Nick.....In All His Glory

April 28, 2009

Nick Reflections_edited-1

Nick jumped into action as a model for the Photography workshop this past weekend.....and I could not have been more proud of him. For someone who usually fights tooth and nail about getting in front of the camera, he threw caution to the wind and worked extremely hard for all the ladies taking part in the event.

I think it was extra fun for Nick because we were in Center City Philadelphia.....the shoot had a real URBAN feel and he thought it was really cool to be experiencing the city life!!

The pictures below were taken on the rooftop of a parking deck......there was a stairwell with graffiti and that is where Nick was in all his glory....he loved every second of it. I only got a couple of him up there, but you might see him appear on a couple other blogs as well.....Debbie, Kate, Jen, Ivy, and Heather were all in attendance on Saturday in Philly and they all got some incredible pictures of him. A special thanks to all these lovely ladies.....it was so wonderful to be taking this workshop with such special friends, and it made me feel so good to see you take such an interest in my little guy.....you all made him feel so special and comfortable. Everytime I turned around and saw him hamming it up with you, it made me smile:)

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Philly Workshop (30 of 51)-2_edited-1-700

When Nick wasn't striking a pose, he was assisting with reflectors and flash equipment.....he really got into it and is looking forward to helping me out in the future. I think that this was so good for him...an experience he will never forget and possibly a new hobby that will give us some special time together.

You see....I am thinking that this photography thing might be more than a hobby.....I really wanted to learn all that I could so I could take great pictures of my kids and forgo those studio shots that usually cost an arm and a leg......but the more I learn and the more I photograph other children, I am realizing that there is more to this than just wanting great photos of my children. I really enjoy working with other people and I am finding great satisfaction when I capture those special moments.

After workshop number two and some serious soul searching, I think I am ready to take on paying clients......nothing too crazy and not too many....I still need to keep my day job, but I want to take my hobby to the next level!!

With a little luck and a couple things that need to be added to be my camera bag before I start, I should be up and running in a month or two. I still have LOTS to learn, but I think I know enough to do some basic family photography. You have to start somewhere......right?

53 comments:

Felicia said...

These are great shots of Nick and I love the urban setting. Lisa, I think you should go for it...you definitely have the talent. Good luck in your fun side gig!

Jodee Leader said...

Wow! I love all of these pictures of Nick. It looks like he really enjoyed the shoot too!

You are such a talented photographer and I think people would hire you in a minute! Best of luck getting started!

Shelly and Family said...

The photos are AMAZING! And I TOTALLY think you NEED to take your love for photography to the next level - new avenues are coming ahead for the both of us ;)

I am going to be out most of the morning - our Miss Annabelle's 2nd Bday is today...I'll try to cathc you this afternoon...

jiangxigirls said...

These are awesome pictures!! I am so happy for your news and you will do fantastic! Good luck!

Sandy Toes said...

Such a handsome little "guy"~ I think these pictures look great and you are amazing behind your camera!!!
sandy toe

Mandi said...

Love the setting, love the pictures. Nick sure makes a handsome model.

I definitely think you can take your hobby to the next level...these pictures are fabulous.

Mandi

Rachel said...

I love the pictures of Nick - he is so handsome.

I thinks its great you are thinking of going pro - your pictures are beautiful adn you have such a great eye! If I lived near you I'd have you take pictures of my kids! Good luck.

Keisha said...

What a Handsome Model!!!!!
This might be the start of something new for him... he looks like he was enjoying the model gig! lol!!!

sara said...

I love the pictures of Nick. Isn't it just wonderful to have AWESOME pics of your kids? Especially ones YOU took?? You are very talented, Lisa.

I wish we lived closer - because I would have you take OUR family pictures :)

Life with Kaishon said...

This is such exciting news! I am glad you are going to start doing family shoots. Your work is so wonderful! I definitely want to come to the next workshop!

Lea said...

very handsome model. I hope your endeavor goes well. Congrats!

Lea
xo

Gail said...

Lisa, These are absolutely AMAZING!!! Love the one of him with the shadow. You are so talented and I wish you only the best!

Lisa said...

Love the photo's! Wow, Nick sure is handsome!

Good for you for starting your own business, I was wondering when you would! You will do GREAT!!! Your wonderful personality matched with your photo skills equals SUCCESS!!!! So happy for you! : )

Ben said...

Wow does Nick look like a pro! What a handsome little man you have. I just didn't think you could get much better with your pics but gosh these are AMAZING!

Jboo said...

What a handsome guy your Nick is -- love those photos! He's a natural, isn't he!

You are a great photographer -- thinking of taking any road trips out this way?? I know a few people who would be interested! :)

Hope you're having a fun week!
Janet

Alicia said...

What is SO NEAT is that going from the beginning of your blog and how your pictures have changed so much. You have learned a great deal about photography and I can only wish that I'm the same way. You are really good! Your kids are perfect little models to practice on.

Wanda said...

I've only been following your blog for a short while but have fallen in love with your photos.

I say - go for it! You have a wonderful eye and that's the key. I'm a painter and I can relate when you talk about the thrill of capturing a moment in time.

PS. Of course, it helps when your kids are gorgeous too. bonus!

All the best,
Wanda
www.atlastmilanascominhome.blogspot.com

Kate said...

Great photos! Wasn't it fun??? How exciting that you are starting a business...I wish you the best of luck!

Colleen said...

These are GREAT!!! You need to enter that first one in the i heart reflections challenge!:)
How very exciting taking your photography to the next level! I know you will have tons of fun and be just great at it!

Patricia/NYC said...

You are on your way, girl!!

I say GO FOR IT!! (This from someone who switched careers at 40 yrs. old to embrace my creative side & work with children...I became an art teacher)...

BEAUTIFUL shots of Nick!! I just love the very last one!

If you ever need a *subject* & youi find yourself in NYC, I'm sure Kiara would LOVE to help you out! LOL! ;)

day by day said...

Great pics of Nick! How nice that you were able to spend that time together...sounds like a wonderful mom/son day!!

Courtney said...

Love all the pics. Congrats on your decision to take this to the next level.

Debz said...

You totally have what it takes to be a professional.
I wish you were closer I'd line up a few clients for you! I was showing one of my friends your blog the other day and she was amazed at your work and loves your style. She expecially loves how you are so good at picking out the background and matching it with a certain pose.
I love the graffiti ones....secretly I love the look of some of the more tasteful artwork that some of the kids do....I just wish they would do it on paper...
Nick may have to be your staging guy....he seems to like the techie stuff.

Kam said...

Good luck my friend! I'm with ya! Go for it! You'll do a fabulous job!

And Wow! Nick looks amazing! So cool that he was so into it and that it could really be a special thing for the two of you! WooHoo!

Happy Tuesday!

Lucy said...

Lisa,
Wow is all I can say!!! I haven't had a chance to come to your blog since the baby arrived so I'm just catching up. You are a total inspiration!!! Your photographs are gorgeous as are your two kids! You are totally ready to take on paying clients and they will be so lucky! Your excitement and love for photography is contagious...makes me want to learn more! Keep up the good work and post more more more!!!
Lucy

Rebecca said...

You're going to be SOOO fabulous, Lisa! Can't wait to see how it takes off. :)

Love the pics of Nick - he did an amazing job as a model!

Kristin said...

What beautiful shots and what a handsome, handsome young man you are raising!!!!!!!!!!!!

Our Complete Family said...

Lisa the shots of Nick turned out FANTASTIC! He's so handsome and that is terrific that he is enjoying photography as a possible hobby. GREAT!
I'm excited for you to begin this new adventure, too. You will be great at it and word will quickly spread about your talents lady!
Hugs, Les

Carol VR said...

I love that first picture. You've got a great knack for finding reflections to photograph.

Missy said...

Love these images of Mr. Nick!!! He is one incredibly handsome fellow and sure knows how to work the camera. He should be an Abercrombie model :) You know I support you 100% in your photog business...I'd hire ya for sure!! You rock, girl! Can we chat Thur.?

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Love the photos..
Looks like Nick had a lot of fun also..
Sounds like you have a great plan.. Congratulations..
Have a great week..
hugs..

Sharie said...

Nick looks like a professional:) Love all the shots - and soon you'll be taking even more! Good luck in your new venture:)

carolinagirl said...

I know you were one proud MaMa this weekend. Nick is such a cutie, and I know you all got fabulous photos!!!

Good Luck on your next venture!!! I think you are taking amazing photos, and you have actually studied up on Lightroom! I did buy the book but still haven't opened it (along with my new sewing machine) - where to find the time with all these sports???

You are such a talented lady, and I am so glad to be following your blog!

3D said...

Great shots! I admire your ability and ambition. GO FOR IT!

Keep smilin!

Michelle said...

Oh, Lisa, you will do SO well!!! You really have a great eye and know how to work the camera. And speaking of knowing how to work the camera... Nick did a FABULOUS job!! What a handsome model! That top photo would have made a great entry into this week's I Heart Faces contest.

Kerry said...

Right! You should do it- clearly you are passionate and talented. You go!

And oh my goodness- look at Nick. He looks like a pro. I bet he loved it! And how fun for the two of you to enjoy this hobby together. Maybe no more bribing your little models now.
Hugs- these are fabulous shots.

Robin said...

Great Pictures!! Get that camera bag filled and take some pictures!!!

Blessings,
Robin

wife.mom.nurse said...

I wish you the best with this. I will say it again, you are so talented!

EllieNat said...

Very cool pictures of Nick!

Sherri said...

Well I'd pay an arm and a leg to have you take great shots of my kids! Your pics are amazing and you would be a fabulous photographer. Good luck!!

kris said...

Yep, it's the best! I will never forget the first shoot I did (NERVE WRACKING) and I still get worked up to this day EVERY single time. I prefer to do my own work- for the art of it- than get paid any day of the week, but it's nice to do it now and again on the side for some extra income! My love of photography dates back to age 17 with my first photo course, and sometimes getting paid takes that love out of it for me. It's a bit like a form of meditation or prayer for me, so I tend to get REALLY lost in it... hence the reason I'd rather just wander off in it and do it randomly and candidly. And for free! :O)

kris said...

ps. these shots of your son are gorgeous!!

Colleen said...

Yes you do have to start some where and you are ready my friend. When I started my little boutique it was scary. I had never made anything for anyone else other then donations. I love sewing for other's now.
You are going to rock!!!! I am so proud of you {{{{hug}}}}d

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Lisa, you should definitely go for it! I think that is wonderful and if you were in my area I would be lining up to be your first client!!
Carrie

Ivy said...

I knew you would have to cave in to your talent girl! You're one talented photographer with a natural ability to capture all the wonders of childhood...so happy you came to this decision. You're going to rock the photography world:)) Next thing I know, I'll be attending your workshop, or maybe get to hold your strobe thingy.

Love the pics of Nick. He's just adorable and I loved working with him. I am so glad he's found his niche in this hobby/profession of yours. Looks like he's off and running with a portfolio too!!!

THANK you for also helping out at the workshop and for stopping in to help me. What a difference it made. You're the best Lisa and I wish you success in your new venture. I know you'll do well. Do I have to schedule you now for an appointment LOL.

Love ya my friend!

Ivy

jenbusymom said...

Wow that boy of yours is hot stuff! He did great in the pictures and so did you! You really are doing great stuff and if that's what you're ready for, I think you'll do great! Maybe one day this will become your day job, you never know! Good luck!

Kayce said...

Great pictures of Nick! You are just amazing Lisa!! Will you be making any trips to California soon?? ;)

The Things We Carried said...

I would come to your workshops if I were nearby!

Nick is so cute. What a handsome guy. GREAT PICTS!

Thanks for the visit, and glad to know you are back :)!

xx

Leslie said...

I'm so excited for you Lisa. You are going to the best photographer out there girl.

Jennifer said...

Awesome pictures, he is such a doll!!! Lock the doors, Mom!!! :)

CC said...

I love the use of shadows and reflections!

Casey said...

He is so handsome! Those are some fantastic shots... I'd pay you!! :) Congrats on taking it to the next level.

Jennifer said...

What a wonderful young man Nick is!!! He was amazing to photograph and so helpful when we were trying to figure out that flash!

Jen