5 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Stylist for Your Photo Session

If you’re in the process of planning for your next photo session, you’re probably wondering whether it’s necessary to hire a stylist.

A stylist can be used for almost any type of shoot and is a consultant who will help you select the right outfits for your upcoming shoot.

If you’re not entirely convinced that you should hire a stylist, here are 5 reasons why you should.

5 Great reasons to hire a stylist for your photo session69474_2019.08.09_SEN_Livie

  1. Highlight your unique style

A stylist will help you highlight your personal style by taking your ideas and preferred style choices and using them to help you get exceptional photos. A stylist will also take the latest trends as well as your personality into account when helping you choose outfits.70851_2019.08.23_WED_Nelson

  1. Save time and money

Even though it’s an additional expense, the right stylist can end up saving you a lot of time, money and frustration by taking the hassle out of finding the right outfit, ensuring you feel confident throughout your entire shoot.

  1. Learn from a fashion guru

Stylists work with a variety of different body types, styles, and ages, which means they know exactly what will work for you. The style tips and advice that you receive from a stylist for your shoot can be carried over into your personal life too. After your shoot, you’ll have a better idea of how to shop for your body type and make great style and fashion choices.66850_ 2019.07.24_SEN_Lodovico

  1. Instantly boost your confidence

Working with a stylist means that you’ll be walking into your photo session with more confidence than you thought possible. When you look and feel amazing, it instantly shows in your photos. When you feel more confident, you automatically feel more comfortable in front of the camera too, which means you’ll have even more photos to choose from.666072019.07.08_SEN_Keely

  1. Go for the full package

Since you’re paying a professional photographer for beautiful images and you’ve hired a hair and makeup artist to give you the perfect finishing touches, why not go all the way and have a professional assist you with your outfit too? Having photos that you are completely happy with will be well worth the extra expense.

Visit Third Eye Photography to book your next session

Advertisements

Why Your Photographer Won’t Give You All Your Images

It’s not uncommon for customers to request all of their photos from their photographer after their session but when a photographer refuses, it can leave clients feeling confused and sometimes even frustrated.

So why won’t your photographer give you all of your images after your session?

70631_2019.08.23_WED_LuzadderWhat you’re entitled to

It’s important to remember that you are paying for an end product and don’t really have a right to the work in progress. Think of it in terms of a painting. Would you demand all the sketches and research that went into the finished painting? Probably not. But asking your photographer for every image that was taken is basically the same thing.

69734_2019.08.15_POR_GarrecUnderstanding your photo session

Even if your photographer has decades of experience, not every photo is going to be perfect, which is why so many photos are taken to begin with.

In some photos your eyes may be closed or the wind may be blowing your hair across your face. Your photographer takes hundreds of photos in order to pick a few that look the best. Even then, the best photos will be processed so that clients receive the most flattering images possible.

Your photographer puts a lot of time into the selection and editing process in order to produce exceptional results so asking for all of the raw images only makes this entire process a complete waste of time.

Plus, seeing the raw photos from your session could leave you feeling disheartened when you don’t see the results you were expecting. There is a reason why the selection and editing process is done by professionals – they want to see their clients happy with the results.

69155_2019.08.08_POR_IhnsTrust your photographer

Ask yourself why you want to see all of your photos? Are you worried that your photographer may have missed a great shot?

Remember that your photographer does this for a living and has carefully sifted through all of your photos to ensure that you only receive the best shots. Plus, choosing the best shots also impacts their reputation and portfolio so there’s really no reason for them to skimp on this process.

Your photographer truly does have your best interests at heart so trust in the process and their abilities.

Third Eye Photography

 

The Dos and Don’ts of Preserving & Organizing Your Printed Photos

While most of us possess hundreds if not thousands of digital photos, most people still have countless printed photographs lying around the house.

In order to preserve these precious memories, it helps to know how best to organize and store them so that you and your family can keep them safe and easily accessible. It would be such a shame to lose family photos that have been passed down through the generations, which is why proper storage is so important.

Below are some dos and don’ts for organizing and storing your printed photos.

60056 2019.05.10_NEW_MeadowsDo keep climate in mind when choosing a storage space.Spaces such as basements and attics that experience major fluctuations in temperature are not the right places to store photos. Instead choose closets or cabinets that are in climate-controlled areas of your home.

Don’t store photos on the ground.Elements such as water become a concern when you store your photos on the ground. Plus, there is a much higher chance of them getting damaged by falling objects, people, pets or pests.

Do keep your photos properly enclosed. Dust, sunlight, and pests can all damage your photos if they are not properly enclosed in a box, frames or plastic folders.

52779_2018.09.22_WED_HaugheyDon’t forget to use dividers.Once photos start aging, they can start sticking together, which leads to permanent damage once you need to pull them apart. While it might seem like extra work, place non-acidic dividers in-between your photos to prevent this from happening.

Do get rid of adhesives.If you have any photos that are stored in albums that require adhesives, it’s best to remove them and place them in an album that contains acid-free sleeves or protectors to prevent damage in the long run.

Do organize photos according to dates and events.In the same way that you file your digital photos according to year, month, and event, do the same with your printed photos so that you can easily find what you’re looking for. Stick an inventory list on the front of each photo box for ease of reference.

Spending time organizing and storing your photos may not seem like the ideal way to spend a weekend but you will certainly thank yourself for it later.

Third Eye Photography

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.

Visit Third Eye Photography for your next session!

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!

Visit Third Eye Photography 

A Guide to Choosing and Printing Photos for Your Home

59511_2019.04.07_POR_Meadows

There’s nothing quite like photos to really turn a house into a home. From family portraits to photos from your favorite vacations, printing out your best memories turns your home into an extra special place.

Decided which photos to print for your home and where to place them can be quite a process though, especially when you have a couple hundred to choose from and you’re not an interior designer or a photographer. Here are a few tips to help make choosing photos for your home much more enjoyable and a lot easier.

59528_2019.04.07_POR_Meadows

  • Consider your décor.Whether you’re deciding which photos to print or even where to hang them, take your décor into consideration. A good tip is to look for photos that contain colors that match the décor in specific areas of your house.
  • Get organized.Use folders to help you with the selection process. Place your favorite images into specific folders that are categorized according to prominent colors in the photos, particular themes or even various sections of your home. Place your favorite images into each folder.59541_2019.04.07_POR_Meadows
  • Size and location matter.If you’re going to be placing your prints in an area where they will be visible from the opposite side of the room, opt for bigger prints to help them stand out.
  • Careful of the clutter.To stop a photo wall from looking too cluttered when you’re using frames of different colors and textures, trying printing your photos in black and white.59579_2019.04.07_POR_Meadows
  • Plan before you hang. Before you start knocking nails into your walls, cut out exact replicas of the frames you’re planning to hang or arrange your printed photos on a wall to see what the display will look like before you make the commitment.

If you still feel like you need some help with choosing photos from a specific shoot to print for your home, talk with your photographer.

Visit Third Eye Photography for your next session.

Best Natural Backdrops for a Photo Shoot

There are plenty of reasons to shoot outdoors for any portrait shoot. You have the natural lighting, the weather that can enhance the mood, and the simply picturesque scenery. It doesn’t matter if you live in the city or the suburbs there are plenty of natural backdrops you can use during your photo session if you know where or what to look for. Consider these top natural backdrops when scouting out a location for your next shoot.

55041_22018.11.23_POR_Suazo

  1. Wooded areas

Shooting in the woods can be a little more challenging than with other natural backdrops but it is well worth the challenge. If your shoot is on a cloudy day than you have the perfect lighting to take some amazing portraits. If it’s a sunny day than you can creatively capture the rays of light coming through the treetops. In either case, you will have stunning images that will be a little mysterious yet beautiful

56027_2018.12.27_POR_Weil

  1. Sea, Beach or Lakes

If you are lucky enough to live near the water than you have an amazing backdrop for your photo shoot just waiting for you. These locations are some of the best because they tend to look different with each session. Since the tides are always changing, the weather may be different and the light is cast in various colors you can have a unique location every time you shoot.

12257_2017.07.06_POR_Stevens

  1. Fields

In the spring and summer time, you can’t go wrong shooting in a field of flowers. They can add pops of color to your shoot and can capture a whimsical or fairytale mode perfectly. While fields of flowers can be colorful, cotton fields can also add a whimsical touch to your photo shoot. Shooting as the sun is going down will allow you to capture the light and buds of the field.

47049_2018.08.18_WED_Hutchinson

  1. Sunset

No matter where you end up shooting capturing the sunset is always a perfect backdrop. From the orange and pink colors reflecting off the water to the golden rays dancing on flowers petals or through treetops, sunset is one of the most picture-perfect settings to capture.

Third Eye Photography