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Magazine-Style Family Photo Session Give Away

 All the photographs above are iPhone images taken with Instagram on an iPhone.

 

I double dog dare you to get out of your comfort zone for our anual family photo session give away contest! 

 

Our Annual Family Photo Session Give Away!

For the months June, July and August we are running a fun little magazine-style themed family photo-session give away.  Entry is free.  You don’t even need to be a past client.  So, go ahead and share with your friends.  Get creative! 

    1. You’ll need to submit video of your family
    2. Come up with a super cool and funky theme for your magazine style family photo-session.
    3. Pick an outdoor location where your shoot will take place and show it in your video.
    4. Pick cool funky clothing for your family to wear and include it in your video.
    5. Post your massively cool video on YouTube and email me with a link and the subject line “Magazine-Style Family Photo Shoot Contest.”  Submissions will be accepted until midnight August 31st, 2012.

Hints and Tips
    • Get outrageous!  Costuming, concept and location count.
    • Make sure to follow the directions above.
    • I double dog dare you to be different!
    • Get playful and have fun with it. 🙂

Winners will receive:

1st Place:  A one hour family session on location in the O.C., an assortment of artist prints, $100 credit towards a wall portrait and instant fame on our blog and Facebook.

2nd Place:  Your YouTube video will be featured on our blog and we will donate $50 to your favorite children’s charity.

3rd Place:  Your YouTube video will be featured on our blog and instant fame on Facebook.  We will donate $25 dollars to a children’s charity of your choice.


Contest Policy:  Winners will be chosen based upon creative sessions concepts, clothing and their YouTube video submission.  Entering into the contest is free.  Only one submission will be accepted per family.  Winners must sign a model release  stating that they agree to all  terms.  Sessions will take place outdoors in a mutually agreed upon location in Orange County.

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 949.494.5084…. or email.

Each day, All over the U.S., Millions of Families Take Photographs of Their Kids

But …. Few Families Protect Their Photographs from Being Lost Forever

 [above]  a faded memory

How to Protect Yourself and Your Family from Loosing your Precious Memories

Each day, all over the U.S., millions of American families take photographs of their families.  These images get stored on camera data cards or computer hard drives [until they crash] or they’re printed out at Target, CostCo and Sam’s Club, or a desktop printer then put on the refrigerator with a magnet or stashed in a draw or a shoebox under the bed.

For a time those precious family photographs and moments are forgotten, until the day comes that you need them.  It could be a birthday, a family celebration.  A life event like…a  Bar or Bat Mitzvah, a wedding, a birthday milestone, or simply graduating from grade school all the way up through college.  You go for a shoe box under the bed, to make a collage, to finally scrap book them or to create a slide show only to find the a mouse has gotten to the photographs, or that they faded terribly.  You scratch your head and remember that you’d sotred them on your computer hard drive that just crashed last week.  Arrgh!  You start pulling your hair out or just have that sick feeling in your stomach that you just lost 12 years of your photographs of your children.

[above] Apple’s Time Machine and Time Capsule

Steps to Take So You Don’t Loose All Your Digital Family Photographs

The flip side is…You don’t even skip a beat because you outsmarted the computer’s hard drive and kept a back up copy of everything, or did you?  You know, you always read about someone on Facebook complaining that their hard drive just crashed and they lost everything and they didn’t have a backup copy.  “All their family photographs are gone!”  You just dismiss it as, “Oh I feel awful for them.”  or “That sucks.”  Until it happens to you!

But you’re smarter than that.  Because you know that, today, its easier and cheaper than ever to make a back up copy of your entire hard drive or just your photographs.  A 1GB hard drive only costs about $200 or less today.  So, really there is no excuse not to make a back up copy.  My drive of choice is a G-Tech 1tb mobile drive.  If 1tb is too much for your they also make 500gb and a 750gb mobile drive.   Sure there are less expensive drives on the market.  I’ve used most of them, but I’ve found over the years that G-Tech is rugged and reliable and what I use on the go and in my studio to back up everything.

Using Apple’s Time Machine

At least once a week, sometimes twice a week I back up my entire system.  I work exclusively on Apple computers and use Time Machine to back up my entire hard drive.  The first time you do a system wide back up it takes quite a while because you’re backing up your complete hard drive.  However, you can chose to only back up certain programs or certain files.  After the first back up, files and system back ups are incremental.  Meaning Time Machine will only back up files that been changed, added or deleted.

Photo Tip:  Back It Up!  These days, doing a system wide back up or simply backing up your precious photographs is so easy and inexpensive.  Let’s face it, your computer is a machine.  Whether your hard drive is brand new or a year old, it can fail at any given moment.  Wouldn’t you rather be safe than sorry?  When you least expect it……you hard drive will FAIL!

 

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 949.494.5084…. or email.

Creating the Elusive Perfect Family Portrait

“There is no perfect.  There is only perfect practice.” anynomous

GIVE UP ON YOUR IDEA OF PERFECT

Years ago when I practiced Shotokan Karate on a daily basis my Sensi would tell us this all the time…. “There is no perfect, only perfect practice.”  Knowing that it is okay for you to give up your idea of the perfect family portrait and leave that idea to your family photographer will take the stress out of getting that perfect family photograph.  Instead, just grab the perfect family moment.   After all, capturing once in a lifetime moments should not be stressful.  Rather it should be blissful and fun and capturing your kids “in the moment and in the act of play,” it is the whole point of spontaneous family photography!  This summer, give up on your idea of perfect and let little accidents and spontaneity play a part in your family picture taking routine.  Taking family photographs should be fun for the whole family.

“Capturing your kids in the moment and in the act of playing is the whole point of spontaneous  family photography.”


[above] 2 year old’s are notorious for doing what they want when they want. Instead of trying to coral him. I just photographed him while his family were all laughing in the moment.

A CANDID PHOTOGRAPH IS WORTH ITS WEIGHT IN GOLD

A candid photograph is worth its weight in gold.  Stop trying to get the kids looking at you, there’s always a time and place for that.  Getting them in action may take some practice and patience.  With the zero cost of digital “film” these days, time is your friend.  The second you stop your kids from playing and get their attention, that genuine playful moment is gone.  If you strive to capture genuine moments in your child’s life, then you’ll want to grab candid photographs.  The way to do this is to photograph lots while they are steeped in their play time and craziness.  I tend to photograph in bursts of 4-7 photographs of a single subject when I’m trying to grab candids.  I guarantee you these photographs will create richer memories for you than stopping them and asking them to SAY CHEESE!  Photo Tip:REFUSE TO SAY CHEESE!

THE MOST COMMON PHOTOGRAPHIC MISTAKE 

Here’s the scenario, your at the lake, the kids are dripping wet in their swimsuits.  The sun is behind them, and, as you look at them you can only see that they are in complete shadow and the sky behind them is super bright.  You raise your camera to your eye.  Instinctively your camera’s brain says, Oops, there’s not enough light on this kid’s face.  I need to blast them with my flash.  The Result:  The kids are lit, kind of.  The back ground is kind of blown out without much detail.  Here’s why:  In order to really have the kids lit well, and detail in the back ground you need a light source as bright as the sun in the background.  The tiny little flash on your camera will not even come close to providing the light for that photograph.  The Remedy:  Move the kids so that they are not back lit.  What’s really important is that you are able to grab a great photograph of them.  For fun:  You can keep them where they are but you go out in the water, about waist deep so that they are turned toward the sun.  Or, reposition them so that they are lit by the sun.  Instead of fighting the sun, the worlds brightest object, you are now working with it.  And, the camera’s brain is less likely to turn on the flash.  I also suggest turning off the flash altogether.   If you use the sun as your main light, you will not need to use a flash.  Photo Tip:  WORK WITH THE SUN, NOT AGAINST IT!

 

[above] I don’t have any magical fairy dust that makes little kids giggle and laugh. I simply try to create all the conditions to allow for spontaneity. And I always capture candid moments in bursts. You simply can not plan for images like this. They just happen.

 

In the years to come, your family photographs will show the growth of your kids and family events and gatherings.  Hopefully they will also show spontaneous moments too.

 

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 949.494.5084…. or email.

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