Welcome to Landslide Photography

Photographs are the physical preservation of memories. Timbra Wiist, owner/operator, sets out to capture "The Journey of Motherhood" through maternity, birth photography, newborn and nursing portraits, and beyond.

Who is Landslide Photography?

Timbra Wiist holds a Degree in Photography from Sacramento City College (Sacramento, CA) with special emphasis on Photojournalism, Wedding and Portrait Photography. She takes a photojournalistic approach to traditional portraiture. Pricing and information found at The Journey of Motherhood, the main focus of Landslide Photography. Timbra also photographs on location for Weddings, Events (parties, reunions, etc) and Portrait sittings, as she has done for the past eight years.

Sponsored Post: The LA Shop

I was recently asked to review a light system from the theLAshop.  The LAshop sells tons of fun stuff from furniture to tattoo equipment, photography equipment and stuff to make even the best party BETTER (cotton candy machines, popcorn machines, etc).  A few months ago I reviewed a backdrop stand for this company and really liked their product, so when I was approached again to review a continuous light system, I jumped at the chance.

My light system came promptly, unfortunately I have trouble being prompt about posting my reviews and it's taken a while to find an opportunity to pull the light system out and set it up, even though it is a super easy and quick set up (that's what happens when you lead a busy life and after seven years living in the same place your photography business is suddenly and FINALLY experiencing growth).

This system is pretty awesome.  It's lightweight and comes in a manageable and convenient carrying case.  There aren't any complicated pieces: 2 white umbrellas, 2 bulbs, 2 bulb attachments with power switches, cord and plug (all in one, no detaching) and 2 light stands.

The light stands can be as compact as you need them to be.  My house is pretty small and doesn't have any super large spaces for setting up a "studio" but I was able to make a quick "studio" in my tiny (6ft x 6ft) hallway using a backdrop and these two lights.  You can also extend the light stands to approximately 8 feet and they are stored at about 2.5 feet in length.
The lights do have to be plugged in and they are continuous lights, not strobe/flash.  The color on the subject is great the they are really a perfect start-up light system or a great on-site light system for those who want to add a studio look to their photography (or mix up a single session with some natural lighting and some studio lighting).
I really like this product and the price is very reasonable.  I have had a light system for years that is much more difficult to set up and I found this system to be easy and without hassle (and cost three times as much for a single light).  I was able to pull everything out of the box and have a two-light studio set-up within about 10 minutes, which is perfect because I photograph families and young children, so I need something that is quick and easy to set up and take down without wasting the time of the client or the patience of the child!  I would highly recommend this light system for anyone looking to create a small studio or who does on-location work, just remember, they have to be used where a power source is available.  If you have a budding photographer on your Christmas list, this would be a great purchase at a super reasonable price!

The LA Shop (Sponsored Blog Post)

A couple of months ago I was contacted by theLAshop.com to do a review on one of their awesome products.  I got to choose from a list of several items.  The LA Shop sells photography and lighting equipment, tattoo equipment and even fun stuff like cotton candy, fondue and popcorn machines!  Since I'm a photographer and have always wanted a more legit set up for backdrops (you know, more legit than using push pins to tack a sheet to the wall on my kiddos' birthdays) I decided to try out something more practical.

I got my 8x10 foot portable photography background backdrop stand kit in the mail really quickly after ordering and was eager to use it.  I actually set it up right away and my kids were able to help me easily assemble it.  I took one quick picture and ended up not being able to do any more than that for nearly another month.
 In a series of chaotic life events, it has taken me about two months to finally have time to pull it out and really see the total dimensions of the product.  It comes in a totally compact case which my (nearly) four year old can easily lift (but thankfully not carry very far) and my husband finds to be just the right weight distribution to have started doing bicep curls with :)  This is perfect for tossing in the car and heading out to a job without a bunch of bulky equipment to handle.
 Inside are six very simple pieces and the assembly could not be easier.  Four rods fit into one another and then are suspended across two tripods.
I wanted to really see how big the frame could get, but for that, it had to be taken outside, because our house would not fit it.

The frame offers an awesome variety of dimensions.  It can be adjusted easily from 2.5 feet to 8.5 feet high and horizontally from 5 feet to 10 feet.  It can be adjusted by one person, though, if being used outdoors, I'd recommend two hands for steadying as I had a little trouble once I got it to full size.  My daughters were eager to model for me, so here are some of the dimension capabilities as compared to an average sized 7 year old.

I did have one small problem, which may have just been my particular set, since it only seemed to be a problem on one of the tripods.  The mechanism which allows stability of the tripod legs, would not tighten down enough for the legs to stay securely in place, so they slipped a little.  After trying to tighten it down too much,however, I could not then loosen it again, because the screw would just slip around. It is a flat-headed screw, there's no easy way to hold it while trying to loosen the plastic "wingnut."  Again, this only happened on one of the two, so it may just have been a fluke, but it makes adjusting one of the tripods very difficult since I can now neither tighten nor loosen it when needed.

Overall  I really like this product.  It can be moved easily from place to place, can be assembled and set up simply by just one person, and the versatility of dimensions allows use for photographing itty bitty newborns to large family groups, with up to only six pieces to put together at any given time.  The Portable Backdrop is priced at $69.99 and I believe it is worth the investment for photographers on the go and for moms, dads, grandparents or whoever would like an easier way to take more formal looking photos of their families!  Be sure to check out theLAshop.com for other great gift ideas, you will definitely find something for EVERYONE on your list!

Jet 5 Months

Absolutely, positively, my favorite baby boy. I was there for this little guy's birth and his parents are dear friends. He has the most amazing blue eyes and the sweetest little gummy smile. His mama loves the #5 and we did one of the "father's day mini sessions" for his five month photos in June.

Terry-Lorenzo Family

Some of my favorite people to photograph. We took these photos in Liberty Park in May just before saying good-bye and sending the Terry-Lorenzo family off to Boston.

The photos last published here are nearly a year old now! It's not that I haven't had any photo shoots since last May, and I can't say that I'm so busy with photos shoots that I hardly have time to update, it's just that. . .well. . . some things take time, like going back through the archives of photo sessions and choosing just a handful of favorites! I'll be setting up a booth at Celebration of Women this Saturday, in Orem, and am excited about how this may boost my nursing photography, by reaching a very specific community of women! There will be two give aways for photo sessions and a new price list revealed, as well as information given out with regards to this year's World Breastfeeding Week Fundraiser for LLL, which will be my THIRD year doing nursing portraits as a fundraiser. Very excited about all that is ahead of me!


The lovely hosts of the day: A baby boy adoredAnd a couple with Grandma too