Portfolio: Renee {portrait photography}

Renee asked me to take some photos for her and I was happy to oblige.  There’s something about having some nice photos–in our digital age we sometimes forget to pause and take good pictures of life.  We’ll want to look back on those memories later!

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This photo is  definitely blurry but I just love the bubbles and her face.  Makes me smile.

DSC_0677  DSC_0692 DSC_0693 DSC_0706  It’s fun to see all of the green in these pictures since it’s white and grey outside right now.

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Marty stopped by, so he’s in a couple of Renee’s photos.  She didn’t mind.

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I love the apple in this picture.

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Looking for someone to take some portraits for you?  *raises hand* Pick me!

xoxo,

Jennifer

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Portfolio: Mariah & Alex

We took a couple of breaks from Mariah’s senior photos (session 1 & 2), to take some photos with her and her boyfriend.

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You can’t go to the dairy queen and not visit the emus!

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This one is my favorite.

It’s fun to take portraits for couples–I love hearing their stories of how they met.  Thinking about having portraits taken of you and your special someone?  Let me know!

xoxo,

Jennifer

Ansel Adams

Yesterday I shared about some of my favorite photographers and photos.  Ansel Adams gets his own post today. I have always been so inspired by his black & white photography.  Someone once gave me a coffee table book of his photography.  I love that book.  The contrast. The stillness and peace I feel when I look at his images…

Do you have a favorite Ansel Adams print?

xoxo,

Jennifer

Photos that Inspire

I’ve always had an interest in photography.  Even when I was younger, with my disposable Kodak cameras taking pictures of inanimate objects and nature, my parents scolded me for wasting film on photos without people in them.  In high school, I took Photography I & II and learned a lot through the black and white film process.  I have a sweet spot in my heart for black and white photography.  We studied photographers and photos and these are 3 of my favorite photos that still stick with me today:

This article about the girl in the photo is fascinating.

“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.” –Diane Arbus

I love that quote.

Who are some of your favorite photographers?  What are some of your favorite images?  Do you prefer color or black and white?

{also, check out this giveaway.  My fingers are crossed!  I hope I win!}

xoxo,

Jennifer

New Year’s Resolutions: Portraits!

Some families have portraits taken every year.  Some families rarely have portraits done.  I suppose it’s different for everyone.

Picture1Why not make having your portraits done by La Belle Estelle one of your resolutions for 2013?  We’ve got some great rate specials going on if you book in January.

Email me for more details: LaBelleEstellePhotography{at}gmail{dot}com

xoxo,

Jennifer

Portfolio: “Christmas Card” Photos

I was honored to photograph a dear friend of mine and her sweet kiddos a little before Christmas.  I love how perfect the weather was–it had just snowed, so the trees were covered in fresh snow.  These pictures are definitely “Christmas Card” material!

One challenge to photographing people in colder weather (especially younger people) is trying to get them to not “look cold.” haha  You may notice this in the first photo especially.  I tried to encourage them to roll their shoulders back and think “warm” thoughts and that helped.  It also helped that we had a second location, so they got to put their coats on and warm up in the car between locations.

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When photographing kids, you really do have to go with the flow.  One of the boys insisted on being photographed with his dirt bike, so while the others warmed up in their jackets, I took the extra handful of minutes to keep him happy and I actually really like how the picture turned out.  It’s those little happy surprises that happen that maybe you weren’t expecting… those are usually my favorite shots.  And, while it’s important to plan ahead and have ideas, it is also good to be open to what you find once you start shooting.

The teal door is one of my favorite parts of the session–when I was scouting locations I found it and insisted on including it in the session.  I’m so glad Kim obliged!  And I love that she coordinated their outfits in complimentary tones/colors.

Thank you, Kim & kiddos for allowing me to photograph you!

Like what you see?  Book  a session with me!