Posts with tag: "Portrait"
Monday, November 10, 2014
By Barbara Steadman, Plainville CT Portrait Photographer
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As the creator of your portraits, part of our job as photographers is to help you visualize how you will display and use your images.  All of this comes together at the ordering session when we  guide you through the process of selecting and ordering your beautiful portraits.  The process works something like this:

  • You and your loved ones view a slide show of your images set to music -- most sessions include 25 - 60 images.
  • Then we go through the images one by one, selecting only those that you absolutely love.  Each image is projected both on a high resolution laptop and a large projection screen to give you a sense of how the portrait might look in a larger wall size.
  • We compare similar images side by side and eliminate even more.
  • Now you are left with only your favorite images which makes the final selection procress that much easier.
  • At this stage, we discuss how you plan to use your images.  How will you display them?  Will you give any as gifts?  

It is here that we can really help you select the best images for the ways you plan to use them.  For example, we can show you exactly how those images would look in a specific collage or folio layout by dropping them into premade templates.  We can even show you what they would look like in different sizes hanging in a specific place in your home (just take a cell phone photo of your space in horizontal format, and send it to us by email prior to your session).  You may discover that you love a wall grouping of several images in different sizes, or perhaps you prefer one large print over the fireplace.  


We can offer suggestions that help you make a decision you're happy with! 

We have samples of all the products we sell so you can compare sizes, finishes and other qualities that will help you make the right choice.  

  • Once you have selected the images to use for your portrait order, we take a closer look at them to determine if there is any retouching you would like done.  Miner retouching like the removal of blemishes is always free.
  • The final step is placing your order.  Since all orders are custom, payment is due at this time.  We accept checks as well as Visa and Master Card.  We can also offer a payment plan to make it easier for you to get everything you want!




Know what you want to do with your portraits even before we take them!  If you know how and where you will display your images, that helps us create the perfect images for you.  Take a look at this post to get some ideas of how you can display your images!  If you plan on displaying any images on your walls, measure the space before coming to the ordering session.  For an even better idea of how your portrait will look, take a horizontal photo of the space (tape an 8x10 sheet of paper on the exact spot where you wish to hang your portraits), and email the photo to us prior to your ordering session.

If you are purchasing any photos as gifts, make a list of all the people you plan to give to.  That way you won't leave anyone out!

Make sure you come with all the decision makers -- that means anyone whose input is needed when selecting the photos as well as those responsible for payment.

Remember that special packages, print credits and other discounts can only be used at this ordering session.  Any orders on subsequent dates must be from the a la carte pricing menu.  

Our pricing menu is available upon request and is a great resource for planning out your purchases. 




To summarize, the ordering session is your opportunity to view your portraits while receiving our expertise in choosing your images and the products to display those images that will enhance your enjoyment of them for years to come.  

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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The clothes you wear for your session can make a huge difference in how much you love your portraits.  Choosing something not so flattering can have you wishing for a redo really fast.  So what are the five biggest fashion mistakes, and what should you choose instead?


  • BIG PRINTS, patterns and horizontal stripes detract from your face and call attention to themselves.  

  TIP:  Choose solid colors instead.  These should be colors that look good on you and bring out your best features. 

You can also think in terms of the season. For example, you can choose earth tones in the Fall and pastels for spring provided these colors also compliment your own skin tone.  When posing with others, make sure your colors go together.  You don’t have to dress in exactly the same colors as that  can seem a little too boring, but your colors shouldn’t clash — so no orange and fuschia outfits in the same family portrait!  

  • SLEEVELESS TOPS add weight to your frame, so unless you have a great figure, they are best avoided.  Even with thin people, they can be unflattering as they can make the arms look bony.  

  TIP:  Instead choose long sleeves, 3/4 sleeves, short sleeves or even cap sleeves.  


  • Likewise, SHORTS can add weight to your legs, and bare legs especially in a family portrait can look like, well, just too many legs!
  • FLIP FLOPS are not the best choice for shoes.  Remember that your feet may show in some of the portraits.

TIP:   Shoes that match your outfit are always a good choice.  And guys, bring matching socks!

  • TIGHT CLOTHES may restrict your movement and make posing uncomfortable.  

TIP:   Wear looser clothing that moves when you do for a more relaxed look.  This does not mean baggy pants or “plumbers” jeans though.  We still want you looking stylish!

To add to our big 5 fashion tips, here are a few tips on hair and make-up:

  • Make sure you bring your comb or brush to the session with you.  You never know when you might need to make a few minor adjustments.
  • Wait at least a week after getting a new style or perm, which needs time to “settle down.”
  • Your regular make-up, especially to cover blemishes, is recommended.  Mascara, blush and lip gloss will enhance your best features.
  • Nail polish should be fresh, and not chipped.
  • Guys should shave before the session.

And REMEMBER!  Rules are made to be broken.  If you have something you think looks really awesome, but goes against the grain, bring it anyway.  It just might make a fashion statement too good to pass up!

When you look good, you will feel good.  When you feel good, you will look GREAT in your portraits!  If you find you are having a hard time deciding, bring more than you plan on wearing for your session.  We will help you put together the most flattering outfits.

If you have any fashion advice for good portraits not mentioned here, please let us know in the Comments section below.  We’d love your feedback.