Monday, January 27, 2014

Monday's Inspiration

       This weeks Monday inspiration comes from Ann Woodard of Ann Woodard, Photographer Her work is clean, real and organic. Her simple but stunning images just capture the essence of the littles and makes you want to see more. The world needs to see her work. so sit back grab a cup of coffee and lets learn a bit about Ann, Enjoy!

1. How did you come up with your business name?

When I started a FB page to showcase my work, I wanted something different from my name but I was not sure I wanted to have a business yet.  I thought Ann Woodard, Photographer sounded more like an artist than a business name.  Now that I take clients, I feel it reflects my focus.  I don't want to be reproducing the same work like a business - I want to be creating new art for each client.  

2. What brought you to photography?

I've always loved a great image but didn't know how to create it.  The word "photographer" always had such a mystique for me. In college, without any experience, I thought I could be the photographer for the school paper.  They gave me a camera and asked me to take shots of a volleyball game.  I felt so cool with that big camera, clicking away on auto like a maniac.  Then I turned in the camera and they never called me again!  Flash forward 10 years and the birth of my second boy.  My good friend Leslie at Leslie Densford Photography inspired me to take my D90 off of manual.  I felt so empowered!  I also loved playing with the images in my editing program - after that I was hooked.  That was a year ago this month!  

 3. What do you like to shoot?

These images are from my first newborn session a couple weeks ago.  It was really hard but I just love these pictures so much.  I really like shooting newborn and family lifestyle.  I like child portraiture too - their skin is just so gorgeous and those big eyes!  

4. who is you favorite muse?

My sons for sure.  

5. What is in your camera bag?

My D700 and 50mm 1.4 AF-D.

6 What type of camera bag do you rock?

Janine King from Etsy.  

7. photoshop or Lightroom?

Just LR.  

8. Jpeg or Raw?

RAW, baby!

9. In three words only how would you describe your photography style?

organic, bright, evolving...

10. Top 2 favorite photographers and why?

John Dolan Photographer is definitely the pinnacle of the profession to me.  He's all film (recently shot Kate Bosworth's wedding for Martha Stewart, Weddings ) - check out his portfolio "Olivia."  He's done dreamy film shots of his daughter from childhood to adulthood.  She is gorgeous and the pictures are so real but haunting.  Wow.  Shelby Brakken Photography in Portland - oh man, her colors and in-home lifestyle shoots are gorgeous.

11. Favorite season to shoot and why?

 Winter, the light just seems so crisp and clear.

12. what is your non photography related down fall? (example:  chocolate, soda..)


13. What is your most embarrassing moment at a shoot to date?

At this newborn shoot, I was bending over for a good 5 minutes with the parents behind me, holding the half-asleep baby in position for him to settle himself before I realized that my shirt and jeans didn't quite cover me, if you catch my drift.  Oh well, anything for the shot?

14. What is your one best piece of advice to give someone just starting out?

Find your own voice and trust it.  It really takes practicing every day, in all sorts of different scenarios.  Make your own presets.    

15. If you weren't photographer what would you be, any dream careers?

I would teach European History at a university, preferably Oxford. :) 

16. What is you goal for photography for the next 3 years?

Build my business and maybe explore film more. Finish my website already!  I also need a portfolio critique.  And practice practice practice!

If you are interested in seeing more from Ann and following her beautiful work you can follow her Facebook page here,  Ann Woodard, Photographer and website you can find here:

I hope you enjoyed our inspiration Monday. Until next time, thank you. Lots of love, Amber xoxo

Post 2, January 27th 2014

   My Austin, my 6 year old, my indepedant little big boy. You are the fire cracker of the family, the clown of our neighborhood and the sweetheart of the school. Everyone loves you. You have more energy that I even knew existed. But that is what makes you, you. You are such an independant boy, you love to do everything all by yourself. In the morning before I can even get to the kitchen you already have your breakfast made and you are sitting down eating it. You are the only one out of your siblings that can make it through a night at a sleep over. Your brother and sister always end up crying and coming home. Not you, you would stay for a week. Although it makes me sad that you are growing up so fast, you make me so proud that you are turning into such a little man. You are still my peanut though. So slow down just a little bit. Be my little guy for a little longer? I am not ready for you to be too grown up yet. so until next time. mama loves you, xoxo

It is very rare that you like to model for mama, but when you do you are quite the cutest little model,

 You absolutely LOVE to make forts at home with all of our blankets. It drives me nuts at times but it makes you happy, so I allow it here and there,

Boys can play with doll's too. Your sister just learned how to braid hair so she has been braiding her babies hair a lot. so you thought you would give it a whirl, 

You are always being silly. You never stop. If I had a tiny tad of your energy I would be happy,

You absolutely love baths, you are a fish. I have to pry you out of the bath tub,

you are such a happy, beautiful love bug. I hope you carry these amazing traits with you your whole life. You are such a fun soul. Happy, fearless, loving and strong. You sure know how to push dad and I button's. But you always do everything with a smile, with love. Yes even when you are being my monster you do it with a smile. So it is so hard to get mad and punish you. Well, until next time little man, mama loves you.

love always, your mama. XOXO!!!

You Are My Sunshine
My only sunshine.
You make me happy
When skies are grey.
You’ll never know, dear,
How much I love you.
Please don’t take my sunshine away
The other nite, dear,
As I lay sleeping
I dreamed I held you in my arms.
When I awoke, dear,
I was mistaken
And I hung my head and cried.
You are my sunshine,
My only sunshine.
You make me happy
When skies are grey.
You’ll never know, dear,
How much I love you.
Please don’t take my sunshine away.
I’ll always love you
And make you happy
If you will only say the same
But if you leave me
To love another
You’ll regret it all some day;
You are my sunshine,
My only sunshine.
You make me happy
When skies are grey.
You’ll never know, dear,
How much I love you.
Please don’t take my sunshine away.
You told me once, dear
You really loved me
And no one else could come between
But now you’ve left me
And love another
You have shattered all my dreams;
You are my sunshine,
My only sunshine.
You make me happy
When skies are grey.
You’ll never know, dear,
How much I love you.
Please don’t take my sunshine away.
Louisiana my Louisiana
the place where I was borne.
White fields of cotton
– green fields clover,
the best fishing
and long tall corn;
You are my sunshine,
My only sunshine.
You make me happy
When skies are grey.
You’ll never know, dear,
How much I love you.
Please don’t take my sunshine away.
Crawfish gumbo and jambalaya
the biggest shrimp and sugar cane,
the finest oysters
and sweet strawberries
from Toledo Bend to New Orleans;
You are my sunshine,
My only sunshine.
You make me happy
When skies are grey.
You’ll never know, dear,
How much I love you.
Please don’t take my sunshine away.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Top 10 "pink" features

        Thank you all for participating in my themes on my photography page. I hope you all continue. It is a lot of fun. And it is great for inspiration. Please if your images do not get chosen do not think it was because your images were not great or were not noticed. These are very hard to choose. I pick the images that are different or just jump right out at me. I try to pick a variety of styles to make it fair for all genres. There were some pretty amazing images on only the first week. I hope to see more participate from week to week. Lets jump right in and see the top 10 for this weeks "pink" theme. 

Top 10 in no particular order,

Please join us this week for the theme "emotion" Post up to 2 images right to my wall. please tag your business page so I know where they belong and it is easier for me if I choose yours as a feature. Thank you!

Friday, January 24, 2014

"window" winner and top 9 features

        You all blew me away with your entries this week. Really beautiful. I have to thank you again for being here with me. This page means a lot to me. With just the few entries that I am getting you guys make it tough to chose. I see guest judges in my near future. lol But lets jump right in and see who will grace our cover this week.....

The winner this week is Nicki Bosch Photography Her photo was simply amazing. It kept sucking me in. I had to keep looking at it. So much emotion in it. It really told me a story. 

Top 9 in no particular order,

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Winners of Summerana's and our giveaway

Thank you all for participating here are the winners.

Congratulations to our WINNERS! You will have 48 hours to claim your prize, so be sure to contact us to do so. You may reach Summerana at and Privizzini's Passion Photography at The 1-5 Winners of Summerana's Entire Shop are the following: Tammy Eudy Noble Darby Sadler Oneila Vicki Byrd Stacia Kroniser Maggie Saenz The 6-10 Winners of Privizzini's Passion Photography's Entire Shop are the following: Kathy Detweiler Bethany Ford Aubrey Tracy Madigan-Sheppard Lelly Ruiz Amanda Peel

Thank you again for all your support. Contact us to claim your prizes!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Inspiration Monday

Katy Zimmerman Photography

               Todays featured work is simply gorgeous. Her work is real, simple, soft, organic and clean. Her work with children is precious and brings you to wanting to see more. She captures real emotions in her subjects and her processing is stunning. I am very excited to show you this session of hers. It is simply beautiful. So lets jump right in and learn more about Katy. 

How did you come up with your business name?   

              It was a three way split. My mom gets the credit for my first name and my husband's lineage for the last. After a fierce brainstorming session I added photography on the end.  All joking aside I toiled for weeks debating between using my name or something different. I favor simplicity in all things and so, Katy Zimmerman Photography was born.

What brought you to photography?

              For as long as I can remember I've been attempting to capture the beauty I see in this world behind the lens. At first it was cataloging life as a child, mountains, vacations. Later as a mother with a desire to hold tightly to every precious moment. Photography to me is more than the pursuit of a technically perfect image. With a camera I capture history today and it will last forever. I have actual magical powers.

What do you like to shoot?

           The essence of a person ad relationships between people. The perfect, real smile of joy on a child's face or the nuance of a mother rocking her child as only she can.

Who is your favorite muse?

           My youngest son Oliver. While his brother is at school we go somewhere new and I practice as often as he'll let me.

What is in your camera bag?

           canon 6D, 85mm 1.8, and a 24-70mm f2 on loan from a very generous fellow photographer. My next addition will be a 35.

What type of camera bag do you rock?

          Oh boy, it's an ugly ole Lowerpro. I'm hoping to update soon but I'd rather have a new glass than a bag sooo I am currently rocking the old one.

Photoshop or Lightroom?

           A few months ago I would have said lightroom but I am currently digging into photoshop and using both within my workflow. Only time will tell I suppose. 

Jpeg or Raw?


In three words only how would you describe your photography style?

        Simple, honest evanescent moments.

Top two favorite photographers and why?

         For me this is constantly changing. But for today... Susie Ziemki and Ana Myer.  Susie's composition and use of light are pure perfection. Ana's creative eye and editing prowess make her work stand out from so many others in my opinion. 

Favorite season to shoot and why?

         I'm currently loving the coolness and contrast of winter. But give me colorful flowers come spring time and I will probably change my mind.  As a creative soul and natural light photographer I am grateful for the constantly evolving backdrops. Green all year round would get old. 

What is your non photography related downfall? (Example: chocolate, soda)

           Fried pickles. Aaaaamazing! If I find them on  a menu I have to order them. There is no other option.

What is your most embarrassing moment at a shoot to date?

          Once I neglected to call ahead to ensure the shoot location would be open at sunset when we agreed to meet. And it was closed! Ooops! Fortunately I knew the area and we found a perfect spot just around the corner.

What is your one best piece of advice giving someone just starting out?

         Keep shooting. Keep learning. The best way to grow is to figure it out on your own. Also shoot raw and by kelvin.

If you weren't a photographer what would, any dream careers? 

        One year ago I wasn't a photographer, I was a marketer. This is my dream come true. I don't feel like I've worked a day yet. I'm enjoying every single moment. I had no idea I could love work this much.

What is your goal in photography for the next three years?

To make every photo a little bit better than the last. To enrich other's by capturing their honest evanescent moments that they can cherish forever.

Thank you so much to Katy. and if you are interested in following her beautiful work check out her Facebook page here,  Katy Zimmerman Photography