Self Portraits

Hello!

Yesterday, since I was snowed in, I decided to take some self portraits. I haven’t done a self portrait in about a year. It was time. So, I set up my bedroom into a mini-studio. I sat in front of my window and used the curtain as a backdrop. I had one flash and a reflector. My light stand and tripod where set on my bed. It was a funny sight to say the least. However, I like the results. What do you think?

In other news, today I have already put my son’s shirt on backwards. Prayers for the rest of the day are appreciated. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

-Kristen D.

www.kristendphotography.com

 


Capturing Snowfall

Hello!

I thought I would put up a quick tip on how to capture snowfall. This isn’t the only way to catch the snow, so keep experimenting!

First find something dark (trees, barn, etc.) to contrast the snow. Trying to photograph snowfall when your entire background is white will be frustrating. Second, decide on if you want to freeze (haha!) the snow or if you want to show motion. You will have to adjust your settings.

I didn’t want to get out into the snow, so I went to the backdoor and shot through the window towards a tree.

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I think we can agree that there is nothing awesome about the image above. If you are focusing on the tree, that will happen. There is so much detail in the tree that it distracts you from the little snow you can actually see falling. If the tree is your subject, go for it! However, I want to showcase the snowflakes.

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Instead of focusing on the tree, I focus about four to five feet in front of me. This makes the tree more of a backdrop, and I get the really awesome snowflakes in midair. My settings for this: 1/800 shutter speed, 1.8 f-stop, and 100 ISO. If you want to capture more motion, please look below.

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This is great if you want to show the motion. The previous photo is more peaceful, and this seems more hectic. It simply depends on what you want the viewer to feel and experience. My settings for this: 1/100 shutter speed, 3.5 f-stop, 100 ISO.

Thanks for reading! Don’t be afraid of shooting in the snow! DO be safe out there!!!

-Kristen D.

www.kristendphotography.com


Beth’s Bridal Session- Wedding Photography Lexington, KY

Hello!

This session is really special to me. Beth and I have been friends since birth. We were neighbors until I was five, and my family moved away. I would go back and spend whole summers at her house. When I got the news that she was engaged, I knew we had to do a bridal session!

Beth and I went to the Bodley-Bullock House in downtown Lexington for her Bridal Session. The owner was incredibly kind to our needs and time frame. I would love to photograph there again someday.

The first room we worked in was this large red drawing room. There was this antique piano that I had to have her sit and “play”.

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This is definitely my favorite one out of all the ones we took of her on the stairs. There wasn’t much natural light, so I experimented with my flash which was at the top of the first landing. This included running up and down the stairs to reposition the light and scrim. *Ahem- Now hiring an assistant!*

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Next we did my FAVORITE lighting- window light.

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After the Bodley-Bullock House, we went right down the street to Gratz Park. Gratz is a beautiful park in the heart of downtown Lexington and is surrounded by historic homes!

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I hope you enjoyed Beth’s Bridal Session! Tell me your favorites below!

-Kristen D.