Guest Blogger {Meet Lindsay Lehmann}

Today I thought it would be fun to mix it up a bit and have a guest blogger. I asked Lindsay Shaw Lehmann to help me out with a three part series on the blog. The first part will be today, in the form of a meet and greet. Lindsay has kindly answered some questions I had prepared for her as well as sharing some of her favorite images. Since she is a photography teacher, part two of this series will be on Wednesday, for my “What’s that Wednesday” series. She will discuss depth of field and give you all an assignment and an opportunity to submit an image for review, in order to help you practice your skills. And the third and final part will be the following Wednesday in the form of a critique of your submitted images. I am very excited about this fun series and I hope you all enjoy it and participate as well.

Now onto the meet and greet. I’ve known Lindsay for years, as in, since grade school. She is a fun, sweet, energetic and caring person who is always willing to help others. Lindsay is a wife, mother of 2 adorable kiddos, a talented photographer and a teacher. Yes, she really does all that and still manages to find balance in her life! I asked her a few questions to help you all get to know her better, so here goes.

How long have you been interested in photography?
Well my earliest photos were taken when I was in the third grade with the lovely 110 camera. But once I got into high school and began studying it more seriously, both through Putnam High and QVCC I was persuaded to attend RIT for photography. After four years, I received my BFA for Professional Photographic Illustration and I’ve been teaching photography at Pomfret School while running my own photography business ever since. So I guess I’ve been interested in photography since 1984. WOW! But professionally I’ve been working in photography since 1999.

What’s your favorite subject to photograph?
Oooh, that has to be children, but really I love color. Colors have to be use appropriately, and often I find drawn to black and white photos more, but that’s because for me, it’s hard to find a photo where the color doesn’t just “get in the way”. With black and white, regardless of what I’m shooting, the lines and textures just tell a story and help show emotion. What’s better than emotion in children?

What in your bag? Canon or Nikon and what lens do you love?
Ummmmm…… Nikon of course. 🙂 I learned on Canon, but had to make the switch when I was in college. I really liked the simplicity and layout of the Nikon D90. My first Nikon. But honestly, I teach Canon at Pomfret, and these days, they’re really both comparable.

What inspires you?
In my busy life, it’s hard to find inspiration, really. I struggled for many years with finding something that made me truly happy. Recently I’ve found that really bold colors and children are inspiring me. My own children, Clayton (4) and Rowan (1) are incredibly inspiring. Their ability to laugh and smile at the most mundane thing, remind me that there are so many things to appreciate in life. I just returned from a mission trip to Nicaragua, and since I’ve made myself find the time to work with my own photography, and learn from the children around me. They are natural, honest and hilarious. The images I came back from Nicaragua with are truly telling of the people, life, colors and experience that I had while I was there. Those children, the children with nothing, but love life, are the children that are inspiring me most right now.

How long have you been teaching?
I’ve been teaching at Pomfret for 11 years this May. I’ve been teaching black and white darkroom, desktop publishing, studio lighting and most recently digital photography. For the last year, I’ve also been teaching workshops at Silver Circle Studio. These classes are for adults and teens that are interested in learning to shoot with their SLR’s, improve their composition skills, and take their photography to the next level. We discuss techniques, technical aspects of exposure, and cover some technical aspects of techniques like long exposure and drag shutter.

Tell us about your workshop(s)….
When? Where? How much? And where do we sign up?
The classes are at Silver Circle Studio, Putnam CT. You can sign up there! The next class is in May, May 16. Carly has all the information for the spring and summer courses. They’re changing all the time, adding new courses to meet the needs of the students. The classes run about $45 a class, depending on what is being covered, and how long it is. Check out her website here for more information.

And now, here are a few of Lindsay’s amazing photographs. Enjoy!

Mine on Monday {4/19/10}

Sorry this is late guys! I have been battling my computer all day. URGH!!! I may have won for now. Only time will tell. Anyway, here’s this week’s Mine on Monday. Emma and Isa napping on the couch.

Miss. *S* turns one!

This morning I had the pleasure of photographing Miss *S* and her big sister. You may remember them, from their family session last fall. Well, Miss. *S* just celebrated her first birthday and needed some new pics for this very special occasion. We started our session shooting some pics around their lovely home and then ended our session with the ever popular “cake smash”. And popular, it was. Both *S* and her big sis enjoyed the yummy chocolate cake! Thanks for a fun morning! It’s always great spending time with you guys. Enjoy your sneak peek!

The “B” Family

This afternoon I had a fun session with the “B” family. The weather was awesome and we enjoyed soaking up the sun! Did I mention I am beyond thrilled to be shooting outdoors again? LOL! Anyway, these guys were awesome, they even brought a wardrobe change. I have tons of faves and had a hard time narrowing them down. But, here’s a little sneak peek to hold you over. Thanks again for a fun afternoon, enjoy!

OpLove Session {“G” Family Homecoming}

This afternoon I had the honor of photographing an OpLove homecoming session for the “G” family. We started our afternoon patiently waiting for the arrival of the sub along with hundreds of eager families, most of whom hadn’t seen their loved one for 6 months. Then excitement grew, as we watched the sub be directed into port by the tug boats. And finally the moment everyone was waiting for arrived, the soldiers began disembarking from the sub and everyone raced down the pier searching for their loved ones. It was amazing seeing the sheer joy, relief and excitement on all of their faces. I feel blessed to have witnessed such a wonderful occasion. Thank you “G” family, for choosing me to document your special day! Here’s a sneak peek for now. Enjoy!

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Mine on Monday {4/12/10}

Good Monday morning to you all. Hope you all enjoyed the weekend, we did. Lots of yard projects accomplished, which is always a good thing. One of the yard projects that got accomplished this weekend was Scott installing a mini 3 hole putting green in the backyard. Anyway, here are some pictures I took of my little guy and his newest passion – golf. He uses this putter that Scott cut down for him, golf balls and a bucket or whatever else he can use for a hole. It’s so cute! Also, I wanted to give a BIG congrats to Phil Mickelson, great job at the Masters! And a little warning, looks like you might just have some competition soon! LOL! Have a great day everyone!

Meet Rachel {Senior Rep Class 2011}

This morning I had a fun mini session with my senior rep – Rachel. We had a quick session to create some images for her rep cards and my 2011 senior advertising campaign. I have to say she braved the cold & wind and was a total trooper. Thanks Rachel, we got some great images. Looking forward to your full session this summer. Here’s a sneak peek for now. Enjoy!

Fashion Friday {Spring Outfit Ideas}

Happy Friday all! Spring is finally upon us…HOORAY! The arrival of spring, also brings the beginning of my busy season. My April calendar is full. May has two spots left and I am currently booking June & July. With that in mind, I thought it would be helpful to post some spring outfit ideas to help you plan your clothing for your upcoming session. In the past, I’ve posted ideas from the Gap & Old Navy etc… Today I chose all the outfits and shoes from Target. I thought it would be helpful to show you don’t have to spend a lot to look great! Enjoy!

P.S. If you still have questions about clothing ideas for your upcoming session, please feel free to email or call me.

What’s that Wednesday {shutter speed}

What’s that Wednesday today is focusing on shutter speeds. As I mentioned in my previous post in order to use your DSLR to it’s full advantage you really need to shoot in manual mode. And in order to do that you must understand how to get proper exposure of your images. Last week we talked about aperture and how it relates to exposure. So now that you understand that, we can talk about shutter speed.

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say on the subject:
In still cameras, the term shutter speed represents the time that the shutter remains open when taking a photograph.

In addition to its effect on exposure, the shutter speed changes the way movement appears in the picture. Very short shutter speeds can be used to freeze fast-moving subjects, for example at sporting events. Very long shutter speeds are used to intentionally blur a moving subject for artistic effect.[1] Short exposure times are sometimes called “fast”, and long exposure times “slow”.

A couple side notes, when you are controlling your shutter speed manually you will need to decrease your shutter speed to increase your exposure time. I know backwards again, right? Basically a shutter speed of 1/60 will leave the camera aperture open for 1/60th of a second and so on and so on. Confused? Try messing around with your settings and you’ll see what I mean.

The other thing, like mentioned above is when you are controlling your shutter speeds you can essentially freeze motion or intentionally blur motion. (So if you are chasing toddlers, raise those shutter speeds or they will look like great big blurry messes! LOL!) Also note until you get good at hand holding a very heavy camera and lens, (depending on your combo of choice) you shouldn’t try and hand hold low shutters speeds. If you find you absolutely must use a low shutter speed you should use a tripod. A good rule of thumb, is your shutter speed should be at least double the length of your lens. (i.e. if you are shooting with a 50mm lens your shutter speed should be at least 1/100)

Hopefully I haven’t left your head spinning too much! LOL! My goal is just to try and teach you some basics so you can use your camera in manual mode. Like I mentioned before, go ahead and try things out. Try changing you shutter speed and aperture and see what you get for results. The more you practice the more it will start to make sense. At least, that’s how it worked for me. But then I am totally a hands on learner. Next week we will talk about ISO and it’s effect on exposure So stay tuned!

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