Monday, July 18, 2011

Elizabeth Frances Giuffrida 7-17-11

Hey folks! 

I have a very SPECIAL post for you today as we welcome an angelic, flawless and tiny baby girl into the world. It seems like just yesterday (actuality says a month ago) that I photographed the parents-to-be at Valley Forge Park. (Coming Soon Baby G)

Parents-"to-be" no more!!!
...Meet Elizabeth Frances Giuffrida! She was born on July 13th at 4:32 pm, weighing in at 7 lbs. 1 oz. and 19 inches long. I got the news later that evening via text with a picture attached. Call me a sap if you must, but I couldn't help but literally AWWWWW out loud. AOL. (Extra cheese?)

As mentioned in the maternity/parents-to-be post, Megan is a friend and coworker of mine. The proud father Tom, is a great guy and I am extremely happy for them and their new family! It amazes me the instant transformation people make into parenthood, Megan and Tom are already unbelievable parents. 

Elizabeth was quite cooperative considering she was just 4 days old when I photographed her. She needed a couple breaks here and there, but she's a natural in front of the camera...CONGRATS AGAIN Megan and Tom!

-Stay Classy Parents

Monday, July 4, 2011

Independence Day 7-4-11

Happy Independence Day everyone!

On this day we celebrate declaring our independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776. It is an extremely important date that we should not take for granted! We live in a great country and we should be thankful everyday of the year, but particularly on this day, take a moment to fully appreciate that we are citizens of the USA. Honestly, stop, take a moment to ponder just how good we have it.

Independence day is commonly celebrated with parades, bbqs, picnics, cocktails, parties, family and FIREWORKS. Every year for the last 10+ years my brother has hosted a party to celebrate with family, friends, food and fireworks. His house literally backs up to a park where they have some of the best fireworks in town (Conshy!). The view from his driveway or fifty paces onto the field of the park, could not be better!

I love photography (duh) so my camera travels with me 95% of the time. I have attempted to shoot fireworks before with a point and shoot yielding only so-so, got-lucky results. So I decided to do some quick research on how to effectively photograph fireworks. One facet of photography that I love is the creative challenge of shooting different scenarios.

How were the pictures taken below?
-Tripod (A MUST)
-Camera on Manual Mode
-ISO 100 (yes 100)
-Aperture f16 (f8 works too)
-Shutter set to bulb

I found the most important aspect of photographing fireworks is setting your shutter to bulb. What does this mean? From the time you press your shutter (and hold) to the time you release it, the image burns to the sensor. A bit tricky at first, I found that pressing the shutter right as it went off, holding it, and releasing it when it was fully spread yielded the best results. The shutter speeds ranged from just under 1 second all the way to 6-1/2 seconds. A 6-1/2 second exposure without a tripod? Not possible.

Enough with the technical stuff, just wanted to share for anyone that may be interested.


-Stay Classy USA!