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Pinup Girl Photoshoot

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February Pinup Photoshoot

 
 

Recently, I took part in a group shoot that I learned of through a favored facebook group. I had never actually done any pinup photography prior to the event but I had often considered the idea. The shoot was hosted by Epic Exposure’s. I must say, their studio was absolutely exquisite!

I want to extend my thanks to each and every person that participated! Each model brought something extra special to the table. These ladies rocked! Between the eye-catching wardrobes and flawless makeup, it is certainly safe to say that these ladies brought your A games. Overall, this was an excellent shoot. I had a great deal of fun getting to know some new faces. Our shoots were a bit like speed dating but things were so well organized that the flow occurred somewhat naturally. I would happily work with any of these ladies any day of the week. So much fun!

 

Family Portrait Session from Late December

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Late December family portrait session

This was a really great family portrait session! Joy and her wonderful family made my day! I am incredibly thankful that the weather, albeit a bit frigid, it held out just for us! This time of year, the golden hour comes a bit early in the Pacific Northwest. I think we nailed it, though.

Each and every member of this family was a pleasure to meet and to photograph! Between their brilliant smiles and your lively personalities, I had an absolute blast! This is such a great family!

Playing with Bokeh: Christmas Lights

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`Tis the season!

I’ve been spending some time playing with some Christmas lights!  My goal: To achieve some silky smooth bokeh orbs.

I experimented a bit with the placement of these lights. I began by placing them being my subject.


Our dog recently turned 9! 9 years old! I had to get some more shots of him in his older age. The dusting of gray makes him look distinguished, does it not? The Santa beard, not so much. He reluctantly indulged my ridiculous costume requests for a few milk bones.

After wrangling and bribing the dog to pose for me, I changed it up a bit. I moved the Christmas lights between the subject and the lens. Having no other available model at this hour, I then stepped into the scene. I shot tethered so that I could better review and adjust my scene as needed. No makeup and unkempt; the images came out better than expected. 🙂


Overall, the project was fun. It was fun, albeit a bit difficult to manage the orb placement while creating self-portraits. I would really like to get a patient model in my studio so I can play around with some bokeh lighting ideas. It will have to wait until after the holiday season, though. I’m already running around like a chicken with my head cut off. At least I still have time to do these lighting experiments. The practice is good.

On another note: See what overplucking your eyebrows in your youth can do! 😛 Slowly but surely they are filling in. Very slowly.

Studio Upgrade 2016! Ciceri Photo: Kirkland, WA

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It is good to take time to remember our accomplishments and celebrate our growth. Not long ago, my home studio was little more than a nook in the garage.

Most of my work was done on location.

The aesthetics of my humble studio truly didn’t matter that much. Between the mobile portraits and warehouse product photos, I didn’t have anyone to impress in my own garage. ( I often chose to work without pants, even.)

But with my persistence in pursuing portrait photography, I developed the need for a proper home studio. (There is just something off putting about asking people to allow me to photograph them in my garage. *breathes heavily* lol) Granted, space is still quite limited but it serves its purpose quite well. I’ve moved out of the dark, dank garage and into a more refined and comfortable work space; a work space with HEAT. It isn’t much but this studio is mine. Of course, I could also go absolutely nuts acquiring better and better gear (and I will haha) but as it stands, this is my little space where magic happens. Huzzah!

I’m so pleased with the way my new nook is working out.  Now I just need to do a better job decorating the walls.  😛

Family Session: The Densons

I’ve been a busy girl these past few days.

Saturday evening, I was fortunate enough to photograph the Denson family. A gentle breeze carried the sweet summer air through the pine boughs. (I love being outdoors this time of year.)  The Densons are great people- The little boys are just darling. C is just the sweetest, kindest little man (and a great helper!). The youngest B, is incredible. He can’t speak yet but his expressive eyes speak volumes. ( He is a little adventurer- I can tell. :P) Dean and Amanda are a lovely couple, too. They have an adorable family- and guess what- they are expecting the birth of their third boy any day now! Amanda was just radiating beauty throughout the entire shoot. She was such a trooper, too.

Overall, our shoot was full of smiles, laughter, and family bonding. It is sessions like that that fill me with absolute joy. I feel so thankful to be able to photograph these moments- moments that will be cherished for generations to come.

Here is a sneak peek from our shoot.

 

 

Aren’t they just the cutest? 🙂 I eagerly await the arrival of the newest member to the Denson family.

 

*Note to self: don’t read text messages and write blogs at the same time, you doof.