When I was in Los Angeles, I worked with Ford Modeling Agency and my specialty was creating portfolios for their new models. For those of you that might have missed the latest episode of America’s Next Top Model, let me give you a quick overview — These genetically gifted young people (like model Cameron here) use their portfolios to “go see” clients and interview for jobs representing their brand. The key on these types of shoots is to showcase the assets of the model and overall versatility of their look. I’m guessing you get the idea from our visuals here but to illustrate…Versace wants a different type of look than say…Nike…or Microsoft…would want as the “face” of their brand. I love getting to do these Portfolio Sessions they give me super high self esteem — you know “pretty photos of pretty people” — YEAH ME! But apart from models, I find myself mostly doing portfolio sessions for a TON of online dating picture profiles for grown-ups — WHAT? (cue the shock and awe that yes, everyone on Match.com and eHarmony are actually working with professional photographers to put their best foot forward (but of course I never get to show those photo shoots here on the blog because I’m sworn to secrecy)
Anyone that says that guys don’t get into photography as much as the girls clearly has not seen our cast of fellas. Kennedy High School 2014 Senior is a star…I mean this kid just lights up a room with his energy and 100 watt smile. I have been waiting for someone to break out the bow tie and suspenders for far too long and POW — in walks Shingo rocking it like he means it. For his senior pictures photo shoot he requested a little Frank Ocean on the sound system so I was privileged to get to see him bust a move a couple times too. Fun Fun Fun
“Do I need to have professional hair styling and make-up?” Um, in life…technically, the answer is NO — I personally “NEED” food, water, shelter and access to E! Entertainment television”but for a photo shoot…YES, I would highly recommend it. Why?
1. Let’s first start with the idea that your portrait session is a special occasion and lasting document of this time. Whether you are photographing senior pictures, family portraits or head shots — these images are going to be with you for many many years.
2. Styling professionals are professionals for a reason — their access to tools, techniques and products combined with their education and skill are the reason that models in magazines look like…well…models in magazines
3. It’s important to note that a “street face”…how we apply our make-up each day is quite different than a “camera-ready” face where special attention is given to prepping your skin for studio lights and high definition camera lenses. I love the pop to the eyes, lashes and brows that only a pro make-up artist can achieve — it’s just gorgeous.
For anyone that worries about the “overdone look” — erase it from your brain. This is Studio B Portraits – You on Your Best Day…Fresh and Natural. It’s also a collaboration between you and our stylists. (This would be a fabulous time to thank the lovely folks at Sorella for Mikayla’s goregeous camera-ready look here…notice how you can see her sweet freckles?) When you schedule your portrait sessions with us, we always offer this service and schedule the appointments with plenty of time before your session — I’m hoping I answered all of your questions here but feel free to touch base if I can help you with anything regarding preparing for a great shoot.
First look at Melinda + George’s Wedding! The couple chose the regal Weyerhaeuser Estate and if you’ve never seen this venue before — it’s Old World European charm blended with the Northwest’s most spectacular water view. We were SO very honored to document this most special of days with the couple and as you would imagine — the entire occasion was filled with smiles and laughter….EXCEPT — for one short moment following the ceremony. (Oh you know it’s coming right? The thing that cracked me up — and then immediately made me have to take a picture to make sure NOBODY missed it for posterity) Let me set the scene…. The bride and groom have kissed, walked down the aisle and been followed by the wedding party and guests to the adjacent courtyard to photograph group portraits with our fabulous associate photographer Anna. I lingered behind until all of the guests had cleared thinking I’d get some detail shots when Flower Girl Ava comes running in with fierce determination…she wants her flower petals back (you know the ones that she dropped on the aisle and even some that had been there before she arrived— that’s right, she wants EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM. When the other kids came back to retrieve her for the family photos — this reaction above was priceless!
Oh and before I finish for the day, I did want to show you one more of my absolute favorites of the couple that we posted on our Weddings By Studio B Facebook page….a gorgeous black and white portrait of the couple kissing in front of the water. LOVE it!
Okay…while I KNOW nobody is looking at me with these beautiful models on this behind the scenes video — I really cannot help but be VERY aware that every shot of me is my booty! Not my best angle people but such a cool video