A quick PSA to my fellow photographers out in the world…

It isn’t often that I will post a blog intended for my peers. Honestly, I think this is the first time.

It is with great trepidation and frustration that I even write this blog entry, but I feel very strongly about this.

There are a ton of us. Especially in the St. Louis area. I get it. Space is at a premium when you are shooting on-location. There aren’t that many places to choose from, and even less when the weather gets cold. Most don’t have a studio space.

I’m not pointing fingers, I just want to bring awareness to a few things that I noticed this weekend.

I had a pretty low-key family session at a public indoor location. I’ve shot this location many times over the years and had maybe run into one or two other photographers in the past. This time was completely different. It was packed. Six or seven photogs with cameras blazing!

My first thought was how awesome it was that we were all so busy with the holiday photoshoots! The more the merrier! Proof in my book that the economy is really getting better!

But that quickly wore off as I realized that it was actually going to have a negative impact on my shoot. The space was pretty small. There were really only a few decent spots inside for the family photos that I was doing. The main one that I had been looking forward to was in use. No biggie, I don’t mind waiting my turn. But it wasn’t to be. The photographer that was there had staked their claim and wasn’t moving. Going so far as to set up props and lights. Two other photographers had brought props out as well. Now, I love props as much as the next person, but in a small, public place, you should really be choosy instead of bringing every prop that you own out. I wish I could say that I was exaggerating to get my point across, but I’m not. Then there was the photographer that was moving things around in the center of the location and didn’t put anything back.

Look guys, I know that this is a crazy time of year for us all. Some of us have too much business to handle, others have not enough. Pretty please, slow down and be considerate of your peers.

  • Take only a few props out into the field with you and keep them contained and out of the way when not in use.
  • Take turns at a spot when you can clearly see that it is the only spot big enough to shoot a family of five.
  • If you see that another photographer is working with a kid that is on the verge of melting down then give them the right-of-way. Your clients will not only understand, but probably love you even more!
  • Clean up after yourself. (Don’t get me started about glitter and confetti. They make cordless vacs people! I’ve done glitter shots and used an old dust buster to clean up the mess!)
  • If you move something that doesn’t belong to you, move it back when you are finished.

Remember a while back when St. Louis County tried to ban photographers from the public parks unless they got a permit? I can completely understand why! The parks are there for people to enjoy. That is the main purpose of a park. It’s purpose is not to serve as a great backdrop for a photo shoot. We are LUCKY to be allowed to work there. We should take care of these spaces so that we can continue to use them for our work purposes.

This isn’t a competition. This isn’t a race. This is common courtesy and just plain, good manners. Let’s take care of these locations and each other!

Relevant Thursday 10-16-14

Here are all of the articles posted from this week! Read, think, comment and share!

10:30 am – Statue or Bust: Around the World in Lenins. Vladimir Lenin, leader of the Bolshevik Revolution, founder of Russia’s Communist Party, and premier of the Soviet Union, has been dead since 1924, but his image has lived on worldwide for nearly a century. Collected here are photos of Lenin monuments from across the world, including Lithuania, Latvia, Mongolia, Ghana, Ukraine, Cuba, Russia, Romania, Vietnam, Georgia, Svalbard, Chechnya, Tajikistan, Ethiopia, Bulgaria—and Seattle. (Can I just tell you how much it cracks me up that there is one in Seattle?)

11:30 am – Here are 4 Steps to Photographing the Milky Way. (I’m a huge fan of night sky photography. I wish I had more time to dabble!)

12:30 pm – The Battle for Kobani. These images posted over at The Atlantic are pretty powerful, as always.

1:30 pm – For the Canon fans, it looks like there might be some new glass headed your way. Fresh from the Phoblographer.

2:30 pm – Who doesn’t love a good fair? Check out these light-hearted photos posted over at The Boston Globe of some fun fairs around the world!

3:30 pm – How about the world’s most rugged SD card? Delkin BLACK is said to be that. Waterproof, dustproof, extreme temperature resistant, and virtually unbreakable. That last part sure got my attention!

4:30 pm – And what about news of a new touch workspace for Adobe Illustrator? Illustrator is one of those programs that I love, but often forget about.

#RelevantThursday Recap

I’ll confess, I’m kind of a Twitter addict. All of that information in tiny, bite-size pieces, coming right to my phone wherever I’m at? I’m probably more plugged-in than I should be, but oh well. Last year I realized that I was using my @RiverCityImages Twitter account for pretty much anything, personal and business. In a weak attempt to try to even things out, I decided to dedicate Thursdays to relevant information from the imaging world. I was always reading information about new gear, techniques and just interesting news from the photography industry, so why not share it with my millions (ok, maybe not millions) of followers? A good many of them are photographers, videographers, designers and artists. Surly something that I post may be of interest to them, right? From the clicks that I get on the links I provide every Thursday, I’d say so!

This week I am going to try something new. Sure, there is a #RelevantThursday hashtag for searching everything that I post on Twitter, but I thought a weekly recap of the information here on the blog would also allow me to share my thoughts and opinions about the articles that I post.

So here we go. The first ever #RelevantThursday recap!

8:00am – The 2014 National Geographic Photography Contest is happening, but the deadline is quickly approaching. For all you NatGeo would-be superstars, head over to The Atlantic to see some of the images in the running this year, as well as a link to the information for submitting your work. Stunning photography, as usual.

9:00am – So it turns out that Britain has an American Air Museum. Who knew? They are looking for assistance to identify some of the Americans in these photos. Why don’t you take the jump, spread the word, and see if you can help out?

10:00am – More photos from The Atlantic. This time of the eruption of Japan’s Mount Ontake. Can you imagine being one of those climbers? Nope.

11:00am – The good folks over at Imaging Resource give us this interview with Jeremy Grey about the art of capturing an aurora. It’s pretty cool so check it out!

12:00pm – Boston Dot Com gives us a look into the Hong Kong protests. As always, photojournalists have my awe and admiration. Take a look.

1:00pm – It seems like Sony is changing the game with it comes to video. Here is a short film done at night using the insane ISO ranges on the Sony A7S camera and the moon for lighting. Seriously, this is pretty awesome.

2:00pm – HOWEVER, my video peeps shouldn’t get too excited about that Sony. It seems that with the Shogun, you can only get 8-bit. I don’t claim to know much about the wonderful world of video production, I only dabble, but even I know that isn’t as good as it could be.

3:00pm – Crazy photos from the Alberta Tar Sands… I had no clue this was even a thing.

4:00pm – I’m a Nikon girl. The release of three new full-frame DSLRs this year has me jumping up and down, trying to decide what RCI’s upgrade should be. Here are some sample images from the D750. Meh, I wasn’t terribly impressed? Maybe I’ll get my hands on one and take it for a test drive before I make my decision.

5:00pm – Another look at the Nikon D750, this time for the video capabilities. Again, I don’t do video work, I just dabble here and there as a way to enhance some of my clients’ experiences. This video is on par with my D300, at least, that’s what it looks like to me. But again, I’m no expert.

And there you have all of the news that caught my eye from this last week. Feel free to comment, share and discuss!

Back from vacation!

Some of you may notice that I took the summer off. For a dedicated bachelorette, it took some time for me to settle into married life. I can tell you that it is bliss!

Our eldest went to her first High School dance last week and I couldn’t resist a quick 15 minute shoot just before the dance.

It still amazes me what can be accomplished in a few minutes with the setting sun, a happy husband willing with wield a reflector, and a stunning girl.

I’ll stop with the commentary and just post some of the photos.

Happy 1st Birthday!

My sister is lucky to have a photographer in the family! My darling niece Kinsye turned 1 on Christmas day. Two days later, we cleared the floor and gave her a giant cupcake and LOTS of pink icing! (Sorry sis! I hope her hands aren’t stained pink forever!)

The result was a lot of laughter and a ton of beautiful photos. And a video.

Time to make my big sis cry!

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And the video! (Can I just say how cool it is that she has a TARDIS?!?! My family is full of geeky awesomeness!)

The Bader Family

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

I’m thankful to be surrounded by my awesome family a friends. I’m thankful to wake up and do what I love every day. I’m thankful for my amazing clients, like the Bader Family!

We met up last weekend when it was super cold. Little J really enjoyed the leaves and had fun running around the playground too! Hopefully the next time I see this sweet boy it will be a little warmer and we can play outside for a bit longer!

Check out some of the photos from that day, and, as always, watch for the video at the end of this post!

Have a wonderful day with your loved ones!

(Also, I’ve been getting asked this lately and yes, I do have some sessions still available before Christmas. Sessions must be held before December 15th to guarantee regular prints by Christmas Day. Album, framed prints, metal prints, standouts and image blocks and digital collections must be ordered before December 11th to have guaranteed delivery by the 25th, after that it’s a gamble and I can’t promise you anything!)

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And here is the video!

 

Deanna’s Day…

Saturday was cold. Not just cold, but windy as well. Deanna and her kids were troopers! They would ditch their coats for a few minutes while I snapped photos and then bundle up and try to get warm while we moved on to the next spot! They seriously deserve an award for being tough! Deanna was the RCI Birthday Contest winner, so I’m sure the next session we do will be a bit warmer! Deanna is awesome!!! Despite the BITTER cold, we had a blast!

Check out the fun!

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And their video!

Deck the Halls! (with AWESOMENESS)

Tis the season to be generous!

I can’t tell you how many people have asked if I’ll be doing mini-sessions this year. I hadn’t planned on it, but so many of you are interested that not only have I changed my mind, but I put together an amazing deal for you! My gift to you all for being such AWESOME clients and friends!

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The mini-session fee is $150 paid in full at the end of your session (Yes, I accept credit cards). Your photos (you can expect 10-30 photos) will then be loaded to the private viewing/ordering gallery on my website. From there you can choose two free 5×7 prints! But that isn’t it. I will design a custom 5×5 and 5×7 Holiday card using photos from your session. You may pick one style and get 25 free cards (yes, they come with envelopes!). How awesome is it that your holiday card won’t look like anyone else’s?!?!

This is my gift to you! I’ve been so very blessed this year, with new clients, and regular clients. I love capturing your families! I love seeing how you all change and grow over the years! Thank you!

Here are the details:

I’ve set aside several days/locations for this. You all know I prefer shooting outside, but the weather is getting iffy. I’m looking into back-up locations for rainy days, you’ll just have to be flexible if it comes down to that.

Also, I’ve already started booking these dates, so spaces are limited and filling up. Don’t twiddle your thumbs if you want to book! It’s first come, first served. The fastest way to reserve your spot is to text me at 636-541-1542.

Saturday, November 16 – No spots left!

Sunday, November 17 – On location in Jefferson County – 3 spots left

Saturday, November 23 – On location in St. Louis City – 4 spots left

Sunday, November 24 – On location in Fenton – 2 spots left

Wednesday, November 27- On location in Forest Park – 3 spots left

Friday, November 29 – On location in Forest Park Park – 2 spots left

Saturday, November 30 – On location in Tower Grove Park – 4 spots left

Sunday, December 1 – On location in Tower Grove Park – 2 Spots left

Saturday, December 7 – On location in Jefferson County – Full day available (7 spots left)

Sunday, December 8 – On location in Jefferson County – 4 spots left

If you can’t make these dates and still want to get in on this awesome deal, I will go ahead and offer gift certificates for this exact deal until December 10th. They will have an expiration date of 11-22-2014

*I will not be extending the dates, I want everyone to have your prints by Dec 25th. Also, if for some reason the printer backs up and your cards can’t be delivered in time to be sent out, I will give you two options, a $50 credit towards more prints, or I can redesign your card to be used as a Happy New Year Card. There are no cash refunds!