I’m a “Natural Light” Photographer TOO!

•September 20, 2012 • Leave a Comment

My beloved profession has been flooded the past few years with “natural” light fauxtograpers, i.e. person with a camera.  These people don’t have a studio, the great outdoors is their studio!lol  ANYWAY…a Mom of a senior came into the studio today with the proofs of her son’s senior pictures, taken by one of these newbies.  She was very disappointed with how washed-out they were, his head was clipped off at the top (not in a good way) and he looked distorted.  The fauxtographer told her there was nothing wrong with these and wouldn’t do any retakes. This is my shocked face :-0 I told her if she did have more taken she’d just get more of the same.  She agreed.

She asked me why my portraits look so much better….(really? seriously?, is what I was thinking) BUT I was nice and told her that alot of these fauxtographers don’t spend any time or effort to learn proper portrait skills. Rather than spending their money on training, they spend it on the camera because they think that’s all it takes.  And the images still look bad, so they run a Photoshop effect on them and call them “Creative, edgy”.  You can put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig.

After she left, I sat down to work on some outdoor senior images, and this one was first.  This image is a fairly typical for a outdoor senior. Notice how there is direction to the light on her face, creating hi-light and shadow giving her face dimension? Notice how her hair is backlit seperating her from the background?  Notice how the wind is blowing her hair just a little?  Notice her eyes are not in shadow?  Notice the proper skin tone and color, it’s not “washed-out” or has one of the ugly effects put on it to give it the “creative, edgy” look?  Notice the camera angle and lens selection used to avoid lens distortion and compress and blur the background?

All of these techniques are learned, AND applied.  They are the basics in professional portrait lighting, it’s not an accident.  Anything less than this is amature, lazy and sloppy.  I often say to newbies, “If you couldn’t look at the back of the camera after you take a picture, would you still be a fauxtographer?”

Please show alittle respect for the profession that I’ve spent 27 years of my life perfecting.  There’s more to what I do than buying a camera, even a “really nice one”.  Call these wannabee newbies what they are, just people with a camera. Oh, and a Facebook page.



•August 14, 2012 • Leave a Comment

It’s been a busy couple of weeks with the summer winding down, and fall sports team practice starting.  Many seniors have been rushing in to the studio to get their senior portrait images done.  Here’s one from last week of Shelby, Boscobel High School class of 2013.



Aaron – RC Senior

•August 8, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I’ve known Aaron his whole life.  He and my son were in daycare together and I coached him in little league back in the day.  Aaron has always been able to put a bat on a ball, and throw hard.  It’s great to see him have much deserved success in baseball now that he is in high school.  I really like this shot of Aaron.  It’s been fun.


•July 31, 2012 • Leave a Comment


Click on Maggie’s name directly above and watch her senior portrait image slide show.  Maggie came down the Richland Center from Sheboygan Falls for her senior portraits.  We have been family friends with the Mannings since her Mom worked for me years ago.  Maggie’s images look awesome and I hope you enjoy them too!


•July 3, 2012 • Leave a Comment


Click on Mikayla’s name and watch her senior portrait image slide show.  Mikayla is going to be a senior at Richland Center High and the class of 2013.  These are about HALF of the images that there are to look at, and she’s coming back to the studio for volleyball and ballet pics later this summer…looking forward to it!  ENJOY!


•June 29, 2012 • Leave a Comment


Click on the link “Alex” above and enjoy his senior portrait image slide show.  Alex is in the class of 2013 and goes to Belleville High School.  It was great to have him and his family here again, nice to see his sister Megan!

50% Off the Session Sale

•June 8, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Call and take advantage of our best savings of the summer!  From now ’til the end of the month you can SAVE 50% on any and all of our senior portrait sessions.  You pick and choose which ever combination you want.  Design your own!  But you gotta call NOW! 647-8180!