Hot temperatures have you camped out in your air conditioned studio all summer? Cooler weather and beautiful autumn leaves are on their way! Fall is the perfect time of year to schedule family portraits, holiday card sessions, senior pictures and most any other outdoor photo shoot. But even if your community isn’t know for its lush woodland forest or rustic country roads, you can still achieve a beautiful autumn portrait in the studio by replicating dreamy landscapes or just by incorporating fun patterned fall backdrops.
If you’re in a photography rut or you just want to stretch your creative muscles, photo projects can help you develop new abilities, step outside of your comfort zone and find new inspiration. Whether you’re looking for a one-day experiment or a challenge that will last all year, here are some of the best photo projects for improving your photography skills.
Have you been getting the itch to capture some creative full-body photos against a bright and bold background, but your floor just doesn’t work with what you’re going for? Perhaps you just want a creative pattern or setting that you probably won’t find in any normal home. With hundreds of printed backdrops available at Backdrop Express, you have the potential to offer an entire one-of-a-kind set up for your next photo shoot for any client – even the four-legged kind!
“Cake smash” birthday photos have become all the rage for babies and toddlers, especially at their 1st birthday parties. (Isn’t it fun to see the words “cake” and “smash” together?!) What is a cake smash photo shoot? It involves photographing a child indulging in cake however they wish; beyond that, no two cake smash shoots are exactly alike. The session can vary quite a bit depending upon the subjects, setting, backdrops and photography techniques. (Note: While the cake smash is used mainly for kids’ 1st birthday photos, it is also becoming popular for pet birthdays, newlyweds on their 1st wedding anniversary, and babies and toddlers of any age, any time of the year.)
Newborn photography is one of those genres that just lends itself to props. Of course, the subject is adorable enough, but artfully chosen photography props can take the “Awww” factor to the next level. The studio is the ideal controlled setting for newborn photography and making use of a variety of props. Just about anything can have “prop potential,” from things you already own to items the mother brings along. Hobby and craft stores, fabric stores, resale shops, antique markets and even rummage sales all have potential. There are countless possibilities, but just make sure each props is safe, clean and sanitary. When stocking your studio with newborn photography props, these seven categories are essential:
Ah, the first day of school — new beginnings, seeing old friends, making new ones, meeting the new teacher, new books and supplies — it’s all part of the experience. When summer starts to give way to autumn, students and parents inevitably start planning for heading back to school. It’s time to watch for back to school sales, find out class schedules, and pick out a new wardrobe in anticipation of the coming year. It’s a momentous time, so why not mark the moment with some fun back to school photos? Back to school photos have been a tradition for decades, but in recent times, they’ve been trending toward more fun and creative themes. Why not mix some classic scenarios with ideas that put a new spin on traditional school photos? Here are some tips to help you get started: See Also: School Themed Photo Backdrops for Kids
Truth be told, the majority of people who step in front of your camera lens are going to feel at least a little bit “out of their element.” Some will certainly be more challenging than others, but a stiff, nervous, awkward model can be one of your most difficult obstacles to great portraits. You can choose the perfect backdrop, studio lighting and pose, but a forced, inauthentic smile can make all of your other preparations for naught. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to minimize the awkwardness and put even the most nervous models at ease. Here are seven tips for getting the most out of your portraits and inspiring natural, genuine, authentic smiles: