Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas with the Loves

Merry Christmas everyone!
Last night it was the Christmas Eve and we celebrate it with our good friends Jim and Bette Love and their big family.
This was the first Christmas for two newcomers to this world, my daughter Vivienne and James, Mr. Love's great-grandson. It was a warm, christmasy atmosphere and we all enjoyed each other.
We all got wonderful gifts from Santa through the hands of our good friends. Vivienne acted beautifully and made new friends among the little and bigger people.
This event happened in Mr. Love's italian themed basement. I used only available light so had to shoot wide open, f 2 with the 50mm lens, ISO bumped up to 1600 and occasionally 2000, 1/1oo sec shutter speed on my Nikon D90.
Children are wonderful subjects and if you wait enough they'll give you some wonderful candid natural expressions. Enjoy the shots.
Thank you Mr. Love for a wonderful Christmas Eve Party!

Thursday, December 23, 2010


Meet Abby. She's a beautiful young actress, daughter of my good friend Michael. Today it was a cold, cold day in Kansas City and Abby faced the cold amazingly well! In the beginning I was a bit concerned the cold might spoil her mood but it was the opposite! It made us both work more to create this great looking portfolio shots. At the shoot we had also her sisters and dad who agreed to pose a fun shot.
The sky was a huge soft box and gave us a nice even light. All was shot in Aperture Priority, ISO 200 with the 55-200VR Nikkor lens stopped down from f 4 - 5.6 and 1/250 sec. + paired with the Nikon D90.
After the shoot I went to my other job which is teaching violin and on the way couldn't help giggling like a little girl a the thought that I have such a blessed life to be able to play music and take photos! 

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Margo, Vivienne, Ben, Victoria and Sophia

An old friend of my blog, Margo. Tonight she met for the first time Vivienne, her future best friend. It turns out she's very excited about high tech gadgets, even more than about toys.
All shoot with the D90 + 50mm stopped down at f 2.0 with 1/125 sec. and ISO 1600 handheld