Lauren Maternity Session

Posted in Photography on August 19, 2012 by Jim Strathearn

I had the distinct pleasure of doing a maternity session for our good friend Lauren and her husband Brandon. We did a few studio shots then went down to Patapsco State Park for some outdoor photos. They are an absolutely wonderful couple to work with and with Lauren being a professional photographer herself I was on pins and needles all morning knowing I really needed to nail this session. All in all I know I had a blast and I hope they did too!

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Shenandoah Valley Corvette Club Blue Ridge Hospice Show 2012

Posted in Photography on June 17, 2012 by Jim Strathearn

Several years ago when one of our founding members of the Skyline Drive Corvette Cruise lost his battle with cancer, we chose to do a spring cruise to benefit Blue Ridge Hospice. BRH cared for our friend and it was his wish that we benefit them with cruise proceeds. As the years passed and Linda and I were unable to manage the cruises on our own SVCC stepped up and took over for us. And boy have they done a good job! In the last three years they have collected a total of $30,000.00+ for BRH! This year the cruise was in beautiful downtown Front Royal VA at the gazebo and we could not have had better weather. The turnout was great and it was so much fun for Linda and I to catch up with old friends. Plus, we were fortunate to see a black bear up close and personal afterward when we jumped on to Skyline Drive for a short cruise. Linda and I love the camaraderie of generous friends that our Corvettes have brought to us and it was nice to revisit that yesterday…

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Look who else turned one!!!

Posted in Photography on June 10, 2012 by Jim Strathearn

Gosh – how time flies. It really does. Seems like Colton was just born yesterday… But he wasn’t! It was a year ago!!! Happy Birthday Colton! What a handsome little man you are!!!

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Aubrey at Downs Park…

Posted in Photography on June 10, 2012 by Jim Strathearn

Aubrey’s family was the other family we photographed at Downs Park on Saturday. I was impressed at how well she is walking at one year of age! And she’s such a cutie…

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Chase at Downs Park

Posted in Photography on June 10, 2012 by Jim Strathearn

We had an opportunity to photograph a couple of families at Downs Park in AA County on Saturday. The weather was great and the smiles were in abundance… This is Chase and his family.

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Digital Backgrounds…

Posted in Photography on June 1, 2012 by Jim Strathearn

Being mostly a traveling photographer it became apparent to me that carrying around a ton of different backgrounds just was not practical. And for individual portrait sessions the ones we did carry with us worked out just fine. But as we started doing more and more repeat work I had to come up with something better. I had looked at digital backgrounds in the past but just did not like the “fake” look. But we recently found a supplier that has some very high quality backgrounds so we made the move. Using digital backgrounds is the same basic technology as they use on TV to make the weather person appear to be standing in front of weather maps; they are actually standing in front of a green screen and the map replaces the green screen through the magic of digital art. We initially did the manual extract Photoshop thing and that worked well but was quite time consuming. So we purchased some extraction software to speed up the process (and to keep in line with my theme that editing must take less time…). First impressions of the system are good and we think it can only get better from here… The possibilities for holiday cards, senior photos, etc. are just endless. It looks like we’re going to have some fun with this and I am anxious to get going with it!

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Look who turned one!!!

Posted in Photography on May 26, 2012 by Jim Strathearn

Riley is already walking quite well at one and it was all we could do to keep her focused on the cake; she preferred being mobile! But it sure was fun watching her interact with things and just having fun… Always a smile on her face, Riley sure is a cutie!!!

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