Wedding & Family Photography

Things Were Scary! This past year, my husband of 24 years, John had to be off work for several months due to a work related injury. Having no income other than from my part-time random dog training…

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Love Photography

My rescue dog, Angel, wearing her new Valentine's Day dress, posing for the camera. Love that she has the husky markings, one blue eye and one brown. I love unique and unusual things in people and pets.

My rescue dog, Angel, wearing her new Valentine’s Day dress, posing for the camera. Love that she has the husky markings, one blue eye and one brown. I love unique and unusual things in people and pets.

I admit it. I’m a true romantic. I love photographing couples, weddings, newborn babies, and of course precious pups in a love scene. So obviously Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. In fact, my last trip to the store I bought several “love” props to use, as I like to make each photo shoot new and unique. I also was able to find a couple of new baskets which I can decorate for any occasion. Love baskets, stuffed animals, bows, ribbons, and various symbols I can display to brighten up the backdrops and scenes I use.

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Tomorrow I will be photographing a 14 day old baby boy in the Raw. Saturday I will be photographing a 6 week old baby girl, with lace and bows. Then I have a couple shoot. Whatever I’m shooting, I love photography, love getting those intimate personal up close shots that create memories that will last a lifetime.

Love to take newborn photographs. This is Xander at only 4 days old. How precious. They grow so fast, book your newborn or baby photo shoot today. CD/DVD and affordable print packages available.

Love to take newborn photographs. This is Xander at only 4 days old. How precious. They grow so fast, book your newborn or baby photo shoot today. CD/DVD and affordable print packages available.

Lisa Freeman is a professional photographer from Michigan. She’s been photographing weddings and events for over 14 years. She specializes in wedding photography, family photography (newborn/baby/infants/children too!), senior portraits, engagements, events, birthday parties (1 year cake smashings!), anniversaries, modeling, headshots, and much more. Exquisite images that capture the moment, leaving you with a memory for a lifetime. View samples of her work on her website or like her on Facebook or connect with her via LinkedIn.

Learning Photography Through Paws

DSC_2733 cute pets puppy dogsIt’s funny, I can credit my pups, dogs, and furbabies with nearly every achievement in life.

They are so fun to watch and a lot of the reason I reach for my camera, even if it’s my i-phone to capture that special moment and share it with others. Several times a day, my new puppy, Angel Eyes, does something absolutely hilarious and photogenic that I just have to shoot her 🙂

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I’ve literally been learning the basics of photography through paws for years. Each dog training session, private or group classes, me and my family are blessed to get such amazing shots of these extraordinary animals and their owners. Now, I’ve taken my love for people, dogs, pets, and photography to a whole new level.

Seeing what great shots I took as an amateur, has led to really wanting to know the professional side of photography, so I can do these working angels and their owners justice. Being known as the dog whisperer in Owosso (my hometown) isn’t enough, I want to not only help others train and manage their dogs, but also to capture a memory that they can treasure for a lifetime.

Over the past few months I’ve been hired and had the privilege of doing family shoots, senior portraits, couples, engagements, weddings, babies, toddlers, children, and pregnant mothers. Many times I found that when I looked in my playback preview on my camera, the pictures looked great, but when I uploaded them into my computer I found them to be either blown out (too bright) or dingy looking (too dark).

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Although I could take great pictures and could fix them in Photoshop, I was spending hours editing needlessly because I didn’t have the knowledge of the proper camera settings or where to look to see what my portraits were really looking like. At first, all that technical stuff made me crazy and I didn’t even know what aperture, ISO, shutter speed, histogram, white balance, metering was or how to set them. Thanks to many great fellow photographers who have written amazing books and published videos, I’m learning what every professional photographer needs to know.

Have I arrived yet? I wish. I think we can always learn more.

But I would love to share some of this knowledge with you in future blogs. So stay tuned. What has taken me hours, months, and years to learn, I would love to help you achieve in way less time than I had to. Then you too, can spend more time with your family and furbabies, capturing those special moments that you can treasure for a lifetime.

Lisa Freeman is a professional photographer from Owosso, Michigan who specializes in Maternity Portraits, Newborn Portraits, Family and Children Portraits, Senior Portraits, Pet Portraits, Wedding Portraits, Engagement Photos and more. When she is not photographing clients, she enjoys shooting birds with her 300mm lens. She is also an AKC Evaluator, dog trainer, and Certified Pet Therapist. For more information on photo shoots, click here. For more information on dog training or pet therapy, click here.

Service Dog Gets New Boots

This is Molly

Service Dog Molly

This is Molly and her owner Vick.

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When Vick called saying he had to carry Molly home the other day due to cold and salt, my heart broke for them. He had no winter boots for Molly to protect her feet, and they had no transportation so they had to walk everywhere they went. After doing some research I found www.ruffwear.com and with money that people had donated into our non-profit organization Abuse Bites and www.dogspawsforhealing.com I was able to order the boots Molly so desperately needed.

Please take just a minute and see Molly walking in her new boots! It’s sure to put a smile on your face. Merry Christmas!

Click Here to see: Service Dog Molly In Her New Boots

Check out more pictures on our new facebook page @ Lisa Free Photography and Abuse Bites

Lisa Freeman

Award-Winning Author, Speaker, Dog Trainer, and Photographer

Precious Portraits: Infants, Babies, Expectant Mothers

I’ve been really enjoying photography. Whether I’m doing a newborn photo shoot, maternity photo shoot, toddler photo shoot, or an entire family, it’s been a blast. And I’m learning so much.

Newborn PhotographyAlthough Carson was a bit cranky for his newborn photo shoot a couple of weeks ago, he did settle down and allow me to get this amazing shot. With newborns you have to be both patient and quick. Sometimes they need to eat, have their diaper changed, be burped, and be held. But I loved every minute of it because of the magical shots I was able to get once baby was happy and comforted. Carson and his amazing mommy, Ashley have taught me so much.

Toddler Portraits

I absolutely love taking toddler portraits too. This is Emma, what a precious gem, and such beautiful blue eyes. Her mommy, Crystal is amazing too. I’ve enjoyed the time I spent with them on our recent family photo shoot.

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Emma’s smiling is amazing. Sometimes I’m laughing and smiling so much I forget that I’m actually working. I love being a photographer. Emma’s mommy, Crystal is expecting her third child, and I had the pleasure of taking her maternity portraits. I had such a blast.

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Next time I’ll share my recent doggie photo shoot, with my 4 lb Teacup Yorkie, Lover. He was so good and sat and stayed in costume up on a table using many large props, which typically he is afraid of. I gave him lots of treats and free run time in between outfit changes. It was so much fun and amazing. I have to give you a little sample to wet your appetite.

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Lisa Freeman is a professional photographer, author, speaker, and AKC Dog Trainer from Owosso, Michigan. Capturing amazing shots of both people and pets, Lisa brings her love of photography to life in each portrait. She offers both indoor and outdoor photography for infants, toddlers, children, families, expectant mothers, engagements, weddings, senior pictures, birthday parties and cake smashings, and so much more! Check out her website @ Positive Engagements.

Fun Family Photo Shoot

My first professional family photo shoot was this past weekend. I was really nervous because it was my first shoot, two parents, three kids, and I would be battling the midday sun. 

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Still I set out with my camera, props, blankets, and reflectors just in case. And of course I brought along my amazing husband who helps me and supports me in everything I do. Yeah, even with the reflector, there were a few minor shadows.

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Yeah, the kids didn’t all cooperate and smile at just the right times.

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Yeah, when we got out to the sunflower fields most of them had turned black.

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Yeah, at times it felt like I had failed as a photographer and didn’t get many good pictures.

BUT when I got home and began digging through the 300+ photos in photoshop 12, I found some amazing and fun photos I could use and give to this awesome family.

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The best part was that even though the kids acted up, the weather didn’t cooperate a hundred percent, and many things didn’t go as I had planned, I still had a blast and so did they. Lots of laughs, fun, and a memory that will last a lifetime.

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Lisa Freeman is a family photographer, speaker, dog trainer, and minister who officiates weddings who assists families with various events all over Michigan. She loves to photograph everything from nature and dogs, to newborns and seniors, special events such as engagements and weddings, maternity photos, and even first birthday cake smashings. Her website, Positive Engagements has more detailed information and current specials available. Click Here for more information.

 

 

 

One With Nature

I love flowers on my nature walks

This was taken with my Nikon D7100 and my Nikon 70-300 mm lens. Love the bokeh!

When I’m feeling overwhelmed, a walk usually helps. Sometimes I take the dogs, other times I take my camera and shoot away. I love being one with nature. Nothing can quite compare to the peaceful serene feeling I get as I take in all of God’s beauty around me. Even greater is having the ability to take some amazing pictures and photographs that actually turn out.

Caught this hummingbird feeding on some flowers by the roadside ahead of me. At first I thought it was a hummingbird moth.

Caught this hummingbird feeding on some flowers by the roadside ahead of me. At first I thought it was a hummingbird moth.

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Sparrows, robins, and ducks are easy to take pictures of–they will even pose and do the funniest things sometimes. But I let to catch the birds that love to hide or sit on the highest tree or tuck themselves behind leaves and thickets. Recently I got a new lens, the Nikon 70-300 mm which allows me to get most of those difficult distant shots crisp and clear.

Below is an American Kestrel (Sparrow Hawk/Falcon) flying over some crops on a farm. Then I caught the beautiful Cedar Waxwing landing on a weed at the side of the road. Sweet!

 

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For years I have watched these beautiful birds soar over the river as I took daily walks. Recently I've been able to captivate their true beauty on film!

Soon I will be testing out my newest Tamron lens — 70-200 f2.8. Originally I purchased both the Nikon and Tamron, but with the Nikon and Tamron pretty much capable of doing the same things, I decided to save nearly $1,000 and go with the Tamron.

This lens is supposed to be fast, great in low light, and excellent for sports and weddings/portraits. Next week I will be officiating a wedding so I may not get the chance to use it then, however I am hoping to go to our local fair tonight for the horse speed racing competition.

Lisa Freeman is a an author, pastor/speaker, photographer, and dog trainer from Owosso, Michigan. http://www.dogspawsforhealing.com 

The Six P’s of Perfect Photography

Here are some recent baby portraits I took. I went on this photo shoot to practice with my niece. Professionals say to use a prime lens. I used my Nikon 18-70.

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Are they perfect?

Is there really a perfect portrait or picture? Can a photographer actually get that perfect shot in every portrait shooting? What is required to get such a thing? And what makes on portrait or photographer stand out from another?

These are all great questions.

Just as beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, so is a picture or portrait. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Many great photographers such as Dorothea Lange who made history for her portrait of a migrant mother during the depression, Annie Liebovitz well known for her stunning portraits in the Rolling Stones Magazine, and even Jay Maisel who doesn’t get lost in costly equipment and backdrops–he keeps it simple, shoots with one lens and brings shapes and landscapes to life.

What Every Photographer Needs:

1. Passion– if you love what you shoot, others will too 

2. Purpose– What are you good at shooting? Baby portraits, family portraits, senior pictures. Or do you prefer landscape, still life, nature, animals, or wildlife?

When you find your purpose there you will also discover your passion.

3. Persistence–  By being persistent you will develop the skills to take clearer, crisper shots. If you stick with it long enough you will will achieve the purpose which makes the journey worth the effort.

4. Practice– I’ve taken good shots, I’ve taken bad shots, but I never gave up. Practice often, hone your sills. Practice leads to persistence.

5. Purchase– You don’t have to buy the best camera and lenses on the market to be a photographer. Jay Maisel has proven that. But you do need a decent camera and a basic prime lens to start. Then practice, practice, practice.

6. Prepare– Take hold of your future. Set realistic goals and work on accomplishing them. Don’t expect to get rich off photography. It can be a business if you treat it like a business. If you treat it like a hobby or something you want to do in the future, then it will become just that. When you’re ready to get serious about photography, then make that purchase.