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The Arborist Inc Business E-Card

April 18, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

 The Arborist Inc. is a top notch tree service company that I have had the honor to work with the last few weeks.  I love photographing processes, people at work, doing what they do best. Check out the business e-card I did for them.  I think these 35 seconds really capture what they do. 

 


JPEG v. Raw

April 09, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Today in class, I explained the difference between a JPEG and a Raw file.  I used an analogy that I had not used before.

I explained that getting a photo from a file is like going to a store to get a brownie.  You have two choices.  You can buy a brownie or you can buy the ingredient  to the brownie.  Now the brownie you buy could delicious and perfect, just what you are looking for...but it is hard to change it once bought already baked...you can certainly tweak it, add sugur on top, break it up into ice cream and so on.  But it is hard to make huge changes without destroying it.  That is like a JPEG...it comes out cooked, any digital device can read it, but you can't change it too much.

Or you can buy the brownie mix, go home, use your cookware and oven and bake it yourself. Before you bake it, you can add things and change the recipe so it comes out better or just very different and it will look like a brownie, you don't destroy it.  Just like a RAW file...it is a recipe, changing it is much easier and it takes longer to cook.  Of course, you can change a RAW file time and time again, but once you bake the brownie, you can't change it and once you export you can't change the JPEG much either. 

There is a time and place for both of them.

 

 


Business Ecards

April 08, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Want your clients to have you in their contact list so they can email you whenever they have a question or pass on your contact info at a moments notice.  Want to make sure new contacts don't loose your business card...than check out business e-cards.  

 

Jessica Wallach
Portrait Playtime
Tel: 703-860-2222


Artbot at the NoVa Mini Makers' Faire

March 26, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I photographed the Children's Science Center hands on Artbot exhibit at the NoVa Maker's Faire on Sunday March 16.  Children made robots that drew as volunteers walked the children through the scientific process if they got stuck in their design or testing of their product.  

Artbots, Children'ts Science Center, NoVA Mini Maker's Faire 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I went to the Faire with my daughter.  We planned to alternate between both of us photographing and doing special time (where I just pay attention to her and not take photos).  However she was so engrossed in the exhibits and demonstrations that special time didn't happen.  She spent 3 out of our 4.5 hours there, carving...with great results. 

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Proud Parent Videos

March 20, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
Thank you for changing the world by being a parent! You do an amazing job.  Every time we parents show our young people how much they mean to us and how proud we are of them, we make a difference.  Every time we challenge them or read to them or simply be there witnessing what they are doing, we make a difference. Every time we take them somewhere or show them something or follow their lead, we make a difference...so thank you.
 
I know as parents we are so proud of our children, proud and in awe of what they do. Sometimes it's hard to put it into words or slow down enough to say something, but it is worth the time to do so...It makes a difference to them and a difference to the world.  
 
 
 
 
I believe that parents telling their children how proud they are increases children's confidence.  The more confidence someone has, the more thoughtful they are,  the more accepting of difference, the more creative and the more they can show both their strengths and struggles. When people do all that, the closer we are to creating a more peaceful planet.
 
 
With all this in mind, I want to share with you my latest hybrid photography endeavor.  I have been making these videos, where I do my regular family photo session with lots of photos of the kids, take a few moving portraits as video clips and then I video the parents talking their pride in their child.  Then I use the parents talking as a voice over for the the photos.  These videos are intended to live on the child's media device and for them to watch again and again.  I find these pieces incredibly moving and so I wanted to share them with you...check them out here.
 
 
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