Ooops! Thank Jeri for letting me know that the html is visible. :(
This blog post is generated from my main website: http://www.sullivanjphotography.com I need to figure out how to fix the html coming over to wordpress.com :)
I LOVE goodies so I decided to add them to our site under… yep…Janice’s goodies! Plus, I have people ask all the time what tools I use so this is a perfect way for you all to have a direct link to them! If you have any suggestions on equipment and other goodies to play with I’d love for you to comment and let me know. I do love to play. 😉
My first love is my Camera! Then the software I use for post production would be my second love 🙂 Something exciting that is going on right now is that I am in the middle of making my favorite textures for Macro photography! The best and fastest way to find out when that pack is ready is by signing up for my blog posts and or Newsletters. This is where I connect with you on the fun I’ve been having! Sign up below to receive my free textures and my video on how to use them. Below is my camera and the fun software that I love.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask. It’s nice to chat with you photo lovers.
Amazing editing superpower!
Great for stacking images!
It’s like Lightroom and Photoshop put together!
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Almost all of you have no idea who I am. I am Ashley Sullivan and I run the business side of Sullivan J Photography. I usually don’t write blogs, but Janice has asked me to be a bit more involved with you all and share my experiences with the other side of running a photography business. Now, if you’ve read the “about us” page on SJP then you know we are a mother daughter duo where Janice is the “beauty” and I am the “brains”. I don’t want to bore you with repeating my biography that you could simply read about on SJP, so I will just add a little tidbit that I absolutely love sharing with people. About six months ago I was blessed with two beautiful bouncing baby boys named Luke and Liam and I will be the first to tell you that running a business and raising two little ones is no easy task. Thankfully I have an amazing mother and great support system because boy, two kids at the exact same age, always wanting the exact same thing, sure feels like a dozen babies screaming for mommy.
Ok, going away from mommy duties now. One thing I have learned about the photography business is that there is always someone out there who can do anything you can/are doing, better. Always make sure you are on top of your game and checking out your competition. It’s great to learn what other photographers are doing so you can find your niche, build your own business and find what works best for you. Not every company is runthe same way and everyone has their own way of doing things, so learning and developing yourself and your craft is the only way for you to stay relevant in this ever-changing industry.
I am going to try and write more often, but if any of you should have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at email@example.com
Also, just because I am in the sharing mood 🙂 Here is the latest flower photograph from Janice! Check it out- its a beauty 🙂
A quick post to share work I made yesterday. Fun! Fun!
Here is a quick video I made for our private groups on Facebook. 🙂
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It is so exciting for me to see how other photographers interpret and create their own macro lens paintings. It is also nice to see people post blogs about this style of photography.
One day I was scanning blogs that I follow and I came across Don Johnston blog in which the photographer writes about how he learned the style of macro lens painting from me. He did such an amazing job and I was so impressed with his work, that I had to share it with you as well.
Teaching others and seeing how they interpret my work into their own is so fulfilling. I am always striving to try new things and improve my own style of work, so when someone else does this, it inspires me even more to share my projects.
Getting published and having my work in hotels and restaurants for others to enjoy is great, but what really floats my boat is teaching and mentoring other photographers. I love to see them grow and fulfill their own desire to create.
Thank you to all of you that I have worked with especially my apprentices in the Arcanum. You make me smile every day!
Cheers to creatives!
Here is my latest macro lens painting.
In our new Professional Macro & Close-up Photography group, Troy had asked, “We all love taking pictures of flowers (I do as well) and we’ve all seen various angles and perspectives – some tired and some truly unique. We look for color, light, and texture – we try to separate our subject with position and framing – we consider a myriad of technical and artistic rules breaking some and following others before ever pushing the button. Some of us do this without thinking while others analyze and scrutinize. To this end I ask – what is your approach when shooting a flower? How are you trying to be unique and fresh?”
I love this question so much that it made me want to write about it here. This was my answer. This is a great question Troy Arnold! When I first look at a flower I pay attention to what draws my eyes in first. I then start to play with that in a variety of compositions, f-stops, stacked shots, lighting, and always focusing on what I love about the flower. Sometimes my shots bring me to other elements of my story, but that is usually how I start my creative process.”
If you haven’t joined the macro fun, please join and start creating. Our Facebook group is a great place to share and chat about macro and close-up photography. You’ll see ideas from macro lovers and hopefully it will motivate you to play with your work. Why not, don’t get stuck on doing the same thing every time. That’s boring!
Below is an example of what I was talking about. It’s part of a flower. Yep, my eyes went to this area and I saw a praying mantis/alien, haha, well, it looks alive. 🙂 I tried various ways to photograph the location and this is what I came up with. Fun! Fun! Fun!
I hope this inspires you to “see” what you like while photographing macro and flowers. Now get started and focus, well you may not need to focus, but you will need to express what you’re feeling and that comes with experimentation and knowledge.
Just an FYI. You don’t need to be a professional photographer to join the group, but you do need to love the craft so much that you aspire to be a professional in your future.
Today’s blog post is short but sweet. I wanted to share with you my new Facebook group “Sullivan J Photography”. I started this group so people can see the behind the scenes of our work and what it takes to create the images so many people ask about. I think it’s fun to see the before and after of shots and also the software and equipment used to make the image exactly what you want it to be. If you’re interested please join us and share your fun too!
I wanted the most of the water drops in focus in the foreground and background so I had to stack the image. These are backlit dandelion seeds. I’m drawn to water and seeds, the essence of life. This was shot on Black Plexi glass and lit with a red gels on my lights. I processed this in Lightroom, Photoshop, Topaz & On1. I plan to add the before and after image to our new Facebook group and I’ll add more info about the process there.
I also started a Sullivan J Photography page on Instagram. There has been so much controversy about how Instagram can use our images to sell to third parties so I’ve been very reluctant to join. However, the Arcanum started an account and asked us Masters to join in and being the person I am, I want to support what we do at the Arcanum. 🙂 I would love to see you there too.