Monday, June 12, 2006

So I use to be a head chopper.....






now I'm a foot chopper! AGGHHHH.....doesn't it bug the heck out of you when you see a picture you really like and you lob off a limb....in my case feet! It drives me nuts! So I worked with what I had. =) And a couple from Gracie this morning....goofy kid, she put that fabric flower in her hair and said she looked "stylish!" You betcha....with the hair that hasn't been brushed and stray stands all over....very top model! =)
Yeah...I'm still a head chopper too....just a habit I can't quite break! =) And doesn't the title sound a little morbid...but you guys know what I mean right???

10 Comments:

Blogger Peta said...

Go the head choppers! I do it on purpose a lot of the time, often it's the only way to make a headshot look good with a nice composition, rather than just having a whole lot of forehead. some people just DON'T get it though. Oh well, I'm gonna put a whole lot of it in my galleries so those people don't come to me :oP
Foot chopping on the other hand... that's annoying, whenever I foot chop I crop from the knee or higher.

These are lovely btw, just gorgeous. You know I love your style and I love that little monkey of yours, she's too gorgeous!

8:10 PM  
Anonymous Ginny said...

Brenda, I found your blog by way of 2 peas. I LOVE the angel baby photo. Where did you get the wings?

11:11 PM  
Anonymous Alissa said...

i'm a major head chopper. my dad HATES IT. so, i've been trying more to save the head chopping for PS. but i just can't help myself!!

8:52 AM  
Blogger Tracey Kendall said...

i just need to tell you that you are an amazing photographer, and you have given me great ideas. I always love looking at your work on 2 peas and now that l have your blog address l am sure l will keep on looking. keep up the good work and thanks for sharing. Your kiddies are so cute.

10:21 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Peta,
OK, why didn't I think of that...DUH! Crop up...I'm so lucky to have you! =) I have to agree with ya on the head chopper thing...plus when I do it I usually follow the rules of thirds. I think it gives much more focus on the eyes too. =) You know, we head choppers need to unite! LOL!!

Thank you Ginny! I bought the wings at a local dance/costume place here in town but google The Feather Place and they have the exact same ones. =)

Alissa,
So you've heard..."it would have been a nice photo if you didn't cut off his/her head." I love that one! I use to always do it in camera but I'm slowing teaching myself to leave some room in some of them...it's a hard habit to break (I sound like that song don't I)! =)

AWWW thank you so much Tracey! =) I really appreciate your kind words...I'm pretty sure you have me blushing right now! =)

12:52 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Brenda, I'm also in the Chopper Club - : ). I did my neighbors' son's senior pictures and Cropped (not as much as I would have liked) a little and the Dad was like - you didn't center him (hello, rules of 3rds) and you chopped his head. I had to explain to him that it was done on purpose - he still didn't get it. Anyhow, I always love how you chop little Gracie ... I guess in a sweet way, huh. That is a awesome recommendation Peta gave on feet chopping. I will try that. I'm almost ready to start posting pic of my little one. I look forward everyday to seeing your stuff. Do you use actions on your B&W or you have your on conversions... they are always so brilliant! Love em! Jen

1:27 PM  
Anonymous Shelley Rankin said...

Hey Brenda,

Just finding your blog now! What is with me! Lamo. I am glad I did. And now I have it bookmarked. It is sweet and I am loving your thoughts as well as your awesome photography. You have grown by leaps and bounds.

2:51 PM  
Anonymous Anne said...

Hey Brenda! So glad you've got a blog - it's stunningly gorgeous, just like all of your work.

Re. head chopping - my MIL said to my husband (not to me - he had to tell me this), "Why does she always cut off the top of Gracie's head?" There's a whole land of people out there that have been conditioned that a "proper" photograph is dead-center in all respects. Also known as Sears Portrait Studio Sydrome.

Love those jumping shots. Your outdoor shots are lovely - no problems there! Although, it's too darn hot to be outside now! It's like 100 *&^%# degrees out!

7:39 PM  
Anonymous Amanda Keeys said...

Oh man that one with the feet chopped is so rockin' - I can see why you're bummed you cut them out! I have to be careful to leave enough room around feet/heads too -- speshially with clients who want 8x10 prints. I hate having to crop ;)

I looove the ones with that flower thingy!

4:31 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Jen,
Thanks so much....I think there are more head choppers out there than we will truely know! =) Unfortunutely, I don't have any actions though I would LOVE to have them...my PS version that I use is accient, so I do it on my own. It's good and bad....it makes me learn photoshop (good thing) an (bad thing), it takes forever and I'm really beginning to dislike proofing! =)

Hey Shelley,
I'm soo glad to see you here! Thanks so much...you've seen me at my beginnings haven't you....Oh Lord! =)

Anne,
Ok, you have to be nice to me because I see you on a monthly basis! LOL!! Thanks so much...I think people are slowing coming around to it and if not, do what Peta did...post them all in her website in hopes she doesn't get the ones that don't like it...good thinking huh?

Yep Amanda...that's the one that I saw while it was uploading and said to myself...that's the one that I'm printing BIG! And low and behold, I open it up and BAM...no feet! I cropped up like Peta suggested and I love it, it's just I wanted a full-length one of her..it never fails right? =)

5:25 PM  

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