Fall is always a crazy busy time for work at Old Hat. Football and fall sports are all starting their seasons while design work is in full swing for basketball, hockey and other winter sports. Somehow I still managed to cram a ton of fun into my "spare time" over the past couple of months. I started with getting to go to Isle of Palms in South Carolina for a weekend with some friends. It's the second time we've all been able to take this trip. It's hard not to have fun when you get to sit on the beach and hang out with friends (and no kids) for the weekend!

Since one girls weekend wasn't enough, I also had the opportunity to meet up with two of my closest friends since elementary school for a weekend in New York City. I hadn't been to New York since I was 12, so I was really excited to go back. It was great to see my friends who I don't get to see very often since they are both in CA, and to get to explore NYC for a couple of days together! 

 

Since my husband is from Missouri and a Mizzou grad, and now that Mizzou is in the SEC, my sister-in-law and brother-in-law have been coming out each year for one of Mizzou's away games. Last year we all went to their game at Georgia and this year we went to the game at South Carolina. Coincidentally, Tim and I wore the same shirts for both games, and Mizzou won both games. I guess there's no choice to wear the same shirts again next year at whatever game we end up going to.

 

Outside of the traveling fun this fall, we've been having lots of fun with the kiddos at home as well. From soccer games, to birthdays, to pumpkin patches, Halloween and more, it's been a great fall and I can't wait to see what fun we have over the winter months as well.

Today we're going to talk about the most exciting kind of photo shoot there is...THE SEAMLESS BACKGROUND SHOOT!

Ok, I'm kidding obviously. I do dozens of this kind of shoot every year and some might say that this is one of the least exciting kind of shoots there is.

But it doesn't have to be boring. In fact, there are a million different options when doing a seamless shoot. Today we're going to talk about a couple of different ones. 

• The Blown Out Background 

Sometimes the goal of your shoot is to highlight the person against the seamless without any kind of photoshop wizardry. This means no cutouts, so your background will stand alone on its own merits. This can mean a lot of different tones between black and white, but most of the time with student-athletes, or dancers in the case of the above photo, we go for a bright gray to white. 

• The Dark Background 

The opposite of a white background. If you go for a dark background, you may want some kind of rim light to separate your subject from fading away into the darkness. Other times, that might be exactly the vibe you're going for. Notice how both of the backgrounds are dark in the pictures above, but not the exact same tone. Even when you're going dark, there are options.

That's it for today! More to come...

Guys, I'm not going to lie, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel that is basketball season and I'm staggering towards it. Like Stevie said in an earlier blog post, our brains are pretty fried and full of highlights at this point in early November. I'll add that my brain is pretty fried on emails and questions too. I'm told those are the joys of being in charge. So in conclusion, I'll wrap up this futile attempt at clever writing and let one of our 2014-15 basketball intros do all of the talking:

 

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