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Personal Photos from a Professional? {Virginia Portrait Photographer}

People ask me all the time how I go about getting personal photos for myself or my family.  And while I do love my professional camera bodies and lenses, I don’t typically take them with me for all the small events and/or trips we take.  Now, if I’m going someplace to TAKE photos specifically, I might bring the pro gear…but for the most part, I take my Nikon 1 system camera.

It’s a great system- a “mirrorless” camera with a small sensor, so a small format camera.  But I can change lenses just like I can my “big” camera – and actually I have a bag full of lenses now.  I even have a tiny version  of the Nikon flash, a little “speed light” for the system.  I love having these options, and the ability to be so light weight and compact.

So yes, all those Disney photos you see are taken with the Nikon 1 system.  And most are downloaded to my iPad while in the parks, and many are edited with either Lightroom Mobile or Google’s “Snapseed” for effects.  I love my portable system!

 

Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot

Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot

Epcot

Epcot

Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot

Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot

Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot

Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot

Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom

 

If you want a little help with your next big trip, or to figure out how to take better candids everyday, I do offer one on one photo tutor sessions for $50 each.  We meet for up to two hours and go over your images, your equipment and your questions or concerns.  I help you understand exposure, equipment, and processing to get the results you want.

So whatever you do, find a system that works – because leaving the camera home should never be the compromise.  Camera phones just aren’t the same…

 

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