High School Senior Photography

High School Senior Photography for Boys – Class of 2015 and 2016

Senior Portraits for boys are certainly rewarding but a little different than photographing girls. There are less wardrobe changes (which can be tricky for outdoor shoots) and usually no hair issues. This young man was relaxed and easy to pose for his senior portraits. I took him to one of my favorite locations – Sims Lake Park – for outdoor portraits on a  beautiful Spring afternoon.  Call Lightscapes Portrait Studio (770) 623-1040 if you would like high school senior photography.

To view my portrait photography site visit Lightscapes Portrait Studio.

If you would like to learn more about DSLR photography visit Studio 2.8

To view my fine are photography site visit Message in a Petal.

Lightscapes adds Custom Mobile Websites to their Services

Mary and Brittany BuckIn 2010 I decided to go back to college to learn something new. It wasn’t that I didn’t like portrait photography, I just did not want all my eggs in one basket. I decided to go to a local technical college to learn web design and development. The program was suppose to be a two year program, but ended up taking me four years.  I am pictured with my daughter, Brittany, because I started college when she did and we ended up graduating 1 week apart.  After a year of being out of school, I decided to add a new division to my business, Lightscapes Design Services, so I could design mobile friendly websites.  Below is some more information on this new service.

A Mobile Website App has the same functionality of a website but is more affordable with monthly payments instead of one large upfront fee. It can be viewed on all devices and has the added benefit of having a home screen icon with is perfect for staying in front of customers or for referrals. Photos and videos can easily be added to the website app. It can even collect mail addresses. One thumb scroll to view all pages is simple and makes multi-tasking easy.

On April 21, 2015 Google started penalizing sites that are not mobile friendly. A Website App is the perfect solution for someone who has an outdated site or no site at all. You can’t beat the monthly payments and the price is substantially less than a website. I also offer photography and video to enhance the site.  Learn more here.

Did you know that more than half of local Google searches are done on a mobile device?  You only have one chance to make a good first impression. When you are ready to stop losing business to your competition and start growing your business with a better brand online, we can help.

Mobile is not just a fad. Your customers want to find you using their phones but they give up quickly when a website takes too long to load or is hard to read.  We help small businesses make a better first impression online and on mobile devices, with custom mobile website apps.

I am really excited about my new venture.

To view my portrait photography site visit Lightscapes Portrait Studio.

If you would like to learn more about DSLR photography visit Studio 2.8

To view my fine art photography site visit Message in a Petal.


Fun Kids Portraits

portrait-of-child-chasing-bubblesI love to capture the spontaneity of a child playing by creating fun kids portraits. An unscripted session allows me to share my craft of unique vision for my clients. One of my taglines is: My vision…your memories. I love it when my clients trust me to fulfill that obligation. It is really my purpose, my WHY am I in the business of portrait photography. I promise my clients a one-of-a-kind custom portrait, one that they will enjoy for years to come. I often bring bubbles to a portrait session for that reason. I love to photograph bubbles; they are a translucency that is a magical addition to a children’s portrait.

I photographed this little girl on a warm, humid Georgia morning. It was the middle of the summer and we started early before it got too hot. She was very cooperative and loved being photographed. After a set of the typical posed images, I got out my bubbles and the rest of the session was pure magic. She acted as if no one else was present. Her interaction with the bubbles was priceless. She tried to juggle them, catch them, eat them, jump for them and chase them. She was tireless so the session went on and one. The parents were enjoying watching her as if they had never seen her react like that before. I think they were having as much fun as her. I certainly had fun too; not bad for a day’s work. After an hour or so we wrapped it up.

When I first saw the images, I was drawn to this one more than any of the others.

The conversion to black and white was done after the session. I love the softness of the image. I decided to do a split-tone so the bubbles still appear in color. The subtle black and white tones in this image are perfect for the mood of the image. I saved the original color image so I could compare the two and after some time, I decided I liked the black and white better.

The composition of the image was planned during the actual photography. I intentionally placed the subject off-center so she was running toward the bubbles. The attention is drawn to the little girl’s face and she tries to catch the bubbles. It took several attempts to make sure the child was captured in action with no blur to her hands or feet. Although there is no blur, there is movement I her hair and her dress which shows movement in the scene.

One of my favorite quotes is from Dr. Seuss “sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory” has been a mantra of mine for a long time. It has been one of the core principles for my children and family photography. When I was photographing her I was thinking just how the parents will feel about this image in years to come. Fun kids portraits, candid photography, lifestyle photography all mean the same and it is why I love to do.


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