Fall Colors in Newport Beach

Many families like to have a professional portrait session in the fall.  It's a great time to get updated photos of your family as well as a beautiful image for your holiday card.  When we get a call for a portrait session, one of the first - and most important - things we must consider is the location.  You've heard it before - location, location, location.  If the family wants to have a studio session, we need to choose a background.  If the family wants to be photographed outdoors, in nature, we go scouting for a location.
A couple of weeks ago, a Newport Beach family called with a unique request.  They want a location session, outdoors, very close to home (i.e. Newport Beach) --- in the fall colors!  Wait....what?
Scouting locations for a portrait session involves consideration of a number of important factors, including what does the background look like?  What is the lighting like at any given time of the day?  Can we find a spot where we won't be overrun by lots of people inadvertently taking over the background?  And in this case - we had to find something with the look of fall colors as well.  Not an easy task in Newport Beach, California!

We considered several park locations in the area and actually scouted out a few of them.  The family in question did not want to travel more than a few minutes from home, making the search a bit more challenging.  Once we did find some locations, some of them were quite a hike from the nearest parking area, also making it a big challenge.

We took Buddy along, as he loves to be part of the scouting team!  Here is what we found.

Not only does it look like a fall scene, there is a beautiful pond, full of lots of ducks (just watch your step while walking around!)  You will also notice the scene is framed by a beautiful big tree in the foreground.

Although those trees you see in the background are not really orange, the sun shining on them at this time of day gives them a glow which makes them look that way.  At this point, there is no photoshop involved - it's just finding the right spot, at the right time of day.  We hope that it will be this sunny on the day of the shoot -- praying!

And, of course, Buddy approves of this location and will be on hand as our number 1 assistant when we photograph the Newport Beach family - who I think will be quite pleased with their fall portrait!


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Arangetram Season is Here!

It's that time of year again!  Time for the new crop of graduates to begin preparing for their arangetram debuts starting this spring and summer. 

The arangetram (literally, "ascending the stage") is a rite of passage, the culmination of an odyssey that takes a dancer from student to graduate. Each dancer performs for two plus hours the elaborate, graceful and highly technical Bharata Natyam form of dance.

For many years, it has been our privilege and joy to photograph many of these accomplished dancers, and here is a glimpse of some of them.


An Academy Award Winner in the Making

The minute you meet Marc, you can't help it.  You will break into a huge smile.  At only 12 years old, he already lights up the whole room when he enters it!


We first met Marc a few years ago, when his mom brought him to Prasad Photography  for a headshot session.  Since then, we've become great friends, and a few weeks ago he was back to update his resume with some new headshots.

We love working with Marc - he is a good sport and the camera loves him!

Everyone loves Marc and Buddy is no exception.  Our Labradane just wanted to be near him the whole time!

In addition to acting, Marc is a multi-talented young man.   His special skills include competitive alpine skiing (!), snowboarding, swimming, guitar, creative writing, and we could go on and on - check out his dance form!

Do we have here a future Hugh Jackman in the making??  With Marc's handsome good looks and delightful personality, we're sure he will become a big star!

Marc's got the looks, the talent, and the personality to succeed in any venture he decides eventually to pursue.  We're looking forward to sharing the journey with him!

He's already a big star in our eyes -- and Buddy's too!

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Do You Want to Know How to Photograph Fireworks?

Fireworks are spectacular and appear for just moments.  Many people shy away from trying to photograph them because they feel it is too difficult or they would not be able to end up with anything good.   I say, go for it!  It's a lot of fun and you might end up with some fabulous photos!

Many of you will be attending Independence Day celebrations - of course, these parties always culminate in a spectacular fireworks display.  Here are some fireworks photography tips to help you get the best fireworks photos ever!


Here's what you'll need: 

1. A camera that allows you to shoot in "Shutter Priority" or "Bulb"
2. A tripod
3. A cable release to trigger your camera
4. Plenty of memory and charged batteries

If you are using a Point and Shoot camera, see if your camera has a "Fireworks Scene" mode and put it on the tripod. Fire the camera right after the rockets fire. 

If you are using a DSLR, attach your camera to your tripod. Set your camera to "Manual Focus" and set the lens to "Infinity". Set your mode to “S” or Shutter or "Tv" and set your exposure between 1 and 2 seconds at ISO 200. Use your cable release to fire the camera immediately following the rocket launch. Cable release helps reduce vibrations. You can shoot in either JPG or RAW, however RAW files will let you adjust the exposure a little easier afterwards in software to get your ideal image.

You can also experiment using "Bulb" setting for those DLSRs that include it. If you cannot find the "Bulb" setting in your Mode Dial, set your camera to "Manual Mode" (M) and slow the shutter speed all the way down to make the Bulb appear; this forces the shutter to remain open for as long as you leave the shutter release Open. Set your Aperture to f4 and your ISO around 200. If you want to brighten your pictures, raise the ISO to 400 or so. Click the shutter when you hear the rockets fire and let go of your shutter as soon as the burst is over.

If your camera includes Live View, try using it so that you can enjoy the show too!

Happy Shooting!

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What Do Portrait Photographers Do When They Go On Vacation?

We can't help it.  We love to photograph.  We photograph people, places, objects, animals, you name it.  If we see something interesting or beautiful, we have to create a photograph of it.

Our adventure began in a tent in Burbank with a special treat - front row seats at Odysseo by Cavalia, courtesy of a very dear friend!  To say that it was an unforgettable, magical evening would be a huge understatement.  We were not allowed to take photos, but  if you take a moment to view their website, you can get an idea of just how wonderful this performance (featuring 60 horses!) was.

The evening was a wonderful prelude to the amazing week ahead.  We visited Sedona, Arizona, truly one of the most beautiful places we have ever seen!  Every time you turn around, there is yet another gorgeous photograph to be taken. 

The lighting was a photographer's dream, the weather was perfect, and it made for an amazing vacation spot.

We took a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad which took us out into the wilderness for some lovely desert spring scenery.

We had a fantastic time hiking some of the beautiful trails in and around Sedona's red rock country.

Among the red rocks and cactus, we saw many beautiful flowers.

And a hiker or two!

Sedona is also know for its vortexes and healing energy sites.  Many tourists travel there to experience these geomagnetic forces.  One of our adventures involved a four-wheel drive jeep tour which took us to several of these sites.

At one of the sites we visited, the trees along the path were twisted and growing in a spiral because of the vortex energy.  Hugging these trees is supposed to be very healing, so of course, we had to try it too!

Holy Cross Chapel is built on one of the most famous vortexes in Sedona.

This is just a small taste of the beauty that we experienced - and we can't wait to go back!


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Angie's Senior Portrait Session at the Beach

We love photographing high school seniors!  This is such an exciting time in life, embarking on a voyage of independence, new adventures, and unlimited possibilities.  This special time of life flies by so quickly, so it is our goal to create memories that will be treasured for a lifetime.  We love to meet with our seniors and plan their sessions to include the things that are most important to them.

Angie lives in the desert, but her absolute favorite place to be is at the beach.  So we took her to our favorite beach nearby and created a fun,  playful session.

We couldn't have picked a more beautiful day!  I don't know who had more fun - us, or Angie, or quite possibly, Mom!

We're pretty sure Angie will remember this day for a long time to come - and she now has a beautiful album so she can enjoy the photos any time she wants!

With college coming up fast, Angie doesn't know it now, but she will look back upon this time as one of the most carefree of her life!



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Welcoming 2013 with Hugs and Kisses

Hugs, kisses, love - the joy of time spent with loved ones.  We are so lucky to have a job where these are the experiences we share with our clients every day!  We spent 2012 photographing a variety of sessions, from babies to families to couples and everything in between.  What other way to welcome the new year than with fond memories of the year passed?  

If we had room to post all of our favorites, this blog would go on for days.  So we sifted through our photographs from 2012 and chose a sampling of our favorite shots taken outdoors and in, sure to be inspiration for sessions to come. 

















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