Oct 2, 2014

Happy 6th Wedding Anniversary Tia and Mitch

Happy Wedding Anniversary!!!

Tia and Mitch, Beach Wedding, Yorktown, VA

Sep 14, 2014

The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center - Art with a sense of Humor

Relaxing end to the weekend. Attended the "Art with a Sense of Humor" exhibit. Met some local artists with their humorous artwork.


Painting of Velvet Bullfighter, Vellum Painting, Lent by Rick Griffin


Newport News Portrait Photography - ArtBphotography Inc. - Katya's Photo Session

Portrait Photography Session in Newport News with Katya.
Katya looked very good in her tight jeans and a white blouse. She was a perfect model to work with!

Sep 9, 2014

Family Portrait Photography - Siblings Photosession

Siblings photo shoot with Amilia and Gabriel, Yorktown, VA

Part of a family portrait photography is photographing siblings together. The most challenging thing is to keep children next to each other in order to capture them smiling in one frame.
And it even looks like they like each other. LOL

Sep 8, 2014

Vintage Baby Photography

Vintage Baby Photography by Hampton Roads Family Portrait Photographer, Beata Whitehead


Sep 1, 2014

Northern Gannet Colony - Bonaventure Island

One of my summer vacation trips - Bonaventure Island,  home to one of the largest colonies of Northern Gannets in the world with 95,600 birds in 2011. 

Jul 2, 2014


Strength and weight benefits from carbon
By Beata Whitehead from Newport News on 7/2/2014

4out of 5
Describe Yourself: Pro Photographer
I am a professional photographer and I do a lot of nature photography in addition to weddings. I have always lugged my heavy tripod to my weddings and just figured that was the price I had to pay for great shots. However, I recently started a new project capturing the many waterfalls of Hamilton Ontario which requires a lot of hiking up and down mountainous hillsides. It was then I decided it was time to invest in newer light weight equipment. Since I would be carrying a camera backpack I needed something that was light and would fold small.
After extensive research I decided the 3Pod P4CFH tripod with the H2 ballhead was the best choice for me. It has strength and weight benefits from carbon fiber material and with some other nice features the price offers a lot of "bang for the buck". It has a nice design that allows it to fold flat and when I retract the legs fully it shrinks to 18 inches in length. The flat short design, which I was skeptical about at first, makes it so I can easily stack things on it in my carryon or slide it next to other items in my backpack. Brilliant!
The center leg unscrews to make a monopod. It comes with a strap and the center leg also has a soft foam rubber hand grip. These are nice, well thought out touches. Sometimes a monopod is all I need and the reduction of weight in my backpack is much appreciated. The center column which attaches to the ballhead unscrews easily which allows me to make the choice of height vs. weight. In many cases I choose in favor of the lower weight on long hikes and heavy loads.
I usually use the rubber pads on the feet but in some hillsides with turf or soft earth, I will take the pads off and use the built in spikes instead. The legs adjust easily with a slight twist to loosen and twist back to tighten.
The leg angle can also be extended. Recently in very rugged area I need stability on an oddly angled rock which stood waist high. I opened the leg ratchets and the tripod base was almost opened to a platform with the legs retracted.
The K2 Ballhead is made from lightweight aluminum and it moves smoothly a full 360 degrees for panoramic shots or panning videos which I also do. It also comes with a quick release plate with a bubble level which locks your camera tightly. My only concern is the piece that attaches to the camera requires frequent retightening. I will have to look into why it continues to loosen on its own. Last but not least it come with a nice compact carry case with a velvet bag for the ballhead.
Since my purchase I have photographed Bermuda extensively as well as, 20 of the 100 Hamilton waterfalls and I am very pleased with my choice of equipment.

Jun 30, 2014

Hundred+ Waterfalls of Hamilton, Ontario Canada


                                                                   Buttermilk Falls

                                                                     Lower Mill Falls

                                                               Lower Glendale Falls

                                                              Middle Glendale Falls

                                                                        Sherman Falls

                                                                           Tew's Falls

                                                                         Tiffany Falls

                                                                     Upper Glendale

                                                                    Webster Falls

Jun 25, 2014

Wildlife Photography by Beata Whitehead

When I'm not busy shooting weddings, you can find me outside shooting wildlife.

Jun 24, 2014

Wedding Photography Finder.com

Mar 19, 2014

Lake Ontario, Canada, Trumpeter and Mute Swans

Jan 8, 2014

Window Frost

Window frost also called fern frost or ice flowers

Window Frost

Photography by Beata Whitehead

Window Frost

"Window frost (also called fern frost or ice flowers) forms when a glass pane is exposed to very cold air on the outside and moderately moist air on the inside. If the pane is not a good insulator (such as a single pane window), water vapor condenses on the glass forming patterns. With very low temperatures outside, frost can appear on the bottom of the window even with double pane energy efficient windows. (Due to air convection between two panes of glass, the bottom part of the glazing unit is always colder than the top part.) The glass surface influences the shape of crystals, so imperfections, scratches, or dust can modify the way ice nucleates. If the indoor air is very humid, rather than moderately so, water will first condense in small droplets and then freeze into clear ice."  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frost

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