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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Top 7 Milestones For Your Family Photo Album

Family photo albums, digital or traditional, hold unique and special memories. They are filled with the life you have created with the ones you love and the family you grew from the very beginning. But with so many years of time spent together how do you know what moments you should include in your album? Here are the seven most important moments that you’ll want to have documented so you can look back on and smile on years later.

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  1. Baby Firsts

Documenting your baby’s firsts are memories you’ll want to capture and reflect on in the years to come. From the first steps, first holidays and first birthday, these are all special occasions that you’ll want to photograph.

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  1. Birthdays

It not uncommon to have pictures of every one of your child’s birthdays but there are a few that you’ll want to have some extra picture of. As mentioned, the first birthday is always a significant milestone but so are 13th, 16th and 18th birthdays.

  1. School days

The difference a year makes will astonish you when you compare their first day of school image to their last. Have your camera ready for their first day of preschool, kindergarten, 1st grade, middle school and then high school. Then capture them on their last day of school so you can compare the two. Once your children get to a certain age they most likely won’t be as cooperative for the first and last day of school picture so when they are young you should take full advantage of it.

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  1. Dances

When your little one gets ready for their first school dance is a moment you’ll want to have in the family photo album. Whether it’s their first middle school dance, high school dance or prom, this is a moment that you’ll want to look at and enjoy when they are older.

  1. Achievements/Hobbies/Activities

Kids will bounce from one activity to another rather quickly. Whether it’s different sports like baseball, gymnastics, or golf or more creative hobbies like pottery, painting or dance there will be times when you’ll want to have your camera close by to get a quick picture. Including these types of images in your family album will not only bring a smile to your face as a parent but will also remind your kids of the things they used to love to do when they need a reminder.

  1. Graduations

While you have many proud moments throughout your child’s life, watching your child graduate will bring on a whole new level of pride. From kindergarten graduation to their high school graduation, these are significantly important days in yours and your child’s life.

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  1. Weddings

From your wedding day to your child’s wedding day and even your parents 50th wedding anniversary, you’ll want to include these in your family album. Weddings are not only one of the most important days in your life but they are a day that marks a new beginning. The new beginning for your family as well as the one your children will have. They are days filled with love, joy, and laughter which is what your family album is all about.

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How to Capture Amazing Photos With Your Special Someone

There’s something so fun and magical about capturing moments with your partner. When a couple is happy and in love, you don’t need any special formula to create beautiful photos as their feelings will shine through, but if you do want to try something different and really make your photos unique, here are a few photo ideas:

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As a couple, it’s very likely that you have a location or spot that’s unique and special to you. This could be the park bench where you shared your first kiss or the theme park where you had your first date. If possible, arrange for your photos to be taken at this location as it will bring back fond memories for you both, giving your photos that authentic look and feel.

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The Golden Hour is the best time to take photos so why not use the fact that the light will be soft to choose the ideal location for your shoot. If you’re choosing to take photos just before sunset, why take a few photos next to a cozy fire or next to a lake. Opting for an earlier shoot? A beautiful field that will light up just before the sun rises would make for amazing photos.

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Choosing a color as your theme makes for really unique couple shots. This doesn’t mean that you need to wear coordinating outfits and sit in front of a backdrop. By simply adding a few pops of color to your photos, you can create some incredibly fun snaps. A tie, dress or flowers are just a few of the items that you could use to do this.

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A few simple props can make all the difference to your photos. You don’t need to go overboard either, a fun red bicycle, a bunch of balloons or a cute umbrella would all add a simple yet unique touch to your photos.

Once you chat with your photographer about what you have in mind for your photos, they will easily be able to guide you during the session so you can capture some special moments between you and your partner that you will always cherish.

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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!

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.

Not 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.

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  • 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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How to Create a Natural Makeup Look for Your Photo Shoot Part 1

You want to look your best on the day of your photo shoot and how you apply your makeup can play a big part in this. When it comes to doing your make up you want to enhance your natural features. Usually the less is more approach is the best way to go about this. To help you create a flawless natural look for your upcoming photo shoot consider these simple steps.

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  1. The base.
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You always want to make sure you moisturize prior to applying your makeup. This will help keep the makeup looking fresh while keeping your skin hydrated. It also makes it easier to blend and limits creasing.

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  • Foundation-

After moisturizing, you want to apply your foundation over your entire face. Use a brush or blender to ensure you get an even coat over the entire area.

  • Concealer-

Most women have a few trouble areas that they want to conceal, mainly around the eyes, mouth, and nostrils. Use concealer sparingly and make sure it is well blended in.

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  • Powder-

Applying a translucent powder to the center of the forehead, nose, and chin will reduce any shine you may experience. The camera will pick up any gleam your face gives off so you don’t want to skip this step but you do want to try to avoid any powders with glitter or shimmer as this will only be magnified.

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Creative Ways to Decorate Your Home with Professional Photos  

Family photos make your house feel more like a home. They add a loving touch to any room and can bring make a flood of warm and happy memories. While you can go the traditional route of simply placing your photos in a frame and displaying them on the mantle or shelf you might be looking for a more creative way to show off your professional images. Whether they are pictures from your wedding day or images of your family as it has grown over the years consider these creative ways to showcase the people you love.

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  1. Wall mural.

A simple alternative to display your images is hanging them on a wall instead of leaving them on a shelf. You can create an accent wall in any room that showcases your photography. One way you make your wall of photographs a little different is to include words framed next to the images. Love, laughter, and family are all words you can have creatively written and added to your wall mural.

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  1. Create a shape.

Instead of just hanging your images in the typical square or rectangle shape consider other shapes as well. Hearts, circles, and triangles can be a unique way to display your images on the wall and can be framed or unframed.

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  1. Oversized frames.

Find some large oval, square or circle frames that you can run string through or attach thin lines of corkboard to. You can then pin or use clothespins to hang a number of images along each row. While you can do this with any of your images this is a really great idea for black and white photos.

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  1. Different color borders.

This is a simple way to add some more color to your room as well as draw attention to your images. If you are using a frame that has a border, the border is typically black or white, consider going with a fun color instead.

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