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My Photographic Roots (part 2)

As I was looking for a few photos to post  in the 2nd edition of My Photographic Roots I realized just how many great places there are in this beautiful country of ours. I think we are all tired at this point of our snarky politicians fighting on a daily basis so try this. Walk away from your TV and look outside. For those in the MidWest or East Coast it must be beautiful with all the snow falling and turning things into a winter wonderland. I know I know it will become messy but right now this moment it is beautiful, if you are lucky  you may even see a Cardinal sitting in the tree in your front yard. For those on the west coast we have high tides and warm weather as does Florida. Seagulls are flying over head and the sea lions are high on the rocks basking in the sunshine.   What does this have to do with my photographic roots you may ask? Well, plenty! When I decided Photography  was an avenue I wanted to pursue I borrowed a camera and learned how to use it. I learned how to choose exposures and while I always had a knack for composition I worked at improving it. I used that borrowed camera for my first field trip with an instructor to Canyon De Chelly which is in the northeast corner of Arizona. More about that in a future post.

Right now I want to talk about the beauty in our own back yards or neighborhood. I practiced in literally  my own backyard (Plumeria), in front of the library (Ca. Poppy), the local nursery (heart stake w/flowers) I went to the beach, the zoo and anywhere I could work on my skills.

Looking at family and pet photos I have taken you can probably see the influence from my nature photography days. I always tell my new clients that when I decided to shift my work to families and pets I knew I wanted to combine my love of nature with my love of families and pets. Any time and anywhere I aim my camera it always takes me back to my photographic roots!

If you have an interest in photography this is a great place to start. Just open your front door and start shooting!

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How Did They Get That Photo?

You ever look at photographs and wonder “How did they get that photo?” Well, I’ll tell you, sometimes, depending on what a photographer is shooting it can takes weeks of preparation.  For me, if the location is new I try to check it out, see how many different backdrops I can use. Trees, a pond, flowers, hillsides, cliffs etc. Then I have to figure out the lighting and what time of day is best to shoot there. Most often for me I know the different locations I like to use and my clients will defer to me on which one is best for them. All of my favorite locations continue to inspire me. I may think I know all the different backdrops and lighting situations and then I will discover a new one. If I am going to shoot at the beach, conditions and tides are of utmost importance. For instance I am to photograph 2 boxers playing in the surf tomorrow but I am watching the weather, beach conditions and tides. Will it be windy or cloudy (which I love) or will it be extremely bright and flat (doesn’t make for the best photos). These are to be action shots for a very large print. I have spent a lot of time thinking about how I will set up the shots depending on the possible light situations. I have spoken to the owner about her dogs and do they follow direction or are they just “free spirits”. I need to get both dogs with good expressions coming at me together in perfect light to capture the perfect image. Sounds tough? You are right, it can be! I will shoot probably 300-500 images.This is an exciting shoot for me as I am all about capturing the inner spirit of your pets however that may be presented. Working with animals is not an exact science so you really never really know what they may surprise you with. I am prepared and also have a more controlled plan B, if the dogs don’t cooperate in the surf.  For now it is till up in the air  if we re doing it at all depending on the weather, we may have to reschedule. At this point, unless it is raining, I am ready to go and will leave it up to my client. Hopefully the final images will have folks saying “How did they get that photo?”

Other times you turn around and they just give you the gift of that perfect photo!


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thank you

As I sit here getting my desk and files organized for 2016, I find myself so very grateful for all my clients. Not only those from 2015 but all of you going back to the beginning.

I want you to know that I truly enjoyed working with you and I feel honored to be chosen as your family photographer!

I would appreciate it if you would please refer me to your friends whether it be for family photos, maternity, kids, kitties, or dogs, head shots, or company photos; it would be my pleasure to make beautiful and memorable photographs for them!

If you are ready for new photos of your loved ones, please give me a call. I would love to see you again as I have the best clients in the world!


Let’s make beautiful memorable photographs together!

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Horse Photographer

I have been asked a lot lately if I do horse photography and the answer is a resounding yes! One of my many hats is horse photographer. I started out as a Nature, Wildlife Photographer so it was a natural transition to move to dogs, cats and horses. for blog 001 (Side 1) I love to go out to the stables and photograph the beauty and majesty of these animals. If you live in the San Diego area and are looking for a horse photographer look no further. Why hire me you may ask. Because I am not only good at what I do I make all of  my sessions fun. I love to capture the inner spirit of, in this case your horse, and the love between you.  It would be my pleasure to create beautiful images for you! 760-473-0352

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I also photograph  the newly engaged, pregnant parents, newborns, children, families and corporate work as well.


How To Take Better Photographs


When you pick up your camera to take family photos do you think about what you are doing or do you just point and shoot? Here are some ideas on how to take better photographs of friends and family. These are things I do as your family photographer along with a host of other things as well as having an awesome camera. Hope this helps you improve your photo taking skills.

 1. Rule of thirds-imagine dividing your frame into thirds like a tic tac toe  game. Positioning your subject at the intersection of those lines will  break up symmetry and result in a more artful and compelling photo

2.choose the right background-simple backgrounds are best for subjects with busy patterns. Or use your “portrait” setting on your camera to blur the background. This will focus attention on your subject.

Make sure the background in your photo doesn’t interfere with your subject and take attention away. Always watch for trees and poles etc that protrude from your subjects head.

3.Showing perspective such as things in the distance always looks better when you include something in the foreground. Horizontal vs Vertical-my pet peeve!!! Use your camera in the vertical

position when photographing subjects that are vertical. Use it on the diagonal to create interest!! The best time to shoot a vertical is right  after you shoot the horizontal!!!

4.What is the story you are telling? Exclude extraneous stuff either when you shoot or in your computer by cropping. Bringing the subject up close adds intimacy and emotion to your story.

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The Rainbow Bridge Welcomes Two More Beautiful Pets

I recently spoke about end of life photos of your pets and the service that I offer regarding those end of life photos. As fate has it, in the past couple of weeks  I have worked with 2 different families and their beautiful dogs . Ryder who has already gone over the Rainbow Bridge and Emily who is heading to the Rainbow Bridge .  I wanted to take a moment to pay tribute to these wonderful dogs by posting their photographs. Ryder started out with a family who loved him but when the new baby arrived who turned out to be terribly allergic, Ryder was banished to the back yard. His parents felt so badly that they asked friends of theirs who had recently lost their lab if they would take him in. They didn’t bat an eye and brought Ryder right home where he was a huge part of a loving family. I spent one evening with Ryder and fell in love. It was to be his last evening. Editing his photos without a lump in my thoat has been most difficult. Emily has been with her family from the start and given and received so much love. She is now fighting cancer and it doesn’t look good for this precious little Bichon girl. So I am praying for her and hope you will join me.    These are two of the sweetest, sweetest dogs and I am honored that their families chose me to take these precious photos for them.

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Pet Photography / End of life

When we think of Pet Photography we usually think about dogs who are running playing or posing their cute selves but there is another area of  Pet Photography I want to talk about today and that is when our darling pet is coming to the end of their life. Maybe you haven’t ever had photographs taken of your pet and now you wished you had. Or maybe you just want those last shots of you and your pet before they head to the Rainbow Bridge. I do that kind of photography.

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I come to you and it is a short 45 minute session in your home or  nearby park in your neighborhood if you would rather go there. My goal is  to make this session as comfortable for your pet and you as possible. The cost for this session is only $75 plus cost of prints. Whenever I work with families who are about to lose a very important member I always feel honored to be the one to capture those last images.  blog 1

I hope you are not currently in that position but if you are or you know someone who is please give Photography by Audrey Rose a call. I know you will be happy you did.    If you have never had photos of your happy healthy pet then I urge you to do so. I promise that every time you walk  by one of these photographs in your home you will smile and treasure them always! Please consider Photography  by Audrey Rose for all your photographic needs.



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How do you Photograph Your Pets

How do you photograph your pets? I can’t tell you how many times folks ask me that question followed by, “I can’t get good photos of my pet they move too fast or they never look at the camera etc”  Or  “I would love to have photos taken of my pet but they won’t sit still” Well I am here to share with you the secrets of photographing your pets. First of all the most common mistake folks make is to take their photos standing up and shooting down at their pet, you need to get down on their level, eye to eye so to speak. That way you have the opportunity to capture their cute faces and expressions. I don’t recommend using treats during the photo taking as they get entirely focused on the food and they will most likely move towards the treats. If you must use treats have someone hold the treat just slightly above the camera lens as you want them looking in your direction not off to the side or up. Try to save the treats for rewards and for being cooperative. Giving them a water break  is a good time to treat. If others are around ask them not to talk to your pet. I know they just want to help but the only voice they should be attracted to is the one that belongs to the person holding the camera. I make lots of crazy noises which works great with puppies and young dogs especially, but may also work with more mature dogs. You just never know what is going to work so you may have to get creative. Same goes for kitties although they tend to be more curious sometimes you just run into one who lives the aloof life with a capital A. When photographing your pets, try letting your pets  be themselves. You will be amazed at the photos you can get. It does require following them around so wear something you don’t mind getting dirty in as you will find yourself crawling after them some times. Watch them and position yourself accordingly. Never ever chase them, that is a losing battle.  In the photo below I positioned myself out in front of the dog who was moving along a dark stone wall. I was able to capture her moving towards me. As you can tell she is not paying attention to me at all but it made for a great image . Other things to be aware of are light, time of day, are there going to be dappled shadows on their faces or do you have nice even light. Don’t shoot out in the bright hot sun, shoot early or late in the day when the light is softer. So how do you photograph your pets? Work with them on their level, let them be themselves,  if you want them to look at you find a way to get their attention but it is not always necessary, sometimes those candid shots are the best ones, watch your light and above all else be relaxed and have patience, tons of it. . I hope these tips work for you but  if not, call Photography by Audrey Rose! I have never missed yet and I promise to get those long desired great shots of your fur baby!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    for blog


There is more to a successful photo session then just showing up with a smile. I first want to say this is all for YOUR benefit!

Grooming is first and foremost very important. Men should have a hair cut about a week before the session so that they don’t have that just cut look. Same goes for women. Plan the timing of your hair cut and or color so that you look your very best. Wear a bit more make up then normal as we tend to wash out in photographs. If you don’t wear make up then I suggest you at least wear some mascara and a soft color lip gloss. I promise you won’t look like a clown it ‘s just to show of your features in their best light.

The selection of proper clothing for your session is a critical factor in the preparation for a successful photo session. If the clothing is noticeable in a portrait, it could easily become distracting. Your beautiful faces are the focus so it could be the difference between a very successful portrait and just another picture.

Dark clothing tends to slenderize, darker clothing helps to blend the bodies with the background so that the faces are the most important part of the photograph. Dark colors tend to slenderize and light colors seem to add weight to the bodies. Colors should be toned down as bright colors attract attention away from the face.  Colors should be dark and not bright. When choosing lighter colors please avoid pink tones and yellow tones.

Prints or patterns as well as logos  no matter how small become a big distraction. Wear long sleeves if possible.  dark socks and shoes are very important. I won’t say long sleeves are a must especially for the women but it does help. Lay your entire wardrobe out on the bed from top to shoes.   I know it sounds hard to figure out what to wear so I have included a couple of examples.   4665pp see attached notes If you notice this photograph is beautiful but look at the two with short or sleeveless and then look at those with long sleeves.You will notice whose faces  immediately pop.  Again this is a beautiful photograph of this family I am just showing you the difference between long sleeves and not. The choice is yours in the end.

Keeping a group in similar colors focuses the attention of the portrait to the faces and individuals that make up the portrait. Dissimilar colors in groups tend to be more distracting. White tops with khakis or jeans can look very nice and casual, but if anyone in your family is super pale, white can make pale skin look paler.

Jeans are the timeless choice and they’re great for fun, casual pictures because they are flattering and don’t show wrinkles or panty lines.

See the example below then compare it to the one above. This shows you exactly what I am talking about in regard to prints and continuity of colors. Again this is a beautiful family photograph but there are some distracting elements. I recognize that sometimes we have children who aren’t really happy to sit for a photo much less wear what we as parents want them too, you might consider yourself lucky they even show up  so don’t stress if they refuse to conform. We will work with what we have and I will strive to give you the most beautiful of family photographs.

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Greetings from Photography by Audrey Rose

  • Hello, there! Thank you for visiting. I’m a photographer based in Carlsbad, California . I’m available for any type of portrait session: engagement, maternity, newborn, child, senior, family,  pet or headshots. Please take a look around to get an idea of my work. I’m here to capture your story. It’s your life, up-close.
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