Sunday, July 29, 2018

The Frog Whisperer: Portraits & Stories

I heard a big thud as the UPS driver delivered our FROG WHISPERER books today! 🐸🐸🐸

You can order your copy (and one for a gift for a friend) on Amazon -- it's Ribbiting (Amazon will be receiving their shipment from the printer soon)

The Frog Whisperer: Portraits & Stories
ISBN-13: 978-1682033487


Lisa Cuchara fell head-over-heels in love with frogs the first time she and her photographer husband Tom were invited to photograph a red-eyed tree frog. Before long, the couple was clearing out their space in their home for terrariums full of well-loved amphibians! As it turned out, Lisa’s uncanny ability to put frogs at ease set the couple on a new creative path: producing whimsical frog portraits. Through patience, care―and plenty of snacks!―they have been able to achieve incredible images while keeping their animal friends totally content. In fact, some of their frogs now know that they will fed after being taken out of their terrarium―so they sign to Lisa and Tom or smush their faces up to the glass, wanting to be photographed! Whether sitting quietly on a flower or humorously interacting with a carefully selected prop, these frogs are sure to bring a smile to the face of any animal lover.

Authors Lisa Cuchara (PhD, Cr.Photog., HonNEC) and Tom Cuchara (MNECra) are professional photographers and animal lovers who share their home with three dogs, two cats, a red-eyed green tree frog and a bunch of other frogs, chameleons, and other critters. When they’re not out shooting assignments for their clients or leading photo workshops and tours, they can often be found creating whimsical frog images with their willing pets―who get ample snacks in exchange for patient posing! Lisa’s uncanny ability to put frogs at ease with her gentle care and loving demeanor has earned her the nickname “The Frog Whisperer.” Her frog images have earned merits in Professional Photographers of America print competitions and been featured in Quinnipiac Magazine as well as other publications. Lisa and Tom reside in Hamden, CT.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Family photographs

Here are two images, taken at the exact same time during a family photo session. One was taken using two off-camera flashes with light stands and light modifiers and the other was taken with the same camera make/model at the same time without flash as a teaching tool to have as a comparison for a teaching program. 

The images on the right were photographed professionally and then processed using Adobe Camera RAW (using the graduated density filter to bring out the sky in the upper left image).

Cheryl's parents are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and their gift was -- a family photo session. Priceless. 

We have been photographing Cheryl and Charles and their family for about nine years. About a year after they got married we took the images on the left. 

The image on the lower left with the two girls giggling has to be one of my top ten favorite portraits that I have ever taken! I just love the way that Ally and Elli are sharing in that moment.  
About two years later, along they were back with their wonderful little boy Levi, whose name means "to join" How can you not laugh seeing him tug Allyson's pigtail? 

Fast forward to today and Elli drover herself to the photo shoot and is looking for what college to attend.

Q: When is the best time to hire a professional to take your family photographs? 
A: Now 

Q: Isn't hiring a professional to take our family photographs expensive? 
A: No it is priceless

Q: But shouldn't I wait until I lose weight? 
A: No, your children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren are going to look at that family photo and admire everyone in it, they are not going to say, well, we wish mom had waited until she lost weight before taking that photograph. 

Q: What is your definition of family?
A: two or more two or four-legged loved ones

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