We absolutely loved shooting Maurice and Lindsey intimate wedding. You might remember them from their gorgeous Berkley Engagement Session. I love doing small wedding as you really get to capture the details and mood of your couple. As soon as we went arrived at the spot where Lindsey was preparing and getting ready we knew the day would be eventful and full of love. The lighting was gorgeous and she was ever ready to see Maurice. The biggest thing this couple wanted to experience on their special day was a first look. Maurice is a huge romantic, and we knew that this moment would be priceless, as it was. Everything was so beautiful and just so for this wedding. Just like the Maurice and Lindsey; congratulations again!
Every photographer has there style and eye. (At least they should!) I am currently a fanatic when it comes to using nature to frame my subjects, along with taking negative space and making it super dreamy and romantic. Below I’ll will break down briefly what these are and how you can create artistic portraits with only your phone!
Framing is just like it sounds! You use your surroundings to create a “frame” around your subject. You can use trees, mirrors, leaves, and so much more! Framing helps not only center your subject, but also adds range, depth, and even contrast. All great things! The best way to capture great framing is to look for holes! I know your thinking huh? Yes, look for gaps in plants, items that drop down, or even cut outs. Then use your home button on your phone (Circle on bottom of iPhones) to center your-subject. You may have to move around and play with angles. You want the subject to be centered with that home button!
Negative Space can be tricky, more so because it’s definitely all about preference and taste. I’ve had people love the look and hate the look. However, when done right it honestly can add a style and view of portraits many people don’t have. However, I know hearing the word “negative” in any fashion is a automatic turn off. We are turning that ‘negative’ into a positive! In the photo sense negative just refers to blank space. When shooting I look for settings that I can photograph a lot of negative space, but still adds to the picture and creates a “theme” or mood. Currently many photographers are the shooting a lot of white negative space. Which looks great on instagram, however might not always go over well with a client. I particularly shoot this way with couples. Why? Idk I just personally think it creates a more intimate loving mood, but I don't look for large empty white space. I look for large areas that include color, texture, and overall balance. See example to the left. How to do it? Using the same technique as the framing, but now your going to tilt your phone up. So that you capture more of the space above. You can also use the rule of thirds. (Google it)
And that my friends is some simple tricks to change those iPhone Portrait Mode into some fun and new fine art portraits! Now go out there and try it and don’t forget to tag us in your post we’d love to see how it works for you and what you capture!
We couldn’t be more happy to wrap up our last newborn lifestyle session with the Banks family!! We been there since their first one to their latest baby boy. It’s was definitely a bitter sweet moment. I won't lie I might have shed a tear on my way out.
Yes you read that right and I am sure many of you might have on V's face right now. So let me explain how we came to this decision. As our company continues to expand and take on new endeavors we want to make sure we continue to provide all our clients with superb service and selections. In reality we know this means narrowing in our focus and work. As of September 1st we no longer will be offering any of our newborn sessions.
We are definitely going to miss shooting those precious faces, and we hope to see them as they grow in your family portraits! I also feel confident with several of my fellow Bay Area friends and photographers who offer these sessions still. So do not fret, your still in the best area/cities to get amazing portraits of your new bundles.
We are sad to go personally, but despite this we are sooooooo excited for all the new things to come. Especially for all our clients! Kind Hearted Images is hard at work planning and organizing some really great new additions and projects. Next year are wedding packages will have some wonderful additional and even more reasonable packages for our local brides who are looking to capture small intimate weddings!
Also, we have some new publishing arriving and sessions for our growing Bay Area tech and business companies; even better we have mini-headshot session arriving in September to help support small business, start ups, and local business! There is sooooo much I can share, but we want to keep you on those toes! So keep up with our BLOG and INSTAGRAM as we reveal all our updates over the next few months!
Stay tuned and as always thank you for your support!
As for now keep scrolling to see how we wrapped up our last Newborn Lifestyle Session with our day one family the BANKS! We tremendously love these two parents as we seen there love and family grow! They recently welcomed their beautiful baby boy 'August-Rayn'! I am extremely obsessed with that name; so unique and fresh for the baby scene.
Enjoy the images, and we say farewell to a long run of sweet faces that delicious baby smell.
There is one thing that San Francisco is always consistent about, and thats being completely inconsistent when it comes to the weather. Any true Bay Area resident knows you can be blocking the sun out your eye near City Hall or pulling through winds of 65mph near the coast. Such was the case when capturing these two young love birds.
I have personally known Alex since he was a young child so when I got an email from him inquiring about portraits I almost fell out. YOUNG LOVE is the absolute best, and it’s a pleasure that young couples such as him and his beautiful fiancé chose us to capture their love story.
Lands End always creates for a special session because sometimes the area is clear and sunny and others it can be foggy and overcast, and in its rare special moments we can have both. I like the days it’s kind of overcast as it creates for a beautiful dreamy look. Which was perfect for these two.
How did these two meet? In a short version: Alex met Kim during his shift volunteering in the SF area. How did the bond? Naturally over boba! (I have yet to try it! Don't judge.) Kim loves boba, but most of her friends didn’t so Alex of course became her boba guide around the city, and between cafes, milk, and strong tea a love was formed.
We only can share part of their story as with all love stories; as we believe words can’t really explain what two people feel and see in each other. Sometimes we happen to capture a glimpse of it behind the lens of a camera, or even greater we get to stand in its presence and just feel its strength. Here's a small creamy glimpse of these two engagement session. 💍🍾
Recently you might have noticed we went on a small hiatus that turned into a few forced months of absence. Many may recall that our Owner and Head Photographer has LUPUS. Check her original story here -> (5 Year Journey). Now that we are settling back here is a update and few words from the warrior herself:
Lupus has been a part of my journey for year now, but I have been managing it so well these past 7 years, that many who know me actually have said they forgot I had this disease. I always been hesitant about speaking to much on my personal life on here, as I have always been taught to separate the two. However, since my absence was so sudden and I value the understanding, respect, patience, and loyalty that so many of my clients had I really wanted to express my appreciation!
After shooting back to back weddings and laying the frame work for our busy season it was to my surprise that what felt like HORRIBLE allergies was actually my body going into full kidney failure. By the time I went into ER I was in full kidney shut down and feeling terrible. From this point I spent almost 30 days in the hospital and another 30+ home recovering. During this time I really had the chance to reflect on where/what I was putting my time, energy, and stress into! Some of it I was okay with and some not.
Things I know it's not all worth it, take time to rest, and its A M A Z I N G to have a solid team behind you and your brand!
All this to say we are going to be rolling out some awesome changes and updates soon! Why, because with a month on bedrest we had a chance to brainstorm as team and most importantly read and review all the amazing feedback from our clients over the past months/years! Our goal is to constantly keep improving and moving forward to bring the best in portraiture to some of the best clients in the Bay! So stay tuned as new collections roll out and all I can say is.... WEDDINGS = MIND BLOWN! Because yes we are tired of the wedding industry tacking on a extra $1000 just for hearing the word 'wedding'! We are here for you; it's the premises and foundation of this company....be kind to others and they will be kind to you; Kind Hearted that is!