Posts Tagged ‘portraits’

Catching Up

Monday, November 12th, 2012

I have been quite negligent in my photoblogging of late. Rather than bombard my readers with a barrage of posts, this will be one big “catch up” post. Clicking on any of the photos will bring you to the Flickr page for that photo where you will sometimes find a description and/or comments. There are 20 images here. Get comfy.

Morning fog on the way to work.20120907_CRC8711

My favourite little bridge.20120910_CRC9037

The Old Post Office in Galt – which will soon be the new Library.

Another view of the Old Post Office – and the Grand River at night. This is currently part of the Juried Exhibition at the Cambridge Centre for the Arts.

I did a little portrait practice – on myself. (If I ever write a book, I have already the jacket photo.)

Had some fun shooting a rehearsal session with my old friend Adam Harden.

Found this spot on a lunchtime drive out in the country.

Downtown Galt as the sun descends.

A sunset swim on the Grand River.

Coming in for a landing.

Fall colours.

Several from the Worldwide Photowalk I organized.

Autumn swamp.

Several from a Photowalk at Sudden Tract:

My first decent bird shot! Taken with my 40+ year-old 400mm lens.

Summer Sunset Portrait

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

I love shooting at sunset. There are so many creative options that you just don’t get at any other time of day. It’s challenging, though, for several reasons – most of all because what you see in the viewfinder (if you can see anything) is not what you will end up with. The setting sun also completely fools the camera’s light meter making Manual your only option – and with no reliable light meter. Good times.

When it all works, however, it’s worth all the frustration:



Family Portrait

Monday, August 13th, 2012

It’s always a little intimidating to take photos of children that aren’t your own. The little guy in this family, however, was a joy to work with!


Click here to see my client work set.

My First Paid Gig

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Well, it finally happened – someone gave me money to take pictures of them! My friend Tammy needed new headshots and I needed a first client. Perfect.

Tammy was looking for something to use on her various online profiles, especially her professional profile on LinkedIN. For that reason, she wanted something appropriate as a business portrait but a little more interesting than your standard charcoal-background studio portrait. We decided that an outdoor shoot in business attire would be an interesting combination that would suit her needs.

Here are the best five photos:

For those of you who read this blog who are “real” professional portrait photographers, I’d love to get your honest feedback on these.

My first photography tip…

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
photo credti: Lee Haywood

photo credti: Lee Haywood

Just a month into my journey as a “serious photographer” and I’ve developed my very first “trick of the trade” – how exciting! I haven’t actually looked to see if anyone has already included this in a tutorial of some kind, so it’s possible that this isn’t completely original.

The Scenario:
I spent the morning taking “staff portraits” at the office. In the past, we’ve always had to scramble to get a decent photo of someone when we needed it – either for the website or a workshop bio, etc.  We decided to take semi-formal portraits of all staff just to have on file.

The Problem:
It was, of course, the final subject of the day that caused the “problem.” She was a blinker – a bad one! A few of the earlier subject had one or two shots out of four or five where their eyes were closed, but this subject was something else. She knew it too – she told me that she always either has her eyes closed, or she looks like she’s on opiates. I couldn’t disagree with her. Twenty-five shots later, experimenting with various flash settings and delays, etc, we STILL didn’t have a shot with her eyes open.

The Solution:
The answer was hers, actually. She was telling me that she’d run into the same problem at the optometrist’s office – they could not get a clear image of her retina because she kept blinking. “The only thing that finally worked,” she said, “was for me to click the remote.”  I hesitated. “You want to try?”

She took the remote, closed her eyes, and then opened them as she pressed the remote (in her lap, out of frame). Bingo. The first shot was a keeper. Eyes nice and clear – naturally open. In fact, her entire posture improved and it might be the best portrait of the day. Interesting.

If you’re taking portraits, I wouldn’t recommend handing off your remote to every subject. If you run into a stubborn blinker, however, it might just save your shoot.

What to YOU do for blinkers?