A Bag for Every Camera
When I pick out a came bag for my gear I have a few criteria I like met. It has to hold my walking around items for portrait sessions. This usually includes an my choice set of lenses, one body, speed light, extra batteries, extra memory cards, and small miscellaneous items. I look for bags that have removable inserts so I can adjust for the amount of gear I carry with me that day. This also helps as they can convert to a regular purse. I like how you blend in for street photography if your gear bag doesn’t scream “Look there, it’s a photographer with lots of expensive gear!” Lastly, I have to admit I love pretty accessories so the bag must look good. I’ve come to the point where all my large tote style bags are duel purpose camera bags. If I don’t need a camera than I just carry small clutch style bags. I still own a black backpack style camera bag but only use it when hiking or roughing it. If they made a cool Camelbak / camera backpack with adjustable inserts then I’d probably buy it. On to the cool stuff.
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Checked out a local eatery, Underbelly for a birthday weekend treat a bit back. The food was awesome and drinks plentiful. I got the Underbelly ramen and a couple . The Hubs added bacon wrapped mushrooms to his and I highly recommend those. Located in Little Italy go to the farmers market then eat lunch here on your next Saturday like we did.

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Got an extra special cupcake treat from Sprinkles Cupcakes as well. As you can, the fastest way to my heart is through my stomach.

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Happy day to me indeed!

I’ve know this lovely lady for a few years now and have shared nightcaps, doggy walks, and her ever life events aplenty. Now I’m honored to be part of her next big step, getting married. I don’t know how she does it but she is getting married, graduating college, and moving cross country all in one month. She was able to make time to join her finance for a San Diego engagement session where we hit up iconic locations like Balboa Park and Little Italy. This pair is funny, goofy, and laid back.  Here are a few images from our sessions together. I think they will make lovely San Diegans soon, and I can’t wait for the wedding!

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When I photographed this little lady her lovely eyes where wide open and interested in everything going on. Even with the bright window light and blanket fussing she stayed a happy, calm little lady. This was no nap time, Miss C. was bound and determined to enjoy herself with feet out stretched and inquisitive hands always moving. I can picture her scooting and standing as soon as she can to explore everything. Her parents chose a Star Wars themed nursery complete with stuffed tauntauns and Wampas. More girls should grow up to be Jedi knights.

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I have a a couple of 2-bank continuous fluorescent light panels with barn doors in the studio. For use with video and photography. I’ve used them before and had good results. It was time for a little more experimenting with them and some posing practice for the Hub. His style is very much photojournalistic so this was stepping outside his comfort zone a little.2BarLightPanel

We used a one light grey backdrop, two lights and I volunteered to step in front of the camera this time. Normally I coach from the other side of the lens so this was a change of pace. I had just bought some new foundation from Urban Decay called Naked. I have very sensitive skin and this does not make me break out. I normally just wear Bare Minerals for day to day but for pictures you need more coverage. I highly recommend this to my clients with sensitive skin.

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We Were able to get some directional and some soft light with just the two lights and their white light diffusers. I liked the catch lights created by the bars as well. It is possible to have them too close to the model as they produce a lot of light. When I work with portrait clients I know they can feel a little awkward in front of the camera. Where do I put my hands? Do I look funny? Can you see my double chin? Everybody feels this way at the start of a session, then you really do warm up to it. Even I learned a little more about taking direction as a model to help my clients. Always keep learning and using your gear.