Fall Recap, Part 1

I’ve been terrible about keeping up with my blog this Fall! I apologize, but life has been pretty hectic. Now that my fiancé is out here and the wedding is getting closer, it’s become crunch time. But, despite all the craziness, I have still been able to get in some fun shoots.

I’m breaking my Fall recap into two posts. The 2nd post will be all Stoli photos, since I seem to have a million of those. This one will be certainly more eclectic!

Things have been so busy, I’m not sure where to start!

In September I photographed a wedding here in Columbus with the amazing Mrs. Anneka DeJong. It had been quite a while since my last wedding and I was a bit nervous, but the couple was great to work with and it ended up being a lot of fun! The ceremony and reception were at the Grand Valley Dale Ballroom. These are just a couple of my shots from the day. Its hard to pick just a few to show!

Columbus Ohio Wedding Photographer © Holly Hildreth

Father/Daughter Dance ©Holly Hildreth 2013

Columbus Ohio Wedding Photographer © Holly Hildreth

Father/Daughter Dance © Holly Hildreth 2013

Columbus Ohio Wedding Photographer © Holly Hildreth

Cake Cutting © Holly Hildreth 2013

Columbus Ohio Wedding Photographer © Holly Hildreth

The First Dance © Holly Hildreth 2013

Columbus Ohio Wedding Photographer © Holly Hildreth

The First kiss © Holly Hildreth 2013

Columbus Ohio Wedding Photographer © Holly Hildreth

The beautiful bride © Holly Hildreth 2013

I also had the opportunity to photograph a former coworker’s daughter, Peyton, for her 3rd birthday. We headed to Westerville’s Inniswood Metro Park and got some nice shots with the fall foliage.

Columbus Ohio Photographer © Holly Hildreth 2013

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Columbus Ohio Photographer © Holly Hildreth 2013

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Columbus Ohio Photographer © Holly Hildreth 2013

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Of course I kept busy photographing basically anything and everything that caught my eye this Fall. I have entirely too many photos to choose from for this post, so this is just a little taste of what I was up to.

Carolina Mantis

Female Carolina Praying Mantis I found on my window © Holly Hildreth 2013

Carolina Mantis

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Westerville Ohio Photography

Inniswood Metro Park ©Holly Hildreth 2013

Also now that Andy is out here with me, I have someone to accompany me on adventures. There were lots of things I wanted to try out here, but never got around to, because they were not as fun to do alone. One thing I had been really wanting to see was Hocking Hills. Hocking Hills is a state Park that is Southeast of Columbus, in an area of Ohio that is considered to be a part of the Appalachians. It’s not mountainous, but definitely hilly country with tons of photo opportunities.

Hocking Hills photography

Devil’s Bathtub, Hocking Hills, Ohio ©Holly Hildreth 2013

Hocking Hills

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My hiking buddies! © Holly Hildreth 2013

Hocking Hills

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The seasons change came way too fast for me. I hardly got in any Fall photos because I was so busy with everything else, but I made sure to get out there a few times anyway. Every year my mom asks for a  calendar of my photography for Christmas. Keeping that in mind throughout the year is always helpful in getting me out to take some scenic shots–that way come December I’m not scouring my hard drives, looking for something that could work.

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Outside our Condo © Holly Hildreth 2013

Sharon Woods Metro Park

Sharon Woods Metro Park © Holly Hildreth 2013

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Westerville Bike trail © Holly Hildreth 2013

Westerville Ohio Photographer

Everal Barn, Westerville, Ohio © Holly Hildreth 2013

Westerville Ohio Photography

Westerville © Holly Hildreth 2013

©Holly Hildreth 2013

©Holly Hildreth 2013

One last piece of good news: My SIXTH Hallmark card is on sale online currently. It can be purchase HERE

Here’s a sneak peak!

Holly Hildreth Hallmark Card

Stay tuned for Part 2, coming soon! It’s bound to be chock-full-o’-cuteness and Stoli photos!

All photos and content are © Holly Hildreth 2013. According to the DMCA, it is unlawful to use any copyrighted content without direct written consent. 

Spring Break, Part I: Des Moines

UCM’s Spring Break was this past week, and my boyfriend, Andrew, and I had big plans for a busy break. The first stop on our trip was in Des Moines to see my sister, brother-in-law and new nephew. Kristin wanted new pictures of Cade, and I hadn’t taken any since he was born. Cade’s 1-month “birthday” is today (3/27/12). I have never photographed newborns in a home environment before, so this proved challenging. Cade was not a happy camper. He does not like to be undressed, placed on his tummy, or be left somewhere where he’s not being held. Since Cade was so fussy, I tried to not use any flash and only utilize natural light. This made the process more difficult, because my style of photography normally utilizes flash (either direct or bounced off something). I find that without using flash for a fill you get a lot of contrast and dark shadows, which isn’t the best for newborns.
Kristin had a lot of ideas of what she wanted, but Cade had other plans. We did a few outfit changes and shot quickly. If Cade doesn’t like his Aunt Holly now, what’s it going to be like when he’s actually old enough to know that every time I come over I make him take pictures?

View the whole set here: HERE

Cade Kapusinski © Holly Hildreth 2012

Cade Kapusinski © Holly Hildreth 2012

Cade Kapusinski © Holly Hildreth 2012

Cade Kapusinski © Holly Hildreth 2012

Cade Kapusinski © Holly Hildreth 2012

Cade Kapusinski © Holly Hildreth 2012

Cade's first St. Patrick's Day

Cade Kapusinski © Holly Hildreth 2012

One Unhappy Easter Bunny

Cade Kapusinski © Holly Hildreth 2012

Greg and Cade

Cade Kapusinski © Holly Hildreth 2012

Kristin with Cade

Cade Kapusinski © Holly Hildreth 2012

Cade Kapusinski © Holly Hildreth 2012

Cade Kapusinski © Holly Hildreth 2012

Cade Kapusinski © Holly Hildreth 2012

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Cade Micah Kapusinski

I found out last Wednesday that my pregnant sister, Kristin, was being induce into labor on Monday (2/27/12). Kristin’s blood pressure was high, and the baby’s stomach was measuring small. To make sure everything was all right, they decided induced labor was the best option. I traveled up to Des Moines Sunday night and spent the night at their house. Kristin and Greg were to be at the hospital at 7:30 am on Monday morning. I wanted to do a documentary approach to the whole thing, so I came to the hospital around 9:00 am to ensure that I got a few “detail shots” before Kristin went in to full-on labor. The rest of our family arrived around 10:45 am, and things seemed to be going slowly. Kristin was gradually having more regular and powerful contractions, but after 4 hours, she was only dilated 1/2 way to what she needed to be. I asked the nurse about progress, and she said that she’s be “extremely surprised if she delivered any time soon”. So, we had lunch and walked around, running errands, and we didn’t think she was going to progress as quickly as she did.
The next thing I know, I’m running into her room, grabbing my camera as they’re pulling the baby out all the way. I immediately went to work, snapping my first picture as they placed the baby on her chest. I’m not even sure what followed after that. I must have been in the zone . I documented everything from the baby’s first breaths to cleaning him off and weighing him, to both Greg and Kristin’s family holding the newborn. I’m so grateful that they left me to do my thing.

Cade Micah Kapusinski was born at 1:47 pm on Monday, 2/27/12. He weighs 6lbs, 2.5oz and is 20.5 inches tall

I know these aren’t my usual dog pictures, but these images mean more to me than I could have imaged before going into this. I don’t think I have ever taken such powerful photos, and I am very proud of this set. I am so glad to have been a part of this experience. It’s definitely something I will never forget.

After getting back to Missouri, I put together a little slideshow for the proud parents. As soon as I watched the finished product for the first time, I admit I cried. (I guess it’s good if your own images can move you to shed a tear or two!) Here is the video:
Cade Video

Here are some stills that I used in the video:

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First photo of Cade. They are placing him on Kristin's chest. He is less than 10 seconds old here.

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Weighing in at 6lbs, 2.5oz

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Cade opens his eyes for the first time

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Greg hold his son for the very first time

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The First Kiss

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Calling our Grandma McBain to tell her the news

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Cade holding his grandma Nancy's hand

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Dad's on diaper duty. Grandma Linda is there to help.

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Ice, Ice, Baby

My older sister, Kristin, had contacted me a few weeks ago about possibly doing a maternity shoot. Kristin is currently 35 weeks pregnant and her and her husband, Greg, are expecting their first child on March 2nd. Needless to say, I’m excited to be an aunt!

Kristin was being honored with a baby shower thrown by her high school and college friends on Saturday in Des Moines, so she had me come up so we could kill two birds with one stone–I could shoot their maternity pictures and take  a couple shots of the shower for the baby’s scrap book as well.

Unfortunately Mother Nature reared her ugly head and made the drive up to Des Moines an interesting one. When I left Warrensburg after class at 3:00pm, it was 48 degrees and raining on and off. By the time I hit Liberty, MO, it was raining pretty steadily. The farther north I drove, the more the temperature plummeted, and the icier it got. Normally it takes around 3 1/2 hours to get to Des Moines, but it took more around 4 1/2 this time.

On Saturday, I photographed my sister, brother-in-law, and my nephew-to-be. They didn’t want the session to be too intense, as they only wanted a couple of picture and didn’t want the shoot to be very long. I had never done an on-location maternity shoot before, so I was extremely nervous. We photographed in the baby’s room and then decided to go outside. With 30mph winds and temps in the middle 20’s, we soon realized this was a horrible idea and scrapped all outside shooting. I wish I could have taken more images, but with such a short time-span, it’s difficult to do everything I wanted. Plus, as my sister and I agreed, the most important pictures will be taken when the baby arrives.

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After the maternity shoot on Saturday, we had time to eat dinner and then head to Smokey Row in downtown Des Moines for Kristin’s baby shower.

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Snack table with the amazing cake one of Kristin's friends made.

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Tricycle made out of diapers.

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Shower games: Erin tries to guess how big around Kristin is.

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Comparing guesses.

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© Holly Hildreth 2012

© Holly Hildreth 2012

All-in-all it was a busy, but productive weekend. I feel like I need a day to recover from it all, though! Driving 500 miles in 2 days can be quite exhausting! But, I am glad I was able to capture some photos for them, and I’m really looking forward to meeting my new nephew.

Full photo set can be found on my flickr: Slideshow

All Images © Holly Hildreth 2012 | hhildrethphoto.wordpress.com

Jill, Cory, and Peanut

During Thanksgiving break, a couple contacted me about getting family pictures taken. They had found me through a Google search and liked the work I did with dogs. They had a chihuahua, named Peanut, that they wanted to include in their family photos and thought they’d give me a try. It had been a while since I had done formal portraits outside of my part-time job, so I was excited to try some new things out. Jill, Cory, and Peanut were great to work with, so the session went fairly smoothly. It was nice to have creative freedom again. At work you have to follow a rigid set of rules and you don’t get much room to be creative or have fun with a shoot. So, this was a nice change of pace. Here are a few photos from the shoot. (To see all the proofs, visit my Flickr)

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Portrait #6 – Q Flash and Studio

Day 6- Today we learned high key studio lighting. We were lucky enough to have Seth Clock as our model, so we didn’t have to spend any time in front of the camera. After we experimented with High Key and Studio techniques, we took to the streets of Warrensburg for some lessons on the Q-Flash.

More Photos on my Flickr slideshow:

Flickr slideshow

Portrait #5 – Lighting Ratios

Day #5- Today we learned about studio light placement as well as lighting ratios. The weather was not cooperative, so we spent the whole day in the studio and we started getting a little…”creative” at the end.