Wednesday, March 19, 2014

New Website!

You may wonder why things have slowed down around here...
It's because I have a different website!
Click the link below to see what I've been up to!
http://www.laurachristineportraits.com/ - This is where all the fun has been happening.

I hope to see you there!
~ Laura

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Luke's Senior Pictures - by Cedar Falls Senior Photographer

When my brother asked me to do his senior pictures, I was happy to oblige :) 
In this post, I'll share several photo "recipes" on how I got some of these shots. Enjoy!

Equipment needed for these two shots:
- an off-camera flash capable camera
- 2 flashes and 2 radio triggers to fire them wirelessly from camera (I used a Canon 600EX-RT  and a Impact LiteTrek 4.0 with Radio Poppers to fire them.)


1. Take a picture of the scene with your camera set at about 1/125 of a second in Tv mode (shutter speed mode) without using your flash. [To get those beautiful light beams, your camera’s aperture needs to be really high. (I used f/22.) The lens flare is also most obvious when using a wide angle lens.] If the photo you just took looks good to you and is a properly exposed image of the scene, take note of the settings the camera used to get the photo, turn your camera dial to Manual (M) mode and set the shutter speedaperture and ISO the camera had set automatically for the landscape image you just took. This way, you make sure the scene behind the subject isn't too dark - you don't want another run-of-the-mill, ugly flash photo with a blown out red-eyed subject and a black, un-detailed background, do you? If you don’t understand some of the terms I used, click on the linked terms to read simple lessons in camera basics. Still having trouble understanding something? Drop me a line! I’d be happy to help.


2. Turn on your flashes and radio triggers. I used the Canon600EX-RT (in slave mode with the flash firing disabled and with it attached to one Radio Popper) on my camera to fire the Impact LiteTrek 4.0
 which was my main subject light and was attached to the other Radio Popper. uhh...Got that? I'll take a photo of the set-up next time! That'll make it easier for you.

3. Take the shot! If needed, dial the flash power up or down to control the brightness of the subject.

4. You’re done! It wasn't that hard after all, was it?! Now you have a special image that will help set your photos apart from the hoard of snapshots out there.



Which photo is your favorite?
 Later, I'll let you know in the comments on this post which one Luke chose.




Was it ever cold or what! I believe it was 8 degrees Fahrenheit outside when we took this shot!!! Quickness becomes an absolute necessity in circumstances like these. Get out when there’s gorgeous scenery, even if it’s frigid! What are you willing to do to get the pictures your client wants? (Luke said beforehand that he wanted unique senior photos and that he wanted some of them to be winter shots.) Be different. Impressive images take work (and often aren't made at 75 degrees in the middle of the day!) By the way, this photo was taken very early in the morning before the wind blew the snow off the trees. Most people wouldn't have been out of bed yet. J



Candid moments are important to capture also. We had fun even though Luke must have been frozen. I got to wear a coat (lucky me!) - there's advantages to being the photographer!


Catch-lights in the subject's eyes are SO important! They add life to the image. If you ever wonder why a certain photo lacks sparkle and life, check the eyes and see if they have catch-lights in them.

Did you notice anything about this picture? What about the absence of the horrible glasses glare that would normally come from side-lighting a glasses-wearing subject? I deal with a lot of subjects who wear glasses, and it certainly adds a challenge to the photo shoot. The good news for you is that I'll tell you one sure way to conquer this problem! 

1. Take the shot, no matter how awful the glare is on the glasses.
2. Have the subject stay in the same position and just remove his glasses.
3. Combine the two photos in Photoshop. 

 Sorry, no quick fix! It just takes more work. It'll be amazing when those of us that are saved get to Heaven and all our physical problems are gone! Praise the LORD for sending Jesus to die and take the punishment for our sins!



Instead of being black “holes” in this picture, the red glowing windows add something out of the ordinary – an element of interest that helps to hold the audience’s gaze. To get the effect, I put a red gel on one of my off-camera flashes and positioned it several feet behind the windows.

That's all for today!
Keep clickin'! Let me know how you're doing, what challenges your facing, and what you'd like to learn more about in photography!

~Laura Christine

"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge 
of the Holy One is understanding."
Proverbs 9:10



Thursday, April 25, 2013

Josh and Alissa Wedding ~ Iowa Wedding Photographer




The First Look ~ Seeing each other for the first time on the wedding day







After the ceremony, we headed off to get some great art pieces that celebrate Josh and Alissa's new life ~ my favorite time of the day!



To see more than twice as many images from this wedding, go to http://www.photofasttrack.com/wedding-galleries/josh-and-alissa/
and click on the first image to view full screen.

 One of my great assistants grabbed this image of me working with this sweet couple.

...and the resulting image!

Alissa was gorgeous - absolutely radiant on her wedding day

 Drivin' off to begin life together
Josh and Alissa, your wedding was wonderful.
 May God richly bless you two as you seek to serve Him.

Be sure to visit: http://www.photofasttrack.com/wedding-galleries/josh-and-alissa/ to see more pictures!

"Love suffereth long, and is kind"
1 Corinthians 13:4a

Friday, April 12, 2013

Josh and Alissa ~ Wedding Photos Sneak Peek!


Posted with consent of the couple.
Last Saturday, I had so much fun photographing the wedding of this beautiful couple. Enjoy the photos! More are coming soon...

As soon as I saw this underground tunnel, I knew I had to get a picture inside it! By putting my camera on a tripod, I could slow down my shutter speed to pick up some of the ambient light (tunnels are dark by nature!). Then I gave one of my wonderful assistants a flash and had them position it behind my subjects to rim-light them. Viola!

Who would ever guess that the bride and groom are standing in front of a parking lot chock full of cars? No matter where you are, it's possible to get great images for your clients. I wanted a gorgeous outdoors shot with the church - or a hint of it! (Don't always show the whole thing! It's often a more exciting picture if you leave something to the imagination.)
As family and friends of Josh and Alissa, if you would like to purchase a print of any of these images or ones to come, click here http://www.photofasttrack.com/contact/ to send me a quick message, and I'll email you a photo prints price list right away.

 ~ Alissa and her lovely sisters ~

To view larger pictures, click this link to visit my website: http://www.photofasttrack.com/wedding-galleries/josh-and-alissa/

Be sure to click the blue "Join this Site" button on the right side of this page to be notified as soon as I post more images of Josh and Alissa's wedding!

Talk to you soon!
Love, Laura Christine

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Beautiful New Life ~ A One Week Old Baby Boy

Photos posted with consent of client.

I had a wonderful time photographing this precious new baby boy!

 What a priceless addition to their family!






 "Look at me! I'm gonna be strong, just like my daddy."


 "Time for me to wake up and get on with life! Enough of this photography stuff for a while."

Thank you D's for the amazing morning! You've got a handsome son.
Love, Laura Christine

The Whole Beautiful Family


Photo posted with consent of primary client.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Beautiful Family Reunion ~ Part Two

All photos posted with consent of primary client.













 Coming up next time... the whole big, 25 person extended family!

Hope you all have a fabulous day!