CC eNews: How To Prepare For Your Professional Portrait Session

June 30, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Camera Creations | Photography in ISO Series | How to Prepare For Your Professional Portrait Session

by Monique Perera | July 2020

Welcome to Camera Creations’ latest CC eNews from our series of photography tips at home. Well...not really at home...as restrictions are easing (HOORAY!!) it’s finally safe to start getting out and about and some of us are beginning to get back to business. Now may be the ideal time to invest in your professional business portrait!

Trust me, with a brand new head-shot that you’re confident with, it will feel like a fresh start.

We’ve been capturing plenty of business portraits lately. Maybe you’ve changed careers, looking for a new role or just had some downtime to realise your LinkedIn head-shot is so outdated that it doesn’t quite resemble you anymore?

Recent stats show a professional LinkedIn profile picture is viewed by prospective employers x20 times more than those without, so that’s just one reason why it’s essential to get this right.

But before we go any further - PLEASE “do NOT try this at home”! Of course, selfies and social phone snaps are lots of fun and they definitely have their place - however, for business purposes, a portrait captured by an experienced professional photographer is the only way to go.  After all - you only get one shot to make a first impression so you will want to make it a good one! 

In the next topic of our blog series "How to Prepare for Your Professional Portrait" we’ve listed a few of the main tips we normally share with our clients before they have their portrait session with us.

 

How to Prepare for Your Professional Portrait Session

You may use this image for your CV, website, for LinkedIn or your personalised email signature. It’s how prospective clients, employers, and other business people will identify you and decide, sometimes without a meeting, that they want to work with you. 

Having an authentic, quality headshot that’s clearly representative of your best “you” will speak volumes about you and what you stand for – so put your best face forward! 

Here are some helpful tips to consider, before your session;

 

1. It's All About YOU

Think about what you plan to use your professional portrait for and how you want to present yourself.

Do you want your image to reflect a corporate style or a more casual approach? 

In the below examples, my client’s career and therefore her brand image changed significantly from a corporate manager in hospitality to a gym owner - so we updated her portrait accordingly.


Corporate or Casual? It depends on your brand image © Camera Creations

 

Make sure you discuss with your Photographer both the purpose of your portrait and the message you want to convey, well in advance of the session. 

 

2. What Shall I Wear?

For the purpose of this blog, let’s use your LinkedIn profile shot as an example. 

Dress in a way which you feel best represents both you and your job industry/prospects.

Generally a light/white background compliments most people’s skin-tone and makes you ‘pop’ on the screen.

So we recommend choosing neutral colours like brown, charcoal, blues, dark green (rather than bright red, orange or hot pink) and a lighter coloured shirt/top with a darker blazer or suit jacket.

Avoid wearing bold stripes, checks, dots and busy prints, they are confusing and do not photograph well - this includes scarves. Patterns are OK, as long as they’re not too distracting.

Long sleeve shirts (for both men and women) are always more flattering for your portrait if not wearing a jacket. And unless you’re Steve Jobs, skip the turtleneck for today!

You also want to be somewhat comfortable in what you’re wearing or your picture will look stiff and unnatural. But be aware of clothing that wrinkles easily as that will look sloppy and unprofessional. 

 

3. Keep It Simple

Loud, colourful ties and flashy jewellery divert attention from your face. Stick with simple and elegant. 

If you normally wear glasses, definitely take them with you - your photographer may ask you to slightly tilt them to avoid reflection. Try a few shots both with and without glasses to see what’s preferred.

Gents, likewise if you would normally wear a tie in your line of work, then do so for your portrait - if not, give it a miss but still, dress smart casual.

 

4. Hair & Makeup 

Sometimes a professional portrait session will include a hairstylist and make-up artist. 

If that’s not the case (and regardless, for best hygiene practices), BYO hairbrush/comb and foundation face powder - which is ideal for reducing shine during the shoot!

Wear make-up as you would for a job interview - so enough to make a difference but not too overpowering.

If you “never wear makeup” just wear some foundation as this will help even out your skin tone.

Oh, and another tip (also for the guys) - don’t cut your hair the day before your shoot! The camera picks up minor details and it will look like you just got a haircut.

 

5. Relax, Smile & Enjoy!   

Remember to smile from within. During the shoot, think of your next dream holiday or how you would feel if you just ran into a good friend on a nice sunny day at the beach.

Have fun with the process and remember you’re having a photo session, not a board meeting. 

An experienced photographer will do their best to help you to feel comfortable and relaxed on the day!
 

© Camera Creations
 

 

Post-ISO CC Special Portrait Offer:

Do you or your team need updated business portraits?

View the Portfolio HERE and EMAIL Monique to take advantage of our Post-ISO Special Offer (10% off the standard rates).

 

Want Some More Portraiture Inspo?

If you enjoy viewing portraiture, make sure you check out the amazing annual Head On Photo Awards and Festival, normally held in various venues throughout Sydney - this year for the first time held virtually. 

 

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CC eNews: Pet ‘Pawtraits’ - How to Capture in 6 Easy Steps

June 07, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Pepper's Joy © Camera Creations
 

 

Camera Creations | Photography in ISO Series | How to Capture Your Pet ‘Pawtraits’ by Monique Perera | June 2020

CC eNews is back!  Welcome to Camera Creations blog series of photography tips at home.

Whether you’re self-isolating or WFH - let’s face it we are all looking at things a little differently at the moment. So why not take a break and focus on some fun as there’s never been a better time to learn something new?

And who doesn’t love a great photo, right?

If you’ve been lucky enough to have a pet around during lockdown, this is the pawfect opportunity to practice your pet photography skills and try to get some beautiful portraits of your furry friend. Our next topic in our blog series is;

How to Capture Your Pet ‘Pawtraits’ in 6 Easy Steps.

For best results, if you have an actual camera - now’s your chance to use it. But if not, these tips can be applied to your phone camera as well.

 


How To Capture Your Pet 'Pawtraits' in 6 Easy Steps

How great have our pets been to keep us sane in ISO? Photographing pets is such a fun activity and no doubt when you post your shots, these are sure to brighten up someone’s day as well! 

Whether stuck at home or on a walk outdoors, here are some simple tips to help you capture your precious fur-babies.
 

1. Light & Bright 

Good lighting is key to any kind of photography. Morning and late afternoon are often great times to shoot outdoors or if you’re planning a posed photograph indoors, try placing your pet near a large window or a light source such as an open or glass door. Natural light produces the best results and we doubt your pets (like humans) appreciate lots of flashes in their faces, so avoid the flash. 

 

2. Get Down Low

For pet photography, it’s best not to just take pictures looking down as you’re so much taller than them, right? So for the most part, get down on their level and be creative with different perspectives. Try close-ups of the face or paws, and experiment with a variety of angles like from way down below (especially for bigger dogs), or from the side or from a distance.

 

3. The Eyes Have It

Focus on the eyes as they say, ‘these are the gateway to the soul’. The eyes are the most expressive part of an animal’s face, so if you want to create really engaging portraits, focus on the eyes and capture their interesting facial expressions as they evolve through the shoot.

 

Ruckus © Camera Creations 


4. Use Bribes...I mean...Treats

Treats can be super useful if your pet is reward-driven, and you’d like them to stay still or follow a command for a particular shot. The promise of treats will make even a partially well-behaved dog sit still for a few seconds, and cats might pay attention to treats or toys. Puppies can display some interesting behaviour and expressions with the use of a squeaky toy. 



5. Who's Who In The Zoo?

It’s important to capture your pet’s character. So if they are the sleepy type - then photograph your pet having a nap or tucked up in a cozy bed. An active beach lover? Then catch them in action, enjoying their favourite environment. You are aiming to tell the story of your pet and depict their character, just as you would a portrait.

 

Puppy Ella © Camera Creations
 

6. Be Patient & Have Fun!
Photographing pets is not unlike capturing babies and toddlers, they wriggle around...ALOT! They also take in our emotions like a sponge, so relax and have fun for the best results. Enjoy the shoot, take lots of photos and have patience - I can assure you this will be reflected in the best (and cutest) photos of your furry friend!
 

Beach Bobby © Camera Creations



Want Some More Pet Photography Inspo?
CLICK HERE to try your luck in this photo contest run by Applaws Natural Pet Food.

By the way, do you look just like your dog? Or maybe you know someone who does? 
One of my favourite animal photographers, Gerrard Gethings, captured photos of 25 pairs of dogs and their owners that look hilariously alike! View these amazing images HERE

 

Check out that hair! © Gerrard Gethings
 

 

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6 Simple Steps to Turn Your Trash into Cash with Photos that Sell!

May 23, 2020  •  1 Comment

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Camera Creations | Photography in Isolation Series | by Monique Perera | May 2020

CC eNews is back!  Welcome to Camera Creationsblog series of photography tips at home.

Whether you’re self-isolating or WFH - let’s face it we are all looking at things a little differently at the moment. So why not take a break and focus on some fun as there’s never been a better time to learn something new!

And who doesn’t love a great photo, right?

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” - our next topic in our Photography in Isolation Series is;

6 Simple Steps to Turn Your Trash into Cash with Photos that Sell. If you have an actual camera, now’s your chance to use it. Even if you don’t - many of these tips can be applied to your phone camera as well.

 


6 Steps to Turn Your Trash into Cash with Photos that Sell!

Like me, are you cleaning out the cupboards and finding things around the home you don't really need?

Why not turn your unused goods into some dollars? Here are some simple tips to sell your unwanted items online, using great images for maximum profit.

 

© Ebay .png© Ebay .png

© EBAY International
 

 

1. Make a Great Impression 

Appearances Matter. You will want your items to look their best for maximum dollars! So make sure your products are as clean and tidy as possible. Ensure clothes are ironed, do up belts, buttons, shoelaces, straighten the collar, and so on...good presentation is key to reap the rewards! 

For clothing, a mannequin or a generous friend who can model for you always works best. Yet mannequins can be hard to source, so for smaller items lay them neatly on a flat surface (flat lay) or hang clothing from a hanger on a plain background. Backdrop Hack: You can use an ironed sheet or a neutral table surface for a clean background to lay them on.

 

2. Be Size Wise

Set your resolution on your phone or camera to around 1MB in Jpeg format. This way your images will look great on a screen large or small. And always aim to fill your frame when taking images for online sales. Also on the topic of size, show the scale of your item if necessary - by placing a ruler or familiar sized object (such as a dollar coin or matchbox) next to it.

 

3. LIGHTS, Camera, Action!

Follow the pros - always try to use the available light if possible. Shoot outside in the morning or afternoon sun (avoiding the middle of the day) or set up a spot opposite a large window or balcony door.  


Natural light helps to avoid unwanted reflections, discolouration and harsh shadows caused by flash or dim lighting. It’s very important that the colour in your photos accurately represents the items you are selling and this is often easier to achieve when using natural light. 


If it's not possible for you to take pictures during the day, use a lamp or two with white globes, (not tungsten) and shine them directly onto the item.



4. Avoid the Background 'Noise'

Just like portraiture, a white or plain background will always help your subject matter to ‘pop’. 

For larger items such as clothing or furniture, a light coloured plain wall is perfect. 

For smaller products, place them in front of white cardboard or craft paper (curved behind like the image below) to form a ‘seamless’ background. 

© SPOTIFY
 


5. Wrangle Some Angles

Photograph from various angles, and include multiple photos on your listing. This gives buyers a thorough look at the item, and increases their interest.

Products look great at a ¾ angle. This should be your hero or main photo which will show up first in search results. It’s also best practice to shoot the item from multiple angles to ensure full transparency and dimension for the potential buyers. Remember to include some detailed close-up shots too.

 

© SPOTIFY 
 

 

6. True That!
It’s super important to be transparent when selling online (especially when it comes to used goods), so make sure to highlight any stains or wear and tear in both your photos and description.

Keep your pictures clear and simple, the aim of the images is to record your item accurately and this is not the time to be overly creative...


 

A Picture is 'Worth' a Thousand Words
They say 'a picture is worth a thousand words' so now that you have captured fab photos of your items, they should do the selling for you! But to make sure you target the right people to make those purchases, you need to include clear, easy to find keywords and descriptions so your items get found faster and go to a great home. 

Think, what would you look for, and how would you search, if you were looking for that item?

We’re not experts on e-commerce platforms however a great place where beginners can start to sell locally that are free to list include; Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree. More advanced platforms include Ebay, Shopify, and Etsy.

Happy snapping and good luck! 



Want Some More Tips About Selling Online?
Visit this link to find out the top Australian marketplaces to sell on; https://blog.linnworks.com/selling-in-australia

 

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CC Photography in Iso Series - #2 What's Cooking? Create Insta-worthy Food Photography

May 03, 2020

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© Camera Creations - for Luna Park Sydney
 

 

Camera Creations | Photography in Isolation Series | by Monique Perera | May 2020

 

CC eNews is back!  Welcome to Camera Creationsblog series of photography tips at home. Whether you’re self-isolating or WFH - let’s face it we are all looking at things a little differently at the moment. So why not take a break and focus on some fun as there’s never been a better time to learn something new!

And who doesn’t love a great photo, right?

Our next topic in our Photography in Isolation Series is; Creating 'Insta-worthy' Food Photography in 5 Easy Steps.

If you have an actual camera, now’s your chance to use it. Even if you don’t - many of these tips can be applied to your phone camera as well.

 


What's Cooking? Create Insta-worthy Food Photography in 5 Easy Steps


Many of us are spending more time at home and discovering our “inner Master Chef”, we love to photograph our creations and to share our recipes with family and friends.

No doubt, when restrictions lift we’ll be back to our favourite restaurants and cafes in droves to capture our meals in all their glory (quickly) before we fill our bellies!

Until then - remember that people eat with their eyes first, so using these five tips should undoubtedly make your photos drool-worthy...

© Camera Creations for Cliftons Training Centres

 

1. Natural Light for Natural Results
Just like the pros - always try to use the available light to your advantage. Sit or place your meal near a large window, or outdoors (away from direct sunlight), using the natural light to bring out all the wonderful colours, depth, textures and authenticity of your dish. 
If your location is too dark, try to move near a light source but never turn on the flash - it’s just not worth it. Another useful tip when photographing drinks, hold or position the drink with the light source behind - this will produce a light prism effect through the glass and add another dimension to your image. 


2. Over The Top
‘Flat Lay’ otherwise known as ‘Tabletop’, ‘Overhead’ or ‘Aerial’ style are very popular and the reason why is simple - it often looks fabulous. This technique is also a great way to ‘tell the story’ of your dish creation - by including all the recipe ingredients in your image. So use your step-ladder or a sturdy chair and (safely) try a birds-eye view.


© Camera Creations for Delaware North @ Sydney Cricket Ground

 

Remember though, not every dish suits this angle, so for your more ‘stacked’ style food items - like burgers, corn fritters, cakes (and often drinks) - go for the side view to show the layers and the height to fill your frame.


3. Avoid Background Distractions
Just like portraits, a white or plain background will always help your subject matter to pop. Avoid busy patterns or clutter and if you have them in your kitchen - try a neutral marble bench or wood surface to complement your dish. Always consider the colours of both the food and crockery when selecting a suitable background or base.


4. Set The Stage

Perhaps you have ‘a good eye’ but even so, effective composition takes practice and experimentation. The ‘rule of thirds’ is recommended - put simply; imagine 2 lines across and down to give you 9 boxes on your picture, then place the most important elements on the lines or intersections - off centre. The idea is not to have your subject bang smack in the middle of your frame.

Get creative - move the plate around, rearrange the food, add some interesting crockery or a folded napkin to the side, perhaps a fork, a spoon or even a hand. Remember “less is more” - the food is the star of the show…and be quick because you need to get to the most important part of the entire experience… devouring your delicious creation! 

 

5. The Finishing Touches
One of the handy things about using your ‘phone camera is the user-friendly, basic editing tools. If needed, add a quick filter to suit or additional lighting effect, before posting your image. You can crop, brighten it up, lift some shadows, slightly enhance the colours - yet try and ensure the food still looks as natural as possible.

If you tweak similar settings each time, your pictures will look consistent and you’ll develop a style of your own.


© Camera Creations for Compass @ GOOGLE

 

Got the Pic? Now Devour the Dish! 
Unlike professional food photography (which takes considerably more time to style and shoot - therefore, unfortunately - not safe to eat), you now get to enjoy your meal and see if it tastes as good as it looks. 

I’d love to know if you’ve ‘given this a shot’. Send us your favourite food photos and recipes!

 

Want Some More Food Photography in Iso Inspiration?
There are plenty of food photo examples virtually everywhere you look. Apart from online, I’ve found my collection of cookbooks and recipe magazines a great source of ideas. 

You can also check out some examples we’ve photographed for our wonderful catering and venue clients via the Camera Creations Marketing Portfolio

Not Quite Nigella? There’s an abundance of fantastic food delivery services that have become available to spoil us all in iso, so why not photograph and post your favourites to support your local restauranter or cafe? 

Or if you’d like to try your hand replicating some of Sydney's very best restaurant fare, order Merivale at Home delivered to your front door - with all the ingredients and cooking instructions you need to have you feeling like an Exec Chef without leaving the house.

And for a very different food photography challenge - check out the UK’s popular “Potato Photographer of the Year” competition - how hard can it be?

© Camera Creations for Luna Park Sydney
 

 

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CC Photography in Iso Series - #1 Family Portraits at Home

April 16, 2020

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Camera Creations’ is back with our CC eNews features!  

Introducing a series of expert photography tips at home. Let’s face it we are all looking at things a little differently at the moment. So why not take a break and focus on some fun - there’s never been a better time to learn something new! And who doesn’t love a great photo, right?


The first topic in our Photography in Isolation Series: 7 Steps to Capture Family Photos at Home Like a Pro!
If you have an actual camera, now’s your chance to use it. Although even if you don’t - many of these tips can be applied to your phone camera as well.

 

7 Steps to Capture Family Photos at Home Like a Pro

Step 1: So How Do We Look? 

When it comes to portraits - personal presentation is #1. Clean faces for kids, tidy hair, and neutral coloured clothing work wonders. Avoid patterns and distracting logos on tees, consider matching your outfits with each other - white/pastel tops and blue jeans are a classic. Also, consider your background (see step #2)

 

Step 2: Click Into Place 
Knowing where to position your family for their portrait is crucial. Your background choice is important and natural light is king! 

  • Indoors - a plain background such as a wall facing a window is ideal. Remove distractions and clutter that might take away attention from your family.

  • Outdoors, lots of greenery behind works well or perhaps seated on the back steps, but again - always avoid anything busy or distracting in the background. Ideally, choose a time of day when the light is behind you (the photographer) and softly lighting your family’s happy faces.

 

Step 3: Posing & Composing   
This can take some practice and the ease of the shoot will depend on your experience, the size of your family and the ages of the children! Prepare and research some poses beforehand. 

Also, many Photographers use a basic rule of composition to form triangles when posing groups of three or more ensuring you have even spacing between heads. Large family poses are often made by starting with a basic triangle and building additional triangles outward as you add people to the group. 

Thankfully social distancing can take a back-seat when capturing your household family members - so get everyone in nice and tight, take wider shots to include the entire body, shoot from the waist up or why not try a tightly cropped shot with head and shoulders only?


Step 4: Wrangle Some Angles 
Don’t be afraid to experiment and try different angles, likewise have your family positioned at various levels to fill the frame and make your portraits look more interesting. Feel free to get down low or stand on a (safe) step ladder and have your family look up at you - explore the possibilities!


Step 5: Babies & Fur-babies
They say “never work with animals or children” and sometimes, as you set up your family portrait, this saying might run through your head. They also say patience is a virtue so don’t give up! Try squeaky toys, treats (AKA bribing) and funny noises to get some smiles and eye contact from your little ones and pets...good luck.  


Step 6: Lights, Camera, Action...Or Are You Joining In?
You should be set up and good to go. But if you want to be in the photo as well, then this is where a clever position for your phone or a tripod for your camera and the self-timer comes in handy.
Set up your spot (in the photo), set the timer and RUN into position! Wait an additional 3 seconds before running back to the camera so you don’t risk missing the shot.  


Step 7: Have Fun = the BEST Portraits 
Let kids be kids, make jokes, laugh and chat throughout your session. Often this can make the winning shot - if correctly composed, with good lighting and natural expressions.

Practice and capture lots of images - you want to avoid blinks and fast and furious is the way to go. No-one wants to sit for ages waiting for their picture to be taken...so capture as many as you can and choose the best from the bunch.


Now You’re Focused and Ready to Roll!
So now you have some tricks of the trade to help you capture your family portrait. Of course, the size of your family and whether there are small children or animals involved will make all the difference. And always, practice makes perfect. 


I’d love to know if you’ve ‘given this a shot’! Send me your favourite family portraits and let me know if you have any questions or fun stories about your photography session. Above all, enjoy the process and the results will be rewarding. 

 

Want Some More Family Portrait Inspiration?
Here are a few in our Camera Creations Private Events Portfolio and check out this fabulous initiative in the US; Families Posing on their Front Porch for "Porchraits" - Photographers raising funds for local charities and documenting families isolating at home during this historical time.

 


These are our cute little grandkids hamming it up for the camera at our home portrait session!
 

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