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Last week marked another first for me as I got the chance to hang out with the brilliant Rachel Vanoven of Rachel Vanoven Photography on her cousin Savannah's senior shoot. Growing up in England as I did, the whole 'senior' thing was something I never experienced in high school. Back then, if anyone had ever told me they were going to shoot a senior, I would have thought some old age pensioner was going to be in pretty serious trouble. Anyway, I met up with Rachel, Savannah and her mum Lynda out at Fort Harrison and we spent the next hour or so taking pictures in different locations. It was great fun and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. It als ... READ MORE
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I recently got the chance to go and spend a Sunday morning with these two cool little guys. We were originally slated for the Saturday, but the stormy weather put paid to that. The light was interesting as it was rather overcast but still kind of harsh at the same time. There was a cool, old white barn by Cassie and Andrew's house which I used as a big reflector with the backlit shots. It also provided some interesting texture with its peeling paint and rusty metallic outhouses. Anyway, here are the picks of the shoot. Geek info: Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM and EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM lenses and Canon EOS 50D wit ... READ MORE
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It's been a really hectic few weeks for me between one thing and another, so I was really looking forward to meeting up with Trisha and her family for a shoot at the IMA. Trisha and I used to work together when I lived in Cincinnati, and it was great to see her and her husband Chris again after almost 4 years. They drove in from Dayton, OH that morning bringing their two fun boys, Quinn and Liam, with them. We went for a wander around and got some really nice pics. Here is the pick of the crop. READ MORE
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Monday was a brilliant day for me as I got to follow up a really fun engagement shoot with a family session with my good friends Clay and Emily and their son Evan. The evening's events started off at Hap's Irish Pub, which was really apt as it was there that I first met up with Clay and Emily Bond almost 11 years ago. Clay and I used to work together and when I was shipped in from London with my old work friends Sean Grant (and his wife Jo) and Tracey McNabb, Clay and Emily were the people that set about making us feel welcome and essentially lining up entertainment for us on the weekends. I think one day that October, we watched a football m ... READ MORE
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Yesterday marked another milestone for me as I shot my first engagement session. Jenna and Ryan were the lucky couple and we had a fantastic hour walking around Cincinnati's Ault Park. We were blessed with some really great lighting as the sun was setting, so that, combined with the fact that Jenna and Ryan are such a fun couple, meant that we got some lovely images. I am very much looking forward to shooting their wedding next May! Geek info: Canon EOS 5D Ma ... READ MORE
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The final part of my triple-header of shoots last Sunday took me to my old stamping grounds in Cincinnati, OH. Ault Park to be precise. This place has a lot of great memories for me, including a certain office party almost 10 years ago where far too much alcohol was consumed and I ruined a perfectly good tuxedo. Anyway, if you'd told me back then I would be working as a photographer now, I would have probably told you (in a slurred English accent) you were slightly barking. But so it is, and so it was that I spent last Sunday evening dodging the storms and taking photographs of Lily and Josie and their mum and dad, Christine and Nick. The ... READ MORE
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On Friday last week, I met up with young Maggie and her parents, Terri and Adam for an early-morning shoot at the IMA. The first thing I saw when I looked into the back of the car, were two brilliant blue eyes shining back at me from the car seat. I think my words to Terri were: "Wow! we're going to have some fun with them!". And so we did. Maggie was a really great little baby to photograph: she smiled when asked to and looked at the camera pretty much on demand too. Mum and dad had come well prepared too, with plenty of props and clothes. The rocking chair in the pictures is a family heirloom going back at least three generations. The b ... READ MORE
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One of the first people to contact me when I finally got round to getting this gig up and running 'officially' was Jenny; a friend of mine from my time working at First Advantage. Jenny is such a fun and carefree character to be with, that I was really looking forward to taking pics with her and her family. We had to put the shoot back a couple of weeks given the recent storms, but I couldn't have asked for a better day to spend some time with them at the gardens of the IMA. Men and boys usually approach a photography session with all the enthusiasm of receiving a kick in the goolies, but Chris and the lads were on top form despite the heat a ... READ MORE
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Back when I got organised and officially kicked off "Joe Payne Photography", I was really pleased to get an email from Ashley, whose daughter Abbi used to be in the same group at daycare as Charlotte. Abbi recently turned 18 months, so we spent an hour early on Sunday morning walking around Zionsville. It was probably the hottest day I have ever had to work in, but it was a gorgeous morning and Abbi did brilliantly despite the heat. I hope you like the pics! Geek info: Canon EOS 5D Mark II with EF 50mm f/1.4 U ... READ MORE
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As a supplement to the longer tutorials I post on here, I am starting a series of quick tips to help the followers of this blog make the most of their photography. A lot of these will be aimed at DSLR users, but not all! I hope you find them useful: Top tip 1 - Don't touch that dial! One of the great things about a DSLR is that when it goes into standby mode, the battery does not use any power AT ALL. I found this out in one of the earlier books I read (I think it was Digital Photography for Dummies - which is a very apt title for people like me). We all talk about capturing "the moment", but what if that moment passes while you're ... READ MORE
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The weather over the last few weekends has played total havoc with my schedule with a load of shoots having to be postponed. So I was convinced that my shoot with Raegan and her boys Eli and Ben, was going to be another casualty given the storm that lasted all Friday night/Saturday morning. I got up early, saw the waterlogged lawn in front of our flat and dropped Raegan a line expecting her to want to push the shoot back a few hours at least. As it turned out, I was pleasantly surprised when Raegan told me her boys were keen to run around in the wet grass and get dirty. And that we certainly did. Boys will be boys I suppose! Anyway, we ha ... READ MORE
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My friends Justin and Meredith's rehearsal took place on Friday last week. I was honoured and privileged enough to be asked to document the event for them. Rehearsal dinners are fun as the bride and groom's closest family and friends are all there and everyone is relaxed and having fun. Justin and Meredith's was no different and it was touching to see such love, affection and happiness on show. Enjoy! Geek's corner - Canon 5D Mark II with 17-40 f/4, 24-70 f/2.8 (church) and 50 f/1.2 (dinner). READ MORE
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A few weeks back, I mentioned meeting some very close friends of ours, Brad and Jennie, at a monthly gathering of friends who consume lots of raw fish, rice sake and plum wine. On Saturday, Cristel, Charlotte and I attended the wedding of two more "Sushi Club" friends, Justin and Meredith, who tied the knot up the road in Fishers. The official photographer for the day was the marvelously talented Angela Talley, but, as you can guess, I couldn't get through the day without taking some pictures of my own, especially given that is was the first time in ages the original Sushi Club members got together AND Charlotte was wearing a pretty cute froc ... READ MORE
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Hi everyone, It's been a fun few days since we got back from vacation, but I have been itching to get out and shoot again. The crazy weather has forced a number of postponements, so I was really pleased that Wednesday's forecasted storms held off in order to be able to go and meet up with Zach and his fantastic Mum and Dad, Yvonne and Scott. We got some really nice shots outside in their lovely big garden as well as in and around the home. Zach was really chilled out the whole time and only resorted to hinting politely when he needed his nappy changed or another feed. I am on a roll with my newborns! Anyway, one of the things that struc ... READ MORE
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As a lot of you may know, I have the fortune of being married to the gorgeous Cristel and dad to the fabbytastic Charlotte. Cristel is originally from Panama and so we get to go down there and hang out with the family quite a lot (though not as much as we would like). Cristel's cousin, Chela, runs a very successful business and took advantage of my stay in Panama to commission a shoot in order to get some pictures of her business for use on corporate literature, some professional headshots, as well as some more traditional family pics. During the shoot, I managed to rope Chela's beautiful daughter Stephanie into posing for some shots while ... READ MORE
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One of the things that will help your pictures stand out from the crowd is to have a knowledge of the basics of setting up an interesting image. This is easier said than done, but the main areas I would recommend focusing on are as follows: ~ Identifying your subject ~ Using "The Rule of Thirds" ~ Making the most of "leading lines" Identifying your subject When I started out taking pictures, I didn't really spend too much time working out what it was I actually wanted to photograph. I would see something I thought looked pretty and fire away. Obviously, when you're taking portraits, it's easy to work out what you're shooting. When ... READ MORE
After receiving a lot of positive feedback and reviews from my clients, I have realised that it's perhaps time to increase my rates in line with the majority of photographers on the market. As such, if you would like to schedule a session, please do so as soon as possible to lock in the current pricing. Such perks as getting a full DVD of hi-res images as part of the package will no longer be standard past this coming weekend. On a related note, I have put some more definition to my wedding packages and am happy to share those with engaged couples upon request. Anyone sending me a reference will qualify for a special prize (tailored to eac ... READ MORE
A few people have asked me about the recipe for getting good family pics, so I thought I would put down a quick tutorial for all you guys out there with a DSLR. Here's what you need: 1 - A DSLR set to "Aperture Priority" mode 2 - A fast lens (i.e. with a wide aperture - say f/2.8 or higher - f/2.5, f/2, f/1.8, f/1.4, etc) OR 3 - A lens with a long focal length (say 100mm or higher) OR 4 - A combination of 2 and 3 - a lens with a long focal length and wide aperture - THE IS THE IDEAL SCENARIO BUT IT IS ALSO THE MOST EXPENSIVE! 5 - Good lighting! 6 - A non-distracting background Taking each of the above a step at a time (without ge ... READ MORE
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They say there's a first time for everything, and last week I had the pleasure of working with twins for the first time ever. Talk about a challenge! These two-year-old sisters were a total handful. Getting them to look at the camera at all was difficult - getting them to look at the same time was nigh on impossible! Having said that, with the help of a very patient mum and dad, we got some great images. We also took some professional headshots for mum who is opening a dentistry practice soon. Have a great week! READ MORE
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OK, so this past weekend was a bit of a bust weather-wise. Luckily for me, I got a concentrated blast of sunshine on Saturday afternoon in the form of Katie and her family. Remind me to take my shades next time I go to visit with Olivia and Mayson. What a couple of little characters! As you can see below, the pics turned out great. I have to say a big thanks to Katie and BJ for helping out with the candy and bribery. Believe it or not, Olivia would not sit still for long, so I needed all the help I could get! Thanks too to Mayson for putting up with my lame jokes and humouring me when she was well past her "done" stage. Have a great wee ... READ MORE
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In order to make this title make sense, I am currently sipping a Hurricane whilst I upload these pics from the zoo the other day. This is obviously a fib, given that it is 9am on a Thursday, but go with me on this one. Anyway, this particular title is from one of my favourite Muse songs which concerns itself with chaos theory, with specific emphasis on the Butterfly Effect. As far as I am concerned, far too many musicians have overlooked this area of physics when looking for inspiration for a quick ditty. For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, here is a link to the song being played live at Wembley in 2007: Butterflies ... READ MORE
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It's been a while since I just went out just shooting random stuff, so after spending the morning working at home, I got to go out and spend some time at the Indianapolis Zoo. My main goal originally was to go and hang out with the butterflies. They have a great selection there, and they are always pretty keen to sit around and pose. Plus the fact they are indoors means there is no wind to deal with, which can be a nightmare if you are trying to shoot macro images. Anyhow, I ventured outside to the gardens (which I had completely forgotten about) and it was a riot of colour. These are some of my fave shots from the day from the gardens. Butte ... READ MORE
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Last Sunday, I took a trip over to my old stamping grounds in Cincinnati to hang out with some old friends in Ault Park. It was a perfect evening with some gorgeous light from the setting sun catching the blossom. All in all, great lighting, lovely scenery and cool subjects = a recipe for success.     PS - Happy Birthday Drew! 4 today! READ MORE
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Hi guys, In order to help finalise my schedule for the next few weeks, all April/May sessions booked between now and 9pm Sunday will receive a $30 credit towards prints. Drop me a line for more details or to schedule your shoot. Cheers, Joe READ MORE
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Brad and Jennie are two of my best friends here in Indy. I met them about three years ago (wow, time flies!), on a night out with some of Lilly's Latino contingent on one of their monthly sushi club outings. Since then, not only have we consumed an ungodly amount of raw fish, beer and plum wine, we have also become great mates. Brad even let me come over and swear loudly at his telly a couple of years ago as I watched England pummeled into defeat by South Africa in the rugby World Cup final. That shows what a top bloke he is. Jennie, on the other hand, is one of those rare ladies that is really gorgeous to look at (Colts cheerleader material ... READ MORE
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