No Alarm Clock, Please…

Recently, I made a blog post lauding the praises of the alarm clock and how important the early morning light is to beautiful photos. But, there are times when I hear a polite but resounding, “No thank you” to the early morning idea.

Allrighty then… How about a studio shoot? “Yes, thank you!” “Whew!” Can’t say as I blame them, and to tell you the truth – when a prospective client is given all the options with the advantages and disadvantages of each, and then voluntarily prefers to do a studio shoot, it can be a welcome relief to me. Not that I would ever want to become the next Olan Mills (bleh), and I hope that even my studio shoots have more personality and creativity than “one of those” places, but on occasion, it can be fun to totally control the light, and to have so many fewer worries with things like wind, obstructions in the backgrounds, logistics, unpredictable Texas weather, and the dreaded SUN!!

3 photos were taken of each group, then stitched together.

This family let me play with a technique I’m trying to perfect. It’s shooting large families in smaller groups separately, and stitching them together to create a much larger, more detailed group shot. It also minimizes that “huddled up” look where everyong scrunches together and looks obligingly at the camera and smiles. I think this technique allows for a little more creativity to the look of the photo. I wish I could show you my favorite one – the one with all 3 groups of people stitched together in a beautiful panoramic photo, but unfortunately, there was an ADORABLE little 6-month old foster baby involved, and the agency told the family that pictures of the baby could not be be publicicized. So, I have to leave those of the baby out *snif* . And he is such a CUTIE too! He was an all-boy, 6-month old with little glasses and a sweater & corduroy pants! He looked like a baby Harvard professor. I wanted to die the minute I laid eyes on him!

Yes. It was a "non-traditional" family -- and I LOVED them! There was more grace & unconditional love in this family than I'd seen in a long time!

I love collaborating with the people taking pictures to come up with some photos that are a little less traditional. A little more creative. My family here was awesome, and when they left, I hated to see them go – and in fact, I found out that one of the girls knew Aaron in high school before moving to New Orleans. She was just home for the holidays, and thus, the family portrait.

Sunrise? Sunset? Studio? Let’s just have fun whatever we do 

About Sandy

I'm Sandy Powers, full-time photographer, doing what I love with my life! My passion is PEOPLE! There is such artistry in people, and I love capturing it. Naturally, portraiture is my passion, but I also love shooting for the art of photography for competitions or exhibit. I once watched an interview with Kim Walker, a well-known Christian worship leader. What she said resonated with me and pretty much describes my own story. In the interview, she said she didn't have to force things to happen for herself. She didn't have to push. She didn't have to overly promote herself or call people and beg them to hire her. In fact, she didn't have to do anything except keep her eyes on Jesus and watch Him bring her destiny to her. That's exactly how I feel. I walk each day by faith, and my eyes are on Him! I have watched in amazement as He has orchestrated circumstance to bring my destiny to me. I thank Him daily for allowing me to not only do what I love, but to use what I love to bless others! So, how is "the destiny" unfolding? Well. . . . My work has been juried into temporary museum and art gallery exhibits, I have been featured in Outdoor Photographer Magazine, my portraiture and fine art have won several awards in national and international competitions, and one of my portraits was selected by an Adobe Lightroom blog as one of the top 50 most stunning black and white photos. I'm a member of Professional Photographers of America and the Texas Photographic Society. Anything else??? Send me a note (Sandy@SandyP.net) any time! I LOVE meeting new people, sharing stories, and best of all, changing the "ordinary" to extraordinary through photography!
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3 Responses to No Alarm Clock, Please…

  1. karma says:

    ahhhh. i just had a head slap moment. one of the shortfalls of my studio set up is that when i get more than about 3 people, it starts looking cramped, etc. *that* will NOT be a problem from here on out! THANK YOU.

  2. Well who is to ever argue with you about alarm clocks when you produce such beautiful portraits like these. Awesome work Sandy, and a wonderful technique of stitching small groups into one.

  3. Breanna says:

    What a fun shoot! Love the ones on the white backdrop!

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