It has been a very busy year so far and I have not posted in too long! Here is a little of what I have been up to.
Little country princess:
This little one was not too sure at first when I took out my big camera and flash. With a little time and patience she wormed up for just long enough to get some beautiful smiles. This want taken at the Capital town town Austin TX.
4th time photographing this beautiful family:
I remember when this mom and dad were newlyweds. Time goes by so fast. This beautiful family of 5 are alway so sweet and fun, I just want to say thank you for be so amazing to work with!
Social media headshots:
I would say that the era of the professional social media headshot is here! And understandably so. Whether you stick to Facebook or Linkedin to Flickr or blogging the images you choose to represent YOU online is important in net working or communicating with new and old connections. It is a great tactic to have professional headshots for social media! This one was a lot of fun at the Domain in North Austin.
Black and White for you website:
Changing it up a little. This company had all of the staff photographed in B&W for their website. I love the look of B&W and you really don’t see this style much anymore.
5 girls and 1 boy! Love this family so much!
I will be post more soon. Please take a look at my portfolio for more of my work 🙂
All the best
I Love my job! I understand that portraits are priceless pieces of art that most people hold very dear to their hearts. My goal as a photographer is to be your portrait photographer for life!! I am creative with my photography & I always give it my BEST!
Portrait Design/Home Décor:
Whether you choose JJ Photography & Design for your family portrait or another studio; you will be better prepared for photographs that will be enjoyed for years to come with a Portrait Design Consultation.
If you need photographer Lets schedule a consultation. Home Décor is a big part of Portrait Photography. Sitting down and going over the look ,color and size Ideas you are looking for to decorate your home is all part of the process.
This way we can get inspiration from your home decor as your portraits will become pieces of art for your home and a design element to any room.
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Jackie photographed from beginning to end, the preparations, the ceremony and the wedding party and guests and family afterwards. Jackie made the pictures available soon after, and my daughter-in-law was able to post the huge album of wedding pictures online. I still enjoy browsing through them. From beginning to end it was a great experience and Jackie captured it all.It was an outdoor daytime wedding. Whether or not Jackie had anything to do with arranging the perfect weather and lighting, she made great photos that captured many happy moments. One of my favorites is of the groom with the broadest smile that expresses his boundless joy in those first few moments of being a husband.” -B.M.
Group photos are some of the most popular photos around. At a wedding they are especially popular because you get to see everyone who attended! There are many challenges to getting good pictures though. The problem is, there is always that one person looking away or blinking isn’t there? Or it’s just not a good shot, it’s too far away or too close up or one person is in focus and everyone else is blurry. Plus, how do you get everyone to smile at the same time?
- TIMING – Take your group photos at the beginning of the event. Everyone is happy and smiling and looking their best. Plus the alcohol hasn’t set in too much yet. But if it’s too sunny – you may have to wait until a little later so you don’t get a bunch of squinty eyes.
- TAKE CONTROL – you may seem a little bossy but everyone will thank you later. If you get lost in the crowd, you are going to have a hard time getting a shot.
- SMILE – You should be smiling. Think “follow the leader.” Motivate them. Give them a reason to do this shot. Talk to them and explain what you are doing
4. VISIBILITY – If people can see your camera, it can see them. Remind them of this!
5. POSE POSE POSE – Pose people…if they are your friends this may mean literally grabbing them by the shoulders and moving them into position. If you don’t know them, we don’t recommend this! 🙂 Get the heads of everyone on different levels. People have a natural “bubble space” they do not want to invade but get everyone to tighten and squish together. But don’t take too long or get too creative with posing or you will start losing people fast.
6. CREATIVE ANGLES – Get up high, looking down to everyone. Or get down low and look up at people. Switch it up.
7. TAKE LOTS OF PHOTOS – like…a LOT. Put your camera on continuous speed. Then you have more to pick from later.
8. USE WIDE ANGLE LENS – if possible
9. SET APERTURE – to f8 or higher so you get everyone in focus
10. USE A TRIPOD AND HAND HELD REMOTE- if possible
And remember, the larger the group, the harder it is to get that perfect shot. Don’t beat yourself up. Just take a lot of pictures and even if it turns out there was a kid picking his nose in the corner…well it makes a great funny story later. Happy shooting!
Yes it’s true, we don’t just talk about photography here although we are pretty nerdy about that! Since it’s March, we thought a blog on St Patrick’s Day would be appropriate. So what is St Patrick’s Day anyways and what are some of the slang expressions associated with it?
According to Wikipedia:
Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church, and Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland,.… Christians also attend church services and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption.
Ya think? Can you say “green beer” anyone? Drinking is a big part of St. Patrick’s Day, but sometimes drinking can bring you good luck, not just a hangover. The Irish believe that if you float the shamrock in your whiskey before drinking it, you will have a prosperous year.
Kiss Me, I’m Irish – The phrase, is a reference to the famous Blarney Stone found in Ireland. It is said anyone who kisses the stone is blessed with being eloquent
The color green – Green wasn’t Saint Patrick’s color but as St. Patrick’s Day shifted from just being a religious holiday to a day celebrating Ireland’s history, colors associated with March 17 turned green. On March 17th, during the Irish Rebellion of 1798, an uprising against British rule in Ireland, Irish soldiers wore green uniforms as a political statement. People enjoy wearing green, eating green food, and drinking green beer to celebrate this day. Green pancakes are my fave. Here is an easy recipe. http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/986203/st-patricks-day-pancake-recipe
Four leaf clovers – there are approximately 10,000 three-leaf clovers for every “lucky” four leaf clover.
Luck of the Irish – it’s interesting that Christians don’t really believe in luck, but instead the providential sovereignty of God. But somehow the idea of “luck” has invaded this holiday. According to Edward T. O’Donnell, an Associate Professor of History at Holy Cross College and author of ‘1001 Things Everyone Should Know About Irish American History,’ the term is not Irish in origin.
“During the gold and silver rush years in the second half of the 19th century, a number of the most famous and successful miners were of Irish and Irish American birth. . . .Over time this association of the Irish with mining fortunes led to the expression ‘luck of the Irish.’ Of course, it carried with it a certain tone of derision, as if to say, only by sheer luck, as opposed to brains, could these fools succeed.” The word was probably introduced into the English language in the 15th century as a gambling term.
HAPPY ST PATRICK’S DAY! WE WISH YOU ALL THE “LUCK” (or Providence) YOU CAN GET! And don’t forget to keep those pocket cameras available at a moment’s notice. You might catch some pretty fun and interesting photos with your shamrock whiskey or green pancakes in hand. Now that’s gold!
Choosing a wedding photographer is SO important to your big day. That day will come and go but your photographs are the only thing that last. Don’t skimp on your photographer. I have a few questions listed that you should ask, but also just make sure you meet with them well in advance. Pick someone that fits your personality and has the experience. Pick someone with a style you like and don’t be afraid to ask questions and spend some time with them before you make your decision. Here are just a few questions to keep in your back pocket at that first meeting.
1. Do you have photos of entire weddings that I can see?
You want to make sure your photographer can tell a story. You also want to see the beginning posed photos on into their evening candid photos.
2. Can I see a variety of different style options?
3. Who will be photographing my wedding?
Just make sure you aren’t hiring one and getting another. Make clear how many and who your photographer/s will be.
4. When will my proofs, prints, and wedding album be available?
Find out your photographer’s turnaround time. You want this expectation determined from the beginning.
5. How many pictures will you take?
A photographer usually shoots about 500 exposures at an average wedding, but how many of those images will you have to choose from?
We can’t stress this enough: Don’t be afraid to ask questions. This is an important day and you want the right fit for it!
Senior portraits are becoming a much bigger deal than they used to be. There aren’t many times in this teen’s life to get all glammed up and treated like royalty for the day. Teens want to stand out from their peers. Senior portraits are now more elaborate. Kids want to be unique and make a statement with their photos. They want to go a step above their predecessors. This is a huge event and something many kids look forward to from the time they can understand what it means. Now we are seeing things like
THEMED Portraits – from disney charaters to sports stars to favorite color pallets and or music. Themed photography give a sense of direction and are be a lot of fun!
CANDID Shots – the standard posing has gone out the window from some young folks. They want to be captured mid laugh or pondering life’s important questions as they look out over the water.
GROUP SHOTS – sometimes best friends are added to pictures or maybe cousins or coaches, etc. How cool is it to see who you used to hang out with?
UNIQUE LOCATIONS – instead of beside the water, what about IN a waterfall? Wide angle lenses are becoming more important as backdrops are becoming bigger and better.
TEXTURE – photographs in front of or next to some interesting texture really adds dimension to any photo.
FURNITURE – an old sofa in the middle of a field? Yes please!
Just make it POP!
A Vision in Blue
Dazzle me purple