My love affair with tattoos

I find tattoos fascinating and love photographing people with tattoos, which is strange for someone who has no tattoos and no intention of ever having one, but I do admire them on other people. Anyway, it was great fun for me putting Brenna’s tattoos front and center on these images. Brenna was a great model and has a beautiful tranquil quality to her expression. I also love that she wears no makeup and has the best eyebrows ever!

Photoshoots at the Beach

One of the best things about where I live, is that there are a myriad of beaches. I absolutely love doing photoshoots at the beach. I love doing photos on the rocks and jetties. Even at high noon, I have gotten some photos that I love.

I took the photo on the right close to noon. The secret is to make sure the sun is behind the subject. This is not something that you can do with an iphone - shooting directly in to the light. With a good digital camera, you can. In this photo I let the background blow out. You only get a hint of the sand and water. I purposely took the photo this way, as it is a great way to make your subject the main focus and it gives the photo a bit of a dreamy quality to it. If I wanted to maintain more detail in the background, I would add a hint of flash.

The photo below was taken as the sun was setting, still plenty of sunshine and nice and bright. As you can see, it was a very windy day and I faced the model into the wind and used it to create some movement and drama in the photo. There is more detail in the background because the sun was setting. I love the dreamy feel to this photo. Just be careful walking on those rocks!!

6 WAYS TO GET GREAT HEADSHOTS

 Portsmouth NH Portrait Photography

If you have taken the time to schedule a professional headshot session, then it will be worth your while to also think about these few things that could make your photos look awesome. You may think that photoshop can cure a multitude of sins, and that may be partially true. However, there are some things that are particularly difficult to fix in photoshop - like a slight swelling in the upper lids, or a bad hair day. It is worth a little forethought and planning to get the best photos you can.

Get a good nights sleep. Sleep really is a beauty treatment. Everything about you looks better with a good nights sleep. You will also be in a better frame of mind which will show in your photos. So get to bed early, put on your sleep sounds and your eye mask and get your 8 hours.

Nix the alcohol. Alcohol is dehydrating and will increase eye puffiness. I love my wine, but I look so much better without it. So do yourself a favor and forego the alcohol for a few days before your shoot. Replace it with lots of water and some green juice for a nice bright complexion.

Get your hair done. If you need a cut, get one. If not, get it styled. Tell your hairdresser that you are getting photos, they can help you decide the best look for your photos. Hair is probably one of the most difficult things to photoshop. So if you can’t do any of the other items from this list - splurge on a trip to the hair salon. Photographers can add eyelashes, lipstick and remove blemishes, but hair is tough to fix.

Get your makeup done. Either get a makeup artist to apply makeup for you (many photographers will supply one) or get a makeup consultation a couple of weeks ahead of your shoot. Have someone show you how to apply makeup and practice. It is not as hard you might think. Avoid too much blush and contouring and don’t forget to keep some powder on hand during the shoot. Avoid powder base as this does not photograph well. The most important items are a good natural looking foundation, well defined eyebrows and a little definition in the eyes.

Wear tailored clothes. You want an outfit that doesn’t hide your form. Avoid lots of fabric that adds bulk. Wear solid colors and colors that are flattering to your skin tone. They could be light or dark, but keep in mind the image you wish to project. Does what you are wearing fit in with the type of business you are in? Does it fit with your brand? Preferably wear newer clothes and remember they don’t need to be expensive.

Discuss what you want with your photographer. Probably the most important item on this list. Make sure you are clear about what you would like your photos to look like. Do you want a more businesslike image a glam image or a more relaxed and casual image? Make sure you and your photographer are in alignment.

Remember, the more invested you are in the outcome of your photos, the more likely you are to get photos you love.

The 5 details you must have at Your Outdoor Wedding

1. Soul Mates

1. Soul Mates

One of the best inventions, Solemates prevent heels from sinking into the grass. They work by increasing the surface area on the bottom of the heel to dissipate the pressure. In grass, they are virtually invisible. Solemates are available in three sizes in order to fit all heels. The product should be snug on the shoe and should not twist around the heel. Put them in a cute basket for guests to grab as they arrive.

Fire Pits

Fire Pits

Besides being really practical fire pits encourage people to gather and chat with each other as they take a break from dancing and they are so cozy.

2. Sunglasses

2. Sunglasses

The guests at your outdoor nuptials will have an even better time if they are not squinting. They also look super cool in dancing photos.

Tea Lights

Tea Lights

Good lighting is one of the most important details for your wedding day. You cannot predict if it will be sunny or cloudy or even rainy, but you can choose the lighting inside your tent. String lights look great and add a wonderful ambience. They also add a nice frame around many of your photos. Tea lights are also nice additions and they are battery operated so no need to worry about drunken guests tipping them over later in the evening.

Flowers and Greenery around the altar

Flowers and Greenery around the altar

These flower arrangements are one of my all-time favorites. They really frame the photos of the ceremony and stand-out. The colors are beautiful and for a fall wedding look great! Don’t skimp on this part of the planning. You really want to frame yourself and your partner. You will really be glad when you see how great your photos look!