CJ Wilkes

About CJ Wilkes Photography

Capturing Your Dance In The Rain is such a thrill and joy to me. Being able to look back on those special times through beautiful artistic imagery makes it a worthwhile challenge.
Learning to Dance in the Rain has been very easy for me. I am drawn to Water & Life! The exciting part for me is to teach you to enjoy your moment in the dance as I capture it from behind my camera.
Looking forward to Capturing Your Dance In The Rain
CJ Wilkes

Tag: ‘clothing’



By candlelight

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Every photographer starts somewhere. As you are seeing, I practice. I actually practice quite a lot. On March 23, I was doing just that, practicing on candlelight.

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I look at images and am wowed by the perfect lighting I see. It is not as easy as people think – to make it all look good with different kinds of light. The flame, to me, is not easy at all. But it is oh, so beautiful!

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The affects on the skin in different lighting situations. Such as – near a window, mid day or turned away from the window mid day. How exposed will she be at the different distances. All of it has to be taken into consideration.

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If the focus is on the light – how in focus do I want the subject photo’d with the candle? How exposed or unexposed to I want the background subject? What am I trying to portray? Then there is texture, feel, clothing. Tying it all together to bring a certain feel is part of the entire shoot.

And of coarse, in editing I then am practicing different techniques to editing. Creating a soft feel vs creating a crisp feel is one I tackle in my mind all the time. I personally love a more matted look to the images, but do not want to loose contrast – if that makes sense. It does in my mind :) I also struggle with the love of Black and Whites vs Color. I have an appreciation for both ways of editing.

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With a candle – the glow of the light on the subject’s skin adds a gorgeous golden shine. But sometimes – black and white still wins – even with candles:

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This actually throws me back to my black and white movie days. They mystery, the feel, the moment.

Thank you for taking your time to look into my practice files as well as the year 2013. It has been a great learning and growing experience for me as I look back on what has brought me to this point in my life now. It would never have been possible without my children or husband. Their support and willingness to be models at my every crazy adventure. As a kid I was told to work on your talents and to let my light shine. Well – I could not let that light or talent shine so bright without them coupled with lots and lots of practice.

Such a fun vault for me to be peaking into. Thanks again!

Blast Back through 2013 (The beginning)

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Blasting back through 2013 because I have neglected my blog for so long. Why? Same old excuses, I suppose – LIFE. Family, Work, Sessions. Only issue is that I was not able to juggle it all on my own. So I guess it is not really the same old same old. Either way, I have missed my time sharing – writing and sharing some outstanding images with all of you. So I am going to try to get back into the swing of posting more regularly.  At first, please be patient with me as I am going to be catching up on a Year worth of images and session. There has been quite a mix of things happening, such as my branching out into designing book covers and editing as well as being the Mom of 5, doing it with my husband working away from home for long periods of time, being a parapro at the kids school, and doing what I love PHOTOGRAPHY.  But don’t worry, I will try to break it all down step by step. So let’s rehash 2013, step by step, as I throw in the current as well.

Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014. Myself, I am excited for the new. Grateful to be looking back on 2013 as a memory.  Let’s take our first walk back into 2013.

January 2013

January 2013

Do you all remember this image I brought to all of you? Can you believe it was over a year ago? I think it is a great start. Let’s move forward to the present from here. This session thrilled me because not only did it look great with colors, setting – but it worked perfectly with colors in my home. I will come back to this session one more time once we get to April’s posts for 2013. For now I want to talk about color.  If you notice we have a few colors going on in this image. My girls are wearing sweater dresses. Both are the same style but different colors. My oldest is in gray, white design, and a red ribbon trim that matches her sister’s red sweater dress. I don’t always go for the matchy matchy, but this went well because they were different in color, but one dress had only 2 colors while the other had 3 colors, drawing on the younger sisters colored dress with that ribbon color. They both have matching winter boots. White and black.

Fun thing with gray’s and blacks is that they work well if they are in the same tone. So I have my boys in Red, Drk. Gray, and Black White and Red sweaters. For pants, I would have liked them to wear jeans, but my boys have different personalities. My youngest and oldest like to dress up so they chose dress pants. LOL obviously the oldest child was not too concerned about it matching perfectly. My middle son likes jeans so he went with that. Sometimes it is worth not even worrying about “the exact look” I want, but on the session being a success & remembering that this is them! They dress like this. I don’t want a fake of what they like to look like – but to capture them and what they do look like now. So we made it work.

Why sweaters? Well, it is cold out here at winter time. I figured that if the girls were in sweater dresses then why not sweaters for the boys. I love the texture and look of sweaters. It dresses it up without having to throw a tie in. The kids are comfy and happy. That is what you want when planning on your next family session. Happy, and comfy – while keeping their personalities in tack :)

As a group they looked fantabulous. As Individuals they looked just as spectacular!

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With girls – I like clothing that allows motion. Motion in movement, motion in wind.  The setting makes a difference for sure. If you look here you can see her movement, the dress’s movement, with the waves splashing in the background. Together it makes a very fun and moving image.

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I am a girl to the very core. I love twirl! So if someone comes to me with ruffles and skirts… well, we must twirl! It helps having motion and texture in the outfit.

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I really thought his pants would not work – but you know, they match the sand. Who would have thought. Nature taught me a lesson. I relaxed and that is when magic happened. My son became a knight fighting battles with his stick sword on the beach. His phantom enemy retreated in defeat, back into the ocean. My son the victor was one happy boy!

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A moment that would not have been as beautiful had I flipped out on the choice of his britches.

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Where one boys stick becomes a sword – the other’s becomes a shovel of sorts. The possibilities are endless when you have more that one boy or stick or both!  At sessions I try to tell people to not be so worried about dirt either. Dirt washes, while moments last forever, especially when you take a moment to allow myself or a photographer capture it for you!

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Had I been upset about the dirt I would have never captured the pure joy in his face. In fact, I am pretty sure the stick and the dirt both had a part in his delight. Hahaha

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When I see this I see not just what he is wearing and the setting – but his entire personality. The clothes do help create that atmosphere alone with everything around him. As you can tell, he does not have movement, but a look of satisfaction.

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If you are a fan of black and whites and you can’t find anything that matches – I suppose you can have it all converted to a black and white session. Those are just as beautiful. However, if you want it in color – try to find colors within the same tones. Blues within the same tones, Reds, Pinks, and so forth.

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In the end – just try to enjoy the moment. The more you enjoy it – the better the images will turn out. If you are a parent then relax. If you are tense it will be a miserable experience for all. You might even get some blackmail images for your child in the future. Hahahaha But it will turn out ok. You would be surprised at the magic us photographers can capture and produce when you do not see it in the moment. For instance – this particular image above. Just moments before they were bickering (not uncommon between close sisters or siblings.) The very next moment they were best friends! Wa – la!  One f my favorite images and moments captured forever!

This may seem like an endless post on clothing, colors, and hints – but I hope you will have also learned that the best thing to do once you have researched and found the photographer for you is to then enjoy the session & relax!

Please feel free to post comments or thoughts. I will have some newer sessions on here shortly for you to enjoy!

 

 

 

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