Frivolous Friday: Gettin’ Sassy with Sunflower Senior Portraits, a Unicorn Bee and All the Colors and a Celebration of Dia De Los Muertos

Frivolous:  carefree and not serious, lighthearted, giddy

Guess what three things happened this week in between all my portrait sessions and retouching work??? 
Well…let me tell you….


Yep, this happened #1:

Had a bunch of fun in the Sunflower Patch this week!

One of my high school seniors has been planning her senior portraits in the sunflower patch for a really long time and we were both super excited that our session had finally arrived!

But can I tell you a little bit of the backstory?

First of all, I went to the sunflower patch before our session so I could check it out and make plans for our photography ‘route’ and

how and where I would pose her for each portrait.

Yep.  In case you didn’t know I’m a PLANNER!

And here’s what I noticed.  First, check out the two small photos on the left — these were my test photos — and I think they are a perfect demonstration of what “Natural Light” portraits can look like.

If you don’t add extra light to a backlit portrait, you will have the subject really dark (like the top left photo)

or if you expose for the person, the background will be super bright (like the second photo under that.)

BUT – I brought some sparkling light with me!  Yay!

This situation definitely needed added light.   And if I do say so myself, the finished portrait is stunning….

Learning how to use additional light is a technique I’ve been perfecting for years and I’m in love with the results!

(If you’ve ever wondered how I capture a beautifully lit family at the beach AND the amazing sunset – now you know – it’s the added light!)

Here’s  another little behind the scenes pic of that same portrait session – first check out the “Natural Light” pic (as captured by cell phone on the left)

then compare that to the stunning portrait on the right with added professional lighting….I say WOOT!  And YOWZA!

And what an amazing testimonial from mom Jennifer (I’m amazed that I’ve been photographing her family for 7 years….!)

Yep, this happened #2:

During my sunflower patch pre-visit, I brought my macro lens to capture some up close and personal,  BEE-autiful portraits!

Loved how the sun cast the bee’s shadow onto the flower petal….

A Unicorn Bee!  [gasp! who knew?]

I found a teeny-tiny little baby sunflower – just the size of my fingernail….awwww…

And I also found a GIANT sunflower forest!

HELP – I need a good caption for this one – this one sunflower was 3 feet taller than ALL the other flowers in the field!

I’m calling this one “Bee Bum”   ha!

Yep, this happened #3:

Of course I had to make my annual pilgrimage to Old Town to check out their Day of the Dead displays – always colorful, sweet and fun.

Of course the PURPLE one caught my eye right way….you know me and purple!

But this gal was ooo la LA with her orange marigolds!

Why Marigolds For Dia De Los Muertos?
It is believed that the spirits of the dead visit the living during the celebration and marigolds guide the spirits to their altars using their vibrant colors and pungent scent.

Marigolds, or flowers in general, also represent the fragility of life.

This colorful altar was in the Old Town Cemetary and seemed to be commemorating Latin American Artists (from Frieda to Selena….)

And yes, or course we ended our Old Town adventure with a festive lunch – but I was so STARVED I dove right into my amazing lunch without taking a picture – so you’ll have to imagine my big plate of Huevos Rancheros!!

nom nom nom….

What can I say:  I’m Feeling Blessed!


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