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SMT 2019 Part 2 – Julianna & Alyssa

Spent some time in the studio recently with these two Bennett Seniors.  We has a blast hanging out in the studio and capturing their first portrait session as part of the Senior Team for my studio this year.  I am looking forward to more amazing shoots and experiences with them this year.  Enjoy!

 

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17(or more) Favorites of 2017

2017 has been a fabulous year, all because of my amazing clients.  As I look back on 2017 with gratitude for my wonderful clients and pride in the work that I have done for them I also look forward to what 2018 has in store.  In 2017 every senior portrait session that I photographed was unique and a creative joy.  In trying to narrow down to 17 of my favorites it was an incredibly difficult process.  What made it difficult was that I have favorites from every session, I love and value ALL of my clients, and because I am proud of all that I have created with my clients this year.  I started out this post with a narrowed down galley, but I couldn’t help myself….there are more than 17.  Here’s a a heartfelt “Thank You!” to my clients this year and best wishes for a wonderful 2018.  Enjoy!   


Emily – Assateague Island


Hallie – Snow Hill, MD

Fallon – Downtown Salisbury, MD

Ryan – Assateague Island

 

Allison – Downtown Salisbury, MD

Sydney – Berlin, MD

Madison – Pemberton Park

Jeremy – Downtown Salisbury, MD

Ryane, Katelyn, Kara, and Emily – Salisbury, MD

Liz – Downtown Salisbury, MD

Brett – Newark, MD

Maddy – Assateague Island

Caitlyn – Lewes, DE

Lauren – James Seip Photography Studio, Salisbury MD

Abby – Roaring Point

Kara – Bordeleau Vineyards

Hallie – Snow Hill, MD

Kara – SU campus

Zoe – taken at her home in MD

Lauren – Byrd Park, Snow Hill MD

Kennedy – MD

Katelyn – Roaring Point

Alison – Baywood Greens DE

 

Ryane – Private property in Nanticoke, MD

Logan – Ocean City, MD

Sydney – Assateague Island

Kennedy  Bishopville, MD

Ryane and Katelyn – Salisbury, MD

Laney – Oxford, MD

Katelyn – Tyaskin, MD

Virginia – Pocomoke Forest

Hallie and Emily – Pocomoke Forest, Snow Hill MD

Jeremy – Downtown Salisbury, MD

Hallie and Emily – Pocomoke State Forest

Dara – Pittsville, MD

Katelyn – Isle of Wright, Berlin MD

 

Ryan – Assateague Island

Hannah and Shelby – Downtown Salisbury, MD

Bailey – Assateague Island

Liz – Downtown Salisbury MD

Sarah – Assateague Island

Emily – Assateague Island

Mariah – Assateague Island

Kara – Bordeleau Vineyards, Allen MD

Sydney – Assateague Island

Kennedy – Fenwick Island

 

Allison – James Seip Photography Studio, Salisbury MD

Sydney – James Seip Photography Studio, Salisbury, MD

 

 

 

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Dance

National dance day comes but once a year and that’s sad when you have such an exceptional dancer in front of your camera.  I got to spend a lovely afternoon with Liz as she showed me around her dance studio where she does Ballet, tap, and a few others types of dance.  She is graceful and so fun to photograph.  The natural light poured in through the large windows in this historic building in the heart of downtown Salisbury.  It could not have been a more delightful setting to capture her senior portraits.  I love getting to capture my seniors doing something they love and this girl loves dance…I hope that comes through in these images.  Enjoy the sneak peeks….can’t wait for your beach session in a few weeks.

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Fierce

 

Over the years I have had seniors that I have photographed that have had “special” moments with celebrities.  I think of Hannah getting to shake hands with Taylor Swift, Sydney getting to hang with George Cloney, and now Alison, who apparently had a moment with the Biebs at a recent concert that her mom took her to.  As he was on stage he locked eyes with her and then tossed her his water bottle.  Unfortunately the moment didn’t last long.  As the bottle was soaring towards her outstretched arms some other crazed and confused fan intercepted it from its intended recipient(Alison).  As he grabbed the bottle the contents spilled all over Alison, ruining her makeup.  So in honor of that “moment” we had Justin Bieber blasting on the studio speakers, backgrounds and lights set up and ready for a fun fierce shoot with her!  She arrived at the studio ready for a session in which we wanted to capture some black and white images that showed her beauty AND her power and ferocity as a young woman.  She wore a simple outfit with black jeans, a loose spaghetti strapped white shirt with a cool cut out geometric design on the front, paired with a leather jacket and open black high heels, a lace choker, and pearl earrings.  She is tall, beautiful, and has an incredibly strong look to her.  

We laughed, we played, and we captured.  I am so excited that she is on our Senior Team this year and that she will get to create memories with her other friends on the team.  This was our first shoot together and it won’t be our last.  So, as you look forward to the weekend enjoy a few of these sneak peeks from Alison’s fierce shoot.

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Senior Team 2018

I’m so excited about working with my Senior Team this year.  We’ve gotten off to a great start and I would love to introduce you to the AMAZING girls that I will be working with and photographing all year!  Can’t wait to see what else we capture this year and the memories that we will make together!! 

 

SYDNEY – WORCESTER PREP

RYANE – BENNETT HIGH SCHOOL

DARA – BENNETT HIGH SCHOOL

CAITLYN – BENNETT HIGH SCHOOL

EMILY – PARKSIDE HIGH SCHOOL

KENNEDY – PARKSIDE HIGH SCHOOL

HALLIE – BENNETT HIGH SCHOOL

LANEY – BENNETT HIGH SCHOOL

KATLEYN – BENNETT HIGH SCHOOL

KARA – BENNETT HIGH SCHOOL

ZOE – BENNETT HIGH SCHOOL

ALISON – BENNETT HIGH SCHOOL


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Studio Computer Set Up

I’ve had some inquiries lately about how I have my computer system set up and how I process digital files.  This will be a series with several parts.  Part 1 will be an overview of what my system looks like, the components that comprise it, and specific technical aspects of my system setup.  Part 2 will take you through my image workflow: from downloading from the camera to client delivery.  In Part 3 we will take a closer look at how I use the Wacom Tablet for my editing.

When I first started I had an HP laptop with one external hard drive that I used to back up my images.  Fortunately for me, I didn’t have any crashes or lost files before I upped my game and began to transition over to the current system that I use.  As professional photographers we have a responsibility to our clients to ensure that their images are protected from loss and we need to have systems in place that will safeguard us in case of a data loss.  There was a recent article in Professional Photographer Magazine that detailed the story of another photographer who lost files.  It is a great read and certainly contains a lot of good things to ponder and action points.

We are talking, after all, about more than just data files, these are irreplaceable moments that we have had the privilege of capturing.  Let’s face it, no matter how hard we would try to duplicate a lost image it is impossible to recreate in exact detail the moment that we initially captured.  So, we do need to have a system in place to ensure that we never have to tell a client that we lost their images.  I understand that no system is perfect and there will always be unforseen circumstances that go unaccounted for, but we ALL need some type of system that allows us to rest easy at night knowing that we have done our best to ensure that we never have that awkward conversation with any client.

I dove full-time into photography almost 10 years ago.  Now, I mainly photograph high school senior portraits and I also photograph weddings with a partner photographer.  Over the years I have burned images to CDS, dropped an external hard drive and had to send it in to have the data recovered(which is expensive).  I’ve also had drives in my RAID storage go bad, but the beauty of RAID is that you swap the bad drive out for a new one and wallah you are up and running.  I have also made the move from Windows to MAC OS and I will never look back!!  I am somewhat hands-on, and love to build things, so when I moved from the laptop to a desktop PC, I built it myself.  Over the years I have built 9 desktop computers, 3 of them being Hackintoshes.  For more info about building a PC that exclusively runs the MAC OS you can visit www.tonymac86.com for more details.  Ultimately it does not really matter what tools you use, clients have never asked if I edit their images on a MAC.  As long as the tools you use fit your needs and help you to smoothly run your business.

I am comfortable with the setup I have and would recommend any of the hardware and items in my system.  I just recently began using the Wacom Pro Medium Tablet for all of my editing and I think that I am in heaven.  I have no idea how I edited anything without this tablet.  I had been using an Intuos Small Tablet, but the Pro fits more of my needs.  I will talk about that aspect of my workflow in another part.

So…here is my computer set up for 2017:

1.  Desktop Computer

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2&3. Raid Storage – Drobo Mini and Drobo 4d 3rd Gen.  The mini has close to 3TB of storage and the 4d has 16TB of storage.  I use these when I first upload my images from my memory cards.  The raw images ONLY are stored on these devices.  My Lightroom catalog is on a separate SSD drive on my Desktop and I make a backup daily of that catalog onto a WD portable hard drive.  Drobo isn’t the fastest RAID option out there, but it more than meets my needs for a dependable, easy to use, very user-friendly, and safe storage of my images.  Check out the Drobo website for the newest options of RAID storage.

 

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4.  Wacom Pro Medium Tablet – I use this for all of my editing now.  I love that it is wireless and there are a whole array of buttons that I can customize to help with my workflow and speed of editing.  I will post a separate segment on how I use this table to edit my images.

 

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5. Spyder Express Color Calibration – I regularly calibrate my monitors so that my color stays consistent throughout my workflow.  It really does not matter what you use, just as long as it works for you and maintains consistency.  I use the Spyder because of its ease of use and cost.

6. Western Digital Portable hard drives:  I have several of these drives that I use to backup my Lightroom catalog and when I backup client catalogs from Lightroom.

 

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7.  PASS – for all of my cloud based storage.  Once I have client images edited and they have been ordered by the client they get uploaded to PASS.  This has worked for me as a digital cloud based storage option and is easy for clients to navigate and access.

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That’s my set up.  In Part II I will explain my digital workflow:  how I take care of my images from Camera to Client delivery.

Resources:

Drobo: http://www.drobo.com

Hackintosh Articles: https://www.tonymacx86.com

Wacom Tablets: http://wacom.com/en-us

Spyder Express: http://spyder.datacolor.com/portfolio-view/spyder5express/

RAID – what is it: http://www.pcworld.com/article/194360/raid-made-easy.html

PASS: http://pass.us

Western Digital hard drives: https://www.wdc.com

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Jacob’s Senior Portraits – Salisbury MD senior portrait photographer

wainrightblog 7Meet Jacob!  He is an amazing young man who is a senior at Parkside High School.  Go Rams!  He is gifted with perfect hair and music and plays trombone in the marching, concert, and jazz ensembles at school.  We spent a wonderful evening downtown and out at the Cove capturing his portraits.  Enjoy the sneak peeks and have a great senior year Jacob!

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Cindy’s senior portraits – Salisbury, MD senior portrait photographer

Meet Cindy! AKA Cincin.  I got to meet this lovely young lady for her portraits before the hurricane rolled into town.  We spent a nice afternoon photographing out in Tyaskin and Bivalve on the Eastern Shore.  We found a couple of places that I don’t normally photograph, but were excellent backdrops for her portraits.  Cindy…I hope you have a great senior year; thanks for having me capture your portraits. Enjoy the sneak peeks!

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Tessa’s Senior Portraits – Salisbury, MD senior portrait photographer

Meet Tessa!  She is a beautiful senior in the Class of 2016 at Salisbury Christian School.  I have had the pleasure of meeting her through Young Life and also getting to photograph her for prom this past year.  She is a ball of energy and simply a joy to be around.  We spent some time photographing out in Tyaskin and then in the studio.  It was an great night and time well spent with this amazing girl and lots of good chuckles.  Thanks Tessa for trusting me with your portraits.  I hope that you love the sneak peeks!

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