Working through a 365 project by creating my own rules. Vacation time found me wanting to keep it simple and so half of these images are from my iphone edited in the lightroom app. Pittsburgh Portrait Artist’s personal photography project.Read More
When you are given an opportunity to shoot in a historic mansion built in 1921 in the midst of renovation…. you take it because it’s a portrait photographer’s dream (at least it’s this portrait photographer’s dream) The paintings on the walls tell a story of a man who was friends with names like Dole and Lipton and was enthralled by places far around the world. The woodwork and light features speak of time in our past and the rooms tell of families and servants, of people once here but now gone. It’s beautiful and romantic… or at least that’s how I see it and so that’s how I shot these images, with tales of others lives, entangled in my own story.
It’s back to school Bloser Mansion Style.
Are you wondering what you should pick out for your child’s school portrait? Although it is early, I wouldn’t wait until that morning to decide. I’ve written about this topic a few years ago. (You can read it here) A simple and classic outfit is best. We only shoot from the chest up so it’s really all about the top! I like texture and patterns but you want to avoid writing or tops with graphics that would be cut in half in the image. I also like to avoid any super bright colors because they can cast strange color shadows on your little beauty’s skin.
Okay so what would I pick?
Well actually I was in the midst of thinking about this very topic and so as I went through for my daughters’ closets and did a quick online search I thought I would share some of the things that stood out to me.
Snowflake shoots portraits on grey and black. Some schools have grey while others have the original black. The next school we photograph in September will be on grey so I kept that in mind as I went through outfit choices. Most of these work well for the black too but I try to keep away from black on black so keep that in mind if your school has the black backdrop.
Want to see what I found? I searched stores like Target, Gap, Old Navy, Children’s Place, Crew-cuts, Janie and Jack (some good summer deals here!) and more…. Check out my pinterest board here. But don’t think you have to buy anything! You probably already have similar things in their closets!
Are there any stores I forgot? Let me know in the comments and I can add a few ideas to the board!
Want to know what’s best about going through your own photography project? It’s your project. You make the rules so there’s no real rules to break. July was hard for me with vacations leading into vacations in terms of my project. I decided to not bring my camera to vacation so next month’s image have iphone shots as part of the project. Did I ever envision it going that way? Not really, but I think I’ve learned that I have to be able to change with what I need. And if you see the image of the wheels…. look close, the reflection of our SUV is in the middle!
Here I am on August 12, finally sharing my July images and that’s okay.
July Images 182-212 of my 365
When doing a 365 it seems like I should have prepared myself for the lulls where I didn’t feel inspired. April was hard for me. The weather in Pittsburgh was good and then not so good but it really wasn’t that. Who knows what lights that spark but as I left this month and entered May it felt like things might be looking up. As a matter of fact I feel the freelensing but today and may head out to check out the yard. Anyways I am not even sure who has followed along and if anything I’ve done has helped to inspire you or get you thinking then maybe April wasn’t so lackluster in the creativity department. Day 90-119
In order to make the best of your 365 project you just have to keep shooting… really it’s been uplifting to my creativity to shoot everything always and to follow along with fellow artists that are doing the same. If you follow me on instagram you have seen the other artist across the globe that are taking part in their own projects.. it really has been a good 90 days of creating!
My March below: xoxo Plus an image I created in March that is dear to my heart…….
An image I created in March but have been thinking about for a very long time…… My caption from Instagram below is to explain the concept of it all. xoxo
Pittsburgh Photographer takes a look at what a day in a 365 project looks like from the car wash. Beautiful everyday images from a Pittsburgh Car Wash by Marisa Magnusen of Snowflake PhotographyRead More
There is no doubt that I have awesome clients! Looking back and going through my sessions I made a list of things that made for awesome sessions and things that may have been more challenging. There are certain elements of a guy’s photo session that just make it rock. I thought you might like to see how one of my favorite sessions fit the bill.
A planned out set of outfits! I mean seriously if you show up in a suit or a sports coat you’ve got my attention!
You don’t have to look like someone that you are not but if you’ve ever dressed up and rocked it…. please please share that with me!
2. A trust in my opinion when I offer an urban landscape for its walls. (I lean towards this type of shoot for the majority of my guys)
3. And finally the confidence to share yourself… I mean show me what makes you tick, what are your talents?
So in 2019 I hope to fill my calendar with so many more unique and inspiring teens!
Guys…. bring your A game because I’ll be bringing mine and I bet we can make an awesome team! Senior portraits are a way to capture you, being you… right here and now at the edge of a doorway, just before you step through.
We were at a local Beer and Wine festival in the streets of our old downtown area. It's funny how I was hoping that someone would walk in front of us here but people saw my camera out and walked around me for each shot. (or stopped and watched for a moment) but my girls love these bike racks that look like bikes. Here in front of a community garden we dream of riding towards revitalization of a city that has all the bones of reclamation and urban styleRead More
If you've ever wondered what a session might look like for my own girls then this is for you. We had a warm day so I thought I might catch a few of them together. Lots of sun and shadows sprinkled with gusts of wind.
For those that have called and asked if I shoot sports photos and I've told you that Snowflake does not shoot sports images .... this is that small part when I do.
When I started Boutique School Photography, for a select number of schools, I happened to take on the sports for one school in particular. This year we found ourselves with a little more time for a couple of the teams and I was able to have a little fun. With inspiration from "Strong is the New Pretty" by Kate T. Parker (a must by book of images of girls being themselves) and some of the new campagines out there calling for our daughters to be looked at in an honest light, we put together this little taste of just a few of these amazing girls.
Many thanks to the student athletes featured.
Lately I've been looking at life's stories and it seems that a diptych might tell you a bit more about the story I want to tell. Traditionally a diptych is two wooden hinged panels with paintings on them however in photography they are two pieces of a story or two stories that share a something in common (seen or felt) Here are a few I've shared on @Snowflakephotos instagram account.