We are inching a little bit every weekend and getting amazing pictures with my friend Kimberly, her posing is beautiful and is really a joy to work with her, this weekend we had great weather but I was not under my best shape to shoot outside, instead we used the windows at the Studio and strobes, it worked perfectly.
I like the results with the leggings we will be shooting outdoors street photography in Staunton again soon, I am thinking about classic and shooting at night at the Depot, we’ll see how it goes with the planning, I’ve done that before and the results are amazing specially if it’s a cold evening.
We are inching a little bit every weekend and getting amazing pictures with my friend Kimberly, her posing is beautiful and is really a joy to work with her, this weekend we had great weather but I was not under my best shape to shoot outside, instead we used the windows at the Studio and strobes, it worked perfectly.Read More »
TFP also know as Time For Prints is a business negotiation where both parties, the model and the photographer engage in a exchange of work where neither of them creates economical gain but they trade work, Model puts her time and beauty, photographer provides his time expertise and work.
The reason i decided to write this article is because I was listening to the position of some professional photographers in regards to the disadvantages of using time-for (TFP) sessions to build a portfolio when you don’t have any modeling experience.
This is what was said: To begin with, consider why a given photographer would be willing to work with an inexperienced model who has no connections and really has nothing to offer the photographer other than the opportunity to test his or her camera. Chances are, the photographer doesn’t have much experience either, and if he or she doesn’t know anything about providing direction, suggesting wardrobe, or posing a model, what knowledge will the prospective model gain from such a session? None, of course.
I disagree with this view, but the true is that you as a model have to do some homework and check the quality and scope of work of the photographer, talk to other models or read the reviews about the experience they had with his work, chances are that you meet a great photographer that has the time and willing to help his community to move forward and discover new talents, of course the ones that will cry about this are photographers expecting the girls to pay for their photoshoots, I can speak about myself only and I consider my approach to photography as artistic, as such I decide when I do something for profit or invest in a potential talent that could bring me great reviews and exposure at the end this market is about media and content.
A photographer should know posing very well and also how to give directions, a good photographer will be able to work with natural light or artificial light to achieve the results planned but before anything a great photographer will always have a plan of action for the phtoshoot, this helps him with time management and visualize the expected results out of a TFP photoshoot.
I hire experienced models from time to time for specific shots requested by contractors, when I pay for a session I am kind enough to send some pictures to the model, should she expect any? Nope she should not, her job is paid but the relationship between models and photographers is at best when there is good communication and clear rules of what each side is expecting specially how the pictures will be used.
When I shoot TFP the only use I have for the pictures is for my blog or my Facebook fan page, I write a short article about the model, where she can be contacted and how great was the experience of working with her, I also make all the pictures available to her and give the model free range to use them in social media or whatever she wants to do with them as long as she tags me on the process and provides the recognition or credits for my time and the job done.
At the end in a visual art the images speak for themselves and every photographer has his business plan and how he wants to implement it, I do TFP and enjoy working with new talents, its a learning curve and soon or late the boost on your ego will help you decide weather you like modeling or if it was just a great experience.
Your modeling portfolio is the most important photo shoot you will ever do as a model.
Think about it… hopefully some day you will appear on the cover of a major magazine and that will be the coolest shoot you ever do, but your very first photo shoot, the one you do for your modeling portfolio is the shoot that creates the images that will get you signed by agencies and get you hired for work. NO PRESSURE!
For Sydney It was her first photo shoot, she was nervous and undecided on the hair style to use, she had her hair on a bunch held by a piece of rubber, the surprise when I asked her to leave if hanging free, beautiful hair volume and color, the most important part of this photo shoot is that Sydney enjoyed it.
That opens the door to more work down the line.
Proper photo shoot preparation is crucial, confidence and comfort are two feelings that help to have a successful photo shoot and to deliver those WOW images that a portfolio needs.Read More »
This is our third photoshoot with Kimberly, this time we didn’t have rain but we had a cold breeze that allowed her to pose with some winter clothing.
As usually the challenges are finding a place where to change and the ladies at Lewis Creek Market allowed us to use their restroom for the changes, by the way if you are in Staunton and want some good wine and the most amazing sandwiches, you have to visit them.
Needless to say it “Kimberly is precious” her slim gracious figure allow her to model any kind of clothing and to me that’s the ideal size that feet any fashion clothing, she doesn’t have visible tattoos which is a plus modeling and her posing is very creative.
We combined this time leggings and short dresses as well as scarfs and high heals, I enjoyed the production and working with her is always a pleasure.
Definitely Autumn brings a lot of great conditions for pictures, some of them are clear sky, comfortable temperature outdoors.
Yes there is less light but is golden and filling. There is a technical reason for that and I know and understand it, I like a warmer image and to achieve that without warming filters I’d rather shoot morning and late afternoon when the sun is in the right position.Read More »
During fall the light reflecting off the trees make even the shady patches come alive.
The advantage of this is Skin tones, this light complements your skin tones and that’s what makes it beautiful and specially allows the portrait to pop.
Thanks to my friend Adrienne Eichner I met this beautiful young lady, her name is Rachel Leathers.
She just started modeling but her style is incredibly sophisticated as well as her features.
Very European face features with beautiful green eyes and precious skin makes her face perfect for portraits, however she is at least 5″8′ and has gracious slim figure, I am sure she can fight catwalks like a champ.
You can visit her public fan page on Facebook Rachel LeathersRead More »
High School Senior Portraits are getting more elaborated.
A new approach to Senior Portraits.
I was thinking that more and more a growing number of 12th-graders who are thinking well outside the frame for their senior shots. The Instagram generation, devoted to “selfies” and bombarded with digital imagery, is increasingly forgoing the time-honored cap-and-gown pose in front of the blue-mottled screen for portrayals more elaborate, personal and, of course, expensive.
By the end of our two-hour photo shoot ($150) you will have some 500 pictures to use with different posing and seating on a mix of indoor and outdoor, you can bring your outfit of your own design and pop dramatically off the Yearbook page.
“I love it. This is so much more individual than the school picture,” said one customers, who figured that about half her classmates were opting for customized portraits this year.
Portrait photographers in the region have noticed the uptick in families paying hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars for senior pictures. Some photographers are devoting their whole business to seniors eager to be photographed with their dogs, their cellos, their pickups and their motorcycles.
For most seniors, the glam shots will never make it into the yearbook. Many schools still demand uniformity on those pages, with the academic drape around female shoulders and the faux tux front for the guys. Often, the school’s contract with a photo company grants exclusive rights to shoot the yearbook pictures.
But that hasn’t stopped the growing demand for a second sitting.
“Teens today don’t want to settle for being uniform, like when we had our senior photos taken,” said Vickie Black, editor of Senior Style Guide, a trade magazine and Web site tracking the trend as it has spread from the Midwest and South. “They want their own look.”
Yes, Aoife Leogue donned the drape and sat, briefly, for her mandatory school shot at James Madison High School in Fairfax County. And she got to choose one of the four poses — all in the same folding chair, all before the same background — for the yearbook at no charge. But when it came time to buy the optional prints from the national school-photo vendor, her family decided it was worth it to spring for a private portrait.
They found a Vienna studio, that spent two hours with Leogue in indoor and outdoor settings and produced more than 500 images for them to choose from. She and her parents haven’t picked their final prints yet, which will add several hundred dollars to the $400 cost of the shoot, depending on how many and what sizes they order. But they plan to frame one, send a bunch to family (many in Ireland) and exchange copies with other seniors at the end of the year.
“Even though it’s more expensive, it’s worth it,” Leogue said. “I look more like me.”
The difference with us is that your photoshoot doesn’t cost $400, those two hours cost you $150 and you have all your pictures in digital format for social media use, those that you want to print at large scale Will cost you just $50 per picture not per print, we release them at maximum quality and size for you to print as many times as you want.
Original Article from the Washington Post.Read More »
I’ve seen Kimberly before but her outfit at the Sidelines Halloween Party really caught my attention, we planned a photoshoot for Saturday morning and as everything planned during a beautiful week, weekend weather tries to break it, this was not the case, we shot even raining at the Depot using the Amtrack train station as our outdoor Studio for the day.Read More »
The Photoshoot was several different country style attires and a couple dresses, as you can see Kimberly does really well on the catwalk and her size and figure allows her to model any type of dress.
This was her first modeling experience and we are going to definitely help her with the modeling portfolio.
Swannanoa is an Italian Renaissance Revival villa built in 1912 by millionaire and philanthropist James H. Dooley above Rockfish Gap on the border of northern Nelson County and Augusta County, Virginia.
The Villa is open to public during spring to visit interiors and local photographers find this an excellent place for pictures, video productions and events.
The best time of the year to shoot at this location are Spring and Autumn, Summer looks fantastic but Spring and Summer are special for the color blend and clear blue sky.Read More »
I usually carry strobes with me to shoot outdoors and a power pack.
Modeling is a mix of a lot of hard work and dedication, We had our first photoshoot with Abby a few weeks ago, since then she has put a lot of effort on healthy eating and the results are stunning, Abby is going to become a very beautiful model, she is young and decided to look at her best, she is preparing for the next Harley Davidson Pin-up contest and I am sure she will bring a title.Read More »
These pictures I took at my Studio in Staunton,
Halloween: Usually I spend Halloween with my kids and taking them to treat or trick around the neighborhood, this year I decided to help my friends from Sidelines and decided to take pictures at their party, it was packed, amazing evening, tons of pictures and a really great time with great music.
For those who don’t know where is Sidelines, it’s located in Fishersville near to Dominion Outdoors, if you know Sheets on Exit 91 you keep going on that road towards Stuarts Draft and you will see Sidelines on the left hand side, great food, cold drinks and always live entertainment, Karaoke, Trivia, bands and much more.
Going back to the party, by 9PM I was home with a ton of pictures to post process and upload to share with friends.Read More »
Here I share a few pictures that caught my attention and are worth the shared view.
Taking pictures in bars require good equipment and fast lenses that can capture the few light available, a good White Balance setup according to the Kelvins available to avoid excesive red or yellow on your shots is something you should always take in count when shooting at low conditions and the less ISO you can use the better, this will mean less Noise in your pictures.