Life from this Lens blog circle for August -- theme: long focal lengthRead More
One of my favorite things is following a good Blog Circle to see what different photographers do with the same theme or idea. I'm so pleased to finally be joining one! It's called Life From This Lens, and April's theme is "Pop of Color" so you will see bold and vibrant color highlighted in the following images. I hope you will follow to the next person in our circle, Jessica, to see some more interpretations of this fun theme. I so wish I had made more time for this, but May is here, so on to the next theme, self portrait -- always a challenge, but fun to attempt anyway ;-) Enjoy these pop of color images, and especially the work of the other artists in our blog circle.Often when I am shooting I am drawn first to the subject -- whatever it is that first grabs my attention. But the scene itself -- with it's lines, patterns, shapes, movement, and colors -- also has a strong influence on the success of the image. Color is one of the elements that works to my advantage but can also work to my disadvantage -- when several colors are clashing for example, or when the color is somehow working to distract the viewer from the meaning or feeling of the image. But when color is really working in a frame, it can become the focus of the narrative, the element that your eyes are most drawn to. In the following frames, I found that color played a significant role (evident, too, in the decision to keep the image color instead of converting to black and white).A "Pop of color," then, is just a color element in the frame that is either emphasized by the lack of color in the rest of the frame or that is just so bright and powerful it stands out or really calls attention to itself. In the following images, you can't keep your eyes from going to the pop of color -- it dominates the frame and captures your attention first. When that happens, you can say that the pop either carries or takes on a significant role in the meaning or story the image tells. Sometimes the "pop" of color is not so much a bright and colorful small element in the frame but instead the vibrancy and potency of the color element set against darkness, or simply a lack of color in the rest of the frame.The blue is popping in this next frame, enhanced by the yellow of his shirt. Notice that they are basically the only two real colors in the image, the rest of the frame is essentially neutrals. And in the following image as well, the neutrals are causing the purple jacket to pop in a relatively dark image taken at dusk. In this image the dark wheel mimics the other circles, and while there are other colors -- the balloon, the circle of yellow lights on the ceiling -- the pop of color in the color wheel commands the frame.Or, the "pop" can be the whole frame, delineated by a darker element. If the "pop" of color is not extreme, sometimes the other elements in the frame -- line, movement, shape -- can be used to emphasize, or point to the color to enhance it's influence on the viewer, as in this shot at the water's edge -- the zig-zag design in the sand, the light, the footprints and the bright white surf all work to enhance the color element in the frame.One last example -- here, the pink jacket commands the frame, but because of the movement -- her running and the boy clearly talking into the phone -- the "pop" of color helps create the tension (in the second image, in contrast, the pink is too much -- the viewer's eye goes directly to it, but without meaning.) Next up, Jessica! Check it out!
This family clearly knows their way around the beach. The forecast was for rain early in the day but we got lucky -- it managed to clear up and turn into one of the most beautiful evenings I've had the pleasure of photographing a family in. The Bluffs are great for variety any time of year, but after the recent rains, the lush grass and warm tones really made for some beautiful images. They were clearly so at ease with each other, so kind and warm to each other, that we got some pictures the family just love. All the sweeter because they hadn't had family photos done since before the younger two were born. A great start to what I hope becomes a yearly tradition!
I have a special place in my heart for Lavender Inn in Ojai, so I was so pleased when the owner agreed to let me do a few portrait sessions in the beautiful gardens. This family has so much fun together and so much energy -- love being around them! The youngest fell asleep in the car on the drive up to Ojai from Ventura, so we didn't get much of him, but everyone else enjoyed the day... especially the bolting away from the group part -- so funny! ;-)
Seattle -- what a gorgeous backdrop for this brightly-clad family of 4, who really knew how to rock coordinated but not too matchy-matchy --- the perfect fall look for this October shoot at the park with the iconic Space Needle in the background. I love their crisp, together look that's fun but still neutral. And these girls could not be any cuter! This family clearly has so much fun together too, which gave their session a playful feel.
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When our Pastor's daughter asked me to do a session with her extended family for her mom's birthday I was just tickled. They are such a fun and loving family, and the kids? Adorable! So we set out last month to get some great family shots at Marina Park in Ventura, but when we met at our agreed upon time, I could tell it was going to be too cold and windy for some nice portraits. I figured we could get some fun and happy candids anyway, which we did, and enjoyed the funny windy hair and the cuddling under blankets. So it was back to the calendars to find another date the 11 of us could all agree upon, this time at Camino Real Park, which is just beautiful this time of year with the trees and green grass. I love this family!
I was supposed to do a shoot of these two at their house but their mom needed me to watch them instead so I brought them home to play with my kids, thinking I might be able to get a few shots of them here. I had a ball watching them entertain my little ones! Didn't get as many shots as I had hoped, but love the natural feeling of these images with my kids, and the more posed portrait-style shots are full of personality. Thanks P and G -- the camera loves both of you gorgeous girls!Check out the full session: http://lorephoto.pixieset.com/parkerandgeorgia/
I'm getting really excited! Soon, I will be the proud owner of my very own photography business, Lore Photography, serving Ventura County with on location lifestyle sessions in natural light. Yep. That's me. The biggest job right now is choosing images for my new website. So much to think about!But for now, here's a recent favorite of my husband and his bike:
Just starting a blog one day is kind of like moving in to a new house -- you look around and don't know where to start! So I will start with some recent images. I've decided to enter some photographs in the Ventura County Fair because I have promised myself that I will actually take at least one of my kids to the fair this year. Probably just the oldest. I think she will love seeing herself up on the wall. Plus, I'm having some nostalgic feelings for my hometown, and that link to our agricultural past that the fair always highlights. Anyway, I think I'm going to enter these: