From the moment I received my first SLR camera some twenty years ago - a 21st birthday present - it was love at first touch. To me it was, and is, an instrument of creation and inspiration, and it transformed the way in which I viewed the world. Born and raised in the midst of the natural beauty of New Zealand, I have since had the good fortune to travel extensively and to experience the wonder and beauty of varied countries and cultures.
Along the way I've discovered that a photograph is much more than a moment, an image, or an emotion. Not only can it serve to capture the true essence of a person or place, it can embody their heart and soul. When this is accomplished the photograph takes on a life of its own and triggers a deep emotional response in the viewer. As a professional photographer and an artist, it is this goal that I seek to accomplish. Each time I raise my lens I strive to capture the heart and soul of my subject.
I'm blessed to call Bend in Central Oregon my home, an area with an abundance of natural beauty and a plethora of wonderful activities. Every day I wake up grateful for where I live, what I have, and who I am. My passion for photography could not have evolved without my husband and two young children. Over the years they have offered me endless enriched moments to capture, moments that perfectly illustrate that a photograph can be so much more than just an image.
My passion in life is to search out these "soul moments" through the lens of my camera. I invite you to join me on this ever evolving and exciting journey, one that will undoubtedly provide intimate and remarkable memories captured forever for your lasting enjoyment.
One evening last week I meet up with a good friend and amazing woman Lori and her two cute kids. It was very special to be able to capture Lori with the most important little people in her life. Not only is Lori an amazing mother, person and friend she is an incredible athlete.
It was a delight spending the evening with them and capture the connection and love between them.
The most common question I get from clients is 'what should I wear'? This is an important question as clothing does set a tone for your photos.
It is natural for clients to want or need some guidance as it can be overwhelming especially when it comes to family portraits.
I would like to share with you some suggestions on what to wear and bring to your next photo session.
#1 - be comfortable!
Clothing choices should be based on your session location and you or your child's personality.
Keep it simple - solids or simple patterns.
As a family avoid wearing the same thing, ie white polo shirt and jeans. But rather choose outfits that compliment each other. Color co-ordination lends harmony to a portrait.
Avoid solid black and white - the camera doesn't usually enjoy these extreme on the color spectrum.
Extra clothing is a must for kids and there is a good chance they will get messy before or at the session.
Bright colors are best in my opinion and always photograph nicely especially on kids.
Avoid graphics/logos, cartoon characters and shiny fabric on clothing as it can be distracting.
Check your clothing for any stains and get the iron out if you have wrinkles!
Choose clothes that are flattering to your body shape.
Check that your child's feet, hands and face are clean.
Accessories always make a session more interesting. So bring along a hat, scarf, head band, your child's favorite teddy bear or even a cool chair. Props are always welcomed. Bring something that reflects or connects you and your family, perhaps a guitar, books, a fun umbrella. I also have a selection of props and accessories which I can share with you.
Make sure your shoes coordinate with your outfit. Bare feet always looks good too.
Well behaved four legged friends are more than welcome to join you in your photo session.
Don't over do the make up - natural is best!
Layering always looks nice as well as the use of texture.
If you aren't sure, feel free to bring a few different things and we can decide together.
The most important thing to remember is that your clothing should be a reflection of you and your family.
If you need some inspiration check out the many websites such as: Old Navy, Mini Boden,Hanna Andersson, J Crew, Gap.
Don't hesitate to call or email me for assistance.
I want you to feel comfortable and be yourself at your photo session so I can capture your soul!