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Eye Spy Locations

As a photographer it is important to constantly be looking for new inspiration. Often time inspiration can be found in things the routine eye may over look. You sometimes must retrain your brain (and eyes) to examine the old  from a new perspective. 

For example, today the weather was nice so I decided to go on a bike ride throughout some local scenic trails. I consciously made sure I was constantly examine my surroundings in search for potential location and settings for photoshoots.  

It's easy to get stuck in a rut and have "go-to" locations for shoots. While this can be useful in some cases - I feel it more often that not eliminates growth as a photographer and can even limit your creativity and originality. 

In a few weeks I have a photoshoot with a client that requested the shoot to be at Symco thresheree - the same place where I recently just had a photoshoot at.  It will be interesting and a great experience to try and challenge and push myself to find new perspectives and shooting options despite already having shot at the location before. My hopes are to have completely unique shots that bring out the beauty of the location yet are still independently unique from my previous shoot. 

Stay tuned for the results!

Have you had any challenges with shooting different photoshoots in the same location? If so how did you overcome them?

Perfect Props

As a photographer and creative - it is important to remember that every photoshoot is completely unique and should be tailored to highlight the clients personality and style. A great and fun way to showcase this is by using props. 

Props can be a fun addition to any photoshoot that can set a shoot apart from the often redundant poses and backgrounds you see over and over again in photoshoots. Invite your client to bring props of their own to the shoot. Also take time to get to know your client in advance and search for props that match their interests and style.

On a recent senior photo session, I used a variety of props to enhance the shoot and showcase my client's interests and style. The entire photoshoot was a lot of fun - and it's no surprise some of my favorite shots are the ones that props were used! What are some of your favorite props to use on shoots?

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A variety of props used to showcase the client''s unique style and interests! 

A variety of props used to showcase the client''s unique style and interests! 

Capturing the Candid

This past week I had the opportunity to go on a photoshoot adventure with @Karissa_Majeski and @hippyjreamer. The young couple was a joy to work with and were naturals in front of the camera! The format of the shoot was very relaxed - allowing the couple to not focus on the camera and instead focus on each other! Capturing candid and intimate moments are not something that a photographer can simply recreate with forced poses - they quickly come and go and it is the photographer's job to capture those blink-of-an-eye moments. 

Capturing the Candid is not always as easy as it sounds. Sometimes you have to anticipate the moments before they occur. On the luggage portion of the photoshoot with Karissa and Jerry, at one moment I noticed a car was approaching. This had happened many times and normally we would stop shooting for a moment, move to the shoulder of the road and let the car pass. However this time I decided to keep the shoot going. Why you might ask? Because this time something was different - Karissa and Jerry were not aware the car was approaching! I thought this would be a great opportunity to capture a spontaneous moment that would lead to raw emotion. The car approached and startled Karissa and Jerry, and drove around us. Like anticipated, Karissa and Jerry then looked my way - allowing me to capture a priceless candid moment. 

Sometimes capturing the best candid moments are anticipating when they will occur - and in some cases even purposely 'staging' candid moments like in the case with the approaching car. 


Anticipating candid moments is a crucial skill - allowing you to "stage" candid shots.

Anticipating candid moments is a crucial skill - allowing you to "stage" candid shots.