Momtography 101 lesson #3:

This is lesson 3 of my Momtography 101 educational posts. I'm so glad you are are here! If you missed lesson 1  and/or lesson 2 of this series you can catch up right here.

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Believe that there is beauty to be captured on your everyday.

We see them everywhere, beautiful photographs of leaves, an eclectic street sign, the reflection in a puddle, out of focus lights, selfies of shoes walking on some carpet in an airport somewhere, untidy kitchens, crayon marks, painted toes...or carpets, a child's messy face...you name it!

Now think about the moment when these photos were taken. Chances are that there was nothing particularly amazing about that day. Only a person with a camera who serendipitously found beauty and couldn't help but document it. Could this person be you? I believe it can.

I wish there was some formula that you can apply here, but truthfully, you kinda have to go with your gut on this one. Knowing about the rule of thirds and thinking about how you are composing your shot will help you, but the most important thing is to capture the moment with honesty. When something inside of you prompts you to get your camera (any camera!) and take a photo, don’t ignore it! Heed the call! And to that I would add, always include a key element, pay attention to where the light is coming from, and...yes.... try to refrain from asking your subject to say “cheese”

As you take more and more photos of seemingly mundane moments, you will find yourself weeding out the good ones from the ones that missed the mark. It's a process, so give it time. Just remember that you are not just taking a photo, you are telling a story.

Happy Shooting!

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The P family

I had the pleasure of working with the P family earlier this winter. Tina (aka mom), is a wonderful photographer herself, so when she contacted me about scheduling a family session, I jumped at the opportunity to work with this fun family.

We chose to do their session at Bellevue Downtown park and we met early in the morning on a beautiful sunny day.

Here are my favorite shots of the day. I hope you'll enjoy them!

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The H family

Hello there!

...and Happy 2015!

After taking a much needed break over the Holidays, I am excited to share with you a beautiful family session I shot last fall.

The H family contacted me to shoot some fall photographs. We had originally planned to do their session at a location in the Eastside where there was a very cool set of trees and the plan was to shoot there so we could get awesome fall colors...but...the weather had other plans. So we headed to the lovely Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle instead and, thankfully, it worked out almost perfectly! The rain only showed up as we were ending our session.

In my humble opinion, this location matched their family's personality really well. And It was an honor to capture part of who they in a beautiful contemporary setting.

I hope you enjoy the work!

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Momtography 101 - lesson 2

This is lesson 2 of my Momtography 101 educational posts. I'm so glad you are are here! If you missed lesson one of this series you can catch up right here.

tip #2 - Before you take a picture think about why you are taking it.

Seems simple enough. But there might be a little more to this idea than you realize. A simple shift in the way you approach your photos can change the way you see through the view finder.

Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to figure out what's your intent before you shoot the first frame.

  1. What's the story you are trying to capture?
  2. Can you clearly see it from where you are standing? If you can't, move around, get closer or father away.
  3. Would someone who wasn't there when you shot the picture be able to "read" the story by looking at your photo? Think about including important details within the frame. Also think about if you are including too much within the frame. Be as specific as possible.
  4. Do you really want to interrupt the action by asking your subject to smile? Or would it be a better choice to just take a photo of what they are doing without interrupting the action?
  5. Is there an unexpected reaction you may capture by taking multiple photos? This is specially true with kids, who can be unpredictable in a wonderful, magical way.

Hopefully those 5 questions/action items are a good guide for you, but to make this a little more tangible, let's look at an example.

A little background. My youngest daughter LOVES bubbles, most kids do. But she loves blowing bubbles more than popping them. So, that's the story here.

Child storytelling photography via Gaby Cavalcanti Photography

As you can see, I took at least 7 photos before I arrived to my favorite one.

On the top left corner, you can see the wheel of a car in the background, since it doesn't add to the story and it's kind of distracting, it's not my favorite.

The next one is ok, but I think I was maybe too close (but I do like that one as well).

On the first photo on the second row, I was too far.

Don't like her expression on the middle one and there's no bubble on the third one.

The last two are my favorites, but out of the two I picked the very last one. Let's look at why.

Childhood unplugged - Storytelling photography via Gaby Cavalcanti Photography
  1. This photo tells exactly the story I want to tell with...a twist. Without really intending to, I was able to capture the moment when my daughter discovered that she didn't need to blow the bubble herself, because the wind would do that for her! I really love her expression here. 
  2. I moved around her, shot from far away and got closer until I finally found the angle I wanted.
  3. You might or might not be able to tell where she is (the beach), but you can definitely see that it's windy. That's enough environmental detail for me here ;)
  4. I just waited for the moment to happen, didn't call out her name so I wouldn't distract her, or break her from the action. I just kept my camera up to my face and watched her play and kept shooting as interesting things were happening.
  5. I definitely shot more than one frame when I realized what was happening. If you look at the photos above, you can see two frames that are very similar, yet, the bubble is slightly bigger and you can see it stretch on the one I ended up choosing.

So there you have it! I encourage you to think about the story before you shoot. I know you'll be happy with the results.

And if you shoot keeping this concept in mind, and are on instagram, feel free to post and tag me at @gabycphoto. I would love to see what you're up to.

Happy shooting :)

 

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Bonneville Salt Flats Editorial Sunset Shoot - Clickaway 2014

I am excited to share some new editorial work on the blog today!

Last month, I had the opportunity to attend Clickin Moms' first ever Photo Conference - Clickaway, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The conference was packed with learning opportunities and inspiration.  I really enjoyed traveling to a city I've never to been before, meeting new people and hanging out with friends I already knew from my local Seattle Clickin Moms community.

I also got to visit the Bonneville Salt Flats, with a group of photogs who attended the conference... and wow! what a magical place it was! Our model was great to work with, and the sunset was so perfect!!

Besides shooting with my regular lenses, I got the opportunity to experiment with my lensbaby. All in all, a great experience! I'd say the hour and a half drive from Salt Lake City was totally worth it!

I'll let the photos do the talking now ;) Hope you enjoy the work!

Thanks for stopping by.

Salt Flats Editorial Sunset Session - via Gaby Cavalcanti Photography
Salt Flats Editorial Black And White Session - via Gaby Cavalcanti Photography
Editorial Sunset Session - via Gaby Cavalcanti Photography
Salt Flats Fine Art Reflection Photography - via Gaby Cavalcanti Photography
Salt Flats Lensbaby Editorial - via Gaby Cavalcanti Photography
Seattle Fine Art Reflection Photography - via Gaby Cavalcanti Photography
Salt Flats Editorial Landscape Photography - via Gaby Cavalcanti Photography
Lensbaby Editorial Shoot - via Gaby Cavalcanti Photography
Lensebaby Sunset Editorial Salt Flats Session - via Gaby Cavalcanti Photography

Joanna's rustic Stylized maternity session

Last fall, Joanna (a photographer herself) and I sat down together to talk about her maternity session. I shared with her my vision for a stylized maternity shoot. She was on board right away and even suggested the perfect location for our the shoot. Needless to say, I was excited! I had wanted to put together a stylized session for a really long time and it was actually one of my goals for 2013, so it felt great to actually accomplish this milestone!

Stylized sessions require lots of planning. From finding the right theme (one that will suit my style and the client's personality), to putting together moodboards that can visually explain my clients my creative vision, to finding the perfect wardrobe (even if it means making it from scratch!), to scouting the right location, getting a make up artist, an assistant...I could go on and on. It's definitely lots of work, but the final photographs make it all worth it! 

This mommy-to-be was so stunning and such a great model! I LOVED working with her! I also want to thank Sarah LeAnn of Web of Love who did Joanna's hair and make up and my friend Kellie for assisting me during the shoot.

I hope you enjoy the images!

Editorial Maternity shoot - via Gaby Cavalcanti Photography
Seattle Editorial Maternity - via Gaby Cavalcanti Photography
Seattle Editorial Rustic Maternity Session - via Gaby Cavalcanti Photography
Concept maternity Portrait - via Gaby Cavalcanti Photography
Rustic Maternity Session - via Gaby Cavalcanti Photography
Seattle Fall Maternity Session - via Gaby Cavalcanti Photography
Seattle Editorial portrait - via Gaby Cavalcanti Photography
Dreamy maternity postraits - via Gaby Cavalcanti Photography
black and white maternity portraits - via Gaby Cavalcanti Photography
Seattle Editorial Maternity portrait - via Gaby Cavalcanti Photography

Hair and Makeup: Web of Love
Model: Joanna Monger - you can see Joanna's photography work right here
Styling: Gaby Cavalcanti Photography
Headpieces: Gaby Cavalcanti
Photographs by: Gaby Cavalcanti Photography

Modern School portraits - Seattle child photography

A new school year is upon us! 

Gaby Cavalcanti Photography is now offering School portraits for a select number schools in the Seattle/Eastside area!

My approach to school photography is modern and joyful, which in turn creates beautiful photographs that truly reflect your child's personality and are a great addition to your home gallery! No more awkwardly posed pictures and distracting backgrounds here ;)

If you would like Gaby Cavalcanti Photography to photograph at your child's school, please contact your school's administrators and have them email contact@gabycphoto.com. 

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Seattle Family Photography - The Pipolo Family

Family photography is all about connection. It's also about engaging all family members and capturing those moments along the way. You add gorgeous warm and sunny weather to that formula and you get a session like this one! 

I have known Camilla (mom) for over a year now. When we first met a local MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) group, I thought she was one of the nicest, kindest people I had ever met. Needless to say, I was honored when she asked me to document her family a few months ago. They were a joy to work with! And as you will see in the pictures below, we had a great time in the almost two hours we spent together.

After discussing different location options, we picked Gene Coulon Park in Renton, WA. The park is located in the south eastern border of Lake Washington and it offers some beautiful views of the lake and the sunsets are just magical!

I hope you enjoy the work! ...and drop me a line in the comments section below if you'd like to connect! There are a few more weeks of summer left and this would be the perfect time to schedule a session. For more information, send me an email at contact@gabycphoto.com. Make sure you scroll to the end to get information about an upcoming mini promotion!

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If you enjoyed this session, visit Gaby Cavalcanti Photography on Facebook so you can stay up to date with upcoming events, promotions, or simply to connect... And BTW sunset mini sessions (20 minute sessions) will be happening at the end of August and beginnig of September, for more information click here

Letters to our daughters - May favorites

Last month was way too busy!! (I will be sharing why very soon ;) ) So, unfortunately, I was unable to post about my "letters to our daughters" project. But I'm back!

If you haven't heard about the project, the "letters to our daughters" project is a chain of letters (photo essay style) that I write to my daughters every month. If you'd like to read the May letter you can visit my personal projects blog at www.whenwordsarenotenough.com. But if you only want to enjoy the photos, scroll below ;)

Thanks for stopping by!

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MARIA AND JORDAN | STYLIZED WEDDING PHOTOSHOOT | EAGLE CREEK, OREGON

Today I'm sharing my favorite shots from an amazing wedding inspired shoot out I recently attended. I traveled to Oregon to shoot all these images and the team at Beyond The Wanderlust did a really wonderful job putting together the shoot. Maria and Jordan, who are husband and wife in real life (and I think are just stunning!) were two of the wonderful models I got to work with!

The shoot out took place at Clackamas River Farm in Eagle Creek, Oregon a beautiful farm located just outside of Portland, Oregon. The amazing landscape that surrounds the farm was the perfect setting for this rustic/romantic shoot.

I was so inspired by Maria and Jordan's "look" and by the woodsy/rustic styling of the entire shoot, that after taking a few more traditional shots, I thought I would shoot some experimental double exposures, which is a style I have been working on in the last few months. I also played around with sun flare, and I'm so pleased with the results! I just love that I got to try something new!

This was such a great experience! I and I am so happy to share these images with you. I hope you enjoy them!

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Maria and Jordan's stylized session was originally posted on October 2013. As part of my new website launch, I'll be republishing some of my favorite old posts and sessions. I hope you enjoy looking at all the work!

Photos by Gaby Cavalcanti Photography

Shoot Out put together by Beyond the Wanderlust

Styling by A Well Crafted Party

Dress by Sunjin Lee

Props from Something Borrowed Portland, Woodsy Wonders

Venue Clackamas River Farm

Bouquet by The Living Bouquet

Headpiece by Love Sparkle Pretty

Letters to our daughters - March selects

The "Letters To our Daughters" project is a circle of letters written by a select group of mom photographers to their daughters. We write a letter every month. To read the letter you can visit my new blog When Words Are Not Enough, which is dedicated to showcase personal projects and experimental work. My favorite shots for this month's letter are below ;)

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the work!

Gaby

To read this month's letter you can visit my personal blog at www.whenwordsarenotenough.com

Letters to our daughters - February selects

The "Letters To our Daughters" project is a circle of letters written by a select group of "momtographers" to their daughters. We write a letter every month. To read the letter you can visit my new blog When Words Are Not Enough, which is dedicated to showcase personal projects and experimental work. My favorite shots for this month's letter are below ;)

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the work!

Gaby

To read my letter and see more photos visit my personal blog "When Words Art Not Enough"

Originally posted on February 2014. As part of my new website launch, I'll be republishing some of my favorite old posts and sessions. I hope you enjoy looking at all the work!

Ava, Madie and Kalli - Child Photography Melbourne, FL

I had the pleasure of doing this joyful session with these three little ladies. I love their BFF t-shirs and matching outfits. They were happy, funny and spontaneous which made my job very very easy : ) This session happened on a beautiful, wrm sunny florida day. The breeze from the ocean kept us comfortable and provided a wonderful relaxed feeling to this experience.

Here are some of my favorite shots!

This session was originally posted on April 2012. As part of my new website launch, I'll be republishing some of my favorite old posts and sessions. I hope you enjoy looking at all the work!

Letters to our daughters - January selects

The "Letters To our Daughters" project is a circle of letters written by a select group of "momtographers" to their daughters. We write a letter every month. This is my second year participating in the project, and I am so excited to share my work with you, but instead of posting the letter here, I thought I would share my favorite shots of the month on this blog. To read my  letter you can visit my new blog When Words Are Not Enough, which is dedicated to showcase mypersonal projects and experimental work.

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the work!

Gaby

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To read my letter and see more photos visit my personal blog "When Words Art Not Enough"

Originally posted on January 2014. As part of my new website launch, I'll be republishing some of my favorite old posts and sessions. I hope you enjoy looking at all the work!

Baby Judah is 6 months old!

I met Baby Judah and his parents at Indian Harbour Beach, FL for a special session to celebrate Judah's six months of life. It was a clear windy day, just warm enough to keep everyone comfortable. I just love doing sessions at the beach. Here's a little sneak peak of their session : )

This sweet session was originally posted on May 2012. As part of my new website launch, I'll be republishing some of my favorite old posts and sessions. I hope you enjoy looking at all the work!

The new gabycphoto.com

I am very excited to unveil my new website. It's been a long time coming!

As I gear up for my busy season, I wanted to offer a website that would be more user friendly and easily accessible from both mobile devices as well as from desktop computers. And I am so excited about what this will mean for my business.

The next few months promise to be busy and exciting as I continue working hard to grow my business and offer my clients a great experience.

I hope you will check back soon to see what I'm up to ;)

Gaby