Sunday, July 1, 2012

July - Sunday Snapshot

{Summer sky}

July 1

"Like painted kites, those days and nights
They went flying by
The world was new beneath the blue
umbrella sky..."

 Excerpt from "The Summer Wind", lyrics by Johnny Mercer

July 3

I have quite a few photographers that I admire and one of my favorites
is Audrey Woulard.
I just finished re-reading her book,
Natural Enlightenment Photography.

July 6
I consider Audrey a master of light and color.
And secretly I like that she shoots with the same camera as me. ;)
I don't claim to be any Audrey Woulard and it was fun to put my own spin on some of the things she uses
with her photography style.

July 4
For these photos I did what Ms. Woulard does with her clients as far as I styled Grace minimally
with clothing and props.
Less was definitely more here as the setting of the blue- green water, the weathered pier
and endless blue sky spoke volumes.

July 5
These were taken in pretty much full sun at 11am a few days ago.
The pier and water worked as natural reflectors.
With the first image, I was facing West...hence the brilliant blue sky.
 I deliberately wanted to capture that color.
It was one of those perfectly clear days
without a cloud.

In the first image Grace was looking back at a family of ducks
swimming toward the pier.

Nikon d700
35mm 1.4 lens
ISO 250
1/5000 sec.

Edited in Lightroom and  then Photoshop with Florabella's
Classic Bright action on a low opacity.

See many more images at Ni Hao Y'all's Sunday Snapshot!

(Grace's dress and hair clips are from JCrew).

Ni Hao Yall

20 kind words:

Eva said...

Gail, these are lovely.

I had to chuckle when I read the part about Audrey Woulard and her gear. I had the same thought when I read her book, too! lol. It was also refreshing to see somebody so talented in the business shoot with Nikon!

I love how you took what you read and it made your own. Beautiful images. I want to be whisked away there.

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

OMG GAIL! These are beyond fabulous ! ! ! ! ! ! I could almost feel the sun. With the music it was a perfect setting. You have made my day!

Beyond gorgeous!


Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

these are so pretty and peaceful!!!

I love the deep blue sky and how there was not a cloud to be found!!!

I too agree with the less is more theory.....

Beautiful images of Grace!!



redmaryjanes said...

Gorgeous. Everything, Grace, the location. Such peace.

Jboo said...

Wow -- so gorgeous -- your photos and the lovely Miss Grace!!!!

Sharon said...

She truly is so beautiful.

Kate said...

Dreamy whimsical perfection. I love them all Gail. Do you ever take a bad shot????


Kim said...

love -love-love...

Sharon Ankerich said...

Gorgeous! I was wondering about a 35mm lens. Sometimes my 50 is just too close. LOVE these shots of Grace! She is beautiful!!! XOXO

Hoots Momma said...

as always... STUNNING. She is certainly growing up and just BEAUTIFUL. I love your work and of the little baby in June.

Dita said...

Stunning perspectives of your sweet baby girl...who is turning into a young lady before our eyes. I can't help but stare at how elegant her features are...a true beauty.

Really lovely images...minimalistically magnificent.

Stefanie said...

I agree with Dita, Grace is just so very lovely. Less is more with a beauty like her, for sure!
Gorgeous series, Gail... I really love them all but the first is just magnificent :)

ashley said...

Gail, I was carried away by those pictures. And the last one of Grace, wow! She is so very beautiful.
xoxo Ashley

Natalie said...

Really, really beautiful!

Gina @ Gigi Marie Photography said...

I swear she gets more beautiful by the second. WOW- Gail!!!! Oh these are so stunning!

Emma Mcclelland said...

Hello I'm a new follower! I've seen your blog a couple times but just now started following. I am absolutely jealous of your GORGEOUS pictures!
Emma from,

Michelle R Photography said...

So serene and beautiful!!

Chasing Dreams Photography said...

OMW these are stunning!!!!! Your photography is gorgeous!!!! Grace is so beautiful!!!! You are truly an amazing photographer!!!

Chasing Dreams Photography said...

OMW these are stunning!!!!! Your photography is gorgeous!!!! Grace is so beautiful!!!! You are truly an amazing photographer!!!

Rachel Castlen said...

wow! browsing your blog is just so inspiring! i can't put my finger on it, but i am in love with your style. i like how it is clear, bright, open, natural, with intriguing compositions in every frame. gorgeous babies to photograph, too :). thank you for sharing!

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