Archive for November, 2012

Become Photogenic – The Final Chapter

We have already discussed several issues on how to be more photogenic.  There are so many tips and tricks out there on what to wear, what to do, etc that it is almost impossible to cover them all.  So for my final chapter I wanted to give you the highlights of miscellaneous great advice.  I also invite you to add your own comments because the final chapter on this will never truly be written.  We give advice from the point of view of a photographer and make-up artist (and in my case just being a woman).  We’d love to see your suggestions!

  1. Have good posture.  This does not include slumping of any kind to hide your belly or other areas!  Stand up straight or sit up straight…trust me having that “hump” on your back is NOT flattering.  Now fellas – we know you’ve worked hard on your biceps and chest – but seriously – don’t keep them flexed the entire time or you’ll look stiff!
  2. Have a red spot on your face?  Yellow concealer!  Pick a high-end concealer – it may cost a little more but it doesn’t take much and it will last for a very long time.  Dab a very small amount on the place you want to hide and blend.  You don’t want to look like you just have a big yellow dot, so after blending, set it with powder and then add your normal foundation.
  3. Don’t hold…. your breath.  Some may think – who does that?  Well, a lot of people.  They hold their breath, raise their eyebrows all in hopes that they have the perfect pose.  Um no…this goes back to be relaxed.  I find it very hard to relax if I’m holding my breath.
  4. Seriously – Crazy patterned  or horizontally striped shirts and/or pants don’t look good in professional portraits – unless you are really just wanting an artsy look which does have its place.  Make sure you have someone who will be COMPLETELY HONEST with you so that what you do wear is flattering.  Take into account the color, the fit, and what others are wearing.  And black is soooo overdone!  Try something brighter!
  5. Photographers are mind readers…wait…no they aren’t. No matter how great a photographer is they cannot read our minds! If you want something “corrected” that bothers you or if you really like a certain pose…tell the photographer just to be sure nothing is missed.
  6. Taking a picture with someone you really don’t like? Give them bunny ears.  he photographer can always Photoshop them out for everyone else…but give you a little chuckle…LOL!!  No really don’t do that – it’s a pain to crop out!
  7. Did I mention to relax?
  8. Drink your daily requirement of water for at least a week before the shoot – not to mention get plenty of sleep and eat well.  What we do to the inside of our bodies shows on the outside!

I hope these tips help you to Become Photogenic or just give you a little chuckle.  Either way, we get a smile out of you and that’s what really makes it all worth it. And also remember – you are all beautiful.  Please don’t forget you can contact us by phone, emails, or “brain waves” if you have questions or just needs some great pictures done!  Visit for all of our contact information!


Become Photogenic – Chapter 2

Its happened to all of us – well a lot of us.  Okay…maybe it just happened to me and a few friends but regardless it is good advice!  It was my junior prom.  I had this beautiful sequined blue and gold dress (don’t ask it was in the early 90’s) and I wanted my makeup to just be stunning along with my hair.  I took myself to a well-known make-up distributor (of which I will not name) and had their “free makeover” done with the purchase of a lipstick.  I was sooo excited.  She asked the color of my dress, looked at my strawberry blonde hair and fair complexion and went to work.  I couldn’t wait to look in the mirror – and then I saw it.  Bright blue eye shadow accented with blue eye liner.  Bright pink lips and blush that looked like a clown had kissed me on both cheeks.  I almost cried right there in the store!  Now lucky for me…my prom wasn’t until a few nights from then – but if it hadn’t been, I would have walked in with a bag on my head!

The same could and does happen when you are about to get “those” pictures done.  Whatever they are.  You want to look GREAT and you think that someone else is the only one that can do that for you.  You may be right – but you need to know that they are the “someone else” that you really want!  If you want to have professional make-up done for your session then do it!  It is so much fun and you feel like a movie star – but before you let them re-design your face – do a trial run before the shoot!  Many photographers have make-up artists and stylists available – but it doesn’t mean they are good ones.  Make sure you see some samples of their work on other people.  If that isn’t available…then you really need to do a pre-shoot session!

Looking at your skin you notice it just isn’t “bright” enough, or there are too many crows feet.  You decide to use this great new product the night before your shoot to ensure that your skin looks fabulous!  The next morning, you wake up, wipe the sleep out of your eyes only to realize that your face now looks like one big zit!  To avoid this – don’t use anything brand new that you have never tried before right before your photo shoot.  That goes for skin products, hair products, self tanning products, etc.  Start at least a week or two before – besides it usually takes that long for a product to really start working for you.  Oh and be sure you have actually tried on the new clothes and shoes you bought…none of us like surprises there.

Well – this ends this Chapter of “Become Photogenic”…stay tuned for what not to wear and how a photographer reads your mind…



Become Photogenic!

Let’s face it – not all of us are truly, naturally photogenic.  And many of us who may actually be photogenic, don’t think we are – therefore we aren’t!  Having pictures done whether it be family photos, business photos, or boudoir can be very stressful.  You know what you want to see when it’s all said and done yet actually being confident enough so that the camera can actually capture that is the source of great worry and even fear!  So in this series we are going to give you tips of how to be “more photogenic.”  We don’t promise you will become a model – but it may help you “see yourself” in a whole different light!

The first step to having a great picture taken  is to relax and have fun!  Do you really think that practicing the your smile in the mirror is going to make you feel any more comfortable?  What we normally want to see is ourselves looking great, happy, natural!  But if you have the “perfect smile” glued on your face – then it just that – a glued on smile!  Oh, so you hate your smile?  You hate your teeth?  We get that.  Yet people really love a natural happy smile.  You don’t have to show your teeth but you do need to be genuine.  Talk with your photographer about little things he can do to retouch the photo so that you are happy and it still looks like you.  When I was young I had a very large gap in my top teeth.  I would never smile with my teeth showing.  I was so self-conscious.  Yet my family loved my smile and didn’t understand why I had such a problem with it in pictures.  So every picture that I knew was going to be taken – I had my “nice, don’t show my teeth” smile.  But when I look back at the pictures I didn’t really “think” about I realize how beautiful and natural they were.  I could kick myself for thinking otherwise.   Just be yourself..

Do you like your photographer?  Do you like your photographer’s assistant?  Can you actually have a good conversation with the person that will be taking that “natural” photograph of you?  Does your photographer scare you?  Does he/she make you feel rushed?  These are VERY important questions.  How in the world are you going to stand there, be relaxed, feel beautiful and the  person on the other side of the camera is someone who you can’t wait to get away from?  They could be the BEST photographer in the world technically, but if she has no people skills then they just need to stick to trees or bugs.  Technical skill is important but a true artist will know the “right moment” to snap the picture.  He will have talked with you before the shoot to get to know you and what you are looking for.  When you get to the shoot, you’ll feel comfortable and at ease.   You’re kids will even like this photographer!  Then you can develop a lifetime relationship with this photographer so that your pictures will only get better and better.

This is the first in our new series – Become Photogenic! Please leave your thoughts, ideas, and experiences here – we love a good story!!



The Monster’s Ghost

When we “Slayed the Pricing Monster” we thought we were done.  We got it.  Just how to price our wedding packages so that we can help anyone anywhere.  We did research, read other blogs, compared other pricing models, talked about it and then Bam!  The Ghost of the Pricing Monster started haunting us!  We heard its voice in the background, felt its presence while speaking with clients!  We shivered at the thought of once again rehashing all that we had already – well hashed!  Yet, it would not leave us alone.  Here and there we would get whispers of doubt.  Doubt that the packages we have created would not be “personal” enough.  We found that as we talk with our clients we always ask what they want and then we always have re-worked any package so that they get what they want and at the same time give a fair price for our work (which is very high-end photography.)  The ghost just shook its head…

Finally – we heard it.  It yelled and jumped up and down in front of us to get our attention.  We had ignored it until now…brushing it off as doubt.  But we knew.  Pre-made packages were just a waste of time.  We can’t stick to just 3-5 packages and believe that we can meet everyone’s needs, everyone’s budget, and still make an honest living.  So guess what – we lit some candles, told the pricing monster “thank you” and he just left.  We decided that Wedding Packages were also gone.  Instead we have started sitting down with the client, asking a lot of questions, listening more and designing each package for that individual’s needs and desires.

We are developing some really great contact forms, questionnaires, and “best practices” that will really benefit our clients and we are so very excited about where our Wedding Photography and Videography is heading.  And no more bumps in the night…