J.Cote Photography: Blog https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog en-us (C) J.Cote Photography [email protected] (J.Cote Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:41:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:41:00 GMT https://www.jcotephoto.com/img/s/v-12/u979204944-o769374707-50.jpg J.Cote Photography: Blog https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog 90 120 Ella as Katniss https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2014/10/ella-as-katniss We've had a recent shift in the household. I finally let Ella watch The Hunger Games. Katniss Everdeen, though fictional, is a selfless, intelligent and strong woman. I believe her to be a good role model. So for Halloween, Ella asked to be Katniss. I saw that one coming. Thank God for thrift stores; we scored on tall leather boots for $1.99 and a retro jacket perfect for running through the trees and shooting arrows (with blunt plastic tips, of course). Once we had the costume all set, I whipped her hair into a french braid and the only thing left to do was a photo shoot! Ethan tagged along and happily whittled his sticks while ignoring the camera.

[email protected] (J.Cote Photography) children explore natural light nature outdoor photography play https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2014/10/ella-as-katniss Mon, 27 Oct 2014 01:08:52 GMT
Escaping suburbia at least for a day https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2014/7/escaping-suburbia No mountains anywhere. Natural lakes? Barely. Sigh. No matter where I find myself living, I've always been good at searching out the places that bring me peace. Water and trees. Living in Suburbia, one just has to search harder.

Waking up in the morning to two grumpy out-of-sorts kids, I knew we needed to get to some trails. There used to be a time when I would say, hey kids, we are doing such and such today so get your shoes on. Now, they have their own opinions and after much squawking, we finally got into the car. We headed not too far out of town to a bike trail and then over to the reservoir where the water quality is questionable.

My favorite photos of the day were of Ethan and they spoke to me in black and white. He may raise the biggest fuss when I have a suggestion for an outing but he gets it out of his system and then wholeheartedly enjoys the adventure. Mother knows best, stubborn little boy.

[email protected] (J.Cote Photography) children daily life explore family natural light nature outdoor photography play https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2014/7/escaping-suburbia Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:34:02 GMT
Ella in Spring, one year later. https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2014/4/ella-in-spring-one-year-later A year ago in March, I blogged some photos of Ella that I took in an untouched stretch of land near my art studio. The evening sun was in full splendor and we had fun running through the field taking pictures, Ella enjoying my full attention on her. Now a year later, we revisited the same area with a new dress and new props. After a long winter focusing on my art classes and starting a studio business, I welcome any chance to reconnect with my camera and time slowed down, capturing precious moments with my children.

I am honestly in love with these photos. We didn't quite make it to the field in time before the clouds took over but we ran with it anyway and got some amazing color. I look at my daughter and realize it is so true what they say. They grow up in a blink of an eye. Anticipating the end of the school year, Ella declared that soon she will be a fifth grader. Unbelievable. My beautiful baby girl.


[email protected] (J.Cote Photography) children explore natural light nature outdoor photography play spring https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2014/4/ella-in-spring-one-year-later Fri, 25 Apr 2014 02:01:26 GMT
Post blizzard fresh https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2014/1/post-blizzard-fresh Cabin fever is in full swing and next week's temps don't look too good. More school delays ahead I'm afraid. Today we had a full-on blizzard, the high gusts of winds swirling snowdrifts into beautiful organic shapes just outside my front door. The day was long but actually nice in a nesting sort of way. And then a glorious thing happened. The sun came out! The sun smiled upon us at the perfect golden hour of the day so I couldn't resist getting out with my camera. The kids obliged with smiles and we bundled up in record time and broke free. I love watching them play in the snow.

[email protected] (J.Cote Photography) children daily life explore natural light outdoor photography play snow winter https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2014/1/post-blizzard-fresh Sun, 26 Jan 2014 01:18:42 GMT
Windy December Day https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2013/12/windy-december-day During the cold season, it is normal I guess that I'm not taking as many pictures. And with the start of my new art studio business, I really have not been picking up my camera. All my time has been consumed with getting back to my original love of studio arts. But oh how I love photography as well and when we recently had a few unusually warm spring-like days I asked Ella if she'd like to go out for a walk behind our house. I said I would bring my camera and of course that got her racing for her shoes. Just like a good little model, she is.

Christmas is racing closer to us by the minute and I just don't feel ready, I never feel ready. My kids actually feel the same. I think they like the anticipation of Christmas and once it comes, then its gone. So we planned a special ski trip this year to break up the long couple of weeks ahead. The thought of clicking into my ski bindings has me giddy since we didn't make it to the slopes the last two winters. But, the warm air and two days of rain melted our snow and the skier in me pouted out loud for anyone to hear. "Ohio drives me nuts!" Its winter! Its supposed to be cold!

Once the rain stopped, the warm air did feel really wonderful and Ella and I took advantage of the break in the clouds. I love connecting with her like this, time slows down and I put all of my attention on her, admiring her beauty and spirit as I play with different angles of capturing her in nature. She soaks it all in. Our windy walk has blessed me with some gorgeous images of her, here are some favorites.

[email protected] (J.Cote Photography) children daily life explore natural light nature outdoor photography play winter https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2013/12/windy-december-day Mon, 23 Dec 2013 19:46:23 GMT
Art Symphony's First Wine & Canvas https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2013/11/art-symphonys-first-wine-canvas It was a success! I feel incredibly blessed and a little bit on cloud nine as I re-play in my mind last night's event. I gathered fourteen wonderful friends, old and new, to help me celebrate Art Symphony with a Kick-Start Wine & Canvas. As the wine was poured and everyone warmed by the fire, we visited with each other as we anticipated the painting ahead. I was amazed with these people as they went beyond their comfort zone and followed me through a painting. From beginning to end, I watched them go from slightly doubting their abilities to putting on the last red poppy with pride.

Art Symphony has been a long-time dream and over the years, I often wondered if I would ever really find my chance to make it happen. Thanks to my friend, Anita Miller at the Artist's Roost, I am finally seeing my dream take shape. She has been so kind to embrace me into her space to reconnect myself with studio arts. My photography has been such a focus for the past year that I honestly couldn't remember the last time I picked up a paint brush. What started as me asking to rent some space mainly just to get myself back in front of a canvas, quickly evolved into much more than that! As we brainstormed all the ways I can make use of the studio, I told her of my wish to reach out to the community and teach art to children and also bring adults together in a non-critical environment where they can find their inner artist. So thank you, Anita, for your support in this! And thank you to my friend, Jill Connor, for helping with the event. She hung Christmas lights out in the freezing cold, she baked cookies, she worked the room squeezing paint on palettes while I instructed and at the end of the night, she even washed each and every paint brush for me.

Jill and I at the end of the event. My very first art apron was a surprise gift from Angelique Smith. She even had it embroidered with "Art Symphony" and my name. Thank you to all my friends for your love and support!!

Please visit Anita Miller's website: http://www.theartistsroost.com and check out Jill's absolutely wonderful art: http://jillconnorstudio.com/portfolio/

[email protected] (J.Cote Photography) art natural light photography studio wine and canvas https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2013/11/art-symphonys-first-wine-canvas Sun, 24 Nov 2013 15:46:04 GMT
A different kind of family https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2013/9/a-different-kind-of-family My childhood and teen years were spent in my parent's home town where their parents lived. And their parent's parents. I grew up in a house which was owned by my grandparents who lived in a different house just a long walk away. I spent summers playing kick-the-can with cousins. Every single holiday, I was but one being in a sea of aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, grandparents. I loved it all and knew that someday, I would raise my own children the same. They would never be far from their relatives, I declared.

Well, the opposite became true and I blame it on my strange inability to feel content in any one place and also my love for mountains. From the day I left for college, I couldn't wait to leave the Midwest. It took me awhile but I managed to travel a lot during my college career, I went from Wisconsin to New Mexico, back to Minnesota, out to Colorado, back to Minnesota (flat broke and living with mom and dad), then out to Oregon where I finally graduated and fell in love with my new town. After having kids, it was there in a small Southern Oregon community that I began to understand the real meaning of friendship and sisterhood. Raising kids so far from any family weighed heavily on me. I felt incredible guilt that my kids only saw their relatives but once a year, more, if my parents could make the expensive trip out to us. So, in the absence of grandparents, cousins and aunties, came my best friends and their children. They were my new family and support. Thanksgiving and Christmas were never lonely.

Here, back in the Midwest, but still far from family, I am once again creating a different kind of family. Neighbors have become my sisters and their children are like new cousins. Recently, we celebrated a birthday here in our neighborhood. And I was reminded again how special we are to each other. It is so often that we tag team with the kids and watch out for them even if we have to scold them like our own (just the boys really). So Happy Birthday to Kumani who is now double digits. Here are some photos from the gathering, neighborhood style. The boys smell sugar and are closing in. Get lost, boys!

Sorry Hello Kitty but you are going down.

Chris, in his protective piƱata helmet. I wouldn't trust these kids with a bat either.

Audrey is very talented.

Craft time for the girls. The boys retreated to the tennis court with sugar-satisfied bellies.

Just today, one of the neighbor boys has moved away back to New York. He has grown on me even though I disliked him at first. I've had to remind him umpteen times to watch his language and stop corrupting my kid. But I've also hugged him when the wrestling matches get out of hand and tears are shed. His sweet, wonderful smile has ended up in many of my photographs including in this post and I will miss him for sure.

[email protected] (J.Cote Photography) birthdays children family natural light outdoor party photography play https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2013/9/a-different-kind-of-family Thu, 26 Sep 2013 00:52:37 GMT
Happy Campers https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2013/7/happy-campers I used to own a fancy backpack, Therm-a-rest, special hiking boots, Camelback and the whole she-bang. I used to hike for miles up mountains through the pine trees before finding the perfect spot to pitch a tent. Now I go car camping.

I pack way too much crap necessities for only two nights of sleeping away from home, completely prepared for anything!! Except, when I find myself in the middle of the night, wishing I would've spent the extra $40 on that awesome sleeping pad I saw at the store. At least I have my ear plugs, damn those night noises.

Camping makes me squeal in delight like a little kid and I savor every moment. Whats even better is bringing along friends who haven't yet taken the camping plunge. Here, the first eve was spent exploring the trails leading to the lake. Who needs swimsuits anyway!

[email protected] (J.Cote Photography) children explore family natural light nature outdoor photography play summer https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2013/7/happy-campers Tue, 09 Jul 2013 23:41:47 GMT
A trip to the farm https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2013/6/a-trip-to-the-farm Since moving to Columbus, I have struggled with the hustle of city life and find myself longing for the quiet pace that I had in the mountains. I am a very adaptable person though and am able to bloom where I'm planted but my soul needs that space away from everything to clear my head once in a while. So, I often head to the trails in the woods and keep a close eye on poison ivy while listening to the sounds around me. Is it just me or has poison ivy taken over the state of Ohio? Recently, at my water aerobics class, a gentleman named Lou, was telling me about his farm and how a peacock appeared one day and prefers to live on top of his Mercedes. I asked if he had horses and he replied yes and that he also has some beautiful falling down barns. Promptly, I blurted out, "Can I come take pictures?!" Why yes of course I can and bring the kids! So that is what I did that very evening.

The directions there were not hard and I was able to see some countryside that I hadn't ventured along before. We pulled into his driveway which had a closed gate. How giddy were we to jump out of the van and manually push the gate aside! What a thrill! A simple task like that was maybe a pain to farmers who constantly have to assure there is no exit for their farm animals; but for us, it put smiles on our faces knowing we were about to leave our stresses behind. We drove in and promptly jumped back out to close the gate, yet more smiles:)

As we drove along the driveway, past the sheep and barns, I felt lighter and lucky for this little adventure.

Lou has 250 acres on his farm so we jumped on the "Gator" to go looking for the cows.

Lou and his wife were so kind to invite us out for the evening. They filled me bags of fresh lettuce and collard greens that the kids helped pick from the garden and encouraged me to stay and enjoy a glass of wine. Oh how I wanted to stay longer but after our joyride through the countryside of plants and weeds as high as our chests, Ethan had a major allergic reaction to something growing out there. His eyes were itchy and swelling up and he couldn't stop rubbing them. I thanked them profusely for their kind invitation and rushed to the nearest pharmacy back in town. At 9:00 pm, we ran through the grocery store just as the pharmacist was leaving. She looked at Ethan and grabbed me some Benadryl and anti-itch eye drops. Thank you!! Oh well, it was all worth it Ethan assured me.

[email protected] (J.Cote Photography) Children animals children explore farm natural light outdoor photography play summer https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2013/6/a-trip-to-the-farm Sun, 16 Jun 2013 14:57:03 GMT
Girl Fun and Shopping https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2013/5/girl-fun-and-shopping After 6 weeks of rest, I am feeling pretty good. My back is healing and the doctor gave me the green light to start exercising again. This is the greatest news in the world for me right now. I was almost giddy driving to the club to partake in water aerobics. No dancing yet! I must start in the water. Don't underestimate the power of the pool, it can be the best workout and virtually impact-free on your joints. So, the regular aqua crowd was happy to see my return to the club. Yes, I am by far the youngest partaker in the pool and I fit right in with my aches and pains. We all have our stories of sore body parts. I was so happy to be there!

That was my beginning of a great day. Then, with my spirits fresh, I grabbed my camera and met my friend at the local shopping mecca. I knew I wanted to do some sort of stylized urban-ish fun and silly shoot. I thought of Nicole right away. She has just the personality and the funky mismatched wardrobe for it. So we met and dug through her pile of clothes and jewelry and started playing.

I spied a gorgeous dress and necklace in her stash that I wanted to wear for a few self-portrait shots. She was able to get some good ones of me before the rain came. Thank you Nicole! Its not often I get in front of the camera anymore. Happy Mother's Day weekend to me.

[email protected] (J.Cote Photography) daily life natural light outdoor photography play spring https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2013/5/girl-fun-and-shopping Sun, 12 May 2013 23:16:09 GMT
Nature's Textures https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2013/4/natures-textures Lately, I just haven't felt much like taking pictures. This is due to pain from an injury. Pain has a way of scaring me into thinking I will never be the same, especially pain I don't recognize. This pain has made normal daily life really dang hard. Part of my livelihood is teaching fitness classes, I am known for my energy level and passion for dance. My next-door neighbor jokes that I move like a gazelle, dashing past her window and into my car before she can blink. I am the young and the restless she says. Restless I am. Almost three weeks gone by and I'm forcing myself to rest, something I am not good at. But today! Today, I felt the spark coming back! Today, the pain failed to greet me in the morning and only made itself known at times to remind me to rest. Today, I heard music that made me want to dance and today I picked up my camera.

The weather is chilly and the sky dreary with hints of sun, just enough to tease. I didn't have the energy to gather any models and I really just wanted to be alone. Since walking a far distance wasn't an option, the glorious budding trees across the road were my first destination, as I've had my eye on them for a few days now, and from there...this is what I saw.

Behold nature's textures! How blessed we are to have this beauty to lift our spirits.

[email protected] (J.Cote Photography) explore natural light nature outdoor photography spring https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2013/4/natures-textures Sun, 14 Apr 2013 01:21:29 GMT
On the Third Day of Spring https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2013/3/on-the-third-day-of-spring On the fourth day, it snowed. But at least Ella and I had a glimpse of spring and we took full advantage of it. I've had my eye on this beautiful wild stretch of land for some time. Never mind, the "No Trespassing" signs! I couldn't help myself. This field was calling my name and finally the weather obliged and at that dreamy golden hour, we grabbed some accessories and jumped in the van.

Ella has become my favorite muse and luckily she calls me mom so I pretty much always have the best model (in my opinion) at the ready. She has such a sweet and kind demeanor and I wanted to keep the color palette in this shoot, very natural, soothing, subtle colors to match her pleasant personality.

This flash of hot pink represents the feisty humorous side that Ella is letting out more and more. She is one funny girl! I will treasure this photograph, she is such a beauty in so many ways.

[email protected] (J.Cote Photography) children explore natural light outdoor photography play spring https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2013/3/on-the-third-day-of-spring Thu, 28 Mar 2013 23:00:55 GMT
Snow Day! https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2013/3/snow-day Mother nature came through once again! She covered up the ugly muck and dreariness with beautiful snow! Schools closed and kids went sledding. The snow junkies in the group (us) got to the hill by 9 am and almost had the place to ourselves. For the locals who know Sharon Woods Sledding Hill, you gotta get there early before it turns to mud.

The warm temps quickly had the kids shedding layers.

This one plays tricks on me. Looks like Ethan is free-falling.

Breaking the rules of course. Watch out Marcus!

Getting these lovely goofy grins from Marcus isn't so easy, but I prevailed. Color coordinated? Ella looks like she's giving Maddie some worldly advice.

Once again, fun with camera, snow, and kids! Get outside!

[email protected] (J.Cote Photography) Children children daily life family natural light outdoor photography play winter https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2013/3/snow-day Thu, 07 Mar 2013 15:57:41 GMT
Daily Life part ll https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2013/3/daily-life-part-ll Because I am a mother first and all else falls into place when time allows, I'm realizing that photo editing opportunities are sometimes non existent and blogging is very challenging to keep up with if I'm failing to get my camera out. But I'm not allowing myself to feel guilty if weeks go by and I don't feel like I have anything worth saying. The whole point of photography and blogging (for me) is to bring happiness and fulfill my creative whims.

There is something I know about myself and over the years, this side of me has both been blissful and a curse. I have so many creative ideas flowing through my head most hours of the day but my free time and bank account don't always support these ideas which can leave me feeling frustrated, cranky and unfulfilled. I have learned to channel these feelings towards positive outlets that time does allow and money isn't an issue. This past month has been challenging for me. Because of this cold, rainy weather we've been having, I haven't felt much clarity to find that special space of creativity. But once in a while, that happy place presents itself and I remember that art and photography holds magic in the eye of the beholder and when I lift my camera, I am the beholder. Remembering that, keeps it much simpler and reminds me that its all just for fun.

What better place to find inspiration and take pictures than in my own home and of my own children? This is a continuation of capturing daily life as it actually is (in no particular order).

I took this moments before bedtime when both kids were completely relaxed and lost in their last minute projects. These two run in opposite directions most of the time and its so nice and peaceful to see them quietly spending time together.

My kids are obsessed with Photo Booth. Seeing Ethan without his two front teeth makes me laugh. He can't quite pronounce certain words without those teeth! So funny and sweet. Ella's very special place. She loves her desk and spends hours here drawing and creating. She's just like her mom. Drawing is to Ella as basketball is to Ethan.

One of the lovely things about capturing daily life for me, is that I'm taking photographs of the kids doing everyday normal things. I'm not only pulling out my camera when there are milestones or celebrations. Many years from now, I will be so happy to look back at these simple quiet moments in my children's lives. Here, Ella is home sick from school. I love these stolen days home with her, just the two of us.

These next few were taken at that lovely early dusk golden window. Shooting into the intense light left this peaceful soft chiaroscuro from black to white.

The photo below is completely untouched. The gorgeous haziness is a happy accident that many photographers use Photoshop actions to achieve.


[email protected] (J.Cote Photography) Children black and white daily life family home natural light photography play https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2013/3/daily-life-part-ll Fri, 01 Mar 2013 17:32:21 GMT
Winter Appreciation https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2013/2/winter-appreciation Early February. The middle of winter in the Middle of America. Grey and White. This is about the time of year when I start to wonder why I'm not living my life in some small charming beach town. I fantasize about letting my car gather dust while I run my errands on my bike in flip-flops, feeling the warm sun on my shoulders. But you know, I would miss the change of seasons for sure and when the first snow flies, I am just as excited as my kids to dig out the sleds and snow pants. Instead of just putting up with winter, I continue to find my love for it every year. There is something about the fresh crisp air that clears away cobwebs in my head and gets my blood pumping. I am proud that my roots are in Minnesota where people find happiness in the harshest of weather. My memories are of winter days outside, carving out forts in the mounds of plowed snow at the end of our street. Having feeling in our toes and fingers was irrelevant when there were caves to dig out. Never go inside and run your numb hands under hot water!

How could I deprive my children of the joys of winter? Yes, it is true that fresh snow in December is reason for celebration while fresh snow in February is reason to book a trip south. Earlier this week, I could feel my cold-weather appreciation dwindle along with my fellow Ohioans so I grabbed my friend, Melanie, and we headed out for a winter hike to see what nature was up to.

A native of Southern California and new to Ohio, Melanie is experiencing her first winter. She is loving it and so eager to bundle up and explore. I appreciate having a new hiking buddy.

She's a good sport to let me take photos of her. Winter looks great on you, Melanie!

One of my favorite subjects to photograph are pets! Hiking at this particular trail, I know I will encounter fellow walkers with their dogs. Thankfully, I am not a shy person and I have no problem approaching people and striking up a conversation. I do like people, but really I just want to photograph their dog. What I find is, many people are flattered and are happy to oblige. If the vibe is right, I will always offer to take their photos with their dog and email it to them.

This little guy was a gem! How lucky we were to come across this. Content and warm.

The hike was a successful one, as it completely left me feeling uplifted and content. Melanie felt the same and we agreed to go on another hike in two days.

Winter Appreciation Hike #2: Wow! What a difference, we woke to warm temps and the snow was melting fast. The sky was clear and the sunshine was glorious! We grabbed a third buddy, also a California native but has lived in Ohio quite some time. We went to a different lake this time and I showed them a mountain bike trail that I braved last fall.

Angelique! Your name is as stylish as you.

We found a lovely perch to rest. Here's me soaking in some Vitamin D.

Melanie captured this awesome photo below.

Am I really including this dorky photo of myself? Imagine me with a long flowing dress instead of men's snowboarding bibs.

Upon waking up today, I looked outside to see the snow was gone, the wind was howling, and the clouds had taken over. Luckily I got my day in the warm sun and I hear spring is coming early this year. Wish with me for more snow and more hiking! Get outside!

[email protected] (J.Cote Photography) explore hiking natural light outdoor photography https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2013/2/winter-appreciation Sat, 09 Feb 2013 00:30:24 GMT
Daily Life https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2013/1/daily-life Recently, I joined a couple of photography groups on Flickr. Each week there is a theme picked and during that week each group member takes photos relating to the theme and posts them. This is a great exercise for me to have more of a purpose with each photo I take and also, to see things differently. This week's theme was "Daily Life". How often do we forget to capture the mundane moments during our day? Waking up, breakfast time, getting ready for school and work, putting on shoes, running out the door. Not every photo shoot has to be groundbreaking stuff. When my children were babies and toddlers, I probably had the camera in their faces most hours of the day. But now? They are still young but each day they are getting older and time is slipping away. I need to keep my camera near me even when I feel nothing exciting is happening because, actually, plenty of exciting things are happening! I can't be too worn down from the stresses of life to just hurry through the moments of right now.

At first, I wasn't sure how to really go about taking photos in this way. Everywhere I looked in my home, I only saw clutter and bad lighting. Should I quick clean my house? Pick up all the random school papers and artwork? Make sure my kitchen is sparkling clean? Hmmm, well, I'm not known for keeping a perfect house and really, who has the time? We are a busy family and our home is lived in. Documenting daily life in a spotless house really isn't our life.

There is a day coming when Ella is no longer taller than her brother.

"Mom, take a picture of my cars". Me: "Sorry Ethan, the light up here isn't good enough. The pictures turn out blurry". Ethan: "Here, does this help?"

Because I really didn't have an understanding of the amount of time it would take me to edit photos taken during bath time, I didn't hesitate to grab my camera and snap away. First of all, the lighting casts an ugly dirty glow and trying to make the tub look sparkling white while keeping skin tones looking real, takes a Photoshop wiz. That, I am not. But! I have found some pretty amazing Photoshop actions that have really helped me out. I haven't quite nailed it perfectly but I started to drive myself a bit crazy. See the "before and after" to see what I mean.

Bath time is a great opportunity to capture those really sweet moments of time slowed down. I am glad I got these pictures while he's still little. After a while, he will be kicking me out and locking the door.

The photo below is one of my favorites. Long ago, we removed the door separating the bathroom and walk-thru closet to make more space. Here, we see his squeaky clean little legs below the curtain. And like I said before, clutter happens.

Our kitty, Lily, calmly takes it all in. She's missing her outside exploring time due to Winter temps, but she's content to wait it out.

Another learning experience for me. Thanks for reading!

To learn more about Photoshop actions, please visit http://paintthemoon.net/blog/information-central/action-basics-and-video/


[email protected] (J.Cote Photography) children daily life family natural light photography https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2013/1/daily-life Sat, 26 Jan 2013 21:47:02 GMT
Spring in January https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2013/1/spring-in-january As much as I love the snow, the rush of warm air in the middle of January makes me giddy like a child. The first taste of Spring Fever is always the best feeling and it usually sends me searching for my running shoes. But we know that winter is still here and hopefully there will be many more snow days to come.

I couldn't pass up the chance to go walking with my camera. I tracked down my son and his buddies to capture their excitement of being outside again in t-shirts and shorts.

That would be my son in the tank top. I'm not sure it was quite warm enough for that but I gave up long ago trying to keep him dressed in appropriate clothes. I rousted my daughter and her friend outside too. Feel their freedom of running barefoot!

I love this picture of Ella running towards me, her arms out of focus blurring into the background.

Sometimes its the blurry photos that catch my eye the most.

When did my daughter become so grown up? My love!

May the forces unite!

Cody the Mighty making sure no other four-legged creatures dare enter his planet.

Thank you to Marian for allowing the world to see you without makeup. Isn't she a beautiful mama? If we pretend hard enough, we can imagine that we see a beach here instead of a gravel road.

The wonderful world of background textures. A big Thank You to one of my favorite blogs for inspiring the use of textures and other Photoshop tricks. http://paintthemoon.net/blog This website is an excellent resource for beginners like me. Check it out.

Every day is an opportunity to be creative! Capture life today! Thank you, kids for being yourselves.


[email protected] (J.Cote Photography) children life natural light outdoor photography play https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2013/1/spring-in-january Sun, 13 Jan 2013 16:55:21 GMT
Photographing a dancer https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2013/1/anna When I met Anna at the fitness club where I work, she made a deep impression on me right away. Though her frame is petite, her smile and personality fill the room. She has been a dancer for fifteen years and she's so fun to watch. Of course the photographer in me was instantly hooked on capturing her grace. Once I got the itch, I didn't stop bugging her for a photo shoot, I think most photographers know what I'm talking about. Finally it all worked out, we holed ourselves up in the studio and I spent two hours clicking away.

The afternoon was sunny which was very important as I don't have fancy gear like external flashes and portable lighting. I rely mainly on natural light. Shooting inside the dance studio with only my camera is challenging and is an educational experience on what my camera can and cannot do. Here, the light hits Anna so beautifully.

Below, Anna is a silhouette and the result shows the beautiful shape of her form and posture. The graininess produced here resembles film and is a look I really like, but is a result of my ISO being higher than my camera can handle.

Gorgeous shot of Anna with my daughter, Ella, watching. One might think the picture is ruined with the clutter in the background but I love the story in this photograph. This turned out to be one of my favorites.

This one is so fun with her beautiful smile, head of curls and the way she's lifting her arms. I added some black around the edges to give the background some depth and lead the attention into the middle of the photograph.

From dancing so hard for me, her feet blistered. She's used to the pain, she says! In these pictures, I can almost feel her soreness.

Thank you Anna! Let's do this again sometime.

[email protected] (J.Cote Photography) ballet dance natural light photography https://www.jcotephoto.com/blog/2013/1/anna Tue, 08 Jan 2013 16:07:18 GMT