Oh, The Places I’ve Been

Street photography is fun! I’ve photographed in several cities and look forward to a workshop in Minneapolis with Valerie Jardin scheduled for June 11-12, 2016. This morning I came across her 23 YouTube videos and I’m  thrilled to get a glimpse of her teaching style before meeting her in person at the workshop. I plan to watch each and every one of them! SO many tips & tricks to photographing people on the streets.

I use an Olympus OMD-E-M10 for street photography. It’s a small, mirrorless camera perfect for the streets.

Here’s a sample of my street photography from different cities. Can’t wait to add Minneapolis to the list!


Charlotte, NC



Asheville, NC


Brevard, NC


Atlanta, GA


Chicago, IL


Avon, CO


Concord, NC


Emma & Dylan

I had the opportunity to photograph these cool kids. An old barn…what a perfect places for photos! I’m fortunate enough to have permission from the owner to use the barn for photography.

A brother and sister. Hmmm..how do I pose them without it looking TOO posed? Ahh, Pintrest and Udemy! I got a few ideas and tried them out. Not as easy as it looks. Kids will be kids. A silly boy and a sister who wasn’t in the mood for her silly brother. Managed to get this photo. A posed, but casual shot. (M mode, f/4.0, 1/125 sec., ISO 125, flash on a camera bracket set to TTL and -2 flash exposure compensation. Actually could have had the flash at -1, or even 0 and that would have been better. Need to lighted the faces in post.)



Ok,kids, turn toward one another and put your heads together. The laughter came naturally.



While I got up on the step stool I always bring with me, I said, “Dylan, tell me a joke.” Dylan thought his joke was funny, thus the toothy (or rather toothless) smile. (f/4.0, 1/125 sec., ISO 125, flash on a camera bracket set to TTL and 0 flash exposure compensation.)


All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth

So glad the mom of these two suggested we try to get a picture in the grassy field in the back of the barn. Being a non-nature photographer, I shy away from natural wooded or grassy areas. I had never used back-light either for a portrait. Yikes, what settings do I use for my camera and flash? I haven’t practiced that! Ended up going to Program (P) mode and turned off the flash. The camera used the following settings at ISO 200: f/5.0, 1/250 sec.



When we were wrapping up, Dylan became very comfortable in front of the camera. He found this pose without any direction. Perfect. A handsome young man indeed.



And then he tried a few other poses on his own….

A 100 mm lens was used for all photos. It’s my go to portrait lens and happened to be stuck on the camera that day. The camera and lens have since been sent out to get unstuck.

Things I learned from this photo shoot:

  • Use an aperture of more than 4.0 when photographing two people not positioned on the same plane. I ended up with a few shots where Emma’s face was a bit soft.
  • Move out of my comfort zone and try something new. such as back-lit shots in a grassy field.