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.

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  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

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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How to Achieve the Best Lighting in Every Photo Session

Of the many aspects that play an important role in achieving the perfect shot, lighting is among the top 10. Light can change the mood of a photo completely, adding depth and contrast to each shot.53634_2018.09.22_WED_Haughey

In order to ensure that you always achieve the best possible lighting before you start shooting, follow these tips:

  1. Understand your camera.Your camera was designed to help you take the best possible shots in different locations and situations so it helps to go through your camera’s settings in order to understand how you can still take good photos in low light scenarios.If you’re unsure, just place the camera on auto mode.52211_2018.09.17_SEN_Elliot
  2. Consider your location. You will always get the best natural light by shooting outdoors but good light can be found indoors too. Choose a spot near a window or door where there is natural light streaming in. A subject that is lit from the side makes for some lovely photos.
  3. Light direction plays a role.If you know that you’ll be shooting outside, try and find a shaded area as this will provide even lighting on your subjects as opposed to dappled lighthing. You also don’t want your subjects to be squinting so make sure the sun is not directly behind you when you’re taking photos. With that being said, if you’re outside in the sun with limited alternatives, adding some sunglasses could be a good fix. 52085_2018.09.16_SEN_Smith
  4. Choose the right time of day.If possible, choose to shoot earlier or later in the day to take advantage of the best natural light. This is, of course, most applicable if you’re shooting outside.Try taking advantage of “the golden hour” which is 15-20 minutes before and after sunset.
  5. Pay attention to the weather.An overcast day often provides some really great lighting because the clouds act like a filter for the sun.
  6. Keep your flash handy.While using your flash is not always ideal, it definitely has its place and you should always keep it handy if you want to have a good backup lighting option available to you.49035_2018.08.29_POR_Schaul

Overall, when it comes to achieving the best possible light, planning is key. Visit Third Eye Photography to book your next event!

Top 3 Tips for Choosing a Frame

Chances are you have flash drives scattered around filled with images and your computer and phones are full of memories from birthdays, vacations and other special events in your life. While many of these images can stay safely stored away there is a handful that you might love to have to hang on the walls in your home so you can look at them regularly and reminisce. Most people tend to put off hanging their favorite photos simply because they aren’t sure of what frame is best to show off these memories. Consider these tips when selecting your frame.

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Tips for Choosing the Perfect Frame:

  1. Consider the image you are framing.

From the colors in the image to the sentiment behind the image, you want to choose a frame that will complete the smaller details of the image. Images that are vibrant and colorful can be best paired with a neutral frame to balance it out. Other color prints can be paired with a colored frame that brings out one of the colors in the image. Black and white images can also draw in more attention with a colored frame. Images that are black and white from a special event might, however, be best in a black or white frame to enhance the elegance.

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  1. Consider where you are hanging the photo.

The room where you are hanging your photo should also be considered. You want to make sure the frame you choose coordinates with the rest of the color scheme and style of the room. You want the photos to accent the room décor and not just stand out as a distraction.

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  1. Quality of the frame matters.

Frames are not just meant to decorate a room, a frame is also meant to keep the image well protected. Going with a high quality frame will protect the image from a number of outside elements like moisture, light, and dirt. For images that you want to truly preserve and enjoy for a lifetime, you should place in a frame that is of the highest quality.

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Weddings and Their Dogs

So many of us love our dogs, almost as much as we love people. So why wouldn’t you include your dog in your wedding day! Well many have. Thank you POPSUGAR for publishing some of our dogs in your publications. Enjoy more of our wedding dogs here!

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Just a few! Thank you to all our amazing clients and for our publications! Please visit Third Eye Photography to book your next special event!

How to Organize Your Digital Photos Like a Boss

If you’re like most people, you probably have thousands of digital photos stored on a computer or hard drive but have you ever been searching for that one photo and the few minutes you thought it would take to find it turns into an hour?41249_2018.07.05_POR_Gilchrist

Top 3 tips for organizing your digital photos

Taking the time to develop a system that will help you better organize your photos will end up saving you hours in the future. Here are some helpful tips to get you started:

  1. Check your camera’s settings.By making sure that your camera has the correct date and time setup, organizing your photos will be a lot easier now and in the future. With the correct dates and times in place, the right groups of photos will show up alongside each other, making it easier to save into specific folders.43835_2018.08.05_POR_Hodges
  2. Do a clean-up.If you’re generally a happy snapper, it might be time to set a few hours aside and carefully go through your photos and get rid of the images that are out of focus or aren’t of anything significant. This exercise will help you get organized and free up some space on your devices.36747_2018.03_12_POR_Grotheues
  3. Start with the year. In order to really get organized, you’re going to need to start creating some folders on your computer. Start with a folder for a specific year and create folders for each of the 12 months within it. You can now create folders within each month folder that speak to different events, vacations or impromptu pet photoshoots that took place during those months. For example, if you went on a skiing trip in January 2015, your folder structure would be: 2015 > January > Family Ski Trip. This folder structure will make it much easier to find your favorite memories.

It’s also important to download and create backups of your photos on a regular basis. You always want a second copy of your most precious memories as those photos are something that you’ll never be able to get back should your computer or hard drive crash.

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Why Photography Is the Perfect Gift for Any Occasion

What do you give someone who has everything? What’s the perfect gift your loved one will cherish for years to come? There’s a lot of thought that goes into choosing any gift whether it’s for a birthday, graduation, anniversary or the holidays. Most gifts have a limited shelf life and will usually get placed in the back of a cupboard once the novelty has worn off but photography is not one of these gifts.

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Why Give the Gift of Photography?

  • It’s Unique.

A photography session is unique to each person who steps into a studio and each image is one of a kind too. Photography tells a story. Each image depicts a special moment in time and is a gift that will take you back to that moment time and time again. Whether it’s a photography session, picture album or a special picture in a beautiful frame, photography is one of the gifts that can be thoughtful and unique to each individual.

  • It’s a classic gift.

Unlike the latest fashion or tech trends, photographs are something you will treasure for years to come.  Photographs will never go out of style and in fact, will become more valuable with each coming year.

52355_2018.09.20_POR_BrillhartNot only are the images cherished for years but the memories these images bring about will also be cherished. From recalling the good times had with loved ones to the laughs you had with your photographer during your photo session each image will bring about a memory that will always put a smile on their face.

  • You don’t have to wrap it!

Not everyone can wrap a gift like a pro and having to find the perfect paper can be a hassle. When you give the gift of a photography session you don’t have to worry about finding the tape or scissors. Most photographers will have gift cards available that are ready to go in a nice envelopes.

Photography is personal and special and with the help of a professional photographer, you can give a gift that will last for years to come.

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Things Photographers Wished Their Clients Knew

Your photographer desires for each and every photo session to go smoothly and for clients to have the most enjoyable experience possible. Many people believe that a photographer’s job is pretty simple. You just point and shoot right? The reality is that there’s a lot more that goes into capturing the images you love.  There are also some things many photographers secretly wish they could come right out and say to their clients. Here are a few examples.

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  1. We’re nervous too.

We know how important your photo shoot is to you and that you’ve been agonizing over the perfect outfits and spent hours on your hair and makeup. We know you are expecting us to capture you perfectly so that you will cherish the images from our brief time together for years and that is a lot of pressure. While we may be confident in our abilities we get nervous before each shoot as well wanting it to go perfectly for you.

  1. We don’t want to fix every little flaw.

One thing that many people don’t realize is that they’re beautiful in their own way and photographers strive to capture this unique beauty in their shots. It’s for this reason that we only make minor adjustments when editing your photos.

Yes, Photoshop can work wonders and technically, we could fix every little detail that you’re unhappy with in your photos but this isn’t practical.

Do your best to make yourself picture perfect and we will take care of the rest.

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  1. We take our pricing seriously.

We price our services according to the quality, experience and time we spend with each client. When we hear people joke about how high our prices are compared to other photographers what we hear is that you don’t think we are good enough to charge that price. It makes us doubt our abilities and simply just hurts our feelings.

  1. Have fun.

Chances are we’ve seen it all. Kids throwing tantrums, a surprise thunderstorm and wardrobe malfunctions, things can go wrong but don’t stress about them. We will work our magic to make your shoot the best experience for you but this means you need to relax and just have fun. When you are enjoying yourself we can better capture your unique personality and fun-loving nature,which is what we really want to do. When you stress out about your kids misbehaving we end up feeling anxious and that will only affect the way we take your images. No matter what goes wrong simply laugh it off, we always have backup plans and ideas up our sleeves.

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  1. Trust us.

You hired us for a reason. We’re hoping it was because you looked through our portfolio and liked what you saw. It is hard for us to do our best work and make you look your best if you don’t take our suggestions or trust that we know what looks good. We are seeing things from a perspective you cannot see so let us do our job. It is our job to make you look good and take images that you will love for years to come. This is something we take great pride in so trust that we would never ask you to pose in a way that is not flattering. Trust us and we will do everything we can to not to disappoint you.

We love what we do for a living and as photographers and artists, we want to share our passion and joy with the world but sometimes clients can forget that we’re also working professionals. We want to produce the very best results for our each and every one of our clients, which is why it’s important that prospective customers know what to expect when working with a professional photographer.

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