Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wedding Party

Gina and Jeff are getting married on October 20th, they already had their engagement photographs taken so instead of us getting together for those, we had a dinner party with the whole wedding party to meet and just hang out. It was so nice to be able to meet everyone who will be apart of the wedding party and photograph them all. I am looking forward to seeing them again in October...
 Gina & Jeffrey

Such a fun group!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Portraits vs. Documenting

              I've been battling with myself about family portraits and how they should be done for awhile now. I've tried time and time again to get that image that the parents want, you know the one - where the kids are all sitting nicely with grins from ear to ear. If you are a parent, or spend time with children, you know how impossible this task can be and how unnatural it ends up looking. Why do we try to stage the impossible? When the natural always looks better- this how I feel about photographs of myself as well, if I can forget the camera is even there, I will become comfortable and myself - therefor the images will look natural, because it is! So shouldn't that be how we take all photographs? I have had families cancel because their children decided to take scissors to their own hair, or a child fell off their bike and they have a big red mark on their cheek. I tell them we can reschedule - but I really want to say 'Awesome, more character in the photographs!' Kids are Kids, sometimes hair is in the way, logical thing to do is to cut it off - what a beautiful thing! Lets capture the real, the life of a child and how we all wish we could be so secure and carefree. Lets not set them in a studio with lights and then later use photoshop tricks to get them to looks a certain way- we say that too much in magazines - instead lets go where they want to go, and capture a story, document an activity.
            So this is my summer goal - to capture kids and families in reality and just life. I shouldn't be putting a time limit, but instead set up an afternoon or an activity (let us go to the zoo, or a park, or later in the season - go apple picking!) and just be in the moment with the family and with the kids.

The following images were taken last summer when i went to this festival with my friends and their kids - we spent an afternoon with fur hats, fake swards and snakes - one of my favorite days of last year and some of my best work:

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Senior Portraits

I have had this idea in my mind for quite sometime, I just didn’t know how to put it out there…Senior Portraits but not the type of seniors that popped in your head – The Seniors in your life that are full of tales of their youth and wisdom we could all hear and learn from. Why is it that photographers don’t have Senior (citizen) Portraits?
 I have photographed newborns to newly weds, but why should I stop there? I want to document life, I want to meet and photograph people, just born or just retired. The beautiful and the wise people in our lives need to be photographed, and not just a snap shot at a wedding, but a shoot where their personality and stories can come out. I want to do a photo session of a couple that have been married for 50 years, or just some simple images by themselves, some of my favorite images I have taken of my Grandpa were at his 80th birthday party.  I want to start this here in Madison and the surrounding areas… 

Senior Portraits by Audre Rae Photography 
 Meet my Grandpa, he passed a year ago this week, I took this photograph about 3 years ago and this will forever be the image in my head of him. 
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