Through Lani's Lens

December 5, 2011

Family Portrait Collage

Filed under: Kids & Families, Portraits — Tags: , , , — norekefoto @ 9:27 am

I often have a hard time choosing one favorite photo from a session for an enlargement.  Luckily for me, my customers usually make these decisions themselves, but sometimes they have a hard time choosing too.    One option would be to get several enlargements and hang them in a series or cluster.  Another option would be for me to make a collage.  I like making collages, it’s kind of like doing a puzzle.  This one will be printed on canvas and mounted so that the family can just hang it on the wall with no additional framing needed.

familjeporträtt collage

Jag har ofta lite svårt att välja ut en favoritbild från en fotografering för att använda som förstoring.  Som tur brukar mina kunder bestämma sådant själv, men ibland kan det vara svårt för dem också.  En lösning kan vara att göra flera förstoringar som man hänger tillsammans i en serie eller gruppering.  En annan lösning är för mig att göra en collage.  Jag tycker det är roligt att göra collager, lite som att lägga pussel.  Denna kommer att tryckas på duk och spännas på spännram så att den kan hängas direkt–lätt och smidigt.

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November 23, 2011

The essence of family, part 2

Filed under: Essence Vitae, Kids & Families, Portraits — Tags: , , — norekefoto @ 12:07 pm

Here are the rest of the pictures of Algot and his family.  (Part 1 is here if you missed it.)  Algot and Vidar each wanted to show me their rooms and their favorite toys, then the family all played together in the living room.  With two active little boys, getting them all together for a family portrait was a bit like herding cats, but we sure had fun trying!

Algots room

Algots musical toy

Algot seriesAlgot on the floorVidar the cookie monsterVidar loves LegosAlgot on the chairAlgot on the chair & the boysfamily pilefamily playtimefamily in actionHär kommer resten av bilderna på Algot med familjen.  (Den första delen hittar ni här.)  Familjens berättelse hittar ni på Essence Vitaes blogg.  Algot och Vidar ville visa mig sina rum och favoritleksaker, sedan lekte familjen tillsammans i vardagsrummet.  Med två aktiva och busiga pojkar var det inte lätt att få alla samlade för en familjeporträtt, men visst hade vi roligt!

November 15, 2011

Capturing the essence of family: my first Essence Vitae photo shoot

Filed under: Essence Vitae, Kids & Families, Portraits — Tags: , , — norekefoto @ 8:59 pm

I recently had my first photo shoot for Essence Vitae, a group of photographers who volunteer their time to help families with life-threatening illnesses preserve their memories.  My subject was Algot and his family.  At the age of two, Algot has already endured 11 operations and countless trips to the emergency room, yet the whole time I was with him, he made me forget all about that.  He was so happy and full of life.  It was clear that he brings joy to everyone around him.

Because there were so many pictures, this is the first half.

Algot & family feeding ducks

Algot feeding ducksAlgot & Vidar klätrarAlgot & Vidar at the playgroundAlgot on the swingsAlgot på lekplatsenAlgot med PappaAlgot on the slideAlgot & father on the slideAlgot med familjen på lekplatsenAlgot med mammaAlgot på lekplatsenVidar på lekplatsenAlgot på lekplatsenJag har nyligen haft min första fotografering med Essence Vitae, en grupp fotografer som jobbar idéelt för att hjälpa familjer med livshotande sjukdomar föreviga sina minnen. Jag fotograferade Algot med familjen.  Han är bara två år, men han har redan undergått 11 operationer och åkt in till akuten hur många gånger som helst.  Men hela den tiden som jag var med honom, gjorde han så att jag glömde bort alla den tråkiga.  Han var så glad och livlig.  Det var tydligt att han sprider glädje bland alla som känner honom.   Vill ni veta mer om Algot och familjen, kan ni läsa vad mamman har skrivit på Essence Vitaes blogg.

October 9, 2011

Hösterbjudande på levande porträtt!

Filed under: offers, Portraits — Tags: , , — norekefoto @ 6:30 am

Hösterbjudande, fotograf barn & djur

Hösterbjudande!

Passa på och spara 50% på fotografering av barn eller djur!

Snart är det dags att tänka på julklappar och julkort.  Dem vi älskar förändras hela tiden.  Föreviga ögonblicket med  “levande porträtt”! 

Rabatten gäller fotografering under oktober och november 2011.  Produkterna (t ex digitala bilder, förstoringar, julkort, fotoböcker eller konsttryck) tillkommer.  Priserna hittar ni här.

Levande porträtt är porträttbilder som är informellt uppställda, eller helst inte uppställda alls.  Det är äkta känslor, livsglädje och kärlek som står i fokus.  Allting är “on location” och sker inte i en ateljé.  Denna stil kallas också för “life style-fotografering”.  Levande porträtt passar bra för enskilda eller par, för barn, husdjur eller hela familjen.  Välj en plats som betyder något för er, eller så kan vi komma fram till något tillsammans.  Stranden eller skogen, lekplatsen eller sommarstugan, bondgården eller stadsmiljö… Det är bara fantasin som begränsar. Självklart går det även bra att få mer formella, uppställda porträtt arrangerade om det är vad ni önskar.

September 12, 2011

Portraits in the Park with Gunilla

Filed under: Business, Portraits — Tags: — norekefoto @ 11:15 am

I recently had the opportunity to photograph Gunilla Larsén, Hälsoinspiratören, who wanted some new portraits for her website and marketing materials.  In keeping with the theme of her business, these pictures should  symbolize a healthy lifestyle, thus the apples.

an apple a day

portraits in the parkAfter rescheduling once due to the weather, we met at Slottsparken in Malmö on a gorgeous sunny day.  Now of course an overcast day would have made portraits easier, but before bolting for the shade, and again afterward on our way to our vehicles, I challenged myself in the full sun.  I particularly like the above picture where she’s leaning on the railing.  In that and several other pictures we can see the influence of the composition workshop with David Beckstead.

creative portrait composition

Gunilla Larsénactive portraitsportraits in the parkLevande porträtt i Malmös Slottsparken med Hälsoinspiratörn, Gunilla Larsén.  Jag utmanade mig själv genom att fotografera lite i den strålande solsken, och i flera av bilderna ser man att jag inspirerades av workshoppen med David Beckstead.

September 9, 2011

A dog’s life: pet portraits

Filed under: Pets, Portraits — norekefoto @ 9:07 am

Happy Birthday, Asta!  I was excited to photograph little Asta for her first birthday.  She’s a very energetic, alert and well-loved little dog.  Cute too, but you can see that for yourself!

Asta in actionI'm ready for my close-up

laughing dog

hundporträtt

wanna play?

dog portraits

Grattis på ettårsdagen, hunden Asta!  Visst är det jätteroligt att vara hundfotograf när man ska fotografera en sådan pigg och rolig liten hund.

September 5, 2011

Getting in touch with my dark side

Filed under: Portraits, weddings — Tags: , , — norekefoto @ 8:13 am

Just because I’ve been working to increase my creativity in portrait composition at this workshop with David Beckstead doesn’t mean that I would ignore my instincts.  I couldn’t help but take some classic portraits and capture a few moments of genuine emotion.  I think it’s important to find a balance between the photojournalism, the traditional portraits, and the creative portraits.  After all, even if you like the creative stuff better, it’s still good to have a nice picture that you can give to your grandmother.

traditional wedding portraits

photojournalism style wedding portraitsWe finished off our photo shoot at Strömstad Spa indoors.  The young couple who had dressed up to model for us (not professional models) were getting a bit tired, and they seemed relieved to relax on the couch.  It was quite dark there  in the lobby, but instead of trying to compensate for it, I embraced it.  I think these shots look particularly dramatic in a dark and contrasty black and white.  As 16 photographers jostled for position to photograph them, I could see their eyes glazing over.  I chose to work a different angle instead.

dark and moody at Strömstad Spa

dark and dramatic wedding portraitsThe man when from having that “deer in the headlights look” to looking more like an example of bad taxidermy by the time I got into position to take the Beckstead shot, but if you ignore that, I think the low angle shot which is balanced with the pattern of the artwork on the wall above them turned out quite well.

We returned to Tanumshede where we refueled with pizza for dinner before finishing off the workshop at the town hall.  Here we played with simple artificial light sources in and otherwise dark room.  In the first pictures, a video light provided a great directional light.

video light portrait

A simple flashlight turned our male subject into someone so dramatically creepy he could have escaped from a vampire movie.

dramatic video light portraits

For our female subject, the flashlight was shown through different objects such as an oven grate, a bottle of water and a crystal bowl.  I’m not sure how I feel about the harsh shadow behind her in these shots, but it was an interesting idea.  I’m looking forward to taking the concepts from this workshop and trying them out to see how they fit with my reality.

dramatic lighting with a flashlight

August 31, 2011

Reflections in wedding portraits

Filed under: Portraits, weddings — Tags: , , — norekefoto @ 9:00 pm

I love photographing reflections and the way the subject can be distorted to give an impressionistic feel.  I also love the layering you can get with the reflection, the surface itself, and sometimes even something under the surface.  After studying leading lines and reflections at the parking structure, David Beckstead‘s workshop continued at Strömstad Spa‘s reflecting pool.  By now, we were seeing architectural lines and reflections everywhere.

reflections in windows

David also talked about looking for the shot between the shots–those fantastic candid moments that happen when people think they’re done posing.  I’d like to think that I’m pretty good at getting those shots, and I got a few good ones during the workshop too.

reflections at the marina

The reflecting pool by the marina was much more the type of location that I would expect for wedding portraits, so I couldn’t resist taking what I consider to be the classic image.

bride & groom at the reflecting pool

The reflecting pool was also a great place to study architectural elements and leading lines.

bride and groom reflected

Then I noticed that the combination of the reflection and the rocks at the bottom of the pool was even more interesting.  I got out my polarizing filter and played a bit with that.

light, water, love, and stones

The thing about reflections, should I turn them right-side-up when displaying them?  I think that might work better so long as the original subject is not included.

reflections in wedding portraits

August 30, 2011

Portraits at the parking structure, a composition challenge

Filed under: Portraits, weddings — Tags: , , — norekefoto @ 10:54 am

The workshop with David Beckstead continued after a lovely lunch at Tanums Gesgifveri with an outing to Strömstad Spa & Resort.  The surroundings were gorgeous, so I was more than a little surprised to find out that we would be photographing at the parking garage.  I must admit that I had never considered a parking structure as an appropriate backdrop for wedding portraits, and I hadn’t given it a second glance.

parking structure portraits

reflections in the parking garageparking structure portraitsup against the reflective wallPerhaps this was no ordinary parking structure?  It had great reflective surfaces, patterns, and leading lines.  I’ll never look at a parking structure the same way again.  Hopefully I’ll never take anything for granted again, because there are interesting photos everywhere just waiting for somebody to find them.

David Beckstead in action

It really was eye-opening to see the shots that David Beckstead composed.  I’d like to believe that despite 16 photographers pushing and shoving to get the same shot, I came up with some unique compositions too.  (Actually, being a group of Swedes and Norwegians, there was very little pushing and shoving–it was all very civilized.)

groom portraits

I do a lot of bridal portraits, and portraits of the couple together, but usually my grooms decline to be photographed alone.  Hopefully now I can convince them how cool if could be!

August 28, 2011

Creative composition for wedding portraits

Filed under: Portraits, weddings — Tags: , , — norekefoto @ 4:01 pm

A few days ago I attended a workshop with world renowned American wedding photographer David Beckstead.  The workshop was hosted by the Swedish photographer Benny Ottosson in Tanumshede.  I’m so inspired now that I can’t wait to show you some of the pictures.  There were a lot of pictures, so I’ll divide them up.  This first batch is frcom Grebbestad church.

black and white wedding portraits

With my background in nature photography, I’m well aware of the rules and concepts of composition, but when photographing weddings, it’s easy to be lulled into a habit of taking the pictures that are expected–capturing the action and the emotion but perhaps not really thinking about composition.  This workshop challenged us to think about composition in different ways, challenging what we know and getting outside of our comfort zones.

wedding portraits, low angle

 

wedding portraits in the church with chandelierWe also learned to challenge our perspective and shoot without looking through the viewfinder.  At first I thought it would be very difficult, but I quickly got used to it, and the results were impressive.  Now I know how to get the low angle shot without having to lie on the floor of the church!  Likewise, I now have a chance of being able to shoot over the crowd even when I’m not the tallest person there.

dead bride

We also got to work with some unconventional posing.  I somehow doubt that “dead bride” will become one of my standards, but it was fun to experiment with.

natural light portraits

I love shooting with only existing light, so that part of the workshop was nothing new to me.  It certainly does add drama to the shot.

One more aspect of the workshop was working with reflections.  We did lots of that later in the day, but we also made use of the plastic cover to the sound system’s mixing board.   I must admit I never would have thought of that, but the result was really cool!

reflected portrait in church

 

 

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