What Makes An Image "Frame Worthy"?

When it comes to photographs (or anything really) it's not about perfection. 

This image is blurry and grainy and you can't see their faces. It was snapped as my daughter was running and laughing with her Aunt on a sunset walk back to the car. We had just finished up a family dinner by the ocean on our first night in Marco. The mood was happy and relaxed, and it was a moment I wanted to remember. 

I often get asked by clients on what makes an image "frame worthy".... and to be honest the first few times I wasn't so sure on my answer. Is it when everyone is looking at the camera? Nope. Is it when the lighting is oh-so-perfect? Not necessarily.

So what makes an image "frame worthy"? Emotion. 
How you feel when you look at it.

And when selecting a photograph for a room, think of how you want the room to feel. Do you want it to feel happy, calm, romantic, or moody? I believe what we surround ourselves with, affects us. Whether that's for the good or bad. People, objects, art, these all contribute to how we will feel in a space. 

This photo sparks a sense of happiness and mystery. And I love that.

Might be blowing this one up soon. 

© Alexandria Whitefeather

Marco Island | Hurricane Irma

This last week was a crazy one. Especially for my Florida family.

With hurricane Irma shifting projections everyday, although a pretty normal thing to happen, I was a bit stressed about the safety of my family and friends. I was calling everyday, multiple times. Probably being so annoying, repeating things they were all most likely hearing from newscasters non-stop. But I didn't care. I wanted them to be prepared for the worst. 

Thankfully in the end, the storm shifted just enough to not hit the Tampa Bay area (where my family lives) as badly as predicted. However, the Naples/Marco Island area (where some of my husbands family live) took a pretty direct hit. So crazy to think that just last month we were at the J W Marriott in Marco Island. 

Marco Island | Phoenix Photographer - © Alexandria Whitefeather
Marco Island | Phoenix Photographer - © Alexandria Whitefeather
Marco Island | Phoenix Photographer - © Alexandria Whitefeather
Marco Island | Phoenix Photographer - © Alexandria Whitefeather
Marco Island | Phoenix Photographer - © Alexandria Whitefeather
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JW Marriott Marco Island | © Alexandria Whitefeather
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Marco Island | Phoenix Photographer - © Alexandria Whitefeather
Marco Island | Phoenix Photographer - © Alexandria Whitefeather
Marco Island | Phoenix Photographer - © Alexandria Whitefeather
Marco Island | Phoenix Photographer - © Alexandria Whitefeather
Marco Island | Phoenix Photographer - © Alexandria Whitefeather
Marco Island | Phoenix Photographer - © Alexandria Whitefeather
Marco Island | Phoenix Photographer - © Alexandria Whitefeather
Marco Island | Phoenix Photographer - © Alexandria Whitefeather
Marco Island | Phoenix Photographer - © Alexandria Whitefeather
Marco Island | Phoenix Photographer - © Alexandria Whitefeather
Marco Island | Phoenix Photographer - © Alexandria Whitefeather
Marco Island | Phoenix Photographer - © Alexandria Whitefeather
Marco Island | Phoenix Photographer - © Alexandria Whitefeather
Marco Island | Phoenix Photographer - © Alexandria Whitefeather
Marco Island | Phoenix Photographer - © Alexandria Whitefeather
Marco Island | Phoenix Photographer - © Alexandria Whitefeather
Marco Island | Phoenix Photographer - © Alexandria Whitefeather
Marco Island | Phoenix Photographer - © Alexandria Whitefeather
Marco Island | Phoenix Photographer - © Alexandria Whitefeather

If you'd like to donate to those impacted by Irma, here are just a few places to do so:

American Red Cross
Global Giving
Go Fund Me

Other ways to help:

- if you have supplies, food, or water you didn't need/use, donate it those who could use it. 

- if you're in the areas affected, help your neighbors with clean up, it's definitely appreciated.

-  love on those who've experienced loss

- love on those who haven't.

Indian Rocks Beach

We spent a few chill days on Indian Rocks Beach.

Paddle boarding, bike riding, relaxing, and exploring. Oh and taking refreshing (make-shift) outdoor showers. It was a nice little trip to hang with some of our Florida friends, and embrace the beach life.

I love the beach life. Forever and ever amen. 

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Baby Wells

I have to be honest, I rarely photograph newborns anymore. But when your best friends little sis (so, like basically your little sis;) has a baby, you make an exception.

Welcome to the world Wells Peter! You are so loved, and so so cute.

Phoenix Lifestyle Photographer | © Alexandria Whitefeather
Phoenix Lifestyle Photographer | © Alexandria Whitefeather
Phoenix Lifestyle Photographer | © Alexandria Whitefeather
Phoenix Lifestyle Photographer | © Alexandria Whitefeather
Phoenix Lifestyle Photographer | © Alexandria Whitefeather
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Phoenix Lifestyle Photographer | © Alexandria Whitefeather
Phoenix Lifestyle Photographer | © Alexandria Whitefeather
Phoenix Lifestyle Photographer | © Alexandria Whitefeather
Phoenix Lifestyle Photographer | © Alexandria Whitefeather
Phoenix Lifestyle Photographer | © Alexandria Whitefeather

Project Free Time | Jade Bavishi

Meet Jade...

Jade is a gentle soul with a love for people and veggies. She is a full time medical student and the founder of Project Somalia. Her happy spirit is contagious, and I loved photographing her in her beautiful, modern bungalow that she shares with her husband in the heart of phoenix. 

Subject: Jade Bavishi | Free time: reading (studying) on her hammock + tea time

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phoenix-lifestyle-photographer © Alexandria Whitefeather

(see more project: free time here and here)

Project: Free Time | Elijah Atkison

As you may have seen at the end of January I shared about my new series, Project: Free Time. Now, here's the thing about that project... it heavily relies on my (and others) free time to make it happen. Ha! Who knew!? Well, I'm happy to say that I'm here with the second entry!

Meet Elijah...

Project: Free time | Eli Atkison - © Alexandria Whitefeather

Elijah is a musician, entrepreneur, and all around cool guy. Something he likes to do with his free time? Hang with his adorable wife! And if you've ever had the pleasure of meeting Whit, you know what a gem she truly is. I'm in no way exaggerating when I say these two are the best of people. 

Subject: Elijah Atkison | Free time: Bike rides around town (with his pretty gal:)

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Find more about Eli's work at: Fosterson and Worship Support Network.

Hope you're all enjoying this beautiful spring!! With all the good weather and pretty colors lately, I don't want it to end!! 

xo

You & Me

We were on a little road trip driving towards home. I looked over at B and couldn't help but feel lucky. Even though life can throw the weirdest curve balls, and things don't always go as planned, I get to have him by my side. 

Here are some words that ran though my head during our drive, and some blurry pictures too. 
Maybe it's all of the Dr. Suess books I'm reading these days... because honestly, I haven't written a poem (if that's what you call this?) since that one literature assignment in middle school. 

Night Drive | Alexandria Whitefeather

I'm not sure why I decided to share this. Maybe it's because we celebrated our anniversary last week and I'm feelin' extra mushy? Or maybe it's because I feel like the world needs to share a little more love? Either way, I hope you didn't mind all the extra cheese in todays post. I'll be back to the normal amount next week. Promise.  

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night drive - Alexandria Whitefeather
night drive - Alexandria Whitefeather
night drive - Alexandria Whitefeather
night drive - Alexandria Whitefeather

Have a beautiful week friends.  

xo

Tea Time with Angela

It's Thursday! And I'm throwing it back to some shots I took in 2015 of the adorable Angela.

These images make me want to start a new book, and sip yummy tea, and have some serious chilllll tiiiime. 

Speaking of chill time, I'll be taking a little break from the blog next week as I'll be spending some quality time with my guy in honor of our anniversary. 

xo 

Take Beautiful Portraits Anywhere | 3 Tips

Portraits can be taken anywhere.... no really.

ANYWHERE.  

In this iPhone snap (taken by the makeup artist) you can see the location wasn't anywhere scenic, and that there wasn't a "real" back drop. It was actually just a grey bed sheet!! I know, I know. So professional, right? But honestly, if you're taking close up portraits, just remember... It's not about gear or location, it's about position, and it's about light. (you can see an example HERE of a portrait taken on the modest of cameras)

How to take beautiful portraits anywhere, tips by Alexandria Whitefeather

In this case it was all natural light. We were on a covered patio and most of the light was coming from my left (you can see this in her eyes). I did use a white reflector on my right to give a little bounce back to her hair, but I didn't want the light to be completely even on both sides. 

As you may have gathered in a recent blog post, I am a huge proponent of portraits. Whether you're capturing a portrait professionally or of your sister on a family vacation, a good photograph of someone you love (or someone you find interesting) will undoubtedly live longer than you, and THAT is powerful. 

 

3 tips to take beautiful portraits anywhere:

 

1. Find the light.

Whether its natural or artificial. Light is what it's all about. Light can truly make or break an image, so try not to depend on post production. Editing the look of light will never feel quite the same as capturing it correctly in camera. 

How to take beautiful portraits anywhere, tips by Alexandria Whitefeather

2. Connect with your subject.

This one is just as *if not more* important then good light. 
Eyes don't lie. If you're subject is feeling nervous, or uncomfortable you're going to see it in their eyes. Give your subject a feeling of calm or happy (or whatever emotion you want to draw out) by talking to them. I generally give a scenario for someone to think about. Like, "imagine you're a *blank* in the *blank* finding *blank*..." It helps them get into "character" if you will, and forget their nervousness in the process. 

How to take beautiful portraits anywhere, tips by Alexandria Whitefeather

3. Play with composition. 

Whether it's with how you angle the shot, how you line things up, or how you fill the frame... PLAY!  Sometimes it means adding things in (like colors, patterns, and textures) and sometimes it's simply taking it all away. 

How to take beautiful portraits anywhere, tips by Alexandria Whitefeather

I hope you've found these tips helpful!

Just remember... light. connection. composition. You got this. 

xo