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Entries in long island family photographer (32)

Tuesday
Oct132009

Birthday Celebrations for a Beautiful Little Girl

Three weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing the sweetest little girl at her 2 year old birthday celebration.  All her friends and family were there helping her blow out her candles.  Here are some of my favorite from the day:






 To see more of the photographs from this birthday celebration, head over to my Facebook Fan page..

Monday
Oct052009

Beautiful Portraits on the beach.. - Long Island Family Photographer

Over the summer I had the opportunity to photograph this beautiful family.  I waited to post the photographs because she was sending out engagement announcements and I did not want to spoil the surprise.

I took these shots on the beach, the wind was powerful that day, the sand tried to kick our butt, however, in the end the pictures beamed love.

Here are some of my favorites from the session:




 To see more of the photographs from this session, head over to my Facebook Fan page..

Thursday
Oct012009

See who is getting so big!! Long Island Child Photographer

Back in May I had the honor of photographing Little Hunter.  You can see his sweet little face here... Flash forward five months and see how much he has GROWN!!!  His smile, eyes, and sweet sweet face made my job so very easy!!

Here are some of my favorite from his session!  Thank you to Hunter's Mommy and Daddy for letting me photograh their handsome little man!




 To see some more of the photographs from this session, head over to my Facebook Fan page..
All of the shots were taken with my 50mm or my 85mm.

Monday
Sep212009

The K Family - Long Island Family Photographer

This past Friday I had the opportunity to have a photo session with the sweetest family.  Their kids were full of smiles and laughs, and their love radiates through the portraits.  Please allow me to share with you my favorite photos from the day





To see some more of the photographs from this session, head over to my Facebook Fan page..
All of the shots were taken with my 50mm.

Thursday
Sep172009

Sweet Little J - Long Island Portrait Photographer

When I photographed J, he was three months old and such a sweet little boy.  Such intense little eyes that captivated my camera.  Here are a few of my favorite from his session.





 

Monday
Sep142009

Meet Katelyn - Long Island Portrait Photographer

I am super thankful to be apart of the Single Parent Project, because it lead Allison and her beautiful daughter Katelyn to my photography site.  The first time we met I knew Katelyn was someone special.  She was funny, smart, confident, did I mention she is only eight?  :)

Here are some of my favorite shots from our session.




Monday
Sep072009

Can she be any cuter? Baby Ella - Long Island Newborn Photographer

She was seven days old when I took these photographs.  I cannot tell you how good she was, she did not fuss, or cry or complain.  Please allow me to introduce Baby Ella..






All photos taken with my 50mm with natural light only.  To see more of Baby Ella, please go to my Facebook Fan Page HERE..

Happy Shooting!

Monday
Aug172009

Baby C's Big Day - Long Island Infant Photograher

I was lucky enough to photography Baby C when he was first born.  He was an angel that day!  Can you believe I got lucky again when his Mom asked me to do his Christening shots?  I arrived around 1:30 pm in the afternoon and he decided to take a little nap.

First, take a picture of his sweet Christening outfit:

Here are some of my favorite shots I got of him in his outfit while he was sleeping:


About 45 minutes later he woke up and flashed us his amazing blue eyes.  Here are my favorite of Baby C when he was awake!


Thanks so much again Jessica and Charlie for allowing me to photograph your extremely handsome little man!!!  Can't wait for the big party!

Friday
Aug142009

What the heck? Finding you takes practice

This week I am going to focus on a comment I received two weeks ago from Amanda at Photo Blyss asked:

"Any tips on using a reflector without an assistant? and if you're really feeling brave: where can i get some self-confidence? how did you start marketing yourself and getting your name out there?"

Amanda, thanks so much for asking such great questions.

Okay, so in regards to using a reflector without an assistant.. it is super easy. Here are my two solutions:

1. If I am photographing a child, I ask Mom or Dad to hold it for me. Parents are great fill-ins as assistants for you, because they want the best photo of their child, so they are more than willing to help.
2. If I am photographing a family or a couple and don't have an extra set of hands I will balance the reflector on a tree, or rock, bench, etc.. basically anywhere that is tall enough to balance the reflector. And if I don't find anything to balance it on, I put the reflector away and find more natural light.

I have to say that I really only use a reflector when I am doing a newborn session or a session inside a home that doesn't not have enough light. I typically forget my reflector when going to beaches or parks. But on the occasion that I do remember, I use those two tricks. There is a stand you can buy that works as reflector holder, but I don't have the extra cash right now to invest in that, and to tell you the truth the little I do use it I probably won't get one. I hope that helps. If anyone has any other reflector tips, please share!!

Now, for the second part of the question:

"Where can i get some self-confidence? how did you start marketing yourself and getting your name out there?"

Self-confidence took me a long time to find.  Truthfully, I still struggle with it except now I just hide it a lot better.  :)  When I first starting having photo sessions with people I did not know it was hard, especially the first session I did that I accepted a full payment.  I wanted to make sure I over delivered, so I took too many pictures and over discounted.  And that is fine, I still over discount, and over deliver.  But I find that with more paying photo sessions, the pressure starts to alleviate a tiny, tiny bit because I can walk into a room, park, beach, etc.. and see the light and know that I will be able to deliver something.  Whereas when I was portfolio building, I struggled and had some horrible sessions. 

You need horrible sessions, and horrible situations (cranky kids, sleepy baby, not sleepy baby, etc) to really grow.  To this day I still practice on family and friends because it gives me the opportunity to practice, and practice may not make perfect, but it builds experience and confidence. 

Then there is my need to over deliver.  I want every friend, client, and family member to walk away being beyond happy with their pictures.  I will re-shoot or do my best to make them happy (turning a photo black & white, or cropping it a certain way, etc). What I won't do though it take photos that are not me.  And what I mean by that is I won't book a photography session if they are expecting a certain look.  I don't do an overly proped session, such as pillars, and fake flowers, etc.  It is just not my style so to shoot in that style will be letting both the client down and myself. 

All in all, to build confidence I say practice.  It has been the number one factor in what has helped me.

And how I started getting my name out there was hard, it still is hard.  But my number one referrals come from word of mouth.  When you do photo sessions with friends, they bring those photos home and others see your work so they tell their friends who they used, and so forth. 

My husband, Mom, Sister and girlfriends have been my BIGGEST marketing team ever.  I cannot tell you that they are always telling people about my passion in photography.  And I can't tell you how many leads have come through that outlet. 

And second to word of mouth marketing has been Facebook.  You need to create a Facebook page for your business and start getting fans.   Ask your friends to become your fan, and then ask them to ask their friends to become a fan.  You will quickly build up a fan base so that when you post new work, they automatically see it in their feeds and your showing them your talent.  Facebook has been great for me in that aspect. 

Whew, sorry for the long post.  To close out this post I just want to say that I am still very much a newbie in the business end of photography.  I still do a ton of portfolio building work so that I continue to challenge myself to hone in on my style.  I have been very lucky to land some awesome clients whom I hope to build long lasting relationships with so that they think of me first when they need a photographer. 

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to leave it in the comment box and I will be sure to email you or make a full post out of your question like I did with Amanda's comment.


Happy Shooting!!!

Monday
Aug102009

Eyes that Mesmerize - Long Island Family Photographer - & and a winner!!

It was a beautiful day at Oyster Bay Park on Long Island, I had the best time photographing my girlfriends son and two sweet girls.. Each one of them had eyes so blue that they were mesmerizing!!!  I could have taken pictures of them all day!



 

And now to annouce the winner of the What the Heck? Friday giveaway!

Thanks so much for waiting for me to annouce the winner of the book: Photographing Children Photo Workshop: Develop Your Digital Photography Talent
by Ginny Flech and Allison Tyler Jones

The winner is RACHEL from a Southern Fairytale!!!

Random.org picked out the winner:

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Timestamp: 2009-08-10 02:41:01 UTC

WOO HOO Rachel!
I will reach out to you for details!