Newsletter Feb 2014

Valentines day….the cuteness, the kisses and cuddles, the candy….what's not to like about it?  There are lots of symbols of valentines and each year they seem to be increasing!  Hearts, doves, red, cupids, chocolate.  Legend suggests that Valentine was a 3rd Century priest who performed secret marriages between soldiers and their sweethearts until he was found out!  Last year I was thrilled to get these handmade biscuits….I just had to photograph them before they were gobbled up….a tricky feat I can tell you…there is something very exciting about photographing real food.  You can check them out on, they are in London but will deliver worldwide!
Anyway….onto the newsletter…there is lots of great stuff here and check out the winner of the 'Everybody LIkes Taking Pictures' competition.  I loved getting your entries and will make sure I run another one soon!
Enjoy the read.

Tracey xx

This is a great time to get some family shots done….the weather is nice and warm, but the sun is still low so nice and soft for a lot of the day….so if you are thinking about getting some, take a look at my website and do get in touch…even to chat about the options.  
20% discount on photo shoots done in Feb!! 
Gift Vouchers

Want to get someone special a different kind of Valentines gift?…How about a photo shoot gift voucher.  Valid for a 2 hour shoot within 1 year of receipt so it can be redeemed during any season or or for any event! Just $150.


Referral Opportunities

I am always thrilled when clients love what I do and refer for each referral you make that confirms a booking I will enter your name in a hat. At the end of each month, I will draw a name out of the hat…the winner will receive a free photo shoot session, worth $150
WINNER! - Everybody Likes Taking Pictures Competition

Well done to Brianna Ricks who submitted this wonderfully atmospheric picture of the decking off the lake house.  You win a photo shoot worth $150! Yay!
For the Photographer In You - Photographing Kids Artwork

Kids artwork coming home too quickly….we all love getting great works of art from our budding Rembrants but it does seem to build up pretty quickly.  I have resorted to boxes in the garage for each of our girls…at this rate they will be full before they are 10!  

Recently I tried a new approach….photographing their artwork. This hummingbird became the design on some coasters that we use!  If you would like to give it a go, here are a few tips to help you out - 

1. Square up - make sure you line up the artwork…most of it is rectangular so fits well in the frame and the less cropping you have to do in software, the better.
2. Indirect lighting is best - try to photograph in an area that has a lot of natural light but not direct light which will cause reflections and you will end up losing some of the picture to glare.
3.A tripod is desirable, but you can get away with a steady hand. Alternatively lean over the back of a chair to steady yourself when photographing something on the floor.
4. Turn off the flash - not only will you will avoid glare caused by the flash, but you will get a better finish on the shot - texture and depth.

Little Ditty About My Own Camera Fun - River of Sky

Would you know what the picture below was without looking at the ones to follow it?  I went with my family on a recent trip to Muir Woods and we were fascinated by the shape of river of sky that existed if you looked up.  I took several shots….actually many more than you can see here :-) to explore the effect of increasing the exposure (letting more light in).  It was interesting to get the collection of shots and even more interesting to see that the camera wasn't able to focus of the trees when there was too much light for the sensor….lots of fun anyway!

If you have some comments….I'd love to hear them.
Thanks so much for reading and i look forward to hearing any comments you might have.
Enjoy your February,
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