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A few days ago I thoroughly enjoyed capturing photographs of Amy and David’s newborn baby boy in the comfort of their Falmouth, Cape Cod home.  I applied a warm black-and-white tone in my digital darkroom, giving a soft, impressionistic look to these precious pictures.  Here are a few personal favorites…

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Some clients are surprised to discover that my family portrait sessions include a variety of naturally posed and candid or lifestyle images to choose from – at no additional charge. And they’re relieved to hear that my style of “posing” is simply to offer guidance so that each individual looks their very best, within an artistically pleasing composition. (Stiff, artificial looking portraits are definitely not my thing!)

I typically begin by posing the entire family – standing or sitting. For example, we began last Saturday’s portrait session at the Sea Crest Resort’s beach in North Falmouth with Gary and Pam’s 3-generation family tucked into a grassy sand dune – all so photogenic!

Then I capture images of smaller groupings based on what each client has told me is important during our portrait consultation call. Besides each family unit, popular choices are siblings, cousins, grandparents with grandchildren and with adult children, and couples.

I move on to capture candids, with everyone participating in the fun. I chose this spot for Todd and Linda’s twins for its ideal backdrop and lighting, and the girls happily played as I captured real life memories. This image will be featured in the 6-image collage for their parents’ wall.

As her siblings and cousins became sleepy, one of the girls was still full of steam as the waves crashed ashore. Here’s one of four photographs from this series that her mom chose to display as a wall collection.

As the sun was about to set, Gary and Pam asked me to capture an image of themselves. Such a lovely couple, it’s hard to believe they’re the grandparents of this 12-member clan!

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As the Featured Artist of the Month, my “Sand and Solitude” photography show is now open at the West Falmouth Library through July 8th. I’m especially pleased to be exhibiting in West Falmouth since the village was my introduction to Cape Cod 40 years ago. As a teenager visiting from Michigan, I became captivated with the Cape during a stay on the beach with my sister’s in-laws, the late Dr. Paul and Dorothy Magnuson of Chapoquoit. Vacations on Cape Cod with friends continued during college days, and later while sailing on Buzzards Bay from Marion with my husband.

“My Secret Place” – captured in Pocasset, Bourne at Four Ponds – won First Place in Photography at the Cape Cod Art Association’s juried May show and is one of the works on display. The exhibit is open through July 8 during regular library hours:  Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10-5;   Thursday 2-8;  and Saturday 10-1. Please stop by!

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One of my favorite places to walk is around Oyster Pond (on which we reside), in the Quissett area of Falmouth, onto the bike path at Surf Drive overlooking Vineyard Sound.  It’s particularly fun on a foggy spring day, when everything is fresh and green, and the summer crowds have yet to arrive. Usually accompanying me is my Canon 5D Mark II with a 24-105 “walk around” lens, or my tiny “just in case” Canon SD700 tucked into my pocket. The point-and-shoot does a remarkably good job under non-challenging situations, capturing all but one of the photographs below. Can you guess which ones?

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Winter is a great time to catch up on projects and goals. After several people asked me last year if I offered training for beginners, I’m thrilled to be able to finally say “yes!” I’ll be teaching a Basic Photography class on Thursdays, April 22 to May 27, from 6 to 8:30 PM in Woods Hole. The class is for beginners who want to learn how to use their digital SLR camera to capture well-exposed, artistic images more consistently.

Besides essential camera functions (aperture, shutter, etc.), we’ll cover creative photography concepts, including lighting, perspective, depth of field, and composition. Through weekly lectures, demonstrations, handouts, assignments, and photo critiques in a friendly and supportive setting, I’m sure students will have lots of fun learning how to confidently move beyond automatic mode. The current class schedule and training info is here.

 

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Decades ago, when I was living in Michigan, autumn was our favorite time to escape to the east coast and enjoy a week on Old Cape Cod. It’s really the very best time to be here. The warm breezes of Indian Summer beckon nature lovers and four-legged friends to the shore to enjoy the warm tones of the season before the cold sets in.

Michelle

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While I captured this image during her mom’s pregnancy portrait session (earlier post), I felt this little angel deserved a blog post all her own.

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Yes, she is at sweet as she looks, and will surely be a caring sister to her soon-to-be sibling.

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