Continuing this week of showing off family photo shoots, I bring you the incredibly sweet toddler Dashiell & his lovely grandmother Mary. His parents (Lauren & Josh) are the design team and proprietors of The Podolls – their eponymous design label and clothing store in Burlingame. I grew up with Lauren, as our Moms are the best of friends, and it has made me so happy to see her doing so well as a designer (she was a seriously stylish child, so it’s not too surprising she’s a designer now – my sister and I just completely envied her ability to put looks together). If you find yourself in Burlingame, I suggest stopping by their shop (and I do recommend making a special trip & I say that without any bias because their designs are truly wearable, current-but-not-trendy, and cut from the most gorgeous fabrics, that you will not regret going. They also carry of-the-moment shoes, accessories & a darling kids line they started called The Podots (oh how I love a little word play).) You can read more about them on 7×7, and SF Gate. I was so honored to take Mary’s holiday card photos with Dash – he is just the sweetest little boy and it was a delight getting to capture a couple of moments in time with him.
You guys, I am so excited – we’ve got a feature up on Style Me Pretty – California today!! You simply must go over there to check it out. It’s the coolest wedding – the couple is from Australia and they planned to elope in San Francisco in complete secrecy — the two of them (and me, and the lovely Shana Astrachan of Fox & Doll who did her hair) were the only people who knew their plan. It was so awesome to be a part of that. On top of it all, they were absolutely lovely people. And quite relaxed too – during our photo session after the ceremony, Kate put her bouquet down for a few moments so we could shoot some pics without it, and someone walked by and swiped it! None of us saw it happen (they were walking away from the camera and I was focused on them), but a good samaritan saw the whole thing go down, so I played action hero and chased it down and recovered it (don’t let it be said that we are not a full service boutique!). It was crazy and I was so worried, but Adam and Kate were just completely relaxed and it seemed to barely be anything other than a funny story to them. Anyway, go check out the feature – it’s one of my favorites and I’ll have some more pics on here at some point soon.
There is a serious baby boom happening in town right now – lots of little tiny kiddos are on my radar & here’s some shots of the cutest family you ever did see. I was lucky enough to capture a real “first” when this sweet baby girl pushed up for the first time. Her sweet holly headband is from Heart of Hazel, an Etsy shop that’s based here in San Francisco (there are a ton of sweet headbands in her shop – I think I spy some stocking stuffers for my nieces in there).
You might be thinking that I’m talking about the holiday season, and you would be partly right. This is the time of year that I take tons of family photos for holiday cards. I thought I’d start sharing some of my favorites, starting with this family. I had the pleasure of taking their photos for a second year, and it is always so much fun to catch up and see what’s new. We took these in the same park that parts of Blue Jasmine were filmed in, and I love the urban-meets-fall feeling there.
So this is fun – I got to meet the darling Sarah Darcy, the editor of Classic Bride, when she was out here in San Francisco, and we got to talking about inspiration, art and Pinterst. She’s doing a fun series talking to photographers about Pinterest and my interview with her is up on her blog. Go check it out!
I’ve been taking tons of family portraits these days as ’tis the season for holiday cards. It’s had me thinking that there are a few tips for these that I could pass on in case you decide to make your own. (I am smitten with this card here fom Minted, but probably because outtake-type shots tend to be my favorite portraits and I like a funny card.) I am a big fan of Minted’s cards – their card stock is nice and thick, and they have a lot of modern cards. I also like that they have a “don’t retouch this” box to select as I spend a lot of time making the images I give my clients perfect and “auto retouch” just kills that effort. Anyway, if you’re taking your own photos, here’s a few tips to getting some better ones:
- Go outside to take your shots. Morning and late afternoon is the most flattering time to shoot, so if you can get people coordinated during these times, you’ll have the most flexibility. If you can’t, shoot in the shade, but still go outside.
- Tell the person taking pics for you to keep clicking and to not stop after a few clicks — you often catch a more natural expression after people relax a little from hearing the click, and it’s nice to have a few more options to choose from.
- Edit your pics. I’m not saying you need to buy photoshop, but there are a ton of inexpensive programs out there that will help. I recommend increasing the exposure a bit – typically photos shots in the “auto” mode are underexposed, which can emphasize wrinkles and aren’t typically very flattering. If you do nothing else to your photo, this will help. I’d also suggest warming up the tone for color photos and brightening black and whites.
- Coordinate what you wear – if you’ve got a group of people, the photos come out better when there’s coordination. If someone doesn’t want to play along, have them wear black or grey (or some other neutral) – that’s a lot less distracting than a clashing color.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you all have fun plans for this turkey day – it’s one of my most favorite holidays, and I love that it kicks off the Christmas season. I’ve mentioned before that I “do” the holidays every other year, and this is an “on” year for me. That means a lot of sparkle and glitter (how can a girl go wrong?). On that note, I’m calling it a short week this week, and ending on this fine Wednesday with some links for your long weekend reading.
* I might be quite disturbed, if I were a boy (to quote Sasha Fierce), to learn that I could now be rated as a boyfriend on the LuLu app.
* If you’re headed to Paris, this is my favorite museum there. It is worth going for the Matisse room alone.
* “Just go ahead and do your thing no matter what” – sage advice and bon mots from a 101-year old.
* If you haven’t seen this yet, this is a pretty cool video. But since it’s sparked a thousand spoofs & imitations, you probably already have. I’m linking anyway, and this will teach me to put these posts out on time so that this is the place you all go for breaking news (er, breaking links)!
* Bob Ross (aka “Happy Little Trees”) v. Picasso. In song. Rap that is. Need I say more?
* Having a holiday party? There’s some good no heat required apps on this list.
* Lulie Wallace, one of my favorite artists, is making lunchboxes! Oh to be 11 again.
* Have you seen Catching Fire, Part 2 of the Hunger Games? I loved it. It’s very fun and I was surprised as book 2 was my least favorite. Here’s a fun article on the costume design for the movie.
* And finally, a Hollywood hair tutorial.