Friday, July 30, 2010

Family Play Time

Family and kiddo photo shoots are proving to be some of my favorite types of photography yet and here are just a few reasons why...

• Being a kid a heart I completely relate to the kiddo's
• I get to witness the parent / child relationships
• I get to play with both the parents and the kids and help everyone including myself to forget about the stressors in life!
• I get to know the kids and parents on a different level and vice-versa
• I get to watch the transition of my subjects through the shoot as they get comfortable with the paparazzi (me) following them everywhere
• When the kids don't feel like 'cooperating' with the parents, making them frustrated, I get to add suggestions like, "Let's just go with the flow and see what happens!"
• When I get word from the parents after we part from the photo shoot that the kids ask about me and or express their excitement about the photo experience my heart is completely filled with happiness and joy!

Mattie (Mom) and I grew up together in the Wood River Valley.We have not seen each other since we were 12-13 years of age. She got a hold of me last September after I graduated from Photography School asking if I would photograph her family. We finally connected this summer and I couldn't have been more pleased with her three beautiful kiddo's. Funny how roughly 18 years pass by and Mattie is just as sweet of a person as ever. Thank you all for the great times!

This photograph is one of my favorites! 
Four shadows of the family plus mine and the baby of the family taking off up the hill, done and done!!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Mel Wade - 'The Unveiling of the White Piano'

This was one of the most special moments I've been a part of in years. Music and Art are everything to me. These amazing people and many more who weren't in the studio that night sure do add an extra bonus and make this creative endeavor so worth it. Thank you all for being in my life.

Mel Wade - 2010 from Sarah Anne Curtis–Schaeffer on Vimeo.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Logo Design

Logo's are some of my favorite things to create. The best part about them is that I as a designer/person get to know my client on a different level... Business and personal! Each individual has their own idea's, thoughts, interests and visions for their business. During my logo design process and/or before I know I have the job I like to spend time 'chatting' with my clients. (Getting to know, as I said before)

The one good thing about the economy being where it is is that it's giving small businesses another chance. This is what our country is made of and I'm proud to be a part of the rise of new business and new opportunities!

These logo's have been designed for people all over our country and I can't wait to do more.

Please click on the logo to link to each businesses website!

The Community Center logo was created years ago when I was still in college. I do still see the logo on the TCC promotions so I thought I'd share this amazing business who is helping the lives of the LGBTQ and their friends and family.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

2010 Fireworks!

What a great night full of thousands of fireworks!!! From our view around the corner from the Cross on top of Table Rock we could see everything. Here are a few photographs I made of the fireworks and cityscape. This was the first year I had the confidence to photograph the 'works' and I feel pretty good about the final outcome. Went in with a vision but came out with something completely different than expected. I'm still learning that I can be fully prepared, rehearsed and ready but sometimes things change, I need to go with the flow and more than likely everything will turn out!

CLOSE - Fireworks / Cityscape / Sunset

MID - Fireworks / Cityscape / Sunset

FAR - Fireworks / Cityscape / Sunset

Canon G11 @ Sunset!

I just had to add a couple of photo's I made on the 4th of July with my friends Pro Point and Shoot she is letting me get to know. Yes, getting to know a camera is one of my favorite things to do. The camera is my tool, I am it's master! I tell my camera's what to do, not the other way around... Thanks again to my education at RMSP.

While experimenting with C-G11 I made friends with this tiny little grasshopper/cricket thing... At first he was a bit skittish of the camera, like most human beings, but after a few shots he got into it!

One of my favorite features so far with C-G11 is the manual focus... 
Seriously, seems simple but I do really like it!

...I love this photograph...


Monday, July 5, 2010

Sunset - July 4th 2010

I've been dreaming about capturing the perfect Boise 4th of July photograph for years... This 2010 4th of July was my big chance. I have not been this excited about a shoot for a bit so the anticipation was digging deep into my heart. I thought I was 100% sure of where I was going to hike for my shoot... Then, life took a spin at the last minute and my plans and shooting destination had to be re-evaluated. Fortunately I have a great friend who's parents live around the corner from the cross on Table Rock. I quickly finalized my new plan to set up in their backyard. I couldn't have been more happy with the evening progression. The view was amazing, the sunset to die for, friends to keep it real and a breath taking natural beauty that Mother Nature most thankfully gave to us!

Before I post the firework photographs that I made from that evening I am displaying the progression of the sunset. During the shoot I knew I wanted to push my boundaries so I played with my exposer settings to capture the mood and or feel of each photograph. I added a few editing goodies that have popped into mind lately. Experimental but I may possibly push them further in the future!