Studio & UW-Madison Arboretum

Saturday, October 3, 2010 I had a photography session with Katie Thompto.  Katie is currently a student at UW Stout, but her family lives here in Madison.  

The following are some of my favorite shots from the day.   In fact, this first image is a great shot of her face, eyes, and her peaceful countenance. 


Doesn’t she have a beautiful smile?  I think it really shines in this pose. 

Another view

She is a sweet young lady who enjoys being photographed.  She had taken some modeling classes, so she knew just what to do with her arms by keeping them away from her body.  Keeping the arms away from the body reveals more of a woman’s shape and is generally a more pleasing look. 

Katie sitting in the studio

I like the subject in the prone position.  I think it is flattering.  It provides an interesting shallow-depth-of-field look.  In this picture the face is in focus while the legs and feet are out of focus. 

Katie on her tummy

Katie is leaning against the barn-wood wall that is in the studio.   The barn wood is all natural and provides a variety of interesting looks for my subjects.

Katie against the barn wood wall

Next we went to the UW-Madison Arboretum.  There are many beautiful spots in the Arboretum; this one is extra special and is complete with several ducks that have temporarily made it their home. 

Katie at the duck pond

In this photo you can see that the ducks were really cooperating quite nicely–they decided to visit us on our side of the pond. 

Katie on the ledge

I thought Katie would look great among the weeds, so we journeyed to another part of the Arboretum for some shots just after sundown.  Notice the rosy sky in the background.  Now if you are wondering if Katie really had to walk out into the the weeds, she did not.  There is a path for people to walk on so no damage is done to the foliage.  But the natural look is still very good. 

Katie in the weeds

Here is another look.  I really like this image a lot except for one thing.  It looks like Katie’s hips are shifted toward the camera, which is to her best advantage.  The subject’s weight should be on the back leg and the hips shifted away from the camera to help show her slender shape. 

Katie in modeling mode

Katie was a great sport, as she was willing to do lots of jumps for me.  She really enjoyed this part, but I think part of her enjoyment came from the fact that it helped to warm her up when it was getting quite chilly.  In another picture I could clearly see goosebumps on her arms!

  Katie Jumping

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I love photography, and I've found that Madison is a beautiful city in which to shoot. The Wisconsin Capitol, State Street, Monona Terrace, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Allen Centennial Gardens, Henry Vilas Park, and the Arboretum are just some of the many beautiful places one can go for gorgeous outdoor pictures.

I am a full-time photographer. I enjoy many kinds of photography, as you can see on this web site. In my storefront studio I offer portrait photography in a setting that allows me to control the light and backgrounds.

I work both in studio and on location to provide creative personal photography and videography for weddings, businesses, and families. James Studio offers a classic look with a creative flair!

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