Sunday Summer Sunsets

First, you’ve seen I’ve fallen off my blog project and I don’t even feel bad. I still have blog posts lined up and they will get posted but I really need to enjoy my last summer here.
Who knows when we will ever come back again and I just cant miss out on opportunities and things to eat! 😉

So about those sunsets.. we’ve had some freaking fantastic ones this week!!! I plan to have a beach themed kitchen when we get to Tucson and I have pinned away a inspiration board for decor; but seriously who am I kidding, Ill be displaying my own prints!!

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  • August 5, 2016 - 2:46 am

    Irene - These are some beautiful sunsets in Tucson. Beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • August 7, 2016 - 12:55 pm

      Candace - Thank you Irene!! We haven’t made it to Tucson yet but I do hear they have amazing sunsets too!ReplyCancel

  • July 28, 2016 - 12:18 am

    Caylen Gallini - Sunday Summer Sunsets are my favorite! These are gorgeous!ReplyCancel

Davis County Utah Maternity Sessions

While I was looking through SewTrendy Accessories shop eyeing some new dresses to add to my closet I realized I do not have one single post to show all my mama-to-be clients what dresses I have available!

So this post was certainly needed! I headed out to borrow a body display to model all the dresses, some that a glowing pregnant mama hasn’t even worn yet! I am always adding to my closet of offerings and am happy to help you chose the perfect dress for your Maternity Session!

Most all of the dresses can also be skirts by bringing it down to your hips and adding a bandeau top. Most all of the dresses are extremely stretchy to fit your growing belly, however, a couple of them are not as forgiving. All gowns are available to try on before your session so that we chose the perfect one to compliment your beautiful belly.

I will begin booking Tucson Vail Maternity Sessions beginning in September 2016 and I will be arriving mid-October 2016! If you’d like to get in touch and plan your maternity session, please do so here! For more information on booking your maternity session please visit my gallery!

If you have any questions at all, let me know! I am happy to help!!

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*My gowns are not available for rent. They are available exclusively to my clients to use during their maternity session with me.

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  • July 28, 2016 - 12:16 am

    Caylen Gallini - TUCSON VAIL MATERNITY SESSIONS are going to be a hit with all those beautiful mommas to be! Im a little jealous Im not pregnant anymore and can’t have a session! hahaReplyCancel

Family Session at Okinawas Botanical Gardens | The Hardy Family

I have had the please of working with the Hardy family a few times the last couple of years. I have to say my absolute favorite session I had with them was during the Birth of their beautiful little girl! I was also super excited when mama called me about updated family pictures since the newborn I remembered wasn’t a newborn anymore, instead she was almost 8 months old!! They loved the images they seen on my website with the patio and pretty trees and had to have their session there, that place happened to be Okinawa’s South-East Botanical Gardens. The trees really are pretty!

We loaded up with lots of bug spray and began shooting! It was so hot, so many bugs, and all of them did amazing that you have no idea! We moved the session date up by a day since it was forecasted to rain which aided in the extra humidity we endured. Little Sienna is so lucky to have these two as parents, they are so fun, so in love, and all around pretty dang awesome! I’m positive you’ll smile while looking the favorites from their session!

Have you ever wanted to have your session at Okinawas Botanical Gardens? Lets get you booked today!

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Candace Castor is a portrait photographer specializing in Newborn photography, family photography, child photography, and the art of any type of portraits.  Candace currently resides in Okinawa Japan and serves the surrounding areas with her natural light photography.

In October, Candace’s beloved military husband will be relocated in the Tuscon, AZ area.  She will be offering photography sessions upon her arrival in Vail, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tuscon, Casa Grande and other surrounding cities. Be sure to get in touch for more information on prices and to book your session today.

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  • July 28, 2016 - 12:13 am

    Caylen Gallini - I love those gardens! FAMILY SESSION AT OKINAWAS BOTANICAL GARDENS are always so lovely. I wish I would have explored them more in depth before I left. Beautiful family and such a happy baby!ReplyCancel

Displaying your Images!

So you had your session and now your images are ready to be viewed… YAY!!!!
But what do you do with them? Lets talk about displaying your images!

I want you to PRINT PRINT PRINT!! 🙂
I offer a variety of package options for prints!
Al a carte canvas, wall displays, albums, Photoblocks and Organic Bloom frames.

There are so many ways to display your images on your walls.
I have a Pinterest board you can view for some ideas here.
Organic Bloom frame options and the new Photoblocks!!

Your options are endless! Ultimately I do not want your images to go unseen or just sit on your computer collecting virtual dust.

I will help you design your perfect display!

When you book a session with me you will get a complete customized experience from booking to hung on your wall.
I am here to help you chose your perfect product and get them on your walls or in your frames.
That’s why you had your session in the first place right? To display your images in your home!

I just helped this amazing family chose and arrange their perfect photo wall for when they move back to the states with these amazing Photoblocks.
I cannot wait to see how these will look on their wall! Much better than a disk in a drawer or file on the computer right?!
I will be going more in depth (what & why) with all of the products during the next few weeks so keep any eye out for those!

Print what is important to you! Show off your gorgeous selves dang it! There is no shame in that! 😉

Contact me if you need help with a custom wall display too! Or book your session now if you haven’t done so already!

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Candace Castor is a portrait photographer specializing in Newborn photography, family photography, child photography, and the art of any type of portraits.  Candace currently resides in Okinawa Japan and serves the surrounding areas with her natural light photography.

In October, Candace’s beloved military husband will be relocated in the Tuscon, AZ area.  She will be offering photography sessions upon her arrival in Vail, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tuscon, Casa Grande and other surrounding cities. Be sure to get in touch for more information on prices and to book your session today.

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  • July 5, 2016 - 9:40 pm

    Caylen Gallini - Displaying your images is so important! Displaying pictures on your walls boosts your children’s self esteem, gives them a greater sense of belonging! And it makes you smile when you see them!ReplyCancel

4th OF JULY!

This is our last 4th of July in Okinawa, we’ve been celebrating the independence of our country here since 2010! Its bittersweet to think about, and to have our festivities canceled this year makes it a little bit on the sour side. We are doing our own little thing at the house and I thought I would go back through and look at how we celebrated each year. I grew up going to the city parades and festivals and ending the day with fireworks. When I was little little we would always light our own at home, we lived in a cul de sac and all the neighbors joined in! We BBQ’d and ran wild in the street. Id give anything to go back and be able to do that again. As we got older we opted for the display the city would put on. No matter what we did we were always together. I am looking forward to spending the 4th with my family again! I will miss the perks and opportunities we would get each year for being overseas though and celebrating our day with the locals. <3

Tips for photographing Fireworks:

  • Use a tripod! and shutter release button if at all possible, you dont want camera shake.
  • A slower shutter speed- around 2-5 second exposure time or bulb mode. You can open and close the shutter as long as you want.
  • Open the shutter as the firework shoots up and wait till its almost done to close it if using bulb mode. Or just fire away over and over again like I do! 😉 Bound to be a keeper in all that mess! 😛
  • A small aperture. F/8-f/15
  • LOW ISO! I always set mine to 100
  • Zoom lens!

Tips for writing with sparklers:

  • Low ISO, preferably at 100
  • F5/ -F/8
  • Bulb mode
  • auto focus your lens on your subject, then put it on manual focus. When your ready press your shutter and hold it until the writing is done!
  • Write backwards so that it appears correct in camera.
  • Practice and have fun!!!

This shot was taken at F/13, 2 second exposure, ISO 100. Nikon D610 and 24-70mm 2.8 at 60mm

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2015:

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2016:

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  • July 6, 2016 - 1:46 am

    Melanie - Wow, such an informative post. P.S. Your improvement over the years is amazing.ReplyCancel

    • July 6, 2016 - 2:26 pm

      Candace - Thank you!! I wasn’t trying to see/post my improvement, it just so happened to be apparent in this post! Point and shoot to a DSLR. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2016 - 2:13 am

    Casey - I love the improvement and such great tips!!!ReplyCancel

    • July 5, 2016 - 4:51 pm

      Candace - Thank you! There was certainly growth in my photography skills over the years! 😉ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2016 - 2:05 am

    Caylen Gallini - 4th of July! I love your Okinawa sparkler writing! 🙂 fireworks are a favorite of mine!ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2016 - 2:00 am

    Erin - These are amazing! And great tips!!ReplyCancel