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At-Home Family Portraits

13 Dec

There’s no place like Home for your Holiday family portrait. You pick the setting, you set the tone — casual to formal — we’ll come to your home! From now until January 31st, traci-marie Photography is offering at-home family portrait sessions for the holidays. Availability is limited, so call to reserve your at-home session today.

What is Depth of Field?

3 Dec

To understand Depth of Field (DOF) you first have to understand Aperture which was covered previously here. If you remember – the aperture size directly impacts the DOF. The first article in the series can be found here.

Let’s imagine that you look out the kitchen window. There is Timmy, Jane and Rover playing in the backyard. Each is at different distance from you but you want each of them to be in focus. You grab your camera and select a small aperture (large number). You snap the picture and all three are crisp, clear and in focus. This is called a great or high depth of field.

You glance over at Jane and now she is sitting sweetly reading Winnie the Pooh to her teddy bear. You want the focus to be on Jane so you select a wide or large aperture (small number), point the camera at Jane, focus and snap the picture. Timmy and Rover are there but they are blurred. Jane and teddy is the star of the picture. This is called a shallow or low depth of field.

A small aperture would be great for large group pictures where everyone is a different distance from the camera as well as landscapes. A wide/large aperture makes beautiful individual or small family portraits.

Other factors that influence depth of field are distance and focal length. We will discuss this once we get the basics down.

Got it? Let’s try it and let me know if you have questions or need a little assistance! This exercise is very similar to the aperture exercise.

traci-marie Rogers
traci-marie Photography

Try It Exercise:

1) Set your camera to Aperture Priority Mode. You will be able to select the aperture to use and the camera will select the shutter speed
2) Find a stationary well lit object that you want to photograph (something near a window or under shade)
Focus in the same exact spot for the following steps:
3) Set your aperture to f/2.8 (large aperture) and snap a picture (if you do not have this aperture then select f/3.5)
4) Set your aperture to f/8 (medium aperture) and snap the same picture
5) Set your aperture to f/22 (small aperture) and snap the same picture
6) Look through each image to view the difference between each. Notice what is in focus between each.

Glossary for this lesson:

Aperture: an opening, such as a hole or slit; in a camera, a circular opening that limits the amount of light that can enter and expose the film.

Depth of Field: The amount of your image that is in focus.

Cyber Monday Specials!

2 Dec

Black Friday has come and gone now the real fun starts. You don’t even have to throw on your undies or leave the house. Pull up your chair and get your shop on. We had a good deal for you last week but this week is even better!

This is a first and we hope that you like this one but here it goes!

-2 hour portrait session
-up to two locations within a few miles of each other
-Two 3×3 or 4×8 accordion albums {both must be the same size}
-ALL post processed digital images on CD with a print release {usually 30 images}
-Custom Facebook Timeline
-Custom Desktop/iPad Wallpaper
-For only $225

If that doesn’t meet your needs then we are also offering mini sessions!

-30 minute portrait session {you pick your theme or let’s come up with it together!}
-one location
-Three post processed digital images on CD with a print release
-Custom Facebook Timeline
-Custom Desktop/iPad Wallpaper
-For only $125

To purchase visit –

Black Friday 2013!

29 Nov

Ahhhhhhhh, the adrenaline rush of Black Friday shopping. It’s that one day of the year where you can get the very best top-of-the-line items at an unbelievable value.

We don’t want to deprive you of your adrenaline rush.

Here’s the deal: $100 for $75, $200 for $125 and $300 for $200!  Purchase here.

Whether you’re buying a gift certificate for yourself, your family or for someone else, it’s a fabulous way to build beautiful memories… The Black Friday way!

Not sure how to use or “gift” the session? Here are some great ideas…

– A heirloom portrait of your family to hang on the mantle (after Santa’s stockings come down of course!)DSC_1758

– Some sexy boudoir portraits to give your honey for Valentine’s Day

– Give to Mom to schedule a cherished mother/daughter session

– A beloved fine art pet portrait of your “furry baby”

– Some romantic anniversary photos together

– Baby’s milestone portraits

– Portraits from past sessions

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Special!

25 Nov

Your holiday shopping can be as simple as a click or call away! 

Our BLACK FRIDAY and CYBER MONDAY sale is November 25 and 29. Get $100 gift certificates for only $75! The more you order, the more you save! Email to reserve your order at with your name, phone number and number of certificates you would like to order! Don’t miss out on these savings!

Flash, NO not that kind!

20 Jul

Many of my fellow photographers build their website using Flash. Let me get some formalities out of the way before I delve into the whole point of this post. What is Flash? It is not what that creepy person wearing a trench coat does to unknowing passers-by.

Flash is an Adobe product that uses vector graphics to create animation (this is a very basic description). Websites can contain Flash movies or be created solely with Flash.

Flash websites are beautiful and interactive. So – traci-marie Photography, why isn’t your photography website created in Flash? That is a great question!

There are a few minor issues that I could overlook but the major issues doomed my site to forever be Flash free. Between you and I – a small Flash movie may make an appearance now and then but that is as far as I am willing to go!

I could overlook how Flash removes the capability of using the Back button although that may be an inconvenience for many. If you are a Back button maniac like I am then you understand how much we would miss that button!

I could even pardon Flash for requiring users to download a plug-in to watch those amazing movies.

Image of iPhone Screen when trying to download Flash

No Flash for you!

Why is this important? Another great question!

Accessibility is at the top of my list. Screen readers audibly describe the content of your website for visually impaired viewers. Most Flash websites are not created in a manner that allows the screen reader to NNJJ. Another alternative is to create a Flash website and a HTML website. This doubles my work (think of how time consuming it can be to maintain two websites!) when I prefer to be behind my camera. Why not just create one website that meets accessibility requirements!

I feel safe saying that the majority of users perform queries in search engines. I want my website to appear in your search and this can be difficult to accomplish with Flash websites. I will not bore you with the details but if you want them – please comment and I will gladly reply.

There are 6.4 million iPhone users in the U.S. according to Nielsenwire. The iPhone cannot view Flash movies or websites (long story!). I want all visitors to be able to view my website instead of a request to download Flash which we all know is impossible. See above iPhone screenshot.

Lastly, if my page loads slowly then you are not going to watch my site countdown how many portraits are loading. You are going to move on to the next photographer website.

So there you have it. traci-marie Photography agrees that Flash websites are alluring and yes – I would love to have those beautiful graphics flowing around on my website and enticing you to click on everything you see but this will not happen until the web and Flash get along better.

Happy Shooting!