Mother’s Day -Maryland Photographer

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Hi everyone! My website is still under construction. The big reveal will come in May. Mother’s Day is coming up and I wanted to share a few photos from yesterday’s Mother’s Day session. There are only three spots left and … Continue reading

My Website is Being Updated

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Dear friends and followers,

Thank you so much for your patience. My website is currently going through an update. For all of my latest and to keep up with me and my work on a daily or weekly bases please find me on facebook at Lovely Lens Photography. Here is a link:

https://www.facebook.com/LovelyLensPhotography

I will occasionally be making some posts, but nothing big will be placed up on the website until the update is complete. I have a lot of web designing to do. The goal is to have this blog-site reopened in mid-late May.

I thought I would share some old photos for fun. These two photos were edited by me in my freshman year of college. I stumbled across them on my computer today and thought that I would share. The pictures are based on Roy Lichtenstein’s paintings and the words are lyrics from Judy Garland songs (I love Judy!) The lovely ladies in these photos are my college friends Augusta and Ellie.

Please check back in May to see the new site. Can’t wait? Find me on Facebook.

-Courtney

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Updated My Trusty Camera

It is always best to work with what you have first and truly master it. It is also a good idea to work with in your budget. I feel as if I have exhausted those good ideas with my Canon rebel. A great camera for taking photos on the fly, but not so wonderful for the low light situations I often encounter at weddings receptions and inside dark churches. So after a lot of planning and thinking I have finally updated to a Nikon D600.

I feel as if I have betrayed my beloved Canon a little bit (I love both camera companies. Honestly they are both amazing and one is not better than the other. I just prefer how the shutter button does not lag as much with the Nikon cameras. It is going to take a while to get used to the extremely different Nikon design. Even the lenses go on in a different direction. Sneaky marketing!)

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My Canon Rebel XSI was a valuable learning tool in learning how to shoot manually and setting the correct ISO, white balance, aperture, and shutter speed for each shot. The 8 mp and low quality ISO that only went to 1600 was really beginning to keep me from reaching my potential. I feel as if I have learned so much over the past year and my rebel just was not able to keep up with me and translate those new skills.

My Nikon D600 has 24.3 mega pixels and goes up to an ISO of 6400! I feel like I can take on the world. Plus it is full frame. The photo above illustrates the difference. Both photos were taken at an ISO of 800 at 125 and f/4.5. Both pictures are nice, but the top has digital noise from the ISO and is not as sharp and crisp. There isn’t a huge difference in the day light, but at night the D600 takes photos that my rebel cannot. I honestly feel like I cannot take a bad photo with this camera right now (I’m sure my inner critic will wear that down quick).

I am so excited to be learning more. I have been reading the manual. Only on page 99. A couple hundred to go! I wanted to share this exciting news with everyone to let you know that I am striving to always better myself and my photography. Expect a lot of changes and hopefully an insane amount of improvement! 644240_461787977221297_206456939_n

(This inspiration quote was made by and is copyrighted to http://www.girlheartscamera.com)

This video was just too cute. I love poetry and this little guy recites it so well! lol.

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You are the bread and the knife,
the crystal goblet and the wine.
You are the dew on the morning grass
and the burning wheel of the sun.
You are the white apron of the baker,
and the marsh birds suddenly in flight.

However, you are not the wind in the orchard,
the plums on the counter,
or the house of cards.
And you are certainly not the pine-scented air.
There is just no way that you are the pine-scented air.

It is possible that you are the fish under the bridge,
maybe even the pigeon on the general’s head,
but you are not even close
to being the field of cornflowers at dusk.

And a quick look in the mirror will show
that you are neither the boots in the corner
nor the boat asleep in its boathouse.

It might interest you to know,
speaking of the plentiful imagery…

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Boudoir Opportunity -Maryland Boudoir Photographer

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I have a special boudoir opportunity available for an exclusive six fearless women. The average American boudoir session costs nearly $1,000 making boudoir photo shoots a big decision for many women.

My recent boudoir sessions have all been 100% confidential. Being a conservative gal myself I completely understand the reasons why a woman would want to keep her personal boudoir images private, especially if the pictures are a surprise for a special some one. However, I am looking for six fabulously fearless women to add to my online and printed boudoir portfolios.

If you or a friend would like an affordable and professional boudoir session then this is the perfect opportunity. Normally my boudoir packages start at $800. In exchange for permission to publish the photos taken during your boudoir session like previous women featured on this blog (such as the lovely Lauren pictured here), your boudoir investment would be only $450! The complete boudoir package includes your pre-boudoir consultation, your boudoir session, professional editing and retouching of your images, a custom DVD and case with your edited image files, and a free 5″x7″ print. That is over $350 worth in savings. Book your session by March 5th and receive an additional $50 off of your session.

With your permission, the images would be featured on my website, facebook, twitter, pinterest, and in my album samples. If a friend of yours signs up for this exciting boudoir discount and mentions that she was recommended by you, you will both receive an additional free 8″x0″ print of your choice.

Please share this post on Facebook and Twitter and with friends who may be interested in a boudoir photo shoot at a very affordable price. You can be one of the exclusive six women for this special offer, but sign up quickly because space is limited. 
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Top 10 Tips for [Hotel] Boudoir Sessions -Maryland Boudoir Photographer

  Top 10 Tips For [Hotel] Boudoir Sessions

If your own home is not boudoir worthy or easily available and a studio session is not your style, a hotel room is an obvious solution for your boudoir ambiance. Or is it? When you think of the rooms from hotels past, how beautiful were the rooms that you have stayed in? Take a moment to picture in your head the pattern of the comforter, the color of the carpet, or the generic pictures on the wall. Does luxury come to mind? Beauty? Do not lose hope yet. I have compiled a master list of my own top 10 tips for making your hotel photo shoot as gorgeous as you are.

blog 71.If you can aford to, pay for the best room that you can. If you are investing in a luxurious photo shoot you want the atmosphere to be the best that it can be. It is the back drop for your photos after all. In off-season months hotel room prices are lower.

blog 52. Cannot afford a four or five star room? Don’t be discouraged because there is plenty more you can do. Inns and Bed & Breakfasts often have beautiful and affordable options. Ask if they have discounts for using the room for just a few hours instead of a full day and night. Smaller businesses like Bed & Breakfasts are easier to negotiate prices with. In exchange for free advertizing on your photographer’s blog post they may consider a decent disocunt. It doesn’t hurt to ask.

3. If at all possible, look at photos of the rooms online or through a brochure before you decide so you will know what to expect and what you may alter when you arrive.

blog 44. Invest in looking your best. The location is important, but you darling are the centerpiece. If your session does not include a professional hair and make up artist then consider hiring one for the duration of the photo shoot or visit a salon. The way the location looks comes in second place to you so pick out various clothing otpions and langerie that flatters your figure and makes you feel confident. Trying new things is great, but if it makes you uncomfortable it will show in the photos so stick to what you know that works.

5. The atmosphere of a room may be easily altered. Remove ugly wall decorations during your session and replace them when you are done. Your may also bring in some decorations of your own such as a screen divider, a chair, or something beautiful from your own boudoir.


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The bed is a very important prop so do not neglect it. If the comforter leaves much to be desired bring in your own. The most simple way to change the look of a room is to cover the bed with a beautiful blanket and some gorgeous silky pillow cases. The bed may be one of your best back drops.

blog 17.Do not worry if you do not have the best blanket to bring along. Most hotel beds have white sheets and pillows. Simply remove the hideous top layers and use the classic white sheets like the movie star you wish you were, this is your photo-op after all.

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Props are important. Whether it is something big like a screen divider or a beautiful chair or small like a basketball or your man’s favorite tie, props add variety to your photo shoot and gives you new pose possibilities.

9.Use an empty wall as a backdrop or ask your photographer to bring in some back drops of her own. If the room is very small or not very pretty this will allow you to change the scenery and get a greater variety of images. They can be serious or playful. Different colored sheets and fabrics taped to the wall (with Painter’s tape) will do the trick just fine. Get creative!

blog 610. Lights, camera, action! Lighting drastically changes the look and mood of a photograph. Ask your photographer what lighting they plan to use. Window light, strobes, off-camera flashes, umbrellas, soft boxes, and beauty dishes all provide different looks. Suggest some of your favorite styles, but also trust your photographer when she comes up with some suggestions on the spot. She may see something you cannot see being on the other side of the camera. Variety is important. Also show your photographer examples of photos that you have seen and would like to use similar lighting, poses, or props.

Were these tips helpful? Tweet Lovely Lens and let me know as well as share tips of your own @LovelyLensPhoto #MyBoudoirTips. Any questions? I would be happy to answer them!

 

-Courtney

Strike New Paths In 2013

Happy New Year! You know, I love looking back on past years. The way I have always done that is with photographs. Personal snap shots mean so much to me and that is what interested me in photography from the very beginning. I love photography as fine art, as photojournalism, but most of all as capturing life. I have always had this compulsion to record everything and every happy moment in words, videos, or still images.

2012 had many obstacles, but you don’t really see all of that when looking at a photograph. Sure, somewhere in that picture is a hint of something deeper or a connection to another memory, maybe even a darker one. A photograph is a high light of a moment so deeply personal that we have to keep it locked on paper. I believe we keep our most beloved thoughts on paper. They reflect what is important to us on a level that we cannot say.

This year had the most changes for me since moving to college. This year I graduated with my bachelors degree in fine arts with a specialization in photography:


1 I moved away from my beloved Cazenovia College and home in Connecticut to the mysterious and sometimes lonely Maryland. . . . .2 . . .  to be with the love of my life in Bel Air, MD about a half hour away from Baltimore. . . 3 4. . . and an hour away from Washington DC. 
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Being away from my family has been hard. And I do miss my friends. However, I have a lot going on for me here. There has not been a lack of adventure. 5576762_10151034253122269_2145980281_nMatthew and I are living together for the first time, and believe me, it is a learning process. I would have been disappointed if it wasn’t. I hope that we will always be learning more about one another for as long as we live. We have had the opportunity to do all these amazing things such as getting our first Christmas tree. I hope that for as long as I live I enjoy the small moments like those.

IMG_0032And with the year of 2013 I plan to keep growing as an individual, as a friend, and most definitely as a photographer. My New Year resolutions are not new, but continued goals that I carry with me through out the year such as learning French. My big goal this year is opening my own photography studio in Bel Air, MD. You will also be seeing more of me on the blogosphere. What is your big goal this year?
6“If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.”  -John D. Rockefeller

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays, everyone! As you know, I have been without an internet connection for a couple weeks, but I am finally back online. I have been busy working extra hard and getting ready to go home to Connecticut for Christmas. I will be back shortly after the holidays.

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The Deserving Couple Wedding contest has been extended until Valentine’s Day so tell every one you know that is engaged or who gets engaged this holiday season.

Tonight I get to decorate my Christmas tree with Matthew (our first ever tree together). My friend Sasha helped us pick out our tree on Saturday and our apartment is beginning to look warm and cozy. I found an awesome faux garland at Michael’s Crafts for 60% off and wrapped white lights around it and placed it on the divider between my kitchen and dining room. It really brightened up our room and made it so festive. Yes, Maryland is beginning to feel like home. The Christmas music is on and we each have a glass of eggnog. Eggnog, how I have missed you!

Right after Christmas I will be debuting my first ever issue of the Lovely Lens Photography Boutique Catalogue complete with all sorts of goodies and coupons. See some of my latest products and hear about my exclusive photography services and upcoming workshops. Please reply to this post with your e-mail address if you would like to have the magazine mailed to you. Happy Holidays! IMG_0045

Contest starts on Thanksgiving -MD Wedding Photographer

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that you all have a beautiful and thankful Thanksgiving day tomorrow. I have a quick announcement:

Thanksgiving Day is the start of my deserving couple wedding contest!

What is a deserving couple wedding? Free wedding photography for your wedding day. (Prints, DVDs, and album are not included, although they are offered at a discounted price.) To win, you  (or the couple that you are nominating) must be a couple that cannot otherwise afford a photographer for their wedding day. This is important because I want to give memorable images to a couple that otherwise would not have any professional photos of their big day. The other requirement is the wedding must take place within an hour and a half of Harford County, Maryland and within the year of 2013.

To apply, please e-mail your nomination or request to LovelyLensPhotogrpahy@gmail.com. I will need to know the name and age of the couple, their occupations, where the wedding is taking place, and the wedding date. Also include a few paragraphs explaining why you believe that you or the couple that you are nominating deserves their wedding to be photographed for free.

Applications start Thanksgiving Day and the winner will be announced on New Years Day! Please share, tweet, or Facebook this announcement to any couple that you know that deserves to win this contest. Take the initiative and nominate someone special tomorrow. Have a lovely Thanksgiving!