On this page I will highlight news and events. Some will be about me but others may be about items of interest to you or the general photographic public.
New Feature Available for You to Enjoy Your Photographs
One of the new features I am offering with my photographs is a DVD with a photo video. In addition to getting the photographs from your photo shoot, you can get a special DVD created with a video of some of your favorite photos. Here is a simple example of what you can get.
Special on Senior Portraits
Senior Portraits are $125 and include the following:
- Up to 2 hours of on location shooting
- A minimum of 25 different high-resolution, full-size, edited images
- An online gallery for viewing proofs and selecting your photos
- Second online gallery for viewing and sharing edited images
- A CD of all of your finished photos, with personal usage rights
- An free 8×10 of your favorite image
Ask About Other Services
- Family Portraits
- Infants and Babies
What to Wear in Family Photos
Deciding what to wear in family photos can be almost more of a challenge than finding the right photographer. These are photos you are going to cherish for years to come. Hopefully these tips will help you in picking out the perfect wardrobe for you and your family.
1. Consider How Your Home is Decorated
Since you will probably hang your photos on your walls, consider how your home is decorated. What colors do you like? Do you like bright colors? You want to make sure the colors of your clothes go with the color scheme of your home.
2. Coordinating Clothing Colors
Pick a couple of colors and choose clothes that will fit in this color scheme.
3. Limit Patterns
I like bright colors and bold images, however, not everyone in the photo should wear patterns as it may distract the final image.
4. Plan Ahead
Once you book your session, start thinking of the clothes right away. You may think certain clothes will fit your kids or that one dress is clean. If you wait until the last minute you may discover that the clothes do not fit or something is not clean.
5. Avoid Character Shirts
Avoid having the kids (or the adults) wear character shirts like Spiderman or Hello Kitty. Just like cloths with busy patterns the characters on shirts can be distracting.
6. Avoid all White or all Black Clothing
If you are wearing solid white shirt then it is very easy to blow out (too much light reflecting from the shirt) parts of your shirt causing it to loose it’s detail. Same can be said with all black, it’s easy for areas to be too dark on black clothing and the detail becomes lost.
7. Consider the Background
If you are taking photos in front of a backdrop, consider what you are wearing. Ask your photographer what types of backdrop he or she plans to use.
8. Include Accessories
Accessories not only add to your outfit but they can be fun to use in photos. Have the man wear a tie for the woman to hold, or have necklaces for the kids to play with or hats to hide behind.
Like the accessories for adding fun interest to a photograph, items such as scarves, belts or jewelry add texture and add a little more to the image. Don’t shy away from different textures. Also, consider the sizes of the items that you add. If you are going to wear jewelry you want it large enough to be seen but not so large that it distracts.
10. Be Yourselves
All of the suggestions above will help you come up with very beautiful portraits of your family, but I am also a big proponent of having photographs that capture the uniqueness of you and your family. This goes back to planning ahead. You need to consider balancing how what you are wearing will affect the photograph (colors, styles, accessories, etc.) with having photographs that you can look back on and remember that day. Talk with your photographer and tell them what you are looking for and he or she can help you get the perfect photo.
Books I Have Published
My third book is dedicated to a very good friend of mine who models under the name Lane Schwartz. The book is 50 pages in length and contains 67 photographs that span the five plus years of our friendship. Here is to many more years of friendship.
Lane Schwartz: The First Five Years of Friendship and Photography by Douglas L Smith
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My second book was a going away present for a good friend of mine who moved from Arizona to far northern Maine.
Londa: Portraits of a Friend by Photographs by Douglas L Smith
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The first book that I published illustrates my photography from 2007 through 2010. Click on the link below and you can preview the book.
My World Through Photography: A Collection of Photographs Illustrating Various Aspects of My World and My Art by Douglas L. Smith
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