Posts with tag: "Portrait Photography Tips"

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Portrait Photography Lighting Techniques
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Portrait Photography Lighting Techniques

Lighting and photography, in many ways, are synonymous terms. Like we tell all of the students in both our group workshops as well as in the private lessons we offer, a photographer is not actually capturing an image of what they see through the viewfinder of their camera. Back in the days of film this may have been more true, but with the advancements of digital photography, the true portrait lies within the camera's interpretation of the light reflecting off your intended subject. This makes understanding the mechanics of photography, and thus also lighting, on a level much deeper than the surface absolutely paramount for any professional photographer you may be considering to hire in central or southern New Jersey. Without proper lighting, it is absolutely impossible to construct a beautiful portrait that not only capturing every intricate detail, but also highlights and flatters you and every member of your family. Use of one or more off camera flashes, or strobes, is always appropriate to make sure the camera and photographer have an adequate amount of light. Inside of a studio (and keeping in mind each photographer has their own technique), I have found that three off camera flash units are necessary to properly light any portrait: one in front of you to the photographer's left, one behind you at an angle pointing at your face, and one ...

5 Tips for Taking Family Portraits
Tuesday, July 04, 2017
Portrait Photography Lighting Techniques

Capturing beautiful family portraits is so important, but it can also be a painstaking process resulting in unnecessary anxiety and a frantic family- potentially ruining a memorable experience. While we strongly recommend investing in a professionally trained family portrait photographer, we know this isn't always possible, so here are five tips to help you capture better memories of you and your loved ones:Coordinate Outfits: Color themes are incredibly important when it comes to the finished product. You don't need to choose outfits that are completely matchy-matchy, but you do want to make sure that the colors compliment each other. Incorporate fun accessories to be able to add variety to your portraits without requiring complete wardrobe changes.Pick a Reward: If you have younger children you are trying to encourage to be cooperative during your portraits, choose some type of reward that will entice them to behave for the photos. Once you are confident you have captured the portraits you are looking for, they can receive the reward they were promised.Choose a Good Time: You know your family better than anyone. You know when the kids may need a nap. You know when the kids may need to eat. You know whether they may be early birds or night owls. All of this information can be used to help the overall outcome of your portraits. Don't try and take the portrait right before ...

Best Spots for an Outdoor Portrait Session in NJ
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Portrait Photography Lighting Techniques

As professional photographers, it is our job to help iron out all of the details when it comes to the planning of your portrait session. This includes helping you pick out the best outfits to wear, the ideal time of day to schedule your session, and select the perfect location that will not only yield the best results, but also match your personality. While we do have many of our portrait sessions in our Bridgewater studio, we also do a fair amount of sessions on-location. When it comes to finding a great place to hold an outdoor portrait session, we have to take many things into account. Often what we are looking for is a unique location that offers a variety of different backgrounds, as well as a spot that will provide flattering lighting for the portraits.Over the years, we have found several locations throughout New Jersey that we tend to recommend way more often than other spots. Because of this, we thought we would share with you all some of our favorite locations for outdoor portrait sessions in New Jersey. Top Seven Spots in New Jersey for Outdoor Portrait Sessions:Hunterdon County Arboretum- Probably one of our favorite locations, the Hunterdon County Arboretum is a low-key location that is our own little oasis tucked away in central New Jersey. Located in Lebanon, this 73-acre garden is impeccably maintained and is our go-to ...

What to Wear for a Portrait Photography Session
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Portrait Photography Lighting Techniques

As a full service studio, our job is to make sure you and your loved ones look your best for your session with us. This is why we love to help our clients style their sessions. We do this by either assisting them in shopping for and selecting the perfect items, or by working with them to put together outfits from their current wardrobe.For our newborn and maternity clients, we offer a wide variety of clothing options from our own collection. For our portrait sessions with children, families, or seniors, we go over wardrobe choices at the pre-session consultation. Often we will either assist the clients in person or over email to ensure that the pieces selected will best represent that client and improve the overall outcome of the session.When planning outfits for a family portrait, we always tell our clients to start with a palette of 3 to 4 colors. The goal is to coordinate all of the outfits without looking overly matchy-matchy. While very similar outfits might work for a group of two, like the portrait above, once the group begins to get larger it can start to look a bit dated.It is very important to make sure everyone is comfortable. If a child is uncomfortable in their clothes, it is hard to capture portraits that don't show that discomfort. Clothing should be clean and the children should be happy wearing the chosen outfits. Often we recommend giving children a choice of ...