Erika Venci Photography

First Day Earthside | Columbus Ohio Photographers | Fresh 48 Session

This fresh 48 session was so exciting! Not only did we get to capture this beautiful little girl's first day Earthside, but we were also there to document her meeting her big brother for the first time! It was so special and just pulled at my heart strings. 

Seeing siblings meet their new baby brother or sister is so adorable and fun because you never know how they will react. Sometimes there are tears, sometimes there are smiles and a lot of times it's a mix of both. This little guy was SO happy to hold his new baby sister.. the photos are priceless.

Little girl, you are so loved and I am so happy your family asked me to be there for your birth day! 

Welcome to the world! 

A Little About Me | Columbus Ohio Photographers | Erika Venci Photography

For those that do not know much about me, I wanted to share some fun facts about myself and why I love photography so much! 

Photo by Seth Kerechanin

Photo by Seth Kerechanin

1. Small town roots

I grew up in a small farm town in Northwest Ohio called Wauseon.

2. Cheese and wine are my two favorite foods ... if you count wine as a food.

Give me a bottle of rosé or pinot noir and some good comté and I am set. Oh, and maybe some olives to munch on. I also love to put ice in my rosé in the summer. 

3. I believe in the power of positivity and positive visualization. 

My family has a vision board hanging in our kitchen.. Have you ever heard of a vision board? It is a collage of images of our family and also images and words about our goals and dreams. We have vacation goals, work goals, positive sayings, and uplifting messages included on it. I love seeing it every morning. I believe that if you have your goals and dreams in mind every day and work hard towards them, you can achieve them.

4. Je parle français. 

A Veterinarian is what I aspired to be when I was younger. The arts won over the sciences when I was in college and after studying in Nice, France, I changed my major to French Language and Culture. I also studied in Dijon, France. Nice is a city that will always have my heart.

5. My musical taste is pretty eclectic.

...and includes everything from old school country to hip hop. Alan Jackson, Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, The Beatles, Alison Kraus, Sam Smith, Nicki Minaj, Sean Lennon.. the list of artists that I love is long and makes for a huge music library on my computer!

6. Photography is my heart work..

Meaning this is what makes my heart sing. This is where my heart is. It is also my business but I feel so blessed to do what I love. I have always been artistic and had an eye for photography but to be able to accomplish starting and running a business, learning how to take better photographs, and persisting over the past two years has been an amazing and fulfilling experience. Helping others preserve precious moments together with my photography makes my heart SO happy and I am so grateful for each and every family that trusts my vision and appreciates my talents.

Sunrise Family Session at Alum Polaris Tree Farm | Columbus Ohio Photographer

No fancy words.. just a cute family at a beautiful Christmas tree farm! We met at sunrise, which is actually pretty late this time of year and captured some beautiful moments. 

Enjoy the cuteness!

Erika

3 Easy Tips for Using Window Light | Columbus Ohio Lifestyle Photographer - Erika Venci Photography

Besides Golden Hour light, Window Light is my FAVORITE.. With all of the rainy and dark days here in Ohio this winter and spring, I definitely was able to practice shooting with my camera indoors using window light.

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Another reason why I love using window light is because you can create awesome drama and mood with it! By using windows on just one side of your subject, you will create shadows and there will be light fall off. This all creates depth and a bit of mystery to your photos. It ALSO can hide the pile of laundry on the floor behind your subject! ;)

Here are 3 easy tips for using window light!

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1. Turn off the lights!

Most artificial light has color to it that can suck the life out of your photos. For example, the lights in our kitchen have a yellow tint to them and they can make everything look yellow. I really HATE yellow lighting in my photos so I always do my best to eliminate it. When I am shooting inside, I always try to turn off as many lights as possible (during the daytime, obviously :) ) This allows me to use natural light coming through the windows. 

Mixed light sources (aka window lights plus your table lamp) can also make your photos look flat and can create unflattering shadows.. especially if the light source is directly above your subject's head.

2. Side light, Silhouette, or Front-Lighting

There are several ways to use window light. My two favorite are using it as side lighting (which I do a LOT) and you can also use it to create a beautiful silhouette image. You can also use front-lighting, however, I love shadows so I rarely use this method (it can be very flat with minimal shadows on your subject).

Below are a few examples of side lighting. When side lighting, your subject is perpendicular to the window.

Side Lighting

Side Lighting

Silhouettes are one of my favorite things to shoot! When you are taking a silhouette image, you will place your subject between yourself and the window. The highlights in the window will be very bright, creating a silhouette of your subject. You can underexpose your subject as well for a true black silhouette of them against the window. Silhouettes can also be taken with your iPhone camera!

A couple of examples below:

Silhouette Lighting

Silhouette Lighting

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3. Expose for your subject

Using my DSLR camera in manual mode, I meter for the highlights on their face but I slightly under-expose. This helps to create shadows and depth. I love when I have my son in front of a singular light source (one window, for example) and I get great shadows behind him and light fall off. I usually enhance these shadows and also bring up the exposure on him in editing using the brush tool in Light Room.

If you are using an iPhone camera, you can expose for your subject by tapping on your subject's face on the screen. You should notice a change in the lighting when you do this and the camera will know which part of the image you want exposed. 

Another thing to note is that if the window itself is a part of the photo, it will become overexposed and white but that is ok. I actually like this because the white window is less distracting than an outside scene and makes the subject the focus of the photo. 

I hope you all find these tips helpful! Sometimes a great photo opportunity trumps lighting technicalities.. but when I am able, I follow these three tips religiously.

A few of my favorite window light images:

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Love and Light, 

Erika