Monday, April 29, 2013

Where the Wild Things Are

Some people are daredevils and adrenaline junkies. These are the same people that can go on an African safari without visualizing in graphic detail different scenarios where they will be mauled to pieces. And as much as I have wanted to be one of these people, I prefer to increase my odds of living and go to the zoo!

And as these photos suggest, I think these animals are quite content at hanging out in a predator-free habitat, with daily room service and a prime view for people watching!

Lion 2

How often can you look a Lion in the eyes and live to tell the tale?! Isn't he absolutely majestic?

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I'm not saying that I want to test my theory out, but this Lion looks downright cuddly! Plus, he's a crooner!

Elephant Bath

Mud baths at Elephant Arden Spa

Elephant 1

Curled trunk and crossed legs? Why this Elephant is quite dainty!

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Did you know that Zebra stripes are like fingerprints? No two Zebras are the same? 
And who knew their ears were so adorable?!

Cheetah Prowl

I think this is as close to a safari as I'm going to get!

Little Safari

Okay, well maybe if I wore a safari hat I might feel a little braver!!

- Jenny

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

All Aboard the Maternity Train!

The weather has warmed up and the trees have been blooming since my maternity session with this lovely couple. In fact, the morning of this shoot was super blustery and frigid! Clare and John braved the chill and we had a fun time shooting around the old train station in Old Town Herndon, VA.

I loved shooting at this location, as it provided a lot of unique scenery in a very small radius. This is a great example of how one outfit and a few accessories, like gloves and a jacket combined with a few different backdrops, can help provide a number of different looks to a photo shoot and keep things from getting dull. I especially love the mural wall that we shot against. Don't Clare and John almost look like they're part of it?
clare and john collage
Congrats to the new parents!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

A Minnie Mouse Birthday

Would you believe that Minnie Mouse is actually my mother?! Well, she is! And she made that insanely incredible costume!

My niece was celebrating her 2nd birthday, and we all headed to the playground for a Minnie Mouse themed party. Kids were going absolutely bonkers for Minnie and I felt like a paparazzo, following Minnie and the Birthday Girl around the playground!
MinnieMouse Collage

Food isn't my favorite subject to shoot (unless it's a sweet confection!) - but I do recommend taking photos of party food before guest arrive and start noshing. Plus, you can play around with the arrangement and set up the shot to create the most visual interest.

Photos where we don't see someone's face can often help tell a story or provide a little extra drama. For example, Summer marching off with the birthday balloons totally fits her independent personality. And just seeing Camden's pink hair bow instead of her face, and her tiny hand show a dainty little girl (who, by the way, took a lifetime to eat that cookie!)

Next time you're taking photos of little ones, try focusing on something other than the face and see what happens!

... I have a hankering for a cookie right about now!

Friday, March 1, 2013

MaKayla's Christmas

On Christmas Day, I squeezed in a photo shoot of 5 month of MaKayla. With a house full of people and non-stop barking dogs, this little girl was unbelievably calm and composed!

These photos were taken in a relative's antique sitting room, equipped with large windows. But with the sun completely set at the time of this shoot, I had to make do with some very harsh lighting. The best thing to do in a situation like this is to get creative. Move furniture around if you need to, try different angles to reduce the harsh light, and play around with your post-editing to soften the colors.

MaKayla collage

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Attack of the Squirrels!!

This is Squirrelito. He's a nice little squirrel that occasionally visits my balcony. A few weeks ago I felt charitable and left a sugar pumpkin out for the squirrels. This was a giant mistake, as I had three squirrels fighting over it. Mongo Squirrel is the bully of the bunch and to tell you the truth, I'm a little afraid of him. But Squirrelito is the shyer one of the group and appears to have slightly better manners than the others.

Hmmm.. what's this? An unattended pumpkin sitting out in the cold? Must be for me!

Uh, say Squirrelito... you're really not as civilized as I originally thought! 
Maybe you should put that on a plate... and perhaps you should be using a napkin!

Mmmmm! Pumpkin seeds! My favorite!!

Thank you for the treat! I hope I didn't make too much of a mess!!

Sorry little Squirrelito... I think this is your last handout!!