So far…

May 26th, 2011

For the past week and a half we hadn’t been too busy (except for Monday the 23rd) because we hadn’t had any sessions to do. Linda is just having me come over and post process and the last few times she’s had me working in Photoshop doing final edits for the clients orders.  The main thing that is done in Photoshop to get a portrait ready for a client is actually not as hard as I thought it was gonna be.  The eyes are whitened,burned, catch lights enhanced, and little imperfections are simply removed as well as unwanted hairs that fall across the face.  Sometimes dark circles under the eyes are fixed.  Other than that there isn’t a whole lot of work for one picture.  The hard part is doing hundreds!

On monday of this week we finally had a session!  It was two boys and a girl who were going off the college.  The weather was nice and the session was going smoothly.  I didn’t take any pictures this time because they really needed me as reflector girl, which I was happy to do.  The session got really interesting when we went to the river and had the clients get in!  They said it was cold but the pics came out awesome!  Then we went to another spot in the river where there are a lot of rapids!  We put them in a safe spot where it was quiet and they wouldn’t go floating down the river.  Well, one of the boys (after he was done with pics) wasn’t paying attention and he got sucked in the rapid and went a little ways down the river!  It was sooooo scary, but he ended up, thankfully, being ok.  He is a star swimmer so he wasn’t too worried about it!  It was an eventful day, but we got some HOT pics!

The last few days

May 16th, 2011

Last week I had a busy week, working four days in a row (it would have been 5, but Linda was sick one of the days).  On wednesday the 11th I worked on post processing, which involves all the pre-editing before the photoshop editing.  We use lightroom to do all the post processing and we spend time putting different art forms on the pics.  We change some of the pics to B&W, aged (muted), cream color, etc.  There are so many pics to post process that it can take a while just to do that!

Thursday the 12th I went to a view and choose, which is just basically when a client (whose already had their pics taken) comes over and is able to view all the pictures in a slideshow on a big projector.  They then get to see all the proofs in an album and choose which pictures they want for what ever they are purchasing.  The view and chooses can last for up to a couple hours because it is hard for the client to choose from all the pictures and choose what they want to purchase.  During some of the view and choose I went into the office and worked on more post processing!

Friday the 13th there was a senior photo session that I helped with.  I was second photographer for a little while and then Bob took over and I was reflector girl.  The session went smoothly with a Stafford High School senior who was very into drama.  We were able to get some awesome pics, even though it almost down poured on us!  Winterberry has been very lucky these past couple of weeks because it seems like every time we have a photo session its on the brink of rain.

Saturday the 14th was Stafford High School and James Monroe High School’s prom and we were there for a group of juniors and seniors from SHS to take their pics.  Linda’s daughter Olivia goes to SHS and she was in a group of 42 and Winterberry always take pics for free to promote their business.  It was crazy trying to organize all those crazy teenagers!  But the pics came out great and even though it was hard working with a big group I got to see how Linda and Bob handle it and I learned a lot!

May 7th I went to Bob and Linda’s and got ready to go downtown for a photo shoot…this time I remember to bring my camera and vowed never to leave home without it!  The day was beautiful outside and the lighting was perfect.  The session went smoothly and I got take some shot using my camera, but for the most part I was reflector girl when needed 🙂  We went all around downtown and we got some great shots.  After shooting downtown Bob and I wanted to play around with some indoor lighting and asked if they wanted some cool indoor shots at the house…they agreed and so we went back to Bob and Linda’s.  When we got to the house, Bob showed me how to set up the indoor equipment and I got to run and take the photos of the remaining session, which was awesome!  Its is definitely harder to do indoor photos because the space is limited and there is only so many interesting poses one can do..but I pulled through and got some great shots 🙂

1 crazy photo session!

May 9th, 2011

I showed up at the house around 4 on friday May 6th and expected the normal photo shoot of Bob and Linda taking photos while I observe and hold the reflector and randomly give ideas.  Well this day in particular Bob got held over at his day job so I was thrown into the position of second photographer!  I really wasn’t too nervous about the taking pictures…more excited actually.  We were already running late and had to meet the clients at their house, which was located almost an hour away!  Thankfully we made it their on time, but realized that Bob’s nikon didn’t have the battery in it!  This had been the only day that I had forgotten my camera and I felt horrible, but luckily there was an extra camera in the car.  Once we stared the photo session everything went smoothly…except for the minor detail that there was a huge storm coming our way!  We luckily were on the outskirts of the storm and it passed by without creating a huge issue.  Even though the day was crazy and I had to step up to the plate of second photographer, we got great shots and had fun!  I definitely learned a lot from being behind the camera and following Linda on what she does almost every day.

First days as an intern!

May 6th, 2011

I started at Winterberry Portraits on April 30th and have worked a few days since then.  My first day there I accompanied them on a photo session that they needed to finish up of a senior and his french horn.  I learned how to use a reflector to help eliminate the shadows on his face and capture the light to make it appear even. It was a little hard at first using the reflector because its pretty big and can be a bit heavy, especially if I needed to hold it in the air for a while.  The session was short because we were only finishing up from the previous session, but I learned a lot about dealing with the reflector and light and I was even able to throw in a few suggestions on posing!

My second day was tuesday the 3rd and I learned what Winterberry does with clients after the photo shoots.  When the photo sessions are completed they select the best photos from the bunch and do their first edits in lightroom and prepare a slide show for the clients to come over and watch.  Then after the slide show presentation the clients can look through a photo album which has all the 4X6 proofs.  They select their favorite pics and then talk to Winterberry about what they would like done with those particular pictures.  After the clients left I stayed and took some pictures with the husband (the husband and wife are a team) and we did some fun shots with the daughter which were inspired by a hollywood glamour shot of Marilyn Monroe kissing herself in a mirror.  It was a lot of fun and we worked indoors so it was interesting working with indoor lighting.  I work today (May 6th) and tomorrow doing 3 different photo sessions!