A beautiful aspect of photography is that it means something different to everyone. What’s your favorite photography quote?
Headshots are a staple of portrait and studio photography, but not all are created equal. Clients from different industries and walks of life can come to a photographer in search of a new set of headshots every so often; however, depending upon their industry and aspirations, the mood, setting and style will be very different — at least, it should be, if the photographer is aware of key considerations and tips to keep in mind. Sometimes clients aren’t exactly sure what they want or need. Many require assistance with their wardrobe, hair and makeup choices as well as posing and facial expressions. Photography background selection, lighting setup, composition and technique will influence the shot as well. It is the photographer’s responsibility to take the reins and guide the shoot to a successful result. However, the foundation of a successful headshot is rooted in the intent for its use. Is it a corporate or business headshot, or is it for a model or actor? Is the actor aiming for a commercial market or movie roles? Here are some basic tips for getting great results for the primary types of headshots:
Taking impromptu photos with the camera in your cell phone is definitely fun and can result in some great candid shots. These are awesome for emailing and texting, and they are perfect for posting to Facebook. But would anyone really want to rely on a cell phone camera for a family portrait — or any formal shot? Of course not! When it comes to formal portraiture and photos families will want to save and treasure, an indoor photo studio setting is invaluable. If your customers want photos that stand the test of time, shots taken by a professional photographer in a photo studio have the timeless, classic look and feel any family can treasure for generations. Location photography, whether professionally done or with a personal camera, has a more spontaneous, natural look and feel that is appropriate for certain types of photos. However, the studio setting complete with superb lighting and a quality photo background can offer many benefits and advantages for the portrait photographer. Here are eight of them…
Kids’ birthdays are major milestones. The younger they are, the more impactful the day is for them. To make your child’s birthday party a truly memorable occasion, a party theme can really bring it all together. Decorations, games, activities, snacks, a photo booth, presents and, of course, a birthday cake will all help to make the day special, but party themes that tie all of these elements together are what your child and the guests will remember the most. One of the best ways to convey party themes is with special birthday backgrounds.
High school graduation only happens once in a young person’s lifetime. As a photographer, you should recognize the importance of getting those graduation photos just right, despite the challenges of the typical graduation setting. It isn’t an event, a portrait shoot, a wedding or a concert, and yet a graduation shoot can have elements of all of these at once. There can be issues with timing, white balance, exposure, blurry images, or missing “the right moment.” There are a lot of distractions and variables at play during a high school graduation, but here are some suggestions to help you take graduation pictures both students and parents will love:
Online photo sharing isn’t just for mommy bloggers, DIY-ers and foodies; it is also one of the most convenient methods of marketing for photographers available today. Many photo lovers got their start with online photo sharing using Flickr in the mid-2000s, but when Pinterest hit the scene in 2010, it all but took over the photo sharing trend. Founded by Ben Silbermann and Evan Sharp, it continues to be one of the fastest growing social media platforms. Pinterest’s original intent was to function as a tool for image enthusiasts to share their collections and in effect create online “mood boards.” It is now the go-to solution for curating and managing images from a variety of websites, platforms and sources. Users love the simplicity, minimalist interface, and focus on great content.