Saratoga Springs Wedding and Portrait Photographer//Launched My New Website

So excited–my new site is launched:  www.susanblackburn.biz.  It was a lot of work but really worth it!  I love my job and meeting all the great people I get to work with, and the new website is a great place to showcase that!

Last year, I started this blog as an extension of my website/business.  I did not really know if I would like blogging, or if I would keep with it, whatever.  It has really become such an integral portion of my business, that it was really time to move it.

Sooooo–from now on, my blog will be incorporated into my new site.  For those of you following, that is where this blog will be moving.  The old posts will continue to be here, but future posts will be on the new site.  Please enjoy the images below–they are some of my favorites from posts this year and find me on my new site!

The Inn at Erlowest wedding photo

Carey Ann and Tim

Longfellows Wedding Ceremony Photo Saratoga Springs NY

Amanda and Kyle

Hall of Springs Wedding Photo Saratoga

Becki and Ken

Saratoga Prings Baby Photography

Cupid

Upstate NY Saratoga Newborn Photography

Baby Mason

Saratoga Springs Wedding Photographer

The Bride Was a Real Dog

Equestrian Photograph Saratoga Springs NY

Equestrian Photograph

Saratoga Ballet Photographer

Ballet Dancer at the City Center

High School Senior Portrait ala Caddyshack

High School Senior Portrait ala Caddyshack

Senior Portraits Saratoga Springs009

Julia

Saratoga Springs Wedding Photographer//Never Work With Kids and Dogs

Wedding Photojournalism Near Disaster

Wedding Photojournalism Near Disaster

I think W. C. Fields was the one who said, “Never work with kids and dogs.”  They sure are unpredictable.  But because I work with both, I can tell you it is always interesting, never dull, and very fun.   And if you are patient, you are usually rewarded in a big way.

Wedding Photojournalism Disaster Averted

Wedding Photojournalism Disaster Averted

If you would like to see more of what I do, please visit www.susanblackburn.biz, or call 518.584.4237 for a complimentary consultation.

Saratoga Springs Wedding Photographer//Romantic Gestures

Painted Bathroom--Yay!

Painted Bathroom–Yay!

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary last week–we have been married for 23 years.  I have been reflecting over what constitutes a “romantic” gesture for a while.  As most of my friends all know, I am a practical person.  By that I mean I like things that are useful and serve a purpose.  Sure, it is nice to get flowers–and my husband does that for me.  But two weeks ago, he painted our bathroom–that was even better!  I love that he took his day off and did a pretty mundane chore for me.  That is real romance:)  I wonder if he will tile the floor for me?

Saratoga Springs Newborn Baby Photographer//Hello, Bright Eyes!

Owen with Mommy and Daddy

Owen with Mommy and Daddy

This past weekend I was so lucky to be able to photograph three month old Owen with his Mom and Dad.  Owen was wide awake, alert, happy and generally a rock star!

Baby Shoes

Baby Shoes

One Handsome Guy!

One Handsome Guy!

I love this picture of Owen with his dad.

I love this picture of Owen with his dad.

Baby toes are adorable!

\ Baby toes are adorable!

Owen and Mom

Owen and Mom

This is just hysterical.

This is just hysterical.

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This is why I love my job so much!  So much fun!

If you would like to see more of my work, please visit www.susanblackburn.biz.  If you wish to schedule a consultation, please call 518.584.4237.

Saratoga Springs High School Senior Portrait Photographer//Seven Tips for Designing Your Graduation Announcements

High School Senior Graduation Announcement

High School Senior Graduation Announcement

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HIgh School Senior Graduation Announcement Inside Spread

Believe it or not, it is almost time to order Graduation Announcements from your High School Senior Portrait Session!  Yikes!  It can be overwhelming with so many choices!

Below are some tips for you when thinking about what to include in your announcements:

1.  Friends and family often hang onto these announcements for a really long time, so choose photographs you really love and that you think express who you really are.  Even if you are choosing a more traditional pose/photograph, make sure you really love it.  Because when you go to their house to visit, it might be staring back at you from the refrigerator door:)

2.  We can include quotes, text, etc. so why not include a quote from your favorite author?

3.  We will help you design a card that is individual to you and still looks professional and beautiful.  We always recommend that you choose portraits that have similar tones to ensure that when printed everything coordinates well together.  This also goes for any background colors, text colors, etc.

4.  We can include several images in an announcement, but try to narrow it down to just a few favorites.  You want variety, but not an overly cluttered look.  Three to four well chosen images will say more in the amount of space you have to work with than ten images crammed onto a page.  When you put too many images in a small space, the viewers eye will not know where to land first.

5.  Don’t forget the details–make sure you have the correct date, time, address and other details for your ceremony, party, etc.  This is sometimes overlooked, resulting in extra costs for reprinting.

6.  A general rule of thumb is that you can include two or three typefaces/fonts in a piece.  Any more than that is way too busy and can look amatuerish.  Choose fonts that reflect the feeling of the overall piece.  If you are going for an elegant look, a childish font will ruin the effect.

7.  Remember to relax and enjoy this time!  Senior year is almost done!

If you would like to see more of my work, please visit www.susanblackburn.biz.  If you wish to schedule a consultation or a portrait session, please call 518.584.4237.

Saratoga Springs High School Senior Portrait Photography//When Life Gives You Lemons. . . .

Saratoga Ballet Photographer

Ballet Dancer at the City Center

OK, so I was going to wait a little to blog about this, but it was kind of fun.  I was photographing Brittany, a high school ballet dancer.  We had done some studio things, but I really wanted to go on location, but it was really, really cold.  Like it was 23 degrees out.  So I suggested going to the CityCenter because they have this escalator up near a glass wall–thought it might look good at that time of day.  Long story short, there was some event going on there.  We got maybe two images before getting kicked out.  So sad.  BUT. . . luckily, Brittany was not a whiner or complainer!  We found a spot just outside the building that was great!  Just add off camera flash!  So sometimes things really do work out for the best.

If you would like to view more of my work, please visit 518.584.4237.  If you would like to schedule a consultation, please call 518.584.4237.

Saratoga Springs Wedding Photographer//Shooting Photojournalistically

Lisa and Her Dad Getting Ready for the Wedding

Lisa and Her Dad Getting Ready for the Wedding

I love photographing in a journalistic way during weddings.  Of course during the day you need to do formal posed photographs, but I really love the feeling of when you get a photograph that is totally unexpected, yet totally tells the story of the wedding day.  Those absolutely cannot be posed.  It is a “found” photograph.  I love feeling like a fly on the wall–that feeling like the people at the event have accepted you so completely that they either do not realize you are there, or that you are a close friend or family member and they don’t care.  That is what I felt when I took this picture of Lisa and her Dad getting ready.  He was just getting ready and doing his thing, and I loved that I could just see her through the doorway looking in the mirror.  I like the juxtaposition of the two of them getting ready.  And I made it black and white because it would just not have any impact in color.  I think it conveys that excited/chaotic feeling of preparation on a wedding day, and that is why I like this photograph so much.

If you would like to see more of my work, you can visit the online galleries at www.susanblackburn.biz.  Or you can call 518.584.4237 for a complimentary consultation.