Yes, that’s right! After almost 5 years (wow – that’s half a decade!), we’ve moved all of our content to aliceparkphotography.com. We’re thrilled with the new clean design (designed by myself and the talented Kristen Smith) and its simplicity. I especially love that it’s mobile responsive (yay!), all in one place (no more aliceparkblog.com and aliceparkphotography.com separately), and will allow me to update it with new content daily. Because I promise to!
The series will feature weekly photography tips and tricks, designed to help mommy photographers (and dads too!) of any level elevate their own photographs of their children. Please feel free to ask questions, post topic suggestions you’d like me to cover, tag & share with friends who might find these tips helpful.
The first tip I shared last night revolves around lighting. Great lighting is so crucial to great photography. And because this topic is so vast, I will spend several weeks going over it and the different elements of it.
Tip: Photograph during the Golden Hour. The golden hour is when the run rises and when the sun sets…. the time of day when the light outside looks beautiful even, and there is no worry of harsh shadows or blown out areas. It’s also the easiest time of day to photograph.
Bonus: If you place your subjects in front of the light source (which in this case is the sun) and expose for their faces, you can achieve that beautiful “glow” around their hair/heads and really make them pop. It’s gorgeous.
Camera Settings & Specs: Canon 5D MkIII, 85mm 1.2L, ISO 500, f/2.8, 1/1000th. Shot at 8am.
I just adore being a mom of a preschooler. There is endless ideas for creative fun!
For Lyon’s class, I helped host a sweet Valentine’s Day party, complete with red treat bags, flowers, and candy. I rigged up a very DIY photo booth (with very little expectation of these 3 year olds actually understanding what to do with it), and here are the results. Pure JOY. You can’t garner better and more real preschool expressions than this.
Are you looking to join a dynamic team of Creatives in a fun and growing work environment?
Alice Park Photography is seeking a part time Production Assistant who is excited to be part of a boutique-style photography company.
Job Description: Part time Production Assistant reporting directly to Alice Park and lead Designer. Work in partnership with the Alice Park Photography team to fulfill post production work for principle photographer, Alice Park.
- Editing raw images and post production work for principle photographer, Alice Park and Team Associate Photographers
- Creating client galleries and slideshows
- Print order fulfillment, tracking, packaging and delivery
- Designing client session albums and annual baby albums
- Managing the daily and weekly workflow of production, order fulfillment and design
- Communicating with staff members of studio workflow and order status
- Communicating with clients for album design and print production
Attributes we look for:
- Enthusiastic, positive and eager to work in a team environment
- Self-motivated, goal-oriented, fantastic time management and organization skills
- Strong people interactive and communication skills
- Can work under short deadlines, last minute, and on time-sensitive projects. Deadline-oriented.
- A quick learner and creative thinker
- Attention to detail
- A people person
- Professional approach to time, costs, and deadlines
- Graphic Design Skills and proficiency in: Adobe Creative Suite – Photoshop CS, Illustrator, InDesign
- Knowledge/experience in transferring large batches of photos and finished files via FTP/Dropbox/etc
- Technically savvy and can setup system profiles, web/email accounts, etc
Production Assistant must possess their own laptop/desktop and design software to complete job
How to Apply:
Send resume and cover letter to email@example.com
My dear sweet daughter, Elise –
There will come a time when you will be ready to leave our nest to venture out into the world so you can find your place and purpose. My mother raised my sisters and I to be strong, independent and loved women, and it is my hope that when it’s your time – you’ll be ready and confident in your strides…
I’ve learned a lot, experienced a lot, and witnessed a lot over the years. Bits of wisdom came along the way, as well as a lot of tough mistakes and lessons learned. As you grow older and mature over the years, I hope these 5 things help you be the best *you* you can be:
1. As soon as you humanly can – master the skill of multi-tasking, scheduling & juggling life. As a woman, you will always wear many hats. Sometimes it’s not fair and sometimes, it will overwhelm you. You will manage five tasks at once…always. And you will get the least amount of sleep of anyone in your home… But I will teach you this art over the years, and I promise you – it will serve you (and all those around you) well.
2. I will spend the next 20+ years teaching you what to look for in a perfect partner. And you will learn from your own experience too… But one thing is certain: find a man that both respects you and adores you. One can not come without the other… And yes, you will go your entire lives working through your differences and choosing your battles, but the exact chemical makeup of your love must and should be defined by equal parts of Respect and Adoration. You deserve no less, my sweet girl…
3. You’ll hear this more times than not in life, especially from me – Find your passion. Then be really, really good at it. Then find a way to make a living from it. Many will tell you to work hard in school with the goal of a well-paying profession. And in your spare time – maybe you can carve time for your interests. But I will tell you that life is too short to not do what you love every.single.day. It truly is. So take it from me and dedicate your life to dreaming big doing what you love most.
4. You will be defined by so many things in life… By what you do. By where you come from. By what skin color you have. By who you surround yourself with. You’ll spend many years figuring out how you want to be defined and how you want to make your mark on this world. But I sincerely hope to show you that all of those things – though characterizing – will not define who you are. Be kind. Be civic-minded. Be generous. Be thoughtful. Make an impact on those around you, and I promise your life will portray a life of meaning.
5. And lastly and most importantly – Come home. A lot. Bring your spouse, your children, your loved ones. And share your life with me every day through whatever medium consumes you. Never will I stop teaching you, stop caring for you, or stop loving you. Ever.
With a name like Frederica, I knew we’d be fast friends…
A peak at some of my favorites from our 2 year session this past Fall. I love that I’ve been following this little girls biggest milestones since birth.
There are far few things better in life than celebrating a dear friend and the birth of her beautiful boy. Chaffee and I have been friends for a long time, and one thing that I know well about her is that she loves to show her close friends how special they are, but she rarely likes to be the recipient of equally thoughtful gestures.
Which is precisely why her sister Kiery and friends – Jany, Kristin, Lesley and I -collaborated behind her back to plan a surprise shower for Chaffee.
“Frogs and Snails & Puppy Dog Tails. That’s what little boys are made of.” This was such a fun theme to plan a shower around. Since Chaffee was expecting her 2nd son and we knew there was nothing more she loved than spending quality time with her family in their garden, we went to work planning a summer garden party for Chaffee’s baby shower. But like many things in life, it didn’t quite go as planned. The day before her scheduled surprise shower, Chaffee’s doctor put her on bed rest… And so we all scrambled to reschedule the shower (still without her knowing, which proved to be incredibly tricky with many out of town guests) for this Fall.
In the end, it could not have been a more perfect celebration of this very special baby and family. Klaus John entered this world in early October and Chaffee’s dear friends and family gathered for a special Sip & See celebration to meet him. It could not have been a more perfect day…
The details of this event were very special… I always enjoy putting together sweet events, but this has been one of my favorites. Here are the invitation suites that went out to each of Chaffee’s guests. They were printed on a 120lb thick card stock and the 2 inserts were bound together with a coordinating belly band. The envelops were lined with a beautiful garden green liner and finished with fun little boy vintage stamps. Loved the way they turned out!
Since the Sip & See included the little man, we tried to incorporate thoughtful details with his name – like these hand lettered bunting decor pieces. Love.
We hosted the event in Kiery’s backyard – the perfect backdrop for our garden themed party.
Some fun details…
And of course, we loved seeing Chaffee surrounded by so many of her dearest friends…
The event was catered by Hannah of Zest Atlanta Catering. They did a fabulous job incorporating fun details in their menu. How adorable are these little puppy dogs & frog cookies?!
Our bar set up with Chaffee’s very own signature cocktail – the Baby Bellini. It was delicious!
And one of our favorite elements of the shower was having our guests help build Baby Klaus’ library. Everyone would choose a favorite book to dedicate to Baby Klaus, then they would take a photo of themselves and inscribe a sweet message to him. We all had a lot of fun with this!
And how adorable are these mud pies? Jany & Lesley woke up at the crack of dawn to make these sweet favors for our guests to take home to their little ones. Each were filled with layers of sugary goodness!
In the end, it was the perfect celebration of this little man’s arrival and his wonderful family. There is no amount of words or gifts that can show them how much they are loved…
Clients often ask me what my favorite ages to photograph are. For me personally, I adore the baby stage (which is why I created the One Year Plan). After the first year, subsequent years I love capturing are the 18 month milestone, 2Y, 3Y, 4Y, then 5Y portraits.
After their 5th birthday, I then recommend my clients participate in our annual Family Day mini-sessions. I designed these sessions so that I could continue capturing my past clients’ families annually in a way that is fun, beautiful and relatively painless 😉
We just opened up 2014’s Fall Family Days, and we have already sold out almost all spots to past participants. Here are the details:
Saturday, 10/4 (sold out)
Sunday, 10/5 (sold out)
Saturday, 10/11 (sold out)
Friday, 11/7 (just a few spots remaining)
Details: Every year, we invite all our clients and past clients to spend time with us at a park. We schedule back-to-back mini-sessions designed to capture beautiful individual and family portraits against the glittering Fall leaves. Alice will then apply her signature toning and black & white techniques on her favorite 10-15 images and burn each of them on CD (printable up to 5×7) for families to make as Christmas cards, gift portraits, and to archive for their own personal use.
Typically, our time together is incredibly high-energy, quick, and a lot of fun for the little ones. Within 15 minutes, I work to create around 10-15 stunning portraits of your family. The results are timeless…
Below are samples of a family I’ve photographed for many years. We were able to achieve these images (and more!) within our 15 minute window. I just adore them…
If you are interested in participating in our Family Day mini-sessions this year, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for available dates & pricing!
I am finally getting back into the swing of things. Life as a family of 4 is settling down for us, and our team is busy preparing for one of the busiest Falls we’ve ever had. It feels really good to be back with my clients.
Before going on maternity leave in late July, I photographed a number of families in Athens. This blue eyed beauty is the newest addition to the Knox family, and I just adore her name – Georgia Mae. She has a striking resemblance to her older brother Neely!