Archive for September, 2012

The Samurai Photographer – Vol. 1 Part 3- Between the Clicks – Eye of the Tiger

I have two purposes for this post…one was to be sure that everyone has the song in their head.  If you are singing it right now or pulling it up on You Tube…I have succeeded!!  The second was for you to see what the Samurai Photographer see’s when he is taking “that picture.”  You see a Samurai Photographer isn’t afraid to move, get dirty, climb, take risks because he knows that the final prize will be a wonderful moment captured!  He has the eye of the tiger – swift, exact, calm yet sure…yeah…and the song is in your head again!!  Ha! Ha!

It is one thing to take a lot of pictures and hope that among the hundreds you “get lucky” and some are good – but the other is to get into the moment…to grab it and then allow everyone else to see it forever…  This is what you should see when a true Samurai is working…keep on singing the makes the pictures look even cooler.

The Samurai Photographer – Vol. 1 Part 2- Between the Clicks – The Perfect Disguise

The Samurai Photographer is very elusive.  Just like a chameleon he blends in anywhere he goes – with or without a camera.  You never really know when, how, or even why he may take that picture.  To you he may look like any other guy with a camera…but he is so much more!

You see, the Samurai is very different from someone with a camera – or even someone who is good with a camera.   Half of what he does is never seen!  Not until you get that final proof! (pun so intended).  These specialists grow up like anyone else – they look completely normal! You can look at their entire lives and never know that they are secretly an elite photography force!  They have families, friends, lives out that mimic everyone else’s.  He can show up at top-notch fashion show, a school play, a “high-end” wedding or the one that involves camouflage, a four-wheeler, mud-slinging and a monkey – and at each one he just fits!  At each one he finds the right angle, the right moments, can talk with anyone about anything but is ever aware that the very next photographic moment is at hand!

The Samurai though does something else – something very few people get to witness.  Because of their disguise – people believe that he is just gifted – that he just shows up with a camera (as many do) and then happens upon some great shots…not so.  For a Samurai to become a Samurai – he must train, he must study, he must anticipate new and different tools that may be at his disposal.  He must defend himself against would-be Samurai’s that believe because they have the sharpest sword that they are great.  That simply showing up with your sword in hand is enough…the Samurai knows better.  He must prepare everyday…he reads, studies, tests, compares, edits, re-edits, takes a sip of very strong coffee, and then continues on in his quest to ever grow in his skill.

You see…anyone can put on the suit – they can buy the tools and even charge you money but are they skilled?  Do they think that every good picture is taken in front of something just old? Do they think that you have to smile in EVERY picture?  Do they “touch up” a photo to the point that the subject looks like someone else?  Do they think that a little “out of focus” is okay?  Do they expect it all on their time?  Is it just their hobby or their life’s work?  Do they care?  Do they buy disposable cameras and swear it is the new thing?  If so…you must look very closely at what is expected and if this person can do it.

A Samurai Photographer’s disguise is no disguise at all – he is real – he is in the moment – he is dedicated – he is sharp – he is gifted and well-trained – and sometimes he gets really, really hungry….

The Samurai Photographer Series – Volume 1 – Between the Clicks

Chris Bollinger – Samurai Photographer

This is the first in a series we are calling “The Samurai Photographer” – in hopes to paint a picture of what does and what should happen before, during, and after a photo session of any kind! But wait…there’s more! Always wanted to say that…but seriously – this will be more about the photographer and the like – and not just any photographer…the Samurai Photographer! He is one that is stealthy, quick to think, completely one with all the tools at his disposal. Many times you won’t even see him coming…but you’ll know he was there because he’ll have the photo to prove it! But how does this Samurai of Photography earn…and keep…this title? That is what we will explore together – but be warned…the flash may be bright!

When you see a picture…any picture…you are looking at that one moment – that split second in time – a beautiful pose, a warm smile, a heart-felt hug.  And you may think to yourself – “Wow how great – but anyone can take a picture of ____________” (feel free to insert any of the following here – her, him, a cute baby, a loving couple, the beautiful model..etc, etc.) What you don’t see are those things that happen between those beautiful shots – those things between the clicks. It truly takes a master of his (or her) trade to get through those “in between” moments and get that “one” that made it all seem so simple! Do you realize that many models are a bit shy? That babies cry at any given moment! That the sweet couple just got into a fight over the toilet seat lid being up (or down) again! That the beautiful woman showing her glowing pregnant belly just finished hurling in the trashcan nearby? For many photographers – this would be the end of the shoot!! Let’s wait until…the baby is happy, the mommy feels better, etc etc! But yet The Great Photographer – is more than that – he is one that can weed through all of this and still see the beauty that is there – because it is always there – just waiting to be captured. We all have a time crunch – and regardless of what you think – having photos done is a project for the subject just as much as for the photographer – so rescheduling sucks.

The Samurai can get the baby to smile or get the couple to laugh at their silly argument – even if just for a minute so he can make that click happen. His tool, his “weapon” is more than the camera…it is his skill, his ability to communicate, to help others to see and feel their own beauty, his mastery of light to make sure that you are glowing in all the right spots and to do it all very quickly – very cleanly – so you think he just took a picture…but it was so much more….

Hope you enjoyed this first journey into the Samurai Photographer’s life and work…next – A Samurai Photographer’s Perfect Disguise!

Boudoir is Boring – Have a Party Instead!

We know that a more revealing photography session may be a little intimidating – so why not invite your girl friends! That way you can get those sexy pictures you’ve always wanted and have a lot of fun in the process.  We don’t limit the session to Boudoir – whatever makes You feel Sexy is what we want you to wear…we know that lingerie isn’t for everyone!  I personally feel sexier in a black leather jacket (see below) than I will EVER feel in lingerie!  What about you?

….. Oh and as a hostess you’ll get some extra perks!

The cost per girl is only $175  with a minimum of 2 guests.  Each of your guests will receive…

A 30 minute session
2 Outfits and Looks
Retouched images on an online gallery*
2- 8×10 prints
4- 4×6 prints
Peek-a-boo photo book with 8 images of her choice
A glass of wine (optional of course)  and some delicious chocolate covered strawberries
The hostess will receive an additional 20 minutes of shooting time and a free makeover!
*If 6 or more guests are in attendance the price per girl is only $150 and the hostess will receive a premium album with all of her favorite pics!
*All Online Galleries are Password Protected
Little Extras…
Professional Makeover – $35
8×8 Album with 10 images – $85
DVD of your entire shoot – $125
A price list of other additions will be provided at the shoot.
 **Sessions can be done in our studio or place of your choice. If you would prefer a hotel so you can really let loose ask us about the preferred hotels in the area.  An additional cost for the room will be added to your package.

The Importance of Professional Business Portraits

A professional portrait is a valuable asset in marketing your business. Your business portrait does not only show your image, it is also a reflection of your company’s professionalism. The portrait you choose for your business profile should not only project yourself, but also your company & your brand.

Use your professional image on your website or social media sites to help build relationships by putting the best possible image of yourself out there. The right image can enhance trust and build a level of confidence with both potential and current clients.

The right photograph and the right photographer can make an impact on not only your image, but that of your business.