Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Studio Portraits - express yourself!

Portrait studios aren't as common as they used to be. Most major department stores had one, and there was at least one in every mall. The mall studios are still around, albeit fewer of them. However, most of their work is family portraits, and the occasional executive portrait.

Photographer's studios are becoming even more rare. There are still quite a few of us that are still holding on, or have joined forces in collaborative cooperatives, where they can share time and space at a much lower cost.

Wherever you find them, take advantage of the opportunity to create something out of the ordinary. Express your imaginative side and explore a not so conventional look. Photographers will frequently jump at those opportunities because it gives them a chance to experiment at well. We can try out the latest lighting or posing techniques we just learned about, or play out "what-ifs" with light setups we don't normally use.

Bring props, or changes of clothes. Ladies, take advantage of the services of a makeup artist to create a totally different look. Go outside your comfort zone in the privacy of a studio environment. If you don't like what comes out, at least you tried it, and no one else ever has to know. I'm betting you're going to love what your photographer created, and won't be able to wait to show it to your friends and family.

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