Seattle Photographer | 3 Random Facts about Macro Photography

Lately, I’ve had a macro photography obsession!! I feel like my eyes have opened up to a whole new world and I’m amazed by every detail as I look through my new macro lens. If you haven’t ventured into the world of macro photography, I highly recommend you jump in as soon as you have an opportunity! If you’re unsure of what macro photography is to begin with, then simply remember macro photography is the photography of magnified subjects, such as the flower you see below.

I’m learning that there is a lot involved with macro photography, so I will most likely publish quite a few more posts on this fun subject. However, for now, I leave you with 3 random facts that I’ve learned recently:

1. Generally, a photographer uses a small aperture in macro photography to ensure their subject is in focus. This means that when you expose for your shot, your shutter speed may be longer than you wish to hand hold at. There are a number of things you can do to combat this. Bring in more light, grab a tripod, or even be creative with your depth of field and use a wider aperture so part of your subject is blurry like in the image above.

2. You don’t need the best of the best equipment to get great macro shots. I bought a nice lens, but there are many out there to choose from. Google it and I’m sure you can find one in your budget to fit your needs.

3. In fact, you don’t need a macro lens to do macro photography at all!! Yes, you’ve read that right! Check out this post about using extension tubes instead! It is an inexpensive solution that will you get you the macro results you are looking for.

“3 Random Facts” was the topic of my blogging group this week. We are a small group of photographers who blog about one topic each week. We have been so busy this summer that we took a break from our group, but now we are back at it and determined as ever to blog every week! Follow my blog group around the world by first checking out my friend and fellow photographer Christine’s post in South Africa.

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Katie LandersAugust 22, 2013 - 12:02 pm

I want to get a macro lens for my wedding ring shots. I have a 24-70 and it does really well but I would like something a little faster. Great images 🙂

TaraAugust 22, 2013 - 2:05 pm

I love this shot! Love different takes on familiar subjects. And hey! I did a macro shot this week too!

KristyAugust 22, 2013 - 2:17 pm

Beautiful macro image! I just love macro photography and should really make time for it. Great post!

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EllyAugust 22, 2013 - 4:54 pm

I love macro photography as well!

Huong ForrestAugust 22, 2013 - 9:49 pm

I love your take on this week’s topic, Ally! Great post on macro and I need to try a few different things with my macro lens. I always shoot it SO wide, but should try different apertures!

ChristineAugust 24, 2013 - 12:18 am

SO glad you love your macro lens! It’s a beauty 🙂 can’t tell you how much I love that shot!

[…] After last week’s post, I have been playing around more and more with my macro lens. It has been challenging and a whole lot of fun. I am amazed by the little details in my life, things that I overlook each day, that are now something special thanks to looking at them through this incredible lens. Whether it’s details on the fireplace, bark on a tree outside, or a spider crawling across the wall, I’ve photographed it! […]

Seattle Music Photography | Meet Joey

Meet Joey. He is a very talented musician in Seattle, WA, and I am so pleased that he asked me to take photographs of him while playing his guitar.

I photographed Joey last weekend in downtown Seattle in the Georgetown neighborhood on a warm, summer morning. If you’ve never been to the Georgetown neighborhood, then you should know that it is full of amazing locations to take photographs, including old alleyways, lots of graffiti walls, and old abandoned buildings. When we started planning Joey’s shoot awhile back, I knew Georgetown would be the perfect location!

For most of Joey’s shoot, I photographed Joey playing his guitar, and I just loved how even the busiest looking people slowed down while they passed our shoot to hear him play. Below are just some of my favorites from his session. I hope you enjoy each image as you scroll below.

This was a great shoot, Joey! Awesome job, and I hope you enjoy these images as well as the rest of your gallery!

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Katie LandersAugust 18, 2013 - 9:23 pm

your black and whites are incredible! The location is beautiful as well. Well done!

Keely JulsonAugust 19, 2013 - 11:08 am

These are amazing and I love the location!!!

pattyAugust 21, 2013 - 5:58 am

What a handsome young man!! Great work. Love the light.

ChristineAugust 24, 2013 - 12:35 am

Ahhhh I love these! And he’s a hottie too 😉 the last one is my favourite 🙂

Seattle Glamour Photography | Amanda

A couple weeks ago, Amanda assisted me on a shoot for the Gold Hope Project. We had a great time, and she did a great job helping out with reflectors and switching out props. Check out the post about that photo session here.

That same weekend, I photographed Amanda outside in a Seattle neighborhood for a little impromptu glamour shoot. We found a street with a wall of ivy, and the lighting there was soft and beautiful. Amanda looked stunning in her blue dress. I loved how her eyes sparkled as she posed for my camera.

I’m about to get sappy as I write this post, but I can’t help it! Amanda, you’re a beautiful woman — inside and out — and I’m so thankful to have you in my life. It was a privilege to photograph you, and I had a great time. I hope you and your family enjoy these images for many years to come. Any time you need a photographer in the future, I’ll be there in a heartbeat.

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Doesn’t Amanda look amazing? Leave a comment below and let her know!

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Cindy McNanleyAugust 13, 2013 - 10:45 am

These photos are stunning. You do great work Allyson. Amanda, I agree with Ally you are beautiful inside and out. I am proud to be your mother everyday. XO

AudreyAugust 13, 2013 - 3:32 pm

Gorgeous! She looks so natural in front of the camera 🙂

CarmenAugust 13, 2013 - 7:40 pm

She’s a beauty! The one with her hair slightly in her face….wowza! Smokin hot!

Eden BaoAugust 14, 2013 - 12:17 am

She’s beautiful!

Seattle Family and Child Photographer | Sweet Baby “E”

Meet Sweet Baby “E,” who is full of laughs and giggles, and has probably the cutest pouting lips I’ve ever seen.

I met her family a couple weeks ago at Gasworks Park in Seattle for a family photo session. It was an absolutely beautiful morning and we couldn’t have asked for better weather as we walked around the park. Her parents, Camilla and Magnus, are incredibly nice and so fun to be around. I loved photographing them as they played with their little girl. I think you’ll agree, they are a beautiful family!

Below are some of my favorite images from Sweet Baby “E’s” session with her family. I hope you enjoy each picture as you scroll down this post 🙂

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Are you considering a photo session for your family soon? Contact me today!

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AudreyAugust 9, 2013 - 1:30 pm

Adorable little family!

Jasmine E.August 9, 2013 - 1:31 pm

Such giant brown eyes, and precious little cheeks. Such a cute session.

Donna BeckAugust 9, 2013 - 4:01 pm

what a cutie! You captured her personality so well!

DonnaAugust 9, 2013 - 4:39 pm

Perfection! What great images that they will be able to treasure.

Eden BaoAugust 9, 2013 - 7:04 pm

Beautiful family!

ChristineAugust 10, 2013 - 4:58 pm

Beautiful Family!

christineAugust 10, 2013 - 5:00 pm

Beautiful Family. Such a pretty baby!

Keely JulsonAugust 11, 2013 - 7:40 pm

What a beautiful family! You got some great captures 🙂

Seattle Family Photographer | Savannah’s Gold Hope Session

Meet Savannah. She is 3 years old and was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on September 3rd, 2012. I recently photographed Savannah for the Gold Hope Project, which is a non-profit organization of photographers around the world dedicated to providing the gift of photography to families who have a child with cancer.

Savannah is currently undergoing treatment, and her beaded necklace which you will see at the end of this post, has a bead for every different type of procedure she has gone through since September of last year. Even though Savannah has gone through an immense amount of treatment, she is full of energy and one happy little girl. Savannah is an inspiration to us all, and I love that she refuses to let cancer slow her down.

Leave Savannah a note of encouragement in the comment section below, and make sure to follow Savannah’s Facebook Page so you can cheer her on as she battles leukemia. If you know a child who has fought or is currently fighting cancer, contact The Gold Hope Project today.

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AmberAugust 5, 2013 - 8:47 am

Wonderful pictures! You are a beautiful girl inside & out Savannah!

Jan AytonAugust 5, 2013 - 9:54 am

Miss Savannah, you’re so beautiful! No matter how long that beaded necklace gets, know that with your family’s love and your golden smile and spirit, ANYTHING is possible!

AngelaAugust 5, 2013 - 6:30 pm

What an adorable girl! Love all the pops of yellow, beautiful job for them!

AudreyAugust 5, 2013 - 9:18 pm

You captured her sweet spirit and joy beautifully. That’s incredible how many beads she has on her necklace. Stay strong Savannah, you are a gorgeous and amazing little girl!

pattyAugust 6, 2013 - 5:05 am

Beautiful girl, brave and strong!!! Great job and what a wonderful gift.

Jennifer BeitchmanAugust 6, 2013 - 8:08 am

What a sweet family and adorable girl. Beautiful.

Donna BeckAugust 6, 2013 - 3:25 pm

She is beautiful and an amazing spirit. You go girl!

SarahAugust 6, 2013 - 3:33 pm

Savannah is such a pretty lil girl! I adore her smile! Stay strong girl!

ChristineAugust 10, 2013 - 1:42 pm

What a stunning little girl – her smile is completely ethereal! Thinking of her!

[…] A couple weeks ago, Amanda assisted me on a shoot for the Gold Hope Project. We had a great time, and she did a helping me out with reflectors and switching out props. Check out the post about that photo session here. […]