Author Archives: Shari Photography

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Dad and Son Babler Park Missouri

 

Dad and new son.

Dad

I love photographing dads and their kids.  This is especially true of first time dads.

My approach is to never really pose them.  What I want is as natural a feel for the moment as possible.  Let them spend time together and see what happens.

Of course I pose them as well.  But without question, the images that my couples buy are the natural ones that are not posed.  Grandmas are especially fond of images of their son interacting with their new grandson or daughter.

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Getting Ready South City St Louis

The getting ready moment is an essential and lively event you don’t want to miss.  It’s an opportunity to relax, have a drink, and hangout with some of your dearest friends.  Located in a beautiful home in south city St Louis, Joanna and her best friends gathered for a pleasant morning on the day of the wedding.

You don’t want this part of the day to be cut or rushed.  It’s about you and you should enjoy it.

Photographing the sequence follows a set pattern:

Establish Location, establish those present, photograph the dress/ details, Photograph preparing, lots of fly on the wall documentary shots, and lots of everyone looking glam!

The whole scene needs to look natural and relaxed.  Very little posed shots take pace here. We want everyone happy and relaxed.

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Wedding Albums for a Great Price

Wedding Albums

We are thrilled to announce a new and exciting service for our clients.

We create customized Wedding Books to capture your wedding day.

We will create the book with the images you send us.  No matter where you are in the country, we can design and create your personal wedding album.

We offer only the largest size available (12x 12)  because your wedding photographs should be visible on the largest space and not a small album.

Our albums are leather, flush mounted, and guaranteed for life.  We use a true artisan printing and binding service in Springfield Missouri who are committed to producing the finest wedding albums.

Everything is done online including getting your pictures to us, viewing proofs, and everything else.

Visit our link under services for our great prices.

Wedding Albums

 

Wedding Albums

 

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Wedding Albums

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Posted in Wedding

Wedding Details at the Sheraton Plaza

Wedding details- if our clients paid for it, we will photograph it.

Details  can be easily overlooked, however they are and essential part of brides planning.

 Everything that is available on the day usually has some significance. It’s important that it is all documented.

Beyond that,  The images can be used in a Wdding album and are also  great reminder for the couple.

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Seniors Portraits Fuast Park

Seniors portraits that are authentic and personal.

We photograph in St. Louis and Missouri and Illinois using locations that are fun and unique.

 

Seniors

Posted in Portraits, Senior

Fun Engagements

Happy Couples

Engagements that are fun

Posted in Engagement

Outdoor Shot

Outdoor

Outdoor casual Headshots

Outdoor headshots are always a great way to present clients with a clean and fresh look.  The blurred background-  only possible with professional lenses- makes for an interesting setting with the focus being entirely on the eyes.

Even outdoor shots need some light.  In this case a softbox and speedlight and a silver reflector to bring out the shadows and catch lights.

Simply using available light is not good enough and the photographer really should slight kisses of off camera light to really bring out the texture in faces.

 

 

Posted in headshots, Portraits

Equine Pictures

Senior Horse Photography- We take pictures that show the compassion and relationship between horse and rider.

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Posted in headshots, Portraits, Senior

Blue Eyes

Blue Eyes and a great theatrical look.

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If the eyes are blue, then you need to accent the eye color with something around the client.

It could be their shirt or something in the background.

The goal is to bring the eyes into greater focus and make them the focus of the face.  Accent coloring helps bring the attention to the eyes and make them pop more.

Posted in headshots, Portraits

Spring Love

Spring time is such a wonderful time for engagements that are full of love and romance.

Engagement-

How do photograph the love between a couple in 1 hour?

Part of my inspiration comes from looking at the photographs of other amazing photographers-  photographers who are not well known but are truly masters in the creative realm of photography.  What I am looking for are the pictures that are so natural looking it is as if the photographer wasn’t even there!

There are tons of examples where you can tell the coupe were laboring through the process-  no connection at all.  This is not because they have no connection between each other-  it’s because they have no connection with the photographer.

I am not sure how, as a photographer, you learn to make couples at ease.  What is the system to have them relax and enjoy their time together while being photographed?

Bottom line – it’s an art,  a skill, a genuine sense of empathy.

Rule Number 1- look like you know what your are doing.  Don’t look like a dickhead with the camera and gear.  That is the surest way for them to not trust you.

Rule Number 2-  have fun.  Truly enjoy the time your are spending with them.

Rule Number 3-  make them laugh.  A sense of humour is the cornerstone of building relationships.

 

 

 

Posted in Engagement, Engagements, Portraits