Ten Minutes with Manzanita (photography tips, tricks, and observations)
Today I'm launching my first blog/video presentation with 10 Minutes with Manzanita! This is a raw, monthly email sharing ideas, tricks, tips, and general photography observations. The filming will not be fancy, it'll probably be me in my PJ's most of the time. But I want to stay in contact with clients and photographers and keep you in the know with Manzanita.
Just below the video, I'm going to share a series of images I took in 2020 and a quick explanation of what made them "call" to me. Enjoy!
I crave movement when I shoot. Hair. Cloth. Water. There is something about wild shifting that gives me chills.
I loved the shadow on my subjects and their glowing frame here. I find light is most interesting when contrasted.
I think next to shadow and light, negative space is my favorite aspect of photography. It is one of my favorite ways to create an image and I use it whenever I can.
Nothing captures authentic home like HOME. Indoor light can be stunning when you find that window.
Landscape cannot be overstated. Coupled with wardrobe, the right scene can take a photo from nice to spectacular.
There is nothing more real than touch in a family. Big kisses, arms, skin, all of it create a sense of true interaction when creating a family session worth remembering.
One thing I'm working on is creating a sense of scale--showing the dynamic between massive natural landmarks and my subjects. Thank you for the easy grab, Alaska!
Sometimes family photos feel "stuck." Everyone smiling, motionless, frozen. I love moving past that and asking clients to do things with their hands or bodies. It's especially fun when they interact with their natural surroundings.