Tuesday, August 17, 2010

New Blog

I’ve made it official…according to the state of Oregon, I own a business.  Well, I already owned a business, so now I own a photography business as well.  And since I’m being all official, I have a new blog:   www.jenwhitephotography.blogspot.com.  I haven’t decided whether to keep up both blogs, but for now I’ll be posting on the other site, so please join me! 

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Remember last post when I mentioned people who look adorable when taking pictures?  Here’s another great example:



Thanks Emily!  I had a great time and learned so much.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Playing with Pictures

Last week, some friends and I went to the park to play with our cameras.  We were practicing using different shutter speeds, camera modes, depth of field, etc.



The two above are examples of how changing the depth of field can affect your photograph.  The bottom has a shallow depth of field (and is a bit over exposed—sorry about that), which is a nice way to bring attention to your subject.  Incidentally, my goal is to somehow learn to be as adorable as she is while taking pictures. 


I’m normally more interested in portraits than other types of photos, but this picture makes me happy.


Playing with shutter speed (hint:  a fast shutter speed will freeze the droplets in air, a slow shutter speed will make the water look like it’s flowing, but you’ll want to use a tripod for that and I didn’t bring mine).





Just a note:  I’m perfectly happy with my boys.  They’re rough and tough and FUN.  I wouldn’t trade them for anything.  But sometimes, I see something that makes me think it might be fun to also have a little girl.  Like these shoes by a bench in the park. 


This wasn’t at the park, but was a cute one I found on my camera while taking the others off.  We went to a U-Pick farm to get raspberries for jam and summer smoothies, but this little guy read the sign wrong:  he thought it said “U-Pick I-Eat!”

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

So Sweet

Katie and Jake Cropped Edited jpg4

My favorite picture from this shoot keeps changing.  This one is my current favorite.  Thanks again Katie for sharing your wonderful family with me.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


KR14 Ortonish 

This style of editing was developed by a man named Orton.  I can’t decide whether to love or to hate it.  It gives pictures a somewhat dreamy look, but also makes them look very, well, edited.  What do you think?  Love it or hate it?

The Family


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Hill Snyder Family 4by6 crop    Katie and Boys cropped


Ryan and kids2 cropped not printable

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

K and R

K and R were fun to work with.  They’re genuinely nice people and are raising kind and loving children, so I enjoyed our whole session.  But my favorite part may have been their couple shots.  They adore each other, and it shows. 





Monday, July 12, 2010

Great Kids


We spent just over an hour at the park taking pictures, which to a kid seems just a little longer than eternity.  I understand the injustice of it all.  I remember enduring the torture of Family Picture Day.  So I have a confession.  I brought foam dart guns, and I told the kids if they smiled nicely, I’d let them use their parents as target practice.  


I think it worked.  And, yes, I use bribery daily with my own children.  Only I prefer to call it positive reinforcement.






By the end, I think they really were having a good time.


I have some pics of the parents to post tomorrow, and then I’ll try to pick my favorites of the whole family.  It’s hard to choose favorites when you’re working with such an adorable family!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Come and play with me

What a fun evening at the park!  I hate to post before I’ve had a chance to go through and pick my very favorites, but I know what it’s like to be the mom and have to wait…and wait…and wait…  So here are a few to wet your appetite. 


Katie kissing Jake




Saturday, July 3, 2010


This photo was taken by KG.  My contribution was to crop myself out of it.

Jordan and Jason April 2010

Friday, July 2, 2010

I Think I’m in Love…

 Sitota and Grandma


Isn’t she an angel?

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Ooh…Look how big I can make my pictures now!



See, sometimes he does look at the camera.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Silver Falls

I love living in Oregon--it's so beautiful! We spent a wonderful Memorial Day hiking at Silver Falls.

This is the end of the day--I thought for sure they'd be tired and ready to go home, but they were begging for more.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Maybe it's because I have all boys, but I just love pictures of little girls in pink dresses.

Trees Should be Climbed

When I was young, I had a friend whose house was surrounded by trees. I don't know how many acres there were, but to me it seemed like they owned a whole forest. I spent many happy hours exploring the woods and climbing trees on her property. I can't wait until we have a home with some property where I can grow trees for my boys to climb. They'll probably be fruit trees because I love things that multitask, but the real purpose will be climbing.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Welcome to my blog! I'm excited to share my pictures with you and look forward to adding many more. Check out the links above to see some of my current favorites.