I am constantly trying to learn new things and practice techniques that I have not quite mastered, so I regularly attend photography classes, workshops and the like.  Lighting Asylum is one of my favorite workshops.  They are always fun, I frequently know many of the photogs and models who attend and I walk away with some great images and new knowledge.  Here’s a video of what it’s like to go to a workshop.

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She is Beautiful Project - Barb

She is Beautiful Project – Barb

She is beautiful, isn’t she?

I’ve been wanting to photograph some of my girl friends for a few years and during our annual girl’s getaway retreat in Tahoe earlier this month, I got my chance.  I’ve also wanted to provide beautiful photos to women who haven’t had a decent photo of themselves in years…maybe since they got married…or even since High School.

She is Beautiful - Debbie

She is Beautiful – Debbie

Most women over 45 or so, stop enjoying having their photo taken.  Why?  Maybe they don’t feel as beautiful as they once did for whatever reason.  Maybe they have seen too many IPhone snapshots that friends have taken and conclude that they don’t look beautiful in those photos, so they “never take good photos.”  (I hear that comment a lot.)

She is Beautiful - Deb

She is Beautiful – Deb

I told my friends that they didn’t have to do this, but that I really, really wanted to give them a beautiful photo of themselves.  So, they allowed me the honor of providing them with some beautiful photos.  I told them “If you could see what I see”, you wouldn’t even hesitate.

She is Beautiful - Kathy

She is Beautiful – Kathy

She is Beautiful - Julie

She is Beautiful – Julie

I shot these photos over two days of gorgeous fall weather in beautiful South Lake Tahoe.  It was such an honor for me to be able to do this.

She is Beautiful - Pam

She is Beautiful – Pam

And so, I continue to try to provide photographs to women who have not had a great photo of themselves in a long time because I want to remind them that they are beautiful.

Last, but not least, my long time friend (we’ve known each other since birth) allowed me to take her photo the other day when I was over at her house getting some photos of her and her husband. And…

She is Beautiful - Gayle

She is Beautiful – Gayle

Yes, they are beautiful.

If you would like to give a gift of a beautiful photo of a woman you know, send me an email at sierraspringsphotography@comcast.net and we can make the arrangements.

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Wedding Magazine Cover

Wedding Magazine Cover

If you are planning a wedding in the El Dorado County, CA, area or even the Greater Sacramento Area, I would love it if you would consider my services for your photography.

I would love to send you a copy of my 2014/15 wedding magazine.  It’s a PDF, so you can view right on your computer/ipad/iphone.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

I love weddings and I have several packages that should suit most needs.  But, I am also willing to customize a photography package to suit the individual needs.  I know weddings are expensive and I strongly believe that every bride and groom should have beautiful pictures of their wedding day, because when the last of the guests leave the party, the food has been eaten, the toasts are toasted, all that you have to remember the day is the pictures. So, I am very willing to work with you and your budget so you will have photos to remember your day.Shot list

Shot list

We like to make sure you get the pictures you want, so we will send you a shot list.  We will also work with your wedding planner or DJ to make sure we are aware of when the big events take place.

Engagement Session

Engagement Session

Most of our packages come with a free engagement session.  You can also add it on a la carte for a reasonable fee.  We always love these sessions because we can get to know both of you, give you some tips on posing and provide you with some great photos to use for Save-The-Date cards, Guest Book, Thank you cards, or making prints to place around the wedding event venue.

So, if you are planning a wedding and are interested in our photography services, please drop us an email at seirraspringsphotography@comcast.net and we’ll be in touch.

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EW Couture Blog Board Collages - Classic CollectionLast weekend I had the pleasure of photographing two beautiful women in the style of pinups.

EW Couture Blog Board Collages - Classic Collection

We were in a very rustic location in Nevada City, CA, a beautiful little gold rush town.

There were blackberry bramble bushes, weeds, tall cedar and pine trees everywhere, along with old shed, tractors, parts of “things” and rusting cars covered with brambles.

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These gals were amazing and unafraid to climb around in the “junk” in order to get the photos they wanted.

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We had a lot of fun tromping around the weeds, finding places to shoot and trying all sorts of different poses.  I hope to shoot both of these beauties again.

Thanks, Girls.

Selfies

Selfies

If you think you would like to try something like this, shoot me an email at sierraspringsphotography@comcast.net.

Fun!

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Casual

Casual

I strongly believe in continuing education for any field you choose to be involved in.  My field happens to be photography so I am constantly going to workshops, watching videos, reading photography blogs and learning how to improve my craft.

Posing is one of those things that I am continually working on.  It’s not something that is easy to advertise.

Please Hire Me because I can pose you up really well!

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I doubt that form of advertisement would get me many new clients.  However, learning good posing techniques makes people look good…look pretty…look strong…look their best.

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Should look like she’s not posing…but she is

So a couple of weeks ago, I attended a posing workshop.  I consider myself “decent” at posing, but by no means an expert.  I must say that I learned a lot at this workshop…mostly how much there is still is to learn.

Long lines

Long lines

We were very lucky that we had some gorgeous and long-suffering models to work with.  Some of them were experienced models and some had never modeled before.

I always like to work with people who do not know how to pose themselves because I gives me an opportunity to pose them without any preconceived notions on their part.

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If it’s bendable, bend it.

One of the things I try to tell my female clients is, “If it’s bendable, bend it.”  Curves and bends always make women look better.

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Again, I try never to pose my women straight-on to the camera.  I usually don’t pose men straight on either, but sometimes you can get away with it.  People have a tendency to look like boxes when they stand straight to the camera with hands by their sides. Nobody wants to look like a box.

But there is so much more to posing then turning to the side and crossing one leg over the other.  You have to consider hands, feet, head positioning and expression.

Great Expression

Great Expression

You also have to consider background to make sure the pose fits.

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But I truly believe that you can be the best poser in the world, but if you do not develop that relationship with your client, she will always look stiff and “posed”.  I work hard at developing that relationship with my clients so that I can get them to pose in an attractive way and generate a great expression.

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And sometimes, all you have to do is say, “Give each other a hug”.

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It was a fun workshop and I hope to continue in my education in posing.

If you want to practice your posing with me…shoot me an email at sierraspringsphotography@comcast.net

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