Posts with tag: "portrait consultation"
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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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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