrait photography. Being a proud mother, I see, first hand, how quickly children grow and how easy it is to let the craziness of life distract you from enjoying these times. Working for Linnea and watching how she sees life and love, I have truly come to see why family portraits are such an irreplaceable treasure…yet it took her months of reminding me to actually step in front of her lens myself!
The children who’ve stood in front of my camera have conditions including autism, Asperbeger’s syndrome, high risk infant development delay, craniofacial deformity and attention deficit disorder. I was simply blown away by the strength, determination, courage and love that these families share. Listening to their stories moved me in a way that is hard to describe, especially as a mother of three healthy children.
“Being a photographer means I get to be a part of so many families and I love knowing that I can create something that reminds you of your love for them. Each moment is priceless and we all need to stop once in a while to capture those moments for posterity to remind us what adds true meaning to our lives.”
I’m very excited to announce that one of the portraits from the “Images From the Homefront” exhibit has been selected to go on display at the Irvine Fine Arts Center as part of its All Media 2008 Show.
Each one of these families I photographed has a story of strength and courage that’s hard to put into words, so I set out to capture them visually. I was amazed and moved deeply to get to know a group of people who too often are associated only with war, and unfortunately, with politics. I saw and experienced them as people who proudly and dutifully serve our country when called upon to do so.
I felt it was about time to let everyone know about the photography experience that they can expect at our three portrait studios. Many people get really nervous being photographed but there is nothing to fear. It’s a fun experience! I am a photographer and I can tell you that it’s true.