Thursday, August 25, 2011

Camp Yakety Yak

A friend of mine owns and runs a summer camp for kids with special needs. This week, I was invited to photograph the kids at camp and during their outing to Happy Trails, a therapeutic riding center in West Linn.

The Herzing family

Monday, August 15, 2011

The site is live

It is truly amazing what can be done with a laptop, an internet connection, and a quiet house. Click here if you want to see my schnazzy new photography site. In my experience there is no perfect hosting site. They are either expensive, overly complicated, too simple, not customizable or any number of other things that make them unattractive. I haven't used Zenfolio before but I'm happy with the end result.

The book that started it all

If I had to name one book that in the last decade has had a huge impact on my life, it would be Nick Kelsh's How to Photograph Your Baby, which is sort of depressing given that my degree is in English Literature. But it's true. This book combined with the arrival of my son and the purchase of my first DSLR camera motivated me to learn about photography. As Kelsh writes on the first page, "This book is for people who want to create stunning photographs of the babies they love." It wasn't filled with professional jargon that only professionals could understand, it was written for people just like me - sleep-deprived first-time parents hoping to snap great photos of their kids.

And now, I'm opening up my own photography business. My focus will, of course, be on babies and kids, with families thrown into the mix whenever mom and dad want to jump into the picture.