MindsetHave fun! You’re going to have a great time, and we’re going to make you look fabulous.
RelaxWe’re easy to get along with, and truly love what we do. We’ll help you with posing so you look natural and “unposed”…there’s no pressure on you, we’ll walk you through the whole experience.
ArrivalArrive 15-20 minutes early to your appointment. If you’re coming from out of town, give yourself plenty of time to find your way. Showing up late means you lose camera time, and we don’t want that.
ClothingBe Outfit-Savvy – This may seem like a simple task...and it is!
1. Group your outfits together on hangers. Make sure items are ironed and ready to go. Trust us, wrinkles aren’t cool!
2. Plan on changing quickly. The faster you change, the more time you have in front of the camera.
3. Make sure you’re comfortable in your clothing and that it flatters you. Try all your outfits on ahead of time. Invite a friend over to help you choose.
4. Bring a variety of colors and mix the level of styles…dressy, dressy-casual and casual. Jeans, shorts, dresses and skirts. Tops with long sleeves and short sleeves. If you’re self-conscious about your arms, avoid sleeveless or cap-sleeve shirts and tank tops, as they tend to make arms look fuller. Same goes for your legs...stay away from shorts or short skirts/dresses.
5. Play with possible accessories to add variety to an outfit such as layering with jackets or coats, adding a scarf, hat or jewelry. This gives us options to change things up and gives you many different looks.
6. Don’t be tempted to shop for new outfits that you won’t have a chance to wear before your session. Why? You may decide later that it isn’t the right look for you and regret having pictures taken in it. Bring outfits that reflect your personality and interests, your hobbies, your style.
7. Wear colors that you feel good in, but make sure you bring a variety of colors. Four tops in blue even though they aredifferent styles will start to look the same in a single session.
8. Bring extras! We will help you decide and guide you into what will photograph best, be most flattering on you and give you the most variety. Choices are good!
ShoesCannot say it enough...wear heels! Whether pumps or boots, dressy or casual, plain or sassy, heels really make you stand out and look glamorous. Flats can also work well if you mix them with the right outfit. Bring a pair of flips…not to wear with an outfit, but to get around in and easily kick off for that awesome barefoot look...we LOVE barefoot!
Okay, we have many more tips, but that's enough to get you a good start on your planning. We'll be adding more in our next post.
Be sure your Photographer can deliver the images and products you expect.
4 Seek Out Service – Of course, you want great photos, but don’t dismiss the importance of finding a photographer whose service is outstanding. Great customer service can include anything from emergency kits during the session (hairspray, water, pins, etc.) to making sure your hair and clothes are just right. It’s anything that helps you enjoy your session, so you don’t have to worry about it. Your photographer should help make this a fun experience. Testimonials and reviews come in handy when searching for this information.
5 Take a Survey – This may seem like an odd tip, but the point is to look for photographers who want to know about YOU. Some may give you a survey to fill out and others may simply ask questions about your likes and dislikes. Their goal is the same, though: To make your photos reflect you.
6 Think About the End Result – What do you want to take home with you? Your photographer should have a variety of product choices. They might include wall portraits, albums, wallets and Facebook images. Using a professional photographer for products will ensure the highest-quality keepsakes with professional and artistic flair.
Digital images are popular and great only if you have a plan for displaying them on your own. After all, you don’t want your senior pictures online only...you’ll want to show them off in your home and personally give them to family and friends. Make sure you have a clear understanding of what you are getting and what you are paying for. Some hot products this season are albums, video slide shows and gicle’e clusters
7 Compromise Smartly – There are a lot of things to budget for during your senior year, but if
photography is really important to you, choosing a professional photographer who provides great customer service and an experience of a lifetime might be better than going to an amateur. Don’t compromise style and quality for your budget if your senior portraits are important to you.
It takes more than a nice camera to get those great senior shots you want. Find a professional who has invested in training and techniques, someone who knows how to hide your little flaws and bring out your best features. Your photographer will go above and beyond to make you happy, comfortable and satisfied.
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FINDING THE RIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO
This process can be overwhelming for both parents and students,
especially with the barrage of flyers and cards sent to your mailbox.
How Do You Choose the Photographer Who is Right for You?
To guarantee a great senior portrait experience, it is important
that the style and skill of the photographer, his personality
AND what the studio offers be a fit for you. One of the biggest
mistakes people make is simply comparing photographers’ prices
on paper. Many things determine what a photographer charges,
and simply comparing pricing doesn't help you understand that.
Here is a list of things to think about in addition to cost:
1. Find Your Style – It’s important to have at least an idea of the photography style you like the best,
and that comes from researching and looking at photo examples. - Look for images that speak to you.
Some photographers’ styles are more retro, some may be more “sexy,” some edgy like in a magazine,
some photo journalistic, some more classic and clean...which appeals to you? These are things you
should consider when doing your research.
When seeing examples, ask yourself “Would I be happy if these were my images”? This may also help
in understanding the photographer’s skill level. Once you see the difference in the quality of work
and you’ll appreciate your final decision.
2. Ask to See It All – When comparing studios ask for a sample of an entire senior photography sessions
(like an entire album). This will help you see if a photographer lacks consistency in the quality of the
images...and if the images suddenly start to look alike. Variety and uniqueness are two key elements.
Photographers can shoot 150 images, but may only display the three that are good. You don’t want to
limit yourself to just three choices, do you? That’s why you need to see an entire session, so you can
tell if the photographer is consistently good...or just lucky every now and then.
3. Look to Connect – Find a photographer you can connect with and who can bring out the best in
you! Feeling comfortable during your photo shoot is the number-one most important thing if you want
to have great, relaxed photographs. A professional photographer will guide you through the process
helping you with posing and expressions.
Well that's enough to think about for today. I'll post more helpful tips in a few days, and as always, feel
free to visit our website or give us a call (319.352.3211) for any questions you may have...we're here to help!
What truely makes someone really great at what they do? Is it the tools they use or the knowledge, skill or artistic way they use them? Here's a little story I ran across recently that made me chuckle...wanted to share it with you. Anyone have a similiar story? Please share it with me!
When Jack London had his portrait made by the noted San Francisco photographer Arnold Genthe, London began the encounter with effusive praise for the photographic art of his friend and fellow bohemian, Genthe. "you must have a wonderful camera...It must be the best camera in the world...You must show me your camera." Genthe then used his standard studio camera to make what has since become a classic picture of Jack London. When the sitting was finished, Genthe could not contain himself: "I have read your books, Jack, and I think they are important works of art. You must have a wonderful typewriter." - Anonymous
This June we celebrate 10 years in our downtown studio location...10 YEARS! It really only seems like yesterday that we were coming in at 7am till 9pm 7days a week for 6 straight months, working on the remodel. Time really does fly! Here's a before and after of the front of the building.