Ready to drool??

June 25, 2010

My son has a Sesame Street Diner Toy that has grover cooking something up. In his very memorable voice blurts, “Does that not look delicious!?” That’s exactly what came to mind when I stumbled across this awesome food photography site!

I hate the name they chose for the site, it’s all about being edgy I guess, even in food photography, but the imagery is mouthwatering!  The premise behind the site is very simple. Just submit your best food photography and if it makes the editors drool enough, then they’ll post your image online. It’s gotta be good though because they only post one a day. But if you love food photography, food or natural light photography, which most of it is, then you’ll love this site!

Beware of viewing this site while hungry!

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Enchanted Images – Amazing portrait photographers!!!

April 15, 2010

Today’s post we’re featuring one of our favorite portrait photographers out there, Enchanted Images. The awesome photographers behind this great portrait photography business is James and Stephani Hays.  They are from Roseville, California, near Sacramento if I’m not mistaken.

I first became fans of theirs on photoSIG when James would post images for critique. His work made me an instant fan and I’ve been one ever since. He’s an inspiration of mine and his work just gets better and better and more classy all of the time.

Enchanted images specializes in seniors and family portraits. A great combination for these guys as they know how to do it perfectly with the right artistic touches. They are so inspiring to me I think because they never cease to produce images that look  beautiful and cutting edge, fashion forward and timeless, artistic and perfectly flattering for each individual subject. I just love these guys!!!

If you haven’t ever checked them out or it’s been a while, stop what you’re doing and go there now! It will be well worth your time.

Check out their site or their blog. How about their facebook page? If that’s not enough, you can even check out their photoSIG page! If you talk to them, let them know you found them on our site!


How To Use Sunset to Light Portraits

April 4, 2010

Using frontal light for portrait subjects can be quite flattering

Today’s post was found on was found on Digital Photography School, a great website that has tons of helpful tips and advice for digital photographers. Since the writers of our site are portrait photographers and many of our readers are as well, I thought I would share today’s post with you as it is simple but great advice for photographing outside.

The article being featured today is “How To Use Sunset to Light Portraits“. They briefly but very helpfully explain using the sun to front, side and back light your subject outdoors. A good article for beginners and a good reminder for everyone else as well. We all need a good reminder here and there, every once in a while.

Using the sun as backlight can be very interesting and appealing if done right

If you are unaware of Digital Photography School, their website describes it as the following

Welcome to Digital Photography School! Discover how to use your digital camera with our Digital Photography Tips. We are a community of photographers of all experience levels who come together to learn, share and grow in our understanding of photography.

Definitely a site worth checking out! I would suggest making their site part of your continuing education as there is always something new, interesting and helpful on their site.


Antisdels Photography – Fresh and Contemporary Portraits

March 15, 2010

About eight years ago, I was shooting portraits in Louisburg, KS and had a conversation with an older woman who told me that she had twin granddaughters who lived in Chicago, but flew into Kansas City to have their senior portraits done by a studio called Antisdels. She also told me how much they spent on senior portraits and as I recall, she said it was somewhere in the ballpark of a couple thousand dollars. I was in disbelief. I couldn’t believe someone would come that far for senior portraits and secondly that someone would pay that much for them. That was until I saw their work and have now come to realize who they are.

Antisdel’s Photography, located in Louisburg, KS, a suburb of Kansas City, is a portrait studio that specializes in children and senior portraits. They are also founders of Senior Portrait Artists, or SPA as they are more commonly known, an organization dedicated to art and business of senior portraits. 

Antisdel’s photography to me is really what senior portraits and children / family portraits are supposed to be all about. They are bright, colorful, youthful, vibrant, fresh, new, contemporary, stylish, cutting edge, emotive and the list could certainly go on and on and on. If you haven’t heard of Antisdel’s, I highly suggest checking their work out and also checking out SPA. It will be well worth your time!


Take the mystery out of Lighting

March 13, 2010

From the late great Monte Zucker, a master of portraiture, comes an extremely helpful article on his site about lighting called Take the Mystery out of Lighting. He was a master of it and in his words he explains in very helpful and clear writing exactly what a new photographer needs to hear.

His explanation is concise and it does away with the notion that lighting has to be something confusing and mysterious. For those willing to learn and try, it is actually quite simple. Good lighting however, that will be performed over and over and over correctly and without fail takes time and practice, but it can be mastered. Here are the fundementals.


Tamara Lackey Photography

March 5, 2010

Have you ever done a Google search for a child photographer?  There are a ton of very good child photographers out there.  Are you looking for someone with wonderfully inspiring child portraits?  How about a book on child photography or better yet, a DVD on Contemporary Child Photography?  Please allow me to introduce to you Tamara Lackey of Tamara Lackey Photography.

Tamara is a Contemporary Photographer, who specializes in child photography, with a studio based in North Carolina.   Her work is full of emotion and glows with inspiration.  Her ability to capture the perfect moment seems to be found in every shot.

In her first book, The Art of Children’s Portrait Photography, which I have read, Tamara touches on the many different aspects and how-to’s of child photography. She details her methods not only on how to get fantastic shots but how to market, advertise, and promote your business.  Tamara has a fun and witty approach in her writing that makes her book a very informative and enjoyable read.  The Art of Children’s Portrait Photography is “a must” for those looking to educate themselves and venture into the direction of Child Photography.

Tamara now has a new DVD called Inside Contemporary Children’s Photography.  Just by watching the preview on her website you can see this DVD is professionally made and produced.  It is a behind the scenes look at Tamara’s shooting session from start to finish.  After watching the preview make sure you read the wonderful compliments and reviews about it.

Tamara has won many awards from WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International.  Her work has been featured on the Martha Stewart Show and in many magazines such as Parenting, Town and Country, and Vogue.  I hope you enjoy Tamara’s work and feel free to let us know what you think of her book or DVD.


LJ – Street photographer

March 4, 2010


As a portrait photographer, usually working in a studio with paying customers, I know that the most important aspect of my work is connecting intimately with my subjects.

I don’t normally get that feeling or idea from street photography. In fact, often times, the subjects you see in street photos are walking away or looking awkward towards the camera.

However, this is certainly not the case at all with today’s artist. LJ, a photographer I love from flickr, shows what street photography should be all about. His connection puts you in a place that unless you’ve been there, you never really get to see.

It’s so powerful and telling. His photography, lighting and processing are all perfectly crafted to show who his subjects are. His photography should be an instruction course for those seeking to connect with their subjects,  not only street photographers, but rather all portrait photographers.