Greenwald Betz Family Portrait | Pittsburgh Family Photographer

This is an inner southeast family with an adorable Old Portland house, complete with stunning front porch and a climbing wall and treehouse in the yard.  August (Gus) is 3 and baby Ezekiel (Zeke) is 9 months.  I just love these boys’ solid citizen names.  Gus was one of the names on our short list of baby names for Jonah (along with Grover and Emory), but we went with Jonah because it just seemed more suitable somehow.  Anyway, I loved how these portraits turned out with all the variations of stripes (3 shirts + siding) and with mom’s devotional tattoo peeking out alongside her adorable sons.  So charming!

Totally dying over Zeke’s two little teeth showing. He is just a couple weeks older than Jonah and reminds me of him so much!

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Three years old might be my favorite age to photograph.  They seem still unaware of the camera and just want to play.  Silas and I got to spend some time in the backyard running around, and some of my favorite shots came from rolling a toy car back and forth on the picnic table.  I told him to try to hit the lens with the car and he seemed to think that was pretty fun.  What a great kid!  And 4-month-old baby Pearl has such a pretty baby girl face, I am in love!

I thought that family shot would look nice on this card:

Love that vintage border.  More from this shoot coming soon to my Flickr page & Facebook.

Does Holga have a place in a professional portrait shoot?

I just got back my first roll of Holga film that I used on a family shoot and here are the results:family photography portland oregon

A few regular, non-Holga shots from the rest of the shoot are here.

My brief description of Holga is that it’s a big, boxy plastic camera (mine is bright red) that uses medium-format film, and its claim to fame is that it is very low tech.  Things like blurriness and light leaks are considered desirable qualities, and most photographers do not even look through a viewfinder, but instead just sort of point the camera in the general direction of their intended subject.  I love it and think the photos are special and interesting, but I realize that it’s not for everyone.  I am considering shooting a roll every time I go out (in addition to shooting normal, well-lit digital shots as usual), but I’m guessing that blurry, “artsy” shots don’t really interest most people who are investing their time and money in a professional portrait.  So, does Holga/Lomography have a place in a professional photo shoot or not?