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Friday Fun: Carolin

Friday Fun: Carolin

Friday Fun posts are reserved for me having fun with my camera.  Personal projects, if you will.  Whether it’s testing studio lights or showing of my children, I hope to inspire you [and myself, who are we kidding] to add more fun to this wonderful craft of photography.

I first met Carolin at our wedding 8 years ago.  She was the most elegant, beautiful, well dressed woman I had ever met in my life.  And if you think she’s beautiful on the outside, wait until you meet her in person.  She’s even more beautiful on the inside.

Carolin’s husband and mine (Rob) have worked together for years and years.  Rob knew them when their girls were 4 and 5 years old, and now those girls have grown through babysitting for us straight to adulthood.

I have been dying to get her in front of my lens for a very long time, so when she accepted my invitation to test lighting set ups, I was thrilled.

A quick change of outfits into a more carefree, whimsical dress that she felt fabulous in.

I love the image on the left – pure laughter.  We had so much fun!  She made me shut the door so no one else could see her, but they sure heard us.  We were laughing and giggling the entire time.

I made a vow that day to take better care of my skin and body so that in 20 years I can look as fabulous as she does.  I mean, COME ON!

I’m hoping that this won’t be the last time we see her here.  I’ve got ideas swimming in my head for her.

Thank you, Carolin!  I had such a great time.

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Happiest of Holidays

Happiest of Holidays

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Lighting Workshop – Learning New Techniques

Lighting Workshop – Learning New Techniques

A few weeks ago, I attending a lighting workshop. It was fun to get out the ol’ flash and learn some new lighting techniques with a group of fun photographers.

This was probably my favorite technique of the night. So dramatic, and perfect in black and white.
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I love fall. Seriously, you can’t take a picture that’s not warm and cozy.
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Oooo ooo! Sidenote!
During the above shots, we heard this AMAZING, and I’m talking blow-your-socks-off-make-you-close-your-eyes-to-contain-the-beauty amazing, voice singing in an ally behind us. At first we thought it was a recording blasting from someone’s car. That’s how perfect it was. Then, we saw her. Katie Hull. She was with her daughter and another photographer getting portraits done for her upcoming website. I’ll like to it as soon as it’s up.

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A big thanks to the two couples who froze their tooshies off while we fiddled with the settings on our cameras and flashes to get the right exposures. They were awesome.

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Get Lit! A Fabulous Dvd By Nick Adams

Get Lit! A Fabulous Dvd By Nick Adams

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I remember my first day on the job like it was yesterday. See, it was a huge step in my life. I was just 3 weeks out of high school, I had picked up and moved to a new city, and landed a killer job at the local newspaper as the photo technician.

I was hired by a soft-spoken man who’s demeanor demanded respect. He greeted me, then introduced me to the other photographer as well as the writers, editors, and other personnel that I would be working with during my night shift. We then sat down at the Photo Desk and in a very subdue voice, he explained my responsibilities and taught me the basic functions I was going to use in the software they used (I think it was like Photoshop 4 at the time, and coming from a completely analog, film and darkroom history, this was overwhelming!), showed me the dark room (phew, that’s more like home) and then watched me work for a while before he let me go for the night.

I was so excited and nervous, I had butterflies in my stomach all the way home.

I remember going home and telling everyone what an amazing teacher my new boss was. I told them how much I had learned in a few short hours. Things I never thought I would be able to do, but after he explained them, the fears melted away and they became second nature. I found myself dying to get back to work to learn more.

Of all the mentors in my life, Nick Adams continues to be one of my ultimate favorites, and I only got to spend one short year with him 13 years ago. (EEK! How time does fly.)

My journey with Nick unexpectedly continued recently. I came across his photo-blog a few months back and shot him off an email. It was so great to touch base with one of the great influencers in my life. He told me of his upcoming seminar at WPPI, which I was unable to attend due to a previously planned trip, but I immediately bought the DVD he recently made.

I literally just walked away from the TV 5 minutes ago after watching “Get Lit!” and wanted to share. YOU MUST BUY IT. If there is ever a DVD to buy to get you started, brush up your skills, or learn a few new tricks with lighting, it’s this one. Nick Adams continues to be a fabulous mentor – even if it is via DVD . I took 4 pages of notes, constantly pausing the DVD to finish writing, and I plan on watching it several more times. I can’t wait to get out there with my lights and put what he taught into practice.

True to form, Nick makes it easy to understand some complex lighting techniques with up to 4 lights. His approach is two fold: One – he talks about each concept and light set up, explaining the why’s and where’s, showing graphics with the layout of his lights. Two – cue to “On Location,” where he actually shows you the lighting set up with an actual model and then shows you the resulting image. What this 2-prong approach does for you, the photography student, is give your brain two completely different ways process the information making it easy to understand and implement.

What are you waiting for?! Order it now. HERE! It’s worth every penny. You’ll want to watch it over and over.

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Website Launched!

Website Launched!

I’m so excited to announce that my webpage has been published! A HUGE thanks to Amber and Steve at Sawaya Consulting for their help.

Click HERE to visit.
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One Of My Favorite Books

One Of My Favorite Books
This is one of the best books on Photography I’ve ever read – and lately, I’ve been reading a lot of them. Even though Joe is one of the best and most published photographers around, he reads like he is one of your best friends. Just down to earth and easy going.
I would give my right arm just to be the girl that gets his coffee in the mornings on his photo shoots. Then I would smile real pretty so he wouldn’t fire me and gather as many little golden nuggets of information as I could. Love him.
It’s worth the read – buy it here.
You can also stock Joe’s blog here. I stock it often.

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Referral Program

Referral Program

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You Know Someone

You Know Someone

You know someone. You know someone who’s experienced a tragedy, is struggling to stay afloat, is raising kids while holding down more than one job, or is volunteering selflessly despite extenuating personal circumstances. You know someone who is a defending our country over seas and would love a picture of their family. You know someone who can’t afford custom photography, but who would cherish it this holiday season. You know someone who deserves a year-round reminder of their family’s spirit, love, and beauty.

You know someone. I guarantee it.

I want to know who they are, and I want to give them the chance to experience complimentary custom photography — $800 worth, to be exact. Whether it’s canvas or albums, prints for Grandma, or goes towards a wedding, it’s in your power to give them the artwork they deserve this holiday season.

Oh, and the best part? The person who nominates the winner receives a $200 print credit. What better reason to show some love could there possibly be, people?

The rules:

* You cannot nominate yourself, and the person nominated must sincerely be incapable of purchasing my services. (Being unable to make mortgage payments for a two-million-dollar-vacation-home in Paris does not qualify as sincere financial need.)

* The nominee must reside in Utah. Tell me who you know, what they’re experiencing, and why they deserve my artwork. Please include a way to contact both your nominee and yourself as well.

* You must e-mail me the full story : hello@amandanelsonphotodesign.com.

The winner will be announced on Christmas Eve — get nominating! I can’t wait to read all of your entries!

Open your heart to someone this holiday season — and thanks for giving me the opportunity to open mine.

With love,

Amanda Nelson

**I can’t take credit for this awesome movement. Click here to learn more about how it started.

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