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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.
    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 Birch River area capture the perfect shot.
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    Camera One-Portraits by Sam
    12432 Midland Trl W, Crawley, WV 24931
    We are a professional portrait studio, specializing in children, high school seniors, families & weddings, babies, and pets. We also do head shots and business portraits.
    (304) 392-6738
    Davis School Pictures
    234 E 2nd St, Weston, WV 26452
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    (304) 269-2370
    User Review: "I returned a same day call at a quarter till 5 on a friday. The "lady" I spoke with was curt and unwilling to help me..." - Lynn (WV)
    Captivating Conversationpieces
    195c Rutledge Road, Charleston, WV 25311
    Specializing in photography of children and families. Portraits can be taken inside of the studio or at outdoor locations such as parks and state forests.
    (304) 590-0491
    Nicholas Photography Inc
    321 Fairview Heights Rd, Summersville, WV 26651
    (304) 872-6786
    Mountain Lakes Photography & Work Shops
    Summersville, WV 26651
    (304) 651-1155
    Whitney Church Photography
    195 Little Beaver Rd, Calvin, WV 26660
    (304) 619-7983
    Nicholas Photography
    323 Fairview Heights Rd, Summersville, WV 26651
    (800) 649-6786
    200 Wal St, Summersville, WV 26651
    (304) 872-0641
    Whitewater Photography
    140 S Court St, Fayetteville, WV 25840
    (304) 574-2338
    Olan Mills Portrait Studio
    201 Crossings Mall Rd, Elkview, WV 25071
    (304) 965-0471
    Prints Charming Photography
    Glasgow, WV 25086
    (304) 595-1807
    Creative Exposure Photography
    16 Center Ave, Weston, WV 26452
    (304) 269-0141
    Stewart Jill
    16 Center Ave, Weston, WV 26452
    (304) 269-0141
    Payne Steve Photography
    1524 Virginia St E, Charleston, WV 25311
    (304) 343-7254
    Alpha Omega Creations
    743 Beulah St, Charleston, WV 25302
    (304) 342-6665

    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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