Track is Back!!

The 2011 Minnechaug Boys Track season started this week and boy am I rusty track photographer!! Track is a challenging subject to shoot. The action is fast, the sun is either blinding you or casting heavy shadows and people are are always getting in the way….anyway enough excuses lol! I have a few more upcoming meets to practice at over the next few weeks.

First off Garrett Agustin in the high jump. Yep, my baby boy.


Tyler Chateauvert, javelin thrower extraordinaire…


Willy Damon putting in a huge effort in the 100 yd dash


Garrett Agustin winning his heat in the 100…


Donovan Haywood in the 100…


All of these shots were taken the Nikkor 85mm f1.4 lens.  A great and versatile lens but maybe a little too short for a messy triple track meet.  Long focal lengths are your friend when there is so many people and stuff in the shot.  See more pix of track on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/mariaagustinphotography.



We had a few potential models over to our studio a couple of weeks ago. With the new space, there was plenty of room for friends and associates Beckie, Dave and I to spread out. We had a blast!… except for when I almost almost amputated my finger on the rickety old fan that now has officially retired.  (I’m lucky the blades were plastic.  All in the name of hair motion…

For my photography peeps, these were shot with AB beauty dish (love that), really cheap knockoff strip box (still does it for me) and my fab Nikon 24-70 f2.8. 

Here are some of my favorites. Enjoy…


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And my man Matty…

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Beckie…(in the back)


Of course you can see more at my Facebook page www.facebook.com/mariaagustinphotography or my website at www.mariaagustin.com. Thanks for looking and don’t forget to leave a comment and tell them how great they look!

So good friends the Matthews came to visit me for last minute Christmas cards and I while they got their cards in time for Christmas, I have fallen behind on my other photo editing. So without further ado, here they are…they are just too darn cute not to share!


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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,600 times in 2010. That’s about 6 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 12 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 33 posts. There were 134 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 8mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was December 13th with 49 views. The most popular post that day was 2010 Minnechaug Falcons Football Seniors.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, mariaagustin.com, networkedblogs.com, edline.net, and mail.yahoo.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for maria agustin photography, newborn photography poses, baby photography poses, rock the frock, and garrett agustin.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


2010 Minnechaug Falcons Football Seniors December 2010


Risky [Baby] Business December 2009
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Olivia & Rachel Rock the Frock June 2009


Mighty with a Spear – Minnechaug versus East Longmeadow Javelin May 2009


About January 2009

Because I always get so many questions on how I do this, here are the components to the Falcon football Seniors’ portrait.

First the final product  (in my favorite new format – super wide!!):

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Then the boys taken in the Chaug gym:

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A straggler who was injured:


An old pic of the field I had laying around:


An of course you need good lighting… Not that the Chaug field has good lighting but I can create my own:


Then you need a little photoshop magic and a little artistic vision and you get your final product. Hope you enjoy!

Meet the Babulas

When the Babula family came to our studio on a recent weekend in their matching fashionista outfits I was thrilled!!  Beautiful family, cooperative kids, perfectly accessorized and coifed. (check out their footwear) – life is good. I think it would be impossible to take a bad picture of them!! They asked for black and white but I think they look pretty gorgeous in color too. DSC_8571_pp copy DSC_8584_pp copy

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Check out more pics of the Babula family at my facebook page www.facebook.com/mariaagustinphotography and my website at www.mariaagustin.com. Thanks for looking!

Bryn // Chaug Senior

Bryn came to see me for her Senior pix and brought her whole family!! Great bunch of people, especially little bro who was my lighting assistant throughout the shoot and worked only for Candy Corn!!  Bryn is a beautiful, poised and confidant young lady who knew exactly what she wanted.  She and her friend Sarah made a cute and bubbly twosome with their matching outfits and all.

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and friend Sarah rocks the gazebo at fountain park:

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See more pictures of Bryn on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/mariaagustinphotography and my website at www.mariaagustin.com.