Saturday, December 5, 2009

Grandfather, Take My Picture

When my granddaughter (Jazmine) asked me to take her picture, she was home from college this Thanksgiving, I realized that this might be one of those rare moments in a relationship between two love ones. Although, my wife and I have three daughters, between them we only have two grandchildren.

So, I wanted to do something really special for the two of us. I didn't want the traditional motif of portraiture. I wanted a set of images that would reflect how I viewed her as a young woman and how she reflected herself to others as a strong Christian woman who loves to dance for Jesus. That was my idea for her session although I didn't let her in on my intent. Being the professional that she is I knew she would met the challenge and she did.

I hope you'll enjoy these personal images of my granddaughter, "Jazzy". I think she's awesome!



"Say, what?"Jazzy's dancing form is so beautiful
to see in person as well as on stage.
I wanted to capture Jazzy's strong
spiritual side in the following shots.
This is one of my favorite images of Jaz.
It's something to see a little girl
grow up into a beautiful young woman.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Our New Family Portrait

In the photography business Fall marks the time for having family portraits created for holiday gifts. Thanks to my wife's demands on me as her personal photographer, that tradition holds true for the Hill family, too. Although I didn't see how I could top the last self-portrait session we created a year ago, I have to admit that it's fast becoming a successful challenge that I'm enjoying.

The scenario goes like this. My wife tells everyone what colors to wear and informs us that we're having the session the day after Thanksgiving. The grand kids fly in from their respective colleges, we stuff ourselves with turkey, then lie awake that night thinking about how fat we're going to look for the photo session the day after.

My job is easy. I get to pick the location for the session and maintain crowd control as I corral everyone into an acceptable posing position. First, I try "shhhhing 'em up. Of course, that's to polite. Then, with a loud voice I yell out, "Okay, let's all shut up". That worked. Now, I've gotten their attention off each other or their hairdos (as you can see I've got a lota women in my family).

Now the real fun starts for me as I turn myself into a 10 second marathon track star. With everyone finally quiet, I push the self-timer on the camera, sprint over to my vacant spot in the group, and smile gleefully at the invisible photographer. Beep, beep, beep, beep, CLICK! Of course, you know some one's mouth is yakking or they've blinked at the wrong time, so I repeat this self-inflicted technique about 8-10 times to make sure that I've captured the perfect shot. I check the back of the digital camera. Yeah, we did it!!! Look at all the beautiful people (I'm just about certain that everyone is ONLY looking at their expression and could care the least about the other turkeys in the family. No pun intended).

Happy Holidays from the Hills!

Align Center

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

My Mother Taught Me #3

My mother taught me TIME TRAVEL.

She said: "If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"

Sunday, November 1, 2009

My Mother Taught Me #2

My mother taught me RELIGION.

She said: "You better pray that will come out of the carpet".

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Rachel's & Adam's Love Story

Meeting Rachel Marcus at a bridal show earlier this year has been one incredible relationship that has grown deeper with the passing of each month. If there is such a thing as "bride and photographer falling in love with each other at first sight", well, we're it! Rachel is the most bubbly, exciting, and enthusiastic bride I've ever encountered. She's overjoyed about EVERYTHING!!!

To know Rachel is to know the most awesome young woman who is a nurse that doesn't let anything destroy her happiness for the day. To know Adam is to know a young man who is supportive, compassionate, and desirous of marrying Rachel. Adam is equally ambitious as he balances work while completing his Master's Degree. (I like this guy a lot).

So much of my photography is based on a similar enthusiasm whereas I balance my artistic talents in unison with the personalities of my clients. Nothing could be more from the truth when it came time to photographing Rachel and Adam. I have virtually been dying to create images of this couple. Both live in Jacksonville and finally I've gotten the chance to create my first set of images for them. It was a blast of a session, and both Dana and I created the romantic images you see below.
If I had to vote on an upcoming "Couple of The Year", Rachel and Adam, you're IT!



Dana's idea of using a sheer
fabric on the beach was a big hit.
I love the gentle romance between
Rachel & Adam in this shot.

"Romance by moonlight"

To view the entire session, click on
the Play icon below:

Makeup: Krystal Cordo, 954-822-9508 Cell
Location: Ft. Lauderdale Airport & Hollywood Beach

Monday, October 26, 2009

Two Models For One

Who says lightning can't strike twice in the same place? Well, several blogs back you've seen images that I've created of Kalyn. Now meet her younger sister.  Kalyn couldn't wait to introduce her sister to me with hopes of us getting in a photo shoot before she returned to school.

As luck would have it one of my afternoon appointments canceled and I hurriedly scheduled her sister into the vacant spot. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I took Kalyn's word by faith when she told me that her sister was "gorgeous". Here's one case where words were not over inflated. Kalyn was absolutely truthful; her sister was just as beautiful. In fact, the two could be twins.

I had prearranged for makeup artist Krystal Cordo to prep the model for the session if it did happened, so the stage was set for a great test shoot. Kalyn's sister has never model before, but as you can see she's got the "right stuff".
Now, I don't want to compare her to Kalyn, but I can truly say when it comes to two sister who are equally beautiful and who look great in front of the camera, lighting has struck twice in the same place.

True beauty is so natural and
so easy to capture with a camera.
Big beautiful eyes are captivating.
I put my model through some intense poses, and she
handled every one of them extremely well.