A couple of Sundays ago, I took a drive up to Carlsbad to visit the Flower Fields. Canon Reps were that allowing people to borrow some pretty nice camera body and lenses. They did not have a camera body that I was interested in borrowing but they did have a really nice 100mm Macro L-Series Lens available. In Canon-ese, an L series lens is their pro line of lens. I had a great time practicing my Macro photography along with just being outside enjoying the weather and not having to think about cute poses and ensuring that everyone has their eyes open at the same time. Sometimes it is just nice to work with inanimate objects.
As a photographer, like any other art, I am constantly needing to improve my “craft”. I am always trying to learn more about the art of photography and pushing myself as an artist. I read a ton of books on photography, I look at other photographer’s images and try to understand what they did to capture the image, and I network with other photographers online and in real life. One of the online networks that I am a part of has assignments each week that will hopefully help me to become a better photographer.
This weeks assignment was to create a self-portrait that tells a story. Above you will see my submission. I am hoping that by looking at it, you will understand the passions of my life. And yes, I love my family, but this picture is about me and who I am away from my family.
So who am I? From looking at this image, I think that I am fun based on the coy smile on my face. Based on the shoes, I can guess that I have a passion for Mickey Mouse (or really anything Disney), Tap Dancing, and Ballet.
So if you see me walking down the street and want a conversation starter, you can ask me about any of my passions from above and you will get an earful.
Love this Pinterest Board. It is full of great ideas for what the wear for a family portrait session. One of the hardest decisions for any portrait sessions (after choosing a photographer and picking a location) is figuring out what to wear. My biggest suggestion is to wear coordinating outfits, not matching outfits. Just as each individual in your family is unique, so should your outfits.
I am pleased to announce that I have partnered with Tiny Prints this year to help with the ordering and printing of your Holiday cards. Tiny Prints is a retailer of premium personalized holiday photo cards and a favorite of mine. I use Tiny Prints for all my holiday photo cards (and birthday invitations) and love the quality of the prints.
To start your order through Tiny Prints, please click on the link below which will lead you to my co-branded Tiny Prints Storefront. From here, you can shop for any product on the Tiny Prints site or review a few of my favorite choices.www.tinyprints.com/storefront/jenniferdupont
I am also using Tiny Prints photo escrow system to help manage your images. This system is a way for me to release the images directly to your Tiny Prints account to order a card. It will also include a small attribution for my studio on the back of the card. You will not have access to the original image file as part of this system, but will be able to use it on the card of your choice.
When you are ready to order, please let me know and I will upload your chosen photo(s) into the Tiny Prints Escrow system. I will then send you a unique code for each image, which you can use in the card creation process in the “add a photo” stage to retrieve that image into your personal Tiny Prints account. Once you have retrieved the image, you can use it on any card for up to 30 days. Your card will be printed with the high resolution version of the photo, but you will not access to that file.
I am so looking forward to this weekend as I am going to spend it immersing my self in learning more about lighting as it pertains to photography. I will be with several other photographers learning as much as we can from Andy, the Unknown Photographer. And he is going to cram our little brains with as much lighting knowledge as we can absorb. My hope is that by the end of the weekend I am more confident with my flash and with using and understanding natural lighting. The plus side is that my pictures will, hopefully, look even more spectacular and I will get even better at capturing the precious moments of life.
I had a great time with a fun family at Old Poway Park. It had been awhile since they had a family portrait taken but you couldn’t tell. I couldn’t tell though since they were all very comfortable in front of the camera. They were such a joy to shoot. I just picked out one image to use for the sneak peek. I can’t wait to edit the rest of their images.
On the 4th of July, I took the family to the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park. The park was pretty empty since most people go to the beach or to other parks that have fireworks. Even with the light crowds, we didn’t see many animals because my little one was having a great time watching the shows that were part of the African Experience. The above shot is currently my favorite from the day. She is trying so hard to watch the other kids with Hula Hoops and figure it out herself. She never did get it but I am sure she will figure it out in a couple of years.
San Diego is now called home. I have been living here for several months and am really enjoying it. Being born and raised in Northern California, I always dreamed of living in Northern California although I never thought it would become a reality. I love the weather here. I love the sunshine and I even love the rain when it occurs. Mostly, I love of the opportunities for me to take my kids to play. The zoo is fabulous, the parks are wonderful, and the people are friendly. My little one makes new friends everywhere we go.
As I am fairly new to the area, I am really excited to have the opportunity to get to know new families and capture some loving moments of family along with silly moments of the kids.