One Minute Tip #7: Hands & Feet

When preparing for your photo shoot or portrait session, don't over look your hands and feet. They maybe featured in the photograph and if your hands and feet don't look good, then those photos will be unusable. My photo shoots and portrait session are fluid, meaning I may have an idea based on how the shoot is going and go in another direction. There have been session where I couldn't include certain hands or feet placements because the client neglected those areas. 

One Minute Tip #6: Red Eyes

As a Tampa, FL based photographer, I've had clients show up for head shots with red eyes. It's something we all have to deal with from time to time for various reasons. There are a few things you can do to remove or at least minimize red eyes. That's the topic of today's one minute tip video. 

One Minute Tip #5: Dealing with Glasses

People who wear glasses are faced with the decision of, "should I wear my glasses for my head shot or portrait session?" As a Tampa, FL based photographer, I admit, it can be a challenge to photograph clients with glasses. The primary issue is the reflection or glare glasses produce when the light hits them. It's helpful if you buy corrective lenses with anti-glare. Another option is to have a pair of frames with no lenses. I wouldn't buy a pair of frames, instead, ask your optometrist to borrow a pair for the day. 

It took some study and practice, but I learned how to completely avoid the reflection or glare that lenses produce. With that being said, if people recognize you with your glasses then my suggestion is to wear them for your head shot or portrait session. Plus, you want to look authentic in your head shot and if family, friends, and business associates are used to seeing you with glasses on, you should wear them.

One Minute Tip #4: Hair Cut

For the ladies, If you plan on cutting your hair before you photo shoot or portrait session, I suggest you do so 1-2 weeks in advance. The reason being, if something goes wrong, you have time to correct it, especially if it's a whole new look. For guys, a few days in advance is fine, but the same rule applies if you're going for a new look. 

Ladies, bring your favorite hair accessories, for different looks. If you're shooting outside, you'll be glad you brought them. 

One Minute Tip #3: Hire a Makeup Artist

Hiring a makeup artist (MUA) is a critical part of your portrait session. Makeup for photography is entirely different from everyday use. Because of the powerful lights, you need more makeup for photography and just adding more won't work. A MUA will have the right products to do the job. No one can do their own makeup as well as a professional makeup artist, if you want to look your best. It's also an opportunity  to learn a few tricks of the trade. Every time a client has hired a makeup artist, they always tell me about something they learned. As a Tampa based photographer, MUA make my job easier as I spend less time retouching.

If you have never worked with a makeup artist, I highly suggest that you hire one for your next photo shoot or portrait session. It will take your images to the next level. 

Stennett - Sloly Wedding

I had the pleasure of photographing a wedding in the Houston, TX area. The wedding was held at the Enchanted Cypress Ballroom. This venue had some fantastic backgrounds. The wedding guest travelled from both the east and west cost to witness this union. It was a lovely wedding, and the Caribbean roots of the bride and groom made for a festive reception. 

Deep Ellum Pop Up Photography Studio

Last weekend, I photographed a High School Senior portrait session in Deep Ellum, which is east of downtown Dallas. In preparation for this outdoor shoot, I added a speed light to my kit, a Yongnu YN-568EX for Nikon. I selected this flash as it supports TTL and High Speed Sync and much cheaper than the Nikon flashes. I added this flash because I wanted four units that supported TTL and High Speed Sync. My plan was to use all four simultaneously. In addition, I added a Cowboy Studio 4 way flash shoe bracket, so that I can mount all 4 speed lights on to one bracket. 

It was an overcast day, so there was no harsh sunlight. My plan was to balance the ambient light, which was diffused by the clouds and off camera flash. I used this setup for the senior portraits and they turned out great. The portrait session lasted about an hour, so I decided to find a location and take some stranger portraits while I was down there. 

I end up shooting in mostly in one locations, the first spot didn't have much foot traffic, so I only ended up getting one stranger portrait, but it was probably the most interesting. After about 20 minutes, I moved around the corner, found something with a cool background and waited for strangers to pass.

I'd heard of other photographers do this, finding a location on the street and basically setting up a pop up studio, it was a cool experience and I look forward to do this again. 

Flight Status

Last week (April 2, 2016) I was flying from Dallas, TX to Tampa, FL. After boarding the plan, the captain announced there were storms in the Tampa area and there would be a possible 2 hour flight delay. 30 minutes later, we de-boarded the plan and went back into the DFW airport terminal. After finding a seat, I decided to take some photographs of the travelers passing by to kill the time. I was sitting near a flight status monitor and I noticed a steady stream of travelers stopping to check their flight status. I decided to take images of people looking up at the monitor.

I was seated on the end so I had an unobstructed view. I didn't want to be obvious, so i put my camera in Live View mode and balanced it on my knee. As people stopped, I would frame the shot via Live View and take the photograph. Most didn't notice what I was doing, and the ones who did, didn't say anything, they just kept walking. 

The flight delay ended up being only an hour. But during that time I took some interesting images. Here are some of the photographs.