Saturday, June 26, 2010

Tammy & Terry Preview

What I did today...

More soon!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Confession! Also, Lindsay and Nick

I have a confession to make. I've been thinking about this a very long time (pretty much... 10 months... yes that's a long time for me) and I need to get it off my chest.

I wasn't very happy with something I did last year photographically. Something big, and public, and actually kind of important.

Lindsay and Nick's wedding.

Yes, some nice shots came out of it, but at the time I had zero understanding of classical portraiture and didn't have subjects who naturally understood what to do to take that kind of photo. My understanding of lighting in sub-ideal situations (such as noon in August) was also sorely lacking.

Why did I have her stand on that side? Why didn't I have them turn? No no no!

I am so grateful to Nick's mother's wisdom in hiring another photographer in Idaho to take a set of formal portraits for them, so while they had some artsy day-of photos from me, they also have a really beautiful set of portraits taken by someone with adequate technical know-how.

Naturally I've learned a lot since then and have the understanding and equipment to provide a better product. But it still makes me sad to know that I didn't give Lindsay and Nick the portraits they deserve.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Four Boys, One Photographer

Not gonna lie, I was completely terrified to photograph this family.

For starters, the weather in Michigan can be more than a bit unpredictable. I picked a day that was supposed to be a bit cloudy but no rain, and what happened? The only downpour this week.

But the real reason I was scared is that kids, especially boys, have so much crazy energy I didn't know if I could keep up with them, let alone snap their pictures!

So I chased them around the park a bit, and took solo pictures of them in the order in which they reached a certain bridge. When I had them alone, they were awesome!

I am so thrilled with how well these boys did, and with how the photos turned out. Their mother and I are making plans to photograph the whole family later this summer, and I can't wait!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Is your heart frozen?

Because this little guy is here to melt it.

Full post soon to come!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Photo Archive: Kristin and Jacob

Today I was going through some of my old photos, and I realized that I never actually posted anything on this blog from Kristin and Jacob's wedding back in November, 2008 in Rexburg, Idaho. How terrible! So, here are a few of my favorites.

Looking back at these, I feel so fortunate that Kristin asked me to take their portraits. I had no formal training in photography at the time, and the only evidence that I was a decent portrait photographer was that a) I had always been the stalky friend with a camera, and b) I had some good results from Kristin's older sister's wedding two years earlier.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Free portraits in Jackson!

I am now offering free portrait sessions in Jackson, Michigan! Your photos will be taken commercial-quality equipment, at no charge for my time and just $1.00 for a DVD with all of your photos included. I will arrange for prints at supplier rates at your request.

Subjects must be at least 4 years of age, and a parent or guardian must be present for any session including minor children. See map below for travel fees outside the city limits. You pick the public location for the photo shoot (no private residences, but other buildings are negotiable.)

Your first step is to email or call me, Caroline McDonough today. This offer expires in August, so what are you waiting for?

All subjects, and parent/guardian if under 18, will be required to sign a limited release for purposes of the photographer’s portfolio use. A copy of the full release will be emailed to the subject, or parent/guardian in advance of the session.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


On our way to Chicago, we stopped off in downtown Indianapolis to visit their statehouse which is, by the way, so gloriously beautiful and gigantic it puts the Ohio statehouse to shame. This is the view of their statehouse from two blocks away at their equally awesome Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument.