There’s A Curvy Road Ahead!
In our last post we told you how to stand in front of the camera. Now that we’ve got you turned it’s time to show off those curves ladies! The key is to put most of your weight on one foot. I usually like to start off with a simple pose so I’ll have my client point their front foot straight towards me at the camera. Next I have them put their back foot just behind the heel of the front foot but turned 45 degrees away from the front. Now here’s comes the magic part! Just put your weight on your back foot and relax your hips while bending your front knee. This will cause the hips to pop out and wah la… instant curves!
Once we get this basic pose down we can move on to other poses but again keep in mind to shift your weight to one foot or the other. We’re slowly working our way to the top so stay tuned for the next great tip!
About 90% of the time I end up photographing women and when I ask them if they have any reservations about being photographed, 90% percent of the time they tell me, “Don’t make me look fat!” If I tell them show me a pose and get ready to take a shot most of the time they stand square to the camera like it’s a mugshot. I’m a photographer unlike the people that take snapshots at the DMV or your local police station so it’s my job to make you look good and to look skinny! This series of post is to help anyone look their best for a portrait.
How to stand to in front of the camera
There are few people that can get away with standing square in front of the camera. When most average people (self included) do this we look big and wide. In this this post I’m going to show you how to instantly lose weight! Here’s how:
Looking at the picture below. I’ve drawn a horizontal line 5 inches in length. Let’s call this line “wide load.”
As you can see “wide” load is quite… Wide! To make wide load skinny all we have to do is turn it 45 degrees!
By turning wide load 45 degrees we’ve now made the width 3.7 inches. We now have instant weight lose with no dieting!
We often turn our models and clients to make them slimmer for the camera. So the next time someone points a camera at you tell them hold on a second let me get into my pose and turn your body. You’ll look slim and trim and absolutely fabulous! Stay tuned for more posing tips to come!
Your Junior year is about to come to an end and next year you’ll be a Senior baby! It’s taken about twelve years to get here but it’s almost over. Before you go out with a bang you have to the most bangin’ portraits to show the world who you are! That’s were we come in! Mark Warren Photography is looking for Senior models for the class of 2013 to represent us. We will only accept up to 2 senior models per high school so if you think you have what it takes don’t waste time and fill out our application!
First things first, What’s in it for you?
- A 1 outfit session voucher (a $100.00 Value) – Must be used before May 15th, 2012. The session will last about 15-30 minutes
- A set of custom designed senior model rep cards
- Images to share with your friends and a custom design facebook timeline cover (watermarked)
- The chance to win additional rewards just for referring your friends!- An additional photo session later in the summer/early fall
- A custom designed mini album
- And more
As a senior model you must:
- Be willing to share your portraits and pass out senior model rep cards to your friends.
- Tell your friends about Mark Warren Photography
- Keep all watermarks and tags on images for facebook and other social media sites
- Allow your images to be featured in my promotional materials and blog
- Be involved in your school (sports and clubs), your church or community.
- Have Parent’s Approval (model release required to be signed by parents for students under 18)
- Like Mark Warren Photography
Ready to fill out the application? Just Click Here
It’s a New Year and hopefully this one will be joyful and prosperous. Last year we had the misfortune to lose 3 family members. My wife, Marcy lost her Uncle Dan, Aunt Fran and Aunt Judy. I never had the pleasure to meet Marcy’s uncle Dan before his passing and I wish I had. He sounded like a great man. I did have the pleasure to meet Marcy’s Aunt Fran and Aunt Judy.
Marcy’s Aunt Fran passed away spring of last year and I got the chance to meet her two years ago. She was a little over 4ft and a spit fire! I had never seen someone with so much energy and character get around so well. The first time I met her she was wearing a green sweater with green pants. We went out to lunch and as I was trying to help her climb into the SUV we had rented, she kindly said to me “No No! I can get up here just fine,” as she hopped up into the seat!. She reminded me of a little Yoda. I was glad I was able to meet her and capture some photos of her before her passing.
Marcy’s Aunt Judy passed away just before Christmas after a long battle with cancer. We just got back from Florida as we payed our respects at her memorial. I met Aunt Judy at our wedding but I didn’t get to know her until February of last year. Aunt Judy’s son had his first child in December of 2010, so Marcy and I went to visit them all in Maryland. While I was there I was asked if I could take pictures of the family and I was happy to oblige to the request. The visit was filled with laughter, love and memories.
Marcy and I got to see her Aunt Judy one more time last year before her passing. We took our second honeymoon in May of last year at Disney. Aunt Judy along with husband Uncle Mike met us there on one day of our visit for lunch. I thoroughly enjoyed the time hearing stories and learning more about my extended family.
There was an informal memorial gathering for Aunt Judy’s passing. Her husband, Uncle Mike, put together a slideshow of images through the years of their life together. It was very emotional and touching. I almost got a little teary eyed as I saw some of photos I took of Aunt Judy early last year with her husband, son, daughter in-law, and grandson. These were some of the last family portraits that were taken of Aunt Judy with her grandson Dylan.
I make a living from photography and my services don’t necessarily come cheap. Some may look at paying for photography as a luxury or unnecessary expense. You can’t put a price on these memories. Portraits take you back to a place and time you may have once forgotten. They can bring back a flood of emotions you may have not felt in a long time. They can lift your spirits and remind you who you are and where you come from.
Aunt Judy and our other relatives we lost over the past year will be missed but they will not be forgotten! They will forever be in our thoughts but we also have portraits the we can also remember them by. I quote my Uncle Mike as he spoke at Aunt Judy’s memorial, “It’s not about the stuff. The stuff will come and go. It’s all about the memories!”
If you ever find yourself in Gloucester, VA just drive about 5-7 miles north of the bridge and look to the left for Sunrise Donuts. As you open the door you’ll enjoy the delicious smell of fresh, homemade donuts that delight the palate. Owner Holli Cohoon has over 200 donut recipes and makes a variety of them everyday. Pictured here are a few of my personal favorites; the bacon maple, the coconut chocolate frosted and who can refuse a good old fashion glazed donut. Sunrise donuts are definitely worth the trip and I can honestly say I haven’t been to those other donut guys since Holli opened up her shop. So what are you waiting for? Get in your car and head over there right now!
Who says custom cabinets have to be expensive? Not according to Paul Sherwood of Contemporary Kitchens, located in Topping, VA. I got a referral from one of the members of my business group, The Gloucester Business Professionals, that Paul was looking for someone to take product shots of some of his recent pieces. After talking with Paul and finding out exactly what he needed we drove to his showroom in Topping, VA to photograph his work.
Paul makes custom cabinets by hand and I must say the quality of workmanship is absolutely gorgeous. I told Paul perfect timing because Marcy and I will probably be in the market for a new curio cabinet soon! Many people think that custom made cabinets are expensive but if you talk to Paul you may be quite surprised. With Contemporary Kitchens you get cabinetry made with quality and pride! So if you’re in the market for a kitchen redesign go visit Contemporary Kitchens and see what they can do for you!
I recently had the pleasure of photographing a few real estate agents at an event. I see a lot of business cards with headshot photos on them and the reality is many of them don’t look very professional. Headshots are supposed to represent you and your business and should make you look your best. Some things to consider in order to get the best headshot possible are a simple background, simple color and clothing choices, proper lighting, hair and make up.
If you’re using a dated headshot from 10 years ago and want to get a modern updated look, we can help you out! With our business headshot services we offer individual sessions or sessions for your entire office and the best part is we come to you! Give us a call and see how great we can make you and your business look.
I just recently received one of my client’s wedding album in the mail and I have to say it’s absolutely gorgeous! I can’t wait to show it to them. As I was flipping through their album checking it over, I thought to myself albums have come long way over the past years. I can recall the times when you would lift up the plastic cover and stick a couple of 5×7′s on a page and ta da… presto magic, you’ve got an album! Thank goodness those days are long behind us!
The albums we use for Mark Warren Photography are just amazing! We have over 50 leather cover options as well as over 50 options for silks, brocades and faux leathers. It doesn’t stop there! Albums can be anywhere from 3×3 to 20×8 inches. There are so many customizations options that it would blow your mind. Fortunately we’re here to help you through the whole process and we give you our recommendations according to the colors, theme and flow of your wedding.
The book we created for Lindsey and DJ used a black leather cover with a passion red accent strip on the front cover. Their album is a 10×10, 30 page custom book that weighs about 7lbs. It has a very simple, classic design and I’m sure it will bring back memories of their day for years!
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing Vanessa. What I loved about photographing Vanessa is that she already had an idea in mind of exactly what she wanted for her shoot. She even went as far as sending me example images that she liked best. After we discussed her shoot it was up to me to find a great location to have it at and after burning a tank of gas I found the perfect place. We met at about an hour and a half before sunset and had a great shoot! We captured some stunning pics of Vanessa and I’m sure we’ll be photographing her again sometime soon!
If it has been years since you have had a professional headshot, or you have never had one, here is your chance to get one at a really great deal. Mark Warren Photography will be holding a Business Portrait Headshot Day at The Wild Rabbit Cafe, Gloucester, VA, on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 from 3pm to 5pm.
Here is how it will work:
We will have a camera setup at the Wild Rabbit Cafe. We will take several photographs of you in your business attire on your choice of a white, black, or grey background. The process should take no more than 5-10 minutes per person. After your photoshoot we will process and retouch your images and send you a link to a gallery where you can download various sizes of your images. You will be able to use your images on your website, business cards, advertisements, and other customer communications.
Cost: $75.00 (a 50% Savings off our normal session fees)
Pre-pay for your session online and receive an extra $10.00 off
Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Time: 3pm – 5pm
Location: The Wild Rabbit Cafe, 6655 Main St, Gloucester, VA 23061