Icing on the Storm

Icing of the Storm I

“Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.”

~George Eastman

To see a similar photograph in black and white, please visit Monochromia.

SS 1/2000, f 10, ISO 400

Flight Attendant Foodie ~ A Creative, Fun Shoot

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Meet Flight Attendant Foodie.  This client came to me for creative photographs for her new blog, Flight Attendant Foodie.  It wasn’t a typical head shot/visual branding shoot as she didn’t want her beautiful face in the images.  She, as is suggested by the title of her blog, is a flight attendant working for a large commercial airline.  Her blog cannot be affiliated with the airline in any way thus the reason for not wanting her face prominent in the photographs.

When working with people, I love to capture their essence and soul.   When doing so, this usually means photographing their faces and especially their eyes.  As that wasn’t an option, I had to get creative.  My goal was to create a feeling of someone who loves to travel, embraces new experiences, and day dreams about where to go next.  I had some props that were reflective of travel and the client brought a couple of props and some wardrobe changes.  We had a lot of fun with different poses, lighting, and using the props.  We began on a simple white paper backdrop using strobes (one with an umbrella, one with a diffuser, one with a honey comb attachment) and then moved to the “purple couch” and used natural light.   She is now using the photographs on her blog as well as her social media sites; Instagram and Facebook.

I always find it exciting exciting when clients call because they understand that good photographs help substantiate their websites/blogs.  It really is true that a picture is worth 1000 words.

Below are a few reasons companies, no matter the size,  should have pictures of their team(s) and professional photography on their websites:
1. Photographs of people who run a business encourage credibility.
2. Photographs of people who run a business give recognition to the human side of a business ~ the company becomes more real to the customer.
3. Quality photography of  products and services ~ even candids of employees conducting the offered services ~ demonstrates to customers that the company cares about quality, customer service, and satisfaction.
It is important to put a face to a brand for all of the above reasons.

At Robyn Graham Photography we work with you to grow your brand through custom, professional photography. The first quarter is a perfect time of year to think about sprucing up your website to help meet your yearly goals. To schedule a consultation or session call today.

Enjoy the photographs from the shoot with Flight Attendant Foodie! And, please share the post with anyone you know who might be re-evaluating their business website.

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Flight Attendant Foodie

Lensless

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I had no intentions of posting today, but I was nominated for the 7-day nature challenge on Facebook by another photographer.   I posted photographs from my archives the past two days and the photographer then reminded me that I was supposed to post photographs of the snow like everyone else.  Well, I honestly tire of looking at pictures of the snow after about a week or so of repetitively seeing them.   But, to make the photographer happy I decided to go out and shoot this afternoon.  I climbed through at least two feet of snow and played.  It was warm, 40 degrees F and it felt great to be outside and playing with my camera.  I felt somewhat like an animal on the prowl as I searched for my subjects.

While I was photographing a pine cone using back lighting and creating beautiful bokeh I remembered an article I recently read about lensless photography.   Because I had the time and was on a mission to create some unique winter images I decided to try it.  The above photographs are the results.

Do you love the hazy effect as much as I do?  I feel like I captured my prey.  One might argue that the first image is too “blue” meaning the white balance is off, but I was in the shade and it is a winter/snow shot and it is cold so to me, the color is perfect for what I was representing with my work.

Which do you prefer?  The color photograph or the black and white?

Place of Stories – Black and White Thursday

Place of Stories

“Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark.”

~ Kate DiCamillo

A hallway in the New York City Public Library.

SS 1/60 F 2.8 ISO 2500

Nikon D800, 50mm 1.4

For more black and white photography, check out my Thursday post on Monochromia.

Winter’s Gentle Touch

Winter's Gentle Touch

“Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year…
This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Black and White Thursday

It is Thursday and that means I posted a black and white photograph on Monochromia.  The image I posted on Monochromia today is one that I had previously posted on this blog.  You can find the original post HERE.

I am excited and honored to tell you that this picture was selected in a juried exhibit, “Americana” at the Pennsylvania Center for Photography.

Silence

Silence

~ A red pear and some dried roses a dear friend gave me for Christmas…

“Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.” ~Helen Keller