Thesis Work with Dancers
As I am continuing to pursue my Masters degree in photography, I have entered the thesis zone.
I have been working with 4 young and talented young dancers for the last few months and as I gather more and more images that will eventually become a book about the life of dancers, exploring what it takes to be committed to this wonderful and challenging art form, I get to play with one of my favorite things of all time. Dance.
These were captured while I worked with the help of my wonderful parents to get the lights situated correctly behind the scrim.
In this latest shoot with 3 of my 4 dancers at the Maryland Theatre, we played with silhouettes (my 4th dancer had just had a change in schedule and could not join us that day, but luckily she is back to having that week day open again).
We all had fun. i always give these athletes and artists a chance to be creative with me and try new things, and give me their ideas.
It makes for a more interactive and fun shoot and the images always show that.
Then there are a few shots of jumps, and poses.
We also played with shadows which required me to climb into the rafters along the side of the stage.
And lastly and shot from above for the shadow, but creating a dilemma for me as I am not sure if I like the black and white version better or the soft color.
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Life happens and it happens fast. We try to capture as much of it as we possibly can; from Mom snapping pics with her cell phone, to National Geographic Photographers capturing worldwide documentary quality images, fit for magazine print and awards among the best in the world.
Perusing photos throughout our lives, we will at some point, begin to see differences in style, composition, quality and so on. Our appreciation for great photography has been well noted, as so many marvel at truly wonderful pics. We hang them, post them, share them, comment on them and even sell them!
Some believe that the differences in quality of photography start with the camera. I’ve heard people say, “Wow! Those are great pictures… You must have a really good camera!” There are those who say that it’s in the education and experience of the photographer. (We stand by this one!)
Still others maintain that wonderful photography happens by chance or by luck. These ideas beg the question, “What does it really take to produce Great Photography?” We are going to pursue the answers in this series. Please join us and feel free to comment. Participation is always welcomed!
A One Year Old Birthday Shoot and Taco Bash
Miss Lucy is one of our favorite little ones and we have loved and have been honored to be a part of her family’s development from the beginning. We captured her parent’s engagement, their wedding, her growing presence in her mommy’s belly, Lucy’s birth and now her 1st birthday.
Lucy is a little cutie pie with lots of personality just like her mommy and daddy. She was also very patient with the many clothing changes her mommy put her through and loved playing with the toys I put out during her session.
We shot for about 1.5 hours, an unusual length for this age, as one year olds tucker out quickly, but Lucy was a trooper and with several snack breaks and a change in back drops and scenery every so often, she continued to be a delight.
The session culminated in a Taco Bash, an idea her mommy had as Lucy loves tacos. So instead of doing a cake smash, we gave Lucy tacos to destroy.
She began by eating the sour cream and eventually got the hang of smashing the rest of the food. This was a messy endeavor, but paid off with cute photos.
We are sharing a few here to clue you in on the fun we had.
We also decided that we should continue the tradition of putting Lucy into her mommy’s wedding gown, something we started when she was first born. Lucy was not too sure what to make of that as you can tell by the two photos we are sharing here.
Call us today to schedule a consultation so we can plan your special one year old photoshoot. One year olds are lots of fun and totally unpredictable. We love working with them.
We have been busy with Babies
Over the last few months we have had several maternity sessions and newborn babies. One such session even had us going to the hospital within the first moments after this little one was born. Below are a few of our favorite images from these sessions.
Here at Wertman Photography we customize each maternity and newborn session to what you would like to get.
We even come to you if you want the life style approach. The families featured within this post chose to do it all at the studio.
We played with a few new ideas, such as silhouettes and simulating a bedroom setup, featuring the baby with the parents softly in the background.
We also incorporated rings and tiaras. They were all fun sessions and we are looking forward to a few more already on the schedule for later this month.
Whatever you preference and whatever it is you would like us to capture, we will be sure to accommodate your wishes. We discuss it all in your pre-session consultation, taking notes and preparing the studio accordingly. We also make sure that its is nice and warm in here to baby does not get cold.
We use our constant lights for added warmth for baby and have also found that the constant lights do not make baby flinch as a flash system may.
Please vote on your favorite image so we can enter our families in a drawing for a portrait. You will also be entered into a drawing for a family session up to 5 people for voting.
We had a great year working with so many of you! It was fun and exciting and sometimes a bit more challenging than expected, and we got awesome images.
Here is a quick look back over the last 12 months, highlighting some of our favorite shots from this year.
This year we got to play with newborns, expecting moms, brides, fun seniors and awesome families. Several of you were repeat clients and we love you for it! Some of you were new to Wertman Photography. We want to thank you for putting your trust in us!
Here is wishing you a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and fun time with your family and friends.
Enjoy the look back over the year and come join us again in 2017.
Playing with flour is something I have wanted to do for a while. Last summer I had a senior in the studio who was enrolled in the culinary program at the local high school and we played with flour a little, yielding some great shots. A few months later I saw an image that combined flour and dancers and I wanted to do something similar. I love dance being a dancer myself and the mother of a dancer, so combining dance with flour is natural.
The first order of business was to secure one of my favorite dancers I have worked with before, presenting me with a challenge as Nutcracker rehearsals have started. It left us with a 5 pm starting time on a Sunday afternoon. The second order of business was to find an empty, industrial space we could make a mess in. One of my business associates offered the use of such a space. At 5pm we had some natural light left that entered through a strip of windows to our left, but we were able to control the rest of the light and by the time we were almost done, the natural light was fading quickly.
This was so much fun! Maddie, my dancer, is a blast to work with. She is beautiful, graceful and follows instructions wonderfully. She had some of her own ideas that we incorporated as well. But the time we were done, Maddie had flour in places she probably never thought were possible. It was her dad’s birthday and they went to dinner after we finished the shoot. I am sure that her hair was still lightly grey at dinner 🙂
This shoot was one of those things I love to do. Work with a lovely young lady who is open to trying something unusual, resulting in imagery that we are proud to display. It also gives us a chance to play. A chance to figure out what it takes to get a certain shot, so we can repeat it if a senior or adult wants to have the same experience. Before we got into the flour, I tired some things with sheer fabric and the fan I have, to discover that the fan was not powerful enough for the effect I was after.
As an artist, you do not wait to try these things with your clients, but in sessions that are arranged to try out new things. As an artist, I draw inspiration from other artists. I see things and wonder how it was achieved. I know how to light things to get what I want, but some of the other effects, such as creating wind to achieve certain effects have to be explored on my own time table, not that of a client.
I believe that these sessions during which we play and explore to continually build our portfolio is what sets us apart from the competition we have around us. Wertman Photography has grown over the last few months, adding an additional photographer and a videographer to the team. We have added equipment that needs to be explored and personally I am working on my masters in fine art, continually growing as an artist.
When you hire us, you get a team of artists, not technicians. You will work with people who understand light, movement, emotion and relationships. This knowledge shows in our work. Whether we work with athletes, create fine art for fun, photograph families, babies or weddings, we bring our knowledge with us and apply it all to creating memories for you that you will be proud to share with your friends and families for years to come.
Call us today to book your unique session. Tell us what you have in mind and we will be sure to get it done for you. 301-693-3021
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Two weeks ago we had the pleasure of working with Alderson Broaddus’ swim team again. I was great working with the athletes we met last year and working with some of the new recruits.
The weather was much warmer this year than last and the sun was out the entire time we were there. More of the swimmers opted in to capture action shots this year as well. We used a different location for the team shots and I still worked in different areas of the campus. 19 of the 20 swimmers were able to attend the team picture and everyone was there for the head shots. All in all a successful trip.
What I enjoy most in working with these young adults is seeing the obvious connection they have as a team and their dedication to their sport. They are all very easy to talk to and very easy to get good pictures of.
Athletes as a rule are fun to work with. They love showing off their skills, their athleticism and in this case, how they have grown in one year.
When we get to work with a particular team year after year, it is fun to see how the athletes change, grow up and develop in their skill set.
It surprised me to see how these young men and women had changed in a year. They are, after all in college and at least the juniors and seniors are over 20. Yes, they are looking older and more mature. They are coming into their own in many ways and athletically this shows.
We have worked with a couple of other teams as well, but for me at least, being the mother of a swimmer, this is the most fun.
If your child is part of a team, school or club, and you are tired of seeing the same pictures every year, please consider sharing this post with your coach and school. The images captured during this shoot have just been shared with the parents and part of the proceeds from the picture purchases will go back to the team to help them go to Florida for training in January.
Every sports team raises money for gear, trips, entry fees and other assorted stuff. Why not raise funds this way? If you are interested please give us a call today at 301-693-3021.