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Pictures with Santa coming to Blackduck

Pictures with Santa

It’s that time of year again. For the third year in a row Caddy Imaging, along with the Duck in and Eat Restaurant, in Blackduck are sponsoring the Pictures with Santa. Pictures with Santa is an event along the same lines as the Santa at the Mall where kids of all ages can come in and get their pictures taken with Santa for free. That’s RIGHT! No charge!

Parents are able to download a digital copy of their kids pictures.

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Caddy Imaging prides itself on giving back to it’s communities. For over ten years, I’ve has been involved with the local first responder agency, my local fire department and other EMS agencies to help provide fire and medical services to my neighbors. “As long as I am able to I will continue to provide support and care to my family of friends and neighbors including the Pictures with Santa program that we started in Blackduck to provide families that can’t afford family pictures during the holidays with a free photo that they can cherish throughout their lives.

Engagement photos and portfolios

Caddy Imaging | Engagement photos and portfolios

Engagement photos are an investment, just as much as your wedding pictures. I am looking to expand my portfolio of engagement photos. I feel like I’m going stale so I want to start branching out a little. I would like to build my portfolio with some engagement sessions. I am seeking two good looking couples, or even good friends, to model for an engagement experience.  If you’ve been looking for some new, exciting photos of yourselves or trying to decide on a photographer for your wedding and you’re willing to invest an hour or two, please email me a couple of photos of yourselves and why you would like me to photograph you at Portfolio@CaddyImaging.com.

Caddy Imaging engagement photos

Caddy Imaging Engagement

Here are a few tidbits to think about when choosing a photographer:

  • Have any of the photographers you’ve used in the past been with you throughout the process?
  • Have they been available in near real-time to answer questions?
  • Are they easy to talk to?
  • Do they understand what you are looking for?
  • Are they willing and able to pivot when needed?

The biggest things to remember are to be yourselves. Don’t worry about the guy behind the camera. He may be shy or outgoing. He may sometimes act nervous but just remember that your photographer is simply a person, the same as you.

When it comes to the session itself, try not to go out and party or pull an all-nighter at work the day before. You want to be rested and relaxed.

Empty your pockets:

  • For the guys, put your keys, wallets, cell phones, etc. in a bag and put it under the seat of your car. The last thing you want is to see stuff bulging from your pockets.
  • For the gals, if you have a small clutch purse, use that. You can always throw it in your photographer’s bag. Just remember to get it back before you leave. Bring along a little extra makeup to freshen up a bit with. Bring a hairbrush. You really don’t want to use your photographers’, do you?

Wear what you normally wear:

  • Generally speaking, you want to be yourselves. If you normally wear sweatpants and a t-shirt, I’d say don’t! 🙂 Instead, I’d suggest something classy and casual.
  • For the guys: wear some nice jeans and a nice button down shirt. Don’t wear multi-colored, loud shirts (unless that’s you and you really want some photos of those) but just a clean one-color shirt. Bring a sport jacket if that’s your style. Don’t wear something with a logo on it though.
  • For the gals: nice slacks or a nice skirt and a matching top are perfect. If you want to bring an extra set of clothes to change in to to get some different looks, great!

Don’t change up your hairstyle or get a haircut the day before. Your hair need a few days after being cut to look natural. Don’t change your hair style or hair color either. You really want to look as natural as possible because photos tend to enhance details like hair and colors. Gals, if you wear make-up, and I’d suggest you do, don’t put on heavy layering. It really shows up in the photos. Use a powder base instead of an oil base. It will look more natural. Also, if you normally use cheap make-up, please go purchase some that is a little better quality. Your photos will love you.

Just remember that this is your day, much as your wedding day will be also. You want to have fun and you want to look and feel your best! I want that for you too.

OCF for a selfie.

OCF for a selfie

So, last night I was out doing some shooting and decided that I needed to do a “Selfie.” As you might have guessed, over the years, I’m not really in to taking selfies, especially with my cell phone (this wasn’t with a cell phone btw), but I decided that the moon was too cool looking with the haze from the fires out in the western US making the moon stand out in relief.

Selfie under the moon

Selfie under the moon

This was shot with a single flash, hand-held, no modifier for 8 seconds, 1600 ISO, f16. The flash was set at 1/128 power. Camera is a Nikon D700 with the Nikkor 50mm f1.8 lens.

Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) of June 23, 2015

This morning I had the pleasure of capturing Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as Northern Lights. Tonight, if cloud cover doesn’t get in the way, should also be a great night to see some of the most beautiful natural features that we can see here on Earth.

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Split Rock Lighthouse in HDR

The other day I had the opportunity to head over to the North Shore and up to Split Rock Lighthouse. We got there just before sunset, about 8:30, and as I started to walk down the path I felt a few raindrops hit me. As I got down by the boat landing I decided that I had better put a rain sleeve on my camera and capture a few images as quickly as possible. I was able to capture this as a 5 shot HDR image that I processed in Lightroom, Photomatix Pro, Photoshop and Nik Software’s Dfine 2.0. Capture was done in Aperture Priority with a Nikon D700 and 80-400 Nikon lens.

Split Rock Lighthouse

Split Rock Lighthouse
North Shore, MN

Santa was a HUGE success!

 Here’s a Facebook Post with a few photos from today’s ‘Photos with Santa’ in Blackduck. It was a lot of fun, a great time, and a big success! Thanks everyone for coming out!

Santa is coming to the Duck in and Eat in Blackduck, MN!

Santa is coming to the Duck in and Eat in Blackduck, MN!

That’s right! You heard me! Can you believe it?

What kid doesn’t want to sit on Santa’s lap and have his picture taken? What parent wouldn’t want a priceless (and we do mean priceless cause it’s FREE!) memory of their child?

On Saturday, December 13th from Noon to 3, Santa will be at the Duck in and Eat Restaurant in Blackduck. Come meet Santa and have a blast! A free 4×6 inkjet print will be printed while you wait or/and you can order a lab quality timeless 4×6 print for the one-time-only low cost of  $11.81, including tax ($35 value). Larger prints may be ordered at the standard price in effect at the time of the order. Only one photo will be printed, with the exception that if you have more than one child, each child may be photographed with Santa by themselves and one photo may be taken of all the children together.

Santa’s visit is sponsored by Duck in and Eat, Anderson Fabrics, Blackduck Ambulance, Blackduck Theatre and Caddy Imaging. A $5 donation would be appreciated but is not necessary. All donation proceeds go the local Toys for Tots.

Santa is coming to the Duck in and Eat in Blackduck, MN

, Santa is coming to the Duck in and Eat in Blackduck, MN

The Martinez Family

Last month I had the privilege of photographing the Martinez family. Here are a couple of shots that they loved from the session.



“The Joy of Lighting” with Tony Corbell Coming to Minneapolis

I coudn’t pass up the opportunity! I’m heading to Minneapolis next month to take a 2-day class from Tony Corbell and Bowens lighting called “The Joy of Lighting”. It’s going to be held at the Mpls Photo Center November 16th and 17th. I’m already getting excited. Can’t wait to meet Mr. Corbell and learn from the best!

I’ll post again after I get back so stay tuned!

Sabattier Effect

After reading about the Sabattier Effect on Digital Photography School I had to try it. Here is the link if you want to give it a go yourself. This image is not an HDR but it does have an HDR like effect. http://digital-photography-school.com/the-sabattier-effect/

Sabattier Effect

Sabattier Effect