Thursday, July 28, 2011

What to wear for a photo shoot

This is a question I get ALL the time- "Do you have any suggestions of what to wear for our engagement/family/senior photo shoot?"

I myself am DEFINITELY not a fashion diva. I'm one of those low-maintenance gals, who is happiest in jeans. But, after much editing, I've learned what looks good in pictures and how to hire people who are great at fashion. :)

So, here are some little tips about the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly for getting ready for your pictures. The Good (what looks good and photographs well,) the Bad (what tends to look kinda bad and is more difficult to balance in a photo) and the Ugly (things that are just plain unflattering and should be avoided.)

First, as a rule, bring at least 2-3 different outfits, wear more makeup than you normally would, and fix your hair. Eyeliner makes your eyes really pop. Consider professional hair and makeup.

The Good:
*Complementary colors.
*Accessories, like scarves, necklaces, colored shoes, umbrellas
*Textures and layers to add dimension in the picture.
*Dresses! For some reason, dresses seem to make every girl look her best.
*Your favorite jeans. 
*Freshly cut/colored hair
*Props, but not too many. Let yourself shine in the pictures!'

The Bad:
*Neon or bright colors, unless you are a bold personality.
*All white or matching white shirts, unless you are a traditional soul. 
*Wrinkled clothing- Wrinkles DO show in pictures.
*Loose t-shirts-  they're quite unflattering. However, fitted, t-shirts can work for the ladies.

The Ugly: (things to avoid)
*If you feel like your arms are larger, cover them - avoid sleeveless shirts.
*If you are well-endowed on your top half, cover those girls up a little! Avoid strapless unless you love your arms and shoulders.
*Showing too much skin. I like to take some flattering pics, but I want to produce at least a couple pictures that you'd be proud to send your grandmother. 

Check out my Pinterest boards for more updated pictures of what to wear.

Engagement Pinterest Board
Senior Pinterest board
Families Pinterest board

Hopefully this helps! If you have specific questions, give us a call and we'll be happy to help!

Emily Folk, Trey, & Festus

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Beginner's Photography Workshop

The beginner's photography workshop has been scheduled! We will be meeting on September 11th, 2-7 PM. The workshop has been reorganized into a more extensive lesson to help attendants get the most use out of their digital SLR cameras (the kind with the exchangeable lenses). The deadline to apply is September 3rd, so reserve your spot now!
To see pictures taken at the last workshop, visit the Tara Marie Photography - Photography Class group.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Amanda & Jason Engagement- Jackson, LA. St Francisville, LA Wedding Photography

Amanda and Jason (and her droopy basset hound, Daisy) joined me in Jackson for an engagement shoot. They were all three hilarious! I was very happy with some of the pictures they helped create. Their props that they brought made a lot of good pics, too.
Funny story- a few days after we took these pictures, I met another photographer who was talking about passing through the tiny town of Jackson and seeing another photographer (Matt). It was me!


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Some of my favorite recent work that seems to be stuck in my mind...

To be honest, I've felt like I've been stuck in one big artistic brain fart for a few months. It's been all work and no play for the most part. I'm not complaining about work, because it pays the bills. But what keeps me going and inspired is anything NEW, interesting people, neat things. Monday night I went to our Baton Rouge Young Professional Photographers (an informal facebook group) meet-up at the Chimes East, and finally was able to beat the funk. Just rubbing noses and sharing meals with other people who are so humble about their awesome work is very inspiring to me. I'm not much of a group entertainer. When in a group situation, I much prefer to mingle, talk one (or two) on one with people, ask questions, and listen. It's how I've learned SOO much of what I know about really anything, but especially photography.

After I got home, I wrote down into my "brain dump" notebook about 3 pages of ideas for new things. Then, sometime the next day, I (for some reason) began thinking of some pictures that I think are worthy of displaying as something I'd be proud to do again, versus the plain old things I've been doing. So, here they are. Maybe one of these days I'll get brave enough to post some of my pages of ideas that I write down at midnight or when I've had too much coffee at 6:45 am.

There is a lot wrong with this image- The background is a little too dark for the dark-haired family, it would have looked cooler as a wedding party shot instead of a family photo, it could have used a bit more interesting lighting. But regardless of its imperfections, I just can't forget the concept of this shot in my head, and want to do more of it.

This one reminds me of something that would be in the back seat of a taxi. But, this was under a well shed at Rosedown Gardens. It makes me want to try this again in a car, with some shiny-ness around. 

And this one- I asked the girls to clap like they were in a gospel choir (thanks to Zack Arias for the idea) And, as white as they are, they all did it with no questions asked.  Truly, all of these girls had a great time at the wedding, and seemed to actually enjoy being in the wedding (which is a rarity these days.) I must admit, if anyone except my best friend or sister asked me to be in their wedding, I would say NO if at all possible!  This shot just captured the intimate fun that was had that day.

I will try to continue posting my own blog posts, and choosing MY favorite pictures from what was done.
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