Archive for 'photography'

By request I will try to start posting the Project 365 photos I have been doing here as well as on my Flickr stream. For the project, I am trying to do a photo every day. To be honest, I missed a couple of days this week because I hurt my back, but now I am back on track. If you would like to see the rest of the project, go to my photo stream

Here are the ones from today and yesterday

Payton really has intense eyes so I wanted to surround her in her favorite color, black, to really set those eyes off.

Payton really has intense eyes so I wanted to surround her in her favorite color, black, to really set those eyes off.

I was waiting for Ned when I noticed this fence right next to where we were parked and the face in the board just made me laugh.

I was waiting for Ned when I noticed this fence right next to where we were parked and the face in the board just made me laugh.

Many of you have asked for tips you can use to take better photos with your own cameras. Some of you will most likely get cameras over the holidays. If you want to know more than the 3 tips I have here, I’ll be teaching a class through Olympic College’s Continuing Education Program next month in January. I will be going over the basic camera controls and settings, composition techniques, and what do do after the photograph is shot. The class is CEAC 042 Digital Photography Basics and is on Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Jan 13, 20, and 27. To register call Olympic College at 360-475-7786 or e-mail them at ContinuingEd@olympic.edu

In the mean time, here are

Three Tips to Take Better Photos with your Digital Camera

1. Know what the controls on your camera do. If you a messing with your camera trying to figure out which setting to use, the moment will pass and you will miss it and your photos will end up looking staged. Get out that manual and learn which settings are best for which uses. It is amazing what you can do when you know which setting to use.

2. Use the rule of thirds. When composing your photos, they will be more interesting to look at if you think about dividing your frame into thirds both horizontally and vertically and then put your subject at one of the intersections. Many cameras on the market now even put a grid in the viewfinder to help you compose using the rule of thirds. The rule of thirds help you create an asymmetrical balance to your photos that will make your photos more “active”.

3. Pay attention to the background. Look to see what is going on in the background of your photo. Is it too busy? Will it distract from what you want the viewer to see? Sometimes just one step one direction or the other can eliminate things in the background that compete with your subject.

Want more: stay posted or sign up for the class! I will be doing a class through OC in spring and a workshop at our studio in February as well. I also will be posting tips here now and then. Until then happy picture taking!


I am so honored to be  featured on the latest calendar from the “Soul Beautiful” calendar series. The calendar series springs from the desire to empower foster youth to take risks, develop their individual voice and create options for their future by providing wilderness adventures, self expression art workshops, life skills training and an ongoing network of support and connection. The calendar is the work of former Bremerton resident, Gia States, daughter of Bremerton residents Skip and Judy Duke. Gia, who now lives in California  and is Founder & Director of Development for Re:mix, became involved in developing the calendar when she and her husband began the process of adopting a foster child and quickly became educated on the staggering statistics of the United States foster care system. “The deeper into the process I went, the more passionate I became about realizing that I had the power to affect change on a much greater scale than by simply adopting one child. I have the power to help thousands. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since”,  Gia explained.

Proceeds of the calendar will support Re:mix, which sponsors a series of immersion-style summer retreats to empower foster youth to take risks and broaden their life possibilities.

Gia saw a portrait I made of Finn, the son of a friend here in Bremerton and asked me if she could use the photograph on the calendar. She felt the photograph really spoke to the idea of how children look up to their family and how important the support of family is and used the photograph for the month of November, since that is when we really focus on being thankful for family. Of course I said yes. I am deeply touched that she choose the photo. Most of the amazing photos in the calendar depict people involved in activities that promote living your most authentic self and celebrating who you are. It is really a beautiful idea.

Gia then gathered sponsors including “Powder Magazine”, since many of the photographs in the calendar depict the action sports that many of its readers are involved in. The magazine will give a complimentary subscription to “Powder Magazine” with each calendar purchase.

So if you are looking for a calendar to inspire yourself or your loved ones click here to purchase the new 2010 Adventures of the Soul calendar.

About Re:mix: Re:mix nonprofit organization was established in 2008 in response to the quiet crisis of youth in foster care. Our mission is to empower foster youth to take risks, develop their individual voice and create options for their future by providing wilderness adventures, self expression art workshops, life skills training and an ongoing network of support and connection. Contact: Gia States, Founder | Director of Development & Community Relations, 530 545 1413

Just last week I met with Nick and Angela at the new fountain park in Bremerton to do their engagement session. These two are getting married in just a few weeks. They were so adorable together. We had a blast playing in the water and checking out the new park on Pacific Avenue. This got a little steamy! Check out the slide show with music from TripleScoop.com.

It was a crazy weekend that included the opening of our new studio in Poulsbo and me getting vertigo so bad the next day the whole world was spinning. I put together a cute little video of the photo booth we had set up. Thanks to all the folks that stopped by to pay us a visit. Sorry I couldn’t get you all in. Here is the link to the video. It takes a minute to load so be patient.

We are excited to announce our new photo studio in Poulsbo. We are having our Grand Opening open house on Saturday the 17 from noon to 7:00. Please stop by and say hi. We are upstairs above the Dancing Brush downtown. Look for the stairs between the Dancing Brush and the Kitchen Karosel.  The studio is small, but just big enough for meeting clients, and rainy day sessions. We will be open by appointment.  We will be doing all our maternity sessions and newborns there as well. We will also be offering photography classes for adults soon. We are looking forward to being part of the downtown Poulsbo community.

Check out this little video I put together of my favorite images from 2008. We want to thank all our clients and friends for helping us with such phenominal growth this past year. While our company has grown, so have we. We work really hard to keep getting better and having such wonderful clients helps us do that. Thanks to you all! And we hope you all have very happy holidays and a great new year. Look for some big announcements coming soon regarding our new space in Poulsbo. In the meantime, enjoy the video! Click here for the YouTube version for a little better quality you can Click Here.

I just came across this cool software to make videos. Check out the one I made a couple of hours ago. Kind of cool. I’m thinking of adding this type of video to my web and product line. Let me know what you think.

Wow, October was a beautiful month! So full of color and crispness, just like Chloe, a senior from North Mason High School. We started our session with Chloe in Poulsbo with a rescue horse Chloe is in love with. Such a sweet horse! He was a great model and so much fun! Then we just had to go to Port Gamble where the leaves were turning and everything was so beautiful. On the way we stopped by a you cut Dahlia farm on Big Valley Road. What a wonderful place! So colorful. I loved the way the color in these photos turned out, so full of life, just like Chloe!

Chloe and her favorite horse

Chloe and her favorite horse


What a sweet horse!

What a sweet horse!


Getting ready to ride.

Getting ready to ride.


At the Dahlia Farm

At the Dahlia Farm


Chloe

Chloe


I love Port Gamble in the Fall!

I love Port Gamble in the Fall!

Here is a sneak peek at a wonderful wedding in Port Gamble for Penny and Will, a wonderful, fun couple. Despite a drizzly day, they beamed with happiness all day and truly enjoyed their big day. Will had a grin that simply would not go away! Because of the rain, we didn’t get to truly take advantage of all the beautiful gardens that Farm Kitchen has to offer, but we were able to get a few shots in the dahlia garden during a brief break in the rain. Once again Gina and Ray of Essence of the Thymes catering did a great job with the food. DJ Dave kept the music going and the dance floor packed. Congratulation Penny and Will!