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Tuesday tips: Create perspective

It’s nice to include other elements in a photo of your teenie new baby, to help with perspective. So though you’re tempted to zoom in really close to get all those tiny parts documented, take some standing back a bit to show your new little person in the context of other big things – you’ll be amazed how tiny he or she looks in a few months when you look back at the pictures.

Tuesday tips: Big sibling/new baby

Trying to get pictures of big bro/sis with new baby? Get prepared first. Be somewhere with good light. Take practice pictures of just the older one in the spot. Have someone else put the baby in and then just shoot like mad. You may literally have only a few seconds of time before one or both of them isn’t enjoying it. Just document what happens, don’t try to force it to be a picture you have in your head.

It’s that time of year – Nursery School photo time!

So this is an old post – I might even back date it to January because I shot these guys on a cold day back then… but I’m finally taking the time to blog it because, come on – these expressions can’t be beat.

It’s the best when you can choose what you wear for school photo day.  Ski goggles? Why not?

Little brothers welcome :)

There’s something so sweet about the angle of this one – I love it.

DIMPLES! (she has great ones, under those poking fingers)

Loads of fun, as always! More info about shooting Nursery School photos (yes, email me, I’m happy to do this at your child’s school next January or February) is available in past posts… from 2011 and 2010.

Help-Portrait Boston, Year 3

For the third year in a row, yesterday I participated in an inspirational day.  The brainchild of celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart, Help-Portrait is “a community of photographers, coming together across the world, to use their photography skills to give back to their local community. On or around December 10th, photographers around the world will be grabbing their cameras, finding people in need, and taking their picture. When the prints are ready, the photographs get delivered. Yep. It really is that easy.”

I volunteered with our local group (find yours by clicking around on the community site here) and met some wonderful people, both in front of and behind cameras.  The Hyde Square Task Force hosted the event at their facility, and we (25+ photographers and volunteers) provided over 100 families who live or have roots within a mile of Jackson Square with portraits over the course of the day.

Attendees were welcomed…

Primped, by volunteers from Empire Beauty Schools:

And then they got to show off their pearly whites… here are just a few of the fantastic people I met:

Then they came downstairs to the spot where another group of fabulous volunteers were printing them an 8×10 and two 4×6’s, as well as burning them a CD of all their pictures to take home.  It was so well organized!  So many team members made it happen, but the most visible on our end were Howard and Jessica – thank you guys for doing TONS of legwork before the event (and I’m sure, late into the night!).  All our team members, send me your websites and I’ll link to you! :)

And our wall of love got bigger and bigger throughout the day.  This picture shows only about half of the families we saw.  Go team! Wonderful to work with you all, so fun to get to see all these smiles.

P.S. This was the first year we got releases from the subjects to show their beautiful faces on our websites – to help get the word out about this event so it can spread to more than the fifty countries it already spread to.  Of course, if any of my gorgeous subjects would prefer I not post their picture here – send me an email and of course I’ll take it down.

P.P.S. For historical perspective, I do have a blog post from the first event I took part in here (I slacked and didn’t do one last year, sorry).

brandy - December 11, 2011 - 10:51 am

SO psyched that you got to show the portraits! I remember your post from a few years ago, and back then I thought — this is so powerful, I wish I could see the results!

A few more shoot times available

Thanks to my fabulous husband’s automated process that’s been helping me batch a few portions of my editing process, I’m staying really on top of my editing this season! (Yes, it only took me nine years to get into a really good groove.)

Things are so under control around here that I feel like opening up a few more slots this season.

Check out my most up-to-date shooting schedule here.

Halloween at Music Together

Music class is always awesome, and when Halloween coincided with our weekly Monday music class at Old Colony Music Together, I knew it made sense to bring the camera.

Hilarious.  (Mine’s the kitty with her back to us here.)

They’re free to participate however they like.  Either with instruments:

Or in a more relaxed way… (this cracks me up)

This princess wins the prize for best expression of the day:

My kitty, tongue (literally) in cheek:

Great fun, every week, but especially so when they’re costumed ;)

My girls for Halloween

In a few hours I’ll be back to your regularly scheduled programming – cute clients all the time – but this morning I took a few minutes with my own little halloween goblins outside (in the SNOW).  In past years I’ve invited the whole neighborhood over, but with the weather the way it was this weekend, it was too hard to organize the timing of that, so I just forced my own children to don their costumes one day early and get wet and cold for a few minutes.  C’mon guys, it’s for ART!!  For posterity!  You’ll thank me later… right? Right??

Eventually they warmed up a bit and showed off the Wonder Woman-i-tude:

And the Kitty style: (But don’t ask how many bribes I had to go through to get her into this cat costume.  I kid you not – 30 minutes of begging, lollipops, everything.  She is sooooo two.)

Brrrrr is it time to go inside yet??

sara sun - October 30, 2011 - 2:32 pm

Aww LOVE these!!! They are totally rocking them! Love the Wonder woman costume. I used to have wonder woman underoos…oh man I loved them so :-) Have fun tomorrow.