Sundays and other Days/Los Domingos y Otros Dias

Last spring, independent producer Sarah Reynolds was commissioned by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Immigrant Justice Project to travel through the southeastern US to document stories of Latino immigrants. I was invited to be the photographer on the project. The report, “Under Siege: Life for Low-Income Latinos in the South” was a result of the research and was released by the Southern Poverty Law Center last week. These slide shows are the storytellers telling their own stories.

This slide show is one of five that were produced, some of which will be posted to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s website in the coming weeks.

We are thankful to the Southern Poverty Law Center for commissioning this project, and to the interviewees for their stories.

Little Monkeys at the Zoo

On Sunday we were at the National Zoo for mini sessions, what a great location. I will definitely be setting up more sessions there over the summer. If you’re interested in knowing when, let me know and I will add you to the list. I was actually amazed at how both convenient and versatile the location was. We had a blast playing and following the light to great areas. First, Laith, excuse me, Zoo Keeper (as he wanted to be called) …

Feeding hay to the imaginary animals…

Erin and Benjamin were INTO the bubbles. I learned a valuable lesson yesterday – only make the “I have bubbles” announcement when you’re ready to lose control of the session. You never get that kid back and into you when there are bubbles around. I bet I could make a million dollars if I invented a camera that shot bubbles out of the side. Like one of those straws that winds down from a hat carrying two cans of beer…seriously. I think Nikon would be into this.

Oh, correction. If you have bubbles, it can be trumped by a water fountain. Benjamin found the button on the side of the waterfountain as mom, Becky, and I were talking. We had “finished” the shoot (everyone knows by now that I’m never really finished with a shoot) and I turn around, and Bam! fantastic picture opportunity. Becky didn’t protest, so I shot them while they played in the water. Then, as we’re walking back to the car, Becky says, “alright, we’ve got to run to a birthday party!” oops.

And Tom’s great gift to his wife, Laura, and their newborn, Noah. A fun day at the zoo and first photos of the new baby and mom….

Little Maximo and mom and dad with the beautiful spring dandelions and the dogwood that has my eyes itching uncontrollably… looks so innocent.

And shy Gabby sharing a flower with her mom, Sandra…

And Cristiana and the very shy Lucas (he’ll warm up next time!)coming in the next post…photojournalism and a project very close to my heart, coming to life…

Buzzing Through the First Day of Summer!

What happened to spring? I’m boiling over here…it feels like August! But I’m not complaining, we had a great day over at the fantastic Buzz Bakery for our springtime mini session. These are some of my favs from the first few families:

Sam (he is such a good kid!)

And Molly…who is just precious…

And our great and spirited brothers, Graham and Kieren:

And the temptation of Buzz cookies and cupcakes calling after all that hard modeling work! I was right behind him…

more soon,

Buzz Bakery and National Zoo Mini Sessions!

This weekend, join us at Buzz Bakery (Saturday) or the National Zoo (Sunday) for a springtime mini session! Just a few slots remain, so if you’re still looking for a great mother’s day gift, this might just be for you…

The details:
Price: $35
Dates: Saturday, April 25th and Sunday, April 26th
7:30am – 10:30am
Rain Dates: Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd

Buzz (check out their new website! I do their photography but would buzz about their cupcakes regardless…they are amazing!) will provide outdoor tables and umbrellas for you to relax as you wait for your session, and at the Zoo we’ll have a blanket and some cookies, or just to hang out with other parents and children. Stacey will capture a portrait of your child that you can only get in the springtime, and only through Stacey Vaeth Photography.

For more info, shoot an e-mail to: info (at) staceyvaeth (dot) com

Cooper’s Rock, WV

For this year’s birthday celebration, I wanted to get out of the city and get into the woods. Juan, my husband, and I have always loved to rock climb – well, i love it, he’s obsessed with it – and hike. So we headed out to West Virginia with a friend to explore, shoot and hike around.

Although we were in the woods with some great natural light, I wanted to amplify what was available using off camera flash. Juan is lit here with a flash off camera left, and the ambient is lit with a second flash, gelled with 1/4 cut CTO. I wanted to work this shot a lot longer, but as soon as juan jumped on it…

a hold broke, and he fell pretty hard…

and tore up his hand…

I loved the potential of the i am embarrassed to say that I really wanted him to give it another go. An inspired photographer is not always the most sympathetic or realistic spouse…but compassion prevailed and we moved on and found a few other cool shots and climbs.

In this shot, my VALS (voice activated light stand) Erin is lighting Juan with a snooted SB800 –

And here all the ambient light is cancelled out, and the underside of the rock is lit with one gelled flash, which then bounces all around, filling in the shadows really nicely.

another climber giving the same route a try (he made it)…

that’s all for now, saludos from Coopers Rock, WV.

more to come…

Eddie and Tami and the last of those blossoms…

Eddie and Tami hired me to shoot their wedding next year …

– a cherry blossom themed affair that sounds like it’s going to be a blast.

We got to know each other better by doing an engagement shoot down at the Tidal Basin to get the tail end of the cherry tree spectacular. Socked by winds and rain a few days before our session, the blossoms had gotten knocked around a bit, but a few hung on and the others lined the pathways – enough to give us a really pretty view.

But of course, pretty blossoms can’t dissuade me from my firm belief that the best place for pictures on the Tidal Basin is actually under the 395 overpass…

And you don’t need a Park Service permit to shoot under there. Go figure.

After our fun shoot, I’m even more thrilled to work with Tami and Eddie next spring – they are super relaxed and so totally in love, I’m sure it’s going to be a perfect day.

more to come…

A Good Friday Indeed…

I keep thinking that I am going to tire of the cherry blossoms. Or take the same picture again and again. But these sweet little spirits that show up in front of the lens just give me inspiration, and create the family art that will be around for a long time.

This morning I was down in the tidal basin again, and this is what we got:

It was a blast to work once again with Laurel and little Adeline:

Angie and Lucas laughing it up:

Little Giselle, Amy and Jerry

And 2 year old Kye – the most excited kid of all week to get his picture taken!
Little Lelu

more to come…