Class of 2020

To all the 2020 high school seniors, the 2020 university seniors, and all those looking forward to the rituals and pomp & circumstance that signal to your psyche that you have, indeed, made it through to the next level, I say congratulations! Congratulations on your achievements, great and small. Congratulations on getting through this trying, difficult, disappointing, and weird time.

I wish you all the best of luck and I hope you find the things in life that lift you up and fill you with passion and joy. Take care. Stay safe. And use every opportunity to grow!

And to all my senior portrait clients this year, thank you all for allowing me to be a part of this very special milestone in your lives!

 

PS: Be sure to check out George Mason University graduate Sara’s photos on the portraiture page! 

Advert and Shadows

Advert and Shadows

Social distancing has me going back through the archives to dig up images that have stuck in my memory. They aren’t necessarily what everyone (anyone?) else likes, or would have bought, but I like them enough that I remember them every once in awhile. This is one from a day I found myself wandering around downtown Brussels, alone, chasing light and shadows.

Getting Schooled

What a crazy busy fall I had in 2019! Through a friend’s connections I had the opportunity to do several senior portrait sessions with students at Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville, VA. Each session was very different in location, personality, lighting, and of course experience! I feel that each time I gained more knowledge, more confidence and more faith in myself as a portrait photographer. I thank all of my clients and their parents for their business, and I am excited for another season of portrait sessions! Please do check out my portrait packages and contact me at arklahomamuse@gmail.com!

PS: 2020 will be a year of even more exciting changes for me. I will be in the greater DC metro area only until June and then I am off to live in my forever home in Eureka Springs, Arkansas! So if you are in the NoVA, DC, MD area and are interested in senior portraits, a refreshed family portrait, or need to quickly capture pics of the grandkids before they grow any bigger, please do contact me soon to schedule your appointments through mid June!

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Learning to Be RAW

So last weekend photographed Great Falls in the evening using the long exposure techniques shared by my fellow photographer Chrissy Donadi on The Visual Wilderness photography website. I used these same tips to capture the early morning shot of Blackwater Falls in Davis, West Virginia that I shared back in early July.

Now, both times I shot in both JPEG and RAW, but I didn’t use the RAW file to edit that Blackwater Falls photo. It turns out that I needed to make a series of updates to my Adobe Photoshop Elements software in order for it to let me access the RAW photos.

So with the necessary updates to allow me to open and edit RAW photos I decided to take the plunge and see what I could do with one of my earliest darker captures of Great Falls and this is what I came up with. I have other images I took later on that I think may be sharper, so once I choose which one to edit and accomplish that, I’ll share it. But I think for a first attempt at editing from RAW files, this isn’t so bad!

Now I just need to get Adobe Lightroom and make editing in RAW a consistent practice.

Great Falls in the Evening

Great Falls, VA