Maternity Portraits, Portland , Oregon

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Oops! Guess I fell off the blogosphere a bit! Back again now! Here is a mini maternity session I did some time back.

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You got to see a sneak peak…here are a few more glimpses from that session.

Amy and Konstantin are on the threshold of their grand adventure, as they await the birth of their first child!  I had the privilege and honor of photographing the transformation that is happening.

Amy is a master gardener, a yoga teacher, and a quiet, kind soul. She envisioned doing something in nature for her maternity photo, and I couldn’t be happier to oblige. I am not much into using props, except when it offers the opportunity to tell a personal story.  So I was really excited when Amy brought out the traditionally painted wooden Easter egg that belonged to Konstantin’s mom, who is Russian.
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We have more exciting plans for when baby arrives!  Coming soon!🙂

 

Lifestyle Family Portraits, Portland, Oregon

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Every family has something special they share. When I have the opportunity to photograph a family, I try to find that something special and commemorate it in the photographs I create.  The smiles, looks, gestures all tell a story unique to each family. While there is always a mix of posed, looking-at-the-camera images, and candid images, I am particularly drawn to the magic captured in the in-between moments that speak the most. And the brilliant smile you see here, is genuine! Anyone who knows Monica knows, this is the smile that welcomes you….its almost a permanent fixture on her face! And I say that with great fondness.🙂  It was such a joy photographing this family. Thank you for the honor!

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You know you’re a Mom if….

Let us admit it, us Moms have very interesting lives. In fact, in situations when we’re not the protagonist, we may even find it wildly amusing! Those nine months of physically nurturing a new life within, also transforms you emotionally and psychologically. Humor and lifestyle blogger, Amanda Rodriguez, describes this transformation quite simply and eloquently: “Motherhood makes you do things you never thought you’d do, it makes you feel things you never thought you’d feel, and sometimes it just really blows your mind and turns you into your own mother.”

Here’s to all you superheroes without capes! Lets celebrate YOU, take care of YOU, create tangible proof that you EXIST! Rekha Photography is gifting one lucky mom a special Portrait and Care Package!

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The Prize:

A 30 minute Mommy and Me session, along with a professional archival quality print for your wall of fame! Now superheroes could always use some TLC. So included in your package is a complimentary Reikassage session with the gifted Massage Therapist and Reiki Master Margie Stenson of Regenerate Your Health LLC!

Value: PRICELESS!

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  1. Like my page on Facebook.
  2. Comment on this post on Facebook, with your own take on “You know you’re a Mom if….”
  3.  Tag someone who you think deserves a portrait session  with her children.
  4. Enter by May 8th, 2016. Winner will be announced on May 10th, 2016.

Easy peasy! The comment with the most likes will win this awesome giveaway. In case of a tie, there will be a random pick for the lucky winner.

Fine Print:

  • The portrait session will have to take place before June 15th, 2016.
  • By accepting the prize, the winner grants Rekha Photography permission to use resulting images in print and web media..
  • Option to buy additional images from the session.
  • Winner will forfeit their prize if they do not claim their prize and schedule their session by May 12th, 2016. In such case, Rekha Photography holds the right to pick another winner.

Lets get you started…

You  know you’re a mom if….you catch yourself rocking your arms seeing a woman across the room trying to pacify a crying baby!😀

Emotional Value of Photographs. Portland, Oregon Lifestyle Photographer

Digging through some old photographs for Reuben’s family history project, I came across these treasures from the past. Photographs from almost 70  years ago when I wasn’t even born. It makes me realize how  valuable photographs are… they connect us to an era that would have otherwise been unknown or forgotten. How precious is that?!

Almost 20 years ago, we lost a large part of our family photo albums in  floods that hit our city. When the waters receded, we managed to salvage some of them, and painstakingly cleaned, dried and  saved a few. Of all the things destroyed in the floods, it is the photos we lost that we miss the most even today.

Brings home the point all over again, that you can never put a value on moments captured in time and you can only capture them with a camera.

Product Photography, Portland Lifestyle Photographer

Throwback Thursday!

Look what I found while doing some spring cleanup! Some product shoots I did for a friend a while ago. It was such a fun experience taking her around town finding cool places for the shoot, coordinating outfits, posing, finding the most flattering angles, showcasing the product as a fashion statement. Having a gorgeous model and stylish products made it all the more exciting. There are so many fun places around Beaverton and Hillsboro. Must say, I’m quite proud of some of these images even now.

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Product shoot

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“Photography is an art of observation.” Portland Lifestyle Photographer. Portland, OR

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place…. I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”

-Elliott Erwitt

This is one of my favorite quotes that describes what I feel makes every photographer unique. Photography allows us the amazing ability to share with others our unique ‘ways of seeing’ and experiencing life. It makes you slow down and notice things that usually go unnoticed in our ever-so-busy life.

Here are some fun things I’ve seen in seemingly mundane places. Do you see what I see?

The Global Meltdownapparitions; ghosts in water reflection; wishing well; phantom; supernatural appearance; thriller; perceptions; reflections in the pond; coins in the water; making wishes with coins shadows; indiana jones; apparitions; illusions; shadow play; shadow characters emoticons; smiley in a teacup; reflections in a teacup; emoticons in a teacup; good morning tea

Can you guess where I saw this smiley looking at me?
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tulip; peek a boo; undercover flower; flora; flowers that look like something else; hidden images; red tulip; red spy; peeking tulipthe parting kiss; a piece of log; cross section of a log; tree annual rings; man and woman kissing; yin yang; circle of life and death; black and white log image

It is also interesting how hard it is to ‘un-see’ something you’ve seen. This last image won a merit in the Oregon Professional Photographers Association’ image competition. But it almost didn’t make it because what was obvious to me (the two faces in a parting kiss), was not quite seen by all the judges! Glad they eventually did!🙂 Did you?!

 

3 Tips to Create Stunning Self Portraits. Portland Portrait Photographer

So I got a little adventurous and tried out something totally different… in terms of style and editing. The project- a glamour style self portrait.  It was fun trying out something new! Being on the other side of the camera every once in a while also gives me a better idea of what my clients experience when they are in the hot seat!

The recipe for an image like this? Natural light, a reflector, tripod, camera, remote, a handy-dandy hair dryer for some wind-action and some antics! It was fun! For anyone watching, it would have been fun-ny😀. You should all try it! Or call me, and we can have a blast!

My usual editing style is pretty simple, clean, natural. This time I played around with some textures and blending modes in Photoshop. Must say I’m quite pleased with the results.
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Want to try taking a self-portrait? While there are a million different creative ways you could take a self-portrait, if you want to try something like what I’ve done here, these tips may help you:

  1.  LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION:
  • If you’re doing this indoors, find a window or door in your home with good natural light coming through.
  • Make sure your background is clutter free.
  • When posing, just remember to stand a few feet away from the wall to get a slightly soft, blurry background. You can also avoid dealing with shadows falling on them.

2. THE LOGISTICS:

  • A camera (duh!). Any camera . I used a Nikon D610 and a Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 G lens.
  • A tripod if you have one, or something sturdy to prop your camera on. You should be able to keep the camera at eye level or slightly above eye level.
  • A white foam core or even a cardboard wrapped with white paper can serve as a reflector. I used a reflector, but you could use any of the substitutes. Using a reflector can help fill in some shadows on the side facing away from the light source.
  • Having a remote (I used one) makes it convenient to click while posing and saves you some of the running back and forth to use the camera timer. If you don’t have one, the timer on your camera will do just fine.
  • The biggest challenge with self portraits is to get the focus spot on. The easiest way to get this right would be to place an object on the spot where you plan on standing. Compose your shot and focus your lens on the object. Now change your lens setting to manual. This ensures that the focus remains on the object, and the camera does not try to refocus later when you click. Now take your position in the exact spot where you placed the object. If you’re using a reflector, place it facing the light and move it slowly until light is reflected on the stand-in object.
  • If you feel really adventurous, and want to get the blown hair look, try holding a hair dryer (better still, clip it to your tripod!) or place a fan for some wind action!

3. POSING:

  • Most of us are intimidated by the camera and don’t know what to do with ourselves in front of that lens. RELAX! Your mouth, your shoulders, your whole body! You don’t have to force a smile to get a great portrait. Look at the lens like you would look into the eyes of a person you like. (LOL! I know that sounds weird. But it will change your expression! Or make you laugh. Which is good, you’ll relax!)
  • Do NOT tuck in that chin. Caution! The dreaded double chin! Most of us do it without even realizing. Instead, lift your chin up, forward and down just a centimeter. Feels odd, but looks great!🙂
  • Posing at a slight angle to the camera is almost always flattering. Ladies, shift your weight to one leg, the leg that is away from the camera. Pivot your hips so they are not square to the camera. Have fun and try different angles.

There! Those are some basic tips.  If you do take some self portraits, please post them here! I would love to see what you come up with! Got questions? Ask me!