Posts with tag: "CT high school senior"
Friday, July 24, 2015
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The best way to tell if you are about to hire the right photographer is to schedule a portrait consultation.  If the photographer doesn't want to take the time to meet with you first, then you can be sure they won't spend the necessary time with you during your actual photography session.  Typically this photographer will have a formulaic approach which dictates exactly how many poses and outfits you get and a time limit in which to accomplish this.  This also means that there may be other people waiting their turn to be photographed which is why the time limit must be strictly adhered to.  Aside from all of that, however, how does the consultation benefit you?   If you've already booked your photographer, the consultation gives you the chance to meet with them first to discuss your vision for your portraits.  If you haven't decided who will take your senior portraits, the consultation can confirm if this is the right photographer for you.  

                                                    

If you decide to schedule a consultation with Steadman Photography, here is what you can expect:

  • At the consultation, we will show you our studio for indoor portraits, and our natural outdoor settings.  Use this time to let us know the backgrounds and settings that fit best with your personality.
  • We can take the time to go through different kinds of poses and discuss what seems most natural to you
  • We can also talk about outfits and even plan out what you will wear for your portraits if you desire.  
  • We can discuss including pets, family and friends in your senior session.
  • We can plan to incorporate your interests into your photo shoot including sports, music, other school activities, and hobbies through the use of creative props and posing.
  • You can browse our product selection.  This is great for two reasons:  First, you will have an idea of what you want to purchase in advance which takes the stress out of deciding later.  Second, if we know ahead of time which products you are considering, we can shoot for those products, making sure we capture shots that work well for the products you want to purchase.  
  • We will go over all the details involved in the portrait process step by step and answer all your questions.  You will leave knowing what to expect from the very beginning when you first arrive to have your portraits taken to the end when you finally place your portrait order.  

If you choose to work with us, you will leave the consultation feeling more relaxed now that you know what to expect, and your portrait session will become a much more personal experience.  The results will be awesome pictures you will love and be proud to show others.  They will be a beautiful reminder of this important time in your life. To schedule your free consultation, call us at (860) 793-1159.

 

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Sunday, June 28, 2015
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What steps should you take to insure that your  

senior portraits meet your expectations?  

Choosing the right photographer to do your senior photos is not something you should take lightly.  This only happens once in your life, and you want to make sure that you're not treated like a number by the photographer or studio that you hire to do your senior portraits.   You want a photographer who really gets to know you, and captures your true personality.  You won't do anything quite like this again, so your senior portraits need to be amazing with the right locations, props and poses.  And it's a bonus if you have fun in the process!

STEP 1:  Schedule a portrait consultation.  The consultation gives you the chance to meet with the photographer prior to your session and discuss your vision for your portraits.  If the photographer balks at spending this time with you, then he or she will probably not want to spend quality time with you when it comes to actually taking your portraits.  The photographer who takes the time to meet with you first will also take the time to make sure you are completely happy with your portraits.

STEP 2:  Select outfits that are comfortable and look good on you.  If the color, fit and style have gotten you compliments in the past, chance are you will look good wearing them in the photographs.  To get the most from your portrait session, try to choose a package that allows 3-4 clothing changes.  For more information on choosing the perfect outfits, check out this post:  bitly.com/srswhattowears.      

STEP 3:  Bring props that tell your story.  These can be accessories such as hats, scarves and jewelry that enhance the outfits you plan to bring; a musical instrument, soccer ball, skateboard or something else that reflects your talent, hobby or interests; or a best friend, pet or family member for buddy shots.

    STEP 4:  Speak up!  Don't be afraid to tell your photographer if something isn't working for you.  By the same token, offer suggestions if, for example, you saw a pose in a magazine that you would love to try.  Bring pictures to the consultation or the actual session the same as you would bring a picture of a new hairdo to your stylist.  Also let your photographer know if you prefer a certain kind of portrait such as more outdoor vs. indoor or portraits in natural settings rather than manicured.

STEP 5:  Know what you want.  By that I mean have a good idea of what you want to purchase.  If you know you want some gift portraits for grandparents, you will want to bring an appropriate outfit grandma will love.  If you want a wall collage or album, you'll want to make sure you have enough outfits and props or accessories to create an interesting piece.  This brings us to the final step.

STEP 6:  Review information in advance.  Don't forget to ask for the price sheet, product list, contract and any other material the photographer may have describing their service.  Also make sure you look at their website.  By reviewing their materials before the session, there won't be any unpleasant surprises, and you will also be better prepared to take care of Steps 2 through 5.  If you go through with the consultation in Step 1, that is a good time to make sure you have all the photographer's information.  Otherwise you can always have them emailed to you.

To schedule a free consultation, please call us at (860) 793-1159 or email info@steadmanphotography.com. 

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
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Russell and I bought our dream home in 2003.  Located in Plainville, Connecticut, it is one of a handful of properties with close to two acres of land.  We wanted a place where we could just go out our door and start taking pictures.  This certainly qualified, though it needed some work to get it in shape.  Most obvious to us, at least everytime it rained, was the need to pave the driveway.  Our beautiful 19th century home came with a dirt driveway, and rain would literally turn it into a moat.  I would look out my upstairs window and feel like a princess in a castle surrounded by water!  Charming for sure, but not great for having clients over as we would have to warn them to wear mud shoes!  

After some paving and other work, including creative set designs by my soulmate and business partner Russell, we were ready to do the outdoor portraits we wanted to create for our clients.  Please join us for a pictorial essay of some of our favorite outdoor locations for senior photographs!                                

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We have often been told by seniors that they love our natural settings.  Each of these photos were taken in a different area of our yard (from left to right):  Upper back yard, front yard (doesn't the landscape in back of Tiffany look like a painting?), and our lower back yard.  Each area has it's own color palette and background.

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Don't you just love a good tree to lean on?  We think they make great props for portraits!  

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Stone walls add great depth and texture to our senior portraits.

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Russell built this natural wood deck against a picturesque backdrop of color and trees.

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Our barn provides a rustic setting popular with seniors.  Although Russell didn't build it from scratch, he did spend many hours fixing it up.

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Our swing shots are some of our most popular.

We also delight in photographing our seniors in fields of lush green and golden colors right across the street or next door to our studio location.  

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For seniors looking for something more unique, you don't have to travel too far.  Less than a mile from our studio you can find all sorts of neat props and backgrounds including this graffiti wall and old rail road track.

 

To schedule your senior portrait session with Steadman Photography, call us today at (860) 793-1159.  For more details on our services, visit our website at www.steadmanphotography.com

 

 

 
Sunday, February 01, 2015
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The winner in our contest for the 11x14 metal print is . . . (drum roll please) . . .

 

JAKE BARRETT!  

 

We photographed both Jake and his girlfriend Jenna for their senior portraits on the same date in July.   This turned out to be a really neat idea since we were also able to do a "couples session".  What an adorable couple they were too!  Jake and Jenna started dating in their sophomore year and their relationship continues to grow. According to Jake's mom, they do everything together and each one thinks of the other first.  So it was only natural that Jake would choose this image of the two of them as his pick for the metal print.  I can't wait to see how it comes out, and will be sure to let you all know!  I especially love how relaxed and comfortable Jake and Jenna look in this photo which speaks volumes about their commitment to one another.  The tall grass and natural setting also compliment the calm and peaceful feeling conveyed by this photo, and their relationship with each other.   

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Here are some more portraits we took of Jake and Jenna,

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And of Jake alone . . .

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Jake is a volunteer for the Farmington Fire Department, and is planning to study criminal justice upon graduating from Plainville High School this year.  


If you are thinking of hiring a photographer to take your senior portraits, please take a look at THIS POST on getting the most from your senior portrait session.  


Steadman Photography offers free buddy shots only available during your high school senior photography session, so consider scheduling your session to inclue your best friend, significant other, pet or family members.

 

 
Thursday, July 24, 2014
By Barbara Steadman, Plainville CT Senior Photographer
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You arrive at our studio and you look around, thinking "how can my photos be different from my friends?"  Afterall, many senior photographers have standard poses, props and backgrounds they use.  However, you can take control of your portrait session so that the resulting photographs express your personality in a way that's different from anyone else.  You are a unique individual and your photos should reflect that. One way to make sure that happens is to schedule a pre photo consultation.   But even if you skip this step, your portraits can still be a one-of-a-kind knock your socks off expression of YOU!  

All it takes is a little organization and pre-planning.  

  • First choose your outfits carefully.  We encourage our seniors to bring up to four changes of clothes.  If you play sports or are involved in another activity that requires special gear or clothing, bring that too. The goal is to pose for portraits in clothes that reflect who you are -- whether playful, romantic, athletic, intellectual or some other trait describes you, choose your outfits accordingly.  If you have several facets to your personality -- and most people do -- bring outfits to showcase your different moods.  You might like to dress up for a party, and go hiking too.  Your outfit choices should tell your whole story!
  • Bring accessories to spice up those four clothing choices.  Hats, belts, jewelry, scarves, boots and shoes can give a totally different look to the same outfit. 
  • Wearing your hair both in an up do, and down to your shoulders can add glam. 
  • Bring props.  Think interests and hobbies.  If you're an artist, bring your sketch pad.  if you play an instrument, bring it (well, unless it's a piano).  If you fish, bring your pole (we even have a brook next to our property).  Whatever it is, we can make you look like a natural!  
  • Don't forget your BFF -- whether he or she is your significant other, childhood friend since grammar school, or of the furry variety, we want to photograph you together.  You can even bring your sports team for an awesome group photograph.  We never charge extra for buddy shots even if there's multiple buddies in it!  

Many times we create our best portraits by catching you unaware, so don't be afraid to be yourself.  Don't wait for our instructions, but mug for the camera and strike your own poses.  We may just click the shutter and get the best photo of the session.  Of course we're always there to guide and direct, but sometimes just being yourself can make a relaxed and natural looking portrait that everyone will love!   

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