How could we resist when it’s just around the corner? This week’s prompt (surprise, surprise) is #halloween.

There is SO much out there to photograph for this prompt – from the pumpkin patches to the piles and piles of candy not to mention the main events on All Hallow’s Eve itself! Buahahahahaha! Whether you’re in it for the costumes or the candy, or the sheer joy of celebrating the end of the harvest season – show us your #halloween. There are plenty of flashy moments to anticipate – like carving the pumpkin to make a spooky jack o’lantern and going trick or treating through the neighborhood all dressed up in costume. But this is also a great opportunity to snap a group shot of family and friends as you gather to celebrate throughout this season. Take the time to look for the quieter moments too – the kiddos finally falling asleep amidst their plunder or grandma snarling with the fake teeth… stand still, look around and think about what story you’re telling and then get it!

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Shooting Ideas

Try shooting at night or in a dark room, using the bulb function on your DSLR camera or download a long exposure app for your phone (like slow shutter cam for example). This is great for capturing low lighting situations such as candles flickering in the pumpkins, neon lanterns illuminating faces or just plain fun light painting.  For light painting inspiration check out this amazing commercial. It was filmed in one night using light painting techniques.

Tell a story with color using Halloween candy corn as your muse and capture all things white one day, then yellow the next and end with orange. As you can see, the possibilities are plentiful.

How to See Other Poster’s Images

Last week’s prompt had us all thinking about the #change in the air that’s almost palpable at this time of year. So much going on and this is just the start! Head over to the gallery and see what others are adding to it and be inspired. To check out the images in the Instagram app – click the star icon, select the hashtag tab and type in #wpmyview. All the tagged images will appear for you to scroll through and enjoy.

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Can you believe it’s almost Halloween? Do you have the kid’s costumes picked out already?

Before the holidays get too crazy and you’re running around trying to fulfill all your calendar obligations, do all the shopping for gifts and make travel plans to visit family, how about we gather your crew to spend a bit of time together capturing your family love?

Los Angeles Family portrait photography Bee Canyon Park Family session

Yes, it really is that time of year. Time to slow the spinning world down for at least an hour and spend time as a family goofing around in front of my lens. :)

I have dates available for San Francisco bay area and southern California (Los Angeles to Carlsbad) families.

11/2 – SoCal: tbd (4 spots )

11/3 – SoCal: Pasadena Area (afternoon available) (2 spots)

11/4 – SoCal: Claremont Area (afternoon available) (2 spots)

11/7 – SF bay area: Berkeley / Richmond (4 spots)

11/8 – SF bay area: Berkeley / Richmond (4 spots)

11/9 – SF bay area: tbd

Don’t have your location listed above? Don’t fret. Contact me and let me know where you’re located and if you’re willing to find 1-2 other families in your area interested in family portraits. Then we’ll book a date and capture all the fabulousness that is your family.


The session details:

        $495

  • 45 minute outdoor session
  • Up to 5 people
  • 14 day online gallery of images to choose your images
  • 10 digital images electronically transferred to you with a personal use license for printing ($650 value)
  • all 10 favorite images uploaded to Minted.com to make creating your holiday card easy peasy!*
  • all other products available at a la carte pricing

Upgrade to a lifestyle session:

         $875

  • All the goodies from above PLUS:
  • 1.5 additional hour (total session time: 2.5 hours) allowing for outfit and location changes
  • Additional 20 digital images (total 30 images) with a personal use license for printing ($1950 value)
  • A coffee table book showing off a day in the life of your beautiful family
  • Mobile album of your 30 images for all your digital devices
  • 20% off all a la carte products

* Waldman Photography has teamed up with Minted, so you can choose from a plethora of amazing designers, tweak the wording, change the colors and use the fabulous images from your session.  I’ll be uploading the images you choose to Minted and then send you an email when they are ready to drop into your chosen design. The cost of the cards are not included in the collection, they are additional. Head over to www.waldmanphotography.minted.com  to check out the cool new foil designs and pick out your favorite design today.

Let’s get your session booked, so you can mark off that to-do list item. CHECK!

Email me with the date and location your interested in. We’ll work the rest out from there!

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It’s the season of change. The weather changes, the trees change colors, the calendar gets filled with gatherings unlike any other time of year. It’s the time to honor change. Maybe it’s a change in point of view, a change in attitude, a change in habits or just the change in your pocket, capture it and show us your #change.

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Shooting Ideas

Think about what has already changed and what is in the process of changing. How can you show the change in your story?  Try using a diptych or triptych to show us the various stages of something transforming or becoming different than it was. Or use composition techniques that we’ve tried playing with such as selective focus or creative cropping to draw our attention to the change.

Try changing your angle. Yes truly shoot from a different angle, think about how a dog sees vs how a bird sees. Check out the image above, it’s shot from a hot air balloon high above Napa. This change in perspective makes the city seem toy-like but if my point of view was looking up it would feel very different. Now go and show us the #change happening in your life right now!

 How to See Other Poster’s Images

Our image gallery is growing every week. Last week we captured #haze, or at least tried! Head over to the gallery and see what others are finding and be inspired. To check out the images on the Instagram app – click the star icon, select the hashtag tab and type in #wpmyview. All the tagged images will appear for you to scroll through and enjoy.

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On Sundays your hashtagged image(s) may be featured on my Instagram feed as part of the #FabFour, so be sure to follow me  @shuttershelly.

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One of my absolute favorite things about this time of year is that wonderful haze (and sun flare!) that you can get especially when shooting in the late, long afternoons… It’s really an effect you can achieve at any time of year because it’s all about letting light into your lens. There’s something magical about that golden obscuration surrounding your subject. It can really serve to highlight whatever story you’re telling.

Shooting Ideas

Haze is most easily captured when the sun is lower in the sky so it can spill right into your lens and onto your camera sensor. So, early morning or late afternoon are good times to try this prompt!  The light will be cooler in the morning and warmer in the afternoon. When shooting, remember that you have to be facing the sun or whatever light source you’re using.

You’ll get better haze if the actual sun isn’t in the shot but all the light from it is. If you find that you struggle to focus, block out the light with your hand while you focus on your subject and compose and then let the light back in when you’re ready to shoot. Play around with how much of the light to let in. Use your subject to block the light or use a tree like in the image above.  Also play with where the light is coming from… move your feet to see things from a different angle!

 How to See Other Poster’s Images

Our image gallery is growing every week. Last week was filled with images of #round. From pumpkins, to playground tubes and vintage signs lots of cool finds. Head over to the gallery and see what others are finding and be inspired. To check out the images on the Instagram app – click the star icon, select the hashtag tab and type in #wpmyview. All the tagged images will appear for you to scroll through and enjoy.

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How does your world go round? This week we’re focused on all the #round things around us (ha). Whether it’s objects like a watch face, door knobs or lamps shades or food like lettuce, apples and potatoes; you’ll find circles, globes, cylinders and other objects that convey roundness throughout your everyday. There are circles hidden within a round of drinks, a spinning kiddo or the swell of a beautiful pregnant belly. 

Shooting Ideas

When shooting round objects it’s important to watch your light source. It’s best when the light source is directional rather than flat on in order to create more depth between highlight and shadows, therefore increasing the 3d like effect. For instance when photographing an orange have the light coming from  a 45 to 90 degree angle casting a shadow behind or to the side of the object creating depth and highlighting the texture in the fruit’s skin.

Notice the highlights on the bubbles below that lead our eyes to believe that they are round and have dimension.

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How to See Other Poster’s Images

Our image gallery is growing every week. Last week was filled with images of #mail. I hope you got to send and receive some! There’s nothing quite like it. Head over to the gallery and see what others are finding and be inspired. To check out the images on the Instagram app – click the star icon, select the hashtag tab and type in #wpmyview. All the tagged images will appear for you to scroll through and enjoy.

Be Featured on My Instagram Feed

On Sundays your hashtagged image(s) may be featured on my Instagram feed as part of the #FabFour, so be sure to follow me  @shuttershelly.

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