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{Accessorizing} Your Photo Shoot

There are a few interesting things on the horizon for Mishelle Lane Photography.  A week from today I will be shooting the wedding of one of my co-workers, and I have a few families interested in portraiture.   I can’t wait!  Also, a great fellow photographer friend and I have decided to get our families together and each of us is going to photograph the other family.  I’m excited to see myself through someone lens, other than mine on a tripod, a timer, and a prayer.  Even though. last year, it did work out pretty well.  See?

Recently I was asked to shoot an engagement session for one of the cutest couples ever, Katie & Destin.   We mulled over different ideas for various locations, but we finally ended up in a little historic town, called Tate, not too far from where we live.    Actually, we started out at Dawsonville’s City Hall (which is also the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, because, that’s how we roll around here.)   I love to shoot there because there are a few backdrops that make me really happy.  I’ve had photo-shoots there with our kids, Zumba babe – Maggie, and Erica & Dusty.    Recently I came full circle with Erica & Dusty by shooting them from engagement to marriage to pending parenthood to first portraits of their adorable baby boy.  I honestly hope to do the same with Katie & Destin!



Often my clients will ask me what they should wear; I tell them to stay away from too many conflicting patters and offer some suggestions about colors.  Katie was spot on in her choices for their photo shoot.  She went with rich autumn colors and accessorized PERFECTLY!  I loved that she chose to wear an animal print scarf  and beautiful lacy dangling earrings.  When we take our family portraits, later this month, I will definitely go with classic accessories like scarves and jewelery to add depth and contrast.
I also visited Katie & Destin, at their home, and photographed them with a couple other awesome accessories—their beautiful fur-babies, Koda and Pixie.  And, still, Katie chose a beautiful scarf to compliment her outfit.  Seriously, I cannot wait to shoot their wedding on 4/20/12!


Highlights From My Last Photo Shoot

I was so excited when Zumba Babe Maggie asked me to take her portraits.
Maggie wanted to do it in honor of her birthday, and I was so glad that she trusted me to do a “Heads (AND) Tails Photo Session”!  We actually did a triple threat shoot:  Zumba, Boudoir, and Portraits.


If you are local and are interested in your own “Heads and/or Tails Photo Shoot” just drop me a line and we’ll set something up!  

Zumba for a Cure in Dawsonville, GA

Zumba BabesWhen I first joined my gym the two group classes that were the deciding factor for me were Bodyflow (Yoga/Tai Chi/Pilates) and Zumba.
I remember my first Zumba class.   I stood in the back.  It’s not that I thought I wouldn’t be able to do it.  It’s that I’m a perfectionist (stop snickering Michael) and I wanted to know most of the steps before I unleashed Crazy Dancing Mishi.
Weeks passed and I moved up a row.  More weeks, more rows.  Now-a-days I’m only comfortable on the side right side of the room (where most of my Zumba-Babes break it down) and towards the front row.
Last week, Kristy (my OG instructor) was sick and she sent a CD to one of our Zumba [Babes] in Instructor Training, Amanda.   A bunch of us that know the songs helped keep the class going, and it was so awesome.   It made me think that someday I’d like to do the Zumba Instructor Training?  For now I’m having fun just dancing in class.  Burning calories is purely coincidental.
There’s a group of us that have bonded.   We’ve gone to Zumba After Dark, Applebees to sing our Karaoke hearts out, dancing at the Ridge, we’ve sat in a wet sauna together, had breakfast in honor of a birthday, and we’ve also started to do Girls Nights In (our first one was at Stephanie’s — a Kinect Just Dance Night complete with Funtinis, Chocolate Vin and scrumptious tummy-yummies!)   I’ve even had the honor of being trusted to do a ‘Heads or Tails Photo Session‘ for Maggie, our gym’s Thursday morning Zumba Instructor, whom I totally miss shaking-it with in our Tuesday/Wednesday night class, but am so happy that she is following her dream of instructing!
What I’m trying to say here is that I don’t just go into class, sweat my ass off, wipe it off, and leave.  No way.  We stay and talk afterward, make plans, and support each other in all of our endeavors.
The latest one is in support of Lucy and Lisa.  They are doing the Atlanta 2 Day Walk for Breast Cancer, and we are fully supporting them.   A fundraiser Zumba night was developed!   If you are in the Dawsonville area (or close enough) please consider coming!  I guarantee it will be OMGWTFBBQAWESOMESAUCESWEATYCRAZYCOOLFUN!
WHERE? Veterans Memorial Park
Directions to Veteran’s Memorial Park:
-Hwy 400 N to Hwy 136
-Left on Hwy 136
-Left on Hwy 9
-Veteran’s Memorial Park on Right
WHEN?  April 27th, 2012 from 6-8:30pm
HOW MUCH?  $10.00 per person
*All proceeds benefit the Atlanta 2 Day Walk for Breast Cancer
WHOFeaturing local Zumba instructors Kristy Thornton Howard, Margaret Phiri, other guest instructors & YOU!!!
*Drinks & snacks will be for sale
*Raffle items including a Membership to Bodyplex Gym (and a session with a *cough*cough* local photographer!)
*Come spend the evening with us just having a great time while raising money for a great cause!


Happy Fourth of July!

It’s here, the day when we celebrate our country’s independence.  Many of us will be watching beautiful firework displays, and we’ll want to capture them with our cameras.  It can be frustrating, though, trying to figure out what setting(s) to use.  It’s not hard at all; being equipped with some basic knowledge will prove to you how easy (and fun) it is.

Tips to Make Your Firework Photography Explode (using a dSLR)

  • Turn off the flash.
  • Use a tripod.
  • Shoot in Manual (M) mode or Bulb* mode, if your camera has it.
  • Set the focus to infinity.
  • Use a remote release** if you can.
  • Set your ISO to the lowest possible setting and keep it there.
  • Use low apertures between f/8 and f/16.  This will help to not over-expose your shot.
  • Shutter speed is the key.  You want a longer exposure, but must be careful not too leave the shutter open too long as it can over-expose easily, even in the dark.
  • Switch off the auto-focus and go fully manual.
  • Experiment with varying focal lengths resulting in tightly cropped shots or wide angle shots.
  • Don’t forget to look for other types of shots, like silhouettes of observers, reactions to the big bursts in the sky.  This allows for different and interesting perspectives.

*Bulb mode allows you to keep the shutter open for as long as you hold down the shutter.
**This is the best since you won’t be moving the camera at all.  Remote releases are relatively inexpensive, too.

My Fave of the Whole Show

Point-and-Shoot Tips:

If your point-and-shoot has a fireworks setting, use that.  It will turn off the flash, and adjust all your camera’s settings for long-exposure night photography. No fireworks mode?  Set your dial to Manual and shoot with a long exposure, as with a dSLR.

I hope these tips will help you to achieve those awesome Fourth of July shots that you want!  If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments sections.


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Oh, To Be Young Again

Next year marks 20 years since my Senior Prom. I’ll never forget the day… The Grateful Dead were playing at Rich Stadium and our limo driver got into a crash with a Volkswagen mini-bus filled with hippies.  Thankfully, the crash was before my date and I were picked up.  This made for some “fun” time spent on the back porch with my already uncomfortable date (I’ll save that story for another time, I promise!) and my whole family.  I’m just saying maybe getting into a crash with hippies might of been a whole different kind of fun.  Not to mention that there’s a video tape of me leaving, with said uncomfortable date, and you can clearly hear my father tell my uncle to “write down the license plate.”   You, know, just in case the driver was really a serial killer of something.  But, I digress…

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of taking pictures for a family friend’s daughter and her friends before their Junior/Senior Prom.  This group of kids was gorgeous.  Classy.  Elegant. Smart.  Polite.    Everything that makes a parent proud.  I could have stayed there all day, taking pictures!

These are my favorites from the day:


















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