The Legacies We Leave

The Legacy We Leave- Billie is an amazing woman who taught her daughter the power of loyalty in both health and illness. You'll be drawn to the love in this story about Billie and her daughter Laura. Their story is highlighted in my upcoming book Love Still Lives Here (Fall 2017) and the topic of this blog post. Craving more: Tuesday Tell All-Facebook Live 4-18-17 on Carmen Buck Photography at 12N CST tells the story behind the image. 

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Light Shadow and Love

Light, Shadow and Love!  James meets his baby brother Jackson for the 1st time, and it's an exciting time.  This blog is about Selina, Clay, James and Jackson and about capturing love and emotion in photos.  Learn ways to capture the beauty of emotion in your own photographs.

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What is Lifestyle Photography?

According to Wikipedia:  Lifestyle photography is a kind of photography which mainly aims to capture portrait/people in situations, real-life events or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday.  The primary goal is to tell stories about people's life or to inspire people in different times. Thus, it covers multidisciplinary types of photography together.  

A lifestyle photographer is not only a portrait or people photographer.  A lifestyle photographer loves/enjoys photography as ART in the everyday, 'mundane'  life.  A lifestyle photographer is also talented in other disciplines of photography such as landscape, street photography, fashion, wedding and even wildlife with one's unique vision to inspire people's life.   That's really the ticket:  the unique vision INSPIRES another's life.  

Typically, lifestyle photography is in a 'typical' or usual setting.  This might be hanging out at home, going to their favorite coffee shop, sitting at their desk looking dazed or amazed, going for their daily walk with the dog, playing with the kids... 

When I take lifestyle portraits, "real-life events" are incorporated into their session.   Therefore, lifestyle/headshots (personal branding) might involve pictures taken in a typical workday setting.  If you are looking to let your clients know about who you are, you need to show them something real.   I can help you choose the best place for these type of images.  

Taken at Kendra Scott Gives Back to Bliss Yoga Kids

Taken at Kendra Scott Gives Back to Bliss Yoga Kids

This is an image I took at a fundraiser and just happened to catch these two cuties being little girls enjoying some shiny things.  That makes it perfect!  Can't you just imagine being there?


So how can you achieve the perfect lifestyle session? Here's a couple tips.

1.  Consider a hybrid photo session.  I'll blog more about this in the future, but a hybrid photo session involves some behind the scenes video and images.  Why would you like this?  The images we pose for are beautiful and timeless and incredibly valuable.  Combine this with some fun images showing our quirky, fun, spontaneous and unique self and you've got some awesome memories.  I love the tangible matted images and books and such, but hold the hybrid videos as a media product I just LOVE.  I tend to make these for clients as a documentation of the fun we had and it's sure to become a staple product in my studio.  I've got several videos you can take a look at on THIS page.   

One of my FAVORITE HYBRID PORTRAIT Sessions

Fun with family, horses and lots of love

2: We still PLAN lifestyle photography sessions.   We need a plan, and there might be some posing but as you can see in the video, some of the session are images taken between the images.  It's that moment between the moments that leave me with goose-bumps (God-bumps!) which I believe is a brush with the divine.  Got to go for it!  Those moments are what make life magical.

3: Have FUN!  Life is too short to NOT have FUN!!!  We love the serious, pondering pictures, but the ones we tend to save for a lifetime of memories- the ones we're laughing and having fun.   

4: PSST- here's a secret about this photographer- I'm an observer and participant.  When I do a shoot, I become a part of the experience and yet I'm watching through my lens.  It's a wonderful place to be and why I love what I do.  Sometimes I direct and give guidance- it's a must in photo sessions.  Heck, it's a vulnerable position to be in front of the camera.  Support and guidance is always welcomed!  It's the connection I have with individuals, couples and families that make the sessions so special.  YOU WANT SPECIAL since these are images you'll want to treasure forever. 

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Sharmita

Sharmita Bhattacharya

Not long ago, I had the opportunity to photograph beautiful and bright professional models at Precision Camera University.  This is a wonderful annual event put on by Precision Camera.  

This beautiful girl is Sharmita Bhattacharya.  She is an actress, model and dancer.  I wrote about Goose-Bump Moments in a previous blog, but it’s worth repeating because I sure had a few of those working with Sharmita.  

Goose-Bump Moments

 I am often asked if it is more fun or easier to photograph models than 'regular' people.  The truth is, while they may be easier to model and direct, the excitement of getting that GOOSE-BUMP MOMENT with the perfect shot is the same with any subject.  

A goose-bump moment for me is when I know I captured that perfect image capturing the essence of my subject.  To be honest, it is usually between the perfectly posed shots when the real expressions come out.  It's a sense of a brush with the divine- that perfect moment in time.  We all feel it!  If my makeup artist is there, he feels it.  This is the shot that'll even sometimes bring the subject to tears-it's just that real.  It's what I LIVE for!

Sharmita was fun and you can tell that we had a variety of different outfits, locations and best of all- expressions.  I love all of these images, but the ones with the smile and joyful expressions are my absolute favorites.  What you don’t know is that Sharmita is a real joy with a smile that just lights up the room.  I hope that came through in the images!   

Images/pictures are meant to make us FEEL something.  Sharmita’s portraits are good examples of the different meanings our images carry-which is a future Blog Post, by the way.  In the meantime, notice that each image provokes a different feeling and sends a different message.  Messages are sent with the color of the image, whether the subject is looking at you or elsewhere, the expression, the lighting and so much more. Stay tuned for a future Blog.  If you are a business person and searching for the right images for your website, tuning into how an image makes you feel (makes your potential clients feel) is VERY important.  I meet my clients ahead of time to determine the message they want to send so we can achieve these goals.  A pretty picture is so much more than just a pretty picture!  

About Sharmita Bhattacharya

Sharmita was born and raised in the greater Houston area. Her draw to the arts started from a young age in the form of dance and music. She moved to Austin to study at the University of Texas at Austin, and it was there where she discovered her love for acting. She continued her education while testing her new found interest by dabbling with short films, introductory acting courses, and modeling gigs in her free time. Shortly after graduating, she furthering her career by studying the Meisner Technique under acting coach, Laurel Vouvray, and gaining representation with Collier Talent Agency. She continues to study under Laurel in her advanced scene study and character building class while taking workshops with other coaches to further expand her knowledge of the art.

Since graduating, Sharmita has been working hard to hone her craft, make connections, and attempt challenging roles, characters, and projects. Some of her notable opportunities to date have been co-starring in the ABC pilot episode of Shonda Rhime’s newest TV-series, The Catch, as well as playing the leading role in the narrative based music video for the popular pop punk band, The Wonder Years.  She will also be heard in the videogame Shadow Warrior 2, as the voice of the leading girl character — Kamiko.  Isn’t that cool?

Sharmita’s passion for acting and her love of experiencing new things, make her career a huge part of her life. She continues to grow from learning about her different characters, hearing the stories of the people around her, and relating with the strong energy of motivated people in the arts. She loves what she does and enjoys being inspired by the people around her.

Website:  www.sharmitabhattacharya.com

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Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/sharmita_bhattacharya/