It’s been about a year since our last session with the Cook Family – Corona Del Mar | Family Portraits. Their boys are growing so quickly that it’s hard to keep up! Jacob will be five this year, and Andrew’s already turning two this month! I absolutely love the shots of the two of them hugging each other. Thankfully we had a nice fall, overcast morning without rain so give us nice, soft, and even lighting.
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We endured the cold, cold (California cold) November morning to bring you some lovely images from the last few weeks of Shalimar’s pregnancy with baby Aneira. Today is actually baby Aneira’s birthday, and I thought it fitting to give her a nice warm welcome into the world. Happy birthday baby Aneira!
Shalimar was radiating with the maternal glow, and we had a gorgeous morning in Belmont Shores, so our shoot was destined for success. November also affords a lot of flexibility with the fact that not too many people inhabit the beach at the wee hours of the morning…we’re such wimps out here when it comes to weather anyway! Honestly though, it was in the high 40s I believe…which IS pretty darn cold for the Southern California coastline.
I absolutely love their content, and she just looks like such a happy mom…it all makes me smile! I am so excited for the two of them to have a brand-new baby girl and to be first-time parents. There are so many adventures around every corner, and I hope they enjoy every moment. Congratulations you two! I can’t wait to meet the little one soon.
I was contacted by this cute family a little while back because mom was in need of updating her family photos. She was seeking high-quality photography, a styled shoot, and print quality that would allow her to replace her wall prints with custom enlargements. She was also concerned with pricing, as many photographers she had contacted were willing to “shoot & burn”, and were charging session fees that were through the floor.
We discussed what custom photography costs, why it’s priced accordingly, the difference between different resolutions of digital files and what they will produce when printed, and many other topics regarding her session and what to expect when it comes to deliverables. I’m happy to say that by taking the right step to invest in custom photography, Bernice is now an extremely satisfied client who immediately posted the following comment on Facebook about her experience with us:
“[We] couldn’t be happier with Cameron Taylor’s work! He’s such a talented photographer and so nice to work with…..”
I think that speaks leaps and bounds for what we are trying to achieve: Elevating expectations for all people who share in our craft. Pricing ourselves accordingly so that our time and effort for every session, every experience, and producing every client deliverable is valued properly.
Everyone has a camera now, and most people have at least entry level DSLRs. But, style aside, not everyone has the lighting and technical knowledge, not to mention professional portrait lenses, to produce professional quality images. That being said, a photographer with proper knowledge and experience can use equipment that is less than ideal, yet still produce images that are compelling and emotional.
You don’t need the best optics on the market to produce a “good image”, but think of it this way: With poor eye-sight, how can your brain produce a quality image of the world around you? Lens quality does matter greatly in the product produced with any camera (along with many, many other factors), and professional lenses come at a huge premium…which is something that clients can take for granted, and photographers using kit lenses and entry level DSLRs overlook.
This topic could go on and on, especially when it comes to settings, post-processing, white balance, lighting….and on and on. My advice to anyone out there who is looking for quality work: Good photography is an investment, and you should invest an amount that you believe documenting your memories is worth. My advice to photographers who are just starting out: Educate yourself, plain and simple. The quality of your product is directly related to your ability to learn and grow, as both a business owner and an artist.
Every morning I’m greeted with the biggest, heart-melting smile I’ve ever seen. Bryce shares the details and latest developments in world news, has a good, long stretch, and gives dad some slobbery kisses before our time is up. We’re not quite sure where he gets it from, but he is totally a morning person!
Waking Bryce up for his morning routine, that fresh change and a bottle before the long ride to day-care, has become one of dad’s favorite times of the day. The little guy is growing up so quickly now, almost every day it’s something new…a new noise, a new look, a new quirk. If you blink, you might miss something.
Daycare has been a blast for Bryce. We also enjoy being sick, so it’s working out just fine. In fact, the number of trips to the doctors needed has probably quadrupled in recent weeks. Such is life, as you other, more experienced parents out there laugh and say “I told you so”.
It was hard to understand what other parents meant when they spoke of their feelings, relationships, and experiences with their children. Many times I was told how I would feel, and it made sense when I thought about what they were telling me, but until I actually had those experiences, I didn’t completely understand what it all meant. I think those words are finally starting to make sense now, and I don’t mean that everyone’s experiences are identical, but rather that I am beginning to understand the enterprise that is parenthood.
My eyes are open, as I have said before, but this time, almost in a completely different way.
This is not the typical work that we are asked to produce, but I was recently contacted by a company looking to update their entire corporate head shot portfolio. Since we work with strobes and not studio lights, we are very flexible with choosing locations to shoot sessions. Coming from doing mostly on-site event and portrait photography, mainly wedding clients, this work is entirely familiar. Our client was looking for us to travel to them and perform services at their business location, keeping their productivity high and disruption to normal business activities low.
I enjoy doing this work very much due to the level of control. We are working in an “on-site, studio” environment where we have full control of our lighting and backgrounds, we have an on-site stylist to manage make-up and hair, and we have given specific dress instructions in advance, all in an effort to streamline the process and help produce the high quality results we’re looking for.
There’s no easy way to say this: Time has absolutely flown by.
I sound like an old coot…”It feels like just yesterday…”, but seriously it does. We found out that Lindsey was pregnant on September 19th. There was a rule: Don’t tell any family members (pre-Facebook release) unless it’s in-person. Well, that didn’t apply to me since I was on the road. Daddy found out by phone, sad huh? I digress…it’s been a journey filled with first-time home purchases, remodeling, baby classes, doctors appointments, and an absurd amount of planning. Now, in less than 4 weeks, we will be parents, and there’s no more planning, just doing.
Along the way, I have had to listen to SO MANY PEOPLE: “When are you taking photos?”, and “We want to see that bump!” I’m no maternity photographer, it’s not my day-to-day, but that doesn’t mean I can’t pull it off. In fact, I was slightly worried about being compared to other people’s work, even though this was, in fact, a personal project for me. Not only has this past 7-8 months been an insane journey, the feverish development of our wedding business also shares that same time frame. If anyone would have asked me 9 months ago what I’d be doing right now, I would have told you we’d be shooting weddings, probably not that I’d be having a kid and doing a maternity session.
When you think about it, photographing a wedding is actually the act of wearing many different hats. One minute you’re an event photographer, the next you’re a family portrait photographer, then you’re a studio light still-life photographer, and another minute later you’re a landscape or architectural photographer.
Thankfully the wedding business is growing like we could have only imagined, and time passed has allowed for some serious personal and professional growth. Again, I feel like a lot of photographers I follow, or that follow me, are in the business of maternity, baby & child photography, and that I’m probably being sized up by going on this limb. Quite honestly, I feel like this work doesn’t need to be compared to anything, especially what’s considered typical maternity photography, because it can stand on its own as good photography. I will continue not to market myself as a maternity photographer outside of this blog post, however I believe that, should some expecting clients book me, I may just steal away a little business.
I hope you enjoy.
I’ve been seeing more interest lately from musicians for on-site, custom head shot/portrait sessions. This session with Emily Kilimnik was no exception. In fact, this type of work fits my style. I mean that by the time when your desire to produce a type of work corresponds with what the client is seeking…and that to me is when you can produce some of your best work. I don’t mean that this is my best work (there is much more to learn on this journey of mine), I mean that during this entire shoot I felt comfortable, in control, and extremely confident that I was capturing what I had envisioned.
The day started off in some really cool alley ways just across the street from the Art Theatre of Long Beach. As much as I love how genuine and respectful most people are in the City of Long Beach, we had some pretty awkward, and quite frankly, rude encounters with locals passing through in their vehicles. It points back to the reality that some people are completely different when behind the wheel. So I digress…the textures and depth, along with spots of shade adjacent to direct sunlight make this spot awesome to shoot in.
We were supposed to wrap with about two hours to spare, allowing us to go shoot around some abandoned warehouses and tracks near the 405 & 710 freeways, but I lost track of time somehow. So instead we just headed to Downtown Long Beach and had a quick session under the Queensway Bridge. Working with what we had at the time, I was able to shoot into the sun, incorporating a perfectly-timed sun-flare peeking between the two spans of the bridge. Right when we wrapped, the sun’s angle rotated past the point of being seen between the spans, almost like it was meant just for us.
A big thanks to Emily for having such great style, and overall, just for being such a unique and lively person. Also big thanks to Emily’s stylist, Katrina Rallis, for keeping Emily’s wardrobe fresh and making sure she was looking her best!