Thursday Doors

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These amazing doors are to the old City and Country Building in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. The lovely girl posing in front of them is my cousin’s daughter. She picked this location for her senior photos. Great choice.

This is my entry for Norm 2.0’s Thursday Doors challenge.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Props

When doing a shoot for a child or high school senior, I tell my clients to bring things they are interested in. For small children, I suggest parents bring favorite toys. Having something familiar can help them relax and brings out really fun things in their personalities. Too many props can get in the way, but a few well-selected ones really help to make the portrait shoot more memorable and more fun for your clients.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE ONE OR TWO OR MORE PHOTOS FEATURING PEOPLE WITH PROPS.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Cropping

Cropping is a very important tool in any photographer’s arsenal. Cropping can take a picture from okay to interesting. It can change the feeling or perspective of a shot. Cropping a shot from landscape to portrait (or vise versa) can help change the focus of your image. Cropping helps you tell your story in exactly the way you want. This week, have fun playing around with the cropping tools in whatever photo editing software you prefer.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE BEFORE AND AFTER CROPPING FUN.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Eye Spy

As a portrait and wedding photographer, I try to pay extra attention to people’s eyes. Here are some old and new photos for this challenge.

For more entries, visit Weekly Photo Challenge: Eye Spy.

Seniors and Missionary shoot with Master B

This great young man is graduating from high school and getting ready to leave for an LDS mission to California this summer. He’s very busy, so it was great to be able to give him a bit of a break from studying for AP tests and finals to do a fun, relaxing photo shoot. He was such a natural in front of the camera.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds

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The rule of thirds is a standard photographers use to frame their images. You divide the frame into a grid of three across and three down, and then don’t put your subject in the middle square. Just like any really good rule, it’s also fun when you know when to break it. However, for this photo, I didn’t.

For more from this challenge, visit Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds.