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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 Nazareth area capture the perfect shot.
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    Amarillo Portrait Design
    1307 N Forest St, Amarillo, TX 79106
    Our portrait studio offers an array of photographs available for individuals, families and special occasions. Our professional staff ensures quality and a stylish picture that you will be able to keep always.
    (806) 220-2339
    Life of Riley Photography
    Amarillo, TX 79172
    Wedding photographer, Jeff Harbin, tells your story through creative and artistic images that evoke emotion and last forever.
    (806) 236-4462
    Melissa Johnson Photography
    Po Box 456, Shallowater, TX 79363
    As a photographer I have the most rewarding job in the world. It warms me to hear the “gasps” and “thank yous” when people see their pictures. This is my passion and I see beauty in everyone I meet.
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    (806) 549-1651
     
    User Review: "I <3 loved <3 all of them............ Not only is she a great photographer but her personality makes everything so much fun!..."
    Memory Maker
    107 S Austin Ave, Tulia, TX 79088
    (806) 995-3797
    Margie's Photography
    484 Po Box, Kress, TX 79052
    (806) 684-2535
    Pixel Worx
    1109 4th Ave, Canyon, TX 79015
    (806) 656-0588
    John Barnhart Photography
    Canyon, TX 79015
    (806) 655-4191
    Weaks Bill
    508 S Broadway St, Plainview, TX 79072
    (806) 296-0828
    Bobby's Photographic Memories
    1315 Quincy St, Plainview, TX 79072
    (806) 293-0251
    Treasured Memories Portrait Studio
    1001 Broadway St, Plainview, TX 79072
    (806) 296-7030
    Don's Photography
    1501 W 5th St, Plainview, TX 79072
    (806) 296-2276
    Wagner's Studio
    1921 S Washington St, Amarillo, TX 79109
    (806) 374-5942
    Photo Store The
    3706 Olsen Blvd, Amarillo, TX 79109
    (806) 358-9616
    Steve Satterwhite Photography
    5818 Andover Dr, Amarillo, TX 79109
    (806) 352-9366
    Blunck Studios Inc
    3303 Wimberly Rd, Amarillo, TX 79109
    (806) 358-7064


    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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