Photography Tips on Finding a Photographer, Reviewing Portfolios, Getting Ready for a Photoshoot, and a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Getting Great Images from a Session

 

These photography blogs contain important information for those thinking of hiring professional photographers. Some blog posts provide a behind-the-scenes view. Others provide insight into how to find the right photographer for you (such as what to look for when reviewing portfolios), how to choose the right type of corporate group photographer for a corporation, and what you can do to help ensure a good outcome from a photoshoot.

I hope you find the information here helpful. If you have topics you’d like to see covered, feel free to send your suggestion to janice@janicednelson.com.

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Photography Tips

14 Tips for Getting a Great Headshot

So you want to make sure you end up with great headshot or portrait images from your professional photography session, but don’t know what you can do to help ensure a good photoshoot outcome? Here are 14 tips for getting a great headshot that you can do before your session:

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Behind the Scenes

Seedling

I wanted to try my hand at newborn photography for a while now, for several reasons. First, I stumbled across some wonderful photography by Tracy Raver and Kelley Ryden I admired. I wanted to see what I could produce and learn from the new type of photography experience.

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How to Learn Photography
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How to Learn Photography

This is a different kind of article on how to go about learning photography. It presents a strategy for learning photography that may seem counter-intuitive. There are what seem like a million tutorials on different types of photography including what to learn, choosing gear, and opinions on best techniques, but I cannot say I as often see posts on how to proceed. How to learn photography is the kind of subject that can leave you feeling overwhelmed – especially in the beginning when everything is new and when the more you learn the more you realize you know nothing. Although this is also true for other subjects, it seems especially true for photography, since the latter encompasses not only what happens behind and in front of the camera before you press a button, but what happens after – what you do with the image created. Photoshop alone can be overwhelming to master.

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Value of Great Photography

Like many other professional photographers, I often wonder just what is the perceived value of great photography today. I see it a lot from many sources, most typically social media posts that query connections: “Does anyone know anyone good with a camera who isn’t too expensive?” I see these queries for Wedding Photographers, Portrait Photographers, Event Photographers, Real Estate Photographers, … heck, practically all types of photography. I see these requests in on-line ads from people querying absolute strangers. These posts and ads typically look for a trained worker – one who isn’t going to cost a lot of money – someone safe to work with, and one who will respond to an important event in a reliable and professional manner with skills, equipment, and experience sufficient to produce beautiful, insightful, and long-lasting memories. Each time I see these queries, I can’t help but wonder if the people posting them have thought through in detail what they are really looking for, what they are really risking, and what they are really willing to settle for.

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When Not All Portrait Photography Is Alike

Looking for a Chicago Headshot Photographer? Is your business getting group headshots? Is your company hiring a portrait or headshot photographer to capture group photos or individual headshots? Be sure to read on. No, this isn’t a blog post about one photographer being better than another or why you need to look for a photographer with specific training or portfolio. It is about understanding the different types of portrait photography, so that you can best choose a photographer. Since this is not a subject many consider, I believe it is worth mentioning.

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Finding the Best Portrait or Headshot Photographer Near You | Chicago Navy Pier
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Finding the Best Headshot Photographer Near You

Finding the best portrait or headshot photographer near you is not easy these days with photography skills varying greatly and advertising dollars influencing top search results. Recently I searched online for the best portrait and headshot photographers near me according to the Internet and for those paying to appear first, in order to find who my nearest competition was, who was rating “best” photographers (along with criteria they used), and what I might do to increase market share. I searched for a list of photographers and clicked links leading to a couple well known sites. I did this in several geographic areas. I also looked at recommendations from two sites that train and promote their student photographers. Since portrait specialties vary, I thought I might be able to identify gaps in my imagery and/or offerings. Did I display enough of a contemporary look in my portfolio? Did I need to show more ¾ length portraits? Did I need more headshots vs. portraits? Did I need more images with different color backgrounds? Did I need to add environmental portraits, and so on.

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Behind the Scenes

The Unexpected Capture

Ah, the unexpected capture. Most photoshoots have ebb and flow. Mine start with creating images most important to clients – their main reason for coming to me and goals for the session. Some want images for LinkedIn to help with a new job search or promotion.

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