Monday, April 28, 2014

Spring Has Sprung

It's my favorite time of the year! The time of the year when I get to finally get outside and do what I love the most. Spend time with nature!

I love walking around the farm and finding the beauty of all the many bushes and plants that continue to grow each year. It reminds me of new beginnings and how everything has the opportunity to start fresh and grow even stronger and more beautiful!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Pay It Forward + ((GIVEAWAY TIME))

First off I want to thank each and every one of you for supporting Dirt Road Photography. You are not only receiving quality photography but you're also supporting a small business that is supplying food on my table. The amazing thing about owning a small business is being able to really connect with your clients and really focus on giving them a personalized service.

Secondly, today is National Pay It Forward Day! WooHoo that means we can all give a little extra to make someone else's day go a little smoother. Even when you have nothing to give even a hug or some words of encouragement to a friend is considered paying it forward!

But the giveaway isn't it!! I'm also going to do a pay it forward incentive as well!! For every person that books a session now through the end of May and tells me that you've referred them you get $10 in print credits! Yes, $10 to spend on your session for prints or any other products online! That can include invitations, or even cell phone cases!! If you have FIVE referrals you get a FREE MINI SESSION as a thank you for putting my name out there.

One more way for me to pay it forward...

If you're a local photographer in the area and you're looking to have pictures taken of yourself for marketing purposes, I'm willing to choose three of you and take the pictures for free! We all work together and this is my way of thanking you for your encouragement and support. The only thing I ask is that you pay it forward and offer the same thing to three new photographers. I know this business is tough so why not get together and talk about the in's and out's of running a business!! Contact me for more information if you're interested.

Man I absolutely love giving back to those who have helped me! With all of the ways to "win" there is no excuse for you not booking a session soon! :)

Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for everything you guys have done for me. Whether it be words of encouragement when I'm feeling like my work "isn't good enough" or sharing my work for others, or even just simply telling me you love my work and are inspired by it. You positive words are what keeps me going and I'm so blessed to be giving back to you guys.

Now for the nitty gritty of the giveaway's. Winner's must redeem their prizes before the end of July 2014. Winners cannot combine offers with other giveaways or specials. One winner per household. The winners of the free and half priced sessions will still need to pay for their cd's if they choose get print rights. The print products can only be redeemed on future sessions, ones that are already booked will not count towards these offers.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Brothers - Parker & Carson

I've known Nicole forever, we went to neighboring high schools, we both were in FFA together, we both choose to go to the same college for the same degree. We've just kind of grown up together in a sense. So when she contacted me about taking photos of her two little cuties I of course said yes without hesitation and was excited for a little catch-up time with her as well.

I can remember when Mr. Parker was just born and how I adorned him and just holding him as a baby was so precious. He was extremely calm and just content being held. I remember talking to her about life and how hectic it was for us both. How we were so similar yet so different in so many ways. I was always there to listen in times of stress and although she might not have known it I was always checking in on her making sure she was alright.

I don't have as many memories of little mister Carson but knowing him now I can tell he's going to be a little stinker! He's so laid back and observant while his brother does the talking for both of them. He likes to watch all the many farm animals and while taking pictures will just walk up to the fence and just stare at them. So full of life and wanting to play with the kitty instead of worry about silly pictures.

These two boys were so much fun to hang out with and I'm so excited to continue to watch them grow. They're going to be giving mommy a run for her money soon I have a hunch! ;)

To order prints from this session go to my website and click on the event Brothers - Parker & Carson. To see prices of other items you can order please click on my pricing tab located at the top of the blog.

Something new I'd like to add to the blog is something new I've learned from each session. I love to let you guys, my potential clients, know how I'm evolving and what I'm doing to become a better photographer so this should be great to acknowledge not only what I took away from the session but also to help show you guys there's never a peak of "knowing everything." 

This session I've learned to always bring extra candy for those "bargain with the littles" moments. While we never had major issues with Carson sometimes Parker needed an extra little boost of bribing. If mommy made a silly face it normally worked but sometimes he needed a reminder of why he wins if he smiles. I think it's time to stock up on the Easter candy once it goes on sale after Easter!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

-Senior Ambassador Program-

Calling all seniors! This could be an amazing opportunity to get your senior pictures done for an amazing discount!! Read the following for more details:

Also keep in mind that I will be offering this to several seniors if I have an abundance of interest. 

I love giving back and this is another way that I will be giving back to my local communities. If you know of someone that is in need of pictures or cannot afford a full session this is a great way for them to get quality pictures done at a fraction of the cost of the bigger photography companies.

Please feel free to share this with anyone that may have interest!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

--Solar Eclispe--

Last night something beautiful happened. A solar eclipse was in the sky and I pulled out my camera and decided to give it my all and capture a few shots. I've been really wanting to broaden my horizon and try new types of photography so this was the perfect event to give it a go.

They said the optimal time to view it was around 2 am and I wasn't really planning on being up that late but at 1 am I can stand up and say that it looked gorgeous!!

This will be the first of four lunar eclipse's happening over the next year and a half. And the full eclipse will only appear for about 75 minutes total. Eclipses occur when the moon, the Earth and the sun are in an almost straight alignment. Another fun fact, lunar eclipses are actually fairly common happening every 2-3 years while the solar eclipses are more rare.

Now these shots were fun but I figured I'd break them down a little more for you camera loving moon enthusiasts in case you decide to get daring and go out and try creating these shots for yourself. Below I've listed the specs from my photos...

Details: 1270 ISO   -   f/5.6   -   1/4000 sec   -   200 mm 

The shot taken above is my favorite and reminds me of a shot I took last summer. I love the crisp look of the moon. If I zoom in on the picture I can see details of it but my poor lens wasn't having it so this was one of the only decent shots I got with detail. It's incredible to think that we've actually landed on that little "island away from home" and that it's even possible to launch ourselves that far!

Details: 2016 ISO   -   f/8   -   1/2 sec   -   55 mm 

The second shot that was taken above just goes to show that if you have a camera that has a higher ISO and you actually use it you'll sometimes get a little grainy. I purposefully grained it up a bit just to get more detail of the limbs but I loved it that way. I wanted to really get a fun shot of the limbs hanging out with the moon in the distance.

I was super excited for about 2:07 am to roll around because it was finally time for this dang eclipse to happen. I was noticing after the last shot that my camera was acting goofy and I was assuming it was the lens hoping that'd it's last for one last round of shots but sadly, my poor baby decided it'd had enough for the night and wanted to go to bed. (Oddly enough, I was ready for bed as well!)

Here's an example of what I was wanting to capture...

It's gorgeous right?! And even though I don't have a picture to show you guys I can promise that it was worth the wait to see. I guess I can cross "see a solar eclipse" off my bucket list now! ;)

Oh, and on a very sad note... RIP 55-200mm 1.4 lens after tonight's little moon shoot it's decided it's seen it's better days and bit the dust. I'm not sure if my AF is going out on it or what but by the end of the night it wouldn't even attempt to focus. I'm assuming there's just too much dirt in it but I'm hoping to revive it by taking it in and having it looked at. Here's to hoping I don't have to bury my go-to farm lens!!