another fabulous set of 3 | austin family photographer

I last saw them at Christmas and they are all just as adorable as ever (and all 3 look way taller too!).  They are seriously the most polite, well mannered and loving kids.  Did I mention beautiful too?

So happy to have caught that one.  As a momma of 3, I know how hard it is to catch all 3 in one photo annnnnd looking happy!  Score!!

I had a reeeealllly hard time picking photos for your sneak peek.  I know she looks all hip and girlie here, but the reality is she took a quick pause from digging in the pile of dirt in front of her to look up at me, ha!

love this….

Last shot of the day.  Believe it or not, this is the same field where a massive amount of bluebonnets once lived.  It just keeps giving and giving.

Thanks for making the long drive out you guys!  As always, it was a pleasure to hang out with you for awhile!

((I have a lot of thoughts and appreciation for the post below but I will come back and share them another time.  Just wanted to say thank you until then!))

2009-05-31T20:37:53-05:00May 31st, 2009|Austin Photographer, Client Work|

3 | austin teen and family photographer

I have a weekend of 3’s.  Today, a cute family consisting of 2 boys and one girl.  I absolutely love this first shot, he is so striking…

And little Miss B stole the show, she looooooved, the camera!  She makes me wish I had freckles.

J and I had fun playing in the art too.  Isn’t this a cool location?  L, you did a great job choosing!!  Your children are just gorgeous, thanks for meeting up with me tonight!  I’ll have more for you soon!!

2009-05-30T21:16:37-05:00May 30th, 2009|Austin Photographer, Client Work|

model casting call | austin photographer

I’m looking for a few fresh faces to participate in some fun, different and modern photographs in and around the Austin area.  I am looking for:

A man who is about to do a surprise proposal for his girlfriend!

* Must be planning a surprise proposal anytime between now and July in a public place.
* Engagement will be photographed on the sly….I’ll be the chic with the camera hiding behind that tree over there.
*  Must be willing to sign a portrait agreement including a model release giving Life in Motion Photography permission to use the images for promotional purposes (website, blog, marketing materials, etc.)

A set of brothers (2 or more in one family) between the ages of 13 and 18.

* Must be between the ages of 13 and 18, no exceptions.
* Must be available on April 25th (location to be determined).
* Siblings will be photographed individually and together.
* We’ll do several outfit changes, so be ready to let your personality shine through your clothing choices!
* Parent or guardian for anyone under 18 must submit their info and be present at the session.
* Parent or guardian must be willing to sign a portrait agreement including a model release giving Life in Motion Photography permission to use the images for promotional purposes (website, blog, marketing materials, etc.)

Sessions will include:

* Waived session fee, a $250 value
* 8×10 mounted print of your choice and a few other goodies
* 25% off package pricing

To apply simply drop me an email at lstradtner@mac.com and include your name(s), age and why you think you’d be a great fit!  I’ll post here when the spots are filled and the call for models is closed.  Thanks!

2009-02-20T08:35:53-05:00February 20th, 2009|Announcements, Client Work|

not afraid of the sun | austin photographer

so this past weekend, MC accompanied me on the call for models shoot in downtown austin.  for those that don’t know, MC is a local that i mentor.  the term mentor is used loosely because i really stink at teaching….but we have fun together and she’s making great progress despite my horrid teaching skills.  we hadn’t been out shooting together for a few months due to busy season, holidays, etc. so when she asked if she could go on the model shoot, i was thrilled.  i was even more thrilled when we were walking downtown and she asked if we could stop for a minute and shoot in full sun….yeah buddy….that’s my girl!!!  i was so proud.  so we talked for a minute about how to set up the shot, angle, shadows, all that good stuff.  i was going through some of the proofs tonight and thought i’d come share.  the shot on the right is a pulled back, sooc shot (sharpened, saved for web).  you can see how the light is hitting her dead on, the shadow that results to camera right.  the light is harsh yet pretty flat and uninteresting.  but by turning our model just a bit and positioning myself below her (i was in front of her to camera left, laying on my side, flat on the ground) for this shot, it eliminated the shadows by placing them behind her and adds interest.  the light from this angle had a much nicer, less flat, glow to it too.

so many times as photographers we dive in to the nice safe shade, but there is all kinds of fun to be had in the sun too!!  in the above shots i made sure i eliminated the shadows so the focus was on the beautiful model and the dramatic wall behind her.  i like doing the exact opposite sometimes too….shadows can be really effective and fun to play with….the first shot that comes to mind is this one from Cristina & Whit’s urban session….

i’m always hesitant to post stuff like this cause i’m not sure if it interests anyone, but I hope it encourages at least one person to get out of that safe little patch of shade and dive into the sun!  that’s the beauty of digital, it doesn’t cost you a thing to practice!

oh yeah, after this shoot was over, MC and I went over to BLU.  One of my clients opened up this cafe, coffee shop, lounge in downtown Austin, if you’re local you’ve got to check it out…..soooo cool.  i won’t mention how fast we scarfed down our latte’s and chocolate croissants.  croissants?  what croissants???

2009-01-27T23:47:32-05:00January 27th, 2009|Client Work|

call for models – the sneak peek | austin teen photographer

MC and I headed into downtown Austin first thing this morning to shoot the call for models.  It was COLD….but they were all troopers and we had a blast….are they gorgeous or what?!?!

A little stolen moment that soooo makes me wish I had sisters to laugh with ….

I hope you like your sneak peek girls – MANY more to come!  Thanks for all the fun!

2009-01-25T13:21:28-05:00January 25th, 2009|Client Work|