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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 Colonial Heights area capture the perfect shot.
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    Anthony Rumley Portrait
    6964 Forest Hill Avenue, Suite A, Richmond, VA 23225
    Contact Anthony Rumley Portrait & Fine Art Photography in Richmond, VA, to learn more about our portrait studio offering captivating children, high school, business, and family portraits.
    (804) 767-4343
    Tasteful Creations
    1127 Gaskins Rd, Suite 600, Richmond, VA 23238
    Tasteful Creations offers wedding and portrait photography at exceptional prices. We are committed to capturing your special moments and providing you with pictures that will last a lifetime.
    (804) 502-8958
    Miller Photography
    Ruther Glen, VA 22546
    Let us capture all the different "seasons" of your life, including wedding, children, family, senior, bridal portraiture. With over two decades as a professional photojournalistic photographer.
    (804) 994-2169
    Jcpenney
    6 Southpark Mall, Colonial Heights, VA 23834
    (804) 431-3334
    Sam's Club
    735 Southpark Blvd, Colonial Heights, VA 23834
    (804) 520-6218
    Jaimi Bailey Photography
    Colonial Heights, VA 23834
    (804) 836-3683
    Commonwealth Photography
    4227 Old Hundred Rd, Chester, VA 23831
    (804) 748-5861
    Created Portraits
    Chester, VA 23831
    (804) 454-2452
    Photography by Bentley
    5718 Stephens Point Ct, Chester, VA 23831
    (804) 768-6900
    Photo Visions S
    7698 Hunters Ridge Dr, Prince George, VA 23875
    (804) 541-7206
    Second Glance Photography
    421 Atwater Rd, Hopewell, VA 23860
    (804) 458-1089
    Morning Star Studios
    3007 Perlock Rd, Richmond, VA 23237
    (804) 717-2486
    Harrington's Photography
    3327 Oakwood Cir, Petersburg, VA 23805
    (804) 863-2099
    Photographix Imaging
    5709 S Laburnum Ave, Henrico, VA 23231
    (804) 780-0000
    Fulton Hill Studios
    1000 Carlisle Ave Ste 300, Henrico, VA 23231
    (804) 726-2946


    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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