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Best of Western Washington and Urban Unveiled

Voting has started for King 5 Evening Magazine’s “Best of Western Washington”. Why not help let everyone know YOUR choice of the best Wedding Vendors. Naturally we would be HONORED to have your vote! It only takes a minute to vote! (more…)

Babes of Newcastle

Golf Club at Newcastle is renown for it’s expansive views and brilliant sunsets. Utterly professional are the women who support lucky couples who choose this amazing venue. After an hour with the GCN crew it’s easy to love the glam-gone-giddy side of the otherwise professional Babes of Newcastle.

Tonhya photographed this lovely group in the JKP studio during our last “Happy Hour Special”. See. Don’t they look happy? Tonhya did a great job capturing their playful side.

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New! HAPPY HOUR at Janet Klinger Photography

Due to the huge popularity of these sessions, June 30th will be our final session date

Come to our studio during Happy Hour for your FREE photo session!

Sharlane is Officially an Associate Photographer. Talk about Win-Win

Announcing the fabulous Sharlane

The impression that Associate Photographers are “less than” simply isn’t true at Janet Klinger Photography. The ever popular Sharlane Chase has come on board as a Featured Photographer. Together we have formed a win-win relationship. The first part was easy for me: choosing to pursue Sharlane as an Associate. Ever since meeting her, I have been impressed with Sharlane’s positive, creative energy. I fell in love with her work for it’s natural, playful, yet somehow classic style; exactly the same qualities that shine in Sharlane herself. If you are lucky enough to secure Sharlane for wedding photography, you’ll find someone who is passionate about creating something unique just for you. Not only is this inspiring for Sharlane’s clients, but for Sharlane herself. Finding the differences, enhancing the traditions in each wedding, Sharlane remains inspired as an artist, year after wonderful year.

So why would Sharlane, a popular, highly skilled, much published photographer want a Associate relationship? (more…)

Top Fifteen List: What Every Photo Assistant or Second Shooter Knows

Whether you shoot weddings, mitzvahs, or corporate events, working as a photo team has advantages. Since 1991 I wouldn’t consider working an event without an additional photographer. While the biggest benefit is having a second set of eyes to capture moments I might not see myself, or to cover a second location simultaneously, the advantages are many. However, before asking these more advanced responsibilities of team members, I like to make sure the basics are covered.

Here is my Top Fifteen “What every Photography Assistant and Shooter Knows” list I like all members of the JKP team to know from day one, helping keep not only the event running smoothly, but the post production time to a minimum.

  1. Sync your camera Date/Time with the Primary Photographer’s camera before the event.
  2. Count all pieces of gear before and after the event, including notating the number of CF cards. Put the numbers list in the “exposed CF cards” bag.
  3. Only shoot macro close-ups at an aperture of 4.0 or less if you are on a tripod or are at a shutter speed of 1/125 of faster. (It helps to take off the heavy camera bag.)
  4. Unless it is incredibly bright so that you are unable to get your desired aperture, you are usually better off shooting at ISO 400 than 100 (here in the great NW).
  5. Unless you are going for a motion effect, or are capturing ambient light in a dark space, please shoot at a shutter speed of 1/45th of a second or faster. If using a long lens, your shutter should be at least as fast as your longest lens capability until you know you can succeed otherwise. Example: if shooting a 24-70mm use a minimum shutter speed of 1/80. If a 70-200mm use a minimum shutter speed of 1/200.
  6. Do not exceed ISO 1000 on Canon 40D and “below”. If you must choose a higher ISO, use the custom function “reduce noise”. Triple check your exposure when shooting in low light to avoid noise.
  7. Everybody blinks. Shoot at least the number of subjects plus one, up to a max of eight exposures. 2 people= 3 exposures minimum, 5 people=6 exposure minimum, but 8 people=8 exposures.
  8. Group shots (6 or more people, or 2 rows +) require a minimum aperture of 5.6 unless using a 20mm or wider angle lens where 4.0 is fine. (Obviously you can play with small depth of field making one or two people stand out, but don’t let this art shot be the only variation of a group.)
  9. If shooting over the main shooters shoulder, use a radically different lens or your image will probably get rejected as a similar.
  10. Use manual exposure when shooting against a window, large doorway, bright sky, or other back lit situation. In a pinch, simply stay on auto, set to over expose by 1-2 stops depending on the desired effect and amount of back light present. Work on checking exposure regularly to avoid forgetting to reset exposure.
  11. Check your histogram at least once every new lighting situation to be sure you are capturing appropriate highlights and shadows. This is much more trustworthy exposure check than your preview.
  12. To capture someone walking towards you, choose a shutter speed of 1/125 or faster, Al Servo mode, “all” focus points, and I prefer one shot mode for regular speed walking to select “the moment”, and a fast motor wind for a hustle walk, run or jump in combo with a shutter 1/250 or faster.
  13. Download CF cards to portable drive as soon as full.
  14. Keep CF cards/film on your person at ALL times, even when we shoot out of state weddings and hike, dine, or partake in other adventures. (Water related events we choose a third party to entrust with cards until we are safe and dry.)
  15. While downloading to a portable drive immediately gives us a second copy of all images created, this is not a fool-proof system and therefore does not replace downloading each and every CF card individually to the main production hard-drive immediately upon arriving at the studio.

Now for the fun part- Let’s go shoot!

Showing your Pride with Jane P. this June!

Associate Photographer (and intrepid Production Manager) Jane P. is celebrating Pride Month by offering 20% off portrait sessions with LGBT/alternative families & individuals in the month of June! You can check out her portfolio under “Associates & Design” on the main website. Weekend sessions are available, except the day of the Seattle Pride parade (but if you find her there, I’m sure she’ll have a camera handy!). Portraits are in-studio and immediate environs only.

Call the studio at 206-622-7478 to take advantage of this special event!

Good times at the Greenwood-Phinney Art Walk

This is Jane P. with a note from the production department; I just wanted to post a few of my favorites from the art walk photo sessions; it was a real blast to watch Chris work!


These guys invited us to the High Dive this Thursday for a Seattle Works benefit show.




You can see the whole shoot here.

Introducing Chris B, our New Associate Photographer

Chris B has joined us here at Janet Klinger Photography. Shooting both portraits, events and weddings, Chris is a huge asset to the team. He’s soft spoken, unobtrusive and has an eye for the moment. His portraits are works of art, sophisticated in their simplicity. Decide for yourself. We’re offering an associate special through May 31, 2007. Chris is also photographing art lovers during the annual Greenwood-Phinney Art Walk. Come meet Chris in person, and see what he can do for you!


Photo sessions with Jane ON SALE! Ends May 31st

Janet Klinger Photography Re-introduces Associate Shooters.

Spotlight: Jane P.

I know, I know. We’ve been dealing with the confusion of name similarity for two years now. But she’s worth the confusion! What matters most to me: her warmth, technical savvy, dedication, humor, and personableness. These may matter to you too, but it’s Jane’s talent and personality that will keep you requesting her for your portrait sessions. The fact that she’s 50% less than me for portrait sessions doesn’t hurt either!

Jane comes from a Fine Art Photography background. With training from talented professionals and a fine art photography degree from Photographic Center Northwest, Jane has fine tuned her photo skills beyond my requirements. I simply didn’t want to give her up in the studio. Now, she’s agreed to stay on in both capacities. Ahhh. Beautiful Life!

Composite: Jane

Jane’s Normal Pricing: Includes one month of on-line proofing, plus a 30 minute design session within the first 3 weeks of being posted on-line.

20 min sessions including up to 16 exposures are $75 in studio weekdays, $100 weekends and evenings.

60 min sessions including up to 72 exposures are $150 in studio weekdays, $200 weekends and evenings.

Additional exposures are $3 each or add $150 for unlimited exposures. A full set of digital file originals is a $300 optional add-on. For print/album orders of $1000 or more, the originals are included, just as with Janet.

New Associate Special. Book a session with Jane by May 31st and receive unlimited exposures and one 8×10 at no extra charge.