Monthly Archives: January 2011
Bringing home a huge bag full of The Black Forest Cafe’s Valentine’s Day products like cupcakes, pastries, decorated cookies, and brownies ….. yeah, I’ve had worse days. This shoot was not only beautiful eye candy for me, but it was also some good color therapy too. As a mom of two little boys there is not a scrap of pink in my house, but I love pink and I’m a girly-girl underneath all the dinosaurs and bulldozers and trucks that my life is filled with. So it was FUN to bust out the frilly cake stands and spend some time shooting beautiful pastries. Cupcakes are truly my very favorite thing to shoot. They make me kinda giddy. 🙂 As always, these shots were done with only natural light and the K.I.S.S. method–Keep It Simple, Silly!
Love, Love, Love…. I can’ t even express how happy these shots make me feel. It must be all the pink! Clearly I am a woman starved for color in this time of year, because all I could think about when I was trying to decide how to style this shoot was wall-to-wall pink. It’s a happy thing.
Funny story about these cake stands…. I’ve wanted some small ones like these for years and have never been able to find any. Never saw any in any stores, and can’t afford eBay collector prices for them. A couple of months ago I actually dragged both my parents all over the backwoods of New Hampshire to some remote antique stores hoping to score a vintage cake pedestal. Nope! None to be found in antique stores either. So I kind of gave up until a couple of weeks ago I had a strange urge to check Home Goods which I have never been into in the whole time I’ve lived here, but I went. And it was like overflowing with cake stands. It was surely worth the trip in there!! Who knew. It was an awesome feeling to be able to create the photographs that I had envisioned in my head.
PS– the new Pink Velvet Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream are sooooooo delicious! And I have to say, this was the first time I’d had the pleasure of trying The Black Forest Cafe’s old fashioned coconut cake–here in the form of a cupcake. TO. DIE. FOR. I consider myself a hardcore coconut cake fan, and this one truly ranks as the best I’ve had.
Yippeee! I’ve just mailed out my first round of advertising postcards. This photo does not do them justice, they are gorgeous. I wanted something really beautiful, vibrant, and eyecatching, and these 5×7 flat press cards printed on pearl paper are just stunning. They killed me when I opened the box (and even the hubs was impressed). It’s something I’m truly proud and excited to send out with my name on them, and I hope they find their way into the hands of small business owners who could use some new and updated photos for their website and Facebook pages! I truly believe in the power of a first impression from a photo, especially when it comes to food and business. And I also believe in the power of an effective website, because I am one of those people who will spend 10 extra minutes looking for a website for a place, than actually picking up the phone and calling. That’s how I roll, and I know a lot of other people do too.
I chose quite a few local businesses that I’m interested in, mostly in Goffstown, but a few others in outlying areas if it was something that I felt I was suited to and would enjoy be psyched about shooting. Of course I’d love to photograph any business that wanted to hire me, but until my local advertising starts up in a couple of weeks, I wanted to send a card directly to some ideal clients I’d like to work with. So I don’t want to get my hopes up or anything, but I reallyreally hope I get a few inquiries from these. Personally I think I’ve created a special offer that is too good to pass up!
When I think “headshot”, I think of something that occurs in a dark studio, where you perch yourself on a little stool that winds up and down to adjust height, and you’re peering out of a tunnel of light umbrellas and reflectors. I had a studio headshot done a few years ago for a scrapbooking magazine gig, and it was a truly bizarre experience for me. The picture was “nice.” The lighting was beautiful, and I wasn’t used to seeing myself looking like that. Looking back on it, I think “wow, that was weird.”
Nowadays I have to admit that my favorite part of a shoot is often the headshot portrait. I try to save it for the end, when everyone is most relaxed and feeling comfortable. I like to shoot a headshot as if I were sitting across from a good friend, and wanted to capture that perfect moment in our conversation where I want to remember how they looked right then. When I get home and download the cards and find a gorgeous close up of my subject, with great eye contact and a relaxed expression, and a natural look, I get that chill that I get when I know I’ve nailed it. LOVE that.
I’m offering a location, natural light headshot option for my clients, kind of like a mini-portrait session except the only goal is to produce one great headshot. Perfect for actors, performers, occupational portraits, or anyone needing a single great headshot for print or web. Email me for details, or see the Headshots Info page.
I thought it would be neat to do a year-end rewind and revisit my sessions from 2010. I had a really hard time choosing just one favorite from each. But in the end, here are the ones that made the cut. See if your favorites are here as well! In no particular order, here they are:
Left: dual birthday pool party for Katie & Emma in Concord, NH
Right: detail shot from a wedding (second shooting) at the Mile Away Restaurant in Milford, NH
Evan’s 1 year old portrait
Left: Ella’s 2-year old portraits in Greensboro, NC
Right: Child portrait session for Gracie in Raleigh, NC
Carrie & Jay’s wedding at Weirs Beach
Mina’s Family portraits in Concord
Left: Madison’s 1-year old portraits
Right: Cayden’s 1-year old portraits
Carolyn’s graduation party in Manchester
Left: Lana and her mom–family portrait session
Right: Family portraits in Manchester
Decadent desserts from The Black Forest Cafe for the fall.
Left: Beautiful mama Sara at her Concord family session
Right: Dance recital costume portraits for best friends Jillian & Katie.
More Food!! Gorgeous pink cupcakes from The Black Forest
Ben’s 6th Birthday Party at Flipz in Concord
Thank you to all my clients for a fantastic 2010! I had a blast and I hope to meet lots of new faces in 2011. It’s never too early to start booking!