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Get On Your (Froggy) Boots!

There is nothing cuter than kids clothing. I mean, c'mon, they are colorful, cheerful, vibrant, exuberant and sometimes plain ole' silly. Here, with my daughters new rain boots, we see the silly side of kids clothes and I love it. Don't these cute boots just make you want to smile? What would happen if we wore boots like this to work? Maybe us adults should wear items like green froggy boots... Imagine the smiles (and weird looks) we would get... imagine the lightheartedness we would feel throughout the day... imagine the cool points you would score with any child you would come across... But I digress, so back to the boots. My daughter has been asking for rain boots for about 2 weeks now. I am not exactly sure why she thinks they are important. What made her think she needs these boots? I might never get an answer to this question. All I know is that she looks pretty darn cute in her boots and dress. [gallery size="large" columns="1" orderby="title"] Thanks guys & see you later! - Contact Me | Wedding Portfolio | Little Ones Portfolio | Older Ones Portfolio

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Jason's 2nd Year Portraits

The last time I saw Jason was about 6 months prior to our shoot. Now if you have a kid, or are close to one, you know how incredibly and ridiculously fast they grow. So this was my reaction to seeing him on the day of the shoot: "WHOA, YOU ARE SOOOO BIG!" I hope I didn't freak him out, or his parents. But here he was with his cool flowing hair and a lot taller than I remembered him. Gone was also his little baby face that I was used to. You can tell by the photos that it took a while for him to warm up to me. But I had him by the end, just look at that smile on the last photo!!! I love it.

Prepping For The Shoot I wanted to give the parents a different look for Jason's 2nd year portraits. You see, up to this point I had only photographed Jason in the studio. But now that he was running around and climbing stuff I figured shooting outdoors might be a lot of fun. His parents liked the idea, so we went with it. I had with me my strobes and light modifiers, but quickly realized that I wanted to shoot with natural light. Having strobes would have slowed things down way too much and would have felt cumbersome. So I just followed him (ran around) along with a lens. You have to be quick with 2 year olds, my daughter reminds me of this fact on a daily basis!

The Set-Up - Nikon D700 - Nikon 50mm f/1.4 lens - Lightroom for processing and exporting of RAW files Thanks guys & see you later! - Contact Me | Wedding Portfolio | Little Ones Portfolio | Older Ones Portfolio

McGuireWoods // Corporate Portraits

I was introduced to Kevin and Craig by Jill. She is the Marketing Director at McGuireWoods. Kevin and Craig are lawyers at the firm. I met Jill about a week ago at the the Pug Chug, which is an event held by the Northern Illinois Pug Rescue & Adoption. And I met Jill through Alpana Singh, who I follow on Twitter. Isn't it amazing how these connections are made? I love social media! This is how this shoot happened. Jill emailed me (we had previously emailed each other about the Pug Chug) and asked if I was available to photograph a few of their lawyers for an upcoming advertorial for Forbes Magazine. I said "yes." We went back and forth just a few times via email to get a an idea going.

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The offices of McGuireWoods are amazing. They have THE best view of the city I have probably ever seen. So finding a place to shoot was not an issue at all. The issue was TIME. I had about 30 minutes to photograph Kevin and Craig together and then single portraits. Not A Problem. So what do you do? Travel light! (Is this considered a pun?) This was not the shoot to take an Elinchrom Octa, though having one would have been sweet! I needed something that would break down easily and fast... emphasis on fast.

The Set-Up

  • Nikon D700
  • Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8
  • Nikon SB-800 flash (1)
  • Pocket Wizards (2)
  • 40" umbrella with a black removable slip (1)
  • Light stand (1).

I love meeting new people and learning about what they do. Photography allows me to do that all of the time. My many thanks to Jill, Kevin, and Craig for their time and kindness. You guys made this job a blast.