Why a Photo Session is the Ultimate Gift

Photos: we have them in our homes, on our phones, in albums, on our computers, they’re everywhere.

Photos remind us of life’s most precious people and memories As we move through life, we get to add new moments to our collections.

cropped-53006_2018-09-22_wed_haughey-1.jpgSometimes though, it makes a world of difference to have a professional photographer present for the really big moments in life, including weddings, christenings, milestone birthdays and engagements. Giving the gift of photography is one that won’t soon be forgotten.

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a parent, newly engaged couple or friend in your life, here are some reaons why you should gift them a professional photo session instead of the usual gift.

49864_ 2018.09.02_WED_MikesellPhotography is a gift that lasts a lifetime

How many times have you received a gift that you pretended to like, only to end up storing it in the back of a cupboard a month later? Gadgets, clothing, and accessories all go out of style or become null and void, but professional photos last a lifetime and are something that the recipient can treasure for years to come.

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Gifting someone with a professional photo session is personal and unique. Since it’s far more thoughtful than guessing what someone would like to receive, it’s a gift that truly comes from a place of love.

2997_tep_2015.07.17_mat_krishanPhotography is an experience

Experiencing something instead of adding something to a growing pile of possessions is far more worthwhile, exciting and meaningful. A photo session gives your loved one a brand new experience that will leave them with lasting memories that they can proudly display around their home or office.

When looking for the right photo session for your loved one, keep an eye out for any specials photographers in your area might be offering. Who knows, you may even find yourself booking a photo session for yourself at the same time.

Visit Third Eye Photography to book your next experience!

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Location Inspiration for Your Child’s Upcoming Photo Session

There are several factors that play an important role when planning a kid’s photo session and the location of your shoot is one of them. Below are a few ideas to help you choose an ideal location for your child’s upcoming photo shoot.

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A kiss in as the Sun begins to set over their wedding day
  1. Choose a location that’s special to you. Perhaps you want photos of your children in that place where your husband first proposed to you or even where you got married. Jot down a few locations and that mean something to you and your family.14920_2017.07.20_POR_DeSabto
  2. Decide on the purpose of the photo session. Are you looking to mark a milestone? Or perhaps you’re just looking to get a few updated photos of your children. For example, choosing a beautiful indoor setting with lovely lighting would be ideal for a holiday card but a pretty garden setting would be great for a 1st birthday party.15773_2016-07-27_sen_sandgren
  3. Think lighting. While you might not always be able to have the photo session outside, try and choose a location that offers good natural lighting if possible. Or at least lighting that isn’t too harsh as this will really make a difference to your images.13686_2016-07-15_sen_julia
  4. Give yourself options. It’s always nice to be able to work with a variety of backgrounds when shooting photos of your children, especially if you are planning multiple outfit changes.24347_2017.09.01_WED_Rabb
  5. Keep safety in mind. While taking a photo in a unique location would make for great photos, rather think about the surroundings and whether there is anything that might endanger your child before you arrange your shoot there. Railway tracks are an example of this type of location.27640_2017.09.30_WED_Baily
  6. Look closer to home first. Before you scout for locations in your area, you might actually find that you have the perfect photo spot right in your own back yard.

If you’re still a bit unsure about the best location to choose for your upcoming shoot, chat with your photographer as he/she will know about the best locations in and around your area.

Visit Third Eye Photography for more images and to book your next event!

How to Enjoy Your Photoshoot When You’re Camera Shy

Just because you cringe at the thought of having your photos taken doesn’t mean you need to accept the fact that you’ll never have any good photos of yourself. There is a way to overcome your camera shyness and feel comfortable enough in front of your photographer to get the photos you want, whether it’s of you and your loved ones or just you on your own.34113_2017.12.21_ENG_Cribbs

Below are three tips that you can use to conquer your upcoming photo session.

  1. Be as comfortable as possible. Take the time to pick out an outfit that not only suites the purpose of the photo session but one that you feel completely comfortable in too. Wear a color that you love and get your hair and makeup done to give you that extra boost of confidence.15496_ 2017.07.22_MAT_Dugan
  2. Practice really does help. Stand in front of a mirror and strike a few poses, get comfortable with your body and your smile. Once you’re feeling better about how you look, use your smartphone or camera to snap a few shots of yourself to see which angles and poses work best. Your photographer will be able to help you with this on the day too but it never hurts to be prepared anyway.14235_2016-06-09_wed_wise
  3. Why are you doing this? Sometimes focusing on the camera and the person taking the photos is enough to put anyone off, instead rather focus on why you’re doing this shoot in the first place. Are you updating your family albums or perhaps you’re taking a few great shots for a holiday card, keep your mind on the result of the shoot instead.14676_2017.07.18_SEN_Washburn

Remember that your photographer does this for a living because they love working with people. They want to help you achieve the best quality images so have fun with it and trust that your photographer has your best interests at heart.

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Benefits of Meeting with Your Photographer Post-Shoot

While having them delivered to you on a flash drive or via dropbox seems like the easiest way to get your hands on images from your latest session, this isn’t always the best way. If you truly want to make the most of your images, meeting with your photographer after your session is highly recommended.16676_2015-08-11_wed_mcmahon

Your photographer puts a lot of time and effort into your session as well as the editing of your photos. A true professional won’t just abandon you as a client once the shoot is done. If you’re wondering why it’s important to meet with your photographer after your session, this is what you need to know.712_-2016-09-17_wed_joyce

  1. A post-shoot meeting completes your photography experience. Having your photos taken is a personal experience, so why shouldn’t the entire process be personal too? Photographers prefer to take you through your photos so that they can assist you from start to finish and share in your joy.2015.01.18_ENG_Kelley_DNG-January 18, 2016-104
  2. Your photographer will assist you with the photo selection process. For some people, receiving a disc or flash drive filled with photos can be quite overwhelming, especially when it comes to selecting the best photos to print. Meeting with your photographer after your session allows them to give you their professional opinion on the best photos to print and what your printing options are.3
  3. Your photographer will be the perfect guide on where to place your photos. If you choose to meet with your photographer post-session, you may want to opt to meet them at your home. This way they can walk through your home with you and guide you on the best places to display your portraits.

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Alternatives to Dull School Photos

We can never have enough photos of our children but let’s face it; school photos aren’t always our first choice when it comes to what to hang up around the house.

If you’re growing a little tired of the usual school photo formula year after year, why not consider taking some professional headshots at a studio instead? Below are just some of the differences between school photos and studio photos.

The Backdrop

School Photos: Your child’s school photos are usually shot in front of a generic, sometimes tacky, background. These backgrounds tend to be distracting and move the focus off your child completely.

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Studio Photos: Shooting professional headshots in a studio means you have the option of choosing a more classic backdrop, something that keeps the focus on your child.

31292_2017.10.15_POR_BrodyPosing and Smiling

School Photos: When it’s time to take school photos, kids are called up one at a time, placed in a standard pose and told to smile in front of a complete stranger before being rushed out the door again.

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Studio Photos: A professional photographer takes the time to make your child feel more comfortable in front of the camera, which results in a natural expression and smile. They also try a variety of poses so that you walk away with more memorable shots of your kids.

11458_2017.07.03_SEN_Olson-HorseThe End Result

School Photos: When you receive your child’s school photos you usually get one or two standard photos in various sizes. There is nothing unique or special about the shots and they usually end up in a drawer in the house.

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Studio Photos: A professional photographer not only takes a variety of photos of your child but they spend time editing them too, resulting in photos you can proudly display in your house, photos you know aren’t present in the homes of every other child at school.

It’s definitely worth taking the time to book a professional photographer to take a few headshots of your child if you’re looking for something a little more special to remember your child’s school years by. Contact Third Eye Photography to book your next session!

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