In today's digital world I feel that it's important that the books, prints and wall portraits that I create are designed to last a lifetime. I hope they help you relive precious moments and bring you joy each and every day.
As a professional photographer who has done THOUSANDS of headshots in her lifetime it seems odd to me that many people still can't see the difference between a good one and a bad one. I realize that using light properly is my business and so it should be more obvious to me than to others, but I sometimes think people believe that ANY photo of their face will work. I log in to my LinkedIn page and pull up my contacts (you know that screen that asks you if you want to connect with anyone who ever knew anyone that you knew?) and I see every type of bad business portrait imaginable. Try it. They may not all be as bad as the WORST REALTOR HEADSHOTS shown here but they are every level of blurry, dark, and distracting you can imagine.
And small business owners seem to be the biggest victims. As a small business owner I understand how tempting it is to stretch every dollar and avoid every unnecessary expense but trust me, a good business headshot is the last place you want to scrimp. And compared to paying the accountant and the tax bill, good headshots are not even that expensive!
Here are a couple of things to look for in a good business portrait:
1. Light in the eyes. Photographers call them catchlights, and you need them. Without catchlights eyes look flat and dead. And we're not talking about the neon green glow from your cellphone flash, we're talking about a tiny reflection that shows the direction the light is coming from.
2. A neutral or non-distracting background. Not the Christmas tree. Not the sports bar where your friend whipped out a cell phone and kind of got you in focus. Not your cubicle with post it notes all over the walls. A neutral background draws attention to your face. And depending on the industry you're in, this can change. Light bright backgrounds work great for the tech industry, for example.
3. Relaxed, confident body language. This is actually as important to a good headshot as your smile. Making eye contact with the camera, leaning in instead of leaning back and keeping your chin down will help you look confident. Your shoulders tell a story, too. You want to look yourself on your very best day, so pay attention to your body language.
For a little more than $200 you can let us worry about all the details. We'll even have a hair and makeup artist available to give you the perfect finishing touch (additional fee) and then of course, there's Photoshop.
We’re kicking off a new Senior Model progragm for 2017 - along with the new logo- and we’ve got some awesome new ideas for senior photos and senior fashion events. What we’ve heard from a lot of our seniors is how much they love clothes and modeling — so we’re putting together some events for our senior models involving fashion from local boutiques.
Does a senior portrait session help you get in to professional modeling? The honest answer is MAYBE. Modeling requires a lot of dedication and attention to detail, a flexible schedule, and like anything else, some self confidence. Senior portraits really help with both the confidence and in having lots of great visuals to help you when you get ready to put together your modeling portfolio. We’ll even help you create that first comp card. Don’t know what that is? We can help. If you attend our 2017 Model program Information meeting, you’ll have a lot of fun finding out. Stay tuned for dates, but it’s coming up very soon.
So if you’re a 2017 Senior and want to get involved in modeling some amazing new outfits from local boutiques and get lots of modeling pics of yourself, call the studio and ask about our upcoming launch party. Call us at 972-250-2415 or email us at email@example.com.
One of our favorite classes each year is called DOG SHOTS. We call it the beginner class for dog lovers with DSLRs. Many of our attendees go on to do volunteer work at local shelters, some just want to do better portraits of their pets. Many are just frustrated with the results that they're getting with their cameras and want to learn more! Our spring DOG SHOTS class is scheduled for Saturday, March 12th. We use natural light and reflectors in this class and keep the class size small so that everyone gets a chance to ask questions and work side by side with Teresa. If you need some help with your manual settings or just getting your dog to behave, this is the class for you. We have several different live (four-legged) models arrive during the day and we will work with them in a variety of settings. Tuition is $295 and includes a catered lunch. Call the studio with your questions, or to sign up. Credit cards and paypal are accepted. 972-250-2415
There is something very personal about being photographed at home. It adds another dimension to the memories captured in each series of images and sometimes (not always) lessens the stress of getting ready for the photographer. But is your home suitable for a portrait session?
Here's a quick checklist of things to consider before deciding to do an in-home photo session:
1. LIGHT. Always the photographer's first concern! Does the room you want to use face north? Or will we have to plan to use it when the sun is "on the other side of the house"? We don't want a lot of sun streaming in the windows during a photo session, so check the room at the time of day you want to be photographed and make sure there's not too much sun. OR, is there enough light? Layers of drapes, blinds or shutters will significantly cut down on the light in the room -- and so will darkly painted walls. Be sure to choose your brightest room.
2. OPEN SPACE. Clutter is the enemy as it distracts from faces. You don't want someone to look at your portrait and notice the decor before they notice your family -- so it may be best to unclutter the room before the session. Even moving the coffee table and removing some knick knacks will help. Open floor space is also a plus because the photographer will need to back up to capture different angles of view.
3. USE THE OUTDOORS. Thinking an outdoor portrait is the way to go? Help your photographer by choosing the right time of day (late afternoon light is the best) and the right time of year. A layer of leaves on the ground is wonderful (and neutral) for all photo sessions -- and green grass in the spring and summer are often desired -- but if all you have is a strip of flowers in front of a privacy fence (like many Dallas homes), scour the neighborhood for some better options. Interesting elements like steps and clumps of larger trees will add a nice natural touch without stealing the attention. Shade is always a plus (if not a requirement) and a bench or a stonewall is a real bonus. Consult us about locations -- we have several parks and natural areas that may work perfectly for your family.
And don't forget to ask about our new natural light shooting area -- we have great light in the studio that may be just the perfect place to make some memories.
Digital photography allows for lots of creativity --and high school seniors are always looking for new and different ways to express themselves -- but you can't beat a great black and white portrait. Photographers get lazy and use black and white conversions to cover up for poor lighting or composition but the truth is, a great black and white portrait only comes from a great image. You can't make a great portraits out of a lousy one just by turning it black and white.
What do you look for in a great black and white photograph? Contrast. And sometimes grain. Mood. And always you look for emotion. Just like you can't see the light without the dark, you can't feel the image without some real depth. And that doesn't happen by accident.
We may have learned the old school way, but we love black and white imagry and we love contrast. Bring us your ideas and we'll make them last forever. That's our super power.
Visit our Kickstarter page and find out more! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/917832307/artists-for-animals-multi-media-concerts
It's time for our annual model contest for the Tiny Dog Calendar. 21 dogs were photographed and now it's up to YOU to choose the top 13 for the calendar! Vote here: http://tinyurl.com/tinydog2016 and each vote (1 vote = $1) will be donated to the Legacy Humane Society. The top 13 will be featured in the famous 2016 Tiny Dog Calendar -- on sale in late Setpember.
Your votes will help us save, rehabilitate and re-home stray pets in north Texas! So vote as often as you like (voting ends September 1, 2015) and share the link with your friends!