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!


RangeFindermag.com – great online source!!! and FREE MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION!!!

April 9, 2010

Are you a pro? If so, you may already know this, but if not, let me let you know that if you are, you can get a free subscription to Range Finder Magazine just for signing up!

RangeFinderMag.com is also a great site with lots of resources and information for professional and amateurs alike.

RangeFinder Magazine has a long history of photographic excellence and being a leader in this industry. Check it out!


Wanna Be Photogs BEWARE!

April 6, 2010

Today’s post is fantastic! Judge Joe Brown shows a whole new side! He was a photographer at one time and puts this photographer in her place.

Folks, if you are going to tout yourself as a professional, you better know what you are doing. People spend big money to have a once in a lifetime recorded and photographing with substandard cameras, lenses and processing on substandard paper will only resort in substandard product.

The wedding photography business is flooded with digital photographers who don’t really have the skills or equipment to be there. I feel very proficient in studio work but you will rarely find me shooting a wedding. Why? Because it is an animal that few can tame correctly.

If you are not a professional, do yourself a favor and learn what you are doing first, get good equipment and then follow a professional a long time before you decide you want to ruin someone’s wedding day!


Awkward Family Photos

April 1, 2010

Laser Cat

Today’s post is about a site I love. It’s Awkward Family Photos! Not necessarily a site I’d call inspirational. But maybe it is, in an opposite way. It’s hilarious and it sort of comes in perfect after yesterday’s post.

Punked

I have to admit, we have photos like these in our family albums. Who doesn’t!? But I just hope that now as a portrait photographer, I won’t ever take photos that will end up on this site!

Funny stuff, you have to check it out! Got an awkward family portrait? Sumbit it!!!

Hot Tub Time Machine 80’s Contest Champ: The Situation

Actually, I think part of the comedy of it all is in the comments. There are so many hilarious captions that it almost makes the site twice as good!


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.


PortraitTutor.com – Posing guide website

March 10, 2010

One thing that many beginning photographers have issues with is posing their subjects. As far as that goes, even photographers who’ve been doing this for a while can get stumped on posing their subjects.

I found a great resource called PortraitTutor.com which has some helpful information on basic portrait information and some posing ideas. However, they sell a posing guide of over a thousand poses for all types of subjects. These poses are both traditional and contemporary.

This looks interesting enough to invest in. I think that many photographers get stuck and with a resource like this, coming up with new and unique looking images would really help them expand their abilities and skills.


Furtographs – Pet Portraiture

March 9, 2010

Today’s post is one of my favorite pet photographers in the world. Andy Stolarek, the guy behind the lens, is the genius of Furtographs Pet Photography. I wanted to feature Andy’s work as it is really great studio pet portraits. It seems in today’s photographic world, most photographers are taking photos of pets in natural light. This is one of the draws to me of Furtographs. It is professional. It is classy.  It is perfect for owners who want to really have photos of their beautiful animals in a way that only you could get in an enviornment like this.

If you photograph animals or are a studio shooter, I highly suggest checking out Andy’s work. What I feel makes his images so strong are their simplicity, great composition and effective lighting. His images are very telling of the pet’s personalities. Just look through his galleries and blog. They also have a very distinctive look that is easy to spot.

Andy’s work is also on display at D Pet Hotel.  It’s a luxury hotel for pets, which is a perfect home for the gallery worthy prints that you’ll find on display there.


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.


BlogsofPhotogs.com – Discover New Photographers!

March 2, 2010

Today we’re checking out a magnificent site called BlogsofPhotogs.com

Mary Hanson is the voice behind this great resource for finding new photographers.

The premise behind this site is showcasing the work of photographers and their blogs. I love it as it shows great work from photographers who you may never find otherwise.

Many of these photographers are up and comers. Many are women. Many are natural light photographers. Many photograph children and families and pets. Especially if this kind of photography interests you or you do this kind of work, I would highly suggests checking it out and even subscribing.

Mary gives her thoughts on each blog and photographer and explains why she thinks their so great. I think as a photographer herself who does the kind of work, for the most part, she does a great job of helping her readers that probably appeal to them as well.

Mary also occasionally offers freebies on her site which makes her site even more appealing. Basically it’s stuff like layers and templates for cards which look great and work good for making your customers even happier with stuff you get to offer them.

Overall, it’s a pretty simple and straightforward site with not a lot to offer in terms of variety, however what it does offer, it offers it very well and makes it a standard in my mind for showcasing portrait photographers blogs.

To get featured on her site, submit your blog to her and she may put it up there. I’m sure with the popularity of her site, she probably gets lots of requests, but you never know. I’ve found many photographers through her site that I’ve gone to their site to check out their work. It’s a great resource and I think it’s a benefit to all photographers who check it out.