December 9, 2012

December 9th: Photo-a-Day Challenge

Today’s theme is “blanket”. Lucy was in the perfect position for this one!


December 8, 2012

December 8th: Photo-a-Day Challenge

Bad Joni! I didn’t post my “crooked” photo yesterday, so here it is! Better late than never!


December 7, 2012

December 7th: Photo-a-Day Challenge

Theme: Candy Cane

No Candy canes in the Girvan household yet, but plenty of other goodies! I thought I was going to have to get really creative, but then remembered this little gem! Whew!


December 6, 2012

December 6th: Photo-a-Day Challenge

Theme: Eyes

Lucy, my shih tzu, was supposed to be my model for this one, but after coming home to a garbage can that had been demolished by her, I changed my mind. Lucy has had a tendency of breaking into the garbage lately. We even had to buy child locks for the cupboards! So her face is a stinky mess and I also found that she got into the raw chicken packaging (yikes!), so I didn’t want to put any extra modeling stress on her in case she isn’t feeling well. I actually should have gotten the picture of her eyes peering at me from under the chair as I cleaned up the mess, but I was a little distracted! So, this little owl will have to do for today! Wish us luck for an uneventful night with little Lucy tonight!

December 5th: Photo-a-Day Challenge

December 5, 2012

December 5th: Photo-a-Day Challenge

Today’s theme is “you”. And since I couldn’t take a picture of all of “you”, I had to interpret it as “me”, although maybe the “me” in the mirror could somehow be considered “you”? Confused? It’s ok, so am I…


December 4, 2012

December 4th: Photo-a-Day Challenge

I love fabric, so I had fun with today’s theme. This is a tutu and some sheer tulle fabric from my prop stash 🙂
If you haven’t started, it’s not too late! See the list of December themes posted here!


December 3, 2012

December 3rd: Photo-a-Day Challenge

It has a crack…


December 2, 2012

December Photo-a-Day Challenge

Happy December! Because it is the busiest time of year and I don’t have enough on my plate, I decided I would try to join in the fun of the December photo-a-day challenge! I was going to try to make up for yesterday, but seeing that the theme is “wavy”, I was at a loss for what to photograph, so I’m starting with today, December 2nd. “Stairs”. Here is my favorite little subject running up the stairs in her red one piece pajamas.


If you’re up for the challenge, you can post the pics on your facebook, instagram, twitter or blog! Here are the themes:


December 1, 2012

It’s Cyber December!

It's Cyber December!

Photo deals for 2013 Washington sessions!

June 9, 2012

The Rule of Thirds

I recently had a question asked about one of my photos, and thought it would be a good topic to post about. Here is the image:

The question was why I have so much unused space in the image.

It’s a good question. It would make sense for most people to assume that the focus of the picture, (which in this case, would be the couple) should always be in the center, but this is not true. There’s even a rule about it, called “The Rule of Thirds”:

As Wikipedia states: “The guideline proposes that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections. Proponents of the technique claim that aligning a subject with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the composition than simply centering the subject would.”

Notice this rule does not state that the focal point should be in the center of the image. It gives us the option to have our most important part of our image placed in any of the following areas, although they don’t have to actually touch one of these lines to take advantage of the rule of thirds.:

  • Top third
  • Right third
  • Left third
  • Bottom third
  • Intersection of two of two of the above mentioned grid points

Here is a screenshot of the image split into thirds:

If I would have placed them in the center of this image, I would have lost the canvas that I chose to set the couple in.

Most digital cameras have a setting that will display the rule of thirds grid in the LCD screen to help guide you in placing your subjects.

I hope this helps!