Saturday, April 7, 2012

Sneak Peek! {The Ross Family}

This cute little family showed up this morning in fun colors! Mom & Dad definitely stay busy with these little cuties! We worked around the chilly temperatures the best we could and used the lovely (and rare) sunlight to our advantage as much as possible!

I thought I'd get a little sneak peek before we head out for Easter festivities! Thanks Ross family! 

Friday, April 6, 2012

Feature Friday, Featuring MeganKathryn Photography

I am so excited for this feature as this lovely lady has been a personal favorite for awhile now! Today's Feature Friday is featuring MeganKathryn Photography, out of Fort Myers, Florida. Megan specializes in Seniors and Couples, as well as some Lifestyle Photography. 

Her passion is Stylized Sessions! When she mentioned this she said,   "I think I was born to use my artistic eye in creating a fun themed shoot for my clients!"

I think that her passion and creativity is apparent in 
each of her fantastic shots! 

Please check out the rest of her work at:

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Eeek! Boudoir!

 I'm super excited to announce that I separated the boudoir side of my business from Angie Hollenbeck Photography and created The Sultry Collections by Angie Hollenbeck Photography. The website and facebook page are up and running but are still a work in progress!

Also, there are very few people who feel comfortable enough to allow me to use their stellar shots in my portfolio so I will be offering a handful of FREE boudoir sessions in exchange for portfolio use! If you or anyone you know anyone is in the Lacey/Olympia area and is willing to be a model, contact me for details!

My AHP website has a direct link to The Sultry Collection's website and you can also find it by clicking HERE.

Please share my Facebook page (HERE) and spread the word! There is nothing like empowering your body and feeling sexy!

There will also be no more postings concerning the boudoir side of business on this page as it will have it's own blog shortly! Thank you so much for your support!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Wow You Must Have A GREAT Camera!

Speaking on behalf of photographers everywhere, I felt like this had to be said. Now please make sure to not take this personally, because I know so many people have said this to fellow photographers as well as myself... but saying that your photographs are great because we have a nice camera drives us a bit crazy! 

Basically, saying that a photographer takes beautiful photographs because of their expensive camera is like saying a chef makes delicious meals because he has a fantastic oven.
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 Now, while it is true that our great big expensive cameras help us a great deal, there is oh so much more that goes into it! You know that little "M" on the dial on the SLR...that stands for "manual". Using manual mode is (in itself) really a lot of work. It takes us months, sometimes years, to perfect it...and I know that I am still trying to do just that. 

Also, every time we hold that expensive camera in our hands, we have to take the time to critique the lighting. The angle, the exposure, the highlights, the shadows, the reflections (and whether or not to use and where to place reflectors) and then adjust those manual settings accordingly. We then have to take into account the position of the subject, the placement of every single aspect of that subject, how the lighting is hitting that subject, what is going on behind (and in front) of that subject, and create a focal point before we can even press the shutter button. 

Also that reminds me of another misunderstood photographic concept. When you receive photos that have a very blurred background, that is referred to as bokeh and it is something that is indeed very calculated. In fact, it is hard to create that perfect bokeh and when we do we get pretty excited! So if you want shots that are of nature, take a snapshot...portraits are focused in on you :)

After we take that shot it isn't over. We come home or to our office and eagerly load the photos onto our computer and start one of the longest processes...editing. We adjust the warmth, the brightness, the shadows, smooth things, enhance other things, and so on until we achieve that beautiful final product.

I had to draw a bit of light on this "touchy" subject...all I ask is before anyone takes for granted how the camera "magically" creates your beautiful portraits, take the time to realize all that goes into it. I pour my heart and soul into creating photos that are beautiful enough to hang on your wall, not just click a button...and I love every minute of it.
I wish I could give the creator credit of this one, it has been circulating on Facebook for sometime and I found it appropriate for this blog :)