Sunday, March 21, 2010

Jewelry Switch

We switched out some jewelry from the Arts Barn and Etsy ... we will be posting the jewelry that has returned to the studio to Etsy this week. If there are pieces you saw at Etsy that are now missing, let me know ... they may be at the Arts Barn and I can put you in touch with them.

Arts Barn

I just wanted to give a shout out for the Gaithersburg Art Barn and most especially the staff there. Okay, yes, I am biased ... but they are a fabulous bunch. I am reminded each time I come back to Maryland how much I have missed being there with them. It's delightful to find a group of people that care so much about the arts and sharing it.

For kids and adults, there is always something going on ... classes, performances, exhibits ... if you are going to be about the Kentlands area, its worth a swing by. And hey, tell them Jaree sent you ... ;0)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Switching Studios

Jaree is switching studios for a bit ... it is off to Maryland this weekend for an extended stay. You can still always reach us by phone or email wherever we may roam ...

Monday, March 8, 2010

Thank You to Vintage Scraps!

A big thank you to Vintage Scraps for including our photo, Water Drop I, in their Etsy Treasury. We are honored! Vintage lovers, check them out! Very cool stuff ...

Friday, March 5, 2010

Thank You to Rose Red Brooklyn at Etsy!

We want to say thank you and give a big shout out for our new friend at Etsy ...

Rose Red Brooklyn ... Summer has really, really cute clothes and they are custom-tailored from sustainable, organic, and vintage materials. She featured our Field of Daffodils print on her Friday Favorite Things blog. Awesome!! Thank you!!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Why Natural Light

We prefer to photograph in natural light. There is a cleanness, a softness, a balance to it. Not that we are against studio lighting ... it most definitely has its place. When we need really tight lighting control, we go to the strobes or constant lighting. When we are on location with super little light, the same, we may have to reach for the artificial light sources to add that boost. But when there are choices on where, when, how ... natural light is just so much more pleasing to our eye.

We have all seen those awful shots, with a couple lit up by a strobe, ruining the mood and flattening the image. They look like deer in headlights ... augh!! And with today's digital camera technology, its just not necessary. The sensors on our cameras are getting more sensitive with every evolution.

The fun thing for us photo nerds, with the better digital and lighting technology, we are even starting to evolve away from our strobes back in favor of constant light sources in the studio and boosts on location. We don't have to bake our subjects under the super hot incandescent lighting anymore, we are using daylight-balanced florescent and longing for LEDs. And that is awesome, like with natural light, what you see is what you get. And you don't have to worry about the blinks and scaring the "heebie-jeebies" out of your subjects.

Will we still opt for Au Natural when we can? ... you betcha. It's nice to have options, but God does it best ... and it's the quality of light we always prefer.