Sunday, February 28, 2010

Inching towards 7 months - Woodlands Baby Photography

I'm sure you recognize this little guy from the blog. He is part of the Tippy Toes plan. This being his 6 month plan, I was so excited to see how he had grown and he did not disappoint. He was so happy and ready to show off all of his new tricks! Enjoy the sneaks, I had such a hard time narrowing it down.
You can see how much he has grown from his 3 month and his newborn session.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

3 girls and now a boy! - Woodlands Maternity Photographer

After work one night this past week, I met a lovely family. All girls right now... But that soon will change. We had a great time doing some maternity photos. Unfortunately daddy couldn't make it, so we will catch up with him soon! Enjoy the sneak peak you guys.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Caden's first snow storm

People in the North would have a great laugh at this, but our surprise snow storm this week was a lot of fun for some of us. Even though in the Woodlands it didn't stick, it was so beautiful! So we took Caden out to see his first snowflakes. He loved them! Probably was wondering why the rain looked so strange, but he was excited none the less.

Thought I would share a snapshot or two. Hope you got to enjoy the snow with your family as well!

Kute Photo (KP) of the Month - February

Ok, this is quite frighten to me. February is over. Where did it go?

When I was going through the photos over this past month, we didn't take a ton (quantity) but we took a lot of great ones. So it was hard to choose.

But looking back, I wanted to select a photograph from a very special session. I went to the A family's home and shot family photos for them. We were supposed to do them outside, but it was one of those weekends where the cold spell came through, so we moved things inside, which actually worked better I think. They were so warm and inviting. I felt like family. Even though it was a large family, I wasn't a bit nervous. They were so great. We took a ton of photos and even shot some in the kid's rooms, which was really fun. It was really great to see the kids come alive and show their personalities.

I chose this photo because of the interaction and realness it shows. Most family photos are so stiff and stuffy. But you guys allowed me to get you laughing and be playful. I hope that this is more of what your family is like. Goofy is good in my book. Enjoy your print and I can't wait to see you guys again.

Kute Photo (KP) of the Month - January

A lot of photographers do this and I think it is such a great idea and fabulous way to showcase our clients. A little detail on how I choose these photos. It can be a lot of different reasons.
  • Maybe it was an amazingly hard shot to get
  • Maybe it was a really surprising reaction or look.
  • Maybe the family, child or baby is just too cute I just can't stand it!
  • Maybe the whole session was just picture perfect.
    For whatever reason, I will choose one image per month and showcase them on the blog as the Artist's choice. As part of this honor, they will receive a 11x14 print of this image, as well as a $50 gift certificate towards their next session. And the best part is that they will be entered into the 2010 Picture of the Year contest. In the early weeks of January you will help us vote on what you consider the best photo of Kara Powell Photography 2010. The winner of the 2010 contest will receive a free session with me, and a 11x14 print from the winning session.

    So for January, I have chosen the session of Miss C. You have seen her often, as she is part of our Tippy Toes plan. This session was one of those picture perfect sessions I mentioned above. We had so many good shots from it, it was hard to choose one the sneak peak. 6 months is a good age, but man was she in a good mood! I chose this photo because I love the interaction between you two. There is something about the relationship between a mom and her daughter, I just love it. Enjoy your 11x14 you guys. And congrats on being the first KP winners!

    Click'n Moms

    You have probably heard me speak of them before, but if you are interested in learning more about your camera and join a HUGE forum. This is the one to join.

    Click'n Moms is a fabulous forum that will help you not only learn your camera but also be comfortable taking photos and discussing your work. I highly recommend it. Click on the icon below to learn more information about it.


    Saturday, February 20, 2010

    Finally a photo of me!

    After 6 years, Chris and I will now have photos of us together other than our wedding photos.

    Today I had the pleasure of having our photographs taken by Michelle at Pinkletoes in Austin. It was amazing and so educational, but most of all we are so excited to havemet Michelle and have family photos of us with me in it!

    For a sneak peek, check out Michelle's blog or just check out Michelle's blog in general. She is amazing and I can't wait to see the rest of the gallery. Thanks so much Michelle.

    Thursday, February 18, 2010

    A little bitty country bundle - Woodlands Tx maternity photographer

    I met this lovely couple through work and what fun were they! I love how it is always the quiet couples that surprise me! I learn so much about each couple through these maternity shoots. I hope you guys enjoyed your trip out to the Woodlands and especially the lunch date to Taco Bueno afterwards! Enjoy the sneak peak and I hope to see you guys again when the little guy arrives.

    Monday, February 15, 2010

    fStop is live!


    All of you that have a camera, own a camera, heck even are thinking of buying a camera, this is for you. The Woodlands fStop is now live. It will be a website for you to feel at home at asking questions, taking classes, reading information and making new friends.

    We will have contests, classes, and so much information, that you will need to check back daily, as things will change.

    So.. what are you waiting for? Go check it out and at least sign up for a FREE membership so that you can vote in the photo contests. And we will "see" you online.

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    A little late, but you know how I am.. At least I took them on Valentine's day. :)

    Hope you all had a sweet and loving valentine's day. And really got to spend it with the people that you love. I know I did, spent all day loving on my little miracle boy.

    Don't forget! There is a Valentine's photo contest happening on fStop this week. Go check it out.

    Wednesday, February 3, 2010

    Wednesday Word of the day! - Megapixels

    How important are all those megapixels?

    megapixels quoteWhat are those megapixels anyway? Digital cameras capture photographs on image sensors, rather than on film (ahh, the old days!).

    The megapixel count is how many individual ‘dots’ are there on that image sensor, making up the photograph. 3 Megapixel cameras have 3 million dots on their sensors. 4 Megapixel cameras have 4 million dots . . . and so on.

    You might assume then, that those extra million pixels will improve your digital photography. Not by much it won’t!

    I’ve shown the relative difference in size between image sensors below. You can see that, actually, The difference between a 3 and 4 megapixel camera isn’t all that much at all.

    digital camera comparison - megapixels

    You would have to jump from a 3 megapixel to a 6 megapixel to really make a difference to your digital photography.

    The reason I’m explaining this? When you are making your digital camera comparison, standing in the shop, ready to hand over your money – don’t concern yourself with whether camera ‘A’, has 1 million more pixels than camera ‘B’. It won't make a huge difference.

    And don’t let the sales staff tell you otherwise! With a difference of only 1 million pixels you should look at what else the camera offers.

    Other things to consider about the number of megapixels

    Right, now we’ve got an understanding of pixels and sensor size, there are two things you should consider when making your digital camera comparison:
    • How important is picture quality to you?
    • How will you view your photographs, computer screen or print?

    Picture quality:

    This is determined by more than just the number of pixels. In fact, some cameras with a lot of megapixels produce worse pictures than cameras with fewer. The reason is twofold:

    First, the more pixels crammed onto an image sensor, the smaller each individual pixel must be. The pixels are so small it’s difficult to accurately record the light hitting them. The results are what we call in digital photography ‘noise’ and ‘purple fringing’.
    NB: Noise is a grainy effect to photographs, purple fringing is when light areas of the photograph bleed into the dark areas.

    Second, the quality of lenses. The best sensor in the world will be useless without a good lens to focus light onto it. At the same time, a lesser sensor, but with a good lens in front of it is capable of taking very good photographs. Read about the importance of brand when making your digital camera comparison.

    How will you view your photographs?:

    If you plan to use digital photography to take photographs that you will only ever view on screen, then you won’t need many pixels. A standard 15” monitor will be 1024 pixels wide, and 768 pixels high. The total is only 0.8 Megapixels. No point buying a 6 megapixel camera if you only need 0.8 of them!

    Maybe someday you'll want to print them out

    One day you may well decide to print the results of your digital photography. Most people do at some point, and therefore you’ll need to think carefully about the number of pixels when making your digital camera comparison.

    The holy grail for printing is a resolution of 300 dots per inch. Click if you want to read more about image resolution. You will still get a good print from around 240 dots per inch though.

    What does this mean for you in terms of megapixels? Have a look at the table below which shows how big a print you can realistically make:

    Megapixels: (MP)Quality prints up to this size:
    minimum of 2MP6” x 4”
    minimum of 3MP7” x 5”
    minimum of 6MP10” x 8”
    minimum of 8MP12” x 10”
    Excerpt from Digital Photography

    Tuesday, February 2, 2010

    Big Family Fun - Woodlands Family Photographer

    This past weekend I had the great privilege to be invited into the M families home. I had such a great time getting to know all of the guys better, as I hadn't met some of the teenagers before. We managed to get some great casual, fun family photos, as well as some personal shots in each child's room. Thank you guys for having us over and enjoy your sneak peak.