Sunday, January 31, 2010

Littlest Heroes

Perhaps one of the most difficult things a photographer can do is to participate in a program like Littlest Heroes. Our job is to capture moments in the lives of very ill children and their families, giving them the gift of priceless memories in the form of images. It's also one of the most rewarding things we can do.

I'm heading out shortly to do my first Littlest Heroes photo shoot for 2010.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Turn your face to the world

When you come to me to have your portrait done (or with your family and/or pets), my goal is to capture not just a picture, but a moment in time that shows your unique personality.

It's not necessary to wear a lot of make-up (unless that's a part of who you are!) - just keep it simple and light so you'll look as natural and beautiful as you always do.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Clothes make the man - or woman

Well, they may not be the same as core values, but your choice of clothes, especially for a portrait session, does make a difference.

I recommend that my subject avoid the stark (and usually unflattering) contrast of bright white and black. Softer colours are generally more flattering to both men and women, while children can "get away with" bright, primary colours.

In group shots it's a good idea to have a unifying theme or colour. For example, if it's a casual shoot, have everyone wear blue jeans or khaki pants, for example.

Avoid loud patterns: checks, houndstooth, big swirls and circles generally draw the viewers eye away from the subject of the photo.

For most people I recommend avoiding wearing shorts (light leg skin draws the eye away from the person's face) or totally sleeveless tops (for the same reason).

But, when it's all said and done, the important thing is to relax, have fun and be yourself. It will show!