Vermilion Farm Portraits

Dragon Hare Studios – I recently served as a stop on the Race of Vermilion!  At my stop, teams had to learn photoshop and take a photography quiz.

This was one of the questions:Vermilion farm portraits

When I reviewed the answers with the team, it was really fun for me to see the reactions as most teams took extra time after to spy the secrets that these images reveal.

If you look very closely at these two images, you will see that the sky and the wedding dress is over exposed on the left. The subject’s faces are actually in shadow as the sun is up/behind them. This means that the sky/dress are actually a brighter exposure than the bride/groom.
Look at the richness in colors in the balanced image, look at the detail in the dress, the sky, suit and their faces. In the left image, can you see clearly their faces or the lace that bride chose to wear for her groom?
You can’t.  Why?  Because they are overexposed!  They are blown out!  A white sky in a portrait is a sign that the photographer did not control or balance the exposure.  A white wedding dress with no detail means also that the photographer did not control the exposure.
In order to create the image on the right, I have to balance the difference of exposure between the ambient and the subject’s faces that are in shadow. I either have to take away light from the sun or add light to bring the exposure on them up.
Many of the teams asked if this was a photoshop trick?  Did I replace the sky with a blue one?
This is not a photoshop trick – the secret is in the details, a sky swap would still have left the dress overexposed with no details!  The colors and richness that you see in the grass, the canola, the clothing and the flowers would still be washed out like the left image if I had just replaced the sky!
Balancing the exposure takes considerable knowledge of gear, light and exposure, as well as some math to get the job done!  I would much rather get the colors, exposure and details correct in my camera than spend time in photoshop fixing poor exposure control!  For this reason, we carry a lot of fire power with us on location so we can compete with the sun!
The next time you hire a photographer, look carefully at their portfolios.  Look at the dress and the sky in their work!  Balancing light takes a lot of experience, training and gear!  If the vast majority of their images are overexposed, or they say their favorite time to photograph is on cloudy days (on cloudy days there are no dark shadows so the exposure is closer together and easier to expose), well now you know why!
At Dragon Hare, we have fire power to ensure every detail of your day is recorded and not forgotten!
Thank you to all the teams that braved the Race of Vermilion and came out to the studio!  It was a lot of fun for us to share our love of Vermilion family portraits with everyone!

Vermilion Grad Photography | The Old Homestead

Dragon Hare Studios – Elizabeth and her family took me out to their family’s old homestead.  We spent the evening listening to Dad share his stories and memories from growing up on this beautiful property!  We found old toys in the trees and I laughed when I discovered the decorated two seater outhouse which made for a fun backdrop for Elizabeth.

The farm had a lake on it which made a stunning background for one of Elizabeth’s portraits, especially with the trees decorated for fall and the sky a soft palette of pinks and purples!

Class of 2019, if you’d like outdoor casual portraits before old man winter arrives, please let us know!  We’d love to create a stunning portrait to celebrate your graduation!

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vermilion fall family portraits

Vermilion Portrait Photographer | Perspective

Dragon Hare Studios – Perspective!  It’s a pretty fun thing in the world of photography!  I bet you have heard that a camera can add ten pounds?  Well it isn’t the camera that adds ten pounds, it’s the person operating the camera that can add ten pounds!

How is that possible?

Take a look at this image.  I’ve shared it on our facebook page recently.  I asked the question how are the two images different.  The answer might be surprising because they do look different!  In actuality, it is the same little marigold, the photo was taken at the same time under the same lighting.  I didn’t do anything to change the image at all except in how I used my cell phone to take the photo!

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Perspective!  That is all that changed in this image!  In one image, the roots of the plant look much bigger.  In the other image, the actual plant looks much bigger than in the roots.  I used my camera to create this illusion in both images.  As the photographer, I control every aspect of the photograph I am creating.

Now how does this apply to adding ten pounds?  Well, imagine those roots were your bottom and legs!  I can, if I wasn’t paying attention, make your bottom look much heavier than it does in real life.  Or I can make you look much taller!  I can make you look like a fierce warrior or a soft and romantic princess simply by changing my perspective!

No, my camera doesn’t have magical powers.  It’s physics and it’s pretty cool!

Check this out, a really tiny miss who doesn’t reach her Daddy’s waist or a little miss who surpasses it!  Same girl, same session, I just used perspective to make her look huge in the photograph!

Vermilion Child portrait photographer, Dragon Hare Studios

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Here’s another example.  The grad on the left is maybe a bit shorter than me, she’s very petite but I made her look rather fierce!  The young man on the right, well let’s just say I had to look way up to say hi to him!  Perspective!  It’s really fun!

Vermilion grad portrait photographer, Dragon Hare Studios

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You don’t need a fancy camera to accomplish this either!  I had my kids make our dog look like a little puppy and the giant dog that she is with my cell phone!

Vermilion pet portrait photographer, Dragon Hare Studios

So what does this mean to you as a client looking for a photographer?  Well, look at the photographer’s portfolio you are considering hiring!  Does their work show different use of perspective?  Does the work emphasize areas of the body you’d rather not?  There’s a trick to using perspective to minimize or maximize size!

Want your bottom to look bigger or smaller?  I haven’t met a woman yet who doesn’t want a smaller bottom!  I haven’t met a client who does not want to look 10lbs lighter in their photographs than in real life!

Perspective!   This photographer knows how a camera changes perspective, is aware of it and uses it to her creative ability!  Welcome to Dragon Hare, where we can make bottoms smaller!