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Hanna’s DVD Case | Salt Lake City Senior Photographer

Hanna’s DVD Case | Salt Lake City Senior Photographer

I love things wrapped in pretty packages.  So when you book a session with me, not only do you get your images on DVD, you get a gorgeous, hand wrapped case to hold that DVD.

Here is Hanna’s DVD case from her recent Senior Portrait session.  It is printed on canvas paper for a gorgeous case that will last forever.

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Tracking Photography Customer Work Flow

Tracking Photography Customer Work Flow

The busier my photography business gets, the more my poor mommy brain can’t keep up with everything.

In my 10 years as a Sales Professional in the Fine Paper and Packaging world, I always relied on my trusty dusty Franklin Day Planner and Blackberry.  Oh, and my assistant.  (Man, it was awesome to have an assistant.  I might have to get me one of those again.)  It was a rock-solid method.  In that life, in that profession.

It doesn’t fit into my photography life for some reason.  Perhaps because of only maintaining client relationships, consulting, and proposing business systems, I now have to add all of the back-end processes that was once taken care of for me.  Accounting, order entry, image processing and a whole lot of other steps to each client.

So, I’ve come up with a very crude, very easy way of tracking my photography workflow for each client at a glance. A simple, yet very effective spreadsheet that I print out and keep in the folder of all my ongoing orders to track the progress of each client.  It has been saving my bacon. Super simple.

If you want a copy, click on the chart to download and customize to your own work-flow.

Client workflow chart download

I’ve also seen similar ones in a dry erase format here. While that doesn’t work for my style, it might for yours.

Cheers!  And happy tracking.  🙂

 

*******UPDATED LINK – 01/29/2013*******

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Low Key Bubbly

Low Key Bubbly

My friend, David, is taking an intro photography class and came over the other day to use my black backdrop for a low key / high key assignment.  It took me back, and I couldn’t resist the urge to shoot along side him.  🙂

We rotated the backdrop so that it was lit with window light.  He’s not allowed to use any kind of flash for the assignments.

Here is a bottle of Dom we (my hubby and I, not David and I) still haven’t opened from our wedding.  You think it’s still good 9 years later?  I doubt it, but it sure does make for a pretty subject.

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Personal Shooting, Insane Hair and Friends

Personal Shooting, Insane Hair and Friends

Shooting just for myself is food for the soul.  I love it so much.

So, when Angie Andrews (Sweet Memory Garden) invited me to join her in shooting her gorgeous nieces the other night, I almost did a back flip off my office chair.  I was excited to hang with and shoot beside her, but little did I know that I would be walking into this awesomeness.

Kelsey and Andrea are both hair dressers and styled each other’s hair. Lovin’ it!

Kelsey soft and hazy, Andrea in contrasty and dynamic.

Salt Lake City Fashion Photography

These two are pretty much straight out the camera.  Just a little sharpening for the web.

Salt Lake City Fashion Photography

Again, straight out of the camera.

Salt Lake City Fashion Photography

These next three used Lily Blue Actions.  Yumminess.

Salt Lake City Fashion Photography

Salt Lake City Fashion Photography

I could do that every single day.

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Elmo: This Season’s Hot Trend

Elmo: This Season’s Hot Trend

These were taken back in January at my awesome mentor session with Dave Brewer (here and here).

I freaking love McKenna.  She shows up with arms full of outfits, including this little number.  How could we not shoot it?!

Special thanks to Dave for completing this fine outfit with a pair of his rad sunglasses.

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Rembrandt Lighting

Rembrandt Lighting

During this awesome mentor session, Dave taught me how to achieve Rembrandt Lighting with my two lights.  It’s a super basic light set-up and very common, but man, it can beautiful!

Here’s how we set up my lights.  One to the front side and 45 degrees.  One in back to give her some hair light.

The signature look of Rembrandt Lighting is the illuminated triangle under the eye on the darker side of the face.  It’s funny, after learning this technique, I kept finding it in TV shows and movies.  Go ahead, watch carefully next time you’re in the theater or on the couch.  I bet you find it.

Here is it on the amazingly beautiful and sweet Samantha Law.

On the image above and the one below right, we added a third light shining on the backdrop with a rockin’ homemade snoot Dave had.  It really gives it a completely different feel.

The one below also has the backdrop lit up as well.  And man, Samantha is FLAWLESS.

And here is some of the gorgeous Mckenna.

Have you had enough of my studio work yet?  🙂  Don’t give up on me yet.

I have fallen in love with it.  I told Dave that for a control-freak like me, studio lights rock.  You have total control!

Next post will be Dave’s signature photo booth set up with some awesome action shots.

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Friday Fun: Mackenzie

Friday Fun: Mackenzie

Makenzie is a photographer herself, so imagine how nervous I was to shoot her.  Eeek!  She is one of the awesome girls who helped me test new lights at the beginning of January.

The first outfit was taken with a clam shell setup.  One light under and one light over and my setup for soft light.

Between you and me, I’m obsessed with her eyes.  Perfect shape, great makeup, and brown.

This set up was your standard 2-light in front at 45 degrees.

A big thank you to all the girls who helped me out testing lights.  You were all such great sports, and I had a blast.  🙂

To see the other girls, click here, here, here, here, and here.

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Exploring Light with Dave Brewer

Exploring Light with Dave Brewer

I think that Dave Brewer has to be one of the coolest guys around. I mean, come on, look at him!

I first met Dave at a workshop I attended last spring.  He was one of the photographers helping us out with lighting, lending us their Pocket Wizards, and there for overall moral support.  They were all awesome, but Dave stuck out in my mind.  He was laid back, calmly took care of everyone, and was completely willing to share his wealth of knowledge.

Although the workshop was great, I still had more questions that I needed answered on a one-on-one basis.  So, last month, I shot him off an email with a plea for help.

Here’s where it gets amazing-to-the-tenth.  He emails me a few days before and tells me that not only did he get a second model for the session…he also got a makeup/hair artist! Also, when we showed up his fridge was fully stocked with a variety of drinks (turns out, Hi-C juice boxes are a big hit with models) and his cupboard stocked with snacks.

Talk about going above and beyond – he definitely over-delivered on our deal.  Not only was I going to gain all sorts of studio lighting knowledge, we were going to get awesome images with a ton of different looks.

I showed up with a binder full of magazine clippings and ads I had torn out of W, Rolling Stone, Vogue, etc.  We sat down, and for the first hour we went through images that caught my eye.  He taught me how to read the light, and what the set up probably was.

I had just bought a set of small, portable set of studio lights so I brought them, and we re-created several of those looks.  He walked me through several set ups with only my 2 small-ish lights.  Then, we added some of his into the mix for variety and to achieve things you just can’t achieve with just the two.

Long story summed up – Dave is an awesome teacher.  He is amazing at walking through all of the elements of lighting, what they do and why.

Below are a few of the images from our shoot.  There are two million more, and another model, but this is a good start.  These happen to be the very last images we shot, and they are all Dave’s lights, but I *heart* them so much.

Here is Mckenna (and the awesome Abigail Jane Steele touching up her makeup) with one of my ultimate favorite light set-ups.  Which, by the way, was from one of the sheets I tore out of W magazine and loved.

One large soft box with a grid straight above the model and then two strips with grids on either side behind.  So beautiful and dramatic.


My fav below. I love the mystery of it all.

A very special thanks to Dave for being such a great teacher and letting this mommy-with-a-camera into your home and studio.  You are completely amazing.

Thanks to our GORGEOUS models, Samantha and Mckenna.  Both of whom I had shot before and they were willing to put up with me again.  Love you two.

And thanks to a new friend and wonderful makeup artist, Abigail.  You were so cheerful and amazingly talented.  I can’t wait to work together again soon!

These people rock.

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Friday Fun: Lisa

Friday Fun: Lisa

I love Lisa.

For many reasons.  One of them being that she lets me rope her into all sorts of photo shoots.  🙂  And she even drags her friends along for the ride.  I’m telling you, these girls are nothing short of amazing.

This is me practicing with some studio lights I recently bought.  See more images from this session here, here, and here.

My favorite two shots of Lisa from the day.  Love, love, love the unplanned.  They are so beautiful.

Here she is in spring florals and a different light set-up.

Lisa, thank you for EVERYTHING!  You’re beautiful inside and out.

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Friday Fun: Haley

Friday Fun: Haley

Haley is a Senior at Waterford, and is one of the awesome girls I roped into testing lights one afternoon (see original post here).  Seriously – these girls are amazing.  They will quite possibly rule our world someday.

She’s a ballerina, and if you’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing the Fine Arts Building at her school, you’re jealous right along side me.

I loved photographing Haley, and not just because she’s beautiful, has creamy skin with cute freckles, or the fact that she loves bright, colorful clothes, or even that she’s going to business school (we totally had a bonding moment over that one as I told her all my favorite professors at the U).  Oh no, this girl is a sweetheart!  We had so much fun.

Oh, and added bonus – she let me do her hair. 🙂  Side note: I should have went to hair school at some point in my life.

My favorite image of her:

Did I mention she loves color?!

Thank you so much, Haley. Thanks for being fun, happy, beautiful and one of the sweetest girls I know.

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