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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Bayline Beat Photo Blog Has a New Home

Our new Blog can found on our new Website at:

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  • News
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 We are thrilled at the tremendous growth of Robbie McLean Photography and our parent firm, Bayline Studios.

It has been a great ride and we will see you all at the new Blog

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Great News!

Our site is expanding and moving over to Pro Photo /Word Press, to better serve our clients.

Please visit us at while we make the transition. Stop in and "Like" our page.

You can always visit us at:

We will be up and running by the beginning of April.
There will be lots of deals to celebrate our expansion!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thanksgiving in Colorado

Every time I go on assignment to Colorado, it gets harder and harder to come back. Even though I am a NAVY water person, there is something about the mountains that keeps tugging at my heart. I love Boulder and the surrounding areas, hey I am even a Bronco's fan!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Assignment Quebec

The crew and I had a great time in Quebec. Rock concerts, weddings, and oh yeah we actually got to take a couple of days to do what else? Take pictures! Can't wait to go back in the Spring.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Country Wedding 9/4/2011

Baltimore Grand Prix

The Baltimore Grand Prix was a huge hit.  Given the recent weather activity, we were quite lucky. Although the weather Gods could have toned down the humidity a little bit, we will take it!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Fall Weddings

Fall is  great time for weddings. With the right timing the colors of nature are vibrant and breathtaking.

Of course Fall wedding require a little extra planning, because of possible bad weather. As with all outdoor events, it is crucial to have a backup plan. You should review this with your event coordinator and make sure that the facility that you are using has the staff and the man power to move everything inside if needed. By asking the right questions and getting it in writing, if weather does happen the night before or the day of, you will be ready.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Get Ready for Fall

Get ready for Fall with some great summer portraits.

Now is the perfect time to get the crew togther and preserve those precious Summer memories. The days are longer, more family and friends are around,k and the bounty of Summer is everywhere.

Believe it or not cloudy days are great for getting colors to pop off the page. The clouds help diffuse the light and make skin tones softer and glow. Late afternoon and dusk are perfect for beach and landscapes. The sun is lower and the light is softer.

Learn how to get your camera off of auto and enjoy more creative freedom. Up coming tutorials will illustrate all that you need to know to take great picyures. Stay tuned........ :)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Summer Picture Fun

The Summer is a great time to practice your photography skills. There is always so much going on. So much subject matter to shoot.

Here are a couple of tips:

Since the sun is at it's strongest, try to shoot earlier in the day, before 10AM and later in the day, after 5PM. The light is softer and more diffused. Harsh light causes shadows and unflattering people shots. Try to avoid shooting between 11-3PM. If that can't be avoided try a few simple tricks.

 Increase shutter speed for a darker background. Use your flash to add fill light to your subject. Yes I said your flash. It will help balance out the shadows created by harsh light. Also a lens hood is a good idea. No lens hood, not to worry. You can use that paperback book on your beach chair to help keep unwanted light from entering the lens. Also try having the sun at different angles. Contrary to popular belief, your back does not always have to be to the sun.

Try these simple techniques. Next time silhouettes and sunsets.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Children's Photography Tips

When photographing children it is important to get on their level.

I mean this in several ways. First, think like a kid. What are they into? It is always great to photography children in their natural environment. Kids like their "stuff". so why not use that to convey their personality. Going to a sterile white, bright lights, lots of people box studio can be very frightening to kids. That is why I am behind the camera. It's scary out there :)

We specialize in location shoots. Familiar surroundings that are non threatening to kids, and 9 out of 10 times yield great results on the first try.

Also get down to their height level. That way all of your shots from standing up are not looking down on them. Lie down on the rug, rest the camera on the arm rest of a couch. Also make it a game.

One thing to keep in mind, if the child is just not into it at that moment, don't force the issue. No one wants red puffy faces, red eyes, tears and runny noses in their pictures. Plus, you don't want them running and hiding the next time they see you reach for the camera.

Get creative, go outside, do helping mommy in the kitchen, dress up is always a hit with kids. Just have fun with it.

When it is time for the must have Holiday, graduation, prom, engagement, team sports shots, do yourself a favor though.... Hire a pro. It is not worth missing these once in a life time shots because of a few $$'s. What you will save in stress and aggravation, will pay for itself.

Have fun. When it is time to call us..... You'll know.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Great Month for Weddings

May has been an awsome month for weddings. For the most part the weather gods have cooperated
nicely. There is just something I love about shooting weddings. Yes it is quite stressful, but extremely rewarding.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Wild Wacky Weather

Hey Toto, I don't think we are in Kansas anymore.

Wow tornado warnings for two days now. I was teaching a photography class at CCBC and the sirens went off. We all had to take shelter. Very spooky how quickly the sky went black.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

2011 Susan G. Komen Grant Awards

What a great event. Such a positive message. This is the second year that Bayline Studios and Robbie McLean Photography have been involved with the Race for the Cure. Look for Team Bayline for Boobies at this years race!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A Day in DC

A great day in DC, as the crew took in the 2011 Cherry Blossom Festival, and then migrated down to Dulles International to the Air and Space Museum.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Get Blue Skies in your photos

This is a great time of year to practice your outdoor photo skills, and hone them for the Spring, Summer and Fall months ahead.

To get great colors in your shots on a sunny day, there are a few rules and tricks.

1. Try shooting earlier in the day, before Noon. Earlier in the day is better because the light is softer and more diffused.

2. Try shooting later in the day. Use the "Golden Hours". Just before sunset, to about 1/2-an hour after. You will get some ethereal qualities to your photos.

3. Sunny 16. Use a narrow aperture of F-16, and a shutter speed of 100, at 100 ISO. Of course your camera needs to be on manual settings. You can use F-11, 14, and 18, depending on your camera.

4. Use a lens hood to keep sun flare and unwanted light reaching the light meter to a minimum.

5. Experiment and have fun!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Day at the Washington's

Wow what a difference a couple of days makes!

Just last weekend it was sunny with a high of almost 70'. Today we have 5 inches of snow! Over the weekend, Heather and I ventured down to Mount Vernon, to George Washington" beloved home. Great photo opps. I suggest getting there right as they open, so that you can take your time, and not be rushed through the mansion.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Cold day on the Chesapeake

I love shooting at night. There are so many challenges and ways of using light. This shot was taken in sub-freezing temps and high winds. I cannot overstate the value of a sturdy tripod for long exposures.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Capital City Colonials

My love of American History has led me to join a colorful band of folks in Annapolis.

Capital City Colonials of Annapolis gives guided tours of historic points of interest pertaining to the 18th century Annapolis.

Annapolis has the most still in use buildings from the 1700's in a mile radius. The State House for one, which actually served as our nations capital. It is also where George Washington resigned his commission as commander in chief of the army and became a civilian.

Here we are at a recent function for "New Annapolitans" a sort of welcome wagon for new members of the community.

Yours truly is in the green sleeved waistcoat on the left.