I was recently approached to try out the new Strike a Pose workflow preset package for Adobe Lightroom and offer a review of it. I took several images from previous sessions to play around with. Some of them were in the studio, and some were taken outdoors. My first impression of the Develop presets were that they were a bit heavy, especially on the studio images. They were less offending on the outdoor images, where there are more tones to… Read more »

Hello! I hope this year has treated you well, dear reader. In this time of round ups, wraps, countdowns and reviews, I decided to take a peek at what I’ve been up to in this crazy year that’s about to end. And now that I’m looking, I’m kind of amazed. Most of my work this last year has happened in just the last 6 months! In July, I signed the lease for the studio and was hired by Bella Baby… Read more »

Well, Summer is here and things are finally slowing down a *little* from my spring-time-chaos. I got to shoot at some lovely universities for graduation season. I’ll be starting a new job in a few weeks creating newborn portraits for Bella Baby, and I can NOT wait to capture all that newborn snuggliness!! I have also opened up an official STUDIO SPACE for Metcalf Photography!! So yeah, I’ve been a little busy. But now that things are starting to come… Read more »

Oh! The joys of starting a business! Everything is trial and error–and a lot of blog reading for advice, and scoping to find other ideas that might work better, and… you get the idea. Here is a little insight into the dramatic change. Every business has to account for paying its own expenses as well as paying the workers–even if the only worker is the owner. If I don’t pay myself then photography is only a self sustaining, very expensive… Read more »

Hello there! I was perusing Pinterest, as I do (probably far too) often and came across advice that I would love to share with you. It’s a What to Wear guide that lays out the basics beautifully!   As a photographer, and not a stylist, it’s sometimes difficult for me to be able to explain why something looks great rather than just putting the pieces together and seeing it. This post from Paint the Moon puts it all into words… Read more »

Once again, things have slowed down on the front end of Metcalf Photography. I’ve been hard at work putting together the tiny details that will help make everything easy for you to get lovely pictures of yourself and your life’s big events. My hope is that everything will be so seamless, you won’t even notice all the little pieces that make setting up, having and ordering from your session a breeze! But! It’s still not fair for me to leave… Read more »

It’s a new year! And that’s the perfect time to plan new beginnings. If you’re still hunting for a photographer for your 2013 wedding, you should know about this sale! Between now and Valentine’s Day, you can get 13% off of the price of your wedding package. That’s a potential savings of almost $500! If you know someone who is planning their 2013 wedding, pass this on!! It’s too big to pass up!

Hello again! This has been some year! As usual, business picked up in the late fall and into winter, so I’ve been a bit busy; mostly photographing families and growing families, but a couple of graduation ceremonies thrown in too! I have to say, It’s a hard choice to make between what was my favorite shoot this season, but I think the winner would have to be this mama, who finally had time for a shoot the WEEK of her… Read more »

A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege to take the engagement pictures of Megan and Tony in Dinwiddie. I’ve known Megan since she was a little girl, and it is amazing to see her fall in love with this wonderful man. The couple are planning a country chic wedding for next fall. We really wanted to express the relaxed nature of this hard-working country couple, but they are both very shy people. So we spent a couple of… Read more »

I’ve had a little time to play around with some new equipment and editing styles lately, and I have to say, I’m pretty excited. I also got some great shots of my son, so I though I might write a post and put a few up, and see what responses they get. Most of the day, my son just has to move. So I get to really practice my focusing skills. Not only that, he’s also so used to the… Read more »