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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Orange County | Magazine Style | Family Portrait News

April and May are nothing short of crazy, stupid, busy for the studio.  We are creating magazine style kids, newborn, maternity and family portraits for allot of Orange County families between now and the end  2012.

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A Tidal Wave of Love

April closed with a hot, tidal wave of l0ve when we photographed Adrian and Dionne’s crazy in love wedding among the citrus groves in Riverside.  It was only 99 degrees for their outdoor wedding and they turned up the heat another 10 degrees with their passion.  What’s with the weather anyway.  Dang, 99 degrees that day.  Wasn’t uncomfortable though.  It was a dry 99, but still it isn’t even June yet!  I’ll definitely be posting some images from their amazing River side wedding day.  These two are so crazy in love.  It was a true honor to be in their presence.  Never have I witnessed family participation on this level to make their wedding day come together.  5 days after their wedding they headed off to Japan, where Adrian is stationed as a Navy photojournalist.  His a Nikon shooter but I still like him anyway.

Jacob’s Rock’n Bar Mitzvah

This past Saturday, Connie and I got up at the crack of dawn.  Okay maybe a bit before that.  I hit the shower at 5:30 am to start preparing for Jacob’s Bar Mitzvah.  Actually I prepared the night before, double checking all the gear, getting the lighting gear all set and visualizing a successful day.  Incredible young man, who can whale on the electric guitar. Wonderful, close, loving and supportive family. Super fun reception.  Showed up at the temple at 8am for family portraits.  Service started at 9:30 and then more family photographs at 4:30.  Everyone partied like a rock star from 6pm until……close to midnight.  Can’t wait to post some vignettes of Jacob’s big day.  I’m working on the images right now. And will post in the coming weeks.

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Moving Our Studio

To top it off, we’ll be moving our studio from old town Tustin to a brand spanking new space in Sky Park Circle in Irvine.  The new space will be a bit larger.  About 1200 sq/ft. up from 1k.  Adding a dressing room and 2 more shooting areas instead of the one shooting area that we have in studio now.  We’ll be able to accomodate larger family groupings and have a few tricks up our sleeves for the new space.  I’m very excited about our new location.  Its a bit nearer the costal communities of Newport Beach, and Laguna Beach and much cooler temperature wise than Tustin.  It’ll be located on the corner of Main and Red Hill,  adjacent to John Wayne Airport.  We start design and construction work this week!

Due to the insane portrait schedule of the next month, coupled with getting the new studio space ready, there may not be that much time for blogging.  But when I have some spare time, I’ll try to share a few images with you.

Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 800.943.0414…. or email.

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Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 800.943.0414…. or email.

Orange County | Newborn Baby Photographer

Sleeping Newborn Baby in a Basket

I still remember the first time I ever photographed a newborn baby.  It was a boy and I’d photographed his mommy and daddy’s wedding.  Alex was beautiful and naked and on the dining room table.  He let loose of an arched stream of warmth, that went from the table to the carpet.   He was no doubt a budding Olympian.   The second time I photographed a newborn baby, it was mom and dad’s first born.   Savanah was less than 2 weeks old and peed on daddy’s leg and then projectile vomited all over her mom.  It was something to behold.  Glad it wasn’t me.  I was unscathed both times.  And still, to this day, I remain unscathed from newborn baby’s bodily functions.  I’ve definitely cleaned up my share of baby pee.  But never had to do poop patrol in the studio.

Willow {below} was about as perfect as any newborn baby could be to photograph.  She remained in slumber land just about the whole time.  Started the session out by leaving mom a little present in her blanket.  Her mommy had to breast feed her once to induce the necessary lactate coma.  But she really was not fussy and just slept blissfuly though her photo-session.  Maybe it had something to do with the Sleepy Fairy Dust we sprinkled on her?  She was a tiny, moldable, bundle of love.  I really love the pink blanket that Willow’s Grandmother knitted for her.  Its the perfect color for her skin and the texture is lovely.

 

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Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 800.943.0414…. or email.

I Love Photographing Children

Kids Are Amazing – Their Range of Expressions and Things That They Say Are So Funny.

Little Chloe is so adorable, I don’t know how she contains herself and all her energy in her little body.  You can see by her many faces that she is extremely expressive both in her facial expressions and her vocal range.  I asked her if she has ever seen a princess and she told me yes….”Right behind you!”  Her mom was standing right behind me.  She definitely got extra brownie points from her mom and from me with that sweet and innocent exclaimation.  Mom did a great job with clothing selection for her children.  You’ll notice that Chloe’s and Madeline’s pink flower ties in nicely with the pink flowers on Chloe’s shirt and Madeline’s pink sweater.

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All the images of Chloe above are photographed with my 50 1.2 at 1/1600 sec, ISO 500 at f1.6, to create some lovely bokeh while keeping her eyes tack sharp.

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Bring Out the Best of Madeline’s Features

Madeline has the most gorgeous long, blond hair and amazing blue eyes.  I wanted to make sure that her portraits highlighted both of these features.  Keep in mind all the photography on this page is natural light.  In the children’s portraits of Madaline {above} the light is coming from the right left, except for the middle image.  In the middle portrait of her,  the light is coming almost directly opposite her face.  Madeline’s body is purposefully turned a bit away from the setting sun and then her face is turned slighting back towards the camera so that there is a bit of shadow on the right side of her face.  To highlight her hair and show of the shape of her face I asked her to move all her hair to one side of her face. Typically this is the side with less light.

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How To Photograph Your Child and Get the True Color of Your Children’s Eyes

When light is hitting the iris {the colored part of the eye} it will illuminate the eye color of the iris will show all the eye color and depth.  In all three portraits, the light is soft, not bright and hard.  Soft light wraps around the face, makes the skin look soft and smooth and gives a smooth transition from highlights to shadow.  Essentially there are two elements.  1) I look  for Soft Directional Light on location.   Its how I photograph the majority of my portraits.    2)  Direction of Light:  Anytime your subject’s face is turned back towards the the light the iris will be illuminated.  It’s that simple. Experiment.  I’ve been creating children and family portraits for over 12 years, so I’m very used to finding soft, directional light on location like this.  And I know what the light will do and what it won’t do for me.  If you are looking to make gorgeous children’s portraits you need to start thinking more like a photographer and find gorgeous light.

Open shade is your friend.  Open shade can be found under a tree, under and overhang or in the shadow of a building.  Combine that with the direction of the light and you’ve got a natural formula for portrait magic.  Your child’s face must either face the direction that the light is coming from or the light must be reflecting off surface {preferably a white surface} or bouncing off something that will allow the face to be lit naturally.  This will allow eyes to be illuminated so the eye color can be seen.  Sounds easier than it is, it takes some experimenting to get in the zone and create that magic for the perfect family portrait.  Below is a close up of Madeline employing the same available light technique as the three portraits above.  The direction of the setting sun is more frontal.  In this close up below you can more easily see her amazing blue her eyes.  You’ve gotta get light in your kids eyes.  No Light = Dull Eyes and No Color in the Iris.

portriat of 2 sisters in the park orange county family photographer marc weisberg {Below}  I asked Chloe if she’d marry me when she get’s older.  She just laughed.  Hahahahahah!  outdoor portriat of a 2 year old girl, orange county family photographer marc weisberg {Below}  Its obvious that Chloe and Madeline are best friends. color portriat of 2 sisters orange county family photographer marc weisberg black & white portriat of 2 sisters orange county family photographer marc weisberg Below:  Chloe doing her priate aka Captain Hook impression. portriat of a two year old girl orange county family photographer marc weisberg dot com

Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 800.943.0414…. or email.

Orange County | Magazine Style | Studio Maternity Photographer

Clair and Brandon are expecting their first boy!

In less than four weeks Clair and Brandon will have their first son.  Scarlet and big sister Ava are very excited to meet their new baby brother.  If all goes according to plan, I may be meeting him before his sisters do and very excited about that.  I’ll be photographing the birthing.  I’m praying that its not when I’m in the middle of a family photography session.

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This is Part 1 of a 3 part maternity photography shoot.  The 2nd part of Clair’s maternity photography session will be this Tuesday at a remote beach in Laguna.  We’ll be doing some gorgeous beach maternity portraits and a couple nudes too.  Clair is beautiful and brave. Part 3 will the at Hoag.

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I have to give Clair major props for her wardrobe choice.  She brought an amazing amount of clothing choices to the studio and that was great because we could mix and match and chose flattering colors and textures for everyone.  Our shoot was long, about 4 hours.  Non-typical for a maternity session.  Typically maternity sessions are about 1-1.5 hours.  Clair never seemed to tire.   We fed her a banana, cocoanut water and she had some protein bars too.  After the shoot she was ready for Japanese food but then changed her mind and was craving a steak!

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Scarlet and Ava are hysterical. They have so much personality. I photographed the girls a year ago for my Make-A-Wish Project. Scarlet would say to me: “No way Jose!” I thought it was the cutes thing. But her mom outlawed it now that she’s gotten a bit older, due to the fact that if she doesn’t want to do something she’ll tell her mom…”No way Jose!”
It was great to have the whole family involved in the maternity photo-session.  Its no secret that I love photographing children.  After a while Scarlet hit the nap wall and her Grandmother was there to take the girls home.  She fell asleep in the back set after about 5 minutes, which is a good thing considering she was having a mild meltdown at the studio.  Everyone gets cranky when they are tired.
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Truth be told, I have a knit fetish. IMO knits always add a wonderful texturual quality to the maternity photo-session. And Clair’s open, pink sweater is the prefect feminine touch and down right gorgeous on her, especially when combined with her pink ruffled boy shorts. Props to Clair for her choice of great clothing accessories.

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Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 800.943.0414…. or email.

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