What is too {Small} and What is too {Big}?

To me, when it comes to prints of friends, family and loved ones, big is never too big! I personally think the bigger the better! I have a lot of my clients consistently buying 8x10in and 11x14in prints. I understand, that those are the cheapest, but if you going to invest in portraits I believe you might as well go big or go home, or invest in a few large prints rather than a lot of small prints. An 8x10in is a great size but if you plan to hang it on your wall, a large print start from 20x24in to 30x40in are great sizes! A wall is very big and when you place a tiny print it doesn’t make a huge impact it was made to make and it is always hard to make out what to photo really is across the room. I have included a photo to help photographers and clients see what size prints really are and what would look the best on your wall in your home. This photo really shows what is too {small} and what is too {big}.

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I hope this helps everyone! If you have any questions about prints and sizes feel free to ask, I’m always glad to help!

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Vendor {Freebies}

Props, Props and more props! Who doesn’t love props? Especially with newborns and children, props can be so exciting. Starting a business can be hard and can keep you very low on money. For a way for me to get good props for all of my clients I have been entering giveaways. Photographers and vendors both do giveaways for hitting so many likes on their Facebook page. Hopefully I can participate in one someday. Anyways… when I enter in these giveaways I’ve been pretty lucky and have been winning some pretty good things. This post is going to show you exactly what I have won and it is my chance to thank all of these wonderful vendors for one participating in these giveaways and two for sending out these prizes I have won! I really appreciate it!

The first prize I have won was a Hello Kitty Beanie from Tri-Bec Creations

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I have also won a organizer bag from Nicole Grubb’s Thirty-One Gifts

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I won a diaper cover from BellaBug Flowers and Bows

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My latest win which I recieved today were three headbands from Ashley’s Posh Tots

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All of the links to each vendors will take you to their Facebook fan page. Make sure you look at all of their stuff they are all pretty amazing! I want to take this time to thank all of my vendors again and I can’t wait to use all of my fun props!

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What’s In My {Camera} Bag?

I have seen photographers post about what they carry in their camera bags, prop bags, any bag they use on a shoot. I decided I’ll give it a try and show you all what I have in my bag.

Most of you have seen me lugging around not a bag but a SUITCASE! Yes, it basically is a suitcase. It is actually better than my actual suitcase. With Christmas money I got this year I was lucky enough to trade it all in for a new camera bag. I used to have a backpack camera bag and that began to overload and hurt my back. I was in desperate need of an upgrade. I believe I upgraded to THE BEST camera bag any photographer could get. Ladies and Gentleman let me introduce you to…. The Airport Security™ V 2.0 Rolling Camera Bag from Think Tank!

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You may think to yourself, WOW Brittany that is a huge bag, what do you carry in it? My answer to you is simple, almost everything a photographer needs. Thats not even true. As a photographer you need alot but this is a good amount for me now. When you open up my bag it is a bag of goodies for me!

We will start with the basics that everyone would expect in a photographer’s bag. MY BABIES! Yes, my babies all five of them have a nice slot for each of them in my bag to keep them nice and safe. From my last post you know I recently got an 85mm lens {the newest baby} but I have plenty of other babies and here they are! From left to right we have my favorite baby, the 50mm lens. I love this lens and use it for almost any shoot. The next is my newest, the 85mm lens. My new baby that is trying to replace my love for my 50mm. The next baby is my wide, the 10mm-25mm lens. This was my first lens given to by my father. Two more left and the next is my 18mm-105mm. This is a generic lens that I don’t use much it is the lens that comes when your purchase a camera. Last but of course not least is my telephoto lens, the 55mm-300mm! This lens is my second favorite right behind the 50mm. It is great for portraits and of course nature! I am looking forward to expanding my family and adding on a macro lens in the near future. All of my lenses are Nikon lenses except for my wide which is a Tamron.

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Then the randoms come along. These are the items clients don’t normally think about but they are very helpful to make gorgeous photos. Top row starting left to right: We have two Pocket Wizards. Some of you may be like what are those? Are they Walkie Talkies? In a way they are walkie talkies but they aren’t. These allow me to take my flash or any light off camera and trigger it to my camera so the lights go off when I press the shutter. Next is my Flash, the Nikon SB 900 Speedlight. This of course allows me to add more light into a photograph. This is my life saver and has been throw some rough times with me, including a desert tortoise pushing it on the gravel. Next is my light meter, the Sekonic L-358 FlashMaster. This helps me read the light a tell me what to shoot at so I get the correct lighting. On the bottom row left to right we have: My Gray Card and Whi-Bal Cards. These keep my color correct so my clients aren’t blue or orange in a portrait. Of course I have my cleaning products, Purosol lens cleaner, Lenspen lens brushes and wipes. Then lastly, I of course have an extra camera battery. You never know what can happen and always need to be prepared.

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Then Lastly, in my camera bag I of course have MY CAMERA, the Nikon D90! I love my camera. It really has been good to me and treats my clients and myself well. I couldn’t do what I love to do without it. I of course had to make it a little “Brittany” and added the PhatStrap with my zebra and my favorite color neon green!

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Well, thats what is in my camera bag, well most of it. I of course have random things, such as battery changer, random cords, protective gear for my bag, batteries and of course memory cards which are actually in the first photo. I hope that gave you a little insight to what goes on in my bag. If anyone has questions or suggestions on what I could add let me know!

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My Newest Baby {85mm}

I am a Nikon addict! Ever since I have been interested in photography I have always shot with a Nikon. As a photographer you are often trying to grow your collection of equipment. I don’t like to call it my equipment though, I call it my family {my camera family, of course!}. I am lucky enough to have my family growing quite fast! The newest addition to my family is the 85mm Nikon lens. It was my birthday about two weeks ago and my mother’s gift to me was this lens! I am such a spoiled girl! I am so lucky for the things I am given in my life. I have gotten to do two shoots with this lens so far and it is amazing! I absolutely love it! It will not replace my favorite lens the 50mm though! I call it my baby because since I don’t have children {and I won’t for a long time!} these are basically my children. I take care of them, make sure their clean, and make sure their safe 24/7. I love my babies! Here are some photos of my newest baby!

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Happy {1st} Birthday Kaleb!

I got the pleasure to have Lacy, Devin and their son, Kaleb come to Santa Barbara to shoot with me two weeks ago. We got to take some family photos for them and had a special event for the photo session. On March 25th 2012 Kaleb turned one year old! Happy Birthday Kaleb! This little boy was such a joy to work, filled with so much personality. It was great to work with the family and look forward to working with them again soon when their newest addition to the family arrives! Here are a few photos from the session.

Website

I finally got my website to point where I actually enjoy it. For months now I have been switching things around, moving photos, different colors, and now I finally have it the way I want, with a few exceptions. I would love every one of your opinions to what you think. You are the ones who will be looking at it and deciding if I am the photographer for you.

Please go take a look at my website, brittanyhaberfieldphotography.com

Thank you everyone and hope you enjoy!

On the Other Side of the Lens

I have recently needed some new photos of myself, for multiple reasons. The biggest reason was for my bio page. I had an amazing photographer and friend, Lilly Rosenthal Photography take my photographs. I am so happy with the way they turned out! I’m not the kind of person who is normally comfortable in front of the camera, I feel awkward. I love Lilly’s style and think at times it can be similar to mine, even though they are both completely different. Lilly took control well and I told her that I trusted her to do whatever she would like, I knew they would turn out great no matter what because she has so much talent. Lilly did an amazing job at capturing my essence and who I am as a person. Thank you so much Lilly! Below are a few of the photos she took and you can also see them on my “About” page here on my blog and on my website. Make sure to check out Lilly Rosenthal Photography as well!

Leave a comment below and let me know which photo you think should be my new bio photo! Thanks!

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Big Basin Redwood State Park

In the past week I went to Big Basin Redwood State Park to go camping for a few days. We ran into some troubles and it rained everyday. It was fun, cold, wet, cold, wet and have I mention cold and wet. We had rain fall into our tent so we had to go buy new tarps to cover our tent so we could stay nice and dry. I even slept in the back of the car the last night. Besides freezing it was great getting to spend time with fellow photographers and sitting around a fire cooking hot dogs and smores. I feel I have made a lot more friends since then. Thanks everyone for making it a good trip! Here are some shots I took there, they are mostly of the redwoods since I was surrounded by them.