The Olson extended family was a dream to photograph! I have known Randy and Lori Olson my entire life. My dad went to school with Randy and my mom was friend’s with Lori. Their 3 boys have wives and families now, so it was a blessing to photograph them!! Editing was a joy as well, seeing ALL THAT LOVE!!
Let's ignore the quality of this photo and just applaud the fact that I took a selfie! One that I am in. And I documented how I did it, for YOU!! My light was very limited, but I wanted to document the process THAT day, so this is what we got. I'm happy.
I have the Canon 5D Mark 2 and it does NOT have wifi. This means that I can't use the fancy Canon App on my phone to take selfies!? I know. For shame. Well, after searching the internet and trying several workarounds, because, let's face it, I really need to see what the heck I look like before I take the shot, I have come up with a solution! Before I get started with the specifics, here is my jerry-rigged setup. With my laptop precariously on top of an upside down laundry basket in a chair. I wanted REALNESS people and sometimes an upside down laundry basket is what's there.
Now for the frustrating part!!
Here's what you will need:
*A laptop (I use my MacBook Pro)
*Iphone (Or Droid)
*This App for your phone
*The EOS utility specific to your camera. Go here to download.
*Tripod ( Optional)
*A wireless remote. (Optional) I have this one.
I know. It's a lot. But where there's a will there's a way. Basically, instead of just connecting my phone directly to my camera, I connect my computer to my camera and then connect my phone to my computer.
Download the EOS Utility App
Connect your camera to your computer. Open the app if it doesn't automatically and select "Camera settings/Remote shooting"
Select "Live View Shoot..."
Once you are here, you will see on your computer what your camera is seeing. Now it's time to set up your phone to remotely control your comptuer.
Go to “System Preferences” – “Sharing” – Select (and enable) “Screen Sharing”
Make sure that under “Allow access for” you either select “All users“, or have the user you want to connect with, enabled.
Also, make sure you don’t set a VNC password under “Computer Settings” (It’s not needed for Remoter!)
In Remoter’s Session Editor, use your Mac username for the “VNC Username” and your Mac’s password for the “VNC Password”
Download the Remoter VNC App
MAKE SURE YOU ARE ON THE SAME WIFI AS YOUR COMPUTER
Click the plus at the top
Select your computer and log in! You can now control your computer/camera remotely from your phone!
Before I plug my camera in, I put it on 2 second timer. This is so I can use the wireless remote to take the picture and drop the phone and remote if I don't want it in the pic.
I took this McKinney family to Arbor Hills for their photography session! They were absolutely the sweetest! The light was STUNNING. And mom and dad were just so in love! Thank you for sharing your family with me!
I've recently joined an amazing group of talented photographers to share our favorite image of November. Mine was a Thanksgiving photo of my youngest child and one of my father in-laws. We got to visit a lovely horse ranch and this was them truly just seizing the moment. Her skip is all her. The joy is all her. I was so grateful to have such a great day. I struggled with this composition because the photo meant so much to me, but I finally landed here and I’m very happy!
I LOVE being a family photographer in Mckinney, Texas! There is so much variety! Including this spectacular farm! Luscombe Farms is the most beautiful backdrop! Thank you, Leslie, for sharing it with us!
Are you feeling STUCK and uninspired with your indoor photography?
Are you craving to tell your story through deep and emotive photography, but just don't feel equipped?
"I don't have a white, blogger house" ... "I don't have THIS lens" ... "I don't have the editing skills" ... "My house is TOO DARK!"
If these excuses sound familiar, The Dark Digs Project is for you!!
In this course, I will discuss:
- Fully embracing where you are!
- How to find and manipulate the light in your home.. in EVERY home
- How to create meaningful moments in that light
- Detailed videos of how I shoot and edit in-home images of my DARK digs
- Pull backs and descriptions of each shot and how I created them.
- A camera and lens comparison section where I will recreate Identical indoor, lowlight shots using a variety of lenses and camera combinations ranging from entry level to pro, showing that you can create beautiful images no matter where you are and what you have to shoot with! I will discuss the advantages and limitations of each combination and will help you find your gear's possibilities and know what upgrades will give you the most bang for your buck.
- My practices for making my work consistent and so much more!
This course will be available in 2018! So sign up here to stay up to date on prices and availablity!
Oh! And if there's something you'd like to see, drop me a line!
With all these business changes, I've slowed down a lot to allow myself time to make all those changes! In the mean time, I've been shooting product shots for one of my favorite companies! I LOVE Henry & Brothers. Their owner is just so sweet, so it's been a fun project to create with her. Here are a few shots from my product shoots so far.
After YEARS of talking about it, I finally got to photograph my cousin in Spokane! LOVE her and love her gorgeous family! This was a very easy session! They all came polished and ready to go! I LOVED every shot!
Whenever I go home to Spokane, I'm ALWAYS honored to photograph my favorite families! These guys are SO hilarious! Mary's oldest son calls her "Rusty"... because she's "old." hahaha . I'm not kidding, this is so funny to me. And her youngest son LOVED the camera and decided that thumbs up would be his signature move. Each picture came with an "Ok, now let's do one without the thumbs!" Seroiously... they are awesome! And how gorgeous is Spokane this time of year?
When Jordan chose me to be the photographer for their family and 6 months pics in a beautiful McKinney park, I jumped at it!!!! I LOVE this family! Jordan and I used to teach together way back when and I've watched her children grow! I love being apart of these memories! And keeping with our theme, today was overcast! Every single session we've ever shot has been overcast!
And so glad sweet Teddy has made it to nearly every shoot! This is 2014 and 2017!
I LOVED this photo session in this gorgeous McKinney location! I'm so glad they chose me as their children's photographer! When this mama called me up and said "I trust your vision" I immediately started freaking out. I could've shot them all day!!
I've been so lucky that this McKinney family has chosen me for their family photographer for the last several seasons! Can I JUST say, this family KNOWS how to coordinate outfits! They look like a walking clothing ad! And! They are as kind as they are lovely!
I met E's family last fall when they booked me for a Family Session, but this session was all about E! This gorgeous, springy greenbelt in my McKinney neighborhood was perfect for E's one year session! Happy birthday, sweet E!This sweet little man has NO trouble keeping up with his brother and LOVES cars and being outside.