Simply put, the single best thing photographers can do right now to directly improve their business is adding video. Just as digital technology revolutionized the industry a decade or so ago, I strongly believe that fusion products—the combination of still images and motion capture—will soon become the norm in our ever-evolving industry.
Photographers are, in many ways, perfectionists. We thrive at manipulating every detail of our surroundings to exact personal preferences. We tweak, nudge and adjust things over and over again until everything is exactly the way we want it. We shoot hundreds upon hundreds of images with the hopes of capturing a few that live up to our own impossible standards.
A majority of the portraits I capture involve young children, who almost always present their own unique challenge. Simply getting the young ones to the studio can be a challenge in itself for Mom or Dad, so it’s to your benefit to go out of your way to make the session a positive and entertaining experience.
A majority of the portraits I capture involve young children, who always present their own unique challenge. Because simply getting the little ones to the studio can be difficult in itself for Mom or Dad, it’s to your benefit to go out of your way to make the session a positive and entertaining experience.
I personally have never shot a “perfect” image, because I believe photography is a life-long learning process. Every day, my work evolves as I learn my craft. My goal is always to improve my skills while “perfecting my work.”
Most of my clients prefer at least some color studies during their session, and I love working with the complete palette that life has to offer. The process of selecting backgrounds to bring out a child’s eye color, or using color to create harmony between siblings, fuels my artistic passion.
Photographers often ask me about the composition of my photographs, and why I settled on composing images in a particular way. I typically respond with the five tips that I was once taught during my early learning stages of photography. Here are some great rules of thumb on how to creatively think about and do composition.
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