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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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    Bradley Photography
    1417 Chestnut St., Kenova, WV 25530
    Full service studio. Seniors, Families, Weddings, School Reunions, Events, and most all types of photography. Friendly Professional Service. Member Professional Photographers of America.
    (304) 617-1234
    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
    Portraits by Teresa
    Hilton Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101
    Fine portraiture, specializing in weddings, seniors, families and children and events photography
    (606) 471-3084
    S & E Photography
    Fort Gay, WV 25514
    (304) 648-5033
    Studio 19 Photography
    Chapmanville, WV 25508
    (304) 855-5500
    Carla Robinson Photography
    110 S Clay St, Louisa, KY 41230
    (606) 638-0071
    Walmart Supercenter
    77 Norman Morgan Blvd, Logan, WV 25601
    (304) 752-7391
    Camelot Photography
    720 14th St W, Huntington, WV 25704
    (304) 522-7156
    Brett Hall Photography
    945 4th Ave, Huntington, WV 25701
    (304) 523-0840
    Zephany Pictures
    1402 4th Ave, Huntington, WV 25701
    (304) 525-2288
    Olan Mills Portrait Studio
    500 Mall Rd, Barboursville, WV 25504
    (304) 733-4339
    Portrait Innovations Inc
    920 Lauren Christian Dr, Barboursville, WV 25504
    (304) 733-9610
    Reeves Photography & Digital Imaging LP
    208 Hal Greer Blvd, Huntington, WV 25701
    (304) 399-0008
    Olan Mills Portrait Studio
    5636 Us Route 60, Huntington, WV 25705
    (304) 736-6983
    Olan Mills Portrait Studio
    344 N Mayo Trl, Paintsville, KY 41240
    (606) 788-9414

    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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