I’ll start out by saying that plenty of rest and hydration is the best preparation for any photo shoot. As well I know, it may be tough to fully address all the items on this list before your session, especially if you are also preparing a large group; but accomplishing even some of these will greatly impact the resulting images.
1. All you intend to wear should be laid out, clean and ironed the night before. Wrinkle-free clothing will help make your image much more professional.
2. Eat! Be sure to eat something before you leave for your session so you’re not hungry during the shoot. I can’t stress this enough. You will look better, be more focused, and have the energy throughout the shoot. This is especially important for children. A great idea would be to bring crackers, nutrition bar, etc; but stay away from chocolate or colored items/drinks, etc. You wouldn’t want to color the lips, tongue, and teeth.
3. Make-up: You want to achieve a natural even skin tone, and be sure to cover blemishes.
4. Fingers and toes should be clean and groomed. Nails should be a natural color (nude,french,light-pink, etc) for model/actor headshots and portfolios; and any color for family portraits, etc. Although, for all, you want to be careful your nail color doesn’t detract from you and your face as the primary subject. The focus of a viewer naturally gravitates first to laud vibrant colors, then secondly to the rest of the photo.
5. For men, all facial hair should be groomed. If you wish to have a few ‘rough’ shots and then shave to include a few shots with a smoother look, please bring your shaving kit and mention this to the photographer before the shoot.
6. Facials and haircuts should be done a week or so before the shoot date.
7. For all, be sure eyebrows are groomed, teeth are clean, and lips are not dry. If necessary, please bring a lip balm/moisturizer with you. Moist lips always look better.
8. Come hair-ready and bring a brush, comb, etc for touching up during the shoot. Hair and Make-up professionals are recommended for best results and are available for an additional cost.
9. Wardrobe: A good rule-of-thumb is to try and wear clothing that doesn’t detract from your face: Your clothes should be free of logos. You would also want to stay away from large busy prints and loud vibrant colors, . Similar to nails, loud colors usually command the viewer’s attention, etc. You should discuss wardrobe with your photographer before the shoot.
10. I will put this tip on it’s own bullet point as it is so important. Be sure all clothes are lint and hair free. I cannot stress this enough.
If you see ideas in magazines, etc. that really attract your attention, feel free to bring those clipping or phone pics to your session. How you feel about photography, what moves you and what you gravitate to provides much insight into who you are and your expectations. Never hesitate to share your ideas with the photographer.
Yes, there is a choice. The difference is night a day. Camera equipment, how the pictures are processed and even the knowledge of how to shoot a picture is completely different.
Film photography is now considered a thing of the past, yet some photographers swear by it and only shoot with 35mm film. It can be time consuming, though, as once you take the pictures, you have to wait for proofs to come back from the developer. Even if the photographer has his own darkroom, there will still be a waiting period. Once the final prints are chosen, there is an additional waiting period to get those back as well. If mistakes are made, the photographer might not see them until he gets the proofs back, then, he will have to reshoot those pictures. If additional shots want to be taken, then that adds to the timeframe. Black and white film, though, can be worth the wait, if photographed correctly, it can look like artwork.
Digital photography, on the other hand, is almost instantaneous. The bride, parents or whomever wants to see them, can view them through the lens of the camera immediately. These can even be emailed to a computer, tablet or phone. There is no waiting for proofs to come back, If mistakes are made, they can be corrected right then and there. If the photographer has the capability to print out the prints, delivery can be even quicker than film, within hours or a day versus several days. Some digital photographers choose to use a 3rd party to print the photographs, so it might be additional time, especially if bigger sizes or multiple prints are requested.
Quality can be the same on film and digital. It really is a preference by the bride or family being photographed as to which one they prefer. Most, not all, photographers only shoot digital, so it would be a good question to ask when seeking out a photographer as to which medium they use. Some people still want to have their memories on film, along with the negatives so they can reprint them as needed. Be aware though, as technology progresses, that might be harder to do.
Digital photography, however doesn’t need to be taken to a photo lab or print shop, (unless you want different sized photos). Once the photographer is done with the shoot, he can save or send you the prints via email or on a flash drive. From there, you don’t even need to print any pictures, they can be emailed to family and friends and they can print what they want, or better yet save to their computer and use the pics as wall paper if they wish.
Even though it is a choice, technology is evolving to where film might be thing of the past.
We have been providing professional photography services for weddings, seniors, families and engagement for several years. We do provide full resolution photos to all of our customers. A lot them come back after few months and asked us where they get best professional quality prints? I have a document ready with all my vendors who do best work for us. I simply email them that document and suggest different options depending on what kind a photos they are trying to print. One thing I always tell to my clients is to get “Fuji Pearl” paper with “Lustre Coating” (if available) which keep the pictures in good crisp quality for a very long time.
Even if you print a lot of photos at home, there are still plenty of reasons to use an online photo printing service, sharing and archiving your digital photos, ordering specialty prints, novelty and gift items or photo books, or creating greeting cards, announcements and invitations. Most sites even have fairly sophisticated photo-editing tools, which comes in handy if you don’t own photo-editing software or if you are away from home.
What is most important when choosing a site? It is the comfort level you have with the interface and site design. Once you get past the top three or four sites, the differences between services, quality, and price points become quite negligible. So whatever service you feel offers the best convenience delivery method, features, and products or site navigation may be your personal preference. It’s to your advantage to try out a few of them, and luckily you can do that at little to no expense, as a few test prints are inexpensive, and a lot of sites even offer a number of free prints for new members or as promos.
These are pro labs with awesome results, and pricing within your budget. We will keep updating this list pretty soon, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. If you have a great experience with any other services please leave a comments or send us an email we will add it here.
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It is very important to know How to Hire Professional Photographer in the digital age, where anyone with an iPhone and a Facebook page can market himself or herself as a photographer, it’s difficult to trust someone to capture your memories. After all, those precious moments disappear in a flash.
Before you hire, professionals recommend you develop a good working relationship with a photographer by learning as much as possible about their experience, equipment and company policies. Read on for more advice about what to focus on when choosing a professional photographer.
Reading online reviews is a great starting point, but also suggests you check with recent references. “Clients are paying to have a moment captured in time that will never happen again”. “To decide just by looking at a portfolio and reviews is a lot to expect if you’ve never met.”
Examine backup equipment
“Backup equipment can tell you who is an amateur or professional photographer,“There’s always a situation where the camera or flash might stop working.”
Read the contract
Professionals advise that consumers carefully read the entire contract when hiring a photographer. Make sure there is a plan or backup photographer who will photograph an event in case of emergency.
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