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06/10/2010 12:32:27 PM · #1
Well after two trips to Kennebunkport at two different times of day, Harper Traveler Magazine will be using one photo for their feature on Small Town USA. This is usually not the type of shooting I do, but the 2nd trip I had a better idea of what they were wanting and was able to relax a little more since I wasn't dealing with time constraints of another photoshoot in the afternoon.
I'm not sure which photo they are using, but I've been asked for an invoice and my information. Here's a link from 2 days of shooting.
Kennebunkport Maine
I also took my external flash with me the 2nd day and it was 2 hours later than the first day. Would love some thoughts and pointers. Like I said, this is not something I've done before. I think I might like to do something like this again though.

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06/10/2010 12:39:38 PM · #2
Congratulations on the deal. Be sure to post the photo when you find out which one it is.
06/10/2010 01:09:20 PM · #3
Congrats, looks like some great pictures.
06/10/2010 01:14:54 PM · #4
I enjoyed looking through your shots... I've been up there a few times, and I really enjoy the area. I hope you had a chance to indulge at Nunan's Lobster Hut, or Federal Jack's :)

When I looked through the shots, a couple things came to mind on how they might be improved a bit. For one, it seemed like most of the shots were fairly wide views of things. I think it would have helped to bring out the "quaintness" of the town by getting closer and more intimate (not literally) with the buildings, and perhaps the people. I didn't feel like I was getting a good representation of the small town charm by looking at a lot of the shots. I think the ones that were nice and tight on a building gave me more of that sense.

Also, I think you might explore doing shots at different times of the day. These seemed to be in bright sunlight, which gives you some challenges with shadows. Try shooting scenes like this an hour or two before sunset. I think that kind of light would also have brought out more of the "small town" feel.
06/10/2010 01:23:18 PM · #5
Really love the pictures Kim, thanks for sharing. Congrats on having your image chosen, please be sure to share with us which one and how it all works out. Would be very interested as I'd like to do some tourism photos in my area :).
06/10/2010 01:58:23 PM · #6
Thank you for the tips Alan! Very helpful:o) I really wanted to go back much later in the day and in the evening, but alas I have an almost 2yo that naps in the afternoon, and by the time my husband gets home there is no parking - unless I want to pay 8 bucks. Would be worth paying if the whole family were with me. I will definetly be going back. I met a couple of the shop owners and chatted with one lady for over 30 minutes. We live in an even smaller town about 20 minutes southwest of Kennebunkport. It's too bad they are already working on the next issue, I would go back and do as you suggested.

06/11/2010 08:57:21 AM · #7
nice stuff, kim, especially considering your time constraints! to echo alan, more shots like the sidewalk shot and less wide and you'll be there.

here's a link to a bunch of similar stuff my friend and mentor bob brown does that might give you some ideas...Backroads Virginia.

given your situation, i'd suggest one, researching as much as possible ahead of time so that you can develop a shot list, and two, trying to line up a baby sitter or something similar so that you can shoot without the time constraints. obviously, we don't live in a perfect world and you're doing great. keep it up!
06/11/2010 02:56:57 PM · #8
Originally posted by Skip:

nice stuff, kim, especially considering your time constraints! to echo alan, more shots like the sidewalk shot and less wide and you'll be there.

here's a link to a bunch of similar stuff my friend and mentor bob brown does that might give you some ideas...Backroads Virginia.

given your situation, i'd suggest one, researching as much as possible ahead of time so that you can develop a shot list, and two, trying to line up a baby sitter or something similar so that you can shoot without the time constraints. obviously, we don't live in a perfect world and you're doing great. keep it up!


Thanks Skip! I would LOVED to have researched to have a better idea of what to do. But they emailed me last Thursday- I think it was! And they needed something by this past Monday. Was such a great learning experience and what's better than challenging one's self in a new area? I'm going to contact some local papers/magazines and see if they'd be interested in anything I have. I also met another photographer while I was there, so I met someone to bounce ideas of as well.

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