You know how it goes-the kids do something really cute and you wish you had your camera ready. There is a beautiful sunset, as you are driving home from work. You run into a friend that you haven’t seen in ages. There are a hundred times when you could take an awesome picture if you just had a camera in your pocket. Well, of course, you do! You know what they say, the best camera for the job is the one you have with you! Most of us carry our smartphones with us, wherever we go, even professional photographers! If you want to post a quick picture on social media or text it to a friend, the smartphone camera is often the best option. There are actually many things you can do to take better pictures with your smartphone-newer models do everything from panoramas to HDR (High Dynamic Range). My Samsung Galaxy phone will take a picture when you say “Cheese” or “Smile”, without even touching a button!
I have put together a series of tips on Rocking the Smartphone. If you would like to subscribe, check out my web site at: folio.joannasdigitalimages.com/family_photos and click on the link “Get the guide”.
2017 has been quite a year for me. This year, I quit my day job to be a full time photographer! It hasn’t been plain sailing by any means but I think I see some progress. I tried some new genres and I took a lot of continuing education. My portraits in particular have improved immensely. It didn’t seem like I was that busy until I looked back at the year and put together a video of some of my work. This is just a selection-enjoy!
Here’s to 2018!
When you plan your wedding day, the details are endless! You pick the perfect venue, the perfect dress and the perfect caterer. Wedding shows are full of vendors who will help you have the wedding you dreamed of. As a wedding photographer, I scout the location ahead of time and make a shot list and time schedule to ensure that the bride and groom get every picture they want, as well as many that they haven’t thought of. As well as the group pictures and the candids, outdoor pictures of the wedding party, usually taken between the wedding and the reception, are a big part of the wedding album. There is one thing that you can’t control, however, and that is the weather! I recently photographed Brian and Maria’s lovely wedding at the Kemper Center in Kenosha. If you’ve ever been there, you will know that it has a spectacular setting on the shores of Lake Michigan. I hoped to get lots of pictures by the lake.
The day dawned warm and windy but dry, with clouds and sunshine. The forecast, however, predicted rain in the afternoon. I drove to the venue in a downpour, which morphed into drizzle as the front came through and dropped the temperature about 20 degrees. Not too good for pictures. This is when a little planning can help-I noticed that there was a covered porte cochère attached to Founder’s Hall-that’s a covered porch where vehicles stop to discharge passengers. We were able to get some pictures there, both against the brick wall and backing on to the sodden gardens, without the couple getting wet. A little later, the rain stopped and a beautiful rainbow appeared over the lake! We rushed outside to take advantage of it and it waited for us! Despite the cold wind, we got some unforgettable pictures with our unexpected “guest”. What a wonderful sign for the newly-weds! Married life is not all sunshine, but after the rain, there are rainbows ☺
This year, I have photographed some landmark events! Two 80th birthday parties, a 61st anniversary party and our own 40th anniversary! The events were all different but one theme was clear: celebrating the history of a person or family. One birthday party reunited 6 out of 7 siblings, most in their 80s (the “baby” was only 79). Our own anniversary party brought friends and relatives from across the country and across the “pond”. When celebrations bring families together, I am often asked to take pictures of generations. Having a picture with parent, grandparent and maybe great-grandparent, will allow that child to understand it’s place in family history. Here are two pictures I took of four generations.
Then there is this picture: three sets of twins in the same family!
Pictures are our memories, sure to be treasured for generations to come ♥
When I mention to people I meet that I am a photographer, specializing in families and weddings, there are several comments that occur with some regularity. Firstly: “That’s a strange combination!” Answer, no, it isn’t; families are a natural result of weddings! The second comment is usually: “I’ve been meaning to have family photos taken… ” They usually mention something like: we had photos take when the twins were three and they just graduated high school. Perhaps that is an exaggeration but not by much. Life is busy and kids grow up fast.
There is a trend on the internet of people re-creating old family photos by posing the same people in the same way many years after the original was taken. These are mostly for fun, but what if this became a family tradition? Here are some pictures to illustrate my point. The original picture was taken in October 2012, just after the birth of the third child. The second was taken almost 5 years later, in September 2017.
It is fun to see the changes as kids grow. A series of these, at 5 year intervals, will be a great addition to the family album. Check back in 2022!
Traditionally, we think of summer as Wedding Season, but although summer is still a popular time to get married, fall is rapidly taking over as the favorite season, at least here, in the Midwest. At a recent wedding expo, the majority of brides who stopped by my booth and filled out my questionaire were getting married in September or October, with multiple weddings booked for Labor day weekend! Why is this? I think the biggest deciding factor, based on my unscientific research, is the weather! Fall colors look wonderful in pictures and fall weather is usually crisp and sunny. Spring is the season for storms here in Southeastern Wisconsin and summer is usually hot and sticky. It goes without saying that most couples don’t want to risk a snow storm for a winter wedding! Your guests will not have to work around summer vacations to attend and popular resorts may be less crowded for your honeymoon.
Play up the colors of fall by using rich jewel tones for bridesmaid dresses and floral bouquets. Harvest details make great decorations, too!
As a photographer, I love fall weddings! Cooler temperatures and gentler light make for cool, happy brides and a less sweaty photographer too ☺ The secret is out: if you are considering getting married in the fall, be sure to book your venue and key vendors well in advance!
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My name is Joanna Carlberg and I am a Portrait and Event photographer in Kenosha County, Wisconsin. My business name is Joanna’s Digital Images, LLC. Although I have been in business for over ten years, I have never gotten up the courage to write a blog! I hope what I write will be of interest to more than me and my cat ☺ Stay tuned for tips and photos from my shoots!