Let's celebrate...

The months of May and June mark the end of an accomplished and cherished path while new and exciting horizons await for many graduates. Capture your student in all their glory, because those moments deserve to be on the walls...not just the diploma.

Now booking seniors, graduates, graduation parties, invitation announcements and any of those "Wow, you did it moments!" Let's celebrate!

www.lisaWphotography.com
LOVE. LAUGH. PHOTOGRAPH.

 

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Photography and Pediatrics...

We are UP! Lisa Wotkowicz Photography is now on display at Pediatric Associates of Hampton & Portsmouth at their 55 High Street location. I am honored to have my work in an office that I deeply value! A BIG thank you to Kenny Peterson for doing all the measuring and hanging for me...because he knows that I fare much better with a camera than a hammer.

All patients of the practice or any family/client that is hanging on the walls will get 10% off any shoot that is booked! It's Spring...time to get back outside and capture the happiness!

xo, Lisa

www.lisaWphotography.com
LOVE. LAUGH. PHOTOGRAPH.

Copy of The "F word"...

Photographers will drop the F word like a trucker...

NO, I'm not talking about the infamous F word you're thinking of...get your head out of the gutter!  I'm talking about F stops.  F stops, also known as focal ratios are critical to getting  a perfect photograph, or maybe perfect in the eye of the photographer.  In simple terms, an F stop contributes to the amount of light and depth of field in the image.  Altering an F stop can drastically alter a photograph without touching one other setting on the camera...

Check out the images below that were captured from the same point of view with only their F stops changed... Can you spot the differences?

So, try it out.  Go ahead and drop your F stops like a trucker...
 

The Unplugged Wedding...

The Big Day is finally here and everyone is bubbling over with joy for the stunning couple as they are about to meet each other at the alter, exchange their sentimental vows, seal it with a kiss and walk down the aisle in wedded bliss happily ever after. Sounds perfect, right?  And it should be perfect, however the only problem are the guests aren't really in the moment because many of them are viewing the ceremony thru a phone, ipad and even their own camera.  The other problem?  The hired professional photographer is capturing a sea of smartphones and tablets in the air as he/she is trying to capture the moments they were paid to do.  And the worst problem of all?  The guests who are photographing or videoing the moment for themselves or to share on social media could be obstructing the photographer's view from getting a key shot like, the first kiss.  As photographers, we understand everyone wants to have their own memories to share and you should, but please understand we have been hired by the bride and groom who have invested in us and are depending that we provide them with the best and most artistic moments from their special day. You, as their guests, actually have the highest honor of all... you were invited to share in and witness the happily forever after unfold.  So please, "unplug" during the ceremony and key reception moments and pull out those phones, tablets and cameras to click away for that amazing second kiss on the dance floor!


Brides and grooms, how should you communicate the decision to your guests? A sign at the ceremony site is the most common way. However, you can also put a note in the program and I prefer and suggest  the officiant also announce the request before the ceremony begins.  
Signage downloads can be purchased from vendors on Etsy like this beautiful and simplistic example at CustomPrintsNYC.

 

Before I close out today's blog post, take a peek at this image by Thomas Stewart Photography that  went viral after he experienced a moment where the groom actually had to step out of the way of click happy guests to see his bride coming down the aisle. Can you imagine the bride's disappointment when she sees this image as "her big reveal to her husband to be!" Sigh.  Don't be that guest!  Unplug.

It's the little things...

Little things make me happy and this is one of them! I've been searching for the perfect easel for mounted prints and I finally have found it! Made of walnut wood by a wood crafter in the Ozark Mountains, these 4x6 easels are the perfect size for mounted prints 8x10 and smaller. 
 Easel shown is paired with a fine art Giclee print, now available as well!
 Details to come at www.lisaWphotography.com!

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STA SHINE Fashion Show Gallery is live...

I know everyone has been anxiously waiting to see the images from the St. Thomas Aquinas Fashion Show last Saturday evening and today I have finally completed all of my editing!

To take a peek, just head to www.lisaWphotography.com and click on the GALLERY tab.  Once there, please click on STA SHINE Fashion Show 2017.  To enter the gallery you will need to enter your email address and the password: shine  
Once in the gallery you can click on the slideshow tab in the right hand corner. There is sound, so please adjust your volume accordingly.

Do you see images you love and would like to purchase high quality professional prints, please just email me at lisa@lisaWphotogpraphy.com.  Take 20% all orders placed by April 7th!  Also, Senior Sessions are around the corner!  Just mention the STA SHINE Fashion Show and I will also take 20% off my portfolio rate with any bookings made by June 1st (shoot can take place up until September 30th).  

For further details and other products I offer, such as stunning bamboo mounts and gallery canvas wraps please check out my investment page at:

https://www.lisawphotography.com/investment/

Hope you love them and thank you again for having me capture an amazing evening!

xo,

Lisa

PS Keep in touch by liking my Facebook and Instagram pages to stay in touch with my latest work, photography tips and promotions!

St. Thomas Aquinas SHINE Fashion Show 2017

What an amazing event! Thank you Saint Thomas Aquinas for having me capture your spectacular SHINE Fashion Show! Everyone looked stunning!  Check out the sneak peek...

Do you see an image you love and would like to purchase a professional print or wall art, please just reach out to me at lisa@lisaWphotogpraphy.com.  I am happy to help!

Senior sessions are around the corner!  Just mention the St. Thomas Aquinas SHINE Fashion Show and I will take 20% off my portfolio rate for STA students if booking is made by June 1st (shoot can take place up until September 30th).

Don't forget to like my Facebook page to stay in touch with my latest work and tips!  I'm also on Instagram at Lisa Wotkowicz Photography.

Thank you again and keep smiling!

www.lisaWphotography.com
LOVE. LAUGH. PHOTOGRAPH.

Follow your own path...

Yesterday I had the privilege of speaking to the Photography students and staff at Saint Thomas Aquinas.  I always feel honored when asked to work or collaborate with STA because the staff is always so gracious and welcoming and the students just as engaging.
The main focus of my visit was to discuss my story.  What has been my journey to open Lisa Wotkowicz Photography?  To give some direction on my career path traveled, as well as a few photography techniques, tips and what I have learned along the way...and continue to learn!  I have been out of high school 25 years this coming May (gulp...how can that be?), but only recently turned my photography bug into my career.  For over twelve years retail buying was in my blood and my four year college degree from UMASS Amherst states my major as Apparel Marketing, not Photography.  However that's life, it takes twists and turns... sometimes you're the driver and other times just a passenger along for the ride.  And that's ok...in fact, I think it's divine intervention at it's best.
During the meeting, I listened to the students speak of their college choices, aspirations and career goals, as well as see their eyes light up with the talk of camera bodies & glass and I was truly heartened.  Each of them is about to embark on his/her own path and that is so exciting!  I wish them all the best and look forward to sharing my knowledge with them, just as the amazing mentors who have done the same for me.  

Below is my handout that was distributed to the students.  I'm sharing it on my blog because I hope it helps anyone with the photography bug. Happy reading!

xo, Lisa

 

Photography takes a different path for everyone.  Don’t be afraid to follow your own...

Photography is an art and everyone sees and feels art differently. An image that may trigger my heart to flutter might be something complete opposite for you. It may be the refined editing adjustments , the simple composition of the subject, a stunning glance caught off guard or something as straightforward as color tone and saturation.

Photograph what you love. Do you prefer to shoot landscapes or are you more inspired to capture human emotion?  Does freezing nature in all it’s glory get you excited to download your images or would you much prefer to catch the glimmering lights of the city architecture at dusk? My point is, shoot your passion and shoot it as often as possible!

Photography is a craft and like any craft, it needs to be honed. You will become a better photographer when you continually sharpen your skill set. Take your camera out. Get out of Automatic Mode…in fact, don’t ever use it!

Understand how your camera works. Photography is based on three fundamental components; Aperture (Depth of Field), Shutter Speed (Control of Motion) and ISO (Light) and they all need to work harmoniously to achieve a properly exposed image. Play with the settings, adjust your ISO, shoot a flowing waterfall at different shutter speeds to see the change in the image. Shoot a portrait and see how the subject’s persona or individuality jumps off the photograph when you dial the F-stop wide open. There are no hardened steadfast rules in photography, but there are guidelines, that once you have a strong grasp of, will allow you to take your images to the next level.

Do you like to read? If you are anything like me, I would much prefer to flip thru a book with amazing imagery because that is how right-brained people work! We want to see shapes, patterns, colors, and explore creativity and emotion and not look at monochromatic pages of text. However, we do need to read to fully understand photography concepts and photography books are a wonderful resource for that because they do offer the best of both worlds. There is something very comforting when sitting down with a good book and perusing page by page to gain knowledge and understanding versus a brightly lit computer screen. One book that I would highly recommend, which was recommended to me by my mentor is Bryan Peterson’s, “Understanding Photography Field Guide.” He does an exemplary job of explaining techniques, as well as giving advice on gear and post processing software. Personally, I feel it is an essential resource because it dedicates teaching the reader with a clean layout by providing photography examples and how they were achieved with specific camera settings. The stunning and glossy paper quality is also a big plus to make you not want to put it down!

So in conclusion, I would say the best advice that I can give is to just follow your heart. Follow your passion. Go after a career in photography if that is where your soul wants to be. However, maybe it’s but just a fun hobby for you and that is wonderful too. Understanding photography is incredible knowledge to have regardless. As your life moves along you will be digitally freezing moments, but please do me one favor…Take your camera out to capture a photograph. Don’t just rely on your phone to take a picture. There is a big difference.