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Why I’ve decided to keep shooting

Several months ago I got discouraged and put my camera down.  I didn’t take pictures of my children at back-to-school time and I didn’t even take pictures at Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Yes I already regret those choices.

Chronic pain kept me away from photography and editing the majority of winter.  Seems like my back is happiest when temps are 60 degrees or over.  During the cold winter months we’ve had (thankfully the NW is not as cold as other places in the country have been or are) unseasonably cooler temperatures and I spent a lot of time doing nothing but hurting and getting further and further behind on editing.  I just wrapped up a session edit this weekend and as I did so, I was again reminded about all the reasons I love photography.  This young woman is exquisitely beautiful and honestly I’m pretty sure my 6 year-old nephew could take a remarkable picture of her with his mom’s iPhone, but the privilege of taking her Senior pictures was given to me.  Here is one of most favorite images from that session:

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I actually used this image in an assignment for school and got an A.  My visual communications instructor loved the image itself as well as what I did with it.  I love that my photographic talent allows me to often use my work when photographs are needed in assignments for school.  At any rate, here are a few of my other favorites:

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I love shooting this young woman.  She is gorgeous, she does exactly what I ask of her and is extremely comfortable in front of the camera.  I have extended her an invitation to be a permanent model for me and am honored that she has accepted.  Yes, future blog posts will feature this young woman again and I’m looking forward to the next time I can shoot her.

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Mr. River and Miss Bay

Today I got to photograph two of my Senior Reps.  They braved the heat to do a mini-session and Miss Bay even got a bee sting at the end of the shoot.  I sure hope she’s feeling better.  Allow me to introduce Becca Mortenson, my female rep for Hudson’s Bay High School:

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What’s not to love about a modest young woman who is naturally beautiful?

Mr. River is none other than the fabulous Issiah Pigeon.  He is one of the most handsome young men ever, but I may be a tad bit biased since he also happens to be my nephew.

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Despite the heat, these two were troopers.  Our session was double the fun because they are good friends and did their sessions together.  I can’t wait till we get together again to do their full Senior Session.  I’m still looking for a Miss River, Mr. Bay, and also Senior Reps from other area schools.  If you or someone you know would like to apply, please send an email to faith@capturedfaithfule.com.


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Class of 2014 Subjects Needed

I’m looking for juniors from area high schools to represent Captured Faithfule Photography for their senior year.  Two representatives from each high school (one male and one female) will be selected and each representative will get several free photo sessions, free prints with referrals, and could even earn $100 Visa gift card.  If you, or someone you know would be interested in applying for a rep position, please let me know.


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I believe in magic

What does magic have to do with photography?  A lot actually.  Being able to press the shutter at that exact magical moment that gives the best result is a talent for sure.  And, while that’s certainly blog worthy magic, that is not the kind of magic I mean.  Allow me to explain.

I recently had the opportunity to spend some time capturing a young man’s Senior pictures.  Ordinarily there is likely not too much magic going on with an event like this, but this young man is anything but ordinary.  In fact, after getting to know him, I think he’s really rather EXTRAordinary!

You see, this young man has Asperger’s Syndrome.  According to Everyday Health.com “Asperger’s syndrome (or disorder) is a developmental disorder in which people have severe difficulties understanding how to interact socially. People with Asperger’s syndrome may not recognize verbal and nonverbal cues or understand normal social rules, such as taking turns talking or recognizing personal space.”  For my subject, though we both speak English, we were having a significant communication issue and the shots were proving it.  He didn’t understand what I meant when I said I wanted or needed a relaxed and un-rehearsed smile.  He didn’t understand what I meant when I said I needed to see his natural smile.  His father and I attempted to crack jokes…most of which got an eye-roll instead of a smile and I was really struggling to get him relaxed so his personality could shine.

As you know, the reason I chose Captured Faithfule as a business name is because that’s my ultimate goal.  To capture the essence of whatever it is I’m photographing.  If it’s children and babies, I want to make sure when parents see their sweet angel baby’s images they can go “oh wow it looks like she’s’…”  When I’m capturing seniors I want their parents to be able to say smile knowing their child’s image is as unique and fun as their child is.  I don’t enjoy pictures of myself that are stiff and posed and lacking fun, an element that I think is critical.  I certainly don’t want to capture images of other people or things that are flat, stiff over posed and lacking fun.  Asperger’s was kicking my butt though.  Well at least it was till I decided to kick back.

After trying a few different locations and umpteen different words, I knew I was gonna have to do something.  I got him laughing somehow (I don’t remember how, but that’s not the important part) and snapped a few shots off.  Then I asked him to smile and instantly the forced, stiff, unnatural smile was back.  Time to pump the breaks and bring the action to a screeching halt.

After saying a quick little prayer, I sat down next to this young man and showed him some of the images I’d captured on the viewfinder.  I showed him what he looked like when he was “trying” to smile versus when he was just having a good time and smiling as a result.  I showed him every difference we could see on that little 3 inch LCD screen and then we moved to another location and tried again.  That is when the magic happened and together we kicked Asperger’s behind…we kicked it hard too.  Once I showed him the differences between a natural smile and a forced smile, he just got it got it.  As a result, he could deliver a natural smile on cue EVERY time after that.  Additionally, his facial expressions relaxed, he relaxed, I relaxed and the results were amazing.  Let me show you:

The shot above was taken on the end of a good hearty laugh.  It’s the image I used to show him how he looks when he’s smiling naturally.

This one is probably my all time favorite of the entire capture.  I wanted to have him sitting on these steps, but the white banister along them was getting in the way of every shot  from every angle and it just wasn’t working for me.  He laid down on the stairs to rest and what I saw was just amazing don’t you think?  “Don’t move stay right there it’s perfect!”  I shouted and ran up the stairs.  Standing above him and looking straight down at him, with my camera turned slightly to produce an angle and the image above was the result.  After a minor camera adjustment or two we took a few more in this same location, here’s another one I love:

After these shots, we moved indoors and he was still able to give me perfect natural smile on cue each and every time.  At the beginning of our session the shots were flat and lifeless and lacking personality.  Then the magic came and at the end, not only did I get perfect natural smiles and facial expressions every time I asked for them, I also got a small glimpse of the fun and infectious personality this young man has.  Here’s a glimpse of that personality for you to see:

With the exception of babies, which really is more about waiting patiently and then hitting your shutter at that exact magical moment, I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard to get what I wanted out of a subject.  Likewise, I’m confident I’ve never laughed so much or had as much fun on a capture as I did with this young man!  Thanks for making magic with me A.K.!


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“Senior” Shoot

As of yet, I don’t have any paying subjects so I’m still working on building my portfolio.  The nice thing about living where I do is there is no shortage of people and places to capture.  A girl and a lens or fie could seriously work overtime just capturing all the beauty that is around, that’s for sure.  With this shoot, I combined two of my favorite things to photograph…the beauty of nature and my nephew as we pretended to do a senior photo shoot.  Here’s a few of my favorites…

We had such a fun photo shoot, lots of laughs and silliness.  One of my favorite silly moments was capturing his shadow…check it out:

I still have a lot of images to edit and post but needed a break from algebra so…