Understanding the Common Expressions Your Photographer Uses

If you’ve recently started discussing a photoshoot with a photographer or you’re still on the hunt for the perfect photographer for your wedding, birthday or engagement shoot, you’ve more than likely come across several different terms and expressions that you’ve never heard of before.

To make you more comfortable during your conversations with your photographer, here are a few common expressions that you should familiarize yourself with:

  • 52211_2018.09.17_SEN_ElliotRaw Files.Raw files are photos that have not yet been processed. Most professional photographers only ever shoot RAW so that they can alter their photos later on. Most photographers will also be reluctant to give raw files to customers since it could result in their photos being altered by someone who isn’t familiar with editing processes and techniques.
  • Reprint Permissions. Sharing a photographer’s photos online or in the media will usually require reprint permission. This ensures that a photographer knows where their photos will be showcased, that they want to be associated with a particular platform or portrayed in a certain light.46558_2018.08.18_WED_Hutchinson
  • A copyright on photos means that they belong to the photographer that shot them and that the photographer can use them as they see fit. For example, they are allowed to use your photos in their portfolio. It also means that people or organizations are not allowed to use the photos in promotional materials without the photographer’s permission.
  • Golden Hour.The golden hour is a period of time around 15 – 20 minutes before sunrise and after sunset when your photographer has access to the best possible natural light. Most photographers will always opt to shoot during this period when possible.61815 2019.06.08_WED_Nicoll
  • Straight Out of the Camera.When photos are straight out of the camera, it means that they have been through very little editing and processing.
  • Suggested Shot List.This is usually a term that comes up a lot during discussions with wedding photographers. While planning your wedding, you will more than likely have a few ideas for photos that you really want your photographer to shoot, which is why they will usually ask you for a suggested shot list. If not, remember to speak up and tell your photographer your ideas.
  • Photography style is another term that will usually pop up during your conversation with your photographer. Some common photography styles include classic, lifestyle, documentary, and artistic. It may be useful to research a few of these photography styles before you meet with your photographer so that you can tell them what you expect.61832 2019.06.08_WED_Billesbach

Remember, your photographer is there to make this a fun and pleasant experience for you, not to throw technical terminology at you. If there are certain terms that you’re unsure about, ask away. Your photographer will be more than happy to explain the entire process to you.

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8 Fun Photo Session Themes to Inspire You

Themed photo sessions are the perfect way way to update your photo collections and capture new memories with your friends and family while having fun at the same time.

If you have a photo session of your own coming up but you want to try and do something different, here are a few fun ideas for themed sessions to inspire you.

41057_2018.07.03_POR_BakerRoll out the picnic blanket:Picnics are always a whole lot of fun and the ideas for props are endless. There’s also the bonus of having a beautiful outdoor backdrop to complete session. A picnic-themed session works in so many scenarios too, from family photos to engagement sessions; it’s a romantic and playful option.

Vintage campout:Think thick, quilted throws and blankets, cushions, and mason jars. Find a quiet spot in the woods or under a tree in the park and you’ll have the perfect setting for a makeshift vintage campout mini session.

Tea party:This one is especially great if you have young girls in your home. Set out a table with some chairs, get the girls all dressed up in something pretty and capture them enjoying some milk and cookies.

Back to school:Books, desks, chalk boards, suitcases, these are all great props that you can use for a fun back-to-school themed photo session.

600072019.05.05_DAN_LodovicoUnderwaterA day at the pool:This is one theme that the entire family can get in on. All you need are a few towels, sun loungers, sunglasses and bottles of soda and you can capture some fun, summertime shots of you and your family.

Storytime:If you would prefer to stay indoors, why not put your family in some comfy clothing that will look good on camera and have a story session with your kids. These intimate, candid shots are perfect for the family photo wall.

41271_2018.07.05_POR_GilchristSpringtime:Now that the weather is warmer, a simple session in a beautiful park or garden that’s bursting with color makes for some lovely shots and is a theme that works well for a variety of occasions too.

Get cooking:A themed photo shoot is the perfect excuse to get in the kitchen and cook or bake with your kids, especially because it makes for some fun family photos.

There are countless themes that you can use for your photo sessions but there’s no reason to overcomplicate it either. You know your friends and family best so pick a theme and location that speaks to your unique personalities.

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Outfits to Avoid in Your Family Photo Sessions

Family photo sessions are great fun but deciding what everyone should wear so that they’re comfortable and happy and that your photos look great can be a whole other mission.

If you’re unsure about what you should be wearing to your session, here are the types outfits that you should avoid at all costs:55339_2018.12.01_POR_TrailheadWinter

  • Matchy-matchy. The days of wearing matching outfits are long gone. There are many other ways to still coordinate your outfits without them all being the same. Incorporating various shades of the same color without it being the exact same item of clothing is one such option.
  • Bold patterns and logos.Wearing clothing that has logos or boasts bold patterns is one way to distract from everyone in the family photo. While patterns are fine, make sure that they’re subtle. It’s best to stay away from logos and characters completely.59942_2019.04.20_POR_Osborn
  • Short sleeves and pants.Family portraits always look better when you aren’t exposing too much skin as this once again distracts from people’s faces in the photo. Depending on the style of your shoot and the location, try and keep exposed areas to a minimum and try to avoid shorts.
  • Bold accessories. While it’s perfectly fine to wear accessories to a family photo session, make sure that they’re subtle and won’t distract from the main subjects in the photo. Chandelier earrings and large, heavy necklaces are always a no-no.
  • Uncomfortable clothing. When you’re uncomfortable in your clothing, it shows up in your photos. While you may love the new dress you bought or your son looks super cute in his new hat, if you aren’t 100% comfortable and fidgeting, it’s best to choose something else.52249_2018.09.17_SEN_Elliot
  • Pops of color are great but neon clothing will almost always affect your skin tone and your photos so it’s best to stay away from these types of items completely.
  • All white or black.When you wear an outfit that is all white or all black, you tend to lose a lot of detail in the photo that clothing would normally bring in. Wearing neutral tones is fine but try to mix it up with a different color.

Most importantly, to avoid any additional stress during the days leading up to your family photo session, plan ahead so that everyone can fully enjoy themselves on the day.

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Simple Tips for Making the Most of Your At-Home Lifestyle Photo Session

Lifestyle photography is so beautiful because it’s real.

It captures those raw, everyday moments that stick in the back of your mind and make you smile.

At-home lifestyle photography sessions have become a very popular choice amongst families and if you’ve recently booked your very own session, here are a few tips that you can use to make the most of your time with your photographer.60051 2019.05.10_NEW_Meadows

  1. Let the light in.Since you will be shooting indoors, let as much natural light into your home as possible in order to achieve exceptional photos.
  2. Keep it tidy.While your home doesn’t need to be free of every speck of dust, it’s important to tidy up the rooms that you will be using the most. Don’t go overboard though; the point of a lifestyle session is to actually capture you and your family in your home as you experience it.40894_2018.07.02_POR_Johnson
  3. Incorporate activities.Lifestyle sessions are all about natural, candid shots and if you’re feeling a bit nervous about just winging it, line up a few activities for you and your kids so that you’ll have something to do during your session. You can just let things flow from there.
  4. Plan your outfits.Just because you will be at home, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t plan what you’re going to wear. Decide on the types of photos that you would like to capture and choose your outfits accordingly. Even if you’re opting for your PJs, make sure that they’re not too busy and that you’re not wearing the socks with the holes.                      Portrait-Photography-in-Crested-Butte-RSO- 11 (3 of 68)
  5. Let your kids take the lead.If you do have young kids in the house, sometimes it’s best to just let them take the lead and you can jump in and have fun with them where it seems most natural.
  6. Move outside the living room.When people think lifestyle sessions, they very often set everything up in the living room but if you really want to get a wide variety of shots, don’t discount the bedroom and the kitchen as these can make for some great backdrops too.Portrait-Photography-in-Crested-Butte-RSO- 11 (34 of 71)

You will always get the very best lifestyle photos when you relax and have fun. Your photographer will be there to guide you so just focus on taking it all in and making some memories with your beautiful family.

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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.

38782_2018.04.26_DAN_WynesPhotography is personal

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.

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7 Ways to Look Better in Photos

Everyone has a handful of unflattering photos that they don’t particularly like looking at, and what’s worse is that most of our photos end up online for everyone to see.

Unless you’re a model, it’s not always easy to know exactly what to do in front of a camera in order to look your best. but with a few helpful tips, you can start taking better photos starting today.

Here are some tips that will come in handy the next time you find yourself in front of a camera.52437_ 2018.09.23_SEN_Potoker

  1. Eyes wide open.Close your eyes and open them just before the photo is taken. This will ensure that you don’t end up with half-closed eyes ever again.
  2. Goodbye double chin.Want to prevent a double chin? Simply press your tongue against the roof of your mouth when smiling for a photo. Celebrities such as Heidi Klum are big fans of this simple technique.46501_2018.08.18_WED_Hutchinson
  3. Angles are always better.Facing the camera head on almost always leads to an unflattering photo. It’s best to angle your body and tilt your chin slightly upwards for a more flattering pose. Placing one hand on your hip will also ensure that your arm doesn’t look flat.
  4. Up high.If someone who’s shorter than you is taking your photo, sit down if possible as shots taken from above are more flattering.55615_2018.12.01_POR_TrailheadWinter-2
  5. Keep it different.Taking a group shot? Make sure that you don’t all pose the same way. Different poses ensure everyone stands out and makes for an interesting shot.
  6. Relax that face.Want to achieve a more natural smile? Relax your face and then smile just before your photo is taken.38772_2018.04.26_DAN_Wynes
  7. Perfect your posture.Having good posture makes all the difference in a photo so be mindful of whether you’re standing up straight with relaxed shoulders before the photo is taken.

The key to taking better photos is to implement small changes and to practice them often. Don’t overthink it though, as this will show up in your face. Relax and have fun!

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5 Tips for Rocking Your Outdoor Photo Session

Whether you’re shooting a new family portrait or you’ve just gotten engaged, there are so many options to choose from when it comes to selecting an outdoor setting for your shoot.

If you’ve never done an outdoor photo session before though, there are a few things that you should know if you want to truly enjoy the experience and get the best possible photos.

Here are a few useful tips that you can use for your upcoming outdoor session:36179_2018.01.31_glam_walker

  1. Timing is everything.When it comes to outdoor photo sessions, lighting is everything, and you will always have the best lighting around 20 minutes after sunrise or before sunset. This is called the Golden Hour. If possible, aim to have your shoot during this period. If this is not possible, choose a location that does offer some shade should the light become too harsh.
  2. Think twice about your outfit.When deciding on an outfit for your shoot, keep the theme of the shoot as well as the location in mind. It’s important that your outfit doesn’t look out of place.55490_2018.12.01_POR_TrailheadWinter
  3. Start with the basics first.While having an outdoor shoot leaves you with endless creative possibilities, start with some basic shots first and get creative from there. Chat with your photographer about some of your ideas if you’re not sure.
  4. Add some color.If your shoot is taking place in winter, incorporate some beautiful pops of color using clothing or props to liven up your photos. Autumn, spring and summer don’t usually require as much color since your backdrop will bring in a lot of character all on its own.54439_ 2018.09.27_ENG_Benson
  5. Preparation is key. To avoid any unwanted surprises, it’s important to visit your desired location ahead of time to make sure that it’s the right fit for your shoot and to pick out a few spots for your photos. It’s also helpful to bring an extra set of clothes, especially if your shoot will include children as you never know when you may need to change.

An outdoor photo session will leave you with beautiful, unique photos that you can treasure for a lifetime and are the perfect addition to your photo wall at home.

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