Archive for June 2011

flowers and fun

I just finished an album design from a late May session and have been having so much fun with the images! This session was with 35mm film (I forgot the medium format – it’s been awhile…) and after a session like this, I always wonder why I don’t shoot film more. Maybe because it’s “easy” to fall into the digital pattern that seems simpler. But in truth, I think I do the equivalent amount of work, if not less, with film images.

We started this session at home and then headed to the nearby park. Technically, it was at the end of a park and really a greenway with a big culvert at the bottom and unmowed grass. But, even a bed of flowering weeks can make for amazing images! After dancing, laughing, and getting tickled, we headed inside and played with a very cute ballerina dress.

To see all the images in the album, check it out on the JHP Facebook page!



green pop

A month ago, it was warmer and nicer here in Madison. A few days after the photo shoot I did with my kiddos, I headed back to the UW Arboretum with a family.

I started photographing this little girl when she was one and she is now a very mature four. The complexity of a four year is intriguing. One minute they are little kids, the next minute they are very serious.

As you know, I lean to black and white images. But sometimes, when there is color that is amazing and pops, even I have to celebrate it! And with this image, I didn’t even think of converting it.

sisters in the park

Late last month, I decided to take my girls to the Arboretum for some portraits. Just getting something on my calendar to do that is an amazing feat. The cards were lining up perfectly.

The weather was warm and beautiful. The trees were still blooming in beautiful shades of pink, dark pink, purple, and white. The girls were excited to put on their dresses and run around. And I was feeling ok, now that I was in my second trimester.

I took them to the big tree that I love and Estella decided to become a model. Literally. I have no idea how she learned how to pose (through osmosis perhaps?). Click, click. Got it. Now it was Adi’s turn. Yeah, right. Two and a half is funny age of control. They want to do their own thing. And will tell you what they want or don’t want. Loudly.

Well, I heard a loud “STOP!” every time my camera was pointed in her direction. And she didn’t want to move or walk. Finally, I just gave her a stick to get her mind off scowling. Even Estella tried to distract her by hugs and playing. And that’s how this picture happened. Funny, Adi forgot to shout or scowl for second or two.