Spontaneity! That's what kids are known for, right? Well, Daniel whipped out his camera on Thursday afternoon, after Eleanor's nap and snack (if you look closely you can still see the goldfish cracker dust on her mouth) to capture a few photos. Leaving one's expensive lighting equipment out for days can be problematic when you have a small house and kids, and he really wanted to photograph all four kids in succession that week. Hence the hoodie and Superman t-shirt too, because time was of the essence, and we had company coming for dinner. Nobody asked me for a wardrobe consultation, because...well, she could be wearing a paper bag and still be THIS CUTE. The joys of being two.
In this series of photos, Daniel was experimenting with high key lighting for basic headshot-style photography. The backdrop is our living room wall; he used a three flash studio setup, and the photos were all taken during mid-afternoon hours.
Our eldest son, age 11, going on 17.
Except he can't tie his own tie, and he most certainly needed assistance in the hair styling department. He likes the goofy photos where his eyes are askew, or his mouth is gaping wide open in a mock snarl. Fortunately I get to select my favorites for the blog.
...Daniel used mostly natural light, but used a bit of fill flash for some of the close-up portraits...
Want to see a bunch of crazy people?
Seriously, though, who jumps into a frozen lake in February in upstate New York? These folks did. Two of them were my 11-year-old son and my brother-in-law Stephen, who has participated in the Polar Plunge for the past fifteen years. Sadly (sarcasm), church duties kept me away from the festivities, but Daniel supported them from the lovely ice-encrusted beach and took a few photos for posterity's sake.
It's for a good cause, of course - the Special Olympics - and my son was so tickled to see the donations coming in on his personal page. For those of you who donated, thank you! For those of you looking to do something, um, "refreshing," there's always next year.
Could've been worse, of course. It could have been today, where the outside temperatures have barely reached one degree Fahrenheit.
This lucky couple won our free engagement portrait session at the 585Weddings bridal expo earlier this month. Daniel had to exercise some stealth tactics during the shoot; he wasn't sure if he was really supposed to be photographing at Eastman without prior permission. His philosophy, however, is to "ask for forgiveness rather than permission," and it was a good exercise in both pre-planning a shoot and executing poses quickly.
In all of his years as a photographer, Daniel has never done a trade show. I attended several for different purposes - when I worked as a chef's assistant, I went to a few food service/restaurant shows, and a couple of home-garden expos just for fun. But I never went to a bridal show. When I planned both of my weddings, I knew I didn't have a lot of money to spend on too much frivolity, plus it seemed foolish to spend a small fortune on one day of my life when that money could be put towards paying bills and whatnot. Romantic, I know. I'm also not much of a girly-girl; while I spent hours in my childhood designing and drawing long, flowing gowns on beautiful princesses, that didn't translate to my adulthood. Dreaming and fantasizing about my wedding day was not something I ever did, even as a young girl. When we revamped our photography business this summer and realized that weddings were the key to our financial stability, right away I knew we needed to promote ourselves and get Daniel Fischer Photography's name out into the community. And we needed to start peddling our wares at bridal shows.
This was decided, of course, right at the beginning of the summer, right during peak wedding season. No way we were booking any weddings in June unless somebody procrastinated worse than us. And after our adorable-but-time-sucking baby arrived on November 6th, everything got pushed to the perpetual back burner until Christmas was over. Survival mode doesn't even begin to describe it. So there we found ourselves, the dead week between Christmas and New Year's, and I said "Hey! Let's actually register for THIS show on January 4th!
I had been doing some research on bridal show booths (check out my Pinterest page), so I had a pretty good sense of the supplies we would need, and what would be required to draw people into our booth. One thing I knew right away was that we lacked the space to do anything elaborate (8-foot tables). Being short on time, I also knew that simplicity was key - we needed large, beautiful prints, we needed albums, and we needed signage. This fit our aesthetic nicely - Daniel's style of photography highlights the subject's natural beauty, and he does very little post-production work to enhance his photographs. We were able to put together some of his best wedding samples, and figured out a way to display the prints in a way that I felt was very representative of our style.
String together several late nights, some printer hiccups (I didn't know that UPS considers December 31st to be a holiday; did you?), and a lack of mounting expertise (big shout-out to Dan's cousin Lisa who helped us clean up some of our DIY mountings), and we were pretty nervous on Sunday morning. It was also the first day I'd left the baby for any length of time, too. But I needn't have worried - everything went great, and we left with one contract signed on the spot and several more serious prospective clients. Hopefully the postcards I gave to everybody foolish enough to make eye contact with me will also pan out.
If you are getting married or know somebody who's tying the knot, send them our way!
Dave and Julie are my heroes. They both have full-time jobs, they have four young kids, AND they run. Like, as a family. The two little ones ride in a stroller, and the two older boys have just started running alongside Mom and Dad, and I cannot tell you how awesome it is to see the whole brood out at a race.
As you can guess, the shoot was a little crazy (see photo no. 4 of the group), but Daniel caught some wonderful moments. Having recently welcomed our fourth child, I know who I'll be asking for advice in dealing with chaos.
Continuing with the pregnancy/baby theme...Maggie is due any day now, and on a recent Sunday afternoon, Daniel took some lovely photos of their family. Here are two of the images from that day. (Oh, and there was snow on the ground in the backyard. Happy November!)
38 1/2 weeks pregnant with my fourth child, a baby boy due on or around November 7th. (I've never taken due dates very seriously, as one child was early, one was right on time, and one was almost a week past.) I was exhausted, weepy, and emotional earlier in the day, and a photo shoot was the last thing I wanted to do, especially during dinner hour. But that's when the light is best; with the sun setting around 6:15 these days and Daylight Savings Time in less than a week, we did it anyway. And let's face it, the belly isn't gonna be this impressive for much longer.
My husband makes me feel beautiful. And if he can do that for me, his very pregnant, "occasionally" cranky wife, and still elicit smiles that are genuine, well, I'd say the chances are pretty good that he can do the same for you.
Our daughter is studying violin at the Hochstein School of Music with the same teacher as Gaelen's daughter, which is how we initially met. Gaelen plays bass with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and serves on the faculties of Nazareth College and the Eastman Community Music School. These are a handful of photos taken early Saturday morning.
One of the greatest things that Daniel is able to accomplish with his portraiture is allowing the real person to shine in their photographs. No fancy Photoshop work here other than adding a watermark in the corner. It's just not our style. I think Tom's genuine smile says everything in these samples.
Perhaps a future photographer herself, Raven said she had a lot of fun during the shoot. There were several different looks to choose from, but I love the color scheme in the photos taken next to the tree, the sunlight catching her hair, and the texture of the tree bark itself created a lovely, varied image. I'm especially partial to her purple Doc Martens.
A sneak peak at two adorable young ladies.
We think Gabrielle's a natural, don't you?
Better late than never, right?
30 in 30 was a project initiated by Daniel, during a relatively quiet season, where he would photograph one subject per day for the entire month of November. As you'll see from the following portraits, some of the subjects are more animated than others.
Daniel grabbed this adorable couple after work one day. Dylan had already scouted out the location; there were a few lighting challenges to be worked out, but the tree offered no shortage of intriguing textures and shadows. It was Daniel's idea to take them to the creepy bridge underpass. I don't think they'll be sorry.
Allow me to introduce you to Angela, her ukelele, and her beautiful, warm smile. Angela is a music therapy major at Nazareth College, and is very active with the college's Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue. Daniel captured some lovely photos in the late evening sunlight that required very little post-production work. We were pretty pleased with the results.