Friday 5

1. How many photos do you take during a session?

Probably between 200-300 in an hour session. I take quite a few images from the same pose or moment to compensate for blinkers, laughs, eye contact, etc. Even something so subtle as a different hand position can create a better image, so I'm always snapping. 
2. Do you have a recommendation for a point and shoot?

I currently have a Nikon Coolpix, but I haven't been happy with it. My favorite point and shoot was my Canon Powershot. It was fast, easy to use, saved the images quickly and gave me great images. Sadly, after a few years it began missing pixels and the sensor was shot. I don't think you can go wrong with any of the Powershot models! I always look for manual features, an optical zoom, and ISO options.

3. What is your biggest fear when taking on a session or working with a new client?

I have a condition called microscopic colitis which is unpredictable. My worry is that I will be late to a session because I've had to stop numerous times on the way there (which is why I always try to leave extra early) or that on the day of a wedding I will be extremely ill and unable to shoot. It's easy enough to reschedule a portrait session but that is not an option with a wedding day! Luckily I have never had an issue *Knock on Wood*

4. Where is your favorite location to shoot?

Chapman's Mill is definitely up there, but I also really love Old Town Occoquan. The old buildings, being right by the water and the many different textures and backgrounds to work with in a small amount of space.

5. My husband always blinks no matter how many times I count or try to get him not to. We don't have a single picture where he isn't halfway closed or blinking. Any suggestions?

I read this trick somewhere, and it's especially helpful in large group photos - Have everyone close their eyes and on three, ask them to open their eyes. Wait a moment and then snap the image. I've had great success with it.

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