Family Summer Sessions with A.Byrds.Eye.Photo. A Natural, Memorable Experience

This summer I offered a Wednesday special, to give families a chance to get some portrait sessions in during the week.  I loved the locations we chose, along with shooting at the golden hour, I dont get to do that so much in Ohio.  Native Toledoans that see my work tell me they love seeing the different parts of Toledo , and this session with the Quinn Family reminds me of the hashtags #itmatterswhereyoumakeit and our #youwilldobetterintoledo.

The National Museum of the Great Lakes is one of my favorite hidden gems in our city, and I believe the Quinn Family session captured some of outside of the museums coolest parts. Take a look:

Here is a link to the whole gallery. If you are in need of family portraits, please consider Abyrdseyephoto. Not in Toledo? We travel outside of the city as well, as a part of our full-service photography experience.

How To Take Better Selfies With Your Smartphone

  1. Look around you. What else will be in the picture with you? Please refrain from bathroom stalls, dirty bedrooms, and objects that may look like they are sticking out of your head (ie. trees, lamp posts, buildings, etc.)
  2. Adjust the aperture setting on your smartphone camera. 1:1 works great. 16:9 probably stretches your head and nose way out of proportion.
    1. Android users beware: that beauty feature makes you look like a cartoon. Fake photoshop does not flatter your face.  turn down the beauty percentage to 10% or lower.  Read this article for more info.
  3. Most people hold the phone out in front of them or to the side. If you have a double chin like me, hold the phone above your head.  It makes everyone look better.  Trust me.
  4. If you take a burst of pictures you will find one you like faster than one at a time.  The first couple your are posing too hard, so by the 3rd one you should be more natural and relaxed looking. Just delete the extras when you are finished.
  5. No matter how good your phone is, the camera on the back of the phone is way better than the front.  If you want a less grainy picture, turn the phone around, or have someone else take the picture.
  6. Selfie sticks only let you take the picture farther away. Its meant for “usies” and to eliminate some of the distortion I talked about in #2. It doesnt necessarily take better photos.
  7. Lastly, do not use a selfie for your LinkedIn profile picture.  Hire a professional.  Whenever you get the chance, update your profile picture.  It makes a difference when people “meet” you via the internet before they meet you in person.  Think of how many jobs you may not have gotten a call for due to your profile pic! If; you need a professional shoot, I know a girl that can get you together, ;).

For posing tips, go here.  Here is an example of a good selfie: https://instagram.com/p/7VThLHFfeu/?taken-by=princess.byrd

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Test my theory and let me know what you think.

Dad&Me Project: #BlackLivesMatter

Here are a few recent photos added to my Dad&Me project.  Its been a year since my first shoot, and I have a collection of great shots of fathers with their children.  The shoots are always fun and different.  I love seeing the interactions between the kids and their dads.  I would like to make a book one day.  Today I will give you a sneak peek of why #blacklivesmatter to AByrdseyephoto Productions.  Leave a comment and tell me why #blackmenmatters to you!DanielsFamilyPics2014-82   HarrisonFamilyPortraits 2014-10-12 167GrableDad&Me

Ive been busy!

As 2013 comes to an end, I am reflecting back on how much has transpired in my life, and with my photography business.  It has been a whirlwind! I am thankful for the experience :).  Here are a few of the photos I took in November..

What do you think?  I think Im getting better, as I study photography, posing, and running a business.  I am still working on my assertiveness, and balancing photography with the rest of my busy schedule.