holly pohl photography: Blog https://www.hollypohlphotography.com/blog en-us (C) holly pohl photography [email protected] (holly pohl photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:43:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:43:00 GMT https://www.hollypohlphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u70072573-o916249821-50.jpg holly pohl photography: Blog https://www.hollypohlphotography.com/blog 120 92 MOPS with hp photography https://www.hollypohlphotography.com/blog/2015/2/mops-with-hp-photography Hello everyone!  Thanks for visiting!  I'll do my best to post as much as possible that I was going to present, if you have any questions please feel free to email me at [email protected].

Most frequently asked question is what to wear for your family session

•what’s the best non-professional camera?

Before I started my business I wanted to upgrade for better quality photos (resolution and image size) for my kids and family photos personally, I went with a DSLR camera Nikon D3100 kit (newer versions are available now), a lower end but still better than a point and shoot.  This gave me the option to learn to shoot in manual, use different lenses, shoot in different formats (RAW, jpg, tif).  Which brand to purchase?  This is a personal preference, I picked between Cannon and Nikon and ended up going with Nikon and I am very happy and I know a lot of people who are very happy with their Cannon cameras.

I would suggest talking to someone about what exactly you want with your new camera.  There is a local photo store in Livonia, PROCAM and many online sites you can call.  When I purchased my most recent lens I purchased it from Adorama.  They had a lot of information for me as well as option to buy used.  It comes with a warranty as well as option to purchase extended warranty.  Another option is Borrowlens.com, you can rent equipment before purchasing.  I did this with my Nikon 35mm 1.4 lens.  It was a big investment so I wanted to test it before purchasing it.

•when is the best time of day to shoot?

Sunrise and sunset, time varies by season.  This doesn’t mean that photos won’t turn out if you shoot at other times, you just need to be cautions of the light, use your shade to your advantage and a diffuser if you have one. 

Below is an example of shooting on Lake Michigan, this client wanted to shoot at 5pm, I had no help from the shade because it was open space and the sun was everywhere.  Thankfully I had my diffuser and someone to hold it.   The shadows are much harder when shooting in hard direct sun.

I went back to that same location with my family that evening at sunset and did a little shoot of us.  You can see the drastic difference in the time of day and the effect it has on your lighting, the sky and the shadows.  The lighting on us is even and no harsh shadows.

benefits for shooting in raw

what is a RAW file?

raw file is the image as seen by the camera's sensor. Think of it like unprocessed film. Rather than letting the camera process the image for you, turning it into a JPEG image, shooting in raw allows you to process the image to your liking.

– Example –

Image one below is my RAW straight out of camera image.  This was a long newborn shoot and by the time we got to this shot we were starting to loose the sun.  A lot of thing effect shoots, especially newborn.  This baby when fed wanted to feed for 30-45 mins at a time and the mom had this piano shot with her other daughter so I knew no matter what we needed to get this hot for her.  I couldn’t move the piano to face the window, so I adjusted my settings as much as possible before the image would started to get grainy.  I used my reflector and tripod.  I knew if I got a sharp shot (no vibration, extremely steady hand or tripod) I could adjust my file lighting in ACR program.

Image 2 is my adjustments in ACR and I exported the file to Photoshop, image 3 is my final retouched file.

This is the same for most overexposed shots.

I don’t recommend this as all, getting the lighting right in camera is your best option, but circumstance’s happen and having the knowledge and tools can help make a what may seem like a difficult situation or lost image work out.


•shooting in manual mode

•processing program I use, retouching software and actions.

Like I mentioned before I shoot everything in RAW.  The processing program I use is Adobe Camera Raw.  All DSLR cameras should come with some form of processing software, they may not be as developed as ACR, I know my Nikon processing program with my first camera was very very basic, but it was a start.

Retouching program I use is photoshop 6. 

I am constantly learning new techniques for this program, it’s a never ending journey with photoshop!

•Actions, what are actions?

Adobe's image-editing software Photoshop has a powerful programming language built-in that allows you to record tasks as an 'action' and replay the steps to complete the task automatically.

You hit record and then start your retouching, when you are done hit stop.  Photoshop has recorded all your steps, now you can open another image hit play and all that work you did before will happen on this new file.

A LOT of people make actions.  They can be very helpful especially for those just staring out.  It helps in the retouching process.  I use a sequence of action for my images.  Its usually a few different actions combined to make my final image along with my own technique mixed in.

Here are a few that I used in the very beginning, they are photographers and have quality actions with step by step directions and always eager to help.

•how can I learn more, photography classes? Mentoring classes?

College for creative studies has various programs, this is located in downtown Detroit and is a school if you are looking for a career in photography/design/art.

Different dealers offer courses when you purchase your camera at a reasonable fee (best buy does this).

Various photographers offer mentor sessions.  Its usually one day of hands on shoot with the photographer. 

Someone I follow and love her work has offered mentor session for non-professional/beginning photographers in the past for reasonable rates, Michelle Lamerarand She’s in the Ann Arbor area.

Another place is www.bokastudios.com, a fellow photographer I use to work with has taken a course with this studio.

There are online courses available as well, a few photographers I follow offer these types of courses

Meg Bitton & Crave Mentoring/Photography

Equipment I currently use:

Nikon D700

Nikon 35mm 1.4

I recommend having an external hard drive to back up your computer as well as all of your photos.  I suggest anything from LaCie, they have excellent customer service and can help you decide what's best for you.  I currently use the LaCie Porsche desktop drive.

I also recommend having a bag or case for your equipment.  The equipment is expensive and its worth to keep it safe.  Also purchasing a lens protector for your lens.  

This will protect the glass so if it does get scratched your only replacing the protector not the lens.

Thanks again for letting me share some photography information I have learned the past few years.  

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Holly Pohl

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Bershad Twins: ©2012 holly pohl photography https://www.hollypohlphotography.com/blog/2012/11/bershad-twins-2012-holly-pohl-photography This was an amazing family to shoot with!  We work very hard for some of these specific shots and they came out great!  Stunning mom Rebecca and Dad had beautiful ideas and we were able to incorporate that into the shoot.  The twins were amazing and it was such a honor to have captured these shots for this family!  

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Hidden Lake Gardens: Fall Family Sessions https://www.hollypohlphotography.com/blog/2012/10/hidden-lake-gardens-fall-family-sessions I love shooting with The Longabaugh Family!  I feel so honored when clients come back to me it means so much!  Thanks to one of my favorite vendors Lilian Grace who connected me with her family to do Calli's newborn pictures they called on me again to do their whole family shoot with 6 month photos for Calli! We shot at the beautiful MSU Hidden Lake Gardens!  What a pleasure to work with this amazing family again!


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Peter & Kristin family session & Taylor & Amber's family session






















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Mia 9 month milestone {©holly pohl photography 2012) https://www.hollypohlphotography.com/blog/2012/9/mia-9-month-milestone-holly-pohl-photography-2012 This was my third shoot with Mia and she is always amazing to photograph.  I love when parents purchase the milestone packages because I get a chance to see their baby grow throughout the first year.  The first year has so many milestones, holding head up, rolling over, sitting up, standing, walking, taking, it's amazing how much they grow and change this first year and I love that I am able to capture this for parents and give the a wonderful collection of photos for the rest of their lives.  

If you would like to see Mia's entire 9 month milestone gallery please visit the following link:
















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Newborn: Gabriella {©holly pohl photography 2012} https://www.hollypohlphotography.com/blog/2012/9/newborn-gabriella-holly-pohl-photography-2012 What an amazing shoot!  Gabriella was awesome and her parents, Alexis and Jon, had some wonderful ideas for shots to really personalize this shoot.  The personalize shots are the piano and newspaper shots.  Alexis plays they piano and Jon is a sports writer for Fox Sports, so how cool was it that they wanted to incorporate this into the shoot!  These personalized shots are some of my favorites along with the shots of them with Gabriella.  We worked hard to get the shots of Alexis and Jon with Gabriella as it was towards the end of the shoot and I am SO happy we did - they look amazing!  Thanks so much to Alexis and Jon for this wonderful opportunity!

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Adeline Faith {© holly pohl photography 2012} https://www.hollypohlphotography.com/blog/2012/9/adeline-faith-holly-pohl-photography-2012 I loved everything about this shoot.  I got to reconnect with one of my former coworkers/friends after a few years!  I am so happy and excited for Angel and Mike, Adeline is perfect in every way!  I love that Angel brought so many sentimental props to the shoot to really personalize some shots.  Thanks so much to the Hartter family, I loved sharing this time with them!

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Michael is turning 4! https://www.hollypohlphotography.com/blog/2012/8/michael-is-turning-4

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The Gard Family https://www.hollypohlphotography.com/blog/2012/8/the-gard-family What a beautiful sunset shoot once again on Lake Michigan in Ludington!  This shoot was so much fun to do with one of my close friends and her family.  They drove from Grand Rapids for this shoot and I just can't thank her enough for her support!  It was a great ending to a great day of shooting!  A big thank you to my niece Savannah for being my photo assistant for the day! Love all the support from my family, friends and clients - Thanks so much!!

If you would like to view the entire photo gallery of the Gard family please visit the following link: http://www.hollypohlphotography.com/p738637349



















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Ludington beach shoot: Kayden https://www.hollypohlphotography.com/blog/2012/8/ludington-beach-shoot-kayden What a sweet little guy Kaden is!  He was so good for his shoot! It was a beautiful morning on lake Michigan and for most of the time we had the whole beach to ourselves.  A big thank you to Carrie for her interest in my photography and for making this happen, it was a lot of fun!

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Newborn: Raina & Harper {©holly pohl photography 2012} https://www.hollypohlphotography.com/blog/2012/8/newborn-raina-harper-holly-pohl-photography-2012 What an amazing experience this twins newborn shoot was.  Not only did one of my closest friends entrust me with photographing her first nieces she was my assistant for the shoot.  It really was magical, the look on faces as the shoot was going on was amazing.   The experiences of being with a family just days after giving birth is so special and I feel very lucky to be sharing these moments with families and capturing timeless pieces of their lives.  Thank you to the Snells for your amazing spirit that day and to an amazing friend that without a doubt called on me for this special time in her and her familys life.  

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The Bloom Family {©holly pohl photography 2012} https://www.hollypohlphotography.com/blog/2012/7/the-bloom-family-holly-pohl-photography-2012 What a wonderful full family shoot!  I had such an excellent group of people to work with!  Thanks so much to the Bloom family for their patiences, hard work and effort to make this such a wonderful and successful shoot! 

If you would like to view the entire gallery of the Bloom family shoot please visit the following link: http://www.hollypohlphotography.com/blog/2012/7/the-bloom-family-holly-pohl-photography-2012

































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The Pohl Family: Ludington, Michigan https://www.hollypohlphotography.com/blog/2012/7/the-pohl-family-ludington-michigan What a gorgeous 4th of July weekend in Ludington! Perfect weather for my husbands brothers family beach shoot on Lake Michigan.  The kids were amazing and really seemed to enjoy the shoot and have a lot of fun!  Everything was perfect and now I think I am addicted to shooting on the beach!  

A special thanks to Jon, Diane & their beautiful family for a great session and perfect weekend!

If you would like to see the entire gallery of The Pohl family please visit the following link:


We loved wrapping the session up with enjoying the sunset & having some fun!  

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Amelia's Baptism https://www.hollypohlphotography.com/blog/2012/7/amelias-baptism

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Engagement session: Kyle & Maria ©holly pohl photography 2012 https://www.hollypohlphotography.com/blog/2012/6/engagement-session-kyle-maria-holly-pohl-photography-2012 What a great and fun engagement session!  Maria picked out a beautiful location for the shoot and the only reason we stopped was because the park was closing!  This is such an exciting time for them and I am honored they chose me to photograph their engagement pictures.  There is a lot more in store from this session as I shot photos for their save the date and we have a lot of great ideas and images to work with, I can't wait to get started on them!  Congratulations to Kyle and Maria - can't wait for


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Connor 8 months {©holly pohl photography 2012} https://www.hollypohlphotography.com/blog/2012/6/connor-8-months-holly-pohl-photography-2012 What a great shoot!   Little Connor came in ready for a photo shoot!  He has grown so much since the last time I had seen him and even cuter if that is possible!  I'm really loving my job, I am getting to the point where I am having return clients and it is so much fun to see how much the kids have changed and grow with them as a photographer.  I really appreciate when clients put effort into their wardrobe for the shoot.  Connor's parents always do this and it's another important piece to the puzzle of a great outcome to the shots.  

If you would like to see Connor's 8 months complete gallery please visit the following link: http://www.hollypohlphotography.com/p1056004314





























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Mia 6 months {©holly pohl photography 2012} https://www.hollypohlphotography.com/blog/2012/6/mia-6-months-holly-pohl-photography-2012 This was another great and fun shoot!  It was my second time photographing Mia, I had the honor to shoot her newborn pictures.  Mia was a perfect little angel and her parents, Chris & Cherie were awesome again to work with.  I think we would of shot all day if Mia was up to it!  This is a great example of how I am really able to customize a shoot for a client.  Mia's parents have signed up for the milestone package so when I am purchasing props I keep Mia in mind because I know I have shoots coming up for her.  Two headbands for this shoot were purchase with Mia in mind and her mommy loved them and she looks amazing in them!  I am looking forward to seeing Mia and her parents again at her 9 month photo shoot!

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Jayden Wambui {©holly pohl photography 2012} https://www.hollypohlphotography.com/blog/2012/5/jayden-wambui-holly-pohl-photography-2012 This was an amazing shoot!  I was very excited when Kerah and Laura were on board with my first attempt to photograph a newborn at my home studio in Canton Michigan.  Up to this point I have been traveling to clients homes.   We shot for five hours (typical newborn shoots last around 3), it was a great time and I took away a lot to be more successful shooting out of my home studio.

A big thank you to Kerah and Laura for their patience, newborn shoots take time and when you have amazing parents to work with you will get the shots!  I really love that Laura brought her custom made African wrap she wore around her waist on her wedding day.

The wrap is featured in the shot below wrapped around Jayden.  


I love and appreciate when parents add sentimental props to their shoot, that's when I can really personalize it for them.  I work very hard to customize each shoot for each family;  I plan days in advance, research shot ideas, put together a shot list and gather props to personalize this moment for them.   I knew right away that Kerah & Laura were just as into this as I was and I love collaborating with people like this.  

Jayden is an amazing and beautiful baby girl and will soon be off to meet her fathers family in Africa!  I feel very honored to have shared this time and experience with the Kirangi family and I wish them the best in all they do and their continue work for Redeeming Africa's Hope (RAH) which Laura is the CEO & Founder www.iamrah.org

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