Michigan Memories

I recently went back to Michigan for a family reunion. Due to our crazy schedule we were only able to stay for 3 days. I was, however able to take some photographs for the family archives for a few hours and made up a short video of some of my favorites. I hope you like it:)

If you would like to have your own portrait session video done by the one and only BEN LEAVITT, I would love to make one for you. Just call and we’ll schedule your session today! (360) 628-8815.

August 12, 2009 - 5:45 am

Anna - Your family will love these Ben. Lots of cute kids in the family.

Do you mind if I ask what program you use to create your slideshows?

Super Monday Classes Announced!

It’s official! The Professional Photographers of America (PPA) just announced the Fall Listings for Super Monday this October 26th and guess who’s teaching again?

Yep! Kari and Ben!

There are a few things you should know about this class:

1. It fills up VERY quickly, so register now.

2. It’s for professional photographers.

3. You don’t have to be a member of PPA to attend.

4. All proceeds go toward PPA education programs.

5. You’ll need a laptop with Adobe Photoshop installed on it.

5. Yes, Kari Blunck will be teaching too. And yes, you’ll have to listen to me as well, gosh!

If you think our class sounds like a total snooze fest, then you obviously have no idea how cool it really is! Also, there are a few more classes offered in Washington on the same day and many others throughout the country. Click here to check out the rest of the classes offered on Super Monday.

August 18, 2009 - 10:13 pm

joni - did my last comment go through? I think my little fat fingers hit something and poof it went away.

Let’s have you guys talk it up at PCPPA in Sept bring info to share.

I think this is great you are teaching another gig, hope I can come, but might be in SF then. I’ll know in a few weeks of my travel.

love the pic on the poster….Joni

August 18, 2009 - 10:24 pm

Joni - Cool topic and I don’t think it sounds like a total snooze fest. Maybe you two should bring some flyers for the next pcppa meeting to get the word out too. Love the poster and pics of you two crazies

oh I must have minimized this, here it is,
mini me

Happy Birthday Melissa!

The day has finally come, Melissa is now officially 1 year old as of last Wednesday. My girls are growing up way too quickly. (FYI, Melissa is my younger daughter) Thank goodness I have these photos to remember her this way. Even if she grows up to be the most spoiled little brat to walk the face of the earth, I can still remember her as the innocent little cake monster she was on her first birthday.

When was the last time you documented your family?

If the answer is more than 6 months ago then you’re definitely overdue for some pictures.  Now I’m not saying you need to get professional pictures done that often, (although that would be AMAZINGLY AWESOME!) but what I am saying is you should at least get your camera out and take some pictures just for the sake of having pictures.

Of all the gifts you give your children – iPods, cars, designer clothes, cell phones – all will be replaced and forgotten; but long after you are gone and your children have grandchildren of their own, family portraits will be the things they treasure the most. The portraits you create today are not just for you, they’re for your entire posterity. What legacy will you leave for them?

This is your assignment. Take some pictures of your loved ones TODAY. Don’t put it off any longer. If you’d prefer to be included in those portraits then schedule a professional portrait session TODAY. (If you don’t know who to hire, I’ll make it easy for you: BEN LEAVITT (360) 628-8815) Whatever you decide to do, do it today. Time waits for no one.

Good luck!

July 20, 2009 - 7:24 am

AMy - i think i have said this before but i will say it again…you are isabel make some freakin cute babies…and i need to start taking more pictures.

July 20, 2009 - 12:31 pm

Elizabeth Downie - Oh my gosh, I love that picture!!! She’s such a cutie!

Wardrobe Success!

I absolutely LOVE a well coordinated wardrobe for group portraits!

Yes, getting coordinated clothing can be a hassle, in fact it probably WILL be a hassle, but in the end it’s worth the effort and cost.

Here’s a great example of a matching wardrobe. Notice not all the colors are exactly the same, but they are in the light-blueish range. Also note the guys have matching colors and the girls have matching colors. I’m pretty sure Sarah, aka “Mom” was responsible for this successful wardrobe, as is normally the case. Great job Sarah!

Alright, now let’s move on to another cute portrait. This particular group shot was not coordinated beforehand and has a mix of muted darker earth tones as well as some HOT PINK. The reason this doesn’t work as well as it could is that the pink immediately grabs your attention and all you can think about is, “Wow, that’s really pink. The pink family is so pink and pinkety pink. What the pink?!”  Well, at least that’s what goes through my head. By having a mix of bright and dark colors, the group doesn’t have the sense of unity they could have if they wore all dark, or all light colors.

Through the power of Photoshop we can get a rough idea of what this portrait may have looked like if the wardrobe were a bit more coordinated:

By wearing shirts of darker tone, your attention goes to the faces instead of the clothing. This is one reason why I recommend avoiding bright colored clothes. There are still a couple adjustments I would make to the wardrobe at this point. I would have a brown vest instead of a gray one, change the khaki shorts to blue jeans, and change the white striped shirt to a solid brown one. The more you match, the more unified your group will feel in your portrait. (Also, blue and brown look awesome with the greenery around them.)

Some of you may be thinking, “We don’t have to match, Ben can just fix it later in Photoshop!” While I may be able to fix things in Photoshop, those fixes come at a price and you’ll probably save yourself some money by getting the wardrobe right the first time:)

Of course, in the end you’ll wear what you like, and the best rule to follow is: “Do what looks good

On that note, click this link to see some totally awesome portraits.

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