Jill Brown has over 15 years of experience in the field of photography. She has studied photography at Missouri State University and Maryville University, St. Louis. She spent time working on her personal fine art work for many years and in 2003 started her first wedding and portrait photography business in St. Louis, MO.
Jill moved to Des Moines, IA in 2005 and has continued her wedding and portrait business along with her fine art photography. Jill currently has work displayed in and around the Des Moines area as well as work in personal collections around the world.
Jill uses both medium format film cameras and digital formats to create her images. This is how the artist describes her work:
“My work is a reflection of everyday life and places. I chose the medium of photography as a tool to capture the essence of the person or place. I create images to depict the subject as they are remembered in the mind. Not posed or unnatural, but as a window into the intimate world of the subject.”
Jill Brown is a member of Professional Photographers of America.
Today I the kids and I were a little restless so I decided to take them to the studio to do some test shots. The kids and I had a fun time just messing around.
When we got there all of the studio lights were in their bags since the guys at IKONIX were shooting at Wells Fargo Arena the night before. Since I wasn't so sure how they were to be set up, the images below were taken with bookends and with both natural light and on-camera flash. Tom of IKONIX did come down half-way though the shoot and help me set up the lighting, however my favorite shots were from before he got there.
I am pleased with the way they turned out and am excited about working in the studio more.
Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) Macro ALSO INCLUDES a B&W UV Haze lens filter
Condition: Excellent. No scratches on glass and body. Only minimal scratches on lens-cap. Works great!
From B&H Photo's website - lens description: This Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di Lens incorporates a motor built into the lens itself, which gives it the capability to autofocus with all Nikon DSLR cameras (including the D40 and D40x). In addition, with the motor built into the lens, focusing will be quieter and more responsive.
The 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di lens is an ultra-compact lens. Its compactness makes it look and feel like an ordinary standard zoom lens, yet provides the versatility that a fast constant maximum aperture offers and will definitely reshape photographic horizons.
Features like LD glass elements and Internal Focusing put this lens in the same category of professional lenses as much bigger and more expensive Tamron lenses.
• Digitally Integrated Design (Di), is a designation Tamron puts on lenses featuring optical systems designed to meet the performance characteristics of digital SLR cameras.
• LD glass elements reduces various aberrations while minimizing the fall-off of light at the corners
• Features XR (extra refractive index) glass and efficient use of aspherical lenses
Date: January, 9, 2010 Locations: Des Moines Botanical Center, Papajohn Sculpture Park, Temple for the Performing Arts
Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh! I just love, love, LOVE this couple! They are absolutely freaking cute! I had such a fun time with them on Saturday photographing their engagement session! We were all over Des Moines... and even ventured outside in the 2* weather! At one point in time, I fell in a hole... at the Papajohn Sculpture Park... in the snow... but the camera was saved! (Any good photographer instinctively thrusts the arm with the camera in the air when they are falling.)
I am so excited to shoot this couple's wedding in June. If their wedding day is half as fun as the e-session - wow! It's gonna be awesome!
Thanks, Lindsey and Chris, for hanging with me for a couple of hours in the freezing cold!
This post is more for personal reference and a declaration so that maybe, maybe I can stick to this. I have two main goals this year... and they are rather simple...
*ONE* ...to take a photograph every day. A 365 project. My 12 year-old daughter found an "app" for our iPhones called "Project 365". It's nothing fancy... just a way to organize the photos we take for our 365 project. We are doing it together. We remind each other... "did you take your photo today?". They are all going to be taken with the iPhone camera... mostly because it's ALWAYS with me. I'm pretty excited about it and think it's awesome that Hannah and I are doing it together. So far I've taken a photo every day. Some days they are carefully thought through... some days I say... "Oh crap! I still need to talk my daily photo!" :) Here's a photo from day two...
*TWO* ...to do more creative, personal work. I spend so much time photographing for other people (which I *love* so much!!), I don't get much time to photograph for myself. When I first moved to Iowa I was *in love* with all of the wonderful barns scattered everywhere. For a whole year I shot barns. I would drag my husband out on a Saturday afternoon and go on a barn hunt. I would experiment with editing... using more creative techniques. It fed my right brain. My right brain is feeling somewhat deprived these days. So this year it's time to feed the right brain. Here's one from my barn series (circa 2006)...
If you read this all the way through... thanks! I wish you all the luck in the world with all of your goals set for 2010. Take care...