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What Would you Like to See on Belovely You?

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We really do want to know what would you like to see from BeLovely You going forward. As most of you know, the site has recently changed ownership. And we love what BeLovely You is and does, and want to continue to make it an amazing resource for portrait photographers everywhere. 

What Would you Like to See From Us?

We are in the process of working on ways to help our readers get even more business.  Do you think we could use an online directory of photographers in each area? Would you like a method for advertising on the site? How can we best serve you?

In the interest of making this a win-win for everyone, we really do want to make this site a hub for photographers to come and share ideas.  That means, we want to hear from you.  To do this, we are willing to even change the format of the site to accommodate our readers.

If you haven’t submitted an article (and you have camera tips to share), why not? Not only do you get to have a credible web magazine showcasing your work, you will also get Pinterest recognition as people find your pictures fascinating.  Your tips are invaluable to the community, and those photographers that are involved with BeLovely You get free education on awesome tips for different style of photography.  This helps everyone expand their capabilities and helps to make photographers more well-rounded.

What Do you Want to Read More about on BeLovely You?

Would you like to read more tutorials? More product reviews? Maybe more stuff on lighting or editing, or something new altogether (like pet photography)?

Share your ideas below and tell us what you want to see and why! We can’t wait to hear your suggestions!

Keeping Clients Confident on Cold, Cloudy Days

This is a prime example of why shooting in winter can be fantastic. Layers, faux fur, and so much texture.

Today’s feature is from .

Victoria says:

“Michaela’s session was a senior and dance session combo. I had worked with her in the past with dance, but was more than excited to be taking her senior photos as well.

We shot the session on Michigan State University’s campus, at the Board Art Museum and a few other areas around campus. It was absolutely freezing out, but Michaela was more than willing to brave the cold (even with bare legs!).

The first half of her session was focused on dance, using part of her costume from The Nutcracker. She wanted an “alternative” look, so she paired it with a lace top, bare legs, and long hair rather than the traditional top, tights, and a bun.

The second half of her session focused on her awesome sense of style. Not only is she gorgeous, but she also has some pretty amazing clothes.”

Victoria’s Photography Tip:

This session was shot on a very cold, overcast, ugly day. We made sure to bring plenty of blankets to bundle her up between shots, and I made heavy use of a reflector to brighten up her face.

Sometimes, it’s hard for clients to trust us when we tell them that shooting when it’s twenty-five degrees out, overcast, and in the dead of winter (with no snow in sight), can actually be a great thing.

By continually raving about the photos throughout the session, I know I helped Michaela and her mom both feel more comfortable with the shoot.

During outfit changes, I’d look through what we’d already shot and talk about how amazing they were turning out, how excited I was to process them and show them.

I’d also thank them for trusting my instinct and experience, and continued to reassure them that overcast days are better than full on sunshine because the light looks better, there are less squinting eyes, etc.

I know that both Michaela and her mom left the session feeling confident with the images that we got, as well as the experience as a whole.

This has to be my favorite dance photo from the set. This perfectly captures Micheala's essence.
Dancing on pointe always turns out beautifully in photographs. Attention to the little details, like the arch of her foot, makes all the difference.
Allowing her to have freedom with posing during the dance portion of our session provided with some very elegant images.
This image showcases the "alternative" feel that Michaela was hoping for.
The tall grassy areas around the museum provided for some great contrast compared to the metal building.
Allowing Michaela to relax throughout or session helped keep poses flowing freely and  natural looking.
Michaela's eyes were just to die for. I had to showcase them in at least one image.

Victoria used a Canon 6D (affiliate link) with a Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 lens (affiliate link) to capture these images.

Victoria Simmons is a Columbus, GA and Phenix City, AL Seniors and Couples photographer.

Click here to see more tips on Client Relations and Lighting.


Working with seniors is really fun and rewarding, but also challenging – who are you marketing to? Their parents? The seniors themselves?

Thankfully, the masterminds at Seniors Ignite (affiliate link) recognize this challenge, and have put together a ton of free information on their website all about addressing this issue. Check out the Seniors Ignite Website (affiliate link).

Lenses for Getting Up Close and Personal

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Today’s feature is from .

Candice says:

“This session was a special one for me because it’s the first session I did for an up-and-coming e-book I have coming out in February. The couple  just nailed what I want and the look I was trying to achieve.”

Candice’s Photography Tip:

The one tip I can say about this session was don’t be afraid to go outside your box.

I use a 35mm lens because its makes go outside my comfort zone and makes me get personal and close with my subjects.

If you’re afraid, then do it. It’s what makes magic.

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Candice used a Nikon D700 (affiliate link) with a 35mm 1.4 Sigma Art (affiliate link) lens to capture these images.

Candice Zugich is a Southern California Portrait photographer.

Click here to see more tips on Client Relations


Getting close to your clients is a great way to see detailed facial expressions. But if you tend to be a bit on the shy side, this can be tough.

Click here (affiliate link) to learn how one photographer got over their shyness in their photography business.

 

Personal Family Lifestyle Portraits

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Today’s feature is from Nate and Amanda Howard.

Nate and Amanda say:

“The shoot took place in the families home in Chicago. It is filled with their traditions and what home means to them. And for them, that’s snuggling and playing in their bed, sharing lunch together, quiet moments in their space and sweet little giggles echoing through their walls.

Our hope with this session, and all of our family sessions, is that we capture all the senses. That they can look back on these images someday and remember how they felt. Remember how their house smelled. Remember how the giggles sounded. We want their favorite day-to-day traditions and spaces to be documented for them to look back on someday.”

Nate and Amanda’s Photography Tip:

We primarily focus on telling stories of families’ real life and love and try to include day-to-day traditions and favorite places. We don’t ever pose our families because we want to capture the emotion, movement, and messiness of real life. To achieve this, we try really hard to get to know our families before we shoot with them.

We want to learn about the nitty gritty of who they are and what matters most to them because 20 years from now, they are going to care a lot less about having pretty pictures of themselves sitting in a perfect formation at the park. They are going to care a lot more about having memories captured at their favorite place to spend time together.

They are going to care about bare feet running across kitchen floors while making chocolate chip cookies and eating sugar straight out of the bag. They are going to care about snuggling in bed with messy hair. They are going to care about their child’s favorite, ratty t-shirt. They are going to care about laughter, tears, and capturing how they felt at this stage of their life.

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Nate and Amanda used a Canon 5d MKII with a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens and a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens to capture these images.

Nate and Amanda Howard travel nationwide as Wedding and Family Portrait photographers.

Click here to see more tips on Client Relations and Client Personality.


Leaving clients with life-long keepsakes is a wonderful thing, and one of the best ways to do that is with prints and albums. If you’re not super familiar with creating your own albums, don’t worry – there’s plenty of info out there to get you started.

 

 

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Why Personality Is Important

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Today’s feature is from .

Jake says:

“When I met with this couple we bonded over beer and Milwaukee. Drew is a home brewer, and we ended up talking about beer, life, and Milwaukee more than their actual wedding. That is actually one of the major reasons why they booked me for their wedding.

Fast forward to their engagement session, we knew we wanted some Milwaukee locations and because of the beer connection, we met up at Lakefront Brewery and then headed down to the Lakefront. Beer and Lake Michigan, and two awesome people looking good – who could ask for more?”

Jake’s Photography Tip:

My tip would be: Be Yourself

Be yourself and have fun. That is the cornerstone of my work. Right from the very start of my relationship with these two lovely people, I was just myself. I made a real connection with them right from our first meeting. I connected with them, instead of trying to sell to them. That was the start of our working relationship.

When we met up for their engagement session, they already knew they were in good hands. All I had to do was continue the fun, lighthearted feel through the actual session. So, how do you do that? By being yourself.

I never try to pose people too much, because that is not how I work best. The images always turn out too stiff for me. So I work more fluidly, find good light, joke around, talk a lot, get people as comfortable as I can so I can make an image of them that looks like them.

I work fast and am always thinking of the next image so there is no “dead air”. If we are walking to a new location I am finding out new things about them and relating those things to my own life, as well as letting them know what I am doing and why. I am strengthening the connection with them, which puts them at ease and gives me more freedom to work.

For me, the stronger the connection I can make with the people I am photographing, the better the images end up looking. And I do that simply by not over-thinking things, being myself, and having fun.

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Ashley and Drew's Milwaukee Engagement Session
Ashley and Drew's Milwaukee Engagement Session
Ashley and Drew's Milwaukee Engagement Session
Ashley and Drew's Milwaukee Engagement Session
Ashley and Drew's Milwaukee Engagement Session
Ashley and Drew's Milwaukee Engagement Session

Jake used a Canon 5D MkIII with a Canon 50mm f/1.2 lens, a Canon 24mm f/1.4 lens, and a Canon 85mm f/1.8 lens to capture these images.

Jake Rohde is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin Wedding and Portrait photographer.

Click here to see more tips on Client Relations.


 Have a hard time relaxing with your clients? We’re not all chatterboxes, and sometimes it can be hard to relax and open up with your clients – which makes situations like this difficult.

Don’t sweat it though, because you’re definitely not the only one, and there are other photographers out there that have had the same issue and found ways to work around it.

 

 

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Boosting Confidence During a Shoot

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Today’s feature is from .

Lisa says:

“This is the lovely Hannah – she was one of my 2014 senior representatives. Her session was done in 2 parts – a spring shoot in the red rocks and a fall shoot here in Kingman. Hannah is such an outgoing, friendly girl and I hope to have captured that in her images.”

Lisa’s Photography Tip:

When working with seniors (or ANY client really) the key is to make sure that they are comfortable with you. That will translate to natural, relaxed looking images.

Communication is so important in this – make sure that you talk to your senior client, ask about their interests, their boyfriend/girlfriend, their plans for the future, etc. And then, when you get a killer shot, show it to them on your camera’s LCD screen! This will help build confidence and make the rest of your session sail smoothly.

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Lisa used a Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 5D Mark II with a Canon 200mm 2.0L lens and a Canon 85mm 1.2L lens to capture these images.

Lisa Holloway is a Las Vegas, Nevada and Northern Arizona Portrait photographer.

Click here to see more tips on Client Relations.


Need to give your senior portraits biz marketing a boost? Having some of the most gorgeous images in the world (like these) is great, but if no one has heard of you – does it help? No, not really.

While I’m sure Lisa has clients lining up to work with her, that’s not always the case – and the Masterminds behind Seniors Ignite know this.

They’ve put together a bundle of low-cost, proven marketing techniques (that they themselves have used) just for senior portrait photography. It comes with templates, marketing strategy guides, and bonus action sets too. Check it out here, but don’t forget to use the special Belovely You discount code!

 

 

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How your clients can market for you

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Today’s feature is from .

Joey says:

“The session I am submitting was shot with one of my seniors, Molly, whom I met Molly while photographing the plays and musicals at our local high school. Not only is she obviously beautiful but she is a riot as well. So much so that I had been looking forward to working with her since she was a sophomore in high school.

I love working with all the theater kids and Molly is someone very special. We shot in the studio for about an hour then took a forty minute ride to a location where I grew up. Her session yielded over six hundred images so choosing eight here was difficult.

Molly started singing in elementary school and performed in shows whenever she had the opportunity, and was one of the leads in Aida – which is her favorite to date. Once she graduates in 2015, she will be pursuing a career in business and finance and her top choice schools so far are Northeastern, George Washington Univ, and Boston Univ.

For our session she created her own personal clothing style by mixing trendy pieces with basics.”

Joey’s Photography Tip:

You need to have a genuine interest in the kids.

My career has never been just about taking pictures for money. There is a purpose to my work.

I’ve often been asked to do workshops or teach on a PPA level but have always refrained because my work or personal style really is generated from my relationships and conversations with my seniors (I am very much a conversationalist) and I don’t know how to teach that other than explain that it’s just my personality.

I am genuinely interested in every kid that I get to work with. I photograph young adults who are nearing the end of the comfort and safety of their childhood. I want to know everything about them. Their family dynamics, what their plans for their future are, how are they doing in school, who their friends are, crazy stories about their childhood, etc.

I don’t consciously look at it as a goal to make a new friend, either; rather, my goal with every session is for my subject to never feel as though they are being photographed, but rather more like they’re just hanging out with a friend. We then become good friends in the process.

I can relate to every ‘food group’ of kids too – jocks, nerds, burnouts, and non-conformists. I’ve been told I can have an intelligent conversation with a tree.

The way I see it, I have a responsibility not only as a photographer but as a mature adult (and a dad myself) to give the best experience and images to the kids as well as have a genuine interest in the well-being of the kids for their parents and our school community.

Because I’m neutral and non judgmental (not a teacher nor their parent), the kids will open up freely in conversation and truly express themselves. I will never take that responsibility for granted, and my images show it. Not only that, but the kids know it, and so do their parents.

Here is an example of what one of my seniors, Amanda, wrote about her session recently:

Joey and I had worked together previously, as he photographed most of our shows at Cheshire High School. It was amazing and fun to work with him, but I could never have imagined the level of awesomeness I experienced. My session was an absolute blast. Joey has an easygoing way about him that made me feel as though I could be my honest self around him, and that’s what makes his portraits so real. He captures the essence of everyone’s unique beauty and makes you feel like more than just a high school senior. In fact, I never felt like a senior. The portraits express my character and tell a story of who I am. They are worth a thousand words and more. I could never thank him enough.

When you reach that point where everyone knows you genuinely care about them  (and you’re getting reviews like the one Amanda left me above), you’ll create a following and you will never have to market yourself. Your clients will do it for you.

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Joey used a Nikon D3 with a Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, a Nikkor 50mm lens, and a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 lens to capture these images.

Joey Jones is a New Haven, CT Senior Portraits photographer. Joey is also one of the lead shooters at the Seniors Ignite event in San Diego in February 2015.

Click here to see more tips on Client Relations and Client Personality.


Want to watch Joey in action and see how he interacts with clients? Joey is one of the lead shooters at the 2015 Seniors Ignite event, which means that event attendees will get a chance to work with Joey directly.

If that sounds like something you’d love to, check out more about the Seniors Ignite event here, but don’t forget to use the special Belovely You discount code!

 

 

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The Importance of Listening To Your Client

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Today’s feature is from .

Allison says:

“This was a senior session that I was so excited about, I couldn’t sleep! Ellie, my senior client, had a really specific vision for her shoot and she put just as much effort into making it into a reality as I did.

She styled her own hair, makeup, and wardrobe, then provided the horse and the location. She’s an extraordinary young woman. We talked at length about her vision and collaborated about how we could together create something amazing.”

Allison’s Photography Tip:

My greatest passion in this business is making my client’s dreams come true. I love to hear their ideas and come up with a plan to make them a reality. In this case, which was special, Ellie had such a specific idea that I just really had to make sure I understood what she was seeing in her head so I could make that happen.

Most of the time, my clients have a general idea, then we narrow it down. Ellie had already narrowed it down and we had to communicate with each other really well to make sure we were on the same page and were sharing the same vision.

Bottom line: make sure you are always listening closely to your clients and what they want and need. Remember that these pictures are for them so you need to do whatever it takes to hit it out of the ballpark for them.

(Plus, from a business perspective, the happier the client, the better chances you have of making a good sale and getting referrals!)

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Allison used a Nikon D700 with a Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 lens to capture these images.

Allison Ragsdale is a Durango, Colorado, and International Senior Portraits photographer. She is also one of the lead shooters at the Seniors Ignite event in February.

Click here to read more tips on Client Relations.


Need help putting together a solid referral program? Happy clients are the best form of marketing and advertising your business can get, and if you totally nail a session like Allison did they’ll be more than happy to talk you up to their friends and family.

That’s why we suggest putting together a solid referral program for your clients to reward them for their awesomeness – it will only make it that much easier for them to want to promote you, and thus bring you even more clients.

 

 

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Casual Couples Portraits by Daniel Cheung

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Today’s feature is from .

Daniel says:

“I love the juxtaposition of old and new.” – Lulu tells me when we first meet at Hong Kong’s iconic IFC tower. “I’ve only been here a month but I love this city!”

I nod in agreement. She had taken the words straight from my mouth.

Up until this point, we had never met. Lulu & Keith were total strangers. She was a friend of a friend. Since I was in Hong Kong for a holiday, I wanted to make the most of the trip.

So here we are, at IFC Mall, in Hong Kong.”

Daniel’s Photography Tip:

When I first started out as a photographer, I made the mistake of trying to become my clients’ friend. Three years later, my advice is simple. Don’t put yourself inside the friends-zone.

I find that when I photograph people that I know very well (and are quite ‘chummy’ with), I direct less. I push less. I squeeze less from that couple. I find myself biting my tongue, giving up earlier at a session, and missing out on opportunities right in front of me.

This may seem like a bizarre inverse relationship to you, but through my experience, I produce my best work when I don’t feel the need to protect a friendship. I say the things I need to say. I point to where I need to point. I pose the subjects as I need to.

By all means, be friendly and polite. Have fun and share a laugh. These are the basic interpersonal skills that as a photographer you must master, but do not trap yourself into becoming a client’s best friend.

Maintaining a professional distance between yourself and your subjects ensures that they listen to your directions. You owe it to you clients to produce your best work. After all, they’re paying you for a service, not to be your friend.

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Daniel used an Olympus OMD EM1 with a Panasonic 25 f/1.4 lens and an Olympus 75 f/1.8 lens to capture these images.

Daniel Cheung is a Sydney, Australia Couples + Families photographer.

See more tips on Client Relations.

 

 

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Dramatic Couples Portraits by Richard Grainger

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Today’s feature is from .

Richard says:

“Gavin and Florence wanted a rural and beach shoot. We traveled south just into New South Wales to do this, at a place called Kingscliff, which holds Cabarita Beach. We spent the afternoon traveling around, chatting and exploring the different locations.

The day was dark and gloomy, and it comes off on the images – which I really like.”

Richard’s Photography Tip:

If you want your couple to be relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera, you need to pull out the social skills rather than the photography prowess. It’s very important to form a connection with them if you want them to be relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera.

Many times I will carpool with my clients to the locations, which is a great way to set off the conversations and ultimately start a bonding session.

It quickly makes them feel comfortable around me and most importantly, when I turn up to their wedding day they treat me like a friend rather than someone they are paying.

In the afternoon, this shoot was under a cloudy sky. It was dark and gloomy, and I loved that I could use it to bring out moods in the photos. If I’m shooting into a dark sky, I don’t mind under exposing my images to show the emotion.

If you follow this advice, you’ll form a good connection with their couple, and they will be able to ask for less and get more. The couple will feel comfortable and it will show in the images.

It can be risky underexposing into a dark sky, so it needs to be done so with care. If you can do it, it will up the mood and emotions.

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Richard used a Canon 5D3 with a Sigma 35mm, Sigma 85mm, and Canon 45 TSE lens to capture these images.

Richard Grainger is a Brisbane, Australia Wedding photographer.

See more tips on Client Relations.

 

 

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Rainy Couples Portraits by Fer Juaristi

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Today’s feature is from .

Fer says:

“Shooting a session in San Francisco with crazy weather was awesome!

The couple was up for anything. I had a hard time watching trough the viewfinder because of the fog, rain & crazy wind.

I read somewhere that bad weather equals great images so we decided to go for it!”

Fer’s Photography Tip:

The best tip I can give is to never stop shooting & let the couple feel your love for photography!

Ross, the client in these photos, blogged about the experience of being on the other side of the camera.

Here’s what Ross had to say:

“Within minutes of meeting Fer you are already heavily engaged in conversation, laughing and feeling his positive energy radiant from his excitement and passion for his craft. This was our first touch point with his brand without getting to his craft. By the time we got to our first location the weather had taken a turn from bad to worse, though we went for it. Not only did I learn that Fer hadn’t done a session in the rain before, though he gave us the confidence to focus on what the session was about, that being “us” and not the surroundings.

The key points are that as a photographer, social interaction, support and motivation are just as key as your craft which lend itself to the final product. These are also add ons to the brand that you can only experience within the internal process, which add to your hidden brand culture and client excitement.”

You can read more about Ross’s thoughts as a client behind the camera in his blog post here.

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Fer used a Nikon DF with a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens to capture these images.

Fer Juaristi is an International Destination wedding photographer.

See more tips on Client Relations.

 

 

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Emotive Children’s Portraits by Lisa Holloway

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Today’s feature is from .

Lisa says:

“This was a portrait session set up to document the relationship between two identical twin girls – Zoe & Zelda. The session was shot in the beautiful old town of Jerome, Arizona as well as Red Rock Crossing in Sedona.”

Lisa’s Photography Tip:

These little girls were absolutely amazing to work with! It was such a joy to document their relationship with each other. Two things that are absolutely imperative to me in any photo session is lighting, and connecting with my subjects. Nothing can kill the feel of a portrait session faster than not taking the time to connect with or get to know your subjects, and bad, poorly thought out lighting.

In this session, I utilized a lot of back lighting to highlight the twins’ gorgeous, long red hair. You really need to wait until the last hour or so before sunset (or the first hour after sunrise) for this type of lighting to be the most effective. If you do it too early in the afternoon, you will end up with a large blown spot on top of your subject’s head as well as the dreaded raccoon eyes – shadows in the eye sockets caused by the high position of the sun. Once the sun is low enough on the horizon, back lighting can really illuminate your subject and help separate them from the background.

One problem that photographers often encounter when using back lighting is haze, or sun flare. To avoid haze, I will make sure that I am not shooting directly into the sun with my lens, and I will try to filter the light through something. In this session, I filtered it through the trees that were in the background. Sometimes, haze can add a beautiful warm glow – don’t be scared to experiment! Move around and try different vantage points and locations and see what you get!

The second thing that I think is absolutely essential in any portrait session is taking the time to develop a good rapport with your subjects. This is especially important when working with children. I cannot stress taking your time, going slow, and talking to and getting to know your littlest subjects enough – it is crucial! Don’t be afraid to leave your dignity at the door – I will do anything to get a silly smile, as well as a good serious look from the children I work with. I provide light guidance and let them do the rest. If you are patient, you are bound to get a few magical moments.

Since these were identical twin sisters, I suggested that they ‘hold hands’, ‘tell your sister a secret’ and ‘give each other a hug’….the rest was all them. I just sat back and documented their beautiful relationship with one another.

You are bound to get some well lit photos with genuine, well connected expressions.

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Lisa used a Canon 5D Mark III with a Canon 200mm 2.0L and Canon 85mm 1.2L lens to capture these images.

Lisa Holloway is a Las Vegas, NV custom portraiture photographer.

See more tips on Client Relations, Lighting, and Working with Children.

 

 

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Moody Couples Portraits by Stefan Hellberg

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Today’s feature is from .

Stefan says:

“Priscilla and Paul are from Hong Kong. They contacted me to document their time in Lucerne, Switzerland. We spent the day visiting some local secret spots and just roaming the streets of Old Town, Lucerne.

When I have couples visiting from far away I try to show them a good time and include some of the hidden spots only the locals know about.”

Stefan’s Photography Tip:

Make friends with your clients. If I haven’t met my clients in person before the session I always leave my cameras on my shoulders for a while. Make conversation and get to know your subjects. I don’t want to be the intimidating guy with a camera. I want them to feel comfortable with me.

Scout your locations in advance. It will make a huge difference, at lease it did for me.

A relaxed relation with your clients is important, as it will show in your imagery if they feel comfortable with you as a person.

Street lovers
Up we go.

On the edge.

Forest lovers.

Stefan used a Nikon D700 and Nikon D800 with a Nikon 35mm f/1.4 lens and Nikon 85mm f/1.4 lens to capture these images.

Stefan Hellberg is a Worldwide Wedding and Editorial photographer.

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