A few weeks ago I was photographing a three generational family. As our session was wrapping up, the grandmother of the group, Jean, asked me if I would take a photograph of she and her husband. She laughed and told me that her friends keep telling her that she needs an obituary photo. I grabbed my other camera with my Canon 70-200mm f2.8 out of my bag, and photographed the two of them individually.
That small request really got me thinking...
One of the best decision that I ever made was to become a professional photographer in the beautiful Naples, Florida area. When I began my career in 2000, I specialized in only Family and Children Photography. After a long career in the wedding industry, I have returned to my first love...Family and Children Portraiture. Over the years I have been asked countless times about clothing recommendations, location ideas, etc., so I decided to write this post to help answer a few questions.
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I absolutely love my job! As a professional portrait photographer, I get to meet the most amazing people and this dynamic couple are at the top of my list of truly extraordinary individuals. The Connor's contribution to University Hospitals totaling $8.5 million, are among the largest in the nation for integrative health and are positioning UH to become the nationally recognized model for clinical integration of evidence-based nonpharmacologic therapies. To learn more about the Connors, click on the Read More link below.
I recently had the pleasure of meeting and working with Althea Irving, the founder of Gifts That Care. If you are looking for a unique gift, look no further. In fact, I loved her product so much that I ordered a box of the All Tears handkerchiefs for a dear friend of mine who had just lost her husband and the funeral was upcoming. My friend loved the handkerchiefs, the heart felt message and the convenience of it all.
I recently had the pleasure of working with the owners Jon and Ryan of Dylan's Draft House located at 1258 Airport Road, in Naples. Ryan is the chef working behind the scenes creating a wide range of delicious food, and Jon is the social butterfly of the restaurant. He knows all of his regular guests by name, and if you're a newbie, he will welcome you in like family.
Our trip was a huge success, thanks to all of you who donated and made this dream a reality. We left bright and early Monday, September 25th and headed for the Keys Vineyard Community Church located on Big Pine Key. Paster Steve greeted us at the door and told us where to unload the van. I was blown away when instead of taking everything, they only took the items needed. We unloaded all of the floor fans, the chainsaws, oil for the chainsaws, gas, 10 bags of ice, two containers of laundry detergent, extension cords, gloves, heavy duty trash bags, cleaning supplies, the two rolls of the water shield roof repair, medical supplies, bug repellent, the two cases of mold remover, and paper towels.
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Florida has paid the price for Irma. Many homes have been completely totaled, roofs blown off, flooding, millions without power, and the unbearable September heat. My words cannot express how hot it is in SW Florida right now. Thankfully, we were spared and I am forever grateful. As I watch the news and see more hurricanes ravishing the islands, I am heartbroken. Sigh...My calendar is clear for the next few weeks, so DJ CERON and I decided to help those in need. We will be gathering supplies for the Florida Keys this week and will be making a delivery on Monday, September 25th. Audi/VW of Naples has already donated 40 cases of bottled water, and tomorrow Lexus and Toyota will be making a donation. If you would like to make a difference in the life of someone in need, please call of comment on my blog. Thank you for your support.
As most of our country watched hurricane Irma strengthen to a Cat 5 heading towards Florida, we Floridians held our breath and prayed that it wouldn't hit our home town. Irma wobbled from the East Coast to the West Coast, finally making landfall in Naples, Florida. Before reaching Naples, Irma wrecked havoc throughout the Carribean, wiping out some of the smaller islands like St. Martin. She devoured the Florida Keys destroying 25% of all homes and damaging 65% of the remaining. I just returned less than a month ago from a two month vacation in the Cudjoe Key area, which is where the eye of the storm crossed, and I am absolutely heart broken by the devastation.
As the holidays are fast approaching, I find myself racking my brain to come up with cool gift ideas for my family and friends. If you find yourself in the same situation as I, consider a gift card to the Michelle Reed’s School of Photography.
I have been working as a professional photographer for 17 years now and I absolutely love what I do. Whether I am photographing families, executives, weddings, events, food or luxurious Naples real estate, I am constantly learning, and I love sharing my photography knowledge with others. It is very rewarding for me to educate people on how to better understand their camera, and to take professional looking photographs. I base each lesson on the individuals unique needs and desires. So, basically, you get to decide what you want to learn, that way you are not learning something that you already know.
All photography classes are a minimum of two hours, with the option to add additional time. Most clients have technical questions, so we typically spend an hour discussing the technical side of photography, and then we go out into the field to apply the new learned knowledge to our photo capturing.
Over the years, I have had many clients ask me to start up a photography school, but I just never had the time. I finally made the time last year when Candace, one of my past brides contacted me, and asked if I would be interested in working with her dad David. David is passionate about photography, and has a beautiful portfolio of photographs, with no professional training, but he wanted to take his photography skills to the next level. That is when Candace called me. David was interested in learning the technical side of his camera, so we spent our first two hours learning all about the camera and how it works. We discussed ISO's, apertures, shutter speeds and the importance of each one of them, and how they all work together. We also discussed camera gear, and I made several recommendations to him, for a lens and flash that I felt would work well for the type of photography that he was shooting.
We spent a total of four hours together, and it was fun to watch him work with his wife on the beach, after our final lesson. It was very rewarding for me to be a part of his progression and to share my photography knowledge with a fellow photographer. The last image shown on this blog post was taken by David. Way to go my friend! Beautiful work.
Contact me today to purchase your gift card to the Michelle Reed’s School of Photography. I look forward to teaching you or someone you love, how to capture amazing professional photos.
What I love most about my job as a professional photographer is the diversity that photography offers. I started my career as a professional photographer 17 years ago. Over the years I have had the opportunity of photograph weddings, events, land development, food, real estate, fashion, boudoir, you name it, I have probably photographed it. My life as a professional photographer is never boring!