Down Time

by Maddy on February 4, 2011

in Family,Mad Hearts,Photography

Because it’s been snowing on a weekly basis, I haven’t had the opportunity to do a photo shoot outdoors in a very long time. I really, really miss it! There’s nothing like getting to photograph clients out in the open and capturing those impromptu moments that make photography such a joy for me! But I haven’t let the fact that “business is slow” get me down.  In January, I practiced my indoor flash photography with my niece Isabella for her 1st birthday pictures.  We arranged our little “studio” on my sister-in-law’s kitchen table, using a white table cloth as our backdrop. I also used my reflector, along with my flash to diffuse and bounce the flash light more naturally. And since I didn’t have all the proper equipment to get it perfect SOOC (straight of the camera), I relied on Photoshop to help me get that pristine white studio backdrop and correct some of the lighting issues I had. Even though natural light photography will always be my preference, I still enjoy using the down time to experiment with new techniques and ideas. I’ve also used the time to FINALLY create a Facebook fan page for Mad Hearts Photography!  So if you can spare a moment, I would really appreciate it if you hopped on over and “like” it just this once!

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Lee Oliveira February 4, 2011 at 4:59 am

Great shot Maddy.. love the composition
Ps.. the baby is beyond gorgeous
Lee x
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Buckeroomama February 4, 2011 at 6:20 am

She has the most gorgeous eyes, Maddy! And I love those little studs she has on. I was being indecisive about getting Zès ears pierced when she was a baby… well, now I guess she’ll have to make the decision herself when she gets older. I always love little studs on little girls. :)
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Life with Kaishon February 4, 2011 at 7:00 am

I love Isabella. She is just as beautiful as can be! : )
I feel like I get so busy shooting birthday parties and stuff in the winter! You know what I love? Even though I know the pictures I shoot in homes with iffy lighting are horrific, the people I shoot for are always so excited and in love with their pictures. That makes me happy : )

You are a rock star. Going to be a fan right this instant. Happy Friday Maddylicious!
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Lisa February 4, 2011 at 7:05 am

BEAUTIFUL!! Love the birthday shots!!! She is SUCH A CUTIE! Happy 1st Birthday Isabella!

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Amy February 4, 2011 at 7:47 am

I am always amazed with befores and afters (except maybe for my own … :) And Little Miss is so cute I can’t even STAND it! However did you get anything done other than kissing those sweet cheeks?!

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Cafe Fashionista February 4, 2011 at 8:36 am

It’s amazing the difference that can be made simply by changing the lighting. I absolutely adore these pictures – she is adorable! :)
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The Guilty Hyena February 4, 2011 at 8:39 am

Aw such gorgeous cheeks :) It’s a pain in the neck not having a natural light-box or white backdrop, my last port of call is always photo-shop.
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Dita February 4, 2011 at 9:10 am

Awesome, awesome, awesome!!! I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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very married February 4, 2011 at 9:39 am

ADORABLE. What a doll!

I’m sure biz will pick up in the Spring!
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likeitsgolden February 4, 2011 at 10:25 am

oh this little girl looks so sweet and adorable (bet she didnt slap or headbutt you once lol)
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Sarah - Dodeline Design February 4, 2011 at 10:50 am

Oh my I need to hire you to Photoshop for me lol! The photos look amazing and the baby is adorable :-)
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Lisa February 4, 2011 at 10:57 am

Awwwwww she is SOOOOOO sweet!!! :) I like what you’ve done with the photos. It is interesting to see the before and afters, it kind of tells a story of how great photos are created.
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Latoya February 4, 2011 at 11:07 am

OMG! She is too cute! I love her headband and tutu! I also love the edits.

Can you provide some photo tips for us novices (DSLR and point and shoot)? One of my goals for 2011 is to take better blog pictures.
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Keeley February 4, 2011 at 11:11 am

This little cutie is adorable! Great shots!
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pop champagne February 4, 2011 at 11:21 am

love these pics! do I have you on fb? I would love to like it but work blocks facebook and I’m hardly on my computer after work. I can only do it on my blackberry. add me julie_lan (at) hotmail (dot) com on fb and I will “like” everything of yours! :D
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leia February 4, 2011 at 11:41 am

Your niece is gorgeous! And your photography skills have wowed me yet again. I think you did a great job with the editing. And of course I’ll ‘like’ you!
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Christina Lee February 4, 2011 at 11:58 am

Oh Isabella, you are precious!
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Sandy a la Mode February 4, 2011 at 12:20 pm

OMG!!!! how adorable!! great shots maddy!!!

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Piper February 4, 2011 at 12:46 pm

OMG, what a cutie pie! those eyes! you get such amazing shots of little ones. love that you showed the before and after – that helps me to see! (btw…you’re pretty darn good with photoshop :)

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Sabine February 4, 2011 at 12:46 pm

So true, it’s been dark and grey for too long, I really miss some good photography light, too. You’ve done a great job with editing your adorable niece. I don’t think I’ve ever used a picture SOOC (or is it SOTC?) – photoshop all the way!
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Camila F. February 4, 2011 at 12:57 pm

I have to say I love the pictures even before the transformation. You’re so good Maddy!
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Audrey Allure February 4, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I liked your Facebook page :) And beautiful photos, so adorable!
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katrina February 4, 2011 at 3:07 pm

hi maddy, i’m amazed how you cleaned up the gray background perfectly. was that done with an extraction or masking? i hope you don’t mind me asking and if it’s too intrusive — just ignore it.. ;)

beautiful work!!
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Nadette February 4, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Isabella is oh so precious! Your talent never ceases to amaze me :)
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Kristin February 4, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Can you edit my photos? HAHA! So cute!
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Lee Oliveira February 5, 2011 at 2:46 am

Maddy, we will be having drinks on Wed night (9th) at Acer Hotel 8pm
Will be me, V from GritandGlamour and a few other bloggers.
Come along if you can
Lee x
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Salma February 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I love those eyes, I love love those big brown eyes. Gorgeous Maddy.
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lou February 6, 2011 at 6:22 am

what a cutie!! and you did a wonderful job here. love the crisp white background!
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Marlene February 6, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Stunning work…even with just the befores. You all have been cooped up WAY too long. Hope this snow stuff ends soon.
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Coffee Break Mama February 6, 2011 at 7:29 pm

She’s beautiful and your edits are fantastic!

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Mindy February 7, 2011 at 9:11 am

great job, maddy! I love these & think you got it spot on!

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daisymay February 8, 2011 at 7:55 pm

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