A Mother and Her Children

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I loved my time with Meghan and her son, capturing these extraordinary moments of anticipation and love.

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She likes the dark images with the focus on her baby and her son.

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She did not put on makeup, thinking she would show only the child within and the toddler without, not realizing that she herself, the mother, is the strength, the beauty, and the power of the family.

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A few moments of relaxed play

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My favorite … I love her expression

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Majestic Canyon Lights

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I took a friend from Shanghai to photograph our state’s treasure, The Grand Canyon. I was disappointed that I could not “give” her one of Arizona’s fabulous sunsets which would paint the canyon in a riot of colors and hues. When I viewed my images later, I realized that what we had captured might be as good as, or better than, the typical sunset photograph that is ubiquitous throughout the gift shops in Arizona and on the Internet.

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We had waited patiently for sunset, just sure that the clouds would shift ever so slightly to allow the sun to give us a show. We watched the rain as it moved around the butte to form a soft curtain which made its path steadily toward us.

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I’m sure that we looked absurd when we donned rain ponchos and held umbrellas above our cameras as we stubbornly stayed to capture the last bit of light and shadow in The Grand Canyon (and before the last shuttle departed).

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Throughout the day, I had wished for a break in the clouds for the dance of light in the canyon. We got a few glorious moments.

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Another First: Newborn Photography

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It seems that my blog has evolved into a journal about my journey toward becoming a professional photographer. Recently I’ve posted images representing my small successes. In the past, I had tended to discuss my mistakes and failures, but I’ve now decided to focus on my steps forward.

Most of what I know about photography has been self-taught through participating in workshops, reading books, blogs, and articles, watching videos, studying the work of other photographers, assisting some photographers, practicing on friends and family, making mistakes, learning from them, and practicing some more.

Saturday afternoon, I was headed out to photograph a party when a family friend called, asking if I would photograph their newborn (I had begged them several months ago to let me use their baby for practice). I was elated…and scared.

After I finished the party, I got on the Internet and read everything I could find and watched every YouTube video posted about photographing newborns. I learned that it is a daunting task.

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After spending a few hours with this precious little one and her parents, I also learned that I love taking pictures of babies.

Now I need to find some deals on those cutsey props and backdrops.

My First Portrait Session

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This blog has been about my rambling journey as a photographer which began when I purchased my first DSLR four years ago.  In the past year, after retiring from teaching, I have focused on developing my skills and artistry while learning how to run a business (of one currently). Photography is my passion…my frustrating, rewarding, exhausting, invigorating, inspiring, fun and all-consuming passion.

I recently landed my first job taking head shots. I prepared by setting up my portable lighting studio in my home, bribing friends with meals to sit for me (I got two takers), and resorting to shooting myself in order to figure out how best to set up the lights. I was nervous because lighting has been one of my greatest weaknesses.IMG_9059-Edit-Edit

These two young women were perfect for my first portrait gig because they were simply FUN.

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Now I just need to learn how to market myself. 

Identity

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I’m searching for my identity as a photographer and a professional. I’m making a little money on jobs here and there, and I plan to form an LLC. Well, that task is on my “to-do” list, but I procrastinate because I have not been able to agree with myself on a business name; therefore, for lack of anything creative, I’ve settled for Ramona Howard Photography. My wanderings and vacillations do not stop there, because now I’m struggling with a logo/watermark. These are important decisions, right?

I put my latest watermark on these images. I’m not sure I like it. Maybe I’ll like it better if I reduce the size of my name.

I really would prefer a name other than my own. Topaz Images. Silver Penny Photography. Captured Memories Photography (no .. I thought I liked that one but I don’t). I don’t understand why this is so difficult. Something should just “come to me” right?

Last night, a friend came over for dinner, and I drafted her to model as I practiced lighting techniques.

This is my favorite.

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I like this shot because it’s gritty. There’s an element of “Fight Club,” of competition, of near defeat and perseverance .. and we just know that she will be the victor.

Captured Memories

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During a recent visit with family, I was captivated by my niece’s face and asked if I could photograph her. She was delightful and so much fun as she modeled for me, and I hope to have many more opportunities to capture her beauty.

I’m trying out a new name for my photo business. I had been using R Howard Photography, which sounds so dry. What do you think about Captured Memories by Ramona?

 

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