It might seem like a straight forward headline, but I’m talking about Vans shoes, not the vehicle.

I remember fondly, sporting my Vans shoes from elementary school to college. I used to go to the LA County fair each September with my mom and without fail we’d purchase two pairs of navy blue Vans. I wore them with everything: jeans, shorts, sweats, and probably even the occasional dress I might have worn. I was a huge tomboy growing up and yes, still am today. Dresses are still a rarity but they do exist in my closet. I digress. Vans were a large part of my youth. A time period I connect with fondly. As a photographer I adore photographing youth doing the things they love to do. So why not photograph them doing their thing in their Vans? Thus began the photo project.

Here’s Jackson in his slip-on flames. Enjoy!

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  • Cherlyn Wagner - December 18, 2014 - 9:54 pm

    These look great! Thanks for the awesome time. Jackson had fun during the shoot and I was real surprised that he took to direction so well. Great job on the photos. Good luck on your commercial photography project.

  • Shelly - December 19, 2014 - 10:57 am

    Thanks so much Cherlyn!

 

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Light!? Yes we are looking for light this week. I know that sounds a bit strange. But the art of photography is all about capturing light. You can see from the images above that beautiful light can be found outside or through a window. You can of course create beautiful light too. Switch on lamps, fire up a strobe, bounce a flash, or just manipulate natural light with a reflector. No matter how you craft your light make sure it enhances your subject. So yes I want you to think about what you’re doing.

Shooting Ideas

The first thing to do is to start noticing light everywhere you go. Just look around. When you’re outside note where your shadow is and how dark it is. This allows you to gauge the intensity of light (harshness) and the direction which it’s coming from.  If you can walk 180 degrees around your subject noticing how the light falls on their face and how it changes as you walk around. (Note, your subject can be anything including a parking meter or a bird. It doesn’t have to be a living thing). Once you’ve made your assessment take a few shots from various points on the 180 degree arc.

Open shade is a great light to shoot in. It occurs when you are standing in the shade and over head is the sky. This is a come occurrence next to building in the afternoon. The light is clean and bright, even on a gray day.

For other lighting ideas check out these past prompts: sunflare, haze, and silhouette

How to See Other Poster’s Images

Last week we look for flora (aka plants). Loved all the flora images from mushrooms to flowers and even the gorgoues hummingbird in the tree. Didn’t see the pics? Pop over to the gallery or check out the images in the Instagram by clicking star icon on the bottom, 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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Over the summer I had the pleasure of photographing the Young family at their home and at the beach in Del Mar (check out their family session here). That was the kick off  to this celebration, when Eli would be called to read from the torah at Temple Solel in Cardiff by the Sea, for his bar mitzvah.

The day was made extra special by two things… one Eli shared the bema with one of his best friends, Fletcher as he too celebrated his bar mitzvah milestone. Two Eli’s grandparents in their mid-nineties and holocaust survivors, were in the audience watching their grandson being called to bema to enter into Jewish adulthood.

Here’s a quick peek at the beautiful morning in the temple. Mazel Tov to Eli!

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There’s something so sweet photographing a family. I enjoy capturing the relationships and bonds between parents and kiddos as well as reminding the parents that its because of their love that this world they know exists. The botanic garden at Tilden park nestled in the rolling Berkeley hills created the perfect canvas for this beautiful session. Enjoy!

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Nature’s color palette is always changing. As we close in on the last few weeks of the year, the berry bushes come alive with color along with many other mild-winter plants such as snap dragons, candytufts and winter jasmine. So just when you thought the only thing you’d see alive in the winter was pine trees, head out and look again. Snap and share your favorite flora with us on Instagram, remember to use the hashtag #wpmyview.

Shooting Ideas

Plants can be fun to shoot from a variety of angles. Super duper close up, laying on the ground (aka as the dog sees), straight over head (as the bird sees), shooting both horizontally and vertically. Plus you can incorporate many of the composition tools we’ve worked on all year long. Our last photo prompt leading lines could be used with blades of grass, veins in leaves and even branches in trees. Combine your lines with the rule of thirds and up your photographic game. Or error on the side of simplicity and look for negative space around your subject.   No matter which composition tool you choose to use, just take a note of which tool you’re grabbing for so you can become more aware of your photographic style.

 

How to See Other Poster’s Images

Last week we look for lines. There was some very creative shots, so I hope you checked out the gallery which had more than 30 images for last weeks prompt alone. 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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