Land so beautiful, untouched, and natural.
Croatia, also known as Hrvatska in the native language, is a magical place.
WARNING: There are a lot of selfies below, but that’s what happens when you travel alone or with only one other person often. You will see a lot of old dance jumps. That’s also what happens when you get two veteran dancers together.
I absolutely love Croatia. However I love Ruza even more. Ruza is my Croatian friend who I met in Italy. She showed me the most amazing hospitality in her home town, Zadar.
May God give you all the faith it takes,
To make your dreams come true.
May His love and wisdom always help,
To guide you on your way.
May His light shine down upon you now,
To bless your Easter Day.
Wishing you a happy Easter Sunday from Italy.
I also want to catch up and add a few family portraits that were never posted. We’ll start things out with the lovely Addington family and our Godson Keaton.
The Small Family
The Field Family
The Richmonds (minus their kids)
And lastly some nephew love. Family is constantly on the brain during a holiday. My heart breaks a little every day without this homie. Photo credit to my brother.
Behind the Scenes.
Making your own in-home studio.
Have you ever wondered how to create a studio looking photograph but didn’t have the studio part? You don’t need your own photography studio to create a classic studio look. You can even do this in a crammed basement, and here is the proof…
A large part of senior photography is shooting outdoors, but there is also an indoor demand. My clients want both. You can have your cake and eat it too with this scenario: use what you have. Set up a simple studio in your senior’s home. Keep your basics, such as natural lighting (if possible), and then add a couple of your own tools. Here is what I used for this basement situation:
-1 large white sheet
-1 backdrop stand
Every lighting situation is different and should be treated differently. You need to look at your situation and figure out what setup is optimal for you. This basement example shows you how to create a studio where ever you are and how to make it work. Check out this lighting setup diagram:
- A ceiling light. By utilizing the current lighting in the basement I placed the ceiling light behind the subject to create a silhouette effect and this also helps reduce shadows.
- A window in the side wall, only source of natural light.
- A traditional softbox is added to the front of the subject.
- An additional softbox is added to the other side of subject’s front.
Adjust the lighting as needed and shoot away. Here are the results.
Lastly, turn off one or both of the softboxes and experiment with more dramatic lighting.
It would be easy to transform this model into a setup for newborn, family, maternity, and many other photography sessions. The sky is the limit.
Adventures in Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Amsterdam, oh Amsterdam. What an experience.
When visiting Amsterdam it’s important to have realistic expectations. You should definitely stay in the Jordaan district. The weather is generally rainy. You need to rent a bike (in my opinion) to get around the town, and above all you must like beer and sausage to really enjoy yourself. Yes, of course the museums need to be noted. We did visit the Van Gogh museum and Anne Frank house, but our most enjoyable moments came from sitting in pubs, meeting locals, and walking around getting lost in the city.
People often compare Venice with Amsterdam, which I think is unfair. The only thing they have in common are the water canals. Otherwise they should never be thought of as similar. I hope to return!
Gondoliers run the show in Venice.
Gondola drivers are the studs of Venice. They run the show. They hold the key to the city. Basically, to become a gondolier it has to run in your blood. Something like your father, your father’s father, and then his father too all better have been gondoliers.
Experiencing Venice, Venezia in Italian, was a dream come true. The island is disgustingly full of tourist, but let’s not taint the purpose of this post with my dislike for the amount of tourists during their “off-season”.
After two great trips to Venice I have noticed the impact gondoliers hold in the city. Let’s be real, Venice is a lagoon. It’s an island full of water canals instead of streets. You cannot drive on the island. Its narrow streets are a complete mind game full of mazes. The city needs their drivers or water transportation in general, and it is not uncommon for these drivers to go on strike. Yikes!
So this one’s for the gondola drivers and their suave ways.
A gondola ride may be expensive, but it is WORTH EVERY PENNY -just bring your own bottle of wine. They are adorable in their little stripped outfits, they will sing songs, and ours taught us a bit about Venetian history (which is kinda wicked).
A day trip to Sirmione, Italy.
Sirmione, what a gem!
Have you ever heard of Sirmione, Italy? I certainly hadn’t. Rome, Venice, Milan, Naples, Sicily, and Florence are a few of the places that come to mind when thinking of Italy. Sirmione is a little peninsula town bounded by the clear waters of Lake Garda. I highly recommend this simply sweet stop in northern Italy. Especially if you prefer a road less traveled, like we do.
I am obsessed with this sunset…and the swans -well, feeding the swans. I wanted to picture them close up. Obviously, they would only stay near me when I fed them bread. Needless to say the swans will be sleeping with full bellies tonight.
Two creeps, signing out. Goodnight Sirmione. Good afternoon America.
Parma A.K.A Parmesan: Or Parmigiano-Reggiano –>in Italian
Today I ventured to Parma while Ben had his first regular season basketball game in Siena. With a name like Parma, it’s not mind blowing that Parmesan cheese is well-known in the city.
Above is a picture of the Baptistery of Parma. To be honest, I currnetly don’t know much about what that means. Basically it’s just another old building in Europe that looks really cool. I’ll learn more about it and give an update later.