I recently had the privilege to hang out with and photograph a menagerie of my favorite kids on the planet. (Click on the photo to see some of my favorites.)

Photographing children is one of my favorite activities. However, it is also one of the most difficult photographic endeavors one can attempt. They're energetic and unpredictable. Some are shy and quiet while others are rambunctious and outgoing. In my experience the best way to work with kids is to follow their lead. If they're being shy and quiet engage them in a calm manner. If they're going crazy with energy approach them with a lot of energy. 

While photographing Dasia and Izabell, ages five and three, I had the luxury of working with out time constraints. I let them each take the lead. Playing when they wanted stopping and asking them to pose or give me a smile when the mood, energy, and environment were right. It was a fun time with both girls. Using this approach allowed them to stay relaxed and have fun without getting frustrated with sitting still too much and becoming bored. It also allowed me to get a lot of fantastic candid shots on top of the more formal posed ones. 

I am looking forward to photographing children more in the future. They are an absolute delight to spend time with. Fortunately, I have many friends and family with incredibly adorable children. 



The theme of the week is work. Unfortunately, it hasn't all been of the fun variety. Aside from my "side" job in retail, which was beyond insanity this week, I've been doing a lot of logistical and planning work for my free-lancing.

Prompted by a couple of requests for price quotes I have begun to form some pricing packages for different events. A good portion of this afternoon was spent developing my basic senior portrait package, the advertising postcard of which can be seen to the right of this paragraph. (And, yes, I did indeed design that postcard to color coordinate with this website.) During the coming week I will be working on similar pricing adverts for weddings and engagements as well, as these three make up the majority of the gigs I book. My goal is to get the basic packages formed by the end of the week and to expand from there.

This week also marked my return to basic graphic design in the creation of the postcard design above. I enjoy working with graphic design, though it is a tricky business. In the future I'd like to take a few more classes on the subject. Expand my skill set and what not. In the mean time, it's fun to dabble where I can.


    Photographic Love
    From the Mitten

    Hey, folks! I'm Traci!
    At this point in my life I have lived all over the state of Michigan, including the Upper Peninsula and many areas of the Mitten.

    I am a semi-professional photographer with an extreme wanderlust and a thirst for creative outlets. This blog is a way of documenting my photographic journey as I travel around the Mitten and beyond.

    Don't be shy. Drop in on occasion and see what I've gotten up to and where I've wandered.


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