January 26th, 2012 by Tanya | Comments Off | Filed in Portraits
As it goes, a lot of us eat whatever we want during the holidays and vow to get fit in the new year. I have the hardest time motivating to get to the gym (I wish it were my scene, but it’s just not) so I have been trying to do workout videos and yoga at home. And I am really, really trying not to eat so much chocolate.
Sharing a few photos from a fitness photo session this Fall. T is a total inspiration– she’s healthy and fit and more importantly has boundless energy and feels great. I hope these images are as inspiring to you as they are to me.
T, congratulations on taking it to the next level. You are a rockin’ rock!
This Winter I am ramping up my selection of studio sample albums. I have (finally!) narrowed down six amazing albums from various vendors in a range of sizes and prices that are sure to delight. More to come on each album, but today I’m sharing a sample layout I created from a recent family portrait session in Auburn, NH.
I favor album layouts that are either symmetrical or asymmetrical but they always have to be full bleed (image printed so it runs off the page) or on white. The photos should speak for themselves so I stay away from overly designed pages that include text, doodles, or layered images with borders. I want my album pages to be clean and modern looking and more importantly, to stand the test of time. The white background allows the photos to breathe in the same way a white gallery allows its artworks to breathe. (The gray border here is only to add separation between layout pages.)
Photographs age like fine wine you know, so it’s only right they are preserved with care.
January 19th, 2012 by Tanya | Comments Off | Filed in Portraits
I realize it’s January and it’s c-o-l-d, but on this particular day it was sunny and nearly 45 degrees which meant jackets off for these two adventurers. The winter is such an interesting time to do a portrait session because the landscape is incredibly stark, the gray color palette is soothing, the sun is bright and clear, and there are fewer people around.
In this example, we went to the Old Stone Church in West Boylston, where we used the entire grounds as our playground.
Engagement shoots are so much fun when you put a little thought into them. Location, dress, interesting props that say something about you or your relationship are all important considerations as you begin to plan your session. It’s fabulous to go to a location that resonates with you or that has meaning, be it the first place you went on a date or the coffee shop you go to on Sunday mornings.
Congratulations Jessica and Ben! Stunning location choice!
I recently updated the portrait and interior galleries on my website and it reminded me that I had never posted this engagement shoot from the Fall. Jojo and Tom are getting married this August at the charming Alerin Barn in Vermont where they will deck it out in romantic/vintage/rustic goodness. As a preview, they wanted their engagement photos to have a similar feel so I location scouted throughout Bedford and we discussed props and this is what we came up with. Of course, It doesn’t hurt that Miss Jojo has great style and is completely gorgeous. (Tom you’re cute too!)
Congratulations Jojo and Tom. I’m looking forward to your wedding this Summer.
It’s always a treat to finish up the year with fun news. I opened my mail box yesterday and was delighted to find copies of the most recent Woman Inc Magazine with my photos published. Woman Inc is based in Minnesota and highlights notable women entrepreneurs throughout the country. A while back I featured Apotheca Flower Shoppe on Apartment Therapy since it is such a rare, creative gem especially in these parts. With that, the magazine asked me to photograph the owner, Alyssa, to feature in their publication.
And here it is, live! Congratulations to you Alyssa- you have an amazing aesthetic and fabulous shop. I wish you all the success in the world.
As you know, I put together a mini portrait session for families recently at a studio downtown. I just received the first holiday card from this adorable family from that session! (Here’s an admission: I designed this card and had them printed, so I knew exactly what to expect.) You can’t tell from this picture, but the cards are printed on thick postcard stock with an elegant pearl finish which is perfect for the sparkly season that is the holidays. Happiest of holidays to the Shaheen Family and yours.
And check out this cutie that came in the mail. We did a Fall portrait session earlier this year decked out in striped tights and a Missoni jacket designed for Target, which I hear was all the rage among mommies. I did not design this one, but it is a testament to how professional photos make everything better if I do say so myself. Merry Christmas to the Bakers!
And last but not least, a one-sided photo card made by Shutterfly from mom and daughter dynamic duo, Chloe and Meredith!
Meet Michele. She needed a professional portrait for work so she had her hair and makeup done by the fabulous Morgan and brought three different looks to play with. Her first option was a gorgeous, peachy-taupe cowl neck shirt which complimented her skin color nicely. She also brought a dressy black velvet blazer. Blazers can often be bulky and difficult to photograph but this one was well tailored and very slimming. As with every portrait shoot, we tried several angles– from the left, from the right, from above, straight on etc.
What worked best were the ones where she was facing slightly toward the natural light (her right). Her expression is slightly varied from image to image. We tried many smiling showing her teeth and some more serious. I really like these three where she is somewhere in between. Her expression is confident and pleasant without being overly sweet or forcing a smile. I really love the neutral palette too.
This past weekend I had my first ever mini holiday portrait session and it was so much fun! First off, the kids were dressed impeccably. (Thank you moms and dads! I aspire to be as stylish.) Secondly, I got to set up shop in a gorgeous studio in downtown Manchester which had plenty of natural light. (I usually shoot out of my smaller home studio or on-location, so this was quite a treat.) We had a ball tossing around over-sized plastic ornaments, playing with colorful lights, and running around wearing angel halos.
I set up a few colorful holiday scenes but also a crisp white backdrop so the children could move around more freely. A serene white backdrop is such a beautiful thing. It really showcases children, or any subject, in a clean, ‘this is me’ way.
Thank you to all the families who made this possible. I hope to make the mini holiday portrait session an annual tradition.
November 4th, 2011 by Tanya | Comments Off | Filed in Portraits
Rosie was just under 3 months when I took these photos of her and even though she is so teeny tiny, she has a huge personality. She made a lot of eye contact with the camera and already seems to be very aware and engaged in her surroundings.
Rosie, I love your name and your sweet face! Congratulations to you Alex and Cristy! What a treasure.