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As a photographer, my schedule is generally packed photographing everyone else.  But I want to make sure that I get pictures of my own family from time to time.  And with as quickly as Zachariah is growing, it pushes us to be more proactive about it.  So we recently did a photo shoot just special for Zachariah and his pony, Lightning.

cowboy toddler with pony

 

I don’t recall how we came about the idea, but I’m sure it was all Amanda’s doing.  We ended up with the little cowboy theme.  This obviously meant that he needed a cowboy outfit.  So Amanda got to online shopping and found him a new shirt, some toddler pants with belt loops so she could make use of the Texas belt buckle, a couple of hats (the first one was too small), and some boots.  We also had a friend of ours that does leather work make Zachariah his own special belt so he could show of the buckle.  Oh yeah, I almost forgot about the kids lariat.  I believe Amanda already had a western kid’s saddle, so she didn’t have to buy that.

 

cowboy toddler with pony

 

One funny note: Amanda loved his little boots SOOOO much that she sought to find a pair just like them for herself.  No, she didn’t find an adult pair of the same boot, but she did end up get herself her first official pair of cowboy boots while we were in Texas recently, and she loves them.  Another funny note: it’s always funny how kids pronounce things as they are learning to talk.  Zachariah knows what a cowboy is and what cowboy boots are.  He can also say both “cow” and “boy,” but he can’t say “cowboy.”  Instead his “c” sounds like a “b” and it almost sounds like he’s saying “bad boy” instead of “cowboy.”  It’s totally cute.  He loves his bad boy boots!

 

cowboy toddler with pony

 

So anyways, back to the session.  Once it looked like we had everything, we planned a time to head over to Oakridge Park, MD so we could use the outdoor arena.  We got him all dressed up in his little western outfit and did his little toddler cowboy pictures with his beloved (and trusted) pony, Lightning, or as Amanda calls him, Lightning Bug.  It’s so much fun as a parent doing a themed photo session for your toddler child.  It’s really heartwarming watching it all come together in front of you.  And then seeing it in the end is just completely timeless.

 

cowboy toddler with pony

 

For those wondering how I did the lighting, I used three small lights to counteract the hard sunlight from the side.  I started with one light first from the opposite side of him from the sun.  This produced a great start but left a line of shadow down the middle of his face.  So I brought in two more lights and positioned them at about a 45 degree angle to his face on either side.  So I basically had one light pointed at each cheek, and one higher powered light side-lighting opposite the sun.  This created wrap around lighting on his face.  The only other thing I could have done to pop it more was put one more light slightly behind him opposite the sun to create an extra rim.  But I’m happy with it as is.  Then all the post-production was done in Lightroom.

 

cowboy toddler with pony

 

cowboy toddler with pony

 

cowboy toddler with pony

 

cowboy toddler with pony

 

cowboy toddler with pony

 

cowboy toddler with pony

 

cowboy toddler with pony

 

cowboy toddler with pony

 

I hope you love the pictures as much as we do.  Please let me know if you have any questions about how or what I did, or if you just want to comment on how cute of a little cowboy he is.

Click on the following link if you would like to download the photo album app for your phone with these and more photos from this session: http://moblalbum.com/BRyDMPY43R/gallery/111346

 

 

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I love shooting on a farm any chance I get.  So when we first met Kayla and Randall about their engagement pictures, I was overly stimulated by the abundance of options.  The coolest thing is that that’s also where they’re getting married, so that made the engagement photos that much more meaningful to them.

We really were blessed with some amazing weather that day.  The clouds were crazy intense.  I knew that if I didn’t handle things just right, that we’d lose the clouds like a big washout in the sky, so I pulled out some lighting tricks of mine.  But clouds or no clouds, they would have meant nothing if Kayla and Randall hadn’t brought all of their personality to the session.  I think I dragged them all over the family farm, but they really did have fun with it, and it shows in their photos.  It really is great way to temporarily escape the stress and chaos of preparing for a wedding and forcing yourselves into a play date that just happens to be slightly choreographed and fully photographed.  But don’t think about the camera; just think about having fun with each other.

Kayla and Randall meshed so well together during the session.  It’s at times more obvious than at others when a couple really is made for each other.  I only had a brief moment of time with them compared to those that know them best, but I have no doubts that they really are made for each other and will make the long haul together thru life.  By the way, I just want to mention that they also have one of the best wedding photographers in Southern MD doing their wedding pictures, Sandi Foraci.  They’re going to have some rockin’ photos for ya’ll.

Best wishes you Kayla and Randall!

 

 

outdoor engagement pictures

 

 

outdoor engagement pictures

 

Outdoor engagement pictures

 

outdoor engagement pictures

 

outdoor engagement pictures

 

outdoor engagement pictures

 

 

If’ you’d like to download the photo app from this session, click on the following link using your smart phone: http://moblalbum.com/BRyDMPY43R/gallery/106637

 

 

 

 

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Aug 05, 2013
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So where are we at these days?  Well, I only two weddings left.  One of which is the end of this month.  After those two are done, I’m completely out of the wedding photography business.  The only exceptions would be portrait sessions (bridals, engagements, etc) that go along with a wedding.  And since the last wedding, I’ve finally been able to start putting a little time into the new portrait based business.  I wish I could say I finished getting everything done, but I’m a long ways away from that point.  The biggest challenge is that I’m still working on the transition/reinventing process on a part-time basis, while sharing my personal time with my family.  So I’ve got my hands full.  Besides, if anyone knows my boy, Zachariah, he’s really hard to resist.

What’s the update on things currently?  Well, I did get my new portrait price sheet designed and printed (this required me to update by product options and prices, so there’s new products now).  I’ve also started using a new mobile gallery app and have sent it out complimentary to all my portrait clients going back thru 2011.  I’ve started using an online consultation form, but I’ve only fully finished one so far.  I have laid out my new policies and have created designed pieces to have them printed on so that everyone will know each parties role and responsibility and how the entire process is to flow.  I’ve created a new portrait products blog post with images and descriptions of the variety of amazing products I offer.  I’ve started a new welcome kit for my portrait clients to replace the one I’d made for my wedding clients.  I’ve created a new survey to find out how I’m doing and what I can do better, as well as set up a plan for gaining online reviews.  I’ve come up with a new bonus and rewards system that helps clients to get even more from their session.  I’ve created my first few video products with some success.  I’ve even created a themed portrait party concept, but haven’t been able to fully have a successful party yet.

So what is still in the works?  Some of the other things that are still in the works are info guides to help prepare for each type of session, updated galleries, more consultation forms, update online profiles, more video products, etc.  I still need new marketing pieces and prices sheets for specific markets instead of just a general one, but it’s a start.  I still need to actually do a self portrait and put it out there.  I need to practice and develop video products more.  And I need to finish my online consultation forms.  It’s a list, but it’s also a plan.

I have been learning and am still growing.  My plan is to finish all of these tasks so we can move to Tennessee and reestablish ourselves there.  In the meantime, I seem to be staying busy with pregnant moms and engaged couples all of the sudden, which is cool of course.  I love being a part of the special times in people’s lives.

Have you ever gone to a business that is open but is still being built around you while you’re there?  That’s what I feel like I’m doing to those I’m servicing at the moment, and it kills me, but it’s driving me to try and get this stuff done.  Once everything is done and the new business plan/structure is in place, then I’m really going to be able to take care of my clients even better than I can right now.  I’m excited.  Aren’t you?