Aaahhhh…it’s springtime and love is in the air! It definitely felt more like summer when I shot Becca and Veljko’s engagement photos last weekend, but they were troopers and didn’t even break a sweat. They are getting married in June in New Hope, PA, and since we’ll get some country shots then, they wanted some fun Philly photos for their engagement session. We took photos in Rittenhouse Square (on the very bench where they got engaged), Love Park, Broad St., and Independence Hall – boy I love our historic city!
Veljko is also a photographer so he brought along his Nikon and took some shots as well (can’t wait to see them!). That explains why Becca is so comfortable in front of the camera, she’s had a lot of practice!
Wow, they are going to be a REALLY nice addition to my portfolio…are they a good-looking couple or what?
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5 Tips for showing your best YOU on a social networking site!
Nowadays who ISN’T on a social networking web site? Whether it’s Facebook
to catch up with old friends, LinkedIn
to make business contacts, or Match
to search for that special someone…why not show your best YOU in your photos? You don’t need a fancy camera to get some nice portraits of yourself, so solicit a friend to be your photographer, grab your point-and-shoot digital camera and follow these 5 simple tips for getting a great portrait of yourself (and for that matter, your kids and pets too)!
- Taking a photo that is “technically sound” is simple! No need to get into photography mumbo-jumbo, typically the most flattering portraits are taken using indirect light (think window light, or outdoors but in the shade), and with subject of the photo (you) looking slightly upwards toward the photographer. A photo of yourself in direct sunlight will produce some not-so-nice shadows, and really, how comfortable is it to stare directly into the sun?
- Choose a photo that shows off your personality. Get your photographer to take some candid photos of you, have a conversation with them, play with your dog, do whatever is going to make you relax and look like your natural, sunny self. And if you are not so sunny, that’s fine too. I don’t judge.
- Stay away from distracting backgrounds. This is a photo of YOU. If there are people walking behind you, cars zooming by, or your messy bookcase in the background, it will only distract from what we really want to see – you! A photography teacher once told me that a background should be “a little bit of something but almost nothing”, it’s something I consider all the time!
- Turn off your camera flash! It washes you out, highlights shiny spots on your face, and can give you a deer-in-headlights look. Don’t use it unless you desperately need to.
- Get up close and personal. Tell your photographer not to be afraid to get close…the entire photo should be you from around the waist up, with a little bit of background.
Following these simple steps can mean the difference between this…
The weather has been fabulous so get out there and take some pictures! Happy shooting!
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I had a photoshoot today with my good friend Christina. We had such so much fun that I felt the urge to tell everyone about it and share the photos, and I thought “why not do what so many other photographers are doing and start a blog? duh!” So here it is – my first blog entry!
Christina is a personal chef in the Philadelphia area (check out her web site – cyplate.com) and wanted some updated headshots and “action” shots of her in the kitchen. We were fortunate to be able to use Foster’s Homeware‘s kitchen for the shoot. The bright kitchen provided some great ambience for the photos. Throw in Christina’s good looks and some cool city streets and you have a recipe for success! (No pun intended, of course…ok well maybe)
Could someone please give this gal a show on the Food Network ASAP!?!
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