Monthly Archives: September 2014

Puppy Love

A friend got a puppy.

Everybody in their household was buzzing with excitement. When I first saw it, it was a curly haired furry little sleeping heap. Guess what my first question was? You’re saying ‘Can I take photos of your puppy’? – You’re exactly right. 🙂

I must have given them a bit of a fright when they opened the door on the day and they saw me buckling under my gear: camera bag, tripod, portable backgrounds, two boxes of blankets and props …

Lucky I didn’t get the door slammed in my face and was still allowed to come in.

The puppy of course – four days older then when I first met it – was wide awake and full of beans.

Three hours later, a lot of coaxing, bribing, a little nap and lots of cuddles, this is a snippet of the result.

Who doesn’t love a puppy?

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Panorama Portrait

A studio is a great luxury. No worries about the weather, about mozzies and if an idea pops in my head I can walk right down and see if it works.

Unfortunately many of my ideas tend to be too big for my studio. You see, my studio is very small. Tiny. In fact teeny.

Portrait shoots are in high demand. Even though almost everyone has access to a digital camera of some sort, most realize fairly quickly that the family snap shot and the professional portrait are at home in two very different worlds.

I do offer several types of portrait shoots, but the Mini is a studio-only shoot, and it is very popular. Reasons being, as mentioned above, no worries about the weather, the mozzies, and many times Mothers seem to think that because it is a confined space it will keep their kids better in check. However, my teeny tiny studio is not coping with the requests any more. Even though I have a limit on numbers of people on my website, it seems to get overlooked and every other week I do get the request to have four or five kids in the shoot. I am sometimes tempted to make an exception (how much harder can it be to fit in one more child?) but in the end I know that making that compromise would also mean making a compromise in regards to the quality of photos that I can achieve in this small space – and I am not willing to do that.

This has disappointed some callers, for which I am sorry. Up to recently, for up to 10 people (plus pets) you would have to book my Regular Shoot, and we would meet at an outdoor location.

It bugged me a lot that I couldn’t help out clients who specifically wanted all the convenience of a studio-shoot for a larger family group. After much thinking and mulling over and trialling, az pictured is introducing tadaaa

The Panorama Portrait Shoot. It is perfect for 6-8 family members, depending on age maybe even 10. The quality photo print comes with backing and matted at a size of 12 1/2 inch x 24 inch.

It has been very well received, yay 🙂

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Serious Business

To have a job that is supposed to make revenue plus being creative is sometimes a hard task.

Many times my arty side gets left behind a little bit, while I’m dealing with the daily grind of paperwork and online presence and accounting … shudder.

My young one is an apt photographer with a very good eye, and as you learn best when you do something instead of just reading about it, we have started doing little fun projects together. They usually don’t take long to plan and to see through.

Enjoy our results in the series ‘Glue Stick Pendulum’.

And don’t forget to have some fun every once in a while 😉

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Beneath the Surface

Sometimes, looking at a photo straight on, will not reveal any damage, as you can see with this image. Looks fine, doesn’t it?

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Not so when you start tilting it slowly in the reflection of light. Suddenly we had to discover severe scratches, mainly on the face. It is impossible to determine how they have been caused. One can only speculate that the photo had at some stage been stored together with an object that has sharp edges. Maybe it was in an envelope, together with such an object.

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The photo hasn’t faded and other than a slight crease in the top right corner and those nasty scratches there is nothing more to do.

This is the fixed image, and its new print is now safely stored away in an album.

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