Purple Lemon Photography

Maternity Leave

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

We are beginning to close up shop for a little while, since our second wee one is almost here.  We will be available periodically by email until he arrives and then closed until late winter. Stay tuned for a few photos after he arrives, and then we'll be back to portrait work in March.

Black and White Baby

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Several weeks ago, a friend had a little baby. Her fourth. She's amazing, as she greeted me at the door of her hospital room.  Anyhow, just a few black and white baby photos to share today.

A new home

Thursday, November 15, 2012
Two months ago (though I cannot believe it was that long ago), I took a trip to photograph my cousin's wedding*.  I'll take a break from designing her wedding album to share something else from that trip.

When I photographed one of my other cousin's weddings a few years ago, I photographed at my aunt and uncle's property.  People often ask me where that amazing location is, and if I can take them there.  I loved that home most of my upbringing, and actually did some of my early portrait "work" with my cousins when I was a kid in the woods and front porch.

When they told me they bought a home "in town," I have to admit, I was a little devastated. They kept telling my mom that when I came to see it, I'd love it, I was doubtful to say the least.  But then... I got there and my jaw hit the floor.

So let's venture away from portraits for a little while, and I'll give you a tour of the parts of this simply amazing civil war era farmhouse that have already been or have started their restoration. If only you could see the starting point on some of this, the transformation would be simply mind blowing!  My aunt and uncle have a gift, and since it isn't in a magazine (yet), I figure I'll put it on my blog.

 My uncle made that table. With his hands... and I suppose some tools, but still... that's incredible!
 Though not yet complete, Eli wanted a photo of him looking out of the window where he stayed. :)
 Before loading up the car, we needed one last front porch rocking chair moment.
Thank you so much for your hospitality! I can't wait to see it all done.

*the top photo on that post shows me and my second shooter both pregnant, but also noteworthy is that she is having her baby... like...right now. Crazy! I, however, am not.

Final Fall Family

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The time has come. *sniffle* I am officially done shooting for the season before baby comes (though thankfully, I have a second shooter having a baby down the street in the next week or two so I know I can go over there and snap a few as well as having my own new baby to keep that shutter finger in shape until weddings start again in March).

I got to meet this handsome family last year, and I just adore how much they adore each other! I was so excited to photograph them again, and just look how happy these two kiddos were when their father arrived!

 I don't do a lot of work in sepia, but I am just loving this!
 These last three all have such sweet expressions.

Mine. And some experimenting.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Around the time that I started thinking about taking a few updated pictures of my own son, he recalled this photo shoot, and asked to recreate it. He wanted to wear the same shirt (quite small now, but still in the drawer) and take the same camera.  After some coaxing, we decided to take another broken vintage camera and wear a different outfit, but go for another photo shoot with just the two of us. Thankfully, he remembered that the first location was closed and we can never go back again (silly no trespassing signs...), and so we headed to a few places that I knew he'd love.  Train station & farm store.

While at the station, I did some photography experiments.  I felt like the set was having a vintage feel and the more I shot, the more I got to work in some effects.  In this first image, while Eli was adjusting the camera, I adjusted my own to make this diptych of him both out of and in focus. I just love it.
The camera itself lent itself well to being edited in a vintage style.
And most fun of all, and certainly the most experimental, a two camera approach!  I took the old Polaroid camera that Eli was pretend photographing with and placed it against the lens of my own. I messed around with focus and angle, loving the red line in the viewfinder of his and capturing both real life and "in camera" life at the same time. Shooting in a completely manual way while holding two cameras was a little tricky (especially while trying to make sure my pregnant belly was staying covered), but I love the effects.  Here are a few favorites.


Fall Family

Thursday, October 25, 2012
We've got a gorgeous family session to enjoy today.  It was actually kind of a one year old session with some family thrown in, but what a great family, so it's a nice mix. I'm a fan!  I love this family.
I love laughing photos!
But those serious ones are kind of addicting, too...