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God Created Woman

God created man in His own image and His beauty He reserved to give to women.

The beauty of women intrigues me to want to photograph women more and more. It’s not just the skin-deep kind of beauty, but the sincerity in the eyes, the  gentle motions of the frame, a formidable spirit and tender heart. 

A woman’s energy is ignited when encountering other women that share similar enthusiasm for life. Iron surely does sharpen iron, a fact proven to me again and again when I am in the company of other women, especial women with entrepreneurial goals who are driven by their enthusiasm to reach them.

My blog post today began a few of months ago in LaConner. I met with some friends that are hair stylists and beauty consultants

Business women don’t only know business, they understand the hearts of young women.

The #LaConnerModelCall started out as a simple idea. One of a fun day of hair, makeup, clothing and photographs. But the transformation wasn’t just of those getting the makeovers, it also tipped the axis a little for those of us offering our services.

On the day of the model call, with the hair salon owner’s permission, I worked with my husband to transform the parking lot of the LaConner Hair Design studio into an outdoor photography party. But then, what I got was not what I expected.

directing and fixing hair
Me in the photography stance

The mother daughter team who own Thavin & Marcob, Rachel & India were originally planning to provide a rack of clothing for trying on but another transformation was happening for them at this time also. Their business would soon be moving to Oak Harbor. Instead of a sample rack, they brought over what they called Brand Awareness Swag-Bags that included outfits for the girls to not only try on, but to keep! That was a huge and generous surprise to everyone. 

Swag Bags from Thavin&Marcob

Every young lady we served that afternoon showed a sense of confidence and radiance once each of them individually received so much personal attention from the hearts and hands that were serving them. 

Many caring for the one. Is that not beauty right there?

What I saw was a renewal of the spirit in not just the girls but in the women offering the services. We all felt the transformations, it was magical.

Beauty holds out a loving hand to serve others, beauty promotes others ahead of itself and beauty creates relationships. I could not have been more impressed at how these budding beauties carried themselves with grace and gratitude.  I could not have been more proud to be involved with all the businesses that came together to create such a fun day full of warmth and care.

Thank you everyone who participated. I hope we get to do this again soon!

Taryn, is confident, cordial and effervescent. Her enthusiasm and happiness were positively contagious! I loved photographing her, she was a natural!
Rachel, another natural in front of the camera. She is a sweet young woman with such an easy going attitude, she’ll be a senior next year and I look forward to getting to photograph her again sometime before she graduates.
Amberly. 2018 high school senior! Contrats! Amberly was smokin’ hot and she totally knew it. In fact, she told us. LOL. She’s wise beyond her years.
Caroline, another 2018 graduate, smart as a whip. Demure and confident track star and future physicist or something smart like that. Congratulations, Caroline!
Ashley, this woman has a heart of gold and gives everyone she meets a warm and wonderful smile. Ebony hair and eyes to match, she has a photographic allure that drew us in, another 2018 graduate. Congratulations, Ashley! You have alot to look forward to!
Eileen, a talented musician and gorgeous young woman yet seemingly unaware of her radiance. Once she felt the energy from the women around her, she was a rockstar! Eileen is also a 2018 graduate.
My ultimate goal in portraiture is to achieve expression and connection with my subject while capturing their images utilizing soft lighting and posing techniques. My inspiration is from the masterworks I used to view as a teenager. I would frequent the Detroit Institute of arts and stare at the works by French artists like William Bouguereau or Jacques-Louis David,  19th Century neo-classic painters. The way their subjects were lit and posed, they look like photographs. 

Real Estate and Interior Shots

There are many situations that call for interior photography. Real estate sales, remodeling examples, room organization, kitchen demonstrations,  interior design work.  One of the most frequently seen styles of interior photography is the before and after remodel example.  The biggest key to selling a remodel is to make sure you get the “before” shot. That’s the shot that most people forget but that’s the shot that makes the “after” so much more incredible.

Over this past weekend, I did a very basic interior shoot to display a makeover of a boat’s salon area. The area of the salon is 9′ wide x 12′ long. It’s tight quarters that requires a little “flexibility” in my positioning the camera. Since the vessel was “under wraps” for the winter, the windows are covered so shooting into the window of the bow into the salon was not an option and there were only a few openings for natural light to filter into the salon. Using a flash can be prohibitive in such a confined area because there would inevitably be a hot spot somewhere from an on camera flash and there was no room for a soft box stand.

Remembering my motto for this year — “use what you have” I encourage myself to work more creatively.  Reaching for my toolbox of skills, I sometimes forget I have the ability to create an HDR images. Being mainly a portrait photographer, HDR isn’t a flattering technique for faces unless it’s gritty football player or boxer.  HDR photography for rugged landscapes and interior details is one of the most visually striking ways to showcase a balance of highlights and shadows and capture all the details of a scene, this technique works particularly well for real estate sales shots. It takes time to capture the images as well as to process them later. You need a good tripod, a wide angle lens (but not a fisheye) and a shutter release (I use the timer) keeping the image at the same F stop and ISO for each exposure, take the shutter from faster to slower by 3 stops in between. I collected 5 exposures for the two remodeled examples below and stacked them to create one brilliant image from each angle of the boat’s remodeled salon interior.  I love the look.

 

(Top) A typical phone image showing before shot. (Lower) an image using an onboard flash to show work in progress.

This is the only shot I could find that shows a glimpse of the shabby plywood floor.
Interior Design Before and After – Boat Salon Remodel

Below are the two HDR images, click on the images to zoom in for richer detail.

The top images is taken from the aft stairs and the other taken from the bow ledge. This technique shows striking details pulled from shadows and keeping highlights balanced.

Interior HDR photography
GlimmerGlass Interior Photography to show room details. Interior HDR photography

 

To see more “naughty” images, keep scrolling….click on them to see them full size.

 

 

 

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A rare photo of your photographer.
A rare photo of your photographer. Hit the contact button to reach me for some HDR images of your interior design and remodel projects. Be sure to get some good ‘before’ shots before you start!

A World Away (but not far at all)

This past weekend, last weekend in January, it wasn’t too cold, mid 40’s and after the epic, “First Week”  we were really looking forward to getting out of the city for a couple nights. Mike and I went up to visit Boaty up in LaConner and even though it’s winter and we’re not going to leave the dock, it’s a great little place to go for a two night stay. We brought the terrible twins (the dogs), thankfully the rain held off until Sunday afternoon because wet dogs all weekend would stink. Literally.

I washed them Friday morning before going to the shop knowing they’d be dry by afternoon when we left. I used a teaspoon of the lavender oil in the shampoo and conditioner and scrubbed it in and let it sit on them for a few minutes. As I write this, I can tell that they still smell nice!  

We drove up Friday and spent the night to get up bright and early to catch a sunrise on Saturday morning. The dogs have not been dragged out of bed so early ever. That alone was a challenge and very funny because they are very lazy dogs. 

We went to a place called “The Talking Fields” Field 3 – Goose Reserve on Fir Island. It’s a wildlife area, there were hundreds of ducks (it was also the last weekend for duck hunting season, so there were echoes of shotgun blasts bouncing off the hills and the water)

After the beautiful sunrise, we went back to the boat and had coffee and then headed over to the Taylor Shellfish farm on Chuckanut Drive, if you want to see some beautiful coastal views, check out Chuckanut drive (State Route 11). It’s a two lane road that hugs the bluffs along the coast from Edison to Bellingham. There are plenty of nice oyster places along the drive. We weren’t headed for oysters though, we were after mussels to go in the sauce I had made in the slow cooker left warming back on the boat. We brought along some steelhead to grill at beach at the shellfish farm so we wouldn’t have to stop again for food.

Once we got there, the sun started to really shine and the dogs were happy sniff around at all the discarded oyster shells on the beach. 

https://www.taylorshellfishfarms.com/
https://www.taylorshellfishfarms.com/

After we ate our lunch, cleaned out the coals and purchased our mussels (they packed them in ice for us), we headed up to Bellingham so I could finally visit Otion, the soap store that Bramble Berry opened there.

I wanted to be able to sniff all the fragrances they had to display and see molds and colors and ideas. 

Mike said to the clerk there that I have a soap addiction but said that he felt it was better than, say, a drug addiction. “either way though” I said, “It’s still going up my nose.”

In Bellingham, across from Otion, there is a really great coffee shop, Woods Coffee, incredibly good coffee. If your addiction is coffee, try that place.

http://otionsoap.com/
http://otionsoap.com/

On the way back to Laconner from Bellingham, we took i-5 to the Bow-Edison exit and meandered back the way we came. On the way back we saw people on the sides of the roads staring into the the fields and up into trees, we noticed that there were dozens of eagles feeding and playing all over the valley. There were hawks and eagles, eagles seemed to be guarding their nests against the hawks or other eagles.

There were huge flocks of hundreds of trumpeter swans and literally thousands of snow geese flying miles overhead (notice the streaks of dots in that clouded sky photo above) if I wouldn’t have looked up, I wouldn’t have seen them. I didn’t pack my telephoto lens to get good shots of the birds, I had set my mind on sight seeing and thinking of getting landscape shots for next year’s calendar. (notice most of these shots are wide, except for a couple of the eagle shots in these last four, I used my lens baby edge 80, the most “telephoto” I had with me.)

http://www.seattleaudubon.org/sas/
http://www.seattleaudubon.org/sas/

I didn’t realize that it was bird season.

The snow geese fly a few miles over head and if they weren’t all honking like a clown parade you’d probably never know they were there.

The geese and the swans fly through the night hours, honking the entire time. At night their white bodies glow in the dark sky. It’s really something to see.

Hope you enjoyed hearing about this peaceful getaway.

Step Up your Game with a Professional Headshot

Want that polished professional looking headshot? If the self image you’ve been looking to achieve for your first impression on your cards and website needs a more professional, updated look, I’ve got you covered this month.  Start the new year fresh and save $101 on your headshot.

Visit my studio this month and take advantage of this special headshot price, $49 going on through January 27. (Mention that you saw this on my blog to get a special bonus) You get a 10-15 minute session and generally about 8-10 images, genuine super model treatment under the lights and choose your favorite headshot to use to promote your business.

Whether it’s your first headshot, updating an old one or you just hope to step up your look to be more professional, headshots are the necessary first impression in visual, self-promotion marketing.

Great lighting is key for the most flattering and true-to-life images that give those seeing them the feeling that you are right there, and these are the images that you will love to use everywhere to make your communications coordinated and uniquely you!

$49 this month for approx a 15 min studio session and one fabulous full resolution digital image that you can reproduce on cards or even for a portrait for mom.

ATTENTION CORPORATE GROUPS – If you are rebranding your image for the new year and have a group (min 10) of new individuals, contract employees, agents or new management – let me come to your office and setup my gear there to make it super convenient. These group style sessions are fast, easy and fun. (I’ll need a location at least 10 feet long and 8 feet wide to setup the lighting and background)

But wait, there’s more. A lot of people are on track to drop a few pounds for their new year’s resolution and many people think they don’t want to do a photograph until they lose the weight. I have an offer to help you be more determined to make that goal. If you come in for a headshot and lose 10 pounds within 30 days of our session, you can come back in for a new headshot FREE OF CHARGE!* How does that sound? Motivating?

So put your best face forward and make this new year a time of new beginnings by refreshing, rebranding, reinventing and recharging your business image!

 

*the free session must be booked within one week of hitting your 30 day goal.

professional headshot
Polished Professional headshot with glamour filter added for a softer look.