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24 Jun 2024

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Poses

Essential Tips and Ideas for Female Posing

Whether it’s for a special occasion, modeling portfolio, or publicity shot, the way to have a winning photoshoot is make them feel and look beautiful.  With 10+ years of professional modeling experience personally, I have enjoyed taking what I’ve learned being on the other side of the lens to help new or experienced models, and even the girl next door, to achieve the looks I want to capture.

Marketing for Photographers

When to Raise Prices | Diana’s Thursday Thoughts

Raising your rates can be a difficult decision – when to do it, what is fair enough to charge, and will anyone think you’re worth it?

The rates you set for portraits and wedding coverage matters. Each check goes into the end of the year money bucket which is basically, what you’ll be making annually as a full-time photographer. Taking that into consideration, it’s important to price your services in hopes that you book enough to make a decent living.

Photography

Touching Base with the Bride before the Wedding | Diana’s Thursday Thoughts

As brides prepare for their wedding, wedding photographers are also preparing to successfully capture the big day. I prefer to touch base with my brides and CC the planner by email to ask for specific lists, touch base on the schedule, and sweetly remind the couple of the balance due. I send an email requesting specific information approximately 2-3 weeks out from the date as not to get lost with all the other last minute details. Knowing these things give me time to address any concerns, and also knowing the vendor details already preps me for a ready to go blog post and blog submission to popular wedding blogs so I don’t have to ask after the couple returns from their honeymoon.

Photography

Planning a Successful Concept Shoot

The purpose of having a mock shoot, also known as a concept shoot, is for photographers and other businesses to show off what they are capable of capturing and creating.  Sharing a concept shoot is an opportune way to stretch yourself creatively, or take your business to another direction, attracting a different clientele if you are finding you aren’t getting a specific client you are looking for.  If you so happen to capture a great concept shoot, it’s also an opportunity to get published on a blog if you have not yet had the perfect wedding to share.

Tips & Tricks

Posing Tips for Male Portrait Photography and Headshots

If you primarily photograph women, shooting a man can be challenging and intimidating, knowing very well that men work and think much differently than women.  The thing to remember is that unless you are photographing a male model, most men do not like having their photo taken, rarely do, and a photoshoot isn’t the time they unleash their practice poses because they don’t have any.  Most of your male clients most might be in front of your camera due to a special occasion such as a wedding,  or engagement session, or they need a professional profile shot.  The key is to make it enjoyable, and that can also mean, making the session as quick and painless as possible.

Tips & Tricks

Posing Guide for Photographing Children

Children are often the first subjects that a photographer falls in love with as a primary subject.  There are endless benefits of shooting little ones that have yet to develop   camera shyness allowing beginning photographers to have a moving, and somewhat patient subject.  But it isn’t until you are hired to shoot children do you realize that the goal is now shifted to capture smiles and poses opposed to documentary.  When it comes to photographing children, the obvious goal is to capture expressions that are framable.  In other words, this means, no crying or grumpy faces, so it’s up to you, magician behind the camera, to control the atmosphere during the shoot.  I promise you can find ways to get a great expression without a stuffed toy you have to squeak or shake behind the lens.