Baby sheep birth announcements

These birth announcement cards are new additions to the Browning Photo product lineup and I think they're adorable! Printed as 5x7 cards, these are a sweet way to share baby's big arrival with friends and family.

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Lewis Center beach

One of the fun things about Delaware County is that we're close enough to Columbus to enjoy urban activities but there are so many varied outdoor settings right in our own backyard. Including a beach!

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This maternity shoot took place in Lewis Center. Who knew we had a beach? The lake behind Brittany usually has sailboats in summer and model airplanes flying overhead on nice days.

This shoot took place around sunset, known as the golden hour. The light is so warm and flattering at that time.

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It had actually been storming all afternoon so it was a little touch and go as to whether the photo shoot could be held. I was holding my breath all day!

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About an hour before we were to meet, the rain stopped and the sun came out again. The silver lining was that we got some amazing clouds! No Photoshopping here, no fake backgrounds. This is 100% Alum Creek.

Want to have your pictures taken at the Lewis Center beach? Contact me now!

Maya, the sweetest dog

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I had the most wonderful time with this beautiful German shepherd / lab mix named Maya. She is 11 years old and moving a bit slow but what a gorgeous creature she is. Maya was calm enough to go off leash and even walk down the sidewalk calmly. I joked with Maya's owner that my own dog would have been halfway to Columbus hitch-hiking if we let her off the leash!

We did a very early morning photo session so we could get the best light. There was a lot of morning dew and Maya didn't want to sit and get her bum wet. Who could blame her?

We started in the backyard for pictures and by the time we moved to the front of the house and the sun had warmed the grass nicely and we had a happy, comfortable, sweet, gentle Maya looking at the camera, ready to model.

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Look at that face! I made some silly sounds to get her ears perked up.

After all that hard work, Maya got to relax in her favorite spot.

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Look at this dog in front of the fireplace. Is that a Christmas card picture or what?

Want your dog photographed in your own home? Email Browning Photo for truly custom images.

Developments in Lewis Center

There is exciting news about different developments in Lewis Center, our quiet suburb north of Columbus. In the next year we expect an Ikea near Polaris and a commercial and residential area to be established in "downtown" Lewis Center. Right now it is a small collection of buildings and a handful of businesses. I plan to get out and photograph the cornfields and corner store so I can one day show my grandchildren "Look at how much this place has grown!"

The same thing happened in the suburb where I grew up. I remember it was literally cornfields and empty plots of land. Now it's a booming area with lots of commercial development. I'd love to have a photo of the same intersection, which is now heavily congested with traffic and businesses dotting the streets. It is the opposite of a ghost town.

Just sharing that it's a good idea to take pictures of the everyday, mundane things like unpopulated areas, because our memories will fade and the photos will amaze us. I'm betting Delaware County - Lewis Center especially - grows significantly in the coming years.

Choosing the right Lewis Center photographer for you

Living between Columbus and Delaware, I know that there are a zillion photographers you could pick. Lewis Center alone has at least a quarter of a zillion, roughly. So what should you look for in a photographer?

Obviously, images are important! Look at the portfolio and see if those pictures appeal to you. Do you look at all the images and think, "Wow, I would love to have a picture like that hanging in my living room"?

Even though you can't see your family's images in a photographer's portfolio, you should be able to get a sense of the photographer's aesthetic. Personally, I favor clean, crisp images where the subject pops, and I strive to photograph and edit my images to keep in that aesthetic.

HERE IS THE BEST PART ABOUT BROWNING PHOTO - you get to see your images before you order your photographs. After you put down a small sitting fee and we have our photo shoot, your images are transformed to perfection using the latest digital software technology for photography. We meet again at an ordering session and that's your chance to view your precious images and decide which photos will look most fabulous in your home.

There are a zillion photographers in the Delaware County / Columbus corridor and we all have very different styles. You want to find a photographer whose sample images make you excited to envision your own loved ones getting photographed. Browning Photo is different because you see your images BEFORE you purchase any prints or order a digital collection.

Bottom line - I want you to be thrilled with the final product and want to come back for future sessions.

Like what you see here? Contact me by clicking HERE so we can chat about a session.

Kids say the darndest things...

I was at a lovely park in Lewis Center the other day when it was 60 degrees outside (in February - how?!) and a little boy about eight years old was playing near me. We started talking about his light-up sneakers, and he informed me that they were Star Wars shoes. He told me that he likes Star Wars a lot, and Chewbacca has a gun and a lightsaber, and ... (insert huge spoiler that I don't know about because I haven't seen the movie so I won't repeat it here). I told him that I haven't seen the new Star Wars movie yet. He said, "It's PG-14." Hee!

"Well, I could see it since I'm over 14," I told him. He looked at me quizzically... "You're over 14?"

I nodded, feeling pretty awesome that I could be mistaken for a middle schooler. He said "So is my grandma!" Awesome. That sudden whoosh you heard was the air being let out of my balloon.

"Never work with animals or children"

W.C. Fields is credited with the advice "Never work with animals or children." A lot of photographers agree with this statement, but not me! Bring on the kids and dogs. I can't get enough of them. Yes, children and pets present a different set of challenges than most photography subjects. They can be excited and want to move around a lot. They may completely ignore any directions you give them. But they also give facial expressions or body language that cannot be predicted or ever duplicated. Those sweet moments make for the very best photos.

This photo is a real crowd-pleaser. This picture always gets tons of compliments. I took this on my new wide-angle lens and really paid attention to the lighting so I could get almost a silhouette look so the hair on the baby and the poodle would be highlighted and make their profiles really stand out.

Sometimes I take a photo and I just know it's going to be a hit. For this one, as soon as I saw the screen on my camera, I knew instantly this would be a keeper, for sure! The lighting, the position of the poodle and the baby, the connection between their eyes, and the begging body language on the dog make for a really expressive photograph.

It's never easy to work with unpredictable subjects like dogs or toddlers but goodness, when I can manage to pull off a good shot like this, parents and dog owners know how special it is to capture that split-second interaction.

Extreme Makeover: Newborn Edition

One of the great things about modern photography is that digital photography allows us to take a ton of pictures and see them almost instantly on the little screen on the back of the camera or on your cell phone. So you'd think that professional photography is just pointing the camera and clicking the shutter button, and voila! Perfect image. That's just not the case.

Cell phones and basic digital cameras take pictures and save them as JPEG files, which are then ready to email or post online or be printed. Professional photographers shoot in RAW format, which then needs to be developed using software. A JPEG processes the scene in front of you as you see it and takes its best guess at exposure and color levels, while RAW is capturing zillions of bits of information and saving the pixels in its memory, allowing us to tell the information exactly how it should look. The benefit of RAW is that it allows SO much more to be done with the image. An example? You really love the Adele song "Rolling in the Deep" so you buy her CD or download that specific song and play it on your iPod. Sounds great! But what if you go to an Adele concert in person and she sings "Rolling in the Deep" better and richer and more soulful than you've ever heard it on the radio or on the album. That's like JPEG vs. RAW for us photographers. The JPEG will be ready fast, but the RAW will be so much better for actual quality of the image.

Changing to shooting in RAW was the best thing I've ever done for my photography, but the big drawback is that it requires post-processing in either Lightroom or Photoshop. A single image may take me 15 minutes to get perfect, or it may take me HOURS. Modern digital processing is amazing and because it is RAW, it allows me to completely transform an image.

I have to confess, I really really love Photoshop. And not just for taking wrinkles off my own pictures! It's a fabulous tool for taking splotches off newborns. And remember what I said above, that JPEGs guess at the details but RAW is just basic information that needs to be developed? Look at the RAW below, which is dull and dark and grayish - that's how a RAW always looks unprocessed.

This is Carter. He's a handsome little fella that I got to hold on his first day of life (reminding me that babies smell SO good when they are born!). We did some candid photos in the hospital and we also did a newborn session on about day five of his brand-spankin'-new life. Unlike most newborns, Carter just didn't want to snooze! That was fine because we got some fantastic images with his eyes open. Sweet Carter with the wonderful smelling head had some blotchiness going on, which is typical for a newborn. Oftentimes wee ones can have flakes and peeling and scratches, which is easy enough to clean up thanks to the magic of Adobe Photoshop.

The level of retouching that someone would like done is always a guess, and I think it's always better to err on the side of caution. No one wants to look plastic, after all. I think he looks real but perfect.

Our Before image was in need of exposure adjustment, color correction, redness reduction, and spot treatments.

Our Before image was in need of exposure adjustment, color correction, redness reduction, and spot treatments.

This happens to be Carter's mother's very favorite picture of him. She says that you can see the whole world through his eyes.