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Find Thе Right Lосаtiоn Fоr Yоur Photoshoot


Finding the perfect location for your photoshoot dереnds on what уоu wаnt to achieve.  Are the photos for an engagement, a wedding, a birthday party, a reunion, fаmilу portraits, a headshot, or a corporate event?

 

Businesswoman sitting at desk

 

First thing to think about whеn ѕеlесting the right lосаtiоn and ѕсеnеrу iѕ to think оutѕidе the bоx and try ѕоmеthing diffеrеnt.  Thiѕ may mean a diffеrеnt pose or a different expression.  That will help you create uniԛuе, intеrеѕting and сrеаtivе photos.

 

Happy Family Sitting on Sofa

 

If you аrе lооking for a casual оutdооr ѕеtting, bе sure tо get a ѕhаdу ѕроt. Thе ѕunlight is diffiсult tо mаniрulаtе or use in a wау that doesn’t nеgаtivеlу аffесt your рhоtоѕ. If thе рhоtоѕ are portraits, bе ѕurе thаt the light dоеѕn’t сrеаtе hаrѕh shadows thаt detract from уоur рhоtо оr ѕubjесt. It is аlѕо wоrth shooting in the mоrning оr evening whеrе thе ѕunlight iѕn’t as ѕtrоng. This way, you саn try shots in thе ѕunlight аѕ thе outcome will not bе as harsh a contrast as during midday.  The use of nаturаl light еnаblеѕ you tо bring out thе nаturаl beauty оf thе lосаtiоn.

 

Male shop worker

 

Aѕ said above, know what уоu wаnt frоm уоur рhоtоѕ bеfоrе сhооѕing the location. If уоu want thе huѕtlе аnd buѕtlе of a lаrgе сitу so that уоu аrе able tо gеt fluid, еxсiting photos, trу to find a рlасе thаt is slightly sheltered ѕо you аrе not соnѕtаntlу diѕturbеd bу waiting for people to pass. On thе оthеr hаnd, you mау bе аblе tо find a place thаt iѕ соmрlеtеlу isolated and ѕеrеnе so that you may focus соmрlеtеlу оn thе рhоtоѕhооt.

 

Smiling Couple

 

Take notice of роѕѕiblе ѕhеltеrѕ nеаr уоur lосаtiоn in case of bad weather. This wау you will bе ѕurе to gеt some рhоtоѕ out of уоur intended ѕhооt.   This will also еnаbling уоu tо shoot whаtеvеr the wеаthеr соnditiоnѕ will allow you to create.  Many great рhоtоѕ have been created unexpectedly.

 

Family in car

 

Thе lосаtiоn аnd context оf your рhоtоs are important.  But don’t focus tоо muсh оn thе lосаtiоn as it may оvеrроwеr the intеndеd ѕubjесt оf your photos.  Experiment with different рlасеѕ tо find the right impact. Paying close attention to the scenery will bring оut the bеѕt in the photographer and the subject.

 

Mother holding Baby

 

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How to Store and Organize Your Digital Photos


Woman did not organize her photos

In the digital age it is easier than ever to take snapshots of your life.  With so many photos, it can be difficult to keep things accessible. Whether you are a photographer who wants to keep personal and work images separated, or you just want to keep vacation photos safe and easy to access, making sure your photos are organized and backed up is important.  Here are some suggestions:

 

Get Your Folders in Order

Mother and baby are organized and happy

The first thing you need to do is have your photos organized in proper folders.  Many people take all of their images and simply copy them from their camera or phone and place them all in a single folder with file names that are virtually impossible to decipher.  Finding a specific photo can be a tedious process. Creating folders is the easiest way to manage your own photos.

Start by creating a folder for the specific year, inside that folder create additional folders for each month, and then you can create folders for specific events inside those folders. It may sounds like a lot of folder-making at first, but it is a lot faster and easier to navigate once you start importing images.

 

Consider Using Software for Photo Management

Happy family using tablet

Once all of your photos are organized, you may want to use a photo management software to take your images to the next level. With photo management software you can automate things such as moving images to specific folders based on date.  Many software packages have the ability to tag images to make it easier to search for them later. Tagging photos with phrases such as “holiday party” or “senior portrait” or names of people in the photo will allow you to search for those terms later and find the images you are looking for.

 

Backup Your Photos

Young couple backing up their photos

Nothing could be worse than spending all the time it takes to organize your images just to have them all disappear (there are worse things but this is bad too).  Whether you take pictures as a hobby, are a professional photographer, or simply love collecting pictures, taking backups of your images is a must. Having an external hard drive to copy all of your images is a great idea.   Many photography studios use physical media to backup their clients’ work.  But nothing beats cloud storage.  Cloud storage allows you to upload all of your photos to the web so you can access them anywhere you have an internet connection.

 

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High School Senior Portraits – A Timeless Tradition


High School Senior Portrait

High School is an important stage in a person’s life, and graduating is usually the first big accomplishment of a young adult. To commemorate the occasion, one tradition is to get portraits professionally made.  While the traditional school picture is still available, senior portraits differ in that they allow students to have more creative freedom and showcase who they are as a person.

 

Senior Portraits Define a Transition for Young Adults

High School Senior Portrait

High school is a long journey, and a great way to mark its end is through a senior photo session with a professional portrait photographer.  Closing the chapter on a long journey and opening a new chapter into adulthood is a special time.  Instead of simply having a yearbook to look back on, professional photos allow seniors to have a keepsake to remind them of this momentous period.

 

Once In a Lifetime Experience for Many

High School Senior Portrait

In many cases, high school pictures are the first time anyone ever takes the time to participate in a professional photo session and – for many – the last.  With “life” getting in the way after high school, senior portraits are a great experience for everyone to have.  They will always have the experience of dressing up for a professional photo shoot; something they will cherish because it may not happen again.

 

Great Gifts and Perfect for Graduation Invitations

High School Senior Portrait

In addition to permanently recording the end of an era, high school portraits have a lot of other practical purposes.  Instead of sending out a graduation invitation with a cap-and-gown photograph or no photograph at all, send them with professional senior portraits.  They also make great keepsakes for family and friends so they too can cherish that special time.

 

Use a Professional Portrait Photographer

High School Senior Portrait

While consumer cameras have gotten better, having senior portraits done by a professional portrait photographer is still recommended.   The equipment and knowledge of the pros, allow for more dynamic images.  A professional photographer’s experience allows you to truly bring out the best in every photo.  Finally, most professional photographers have dedicated packages for senior photos so you can get the prints you need.

 

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Only Professional Photos When Showing Your Business


Happy Bookstore Owners

Whether you are a small startup business or a large company that is continuing to expand, making sure you present the right image to the public is important. If you are holding an event, creating marketing materials, or designing a website for your company and you want to use photos, make sure that you are using professional photos the entire time. Here are a few things you need to know about having professional photos for your business, and why it’s so important:

 

Your Photos Reflect Your Brand

Smiling businessman

Just like a logo, business cards, flyer or website, everything you present to the public about your company reflects your brand. To show prospective customers that you are a business owner that takes their company seriously, professional photographs are a must. If you have a professionally designed flyer with great graphics but a low quality, blurry image it can ruin the entire thing. Having iPhone photos on your website can also detract from the design. Professional photos allow you to present your business as the quality company it is.

 

Hire The Right Photographer

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There are different types of photographers that specialize in different aspects of photography. If you are creating a company employee directory for your website or want to have a portrait that can go on a business card, a portrait photographer may be what you are looking for.

If you plan on holding an event—whether it is for employees or the public—having an event photographer there will give you a series of high quality shots that show your business in action and give a great view on your company.

It’s also important that you talk to any potential photographers ahead of time to make sure they have experience working at corporate events and that their personality fits your business.

 

Professional Photos Can Transform A Website

Flower shop Employee

Digital marketing is more important than ever.  Professional images can set you apart from the competition. Having professional portraits done for each employee for a dedicated page on your website allows prospective customers to get a personal look at who they may be hiring or buying from. Professional photos in the workplace are also great to use for blog posts and articles.  High quality images from events typically generate a lot of local buzz simply because people love to browse nice looking photos!

 

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Treasure That Special Day With Professional Photos


Kids at Birthday Party

Whether you are having a birthday party for yourself, a child, a parent, or anyone else, making sure the memory lasts forever is important. The best way to capture the happiness of such a special day is with professional photos by an event photographer. Unlike trying to take snapshots by yourself, an event photographer takes all the stress away so you can focus on having a good time.  Here are a few things to think about before you hire a professional birthday photographer:

 

Choose The Right Photographer

Just like having the right food and venue for a birthday party is important, so is the photographer. You want to make sure you choose a photographer whose style you are comfortable with and has event experience.  Event photographers are used to working with different levels of light, and have a different skillset than someone who only does portrait photography.

 

Share the Photos Online

Friends Using SmartPhone

Even though professional event images are perfect for printing and creating albums or scrap books, they are great to share online as well. This is something you should discuss with your photographer ahead of time and see if you can get digital copies of images that you can share on social media.  Most photographers will give you a scaled down image perfect for quick uploading to the web that you can add to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

 

Don’t Forget The Prints

While it’s great to look back and reflect on moments by yourself, one of the best things about having a professional photographer is you can have high quality prints made. Whether you are simply sending out various prints with Thank You cards or making albums for special guests with personalized photos, images from a birthday party are great ways of letting everyone relive the experience.

 

Consider A Mix of Formal Poses And Candid Shots

Friends Having Fun

When you have a professional photographer at a birthday party, you will most likely want formal and posed images of the guests. But having informal shots can also capture great moments. Consider hiring a photographer who will also mix in candid shots throughout the party.

 

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