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Studio Portrait Terms for First Timers

Having a family portrait taken by a professional photographer is a common way of commemorating events like weddings and graduations. But there's more to the family portrait or head shot than just sitting down and getting your picture taken. Most photographers offer a wide range of photo packages and services that may need a little explanation for first timers. What follows are some commonly used studio portrait terms.

  • Boudoir - Pictures of a woman in sensual costumes that are meant to be a private wedding gift for their husband.
  • Portfolio - A collection of the photographer's work designed to give potential clients an idea of his or her style.
  • Poses - Before digital cameras were commonplace, photographers limited the number of pictures they would take by charging customers by the pose. These days, most studios charge a sitting fee based on a set amount of time with unlimited poses.
  • Proofs - A sheet of photo paper containing every shot the photographer took at a particular sitting. Proofs are used when selecting photos for a portrait package.
  • Props - Objects used to add an individual touch to a picture. Props can be anything from a hockey stick to a Bible.
  • Retouching - Once called "airbrushing" this digital process is used to remove blemishes and other imperfections on a head shot or other picture.
  • Sepia Tone - A chemical process that gives photos a yellowish look reminiscent of old fashioned pictures.
  • Sitting - Refers to the time spent actually getting the pictures taken as opposed to just talking with the photographer.
  • Sitting Fee - A fee which covers a photographers studio time, but does not include the actual photo package.
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    Wedding & Portrait Photographers International
    Santa Monica, CA 10003
    Make sure your personal or professional portraits and headshots are of the highest quality when you hire our team. Let our portrait photographers in the local Andover area capture the perfect shot.
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    Paula Goble Photography
    530 South Lake Drive Suite 102, Prestonsburg, KY 41653
    Photographer,Photographer,Corporate Photographer,Baby Photography,Wedding Photographer,Seniors Photographers,Senior Portraits ,Senior Prom Photos,Senior Picture,Family Photographer,The Photographer
    (606) 886-1545
    Endless Moments by Tammy Scott
    35 Dotson Drive, Delbarton, WV 25670
    Photography for family, individual, couple, senior, children and infant. Toddler, engagement, wedding, anniversary, event, band, sports, action, special occasion, birthday and dance.
    (304) 687-3896
    Dreamangel Photography
    Main St., Gilbert, WV 25621
    Family and Children's Portraits (many costumes and gowns to choose from as well), Reunions, Special Events, Weddings, Photo Restoration, Souvenir ATV and Motorcycle Photos and Keychains
    (304) 664-9196
    Photogenius
    1314 W Jackson St, Gate City, VA 24251
    (276) 386-2547
    Terry's Studio
    450 Front St W, Coeburn, VA 24230
    (276) 395-6064
    Kreations Photography
    1029 Lynn Garden Dr, Kingsport, TN 37665
    (423) 765-0240
    Cheap Shot Photos
    100 Ross Dr, Baxter, KY 40806
    (606) 573-3116
    Chloe Davis Photography
    Kingsport, TN 37669
    (423) 963-0946
    Olan Mills Portrait Studio
    1805 E Stone Dr, Kingsport, TN 37660
    (423) 392-2927
    Picsee Studio
    115 E Market St, Kingsport, TN 37660
    (423) 230-8074
    Fortney Photography Studio
    303 N Cumberland Ave, Harlan, KY 40831
    (606) 573-8860
    Lambert Eddie Photography Cpp
    4502 Sterling Ln, Kingsport, TN 37664
    (423) 288-5636
    Olan Mills Portrait Studio
    2101 Fort Henry Dr Ste A, Kingsport, TN 37664
    (423) 230-8004
    Suzanne Deaton Photography
    446 Main St Ste 3m, Hazard, KY 41701
    (606) 436-1988
    Hey Photo Guy
    1880 N Eastman Rd, Kingsport, TN 37664
    (423) 246-0363


    There are many reasons you might have a portrait, or professional picture taken. From wedding engagements to family photos, there are many occasions when you need that perfect print. When you get a professional portrait taken, you will go to a photography studio. You will then decide what kind of picture you want, such as a head shot for your portfolio. You could also take a glamorous photo in make up and costume, with a boudoir backdrop. Maybe you need a senior portrait for your yearbook or want a couples shot for holiday cards. You will work with a photographer who will set the camera angles and lighting. He will make sure your hair looks good and that you are dressed properly. You want to make sure you look the part, and that your personal style shows through. The photographer might pose you or give you a prop, or add other design elements to give the picture life. Because the camera has a strong flash, the photographer might airbrush the final copies to eliminate any blemishes that show up. You want to make sure your wedding, baby or family memories look their best. Whether you are taking an individual head shot or a group one, a studio can find something to fit your needs. Just be open and honest about what you want, and they can work with you to achieve your goals. If you visit a photo studio, you will be able to capture precious moments in time and enjoy them for years to come.
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