All you need is love

Hello everybody !

I’m back from a four months break from the blog and I’m happy to blog again and show you these portraits I did last August.

It was a nice end of late afternoon summer day, a gentle breeze was blowing and a perfect summer evening was about to begin.  A field of goldenrod and a barn was all I needed to capture the love flowing between these two beautiful souls.

Joël and Audrey-Anne

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#love #amour #romantic #romantique #portraits #summer love

Shooting portraits in natural light without flash or reflectors is always a challenge.  I definitely need a reflector to have better light.  Light in portraits is so important.  It’s so much better to have a good exposure in-camera than trying to fix it later.  I had fun doing this shooting and I would really love to do one in Winter next time I see them, and, of course,  also with my muse, Fanny.

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A beautiful week to all of you !

Jocelyne

My muse

Hello dear friends  🙂

I had a wonderful few days when my sister, niece, nephew and cousin visited two weeks ago.  These days spent together are precious and creates memories I’ll cherish forever.  Each time they come I reserve a few hours for a photo shoot with my muse in portrait photography, my beautiful niece Fanny.  At twenty-one,  she is the quintessence of beauty and youth and I love her as if she was my own daughter.

I wasn’t sure if I’d show these photos here as I am not  satisfied with them.  I used my 70-210 mm lens for this shoot but it is an old lens which doesn’t have a digital imaging sensor and which does not give good results under low light conditions.  Also, I didn’t bring my tripod that day, I find it annoying to always have to carry it.  It’s cumbersome and takes so much longer to shoot with.  And to make things worst my hands were not steady that day, I was shaking.  So I ended up with blurred photos, and even though there was a beautiful soft light, the photos came out too dark.  I saw it on the histogram but I couldn’t find the right settings for a proper exposition.  It was either too dark or too bright.  I don’t have all the equipment for portrait photography, I don’t shoot TTL or with Off-camera flash.  Obviously I have a lot to learn.  Portrait photography is not my forte, but I enjoy it and I would love to do more to gain experience.

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Fanny

Fanny

I have three suggestions for you if you love portrait photography.  First, Uday Narayanan’s blog from New Delhi, India.  Uday’s portraits are wonderfully beautiful, he is a self-taught photographer and he is very friendly.  Click here to go to his blog.  Second, Peter Knight from UK does superb portrait photography.  His latest post, “Untouchable” Dalit Girl, portrays the story of a little girl living among the poorest of the poor in India.  A superb photo.  Click here to visit his website.  And third, David Meyer from France, Paris I think.  David has a unique style, his photos are wonderful and always out of the ordinary.  His portraits sessions are never boring and his blog is one of my very favourite.  Click here to visit his blog.

I haven’t taken a lot of photos lately and the ones I took weren’t very good.  I’m kind of in a lack of inspiration these days.  I hope it returns soon…

I hope you all have a great week-end !

Jocelyne

My little Winny

Hi everybody !

This was a long post to prepare as there were many photos to edit, but I’m finally posting it and I’m happy to present you my little Winny.

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His name is Winston but I rarely call him that, I prefer Winny.  He’s a Shetland Sheep Dog and has just turned four years old last December.  When he arrived home four years ago it was Valentine’s day, just like today.  I can’t think of a better day to welcome a puppy and of a better gift !  He was my sweet Valentine’s puppy !

Meeting Winny for the first time.  He was five weeks old.

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Often when you go to choose a dog, one of them will come along and make a gesture towards you more than the others.  I believe it is a sign that the dog has chosen you.  The day I met Winny I had seen other puppies and none of them made any significant move as I was petting them.  My little Winny was the one who made the move.  As my boyfriend was holding him Winny gave him a kiss and he did the same when I held him.  Isn’t it cute ?  What a sweet puppy !

Winny (to the right) with his brother Porto and their breeder.  Say Awwwwwww…. !

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Chantal, the breeder, wouldn’t let us go with Winny until she was sure we were going to treat him well.  She raises puppies underhand and asks many questions before completing a sale.  Winny is a high-spirited, full of energy and playful dog.  We call him the little firefly.  He adores playing outside with a ball, taking long walks in the woods and one sport he really enjoys is wrestling…

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He has a girlfriend, Maya, a two years old Cocker Spaniel I care for on week days.

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Winny has a thick coat and every two months I back-comb him (I hope you understand what I mean, I couldn’t find a better word for “rebrousse-poil”) to make sure his hair hasn’t matted and to also verify if he has minor injuries or skin problems.  It takes me four to five hours to comb him.

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Like most Shetland he is very vocal and when he wants something he will ask and “speak” in his own language.  It is so funny to hear his plaintive sighs and vocalise, he can be so exuberant !

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The funniest thing about Winny is his love of toes.  He just loves them !  Whenever he can, he will pull your socks off, even to visitors !  Each night at dinner he comes under the dining table and pulls at our socks.  He also really enjoys chewing our toes !  I just adore him !

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If you love puppy stories, David Patterson’s blog has a lot of fun posts about his new puppy Oliver, a Golden Retriever.  Since his arrival in their family last November, David has regularly posted photos of the cute Oliver.  And while you’re there take a look at his earlier posts, he is a great photographer and has many wonderful photos of Acadia National Park and other beautiful places in Maine.  Click here to go to his blog.

I hope you will have a beautiful week-end.  I can’t believe it’s already mid-February, it’s going too fast, I have a lot of photos I still want to take this winter.  I’m afraid I won’t have enough time !

Jocelyne

I’m joining Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday

 

 

Portraits sessions

Hello everybody !

I would never have thought I’d be interested in doing portraits.  To me, portraits were a little boring, often taken in a studio with no accessories and a colourless or black background.  I realized I wasn’t interested in these kind of portraits and that I much preferred portraits taken in natural light and in beautiful locations.  When my niece and her boyfriend visited and stayed a few days last August, I thought it would be a nice opportunity to try portraits.  Fanny was such a good model, she naturally knew how to pose.  She really has a talent for this, it was so easy working with her.  I had a great time taking these photos even if we ended-up with a few mosquito bites, especially Fanny !  From now on, at each of her visits a portrait session will be on the agenda.  She has become my muse in portraits 🙂

Fanny and Francis

This autumn I also did a session with an acquaintance of mine who wanted photos of her six months old baby girl.  When I arrived at our meeting place she was also accompanied by her mother and by her dog, a very friendly bulldog named Major.  It was another great experience, I took 220 photos on that session !  For now, I only have permission to show a photo of her mother and one of her and her dog.  I do hope I’ll have permission for more, and if so I’ll make another post to share photos of her baby girl.

These portraits sessions were great experiences and I hope I can find more people who would like to have a session with me.

From time to time I like to share blogs I really love, and today I’m introducing you to Christian’s blog.   In his blog you will see photos of nature, flowers, insects, birds and landscape.  I especially love his landscape photos, they are so beautiful !  Christian lives in France, his blog is in french but there’s no need to speak french to look at his beautiful photos.  You can go to his blog here.  You can also see much more of his photos here

I hope you all have a lovely week-end ahead !

Jocelyne