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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 Shannon City area capture the perfect shot.
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    Dodgen Photography
    8355 University Blvd Ste I, Clive, IA 50325
    With new models of digital cameras making it easier to take pictures more and more people are becoming photographers, since it seems that the camera does all the work-but only our professionals can deliver that perfect shot.
    (515) 270-5031
    Harveyhouse
    Chillicothe, MO 64601
    HarveyHouse is "Real Life Art for your Home" through photojournalism for all your real life moments. Children, Seniors, Weddings, Maternity, Newborns & private, romantic photo shoots for women only.
    (660) 707-1043
    Voss Studio Inc
    196 E Railroad St, Afton, IA 50830
    (641) 347-5518
    Forever Now Photography
    Afton, IA 50830
    (641) 346-1588
    Action Photo
    208 W Taylor St, Creston, IA 50801
    (641) 782-4808
    J's Images
    402 E Temple St, Lenox, IA 50851
    (641) 333-2344
    Country Gallery Photography
    401 N Shoenhair St, Lenox, IA 50851
    (641) 333-2996
    Boswell's Photography
    1890 E Main St, Lamoni, IA 50140
    (641) 784-7646
    The Studio Fine Art
    500 N Main St, Osceola, IA 50213
    (641) 342-8200
    Chris' Photography
    115 W Washington St, Osceola, IA 50213
    (641) 342-6443
    Extreme Images by Ashley
    720 Davis Ave, Corning, IA 50841
    (641) 322-5060
    Lifestyle Gallery
    68 E Court Ave, Winterset, IA 50273
    (515) 462-9211
    Imagine...Annie Weaver Photography
    412 W Green St, Winterset, IA 50273
    (515) 974-9518
    Picture This Photography
    7022 7th St, Eagleville, MO 64442
    (660) 867-3175
    Thomsen Photography
    12026 12th St, Eagleville, MO 64442
    (660) 867-3146


    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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