Welcome to my blog! Some weeks you might find an image from a shoot, some commentary about photography or whatever strikes my fancy:) Please let me know your thoughts. Jodie~
Recently a friend commented to me that they wish I took pictures other than of people....hmmm...I do but I guess I don't share them. So I decided to put together a gallery of some recent imagery that I have captured. I pride myself on being early for photoshoots. Sometimes I am really early and on those occasions I like to scope out the location, see different background options, etc. This portrait season I also decided to do some shooting for myself. Below are some of those images:
I hope you enjoy looking at them and if you'd like to see more or purchase some please check out the entire gallery of images at www.photosbyjodie.com/landscapes.
There are many things I love about owning my own business. One of them is meeting another small business owner and working with them on their vision. I first met Kim Schofield - owner of L Boutique in Northboro MA - because I stopped in to shop. Yes, I don't only shoot and edit pics all day no matter what I tell my husband;) I was immediately drawn to how open the layout of the shop is and how welcoming she and her staff were. Mind you I think I had just come from the gym so I might not have looked like the perfect client! After a quick introduction and realization of several mutual friends, I got down to the business of shopping. Over the following few weeks I went in a few more times and then had a chance meeting with Kim at a social event. That's when the story really starts. She had a vision for her website to incorporate a "Look Book" of current items in her store and asked if I'd be able to meet with her to discuss shooting the Looks. I have recently done another "Look Book" series of shoots for Salon Exquisite in Worcester so I had a pretty good idea of what this would entail. When Kim and I met it was the easiest meeting as we both kept the ideas flowing, she had a "model" lined up and we both had a date that worked. Really, not making any of that up - I wish all my meetings went that well.
Shooting someone (or shooting their business) for the first time always reminds me of a first date - you don't know each other that well and there's the awkward über politeness. I am super chatty when I shoot (no surprise there!) and some clients are very quiet, I work very quickly and can change direction on the fly and some clients need a little warning. So walking in to the actual shoot I was a bit anxious - I had really only met Kim a few times but had a sense we'd be fine. And we were. Kim is extremely organized- the outfits had been laid out before the shoot, the model was on time and one of store associates (and models sister) was there to do the hair and makeup. And best of all for me she trusted that I am a professional I knew what I was doing. I moved racks of clothes around, cleared out part of the store added my own lights and climbed on a few ladders and tables. All while Kim ran her business and occasional looked over, smiled and said "looks great!".
The shoot was a few months ago and I had held off posting anything until Kim had been able to launch her new website. A sample from the shoot is below. To see the entire site and Look Book check out their site at www.shopatlboutique.com
Six years ago I was introduced to the amazing Lauren Mangano. She had recently opened a dance studio in Shrewsbury and was looking for a photographer to take her recital costume pictures. We met, liked each other and agreed that I'd do her pictures that spring. I had never done a bulk group of shooting before - at that point my business was still relatively new and I was working out my processing, pricing and fulfillment. We booked one day of shooting at her studio and 19 students participated. I remember being overwhelmed, scared and exhilarated all at the same time. Although I have daughters, neither of them were involved in dance so I hadn't spent time around a dance studio, let alone know the difference between 2nd and 4th position. Luckily Lauren did all of the posing and I just clicked like crazy and hoped by brand new lights and backdrop didn't fail me! I remember missing some of the jumps because my timing was off and a few shots that I forgot to move the lights for the little toddlers so their heads were "very" highlighted:)
Flash forward (yes photo bun intended:) to this year - 6 days of shooting and 108 children photographed. Lauren's staff has grown to include interns, choreographers, several instructors, an amazing front desk/business staff and many other behind the scenes people. She has also moved to a second location with two dance studios. And me - my processing, fulfillment and pricing are pretty tightened up. The lights and backdrop are now just another piece of equipment and not a source of stress. And the dancers - continue to amaze and awe me. The talent and intensity of the Elite family shows in their dancing and awards. Not to mention they are the nicest and easiest group of families to work with. Yes, I am gushing.
Layne is a dancer/intern at the studio and we had some fun one night with her shoot:
Yes, she is on point in every shot. And the "Heat Mizer" image on the bottom right was as she landed a jump so we could get her hair flipped up. That was about take 4 or 5.
If I could, I'd showcase every child that we photographed in that week. Each one has a special talent, or pose that they bring with them.
And now this year I have a daughter that is taking dance at Elite so I get to see all of these amazingly talented boys and girls during their recital too.
Do you miss actually handling prints? Remember when you were younger and you'd find an old shoe box of prints from your parents or grandparents and spread them out all over the floor and reminisce? Well I miss that....my Mom always has/had a drawer of pictures that she was "going to put in the album":) Agh, the ever allusive album of family memories. I think that's a leading factor to the trend of albums whether it's for a wedding, bar mitzvah, family portrait, or any "event" that you gather for.
Recently I started evaluating the products my clients buy from their shoots vs. what they say that want. Most all of my portrait clients say "oh I just don't want to let any of them go" but realistically you don't need a 24x36 gallery wrap of every image - hey I wouldn't stop you but that's a bit too much. So I've started showing clients Photo Boxes (see attached sample of my work):
To me this is the perfect solution - you get the custom cover and "First Look" from your session that I design for you. In my sample it's examples of my work and a description of my photography. Then inside you get 4x6 (or larger depending on what size Photo Box) prints of your session. And honestly, it's so fun to look at the prints one by one, re arrange the order they are in or spread them out and see the gallery of work in front of you.
By no means am I taking away from the gallery wraps, collages, larger prints, etc that I have on my own walls but this is a great way to preserve your photographs without making the time to put together that "Album" that my Mom is always talking about.
Let me know what you think about this.....
For the last few weeks I have been helping out at our middle school with the photo club. The 7th & 8th graders needed an adult to oversee a weekly group to talk about, take, etc. photos. I had the time and offered to help. The group can bring any items they use to take pictures - smart phones, tablets or cameras. It has been amazing to me the enthusiasm and genuine interest these kids bring each week. We meet immediately after school gets out so they have been in classrooms all day and yet they still want to learn and explore more. I've had no real outline for our meetings just to take pictures and share if you feel up to it. I figure they will guide me as to what they want to do. It's been amazing to me to learn from them and see what they think is cool. The last meeting was a really cold day so we opted to stay in the art room. I found some "lights" so we talked about shadows, underlighting, overlighting, etc. It really struck me when one group gathered to use a book to make a heart - of course I had to see what I could do with it too....
What I love best about the images is the expression of joy and willingness to share images - this is a great group of kids that are truly teaching me as much as I am teaching them.