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Take Another Look and Linger Just a Little Longer …

dsc_1399I continue to be busy, as you can tell by my infrequent posts. Today one of my more important jobs was to double check an order that came in, put it together, and then package it up nice and pretty. You may remember this couple from a recent photo shoot in Edmonton. D & M are truly delightful. There were several photos from this shoot I felt really hit the mark. This photo is one of them and so is the one below. Ordinary enough and maybe doesn’t look to be anything overly special. But today when I gave them that second look as I was preparing to package up all the prints, these were two that really grabbed me in how something that seems ordinary can be really very striking. This one isn’t huge but in the 8×12 print it really comes alive. I’m excited for them to see it. I’m excited for them to see most of the prints and I hope they love them as much as I do.


Isn’t it wonderful when we take the time to pause and really have a second look at things? The ordinary, everyday things. There is so much to see that is missed when we don’t take time to linger and really observe the details and the essence. For me, when I’m photographing anyone or anything, what is most important to capture is that essence. Not the superficial but what comes to the surface from within. That’s what I strive to capture when I photograph.

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” — Elliott Erwitt

Diane is an on-location lifestyle photographer using natural light to capture the essence of her subjects. Visit Diane Schuller Photographs to view her portfolio or for more information.

PS: I’ve been asked to write out a tutorial on how I make my designer envelopes. I thought I’d have that completed by now but hopefully next week I should post on that how-to crafty item that is so easy peasy.

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Toni - October 22, 2009 - 2:00 am

It is a lovely shot, Diane. I think it’s the simplicity and straightforwardness of the shot and composition. I think people try to do too much sometimes, me included. Looking forward to your tutorial on those cool envelopes.

Marcie - October 22, 2009 - 7:34 am

Yes – I can see why this is one of your favorites. Especially love how their bodies melt into each other. I’m sure they’re going to love this too!!!

DesignTies - October 22, 2009 - 7:50 am

Beautiful photo 🙂 To me, what makes it special is that the couple stands out so nicely against the fuzzy background. And the car is cool. And of course, the couple looks great!!


sherri - October 22, 2009 - 9:46 am

Very romantic and they make such a handsome couple. It actually looks like a magazine layout to me.

Junie Moon - October 22, 2009 - 10:24 am

I love these photos, the truly personal feel and look about them rather than staid and boring poses. They are quite exceptional and I’m absolutely certain the subjects are thrilled with your work.

How fun that you’re going to have a tutorial for us. I look forward to that.

Sebrina - October 22, 2009 - 10:36 am

beautiful couple and pictures!!!

Roberta - October 23, 2009 - 12:28 pm

Beautiful shots Diane. Busy is good!

Shelli - October 24, 2009 - 9:28 pm

I think simple is best, and you’ve acheived that here. Beautiful.