After viewing my portfolio hopefully you like it, though it may be hard for you to articulate why. Eventually in the development of any creative pursuit a person will find their own style–their own voice. This is true for artists, musicians, writers, and certainly myself. Discovering one’s voice is not unlike learning a musical instrument. In the very beginning you learn the scales, master the compulsories, and maybe if you’re very talented land in a prestigious school such as Julliard.
Ask any glamour photographer and they’ll all say they hate blurring faces. Why? Because doing so interferes with the aesthetic integrity of the image. And it’s especially discouraging when the model is particularly beautiful. That said, it’s completely understandable why some ladies need to maintain their privacy and anonymity. There is however a middle ground. As an alternative to blurring, Venetian or masquerade masks offer an alluring option. Also sunglasses and wide brimmed hats can conceal the necessary facial features. And finally the face can be hidden altogether with clever posing or simply post-production cropping.
Though it’s reasonable to think the word “selfie” was born from the advent of smart phones, the truth is Robert Cornelius produced a daguerreotype of himself in 1839. Wow, now there’s a visionary. His results were limited by the technology, but the same cannot be said for today’s modern devices. As Eve Arnold once noted, “It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument”. Her point of course is great technology in the hands of an amateur can often yield amateurish results. But it doesn’t have to.
Naturally I hope you choose Doug Remien Studios for your photo session, but as with any purchase it never hurts to comparison shop. For many people price is a primary concern, but it shouldn’t be the overriding one. If you’re using these images for your profession, then image is everything as they say, make sure they’re the very best.
In this digital age it’s easy to understand why people think converting a color image to black & white is a simple Photoshop task. And in truth it is simple, but if you want your image to be beautiful in black & white, advanced planning is required.
Mouth and eye gestures go a long way toward creating that provocative, alluring look. And while some women have an innate ability to flash those expressions, others have a difficult time doing them on command.
Choosing your wardrobe is the most important aspect of your glamour session preparation. Finding outfits that help you look and feel sexy will boost your confidence and get you psyched for the shoot. Because this process is so integral to the success of your images, plan accordingly and your efforts will be rewarded.
Lighting choices for a photo shoot can greatly affect both the mood of the image and physical look of the model. While I love natural light sources for their soft and flattering illumination, artificial light offers dramatic effects that change an image entirely. Options I employ include high-key, low-key, strobe with natural light as fill, strobe with ambient light, and strobe only.
Shooting on location is one of my favorite things to do and a great way for a client to make an individualized statement. While some location shooting is universally desired by many clients, i.e. beach location photography, I always encourage clients to choose a setting or theme unique to their own personality.