The Photographer behind Roseville Photographers blog
My name is Ansley Braverman. I work as a portrait and wedding photographer in the Yuba City, Roseville and Sacramento areas. I created this blog to present my portfolio and share my portrait photography experience with friends and clients who regularly ask me for tips. Subscribe via RSS for free updates. You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter and YouTube through the icons on the sidebar to your right. To hire me, either give me a call at 530.588.2043 or send me a message through the contact button to the right. You can read more about me and see more portfolio photographs on my home site Roseville Photographers.
Photography can be an amateur hobby or a professional skill. Even the most advanced pros never fully master it. Technology and software are improving by the day. For the professional photographer, learning is an ongoing process, through practice and through associating with other professionals. Every time I learn a useful photography tip, I write a post about it on Roseville Photographers blog. Read on if you’d like to learn from my wedding and portrait photography experience.
The character of Roseville Photographers blog
Some people would think it wiser to keep the tips and tricks you’ve learned to yourself, but I’ve always found generosity of pay off. Besides, I get regular inquiries about which camera to buy, or how to shoot one’s pet, and find myself giving the same advice again and again to different friends and clients. That’s when I thought to compile the insights in one place to which I could then refer all these queries. That portal is Roseville Photographers. I divided it into five categories: wedding photography, senior portraits, children’s photography, family photographer and professional photographer. You are most welcome to use and quote any of its contents in other sites, but please credit Roseville Photographers blog.
How strange is it that everyone has a camera. Some carry a DSLR, others a point and shoot, and all carry a Smartphone! We could have expected this to exhaust the need of professional photography, but the contrary has proven to be the case: the reality of online presence has heightened the need for professional portraits and shots that may capture more attention than the amateur photos so widely available. So I encourage all amateurs to take their skill seriously and learn as much as they can, from blogs like this one, because digital photography is so fundamental to our age.
Roseville Wedding Photographers posts
There is a good number of Roseville wedding photographers, some local and some from Sacramento. I advise any new bride-to-be that contacts me to make a careful choice: a wedding photographer must be chosen, not only based on skills and portfolio, but also based on her human relations. For this, bride and groom must meet with their prospective photographer beforehand, before committing to hiring her, and make sure they would feel comfortable having her around on the most important day of their lives. Business aside, I’d certainly not want to be present in anyone’s wedding, unless they were fully comfortable with my being there. Bride and groom will bear enough pressure from the guests and family to take on more from their photographer!
A wedding photographer is ever present on the wedding day. She is there when the bride discreetly puts on her gown; she is there to greet the many guests; she is there to capture to ceremony itself; there to capture the congratulations from each and every guest; there for group photos, for the throwing of the bouquet and for the departure to the honeymoon. Besides this, an experienced wedding photographer knows how to calm situations down, reassure the bride and groom, pose everyone properly, and introduce calm in situation where so much tension can build up.
Would you want a digital or a physical wedding album—or both? Take a look at the digital album at the bottom of this post. It’s a brief sample, but it shows what’s possible: bride and groom choose their favorite song, … Continue reading
Roseville Senior Portrait Photography posts
I especially enjoy Roseville senior portrait photography, because you get to know a youth inching towards maturity. A senior’s character is in the making, and the portrait photographer must discover it as quickly as possible and seek to capture it in the senior portraits. That’s one reason I offer two-hour sessions. Another reason is that it helps to experiment with changes of clothes during the senior portrait, because some bring a more formal air, while others a casual air, and the portraits come out differently.
Senior portrait photography is also rewarding because I try to stay in touch with my client, follow his or her development towards college and adult life, see where the journey of life takes them. I like contrasting what they tell me during the shoot, with what actually happens to them. Some grow to become their teenage dream. Others find paths wholly unsuspected. When you work as a senior portrait photographer long enough, your clients may call you in several years’ time, to shoot their wedding!
One of the most educative experiences from my high-school days was participating in plays. This may come as a surprise, because it was largely informal, extracurricular, activity. My peers and I would get together and choose a play. We’d stage … Continue reading
Roseville Children Photography posts
After finishing my bachelor in fine arts, I ran a daycare business for one year, taking care of a group of two-year-olds. Unbeknownst to me, that marked the beginning of my Roseville Children Photography career. Even before taking photography professionally, I always enjoyed carrying a camera with me wherever I went. I’d take photos of people, and in those days, I’d primarily capture these adorable two-year-olds. They gradually learned the use of my black toy, which pointed at them, clicked, and then produced their image on its LCD screen. Unlike adults, they never feared the lens, and learned to pose most confidently before it.
I was surprised to find how grateful the parents were to receive these Children photos. Young parents are usually very busy, too busy to pause and photograph their toddler. But time flies, and in the blink of an eye, the toddler has grown into boyhood and teenage and has left little evidence of his toddling past. The parents were delighted that someone else did this for them: they received my children photography most gratefully. Running that daycare taught me so much about children’s photography!
Roseville family photography portraits posts
Roseville family photography is more challenging than one might first think. In portraits photography, the photographer seeks to capture a single subject. In wedding photography, she works with two. In family photography, she will find herself arranging a whole group of people, composing them together, clicking the shutter and hoping they all didn’t blink. She will have to arrange the light to fall on each properly, advise each to take a good posture. And here I don’t even mentioning the dog or parrot!
But the result far outweighs the effort. In the house in which I grew up, on the walls of the corridor leading to the bedrooms, hang several portraits from past years. My grandparents are there, two of which I never met. My family is there, in various ages. My senior portrait is there. It is, in truth, a corridor in time, presenting the long body of our family’s life all at once. I keep that in perspective whenever I shoot family photography; a good portrait will serve these people for many generations.
Studying famous photographers has taught me that what differs them from others is their sensitivity and subtlety. By sensitivity I mean their ability to capture their subject’s feelings and nuances. By subtlety I mean their ability to convey these unique traits … Continue reading