So it’s been awhile since I’ve posted a “Mine on Monday”, but recently I had the chance to do a quick session with my L’s (the L’s stand for Laynee, Laycee, and Lori – my two nieces and my daughter).  It’s been about 4 years since I’ve photographed them in the pumpkin patch and I would say that they’ve grown just a bit!!!  Awww…I love watching them grow into beautiful young ladies, but there is a part of me that would just like to go back in time.

 

A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart.  ~Author Unknown

 

The L’s from 4 years ago!!!

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Lori ~ 2016

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Laynee ~ 2016

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Laycee ~ 2016

Wayne Gretzky said “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” – he was referring of course to hockey, but this true for photography too.  You never know what you can capture with your camera until you use it.  Basically, the more you practice,  the more you learn.

I just recently finished teaching a class for the Lone Star College Life-Long Learner Department and came to realize that photography is really not meant to be taught in a traditional classroom setting.  Sure it can be – but it’s kind of like trying to teach science from a textbook only.  Sure you can memorize all the terms, but where you really learn & begin to understand science is in a lab or out in the field.  Same for photography – just imagine your learning lab is the whole entire world!!!  But YES, you still need to read your camera manual (I wonder how many times I’ll say that :).

Learning to photograph anything is just best learned with a “hands-on approach”.  But don’t just take your camera out in the world and just randomly click the shutter button. Instead shoot with a purpose – try to challenge yourself to see things in a different way and try to photograph the ordinary, everyday life things with a different perspective.  Your challenge is to turn something “boring” into some interesting by conjuring up your artistic side.

Ask yourself a few questions:  How could I make this interesting?  How should I crop the scene?  Do the colors and the lighting really set the mood of the image?  What’s the best angle?  Take your time, think about the best composition of the image you want to create, and then click!  (SIDE NOTE:  These rules don’t apply to walking or running babies or animals lol – in that case, just shoot, shoot, shoot!  I’m kind of kidding – only a little:).

So today, I’ll give you one composition tip to get started:

The Rule of Thirds! 

The rule of thirds is an artistic principle that goes back as far as the ancient Greeks and this is BIG DADDY of all composition rules (and usually the first taught in an art class)!  Imagine the object and/or scene has a “tic-tac-toe” grid around it.  The intersecting points (called saddle points) is where you really want to place the main subject of your image to make it more interesting and more pleasing to your eye.  Take a look at the Mona Lisa and ask yourself where her face is???  If you look carefully you’ll notice that it’s in the top third of the image.  I’m pretty sure this was no accident and Da Vinci did this on purpose.

Although these are no “Mona Lisa(s)”, here are a few images I’ve taken that demonstrate the rule of thirds.

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Tip…Most camera phones and some traditional cameras have a grid you can turn on to help you “see” the rule of thirds better.  READ YOUR MANUAL to find out how to turn it on:)

Until next time…

Sheila Hebert Photography will be offering our Annual Pumpkin Patch Quick-Take Sessions (back by popular demand)!

These sessions will last about 15 minutes and are perfect for babies (strong sitters preferred) and children up to about 10 years of age.   Your session includes 5 digital files with a print release or a $75 studio credit.  The special cost of this quick-take session is ONLY $125 (plus tax).

The sessions will take place at my photography studio in Splendora, Texas and are available the whole month of October through the first week of November.  For your convenience, appointment times are offered Monday – Friday from 10am until 6:30pm.  Saturday appointment times are VERY limited.  Please call the studio (281-804-3148) or email (info@hebertphoto.com) to schedule your appointment or for more information.

 

PS…No session fee to Baby Club or Graduate Members:)

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You know the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words”, right?  It’s true – EVERY picture tells a story!  So what is your “headshot” saying about you?  What do you want it to say about you?  You do have a professional business portrait, right?

If your business portrait conveys the wrong message, or is out-dated (hint…the glamour shot effect is no longer “cool”), or if you don’t have one…then I can help you with that!!!  And now is a great time to give your headshot an update.  First of all, do it now while you still have your “summer glow” and the best part is that all business portrait sessions are 50% off from now until the end of the month! 

Call or email the studio today to take advantage of the Business Portrait Sale or for more information!

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Without going into too much detail, Sean made it back to Texas safe and sound! Let’s just say he’s spent his last 9 months in a desert far away. He actually touched down on American soil sometime last week – but Saturday he made it to HOME (to Texas)!!! Lots of cheers and tears as we saw him coming!!! When we saw him, we started yelling. When he saw us, he started running!!! I’m pretty sure we had the whole baggage claim area crying and cheering for us too!!

Welcome back Sean – we love you!!!

And THANK YOU to Minuteman Press of Humble, Texas for the awesome banner!!! Words cannot even describe how much it meant!!!

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