“Stone and Pearl”

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One of the first impressions of you and your business is often your website – the style and content, which should include pictures of your product or service.

You know how very hard you work and how much effort goes in to building your business and brand.   I personally would be very sad to hear that you lost clients or opportunities because your website didn’t represent you in the best possible light.

The photography on your website and social media platforms should represent you and your brand and be geared toward your specific audience.

When I work with clients for head shots or product shots I meet with them to discuss their business, their goals, and their brand. Once I have a feel for my clients’ needs the creativity begins to flow. The shoots aren’t just one-dimensional. I focus on getting images that are going to best represent my client for the audience they are trying to reach.

These details include location, backdrops, color and style of clothes, and more.

This post is an example of a recent product shoot.  The product is coastal inspired pearl bridal jewelry made by Stone and Pearl.  To see images of me working during the shoot visit the Stone and Pearl blog post about the shoot.  The jewelry is beautiful and each piece is unique and made by hand by the artists of Stone and Pearl…sure to make a bride feel beautiful and special.

As I mention above, each product shoot that I do is specific to my client, their product, their goals for their product and their target audience.   For this shoot we used a beautiful model who happens to be recently engaged and who fit into the demographics of my client’s target audience.   Another interesting fact about the model is that she is a former “America’s Top Model Contestant”.   I love little brushes with fame…quirky and fun.

To help keep the focus on the jewelry and not so much on the model, we had the makeup artist, Judith D’Andrea of Doylestown, give the model a sun kissed look.  She used soft, subtle tones that represent a day near the coast.

The location of our shoot was along the shore of Tinicum Creak at Ralph Stover State Park.  We wanted to be near water but a trip to the ocean wasn’t feasible for this shoot so we stayed close to home and used the beautiful tree-lined creek at sunset as our back drop.  While shooting, we met a fly fisherman and his dog.  We veered away from the product for a moment for a fun shot with the them on the wooden walking bridge!

 

Enjoy the shoot!

The beautiful, talented, women behind the design, making and marketing of the jewelry.  Sarah Cornwell, the artist and designer is to the right.  wm e_RGP6642

 

The Model

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Judith, The Makeup Artist, at Work

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Stones and Pearls
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Tulip II

SS 1/60 f 4.5 ISO 640 Natural light

“Art makes better humans, art is necessary in understanding the world and art makes people happy.  Undeniably, art is not optional.” – Nathan Sawaya

A Mother’s Perfect Love – A Tulip and a Poem

A Mother's Perfect Love

A mother’s perfect love,

Forever giving,

Infinitely strong,

Her purpose for living,

Being willing to forgive any wrong.

Her beautiful eyes,

Bright,

Filled with joy,

Delight at the sight

Of her girl or her boy.

A mother’s beautiful love

Always there with open arms,

Encouraging to soar above,

Protecting from harm.

Is there any love more perfect?

Is there any love more beautiful?

Than the love of a mother who never neglects,

But is always there to tell us we’re wonderful.

 Copyright Robyn Graham

A couple of the meanings of the tulip are beautiful eyes and perfect lover.  I chose these two representations of the tulip for Mother’s Day and wrote the above poem to accompany the image of the tulip.  Being a mother is the most challenging yet the most rewarding role a woman can ever have.   I hope my words and image honor all mothers, near and far.

Clerk at VooDoo…

…Donuts

Be sure to check out my Thursday post on Monochromia.

 

 

Fear? No! Perseverance!

Star Magnolia

Star Magnolia

“Of the many interesting facts about the magnolia flower, the most striking one is that it is a very old flower. In fact, there are fossils dating back 20 million years that show that the flower has been gracing Earth since the very beginning of time, so to say. The magnolia is also a very tough, hard flower, unlike other delicate flowers. This is owing to the fact that it has had to adapt to changing climactic and geological conditions in order to survive, and it is precisely due to this feature that the flower represents endurance, eternity, and long life.” _ Buzzle.

The Magnolia means Endurance or Perseverance.

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear — not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain

Why do I link endurance and perseverance to courage and fear?  Because, I went to a presentation by Beth Fitzgerald Allen of DIY Hip Chicks today.  She is an inspiration and her message of “flushing” fear was so motivating.  The history and meaning of the Magnolia reminded me of Beth’s presentation.  Beth stated ” Courage is not the absence of fear, but the ability to move forward any way” – reminding me of Mark Twain (above).

  We all must endure, persevere, and push forward despite of our fears if we are going to accomplish our goals and achieve success and joy.

Signs of Spring

Signs of Spring

Signs of Spring

SS 1/60 f 5.6 ISO 400

Post processing: a slight curves adjustment in Photoshop CC.

Signs of Spring was shot in diffused light in between rain showers; – April showers bring May flowers -. I used a shallow depth of field to achieve a more abstract composition. I made the shadowed areas less in focus to give a more quizzical appearance of the flower.

Can you guess what the rain drops fell on? I’ll give you a hint – they are some of the first signs of Spring on the North East Coast and provide much-needed color to dull, early Spring landscapes.

To see this image in black and white visit Monochromia, a black and white photo blog I proudly, yet humbly, contribute to every Thursday.

I’d love to hear which you prefer – the monochromatic image or the color image.

Tulip I

Tulip I

Tulip I, a Day Dream

SS 1/60 F 4.5 ISO 640

Tulip I is the first image in my 2015 tulip series. I used natural light to photograph several tulips that were decaying. Tulip I is a day-dream. I used back lighting, ambient light, and a shallow depth of field to achieve the swirly, dreamy effect.

In post processing I did a simple curves adjustment, just to give a little color pop.