Pictures for FC Bayern Munich

A few weeks ago Global Premier Soccer (GPS) called us to take pictures for a press release FC Bayern Munich (FCB) was going to publish on their website. FCB was extending their partnership with GPS. A partnership that started back in 2014. 

Bayern Munich just won the 2016-2017 Bundesliga bringing it to a total of 27 times in history. 18 times more than any other professional team in Germany. They have also won the UEFA Champions League 5 times. It's one of the biggest Football Clubs in history. It was founded in 1900 by 11 Football players and it's based in Munich Bavaria.

You can read the entire press release "here". 

These are our pictures that got published in the press release.

Practice Makes Perfect

Nowadays, almost all of us, carry at least one camera with us all the time. That means everybody is taking pictures constantly. Just look at Facebook's picture upload numbers. Their users uploaded 350 million pictures per day in 2016. It wouldn't be happening if it wasn't for smart cell phones. And it wouldn't happen if it wasn't for digital photography.

When I changed from film cameras to digital cameras, back in 2001-2002, I remember being impressed by how quick I had access to the pictures I was taking. Back then, I only needed a computer to process those pictures and they were ready to be shared or printed.

Today, pictures I take with my SLR can even be processed in a portable device, like a tablet or a phone. There are no excuses not to take pictures all the time. Using our cameras constantly is the best way to get better at taking pictures. Practice makes perfect.

When we practice constantly we get better at many things.
We learn how to use our cameras. I'm one of those who reads an owner's guide for almost everything I buy. I also watch YouTube videos that teach me how to use the different functions in my camera. But the only way not to forget how to use the camera is using it constantly. One more thing is that our fingers learn where to go to go to press the right button only with practice.
We start seeing things with an artistic eye.
Since we are practicing constantly, we have a better chance to get great pictures all the time.
We are always finding ideas of what to take pictures of. It can be hard to find subjects initially. But it starts getting easier and easier the more we practice.

We don't only have the cameras on our phones with us all the time. We also try to bring our SLR camera everywhere we go. The picture bellow wouldn't have been possible if we didn't have it with us. We saw the girl in the hammock reading a book and we knew it was a great opportunity for a picture. 

Interior Design

We were contacted by a construction company that was designing and building their new website. They wanted to focus on building a portfolio of their most recent finished jobs. After a couple of meetings and some planning, we started the process of taking the pictures at each of the locations they chose. 

To take the picture below, we first scouted the place, turned on all the lights in the home, dimmed the brightest of them and set up the camera to get the best angle and composition for what we wanted to show. Once we had the camera in place, we set the lighting. This was the task that took the longest. We wanted to make sure that the entire place was illuminated and avoid dark areas. Most importantly, we needed to highlight the features that the constructors wanted to show. Just before we took the picture, we started the fire in the fireplace

Photographing Twins

For the last three years, we have been photographing these beautiful twins. Now I can identify them more and more by their personalities. Even though, sometimes it is hard to tell them apart . They are both very cute. They love playing with each other. One of them seems to be more adventurous than the other.  I bet, she gets more in trouble. The other one is more introvertive.   I love to see how much children change from one year to the next. How their faces change. And how their personalities start to shape. 

Family Photography

This is one of my favorites photos of one of our recent family photo sessions. I loved working with the Parson's family. Their baby was really cute. His blue and smile were beautiful. When Rachel contacted me, I got very excited when she mentioned that they wanted to include their dog in the session. Growing up, my family always had dogs. They were very important in my life. So, I can really appreciate how important it was for them to include their dog in the picture. 

Photographing Interiors

Last week I had the pleasure of taking some interior photos from a beautiful home that Cara Hulme is listing in Newton, MA. This was the first time we worked together. It was a very nice experience. The house had lots of windows and skylights that allowed a lot of natural light to come in. 

Zip Lining in Boston

What a perfect way to end February vacation! With the beautiful weather that we had this past Saturday, we decided to go to Boston for a walk along the river. The first think that our kids noticed was the new play space at the Esplanade. Of course, we had to stop there. They had so much fun zip lining and climbing the spider web. We also had fun taking pictures of them. For this particular photo, a slow shutter speed was needed to show some action of our son riding the zip line.   

Cheese And Wine

This is one of our latest work. There are many differences between photographing people and products. People can communicate their emotions and how they are feeling with their facial and body expressions. Products don't. So, we need to set them up in a way that  we can communicate the emotions and mood we want them to represent. We love doing product photography. It is challenging. 

Memories From Last Winter

Last week we decided to make our family photo book of 2015. When we were going through our pictures and selecting what we wanted for the book, we came across this picture. It is one of our favorites images from last winter. It not only brought memories of how much snow we had in February but most importantly, memories of how much our kids enjoyed playing in the snow. We certainly are not looking forward to getting that much snow, but it would be nice to have just a little bit for us to play outside.

Dreams

This is one of our favorites photos from a recent family photo sessions. I love how serene and beautiful Bella looks laying on the ground as if dreaming and enjoying the sun and the outdoors. She was great to work with. She was very sweet and had a very positive attitude towards the photo session. 

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Holiday Photo for Boston Gourmet Chefs

 

For the second year, we were invited by Boston Gourmet Chefs to take a photo for their holiday card. This year's theme was the 1920's. The goal was to send a message to their clients to celebrate with the company this holiday season,  showcasing their products. To achieve this, we researched the photography style and lighting from the era. The set up was designed as if they were together in a party with their clients. The four of them were posed around the table while enjoying  a glass of champagne. We illuminated the table from above with a softbox with a grid. Then, we illuminated  the four of them using three more lights with grids to avoid light spilling to the walls. We needed to focus on the people as well as the food. . Therefore in post production, we decided to separate the two things we needed to show by giving the photo an effect with grain and sepia colors to show some age to them. And we left the table with food with natural colors, This allowed the viewer to focus on both the people and the beautiful hors devours well.

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End of Soccer Season

It was the last day of the kids soccer season. Like every Saturday, kids were very excited to play a match. And we had our camera there to document it. This is one of our son’s teammates. He loves to play soccer and to move the ball around. He is also very athletic. His moves are strong.

We captured most of the match. It is great to photograph kids sports. And like any kind of photography, it is challenging. You need a fast shutter speed. Maybe a higher ISO setting. And you need to set up the camera to track movement when it is focusing. A telephoto zoom is a must and a monopod is a great tool to have.  Make sure you know the sport you are going to photograph. It’s important to anticipate the moment and to know what is the best angle to photograph from. Look at sports magazines to know the angles sports photographers use. Stay out of the way of the athletes. And mind the background. A beautiful picture of the athlete with a trash can on the background will ruin the picture. 

Product Photography - Smoothies for SooGood

We have a  passion for photography and a passion for good and beautiful food. Put those two together and this is what we get. We love to make food photography. We enjoy working with different textures, shapes and colors of food.  We are very detail oriented. That is key to do any kind of food photography. We are currently working on taking photos for SooGood. A smoothie and coffee place that recently opened its doors in Natick, next to Planet Fitness. 

"It's Fun In Fall"

Fall is beautiful in New England. The weather starts to get colder. Leaves start to change their colors and trees lose their leaves. Kids play in the park wearing warmer and colorful clothes that contrast with the leaves. The sun is at a lower angle. That means the light from the sun is warmer. And once we combine all of them together, it is simply the perfect time to make photography.

While I was writing this post, my son sat next to me. He read it, and said, "it needs more". He started to dictate what he thought we needed to say. "It's fun in fall. The leaves start to change their colors. It gets colder. Kids  like to play in leaf piles. It's the perfect time to have some fall fun. Also, birds fly south for the winter to survive in a warmer place like Florida. Because it never snows there or get even colder"

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Fall Family Photos

With trees changing colors and leaves falling on the ground, the scenery is more and more interesting for family photography. All around becomes warmer and inviting. It is one of the best times of the year for portraits. Also, a great opportunity for thinking on photos for holiday cards. Give us a call soon at 508-964-0430 to schedule your photo session before the colors are gone. We are offering full photo sessions and mini sessions as well.

 

Roses

I had some roses at home that my son gave me the other day. He wanted me to keep them "forever". I explain they wouldn't last that long. So I decided to get my camera with a macro lens and take a photo of one of them. That way we would be able to have them forever in our memories. I believe that is what I love most about photography. It allows us to keep memories that are special to us. I'm sure that in the future when my son and I look at this picture, we'll remember when he went to the store with his dad and brought roses for me.  That was very special!

Swimming New Season

With the start of the sports' season, there are many opportunities to take pictures of our children. Ours, in particular, like to swim, play soccer and ride bikes more than anything else. We are very involved on their sports and enjoy watching them get better every time. Three months ago, our son wanted to improve his butterfly stroke. Over the summer, he worked very hard on it. He is happy with his late results. Being able to capture him doing his new improved stroke was very satisfying for us. To him, it was important to be able to see how it looks when he does it well. When we took this photo and showed it to him, he had a huge smile in his face. It made him very proud!

Walking in The Woods

Since my kids were home today, we decided to go for a nature walk which they enjoy very much. While the kids brought binoculars and a toy camera. I decided to bring my camera. Bringing this thing with us gave us the opportunity to appreciate even more our surroundings. We looked for details and interesting things along the way. We made several stops to take pictures of things that caught our eyes. This is my favorite picture of the day. I love how the light hits the plant and brings all that texture and color to life. 

Commercial Shoot For Marissa Farrell

We recently were approached by Marissa Farrell to take pictures for her business' website www.marissafarrellyoga.com which highlights her work as a yoga teacher, doula, and massage therapist.  Her goal was that people would be able to see her working at her new massage studio and to give people an idea of the mood and feel for the experience they would get with her. Marissa offers her massage services at Boston Personal Training in South Natick, Stepping Stone Acupuncture and Wellness in Wellesley, and yoga services at Laughing Dog Yoga Studio in Wellesley. 

High School Senior Pictures

With the start of the school year, this is a busy season for portraits for high school seniors who require a formal picture for their yearbook. This is also a great opportunity to take some different photos with props that reflect their personality and what they like. This week we took photos for Sam Morse. He wanted a dark background for the clothes he was going to wear. We set up the studio with only one light with a soft box and a reflector as a fill light. After we finished with his formal portrait we took some more pictures with a hat that he brought and also with some casual clothes.  He was very happy with the end result. It was a great session.