Amanda Kranz Photography: Blog https://www.amandakranz.com/blog en-us (C) Amanda Kranz Photography amandakranzphotos@gmail.com (Amanda Kranz Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:04:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:04:00 GMT https://www.amandakranz.com/img/s/v-12/u374416516-o149753154-50.jpg Amanda Kranz Photography: Blog https://www.amandakranz.com/blog 120 120 My Best Friend's Baby https://www.amandakranz.com/blog/2017/2/my-best-friends-baby Guys, I TOLD you there would be some cuteness coming up, and here he is...Baby Scott! While he may *look* like his daddy, he most definitely loves looking *at* his momma, my best friend since Jr. High.

 

Baby Boy

I showed up to their house around 2pm. He was wide awake and full of cuddles...such a sweetie! After I got my snuggling in, it was time to snap a few photos. As much as we tried to position those hands...

 

Baby fingers

or comfort him...

 

Paci Time

he just wanted to take a nap. Can you blame him??

 

Naptime

So, he did. And he was, clearly, happy.

 

Sleepy Baby

You can bet there will be more of this guy in the future...maybe even with his gorgeous sisters <3

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amandakranzphotos@gmail.com (Amanda Kranz Photography) Baby Pictures Lifestyle Photography Sandusky Newborn Photos Newborn Pictures Sandusky Sandusky Ohio Sandusky Ohio Photographer https://www.amandakranz.com/blog/2017/2/my-best-friends-baby Fri, 03 Feb 2017 16:55:52 GMT
Are You There Winter? It's Me, Amanda. https://www.amandakranz.com/blog/2017/1/are-you-there-winter-its-me-amanda Three weeks into my 52 week photography challenge, and I've already fallen behind. Oy. The flu, the death of my grandfather, the winter blahs...I have excuses, people! So today, I'm posting week 2...a traditional landscape. I was hoping for snow...some reminder that I began this journey in the dead of winter. What did I get? Fog. Lots and lots of fog...and rain. So, without further ado...

 

January at the ArboretumJames H. McBride Arboretum, January 23, 2017

Standing atop a picnic table, waiting patiently for some signs of life to appear in this hazy, drab landscape, and a flock of geese flies honking overhead. Thanks, nature! You always come through for me! I realized I'd been standing there for 20 minutes, and I wasn't even wearing a coat. I thought back to a 2016 landscape session where I could only leave my car for 5 minutes at a time, lest my fingers fall off from frost bite. Naturally, I went back through my archives when I got home. I found the session I was thinking of. Just looking at the photos brought a chill to the air...it really was freezing. And it was April. April 9th, 2016 in Sandusky, Ohio looked a lot like what I was hoping for today...see?

 

April FreezeApril 9, 2016 Sandusky, Ohio. One last blast of winter!

I'll be playing catch up for the next week or so. I'm hoping winter doesn't have the same plans! Hope you've all managed to outrun the never-ending coughs, colds, and flus of 2017. There is some serious cuteness coming to the blog REALLY SOON! Keep an eye out!

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amandakranzphotos@gmail.com (Amanda Kranz Photography) Amanda Kranz Lake Erie Landscape Photo Photo Photo Challenge Photography Challenge Sandusky Ohio Traditional Landscape Winter https://www.amandakranz.com/blog/2017/1/are-you-there-winter-its-me-amanda Tue, 24 Jan 2017 02:47:05 GMT
Love Your Selfie https://www.amandakranz.com/blog/2017/1/love-your-selfie Y’all, I did it! Week 1 of my 52 week photo challenge is in the books, and that means you’re about to see some self portraits. I’m not gonna lie, taking a proper self portrait is HARD. With no other set of eyes, nailing down focus was time consuming, and without studio lighting, the ins-and-outs of the sun were frustrating. Did I take over 300 pictures? Yes. Did I consider this my workout of the day? Perhaps. Do I have 5 tips for an ultimate selfie-taking experience? You betcha!

 

1. Know your angles. Girls (and maybe guys, too), this is a no-brainer. You’ve posed in the bathroom mirror before, and you know how you want your face to look in photographs. If you know you look better from your left side, take your photo from the left. When in doubt, shoot from above, or at least slightly higher than eye level.

Self Portrait 1Out of focus :(

2. Get lit. It’s no secret that great lighting makes great photographs. Natural light, in my opinion, is always the most flattering. Find a window, or head outside…get some sunshine on your shoulder; it’ll make you happy. (Miss the John Denver reference? Move along, I’m old.)

Know your angles.

3. Watch your back(ground). I know I’m not the only one who has seen the memes of the pretty girls taking selfies with unflushed toilets in the background. Bathroom selfies, in general, are a bad idea…unless there’s ring-lighting in there. Then go for it, girlfriend!

Get lit.

4. Bea-U-tiful. Have fun, and be yourself. You can’t get nervous when you’re the photographer, amiright? I don’t want to see any fake smiles!

BeYOUtiful

5. Love your selfie. You did it, now go share that sucker and get some likes. Print it out, and hang it on your wall. You’re a selfie rockstar.

Love your Selfie

 

 

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amandakranzphotos@gmail.com (Amanda Kranz Photography) Personal Branding Photo Challenge Photography Challenge Self Portrait Selfie Selfie Tips headshot https://www.amandakranz.com/blog/2017/1/love-your-selfie Mon, 09 Jan 2017 01:56:54 GMT
New Year, New Project https://www.amandakranz.com/blog/2017/1/new-year-new-project Happy New Year, friends! The start of 2017 marks a new beginning...time to write those to-do lists, set those goals, and make good on your New Years resolutions. While I usually don't climb aboard the resolution train, I've decided to give it the old college try. I'm taking on a personal project...a 52 week photography challenge. "But, Amanda," you say, "you're a photographer, so is this really a 'challenge'? I mean, isn't this your JOB?" Well, yes...and yes. The challenge will be sticking to the weekly themes, which rotate between portrait, landscape, and artistic assignments.

 

So, stay tuned. This week's assignment is a self portrait. One using a tripod, not an iPod. Of course, I'll blog about it AND post my favorite image. Who knows, I might even include some "selfie" dos and don'ts! I'll leave you with an iPod selfie...and anticipation. See you soon!

 

Selfie#itsallabouttheangle

 

 

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amandakranzphotos@gmail.com (Amanda Kranz Photography) 2017 Dos and Don'ts Goals New Year New Years Resolution Photo Challenge Photography Challenge Portrait Resolution Sandusky Ohio Self Portrait Selfie https://www.amandakranz.com/blog/2017/1/new-year-new-project Wed, 04 Jan 2017 20:13:14 GMT
Reflect & Give Thanks https://www.amandakranz.com/blog/2016/12/reflect-give-thanks As 2016 nears its end, many are breathing a sigh of relief. Between heartbreaking losses in the celebrity world, an intense election, and the ever-present stress of day-to-day news stories, it seems like everyone is just, well, over it.

While every year has its ups and downs, I'd like to take this time and give thanks for the truly amazing year I've had in the world of portraiture. I've won awards, been published, and grown a business out of my love for photography. I've had the great pleasure of photographing old friends and new, family, and community.

Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for trusting me to create your family heirlooms. I am grateful to have the ability to freeze time...to tell your story...to capture those fleeting moments in your lives. I wish you all much love, health, and happiness in the coming year. In sessions I often joke, "Don't blink!" But if you do, hopefully there's a photographer nearby to document what you've missed. Smile & live a little...

And don't forget to dance.

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amandakranzphotos@gmail.com (Amanda Kranz Photography) 2016 Family Portraits New Year Sandusky Ohio awards business gratitude images photographer pictures portrait thankful https://www.amandakranz.com/blog/2016/12/reflect-give-thanks Tue, 27 Dec 2016 20:27:20 GMT