Hello, and welcome! I'm Emily Jefferis--a wife, a mother, a Christian, and a gal with a camera...among other things. I'm based in Grove City, PA and serve the surrounding areas. This is my photograph journal and blog. Investment information, session details, and my portfolios are all available on my Website. You can also follow us on Facebookand Pinterest! If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks so much for looking!
Edward Ranney, a pioneer photographer in the West, explains how you begin photographing a new subject in an unfamilar place or landscape, “How do you do it? You just start photographing. The camera finds things—the lens tells you what is important. The key is to get photographing—you can’t just sit still. It is exactly the same now—you move through a site and find the vantage point by making the pictures. You are trying to ask the place what it is about, what is going on here and why is it important. Certain things—specific views or elements—gradually become important through the process of working, and the visual possibilities come to define themselves.”
Creating a great portrait depends largely on the background. The photographer must stage the frame in a way that accentuates, and not distracts from, the subject.
So, since I don't always access to a beautiful backdrop like this lovely courtyard garden at the American Art Museum...
...I must create interesting backgrounds.
I unfortunately don't have many painted walls with adequate natural light in my apartment. So, I hung up a piece of Martha Stewart wrapping paper (she has some beautiful patterns and prints). Works pretty well, I think! I can't claim this idea as my own though; I saw another photographer do this on Flickr.
...and not the greatest capture of L (she was quite tired), but it displays the backdrop well.