I photographed this Ballet AZ beauty last fall at BAZ’s fab new HQ in Phoenix. Raychel Diane Weiner was definitely a standout in the pack; this girl knows how to move and knows her angles in front of the camera. Raychel has recently been cast in a brand new dance drama on Starz network created, written, and produced by Moira Walley-Beckett, who produced and wrote for Breaking Bad. Here’s a link to the article about Raychel on The New Times Blog Congratulations and best of luck to you Raychel!
Big doings down here tomorrow at 166 West Main Street. Lee Industries, an amazing furniture manufacturer (and maker of my two favorite sofas in my house) are sponsoring Local Love week for local independent businesses spurred on by our friends at Restyle Source. Do you know that it’s getting harder and harder to run an independent retail store these days? Well, it is and I so admire the people who do it and do it well. Two of my favorites Design Lab and Found share the building with our studio and I love their style and commitment to excellence. Found and Design Lab are making a fuss over it. My sister has ordered my book for her store (Design Lab) and is having me over for a book signing. Our studio will be open and we’d love to see everyone. The Waffle Truck will be out front and rumor has it that there may be See’s Chocolates somewhere in the building. Hmmmmm–should they have called it Carb Cycle Saturday?! Make a day of it, bring your girlfriends and get a little retail therapy. See you tomorrow!
Did you get a new camera for Christmas? Do you still not know how to use the camera you got LAST Christmas? Are you scared of what might happen if you take your camera off AUTO?
Take a Saturday and invest in yourself. Back by popular demand, Think Like a Photographer is a workshop designed to teach you the go-to techniques that pro photographers rely on every day. The essential tools that will help you become a better photographer – immediately – GUARANTEED.
Taught by Allison Tyler Jones, author of the newly released, 100% Kid: A Ph0tographer’s Guide to Capturing Kids in a Whole New Light co-author of Designing With Photos, Expressions and Photographing Children Workshop and owner of Allison Tyler Jones Photography, Inc.
What do I get? A full day of instruction in ATJ’s loft studio, including lunch and the Think Like a Photographer Workbook to take notes in and keep for future reference.
What will we be doing? The day will be broken into 2 segments – 1) Understanding Your Camera (f-stop, Shutter Speed, Lens Selection, all the nitty gritty) 2) Understanding Light-How to see it, Find it and Modify it to create emotionally charged images. Bring your camera and your manual- you’ll be using it! You’ll see an actual ATJ shoot in action. We will have models to demonstrate different lighting situations.
Who should sign up? This workshop is for amateur photographers using a digital SLR camera who would like to improve their photography skills.
Call soon because spots are limited. Call today and sign up for Think Like a Photographer.
Ok, so you moms out there can relate to this. You know how after your baby is a few years old and you start looking at babies again, thinking how sweet they are and how much you’d love to have another one? Gone are the memories of how sucky it is to be pregnant (especially in AZ and especially in the summer). Never mind, that after the labor and delivery of your last child, you swore “never again!” Forgotten are the thoughts of labor and delivery; all you can think about is that finished product, that fat, sweet luscious baby!
That’s kind of like making a decision to write another book. The conception part is fun, fun, fun. Ideas abound, “it’s going to be great,” fantasy ensues, “it won’t be that hard,” ” it will be fun and push me creatively!” And then, you sign the contract and, bam, it’s like you’re pregnant. There’s no going back–only forward. You’re stuck, with a monumental task in front of you and, suddenly, all of those great ideas seemed to have vanished and you are slogging it out, day after day, on your laptop–creating a baby, I mean, a book. And then–you hand off your labor of love to the “midwives” of the publisher’s editors and designers and a few short weeks later–voila! A bouncing baby book lands in your mailbox with no more fanfare than a plain manila envelope, and you’re in love all over again. “It was totally worth it!”
So it’s out, here’s my fourth baby, 100% Kid: A Photographer’s Guide to Capturing Kids in a Whole New Light by Me
I wrote this book for working photographers who have been photographing children in natural light but want to learn the basics of studio lighting and how to be creative when you have to factor in flash to the equation. There’s also tons of ideas for how to take control of and direct your photo shoot and finding your unique style. I’m glad it’s done, and I hope you like it.
Thanks to all my amazing clients who allow me to do what I love for a living and for letting me have a little bit of their babies every time we shoot.
My mom passed away yesterday. Best mother and grandmother ever. A photo of her from 2006 – I love you Mom.