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May 18, 2020

Creative Photography Projects: Double Exposures, Watercolor Images, etc.

I’m writing this as I sit in the spa in my backyard on a gloriously cloudy but warm Portland day. Basically I’m just trying to avoid going in the house because my kids are actually doing schoolwork and I don’t want to mess it up. You probably know how it is! This whole pandemic has been pretty tough, but I’ve been trying to use it as a time to learn new creative things and grow as an artist and photographer. And this means…

More creative shots for you during your sessions with me!

So here are a few things that I have been working on in the past month or two…

Self Portraits

I had noticed this spot in my neighbor’s backyard last year and imagined a really beautiful photo shoot there when the sun was setting, so I took it upon myself to bring out my tripod and attempt some self portraits with my kids. It wasn’t easy and I definitely had to pay them in order to get these shots but it was worth the $4, right? I’d say so. 

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Double Exposures

I joined a small photography group on Facebook where we focus on certain things every week and one of the weeks was double exposures. I have always wanted to do these but never really took the time to learn and I really love the creative process of finding different photos that would go together. It doesn’t always work but when it does, it’s magic. It had also given me something to do on my daily walks around the neighborhood, take photos of nature for the overlay images 🙂

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You can order a double exposure of your own from a previous session with me for $20, there’s more info at the bottom of this post!

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Using a Fun Lens

I’ve had this lens (a Lensbaby Sol 45, if you’re curious) for a while and I sometimes bring it out during sessions, but I’ve never left it on my camera for long periods of time. So last month I took it out with me while my kids were playing with water in the yard and I just took millions of different types of shots. It’s really helped me to see all the different things I could do with it and I feel so much more comfortable using it now.

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I also had a maternity session last week and used it then, as well!

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Entering Creative Photography Contests

In my photography community, we are having monthly creative contests with a theme, and you can interpret that any way you’d like. It pushes me to get out and create something fun! Last month the theme was Color. So basically we could pick any color and take a photo that represents that color. I bet you can guess the color I chose by looking at my submission:

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This month the theme is Flower Power, so I’m planning a fun 70’s style shoot. That’s all I can say about that one because we have to keep our photos very hush-hush until after the voting since its anonymous. 😉

Watercolor Artwork

Some fellow photographers have been doing these and I was really excited to try it for myself. Since my background is in Photoshop, this was fairly easy for me to figure out and I love the end results. I even printed a few of them! And if you follow me on social media, you already know that you can purchase one of these using a photo from one of your past sessions with me for $20. Reply to this email for more info or keep reading for further details. 

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So what does all this mean for you?

I will be making sure to include at least one creative photo or artwork in each session that I do from now on. If you have a specific request, I will definitely do that but if not, I will be happy to surprise you! There are more possibilities than just the things mentioned here, as well 🥰. Like these… 

Ring of Fire

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If you’re interested in how I do these ring of fire shots, you can check out this blog post.

Circular Prism

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Reflections

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Order your own Creative Artwork (Previous Clients Only)

And if you’d like to order either a watercolor image or a double exposure using an image from a previous session with me, all you need to do is message me that you’re interested (click the pink messenger button on the bottom right of this site)! The price is $20 for the digital artwork, and then you have the option to add on a print, as well. I love these printed on deep matte velvet, which is a non-reflective, buttery soft professional paper. Prints start at $12 for an 8×10 and go up from there. We will work together to choose the best image depending on which kind of artwork you decide on.

Message me to order your Watercolor Artwork. 

Comment below and tell me your favorite kind of photography artwork 😍.

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COMMENTS

All these shots are so stunning! I especially love the one of the kids playing in the water! They’re so unique!

What beautiful photos of you and your kiddos, and what a great use of time to learn and practice some new photography skills. I love simple editing, and trying to use timing (sunset) to dictate how light and photos will come out.

Those self-portraits you took are all so gorgeous! Filled with so much love. I tend to prefer photography that doesn’t use too many editing techniques or styled lenses, like your self-portraits, but I do love certain fish-eye shots when it comes to cityscapes. And the double negative photos you did are beautiful!

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