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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 Petty area capture the perfect shot.
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    Oak Moon Photography
    7416 Ardmore Street, Mckinney, TX 75071
    Oak Moon Photography is a boutique studio creating timeless wedding, bridal, engagement and day after the wedding portraiture throughout the Dallas and Fort Worth area.
    (469) 343-6507
    Christie McMillon Photography
    4706 Jamestown Ln, Mckinney, TX 75071
    From wedding photography and boudoir photography to commercial and senior photography, I do it all! Photography should be affordable and available for everyone. Call today to schedule a session!
    (469) 360-9230
    Tom K Photography
    4901 Lea Ln, Mckinney, TX 75070
    For wedding photography in McKinney, TX, choose Tom K Photography. We offer both wedding and portraits photography. Visit us online today for more information!
    (214) 578-0487
    Photo's by Marva Joe
    1610 17th St Ne, Paris, TX 75460
    (903) 785-4069
    Dixon Photography
    39 Lamar Ave, Paris, TX 75460
    (903) 785-6237
    Portait Studio
    3855 Lamar Ave, Paris, TX 75462
    (903) 739-8140
    Coco Photography
    530 42nd St Ne, Paris, TX 75462
    (903) 737-9621
    Veraska Photography
    651 E Fort Worth Ave, Cooper, TX 75432
    (903) 395-2757
    Studio One
    418 E 9th St, Bonham, TX 75418
    (903) 640-4248
    Moore Photography
    Bonham, TX 75418
    (903) 583-2903
    Ike Youngs Photographer
    Commerce, TX 75428
    (903) 886-8861
    Resa Smith Photography
    Commerce, TX 75428
    (903) 886-3579
    Henington School Services
    104 W Main St, Wolfe City, TX 75496
    (903) 496-2231
    Sulphur Springs Photography
    1217 S Broadway St Ste B, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482
    (903) 885-1664
    Photography by David & Kay Hawkins
    Greenville, TX 75402
    (903) 455-1939


    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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