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TODAY is my amazing father/partner’s birthday! It’s been such an amazing journey creating, owning and growing d-Squared Designs with him. We do what we love. . . together! There really is no greater blessing!

Every year I post a blog of “behind-the-scene” shots of him. . . and today [his birthday] is no different. 🙂 SO, in honor of this VERY special day–I will share with everyone how Dad gets that PERFECT shot.

Author’s Note: This is FULL of incredible amounts of sarcasm. I truly respect and love my father. So please read-on knowing this is all in good fun and, honestly, he knew none of these were being taken so I thought it would be fun to show them all in a light-hearted poke-fun kind of way (since I learned that kind of humor from him anyways)! 🙂

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The WINNING shooting technique of the year: “The High Risk Shot”: Don’t be afraid to hang your camera in the air and “wing it.” It’s dad’s trademark technique (just wait. . . you’ll see). It ALWAYS works! Not everyone can do this… but my dad can.

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The Squat Shot: Last year’s great shot technique winner! Dad’s infamous SQUAT shot. He really gets his best images this way. In fact, we decided to go ahead and trademark it last year so no one else can claim it.

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The Muscle Pose: Not every guy can do this. MY dad can. When testing a shooting location, if you work with an additional shooter, don’t be afraid to have them pose in the location you are about to shoot in. Dad is always the perfect subject, especially when he’s showing off those muscles he worked so hard for!

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The Infant-Tuck Shot: Once again, NOT everyone can do this. And most really shouldn’t even try. But MY dad can. THIS move takes a ton of flexibility. It’s impressive and unique. Warning: This move might cause knee and arm scabs.

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The Tilted-Squat Pose: Once again, this man is impressive. There’s really no shot he can’t conquer. In order to master this technique, go ahead and bend the knees, tilt to the right and up (to get the sun!) and then you too might have a crazy awesome shot like this one!

 

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The Lay-on-Grass-Back-UP Shot: Again, not everyone can do this. MY dad can. It takes some ab muscles but with a little exercise, lay on that grass (don’t be scared), keep your legs out and slightly lift your back up off the ground to get the PERFECT couple shot.

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The High Risk Shot: Ah yes, here it is again. The classic hanging your camera out over the client to get the perfect shot. I’ve got to be honest, I’m not a pro at this one, only Dad is. So please take extreme caution when using this technique. In fact, using Dad’s wrap-the-strap-around-the-wrist technique is always a sure fire way to send your clients home without any bruised client faces.

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The Squat Shot: And again, dad’s infamous SQUAT shot. Outside, inside, wedding shoot, senior shoot . . . the squat shot shows no bounds. It really is the perfect way to get that perfect look.

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The Side Shot: Dad loves bokeh (the blurriness in an image). I mean let’s be real, who doesn’t?! Dad utilizes the sides of building, fences and even flags to get the perfect bokeh on single-senior shots! And yep, I’m going to say it again. . . he definitely nailed this shot! Nobody does bokeh like Dad!

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The Walk on Rocks Shot: Do NOT try this one unsupervised. Walking on rocks can be extremely difficult and dangerous but not for my dad.  In fact, he takes full advantage of taking this risky venture and utilizes two shot-techniques after he gets there! He’s not only creative but smart, folks! After carefully making his way across the rocks, he decided to utilize the Creeper-Behind-the-Tree Shot and, of course, no surprise here… the Squat Shot!

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The Fireworks Shot: Do EVERYTHING you can to get that great shot. If it means buying fireworks at your local fireworks stand during the 4th of July holiday. . . DO IT. . . don’t let anything hold back your creativity. Dad doesn’t! So go ahead and light the pink smoke bomb and **voilà** perfect shot!

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The Take-a-Break Suggestion: Whenever our clients are changing outfits. . . dad likes to chill and freshen up on his creative shooting techniques. Sometimes (rarely–but more than ever this year!) he poses for me. So throw up a reflector, get your serious face on and take a break to refresh before the next session.

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The Normal Shot: I know what you’re thinking “BORING!” Well, it’s definitely not extravagant but I did have to prove that dad does have those normal-shot taking moments (like the rest of us).

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The Use-The-Props-Around-You Suggetsion: Ok, once again proving the level of intelligence my dad has. . . Dad never ceases to amaze me when he decides to pick up random things around where we are shooting. For example, finding an old window, cleaning it with his spit and making the opening into the shape of a heart. Come on, now THAT’S impress. Probably something you’ve never thought of but I bet you try it out on your next session. We know Dad will.

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The High Risk Shot: And again, dad’s infamous High Risk shot. Dad. . . you just make it look so easy.

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The GodFather Pose: Dad is there anything you can’t do? I mean look this. . . When testing the lighting at a shooting location, if you work with an additional shooter, don’t be afraid to have them pose in the location you are about to shoot in. Light reflects perfectly on my Dad so he’s always the perfect subject. See! 🙂

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The Eyes-Closed-Tight Shot: Not everyone can do this. MY dad can. Don’t be afraid to start with the “Keep-Your-Eyes-Open” Shot first. Once you have mastered that technique, try this one. Dad did. It’s ideal for those detail shots that Dad has so wonderfully perfected.

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The On-Your-Knee-Proposal Shot: Yes, ladies and gentlemen, get down on one knee and put that camera up to your face! Ok, I know what you’re thinking. No, he’s not proposing to Mom in this shot… he’s just utilizing the exact way he got the love of his life in attempting to get the perfect shot. It worked for him the first time. 😉

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The Dress Suggestion: A man with 3 girls… this guy isn’t afraid to do what he needs to do with that wedding dress to get the perfect shot. Touch the dress, hang the dress in a tree, and shoot the dress from some high beams. He does it all to get the shot he needs! So lady photographers, hand the dress over to the guy every once in a while, trust me, it works!

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The FINAL High Risk Shot: Here it is again. Dad’s infamous high risk shot. I mean it’s just unreal how great you make this look. I’m beginning to think NO one in the world can do this as well as you do! And are those eyes shut? Wow, once again, utilizing two shooting techniques. . . High Risk AND the Eyes-Closed-Tight. Unbelievable.

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The Birthday Boy Pose: Not every guy can do this. MY dad can. He looks good while shooting, walking, smiling or being serious. The hardest worker I know and never afraid to try new things. More people should strive to be like you and step out of the box. I am so incredibly proud to call this amazing man my father. I love you!! xoxo

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TODAY is my amazing father/partner’s birthday! It’s been such an amazing journey creating, owning and growing d-Squared Designs with him. We do what we love. . . together! There really is no greater blessing!

Every year I post a collage of “behind-the-scene” shots of him. . . but THIS year, I decided to spice it up a bit. 🙂 Since I usually use a lens that zooms in quite a bit, I typically get the pleasure of taking a few snaps of my dad in action. SO, in honor of this VERY special day–I am going to share with everyone how Dad gets that PERFECT shot.

Before Reading: This is FULL of incredible amounts of sarcasm. I truly respect and love my father. So please read on knowing this is all in good fun and, honestly, he knew none of these were being taken so I thought it would be fun to show them all in a light-hearted poke-fun kind of way (since I learned that kind of humor from him anyways)! 🙂

 

BIGGEST “GREAT SHOT” TIP: Don’t be afraid to squat while taking pictures. It’s dad’s trademark technique (just wait. . . you’ll see).d-Squared Designs

The Lay-in-the-Middle-of-a-Wedding-Party Shot: Not everyone can do this. MY dad can. Don’t be afraid to get in the middle of group and really show off your skills by shooting upwards. Don’t mind the scabs we’ll discuss that “move” later.

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The Lay-on-Concrete-Head-UP Shot: Again, not everyone can do this. MY dad can. It takes some ab muscles but with a little exercise, lay on that concrete (don’t be scared), keep your knees together and lift your head up high to get the PERFECT senior shot.

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The Spread-Em’ Shot: Once again, NOT everyone can do this. And most really shouldn’t even try. But MY dad can. THIS move takes a ton of flexibility. It’s impressive and unique. Warning: This move might cause knee scabs (refer to first image in the blog).

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The Squat Shot: Once again, dad’s infamous SQUAT shot. He really gets his best images this way. In fact, we think we might even need to trademark it so no one else can claim it. Don’t worry. . . more examples of this one coming later. . . keep reading.

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The Take-a-Break Suggestion: Whenever our clients are changing outfits. . . dad likes to chill and freshen up on his creative shooting techniques. Sometimes (rarely) he poses for me. So throw up a knee, get your thinker face on and take a break to refresh before the next session.

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The Hold-Back-a-Leaf Shot: Do EVERYTHING you can to get that great shot. If it means shooting through a tree. . . don’t let anything get in your way. Dad doesn’t! So use your hand to push back the leaf and **voilà** perfect shot!

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The Help-a-Sista’-Out Suggestion: Don’t forget to help your clients at any point during a shoot (this is actually not sarcastic). Dad does! This shot turned out amazing all because Dad provided a helping hand. 😉 Way to go, Dad!

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The Lumber-Jack Suggestion: Don’t forget to utilize crazy locations. Dad does! There is no place this guy won’t shoot. Even if it means he has to break out the knife and get rid of a limb. . . all for. . . a great shot!

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The Squat Shot: And again, dad’s infamous SQUAT shot. Outside, inside, wedding shoot, senior shoot . . . the squat shot shows no bounds. It really is the perfect way to get that perfect look. Don’t worry. . . more examples of this one coming later. . . keep reading.

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The Lay-on-Grass-Head-UP/Knees-Up-Sideways Shot: Not everyone can do this. MY dad can. Don’t be afraid to start with the “The Lay-on-Concrete-Head-UP Shot” first. Once you have mastered that technique (see picture above for this example), try this one. It’s ideal for those through-the-grass shots that dad has so wonderfully perfected.

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The Sit-Down-Lean-Forward Shot: Yikes, not everyone can do this. MY dad can. This is eerily similar to the days back in elementary school gym class when you were tested to see how far you could reach out in front of you (remember that?). Dad obviously aced that exercise test! Which brings up my next point, I’m finally figuring out where my dance flexibility came from all those years. . . definitely not mom. 😉 Back to the main point, flexibility is key to getting this move perfected.

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The Hand-on-Your-Hip Pose: Not every guy can do this. MY dad can. When testing a shooting location, if you work with an additional shooter, don’t be afraid to have them pose in the location you are about to shoot in. Dad is always a perfect subject. But you can’t have him. . . he’s all mine. 🙂

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The Squat Shot: And again, dad’s infamous SQUAT shot. Dad. . . you just make it look so easy.

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The Normal Shot: I know what you’re thinking “BORING!” Well, it’s definitely not extravagant but I did have to prove that dad does have those normal-shot taking moments (like the rest of us).

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The Toe-Tap Pose: Not every guy can pose a senior girl. MY dad can. In all seriousness, I do love it that my dad is never afraid to pose girls. Most guy photographers have no clue how to and some might not even try. And back to the toe-tap pose: Don’t be afraid to point that toe behind you and express yourself to the senior utilizing this demonstration. Somebody’s daughter made them attend way too many ballet recitals. 😉

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The FINAL Squat Shot: Here it is again. Dad’s infamous squat shot. I mean it’s just unreal how great you make this look. I’m beginning to think NO one in the world can do this as well as you do!

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Dad, you are truly a hard worker. You never stop trying new things and I look up to you every second along the way. In all honesty and sincerity, more people should be like you! 🙂 Happy birthday, dear, sweet father of mine! I love you always and forever. xoxo