Wednesday, March 28, 2012

New Photography Goodies (for me anyway!)

I'm in my second year of my photography business Kaptured by Koren Photography, if you didn't already know.  Last year was such a blessing, so many supportive friends, family, amazing clients!  I have grown leaps and bounds in my technique and knowledge, both in photographing and in the industry.  I'm not usually the "go getter" type, so I'm really proud of myself for reaching outside my safety box and striving to achieve something I truly love and desire for my life.

So last year, I didn't have much equipment or props.  I still don't use a lot of props.  For me personally, they kind of get in my way.  Some photographers can totally ROCK the props, me...not so much. :) But at least I recognize that about myself.  I also paced myself with the use of equipment.  I didn't want to go into debt buying the best camera and lenses, I felt like I needed to earn the right to do that.  So I was able to upgrade my camera body to a Canon EOS 50D and I really love it.  I don't think I need to upgrade anytime soon.  The lenses I now use are: Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8, a great wide angle lens, great for families and interesting angles, Canon 50mm f/1.4, a great portrait lens, and recently I purchased a gently preowned 85mm f/1.8, great tones and colors.  I also purchased a reflector and a new prop chair as well, some fun accessories to learn to use on the job.

The photos below are me practicing with the 85mm lens.  It pulls in really close so I have to be back pretty far to get a full body shot, but it's great for those kids that might be a little gun shy and they wouldn't even know I'm snapping their photo.  Reagan is always my go-to ready and willing model.  She rocks!!!

I really try to focus on getting those crisp clear eyes, it's not as easy as you might think.  Even when I think I've nailed it, I'll zoom in during my edits and see that it's fuzzy, so annoying. :) Practice practice!

I'm not the best at action shots so I was working on that as well.

Here's what I get when I ask for "fierce." She so should be modeling, good grief! :)

A fun prop headband made by my friend a fellow photographer, Angela Pollard.

Here's I'm working with the reflector.  Some tips I got from some other photographer friends is getting the reflector in the right spot or the eyes can look a bit "possessed". :)

This is my new prop chair, we're using it during a shoot run and designed by another photographer friend, Heather Beam. She's doing Birthday Blessings shoots and needed some examples to post for people to see.  I just provided the models and the chair.

Heather working with a cranky Jordan.

Then last but not least, I felt it was time to update the ol' logo.  I am surrounded by so many giving, talented and wonderful photographers that don't hesitate to share their knowledge and expertise with other photographers.  There are so many out there that are very competitive and my community is awesome.  So Anna Hollister designed this logo with me based on some ideas I shot her way.  I think it totally fits and is so fun.  My other logos were lovingly designed by Angela (the one who ALSO made the headbands, again, so talented), but I didn't want to wear her out with all my graphic design projects. :)

So...that's what's going on in my "professional" life.  It sounds funny to say that, but I think I'm allowed to now! I've had several return clients already this year, 3 weddings on my calender (one already done), and so excited to work and be out doing what I love!


Shonda said...

You do such an awesome job, sis. I'm so proud of you and you have many happy clients. Way to go!

Christa Forsythe said...

Your pictures are so great! I would love to be where you are at! I am just learning and having such a hard time comprehending all that ISO, aperture, shutter speed stuff... but I'm slowly learning! Maybe in a few years I will be able to write a post like yours! I would just love to do photography full time!