This is the picture that made me want a DSLR camera, ----and to learn how to be a better photographer. The pretty gal in this photo is my niece, April.
The photographer who shot the picture of April is Arial Photographer Glenn Stott. This photo, and a thousand more like it came about while my dear friend Glenn was setting up a new studio in his home and needed a subject to test out the studio---so we got April. For this post, I embellished the unedited jpeg copy with some scrap-booking materials just to have some fun and tell people about me, a progressing Photographer and Videos from the Heart.
Anyhoo, we spent the day in the Glenn Stott studio with April shooting somewhere near 1200 photos. It was a great day; and my first time in professional photography studio. It was there where I was instantly hooked to this art form. Prior to that, I was just shooting willy-nilly.
As you can tell, the camera loves April and when I saw all the images at the end of days' shoot, it was right there I was left wanting my own DSLR camera. Today, I finally shoot RAW with the Canon 70D ----and I purchased two Canon Professional Series Lens from my photographer friend, Glen Stott.
I got his ...
Glenn, is upgrading his photography gear and I'm waiting patiently to pick-up his well cared for Canon Mark V calibrated for both those lens to add to my Camera Bag. It's coming soon. Anyway,
The photo below came out of a little make shift basement studio and the one of the new lens. Its a shot of one of the two kittens my husband and I rescued from our front bushes. I'm not sure, but it's probably the best portrait photo I've taken to date with the Canon 70D.
I entered the photo of Laylea (pronounced LAY-LEE) in a photography challenge with GURUSHOTS.COM ---their aggregated data tells me this photo got ALL STAR status with 1349 votes in their, Anything Cute Challenge. So I guess its an okay photograph. But one of my favorite responses from people, is when they use my images as their profile pictures---there is no better validation that I'm just might be getting better and better with each shutter movement.
The image below is from my Sony Cyber-Shot DCS-70. It's the first image I ever sold. It all happened in Colorado. It's where Photography found me.
Then someone browsing through the rack of matted photos by a variety of the gallerys' artists choose one of my prints to bring up to the counter for purchase. Again, I got validation that people could like my work. Yet,
Calling my self a Photographer doesn't come easy. I over heard others refer to me as such with my first digital camera. I don't even have a photo to show you from that camera; and I regret terribly selling it at garage sale. But this first digital was by HP I believe and it came to me at discount with a Dell computer purchase. It also came along with fun software that allowed me to manipulate the photos I took. So I had everything I needed to try an impress someone with my photo creativity.
The Bride and Groom loved the photo so much she took it with her on their honeymoon. Let's face it, I worked quickly and social media accounts wasn't our yet ours. Anyway, while moving through the reception event I had chats with folks who would say, "Oh your the Photographer who put that picture on their table. What a great idea." It was a great idea, as it was going to take weeks before they would see a return of proofs from their hired Photographer. I was only a guest, but people there were referring to me as a, Photographer.
Look, at this particular moment in time---its now some 18 years after Photography found me, and I've only been working with my Canon 70D for the last two years. I still have so much to learn about developing RAW images and working the settings on my camera for particular types of photos. I'm taking courses and I'm following and taking advice from talented photographers like Glenn Stott and Peter McKinnon. I'm in such talented company with access to Youtube, that striving to become a better Photographer is happening quickly.
Every reason is good reason for a Photo Slide Show. I use the Cadillac of programs PROSHOW PRODUCER to create my slide shows from Memorials to New Babies. I always try to throw in something unexpected or personal to the project somehow. I'm passionate about working with people and their treasured photos. Mixing photos with Music just makes everyone happy, including me.
That is one of the foremost reasons why I wanted a DSLR camera in my camera bag, and a decent software for editing like Affinity Photo. I wanted to be able to deliver quality content if you needed me to photograph your event or product for a video production or for a photo slide show. If you need something a little extra special, please consider me, Videos from the Heart.
Below is a production I did highlighting my animated cartoon character HOOT! offering the dates when Blues Guitarist Theodore Alexiou from Greece would be on Tour in New Jersey. The music alone is worth the watch. Music Copyright laws don't allow me to showcase VFTH photo slide show productions but if you visit Videos from the Heart you can see some of the comments from past productions.