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The Importance of Family Holiday Photos

How many times have you had a holiday come and go by and wished you had taken more pictures, or any at all? It’s hard when there’s so much to do and when trying to live in the moment. We have some helpful tips when it comes to taking family pictures during the holidays.

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It seems like a chore to stop everything to take even one picture. Think of future gatherings though, and how looking back on memories can bring us closer together, especially during a time when it’s difficult to be near each other. Pick out one or a few creative members of the family that are not bogged down. Ask them to take some candid shots and a few group ones during a holiday gathering.

This will ensure that someone is responsible and will remember to capture the time, hopefully. It could also be a good task for someone craving involvement. Aside from an adult, ask a kid to take some pictures. You’ll be amazed at how much people warm up to getting their picture taken when a kid is behind the camera!

Taking the Pictures

Candid Shots
Whoever takes the pictures should know how to take candid photos. These are photos that are not posed. It’s simply capturing the moment unfolding. Make sure to get plenty of children being children. There’s always something exciting going on among the young ones that make for a fun picture.

Group Shots
Group shots can be tricky, especially when it’s a large group. Try a place where the sun is behind and use a fill flash or white Styrofoam to help reflect the sun for better lighting. Or, find a good shady area. Choose a background that is simple and not too busy. Outside near foliage is perfect as long as the sun is cooperating. Clouds are your friends. If shadows are a problem find shade. Practice with one person to find the perfect spot before you bring the entire group out so no one gets tired of waiting.

Tips and Tricks
• Take multiple shots! How many times have you taken a shot and someone had their eyes closed? Don’t risk it. Take a few to get one good one!
• Don’t forget about settings for shutter delay and time lapse, where everyone can be in the photo! No need for one person to miss out on the fun. Set the device down and join in!
• Style the photos with color and effects! Using Snapchat might not be ideal depending, but some of the filters are just funny. Do some black and white shots or sepia shots! Get creative!
• If someone is shy, don’t be pushy. There are those that don’t like their pictures taken. That is okay. Perhaps you can capture a candid of them!
• Take flattering pictures. No matter how much you want to pester your cousin or sibling, taking an unflattering picture can start a war. Don’t use a picture that someone is not okay with seeing. A lot of us are self-conscious of all kinds of things. Be courteous!

Gift Ideas

Thanksgiving is the perfect time for taking pictures! That way, you will have time to develop them into Christmas presents! Who wouldn’t want a mug with Grandma on it or an ornament with the whole family? Personalized types of gifts are the best ones to give and receive. There’s a 100% guarantee that they will not be re-gifted or thrown away. These gifts will be treasured and passed down for years to come! My Dad asks for updates every couple years! And has all the mugs on display.

Some great ideas I love to use and my clients do too!

• Coasters with the family picture or each of the grand kids
• Framed or canvas print
• Picture mugs
• Blankets
• Key chains or luggage tags
• Albums
• Necklace with a photo as a charm
• GIFT CARD for a photo shoot in the spring!

Bottom Line

Pictures have a very important way in transporting us to a better time. We all could use that right now. The holidays can be hard for some. This year has been rough, to say the least. If you aren’t able to see the ones you love for the holidays, use old photos from the past to bring cheer. Make presents and share them frequently! Remind those you love that they are still in your thoughts!

In need of capturing special moments? Cincy Photo Pro would love to help! From newborn photos to family pictures or even your company team photos! We strive to make your memories last. Contact us today.

How To Take A Better Picture

Do your friends ever tell you, “your camera takes amazing photos!”? I’m sure you’ve seen great photos taken from an iPhone, but also horrible images from expensive professional equipment. The type of camera can help, BUT one of the real deciding factors on whether a shot is good quality is who takes the picture. If they know how to incorporate composition and lighting just right, it can make all the difference.

camera 1842202 640Composition

When you hear “composition” in photography, it is referring to the individual objects inside the frame and how they come together to form the final shot. We can usually change how we are situated by zooming or changing our angle. We can also position the subjects in the frame depending, although that can prove very challenging.

There are a lot of options when it comes to this subject. Many people have different techniques that work for them. This aspect can make a vast difference in the finished photo. When you start to get an eye for this you will actually begin to have fun with it.

Quick Composition Tips:

Rule of Thirds – Separate the photo into 9 rectangles to create grid lines. Look for balance within the intersections. These are where the eyes usually are drawn to first.
Leading Lines – Use the natural occuring lines within the photo to create depth instead of 2 dimensional strait lines across.
Eye Movement – Think of how people’s eyes will move around the scene to create flow. Check if there is anything distracting that will take away from the primary subject.
Borders – Check the borders to make sure there are no photo bombers. You’ll have less editing to do later!
Non-Uniformity – Stagger or position things differently to add some interst! 

The Value of a Photograph

Nowadays when you see a picture, it is likely on a screen. We’ve forgotten the special feel and look of a photograph on actual photo paper. Not that long ago, we carried school pictures, business cards, and other memorable tangible objects. Why? Because they made us feel good! Just taking 1 minute out of your day to glance at a special memory can reduce stress and turn your frown upside down. We have some special mentions to commemorate the physical photo. Check them out and take stock in some of these unique ideas that still hold true to today’s ways of remembering that special moment.

framed photosPictures are for Decoration

One practice of decor that still works in all homes today is the framed photo on a wall or table. Grandma’s walls are lined with them! I’d make a bet that yours are too! We hold serious value in putting our memories on display to give our living space some identity. These are the people that live here or people that we hold dear. These pictures tell their stories!

Many of them serve as art pieces and remain timeless when it comes to home decor, especially pictures taken of a landscape that you care about. The next time you are considering what to hang on your wall, go get a physical picture you care a lot about! Blow it up and have it framed. You’ll never regret the decision of being able to share and look at that treasured memory any time you want.

Pictures are for Sharing

Think about your older relatives. Sharing pictures over social media or text message could still be completely foreign to them. Therefore, the physical picture is still something we should invest in. Your children are growing and getting school photos taken most years. Or you might have had a special event like a wedding with pictures taken. Don’t you think your grandparents would enjoy receiving a good old-fashioned picture in the mail? How special would that make them feel!? This is a very good idea right now, as older people are feeling very isolated and alone. Brighten their day with a picture they can put in their wallet or hang on the fridge!

Everyone has that box of pictures they dig out occasionally. Wouldn’t it be sad if that box just disappeared? If you need a pick-me-up, going through that box works every time! One of the best activities can be getting together with family and going through old photos. You’ll probably laugh and possibly cry. This time spent will also enrich your relationships even further through sharing stories and getting to know each other that much more. It’s a treasured time!

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Even with digital advertising on the continuous rise, we still get flooded with magazines, fliers, billboards, and business cards. These physical publications would not be nearly as successful if they didn’t include pictures! Now, think of a billboard of a famous local lawyer. You should be able to pick them out of a line-up. It’s because their physical picture has been shown to you repeatedly. You recognize that face! In business, recognition is very important. Otherwise, you might not be an option the next time your potential customer is shopping. Next time you purchase a physical ad, make sure your face, face of your mascot, or logo is included!


Bottom Line

It’s hard to say what the future holds, but the time of taking your disposable camera or film to the “camera store” to get it developed seems to be over. You might be able to take it to a department store that has a photo section, but even those are thinning out. No matter the lengths you might have to go to get a picture printed, do it! They make the best presents! Have a picture printed on a mug or shirt to give it special longevity. Even the younger generations will enjoy that type of gift.

In need of a professional photographer? Cincy Photo Pro is at your service, specializing in real estate photography, branding, and family photos. We’d love to capture that special moment for you to treasure for all time. Contact us today to set up an appointment!

4 Tips for the Perfect Head Shot

Have you ever had a professional picture taken that you just dislike? Whether it is the lighting or your makeup, several things can affect them. Normally, a professional photographer should note such things, but some do not. They might mention some caveats that you might not understand, but makes sense to them. We hope to give some simple tips to make your head shots turn out picture perfect!

headshot 1. Location Matters

The outdoors are wonderful! The lush green can add a beautiful backdrop to any photo. The trouble is, that environment can set a specific tone. From experience, we have had clients that have wanted their photos outside, but then complained that they looked like graduation photos. Be careful in choosing your surroundings. If you want outside professional photos for a business card, perhaps choose an outside setting that isn’t so colorful. The lighting is also difficult to work with, as the photographer has to work with the sun and clouds. It might just be best to keep it indoors. Save the woodsy backdrop for the family photos.
However, brick or your business in the background maybe the perfect outdoor setting! Be sure to discuss your vision with your photographer. They can help you choose the perfect location! 

2. Spiffy Up, but Don’t Overdo It

The goal is to encompass what makes you, well... you! Avoid going out and buying new make-up or getting a different haircut. You will end up looking like another person, which can be a huge mistake, especially in marketing. You want your clients to recognize you from picture to real life. Just spend a little more time getting ready as you would normally do. If you are concerned about hair and makeup, perhaps have a friend or relative help you out or schedule an appoint with your beautician before your session!