RS Photography: Blog https://www.rs-photography.com/blog en-us (C) RS Photography info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:26:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:26:00 GMT https://www.rs-photography.com/img/s/v-12/u97068571-o361868936-50.jpg RS Photography: Blog https://www.rs-photography.com/blog 120 83 A Day at the Park https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2018/3/a-day-at-the-park There is nothing quite like the freedom that childhood presents when you're at a park. Swings, slides, monkey bars, running around without a care in the world. Being a kid is wonderful; capturing their spirit and freedom is even better. What a joy it is to spend a few hours at a park with these adorable ones!

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) connecticut fairfield county family park photographer photography portraits slide swings https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2018/3/a-day-at-the-park Mon, 05 Mar 2018 16:00:00 GMT
Headshots https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2018/3/headshots Corporate headshots are necessary these days to show who you are and what you can be. I can't show all of the recent ones i've done, but here are a few to tempt your appetite! In-studio and/or environmental portraits are great for showcasing yourself.

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) connecticut corporate headshot headshots photographer photography portraits https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2018/3/headshots Mon, 05 Mar 2018 14:56:07 GMT
Family Fun Day https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2017/5/family-fun-day Six months goes by so quickly, it seems! Had the opportunity to take some adorable 6 month photos of Max recently and wow is he growing up! Also took a few of Emily who is truly growing into a beautiful young woman, inside and out! Spring days are wonderful for family photos as it's time to slowly venture outside to see everything that is blossoming. Kids love to explore and capturing those moments are special. Enjoy a few of these adorable ones!

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) Connecticut Fairfield County Family Portraits children photographer photography https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2017/5/family-fun-day Mon, 08 May 2017 13:48:55 GMT
May Photo Sale! https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2017/5/may-photo-sale May Photo of the Month Sale!

30% this "Beached" Photo from Jökulsárlón Ice Beach in Iceland. Use code 30may and chose from three different print options for the sale! Hope to see it hanging in your home soon!

Any questions? E-mail or call and I can walk you through it!

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) beach clouds ice iceberg iceland jokulsarlon landscape ocean photographer photography sunset https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2017/5/may-photo-sale Sun, 07 May 2017 20:52:19 GMT
Lightroom Presets: SleekLens https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2017/1/lightroom-presets-sleeklens Lightroom is an integral part of my workflow when processing, developing, and editing photos. I consider myself a minimalist with editing photos as I am a tad bit old school because I still enjoy film and processing photos in the darkroom. However, I have almost completely switched over to digital for all of my professional work.  When I travel, shoot an event, take family portraits, etc, I usually have hundreds of photos to sort through. Lightroom is wonderful for this and for organizing, selecting favorites and then doing basic edits. When working on anything more complex, I will begin in Lightroom and then continue to edit in Photoshop. For years, my colleagues have been advertising and selling presets for both programs that help them move through their workflow faster. Presets are nice as you can just click on the chosen preset and Lightroom automatically adjusts the photograph. I find that their presets are usually too harsh for the type of photographs that I produce. I’ve created my own simple ones that I use, but I am always looking for some that could work for my type of photography. Every photograph is different, so there will never be a perfect preset for every single photograph you take, but combined with some precise editing, presets do have a place in the digital editing workflow.

When SleekLens reached out to me to look into their Strike a Pose Portrait Presets (also known as SaP), I was intrigued. They claim that their presets are “instant photo boosters.” Could these presets provide the outlet that I’ve been looking for with simple, modern edits? Let’s find out.

Installing the “Strike a Pose” presets and brushes (there are over 69 different brush options!) was quite simple. Within a few minutes, I was up and running. With so many different preset and brush options, I wanted to try them all out and see what worked. I chose a couple of portrait images that never made my final cut as I was not thrilled with the edits and wanted to investigate whether these presets would help. For each photo, I will show the before raw file and the after edited file using one of the SleekLens presets. I tried almost all of the presets on these photos, and for examples I’ve chosen a few to show how they can affect each photo.  Some work and some don’t, but each preset can always be a base for more editing as well so you can easily tone some of them down or make them stronger when developing. (which I recommend to make the presets work for you)

Portrait 1: Before & After, SaP All In One Catch Me If You Can

This all in one preset really enhanced the little guy and brought some needed brightness to this raw file. I do not like that it also brightened the background, but that is easily fixable using a vignette preset or just doing it yourself in the vignetting section in Lightroom. These presets are very easy to use and they can be stacked on top of each other as well.

This is the final version with the vignette stacked on the preset as well as a bronze preset just to bring back a little warmth:

Portrait 2:

For the second example, I wanted to test out their system of presets for the SaP. It’s very easy to follow as a 1-6 step preset process for a photograph. Step 1 is called Base, Step 2 Exposure, Step 3 Color Correct, Step 4 Tone/Tint, Step 5 Polish, Step 6 Vignette. These are the basics to editing any digital photograph, so it’s nice that they provide a simple step-by-step approach to use their presets. The previous example was using one of their All-In-One’s so it incorporated all of these steps into one full preset. Handy when time is of the essence.

This is the before and after of this photograph just on its own, using no presets and how I had edited it quickly before:

Step 1: SaP Base, I chose to use the Auto Tone (Color) preset as I know this image needed some white balance correction.

Step 2: SaP Exposure, More Highlights. Wanted to give the photo a little more intense contrast.

Step 3: SaP Color Correct, fix red skin. Babies are notorious for having super red skin. I usually adjust this manually in the luminance editing section, but this preset does pretty well to accomplish a similar effect.

Step 4: SaP Tone/Text, Summer Ten. There are many nice presets in this section, but for this photograph, the summer ten wins out. It’s a nice balance of warmth without overpowering.

Step 5: SaP Polish, Soften. Normally, I do not soften images, but for this demo, it seemed appropriate to test it out. It makes this image dreamier. What do you think? There are only 5 options in the Polish section. If I weren’t doing this example, I probably would not use any of the Polish presets for this photograph as none of them specifically work well for this photograph. For some of my other photographs, I could see the high and low contrast and the sharpen presets working well.

Step 6: SaP Vignette, Black Dreamy. Always end with a little vignette; the rule of thumb when in the darkroom and the same applies for the digital darkroom.

Here’s the final image with all 6 presets stacked! What do you think, did it work?

 

Overall, I am impressed with these presets. I certainly had my doubts and there are some presets that go overboard and are not my style, but there are also presets that work for my photographs and that is different from most of the other presets out there. Adjusting individual presets to my style and either reducing or enhancing them is simple and easy. They are a great base to any photograph.

Presets work for some photographs and not for others. Though I may not use presets for every photograph I edit, it’s always nice to experiment and play while editing to see what works. That’s the artistic process and I highly encourage trying, testing, playing, and messing up. If you’re not failing, you’re not learning. Try out these presets and see if they will work for you.

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) Lightroom Portraits demo photography presets sleeklens workflow https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2017/1/lightroom-presets-sleeklens Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:00:00 GMT
Happy Holidays! https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2016/12/happy-holidays Happy Holidays to all of my wonderful clients and friends!

Thanks for making this year great!

Happy New Year!

Time for some photos! :)

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2016/12/happy-holidays Wed, 28 Dec 2016 20:27:49 GMT
Beach Engagements https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2016/11/beach-engagements This couple was absolutely adorable and so in love, it was easy to capture them. It also helped that they came super prepared! Makes my life as a photographer so much more enjoyable to be able to get the photos that I and the couple desire! They listened to advice and brought props, and more props, and changes in outfits... and they did their research. They looked at poses and found which ones they liked and wanted to emulate! This always helps me as it shows and tells me the style of portraits they are looking for. The bride to be also had her nails done and her makeup, which for portraits is a must (even if you never wear makeup, wear it for photos!) The weather didn't completely cooperate, however it was cloudy which made for more even light. I was hoping for a late afternoon shoot with the sun in the background setting, but it didn't really pop out for us. There were partly cloudy times which was a bonus, but not having to use reflectors as much or be in shady spots to protect from the harsh sun was very nice. We had some fun too and had to be a little cheesy! Enjoy the photos.

Congrats to this beautiful couple; a joy to photograph!

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) Beach Connecticut Engagement Family Milford Photoshoot Portraits photography https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2016/11/beach-engagements Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:00:00 GMT
Volunteering https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2016/9/volunteering Gregory Calimeris Golf Tournament. I love being able to volunteer my time for a good cause. A very good friend of mine lost her brother suddenly a few years ago and this golf tournament helps to support all of the efforts that he was working on: helping families in need with addiction and/or mental health issues. To read more about their efforts, check out their website. http://gregory-calimeris.squarespace.com/

Here are a few photos from the tournament and a great day celebrating Greg's life.

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) Portraits golf photographer tournament volunteer https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2016/9/volunteering Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:48:02 GMT
California Family https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2016/9/family I love being able to travel places to meet clients. This family photo shoot was in California. We went for a hike to a beautiful waterfall and took some photos along the way. Candid, fun, warm photos are always treasures. Where is your next adventure taking you?

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) California Family Portraits children photo photographer photography travel https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2016/9/family Thu, 15 Sep 2016 20:53:08 GMT
Lifestyle Photos https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2016/7/lifestyle-photos I had the pleasure of photographing a wonderful family for an entire weekend in the Hamptons! I love when I can spend a weekend with one family. I'm able to capture every aspect of their lives on film and it creates memories that they will remember forever and can then have on their walls and in albums! If you are interested in capturing special moments in your family, contact me and we can set something up.

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) Connecticut Fairfield County Family Portraits hamptons lifestyle photographer photography https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2016/7/lifestyle-photos Tue, 12 Jul 2016 20:28:22 GMT
July Photo Sale! https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2016/7/july-photo-sale July photo of the month, three options of printing, 30% OFF! Take a peek and get something for your wall!

Shop away and use 30OFF at checkout to get your discount.

Any questions? E-mail or call and I can walk you through it!

July photo is from Tahoe of Bonsai Rock! http://www.rebeccasternphotography.com/Galleries/Photo-of-the-Month/n-x2H3Nv/i-gdw6q72/A

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) photographer photography prints sale https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2016/7/july-photo-sale Tue, 12 Jul 2016 20:07:57 GMT
Photo Sale! https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2016/6/photo-sale Excited to announce a photo sale! And not just any old photo sale. I am starting something new. One photo a month, three options of printing, 30% OFF! The largest discount I have ever offered!

Shop away and use 30OFF at checkout to get your discount.

Any questions? E-mail or call and I can walk you through it!

June’s photo is one of my favorites from Iceland at Skogafoss with a double rainbow! http://www.rs-photography.com/photosale

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) photographer photography prints sale https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2016/6/photo-sale Mon, 06 Jun 2016 18:29:56 GMT
Dust https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2016/5/dust Dust is the bane of most photographers existence. I spend many hours removing dust from my clients photographs that they have taken. Every now and then I do have dust on my own photographs as I take my camera outside often :p The best habit for anyone to be in is to learn how to change lenses correctly and to try to keep the dust to a minimum. When changing lenses on an SLR camera body, make sure to always keep the body opening facing forward and/or down. Never put your camera body down with the opening facing up! You are just asking for dust to enter if you do. Try to be as quick as possible when exchanging lenses so as to limit the air exposure time for both the lens and the body. Over time, one does get quicker and better at this step. If you are out in the desert and have to change lenses, try to do so in a calm, protected place. Sometimes even changing it inside your jacket works to protect things!

I edit photos that my clients have taken often. Here is an example of a photo that one of my client's took:

As you can see, there is a plethora of dust in this photograph. The spot healing brush works wonders to remove all the dust. Luckily in Lightroom these days, there is a great feature called Visualize Spots, where you can check it and the dust spots become visualized to make it easier to remove the dust!

This photograph took a lot of time to remove all of the spots, but the finished product is worth it for my client!

So remember, be cautious where you change your lenses, do it quickly and always check to see if you have dust after a shoot before you go out for another day and shoot some more. It is not enjoyable to get home after a trip and realize you have dust everywhere on every photo that you've taken! Also, have your sensor cleaned by a professional :)

 

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) dust lightroom photo photographer photography https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2016/5/dust Tue, 31 May 2016 14:19:10 GMT
Sunny Engagements https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2016/4/sunny-engagements Spent a few hours with this wonderful couple this past weekend. They are so loving and great together! Looking forward to seeing their relationship grow for many years. I love photographing at the beach and at local places where we can walk around and explore. Usually, I would prefer to shoot with late afternoon or morning light, but due to time issues, we made it work in the middle of the day! Enjoy this fun duo.

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) Connecticut Engagement Fairfield County Portraits photographer photography https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2016/4/sunny-engagements Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:15:00 GMT
Spring time exploring with kids! https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2016/4/spring-time-exploring-with-kids I've been back in Connecticut longer now than I can remember being since I was a kid here. It's a good feeling. It's also allowed me to explore places that I didn't know existed and that may not have existed many years ago. One of those places is called Grace Farms. It's on the border of New York and Connecticut and not far from me. A close friend and fellow Colby alum mentioned it to me and I had to check it out. I explored one afternoon with a dad and his adorable little one and we took some photos. This time of year is great for getting outside with your kids and watching spring come to fruition. It's also a nice time to do portraits with the upcoming mother's day and father's day celebrations. If you're interested in a family photo shoot, contact me and we'll set something up! And enjoy the shots from this beautiful spot.

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) Connecticut Fairfield County Family Grace Farms Portraits photographer photography https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2016/4/spring-time-exploring-with-kids Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:58:57 GMT
Iceland https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2016/4/iceland It's hard to believe that it's April already. I've been fortunate enough to be traveling a fair amount the last couple of months. I usually try to blog about my travel photography trips on a separate blog: http://travelwithrs.blogspot.com/ Check it out, comment, follow along.

My most recent overseas trip was heading back to Iceland. A week long trip exploring, chasing the Aurora, ice caves, ice beaches, eastern Fjords, and enjoying the scenery. With thousands of images to sort through, it takes time. Editing, picking and choosing the five star images is an acquired skill learned over time and with the right eye. I teach my students what to look for in images and how to select what will work for a certain project, theme, gallery show, feeling at the time!  Here are a few shots from my first round of images from Iceland.

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) iceland photographer photography travel https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2016/4/iceland Tue, 05 Apr 2016 21:43:36 GMT
Lifestyle Photos https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2016/2/lifestyle-photos I spent much of my January out west in Utah and Wyoming with clients. Although I've not thought of myself as a lifestyle photographer, I felt myself adapting to changing environments where I photographed an entire scene and a family in motion. I have always photographed people in their elements and posed them when necessary, but I always considered that what I do... I photograph family, children and newborns in that fashion. However, adjusting to different environments and still being able to get the shot I desired made me think that it's possible I am actually a lifestyle photographer of sorts!  A few shots from my shoot with the adorable 4 month old and his surrounding environment!

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) Family Portraits Utah photo photographer photography https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2016/2/lifestyle-photos Thu, 04 Feb 2016 16:08:40 GMT
To 2015! https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2015/12/to-2015 What a year 2015 has been. I want to send a thank you to all of my clients, colleagues and friends who have helped make this year truly one to be remembered! In looking back on this year, I traveled quite a bit, taught many people, had lots of exciting and fun photo shoots, and met some amazing friends! I've chosen just a few photos from the year to showcase here! From California, to Iceland, to Maine, to Utah, Wyoming, and many other wonderful destinations.

Thank you! Have a happy and healthy new year! Now go outside and take some photographs!

With love!

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) California Connecticut Florida Iceland Maine Utah Wyoming adventure new year photographer photography thank you thankful travel https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2015/12/to-2015 Thu, 24 Dec 2015 14:00:00 GMT
NYWIFT Muse Awards https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2015/12/nywift-muse-awards It was an honor to photograph the New York Women in Film and Television Muse Awards last week in New York City! Of course, I was a little nervous photographing such a prestigious event with over 1200 people in attendance and many celebrities. I prepared as I would for any event, however; a variety of lenses, my SB-800 flash and extra batteries, the soft box attachment for my flash, and a high ISO setting on my camera! I used my 24-70mm lens for most of the event and only switched to my 16-35mm at the very end to capture all of the honorees on stage in one frame. I arrived early to the event to scope out the lighting and where I would be photographing and to take setup shots and sponsor photographs. All of this helps to calm nerves in any situation and I usually try to arrive early to any photo shoot to scope out my surroundings. It's the number one tip I can give to anyone... arrive early! It's always better to be over prepared than to be running late and rushing. Photos will always turn out better if you're not rushing. Sometimes clients only have a small window of time to take a photograph and in that window, you may be rushing, however, never let your client see you rush; it will make them nervous and uptight and that will come through in the final photograph. Make your clients be at ease and get the correct photograph the first time!

A few photos from the event to enjoy!

 

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) New York Portraits awards event freixenet muse photographer photography https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2015/12/nywift-muse-awards Thu, 17 Dec 2015 14:30:15 GMT
Happy Birthday! https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2015/11/happy-birthday Happy Birthday to this amazing 2 year old!  I've written about her a few times before as it's been a joy to watch Emily grow up and photograph her at many milestones.  Well today is her 2 year birthday and we were lucky to schedule a photo shoot last weekend when the weather was still somewhat warm and super sunny outside! I had hoped that there would be some clouds in the sky when we went outside, but it was pretty harsh lighting and the shade wasn't as soft as I would have liked. We still had a fun shoot and found some nice locations in a local park; and of course found some leaves to play in!

Photographing children can be challenging and very rewarding and as long as you can adapt quickly to changing conditions and move around with them! Children do not like to sit still so why should your photos be still?! There is a time and place for some posed shots, but as long as they are enjoying themselves, capture children in their element. It will show on their faces and portray that in your photos.

Have a wonderful birthday Emily! :)

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) Connecticut Fairfield County Family Portraits children photo photographer photography https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2015/11/happy-birthday Fri, 20 Nov 2015 17:19:24 GMT
What I wear in the field, take 1 https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2015/10/what-i-wear-in-the-field-take-1 I was up in Maine last week for various reasons, but I made sure that I could get out and explore a little bit while I was there. I wanted to make it to the top of Camden Hills to photograph the beautiful changing leaves and the sunset all at the same time. However, I left late after talking to a contractor and knew I wouldn’t make it up there in time, so I went to one of my favorite spots along the way thinking I could get a little exercise in and see the sunset.  That favorite spot is the home to many a photograph over the years, the Rockland Breakwater.  As soon as I began the one mile trek out to the lighthouse, it began to drizzle. Luckily, I am usually prepared and had on a few layers of clothing to keep me warm and dry. For some strange reason, which has never happened before, as I was walking out there, three people stopped me to ask what I was wearing. That seemed odd to me as I usually just throw on some clothes and head out the door. Maybe it was the light blue down coat that matched my blue camera backpack?! So, in thinking about things as I was trekking out there by myself to photograph what ended up being a magnificent sky explosion, I realized that I haven’t read much about what photographers wear when they venture into the field. I figure, why not write a little bit about what I wear when I shoot…

For this shoot, I was not as prepared as usual, but here goes. From the bottom: liners are truly awesome yoga pants made by Marika, socks are Smartwool, shoes, Asics, Jeans are 7 for all Mankind. On top, Patagonia sports bra, Paradox long sleeve merino wool, ExOfficio shirt, and finally a SmartWool down jacket!  As far as gear, my backpack is the f-stop Anja pack and my tripod that’s showing is Really Right Stuff. All necessary layers and gear for all possible weather.

Hope that helps all of you inspiring photographers. Any questions, feel free to ask! I will continue to write about what I wear on my adventures from now on. I am not sponsored by any clothing company who has paid me to write about this, but I would certainly be open to being sponsored to write about gear. :)

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) adventure breakwater clothing exploring gear hiking maine photographer photography rockland sunset https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2015/10/what-i-wear-in-the-field-take-1 Tue, 20 Oct 2015 15:20:39 GMT
Wedding Shower https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2015/10/wedding-shower Had the pleasure of photographing a wedding shower this past weekend in NYC. What a nice event for a wonderful couple. It's always a fun challenge when photographing events because every location is different and depending on the lighting, it can be difficult. However, it's never impossible! Just adjusting your ISO usually helps and these days, our cameras are so advanced that you almost don't see any pixelation anymore with a high ISO. In the past, any ISO higher than 400, you would start to see pixelation. Now, at least with my camera, I can shoot at ISO 1000 and you can barely tell. Check out the shots.

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) event nyc photographer photography upper west side wedding wedding shower https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2015/10/wedding-shower Tue, 20 Oct 2015 13:35:32 GMT
The Golf Tournament Follow-Up https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2015/9/the-golf-tournament-follow-up Golf is not such a terrible sport! :) After having a rainy, fun day of shooting the tournament, I came to the realization that I really wanted to try it... and I did and now I actually want to learn more. I know, crazy, right?! Well not so crazy if you know me and how i'll try just about anything and enjoy it!

So, the 24-70mm was my trusty friend for this tournament. I didn't switch lenses until I came inside for the banquet at the end of the tournament. It ended up being misty, foggy, and rainy all day long so my camera was kept in my rain jacket and in my sweet personal golf cart so it didn't get too wet!

The golf tournament was a great success and if you are interested in donating for a wonderful cause, their mission is clear: "The objective of the fund is to provide financial assistance to those in need, seeking help with addiction and/or mental health issues. Individuals, as well as families of loved ones, will be able to apply for financial support." http://www.calistourney.com/ for more information and to donate.

Here are a few shots from the tournament, all taken with the 24-70mm. And, if you are friends with me on facebook, there's a great video there of my first golf lesson... and if you're not friends with me yet, feel free to like my RS Photography page and/or ask me to be friends :)

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) charity golf photographer photography tournament travel https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2015/9/the-golf-tournament-follow-up Tue, 29 Sep 2015 14:07:58 GMT
Choosing the correct lens to shoot with https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2015/9/choosing-the-correct-lens-to-shoot-with As I was going through and preparing my camera gear for a shoot this weekend, I realized that I seem to always ask myself the same question: which lenses do I need to bring?

I am shooting a benefit golf tournament this weekend and I do not normally shoot such events. I love the outdoors and you can find me doing pretty much any sport or activity outside, however golf is not one of those activities. So, I struggled with what lenses I thought I may need.  As a child, I would go to the golf course with my grandparents and sit in their golf cart while they played and every once in a while, I would get out and try to hit the ball. I think I was 3-4 years old; that’s pretty much my golf experience. Oh, and the occasional mini-golf round with a date (and sometimes I have to pretend to lose because I’ve learned that guys egos are very delicate, especially on a first date).  So, what lenses I need to take for this tournament caused me to reevaluate what lenses I take for any event or shoot.

I do have a fair amount of lenses, not a ton, but I have options. I have full frame lenses, dx lenses, and much older ones from my film cameras too.  By far, my favorite lens to shoot with is my 85mm 1.4. If you could be in love with a lens, that’s my go-to lens for all portraits, family shoots (with not too many people), animals… I would even shoot some macro with it and jewelry too, in the right setting.  For this tournament, the 85mm isn’t going to cut it.

My everyday lenses, 24-70mm 1:2.8 and my 16-35mm 1.4 are probably the most versatile lenses for this particular event.  For most landscape photography, both of these lenses are fantastic too.  (usually having a more wide angle lens is also helpful) My dilemma usually occurs when I have to choose to bring my 70-200mm or not. It’s a great lens, but it’s very heavy. My 125lb frame can carry a lot of gear, but adding 7 extra pounds on top of two camera bodies, a minimum of three lenses, extra batteries, and all the other random stuff I keep in my camera bag, adds up!  For this event, I’m bringing that lens too. Who knows if I will need to get a shot from across the green and I can’t make it to where I need to be in time to get the shot.  Most likely, I will be shooting with two bodies, one with a zoom lens and one with a wider angle.  Now I could alleviate all of this and just use my 28-300mm lens.  Alas, that is my least favorite lens. I bought that lens to take to China so that I wouldn’t have so much gear with me while traveling around. Not the best idea. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a terrible lens, it just gets super soft if you shoot anywhere near 24mm or 300mm. In between, it’s a good lens. I prefer my shots to be in focus so this lens was not my best friend.

I also have an 17-55mm, a 35 mm fixed, a fisheye, and a 2x extender. None of those will be coming with me.

I am sure that there are many articles written about the correct lens to use for specific purposes, and I’m sure they all have good points. My feeling is to use the lens that you are most comfortable with in a certain scenario.  In this case for the tournament, I will feel most comfortable using my 24-70mm to be close to people. When I’m shooting from the top of a balcony (as I was told I will be doing for the gun start), I may use my 70-200mm. Most of my decisions will be made based on my location and what I need to shoot. 

I should also say that no one has paid me to write about any of this and all of the opinions here are only my own. I shoot Nikon and all of these lenses are Nikon lenses.

I will post a follow up after I shoot the tournament with images :)

What are your favorite go-to lenses?

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) Connecticut Fairfield County Portraits adventure charity golf lens nikon photo photographer photography photoshoot tournament travel https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2015/9/choosing-the-correct-lens-to-shoot-with Thu, 10 Sep 2015 14:58:27 GMT
Red Sox Family! https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2015/7/red-sox-family As I'm sure most of you actually reading this blog already know, I absolutely love photographing kids! This adorable one was certainly no exception; and his parents were terrific models as well! We were lucky to have great weather, warm sunshine and partly cloudy skies, which made for perfect lighting.  Of course, a photo shoot would not be complete without some sports gear too! Enjoy these fun shots of Cali!

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) Family Portraits photo photographer photography https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2015/7/red-sox-family Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:15:30 GMT
Zion https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2015/6/zion Traveled to southern Utah a couple of weeks ago and hiked and explored Zion National Park! What a stunning park with amazing views. My full post on the trip is on my travel photography blog site (http://travelwithrs.blogspot.com), but here's a quick taste of some images to come.  :)

Kanarra Creek, Utah

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) Canyon National Park Slot canyon Utah Zion Zion National Park adventure photography traveling https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2015/6/zion Tue, 09 Jun 2015 14:59:11 GMT
About to pop! https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2015/6/about-to-pop This was a very last minute pregnancy shoot and I'm so glad we could squeeze it in before Nikki actually gave birth a week later to an adorable munchkin! She had some great mementos that she wanted in some of the photos, so we incorporated as much as we could. It's great when clients have ideas and thoughts of what they are looking for because it certainly helps me figure out how to do a particular shoot and also make it much more personalized. Enjoy!

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) Connecticut Fairfield County Family Portraits photo photo shoot photographer photography pregnant prengnancy https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2015/6/about-to-pop Fri, 05 Jun 2015 17:28:06 GMT
18 months Emily! https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2015/5/18-months-emily She is truly growing into her own and becoming an amazing kid! This was her 18 month old shoot and we ran around her backyard on a not so warm spring day, but she was such a trooper! She even stayed still long enough for a full family photo! I absolutely love her curls! I'm looking forward to seeing her next phase in life!

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) Connecticut Fairfield County Family Portraits children kids photo photographer photography https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2015/5/18-months-emily Thu, 28 May 2015 01:27:01 GMT
High School Portraits https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2015/5/high-school-portraits Had such a fun, and freezing time photographing a few high school students! I love to photograph clients at the beach and my local beach is a great place to do just that. None of us accounted for the fact that it would be so windy and cold, however, as the day before it was 80 degrees! We made the best of it and got some great shots. One of the tricks with high school kids is to let them have fun, do the model poses and relax and smile.  For their first time in front of the camera, these girls did really well! We even had an amazing makeup artist to do all the styling and makeup!  It's definitely a great time of year for high school portraits, so if you are interested in having some shots of your kids, contact me and we can set something up!

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) Connecticut Fairfield County Portraits highschool photo photographer photography https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2015/5/high-school-portraits Tue, 19 May 2015 20:48:35 GMT
Crossfit Beauties https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2015/5/crossfit-beauties I was invited to partake in a woman's crossfit health and beauty get together. A learning experience for women to find out about their skin, makeup routines and all around healthy well being. Pretty much, right up my alley in terms of health benefits! We did a few before and after makeup shots and lots of talking about photo shoots! Here are some of the shots from the event at Reveal Crossfit in Norwalk, sponsored by them, Versailles Medical Spa, Laura Mercier, Tito's and Kibberia. Awesome gym and great sponsors and people.

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) Connecticut Fairfield County Family Portraits beauty boudoir crossfit health makeup photo photographer photography shoots spa https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2015/5/crossfit-beauties Sat, 09 May 2015 15:33:11 GMT
Expectant https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2015/4/expectant I love photographing mom's to be! They are jubilent, excited, beautiful, and usually beyond nervous for their upcoming child to enter the world. It's the perfect combination to create photographs. This shoot was on-location a few hours from me on a fairly cloudy, rainy, chilly day. Luckily, the mom-to-be loved the cold so we could still photograph outside as the lake and the view from the house were outstanding! I can't wait to meet the little one when she arrives in a few weeks!!

Love is waiting for this little one! Love is waiting for this little one!

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) baby connecticut maternity new photo photography portraits pregnancy shoot york https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2015/4/expectant Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:43:03 GMT
China https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2015/4/china Thought I'd share a slideshow from my China/Taiwan trip from a few years ago. I've had photos from the trip on my website for a while, though I've just recently gone through some more and put them up there.

Sometimes, it's helpful to go through a body of work initially and then come back to it and find others that you may have skipped the first time, but have evolved to your current style and genre. It's why I am always an advocate of not deleting files right away; you never know when a photo you may not have liked 10 years ago, will be a hit today!

China was a challenging trip for me as the itinerary was not under our control and we were shown what we could see. If you've followed me for a while now, you may have read my detailed account of the trip on my blog. It's a country I can now say I would go back to, but it's taken a few years for me to say that!

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) adventure china taiwan travel https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2015/4/china Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:05:30 GMT
Iceland https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2015/4/iceland Iceland was an amazing adventure! There were three things I wanted to see and photograph while I was there (and everything else was icing on the cake). The ice beach, ice caves and the aurora. Well, all three were accomplished and then everything else we saw just made the trip even more exciting!

This shot was from Jokulsarlon, the ice beach, which is directly across the street from the glacial lagoon. We were not lucky in catching many great sunrises or sunsets, but this was one that ended up being nicer than we had thought! The challenge at this beach was to always keep an eye out for the extremely strong tide and crashing waves, the moving icebergs, and the other photographers, who sometimes liked to jump in your frames or just really enjoyed getting their equipment wet.

10 days did not seem like enough time over there! If you want to read more about my trip and adventures, check out my travel blog.

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) adventure beach ice iceberg iceland photography travel https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2015/4/iceland Thu, 09 Apr 2015 14:00:00 GMT
Happy Holidays Sale! https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2014/12/happy-holidays-sale I cannot believe it's already December! Where has this year gone?! So many wonderful photo shoots, trips, fun in the sun and the snow and time with family and friends. So much to be thankful for. What better way for me to show my thanks to all of my amazing clients and friends, but to offer a discount on all prints and note cards. This includes prints from your photo shoots too! So access your client pages and shop away!

Any questions? Just call or e-mail!

Happy Holidays!

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) Connecticut Fairfield County Family Portraits discount happy holidays photographer photography https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2014/12/happy-holidays-sale Tue, 02 Dec 2014 14:45:37 GMT
An adorable 1 year old https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2014/11/an-adorable-1-year-old This little one is such a pleasure to shoot! This was Emily's one year old photo shoot and she just started standing all by herself! She will be walking in no time.  Watch out mom and dad!  This shoot was tricky as it was freezing outside and inside lighting was a bit sub-par, though the natural sunlight coming through the windows was wonderful. Changing light conditions with a very active one year old made this a fun treat.

Equipment: Nikon D810, 85mm 1.4 lens

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) Connecticut Fairfield County Family Portraits children photographer photography https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2014/11/an-adorable-1-year-old Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:45:32 GMT
New Brochures https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2014/11/new-brochures Working on some new advertising brochures. Would love your thoughts and comments on colors and design! Let me know. Thanks!

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) Boudoir Children Connecticut Fairfield County Family Photography Portraits Professional RS photographer https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2014/11/new-brochures Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:49:17 GMT
Why you should hire a professional photographer! https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2014/11/why-you-should-hire-a-professional-photographer A great video as to why to hire a professional photographer, such as myself. 

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) photographer photography professional https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2014/11/why-you-should-hire-a-professional-photographer Wed, 12 Nov 2014 21:57:21 GMT
Emily https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2014/10/emily I have photographed Emily for her whole life thus far... she's almost a year!  It's such a joy to be able to follow and see progress when I look through her photos.  This particular shoot was to capture a quick image of her for her one year old birthday party invitations.  What a cutie pie!  Plus, she even managed to give me an attitude shot!

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2014/10/emily Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:54:20 GMT
Austin Doggies https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2014/10/austin-doggies Once in a while, an opportunity comes along that I cannot turn down, nor do I want to! Fly to Austin to photograph a couple of cute bulldogs?! Why not?! I enjoy photographing all animals, but dogs are so much fun.  These two did not disappoint and neither did Austin.  I had never been to Texas before, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it.  Enjoy these cuties!

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2014/10/austin-doggies Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:37:20 GMT
Boudoir September https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2014/10/boudoir-september Boudoir photography is becoming more and more popular for me. I love making people feel comfortable then capturing them at their best and sexiest. It's such a liberating experience and of course, making your client feel comfortable is key.  I will not post any clients faces for any of my boudoir shots, but I will post some samples on my website for you get an idea of what I do.  This particular boudoir shoot was so much fun as the female had some great ideas as a present for her husband who was in the military.  Working together, we came up with some great shots!

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2014/10/boudoir-september Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:45:00 GMT
Litchfield Family https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2014/10/litchfield-family This wonderful family was so photogenic and excited for me to drive up to Litchfield area to show me around and spend some time with them! What a terrific couple and their kids were fun! I always make sure to arrive early in places where I've never been to check out the surroundings and make sure I find some great spots with good lighting for the shoots.  Happy end of summer!

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2014/10/litchfield-family Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:30:00 GMT
Mike https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2014/10/mike It is nice coming into the studio every now and then. I love my studio lights and when clients need executive portraits or any other form of portraits, I'm ready! Mike needed some headshots and we accomplished that and then had some fun too.  Why not make your clients laugh and have a good time!  All of my lights are Elinchrom lights.

 

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2014/10/mike Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:30:00 GMT
Hadley https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2014/10/hadley Traveling is one of my favorite things about being a photographer.  In this case, I was able to drive up to Mass to photograph this adorable one and her family.  We spent a full day running around the property, chasing the light, and trying out some new toys.  I love when clients can spend a few hours getting to know me and being able to relax in their own setting.  I believe it makes for much better photos!  Hopefully these photos put you in the mood for Autumn!

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2014/10/hadley Tue, 15 Oct 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Danielle https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2014/10/danielle I love weddings! Seeing the joy on the groom's face when the bride walks down the aisle is one of my favorite things to see and photograph. Being a part of this couple's special day in D.C. was memorable.  Watching the bride get ready is also a pleasure.\

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info@rs-photography.com (RS Photography) https://www.rs-photography.com/blog/2014/10/danielle Sun, 23 Jun 2013 18:30:00 GMT