Showing posts with label Tips and Tricks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tips and Tricks. Show all posts

Friday, February 10, 2012

Baby Photo Contest – 5 Good Reasons To Enter Your Baby Or Toddler

You think your child is the cutest thing on the planet, but so does every other parent. While that may be your sole purpose in entering a child into a photo contest, here are 5 other reasons you should considering entering your baby or toddler into a baby photo contest.

#1 – Most baby photo contests offer prizes. Most of the time, the Grand Prize is Cash. That is the easiest money you could ever make. This would be a great way to save money for college.

#2 – If you are looking to get your child into modeling, pageants, TV or magazines, baby photo contests is a great way to start. Some baby photo contests even send your baby photo entries to modeling agencies if they like what they see. This is great exposure for your child.

#3 – It’s a fun and exciting thing to do for you baby. Imagine your child’s surprise when they know how much you thought of them that you entered them into a baby photo contest.

#4 – You have tons of baby photos. Do something different with them. Scrapbooks and photo albums are wonderful, but entering your baby into a baby photo contest is exciting!

#5 – Satisfaction of winning! You know your baby is a cutie pie. Winning would be proof! Some baby photo contests even offer prizes to all children whether they place in the top 3 or not.

Some baby photo contests are free to enter and others you may need to pay for. I have found that those with fees offer the better prizes and have less competition for your baby and toddler. Be savvy in choosing the baby photo contest you enter. The less popular the site and contest, the less competition you will have. There are also some baby photo contests that offer online voting. With those contests, you have more control of your child's chances at winning.

Remember that baby photo contest are a form of entertainment that can benefit your child, however you must not take them too seriously. Otherwise you miss out on the fun of the whole experience. Good Luck in finding a great baby photo contest.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Discover How To Take Stunning Black And White Portraits!

Everyone must have taken photos of their favorite family member or friend posing for them, even if they did not call it a portrait at the time. Mostly these are captured in color - but by creating a black and white portrait, the image becomes almost timeless, classy and can even create flattering effects on an otherwise unflattering subject. This photography course online article looks at the magical medium of monochrome portraits, providing, in no particular order, some tips to consider when taking your shots. 

* Shoot in color. This may seem strange when taking black and white images, but if you convert the images to black and white in Photoshop (or equivalent) in post-production, you also have a collection of color shots you can use later

* Try getting in close - real close. An image where you can clearly see each line on the subject's face displays their character

* Capture their natural expressions. We have all encountered the cheesy grin when someone poses - but seeing the subject in their natural state reveals much more and makes for a lasting, memorable shot

* Create a moody atmosphere by providing some side lighting. This effectively throws one half of the face into shadow, and can make even the friendliest person appear rather menacing

* Add a depth of field element. For example, ask the subject to partially mask their face with their hand, then move the hand towards the camera. This adds a 3 dimensional feel, and makes an intriguing twist on a normal portrait

* Make your subject look as 'unposed' as possible. Chat to them regularly throughout the shoot and make them feel at ease. Tell a few jokes and get them smiling. If they are enjoying the shoot, this will leap out from the printed images. A reliable photography course online will cover not just technical aspects, but also include techniques to relax your subject during a portrait session

* A quirky look or other unnatural pose will tell the viewer something different about the subject's personality and character

* Carefully study your subject's profile, and take some shots side-on. These can produce striking images, which the viewer would not expect. Prominent shapes of cheekbones, noses, lips can all be revealed

* Contrast dark clothing against a light background to create impact

* Frame the subject tightly. This provides an intimate portrait, and successfully eliminates any distractions

* Try to take all types of shots. A photograph revealing a humorous side to an otherwise serious person will make for a captivating image

* In post-production, experiment with selective and creative cropping of the image.

A successful black and white portrait can be more powerful than the equivalent color image. It takes us to the bare bones of the subject, and gives an almost documentary feel to the picture. Black and white lends itself well to portraying characters, revealing raw emotion that does not always show up with the distraction of color. If you are currently following a photography course online, submitting a selection of black and white portraits will become a strong addition to your portfolio.

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Lingerie Tips For Women

 Most women are quite knowledgeable and aware of what types of clothing suit their body types, and match their personalities. When it comes to creating the perfect outfits, matching tops and bottoms, shoes and handbags, most women are in their element. But often when it comes to lingerie and other intimate clothing items many women are more than a little baffled. Lingerie selections are an important and often overlooked part of any ladies personal style. It can either flatter your body and complete a look, or it can look off, out of place and out of style. Remember that good quality and attractive lingerie can be one of the best ways to flaunt your sexy figure. Here are a few tips that can help you to choose the best lingerie for you.

Breasts, Shoulders and Arms
Firstly you need to take into consideration the size of your breasts. The bust line gets a lot of attention on any woman and it needs to be properly accentuated. If you have smaller breasts you may want to consider a padded brassier or one that contains under wire for extra support. Likewise if you have large breasts you will want to avoid padded bras and go for a look that is more subtle such as lace etc.

For your arms and shoulders choose sleeve lengths and styles that are slimming and avoid anything too tight or restricting.

Thighs and Legs 
If you are petite in size, choose designs that help you to create the illusion of fuller and longer legs. High cut styles help you to do this. Thongs are also extremely sexy, and can be worn by nearly any body type. They also make the leg look longer and slimmer.

For those who carry a little extra weight around the thighs or bottom, you may want to try a nightie or gown that flows loosely around the upper thigh. Try to avoid styles that are very tight around the butt or thighs. Keep the focus on your upper body by using a corset or bustier to emphasize and enhance your breasts.

Stomach, Hips and Waist  
Dark colors are generally always considered slimming so go for these of you have a slightly bulging or larger tummy. Sheer garments tend to reveal every detail so choose fabrics that are more opaque to keep your tummy looking slim and contained. Again try to draw the attention away from your trouble spots by emphasizing the neck line and shoulders of your outfit.

If you feel you have a figure that it too slim try using two piece lingerie sets. These help to create the illusion of a curvy hourglass figure.

A woman's hair is her crowning glory. Make sure your outfit matches well with your hair color and does not clash. Arrange your hair in a way that flatters your face and figure.

Accessories and props  
Anything with a girly and luxurious feel is fair play when it comes to accessories and props. Silk, lace, ribbons, patterns, jewelery, these can all help to complete your outfit and make you feel sexy and confident.

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Digital Photography - Lessons Made Easy!

Whether you've gotten a new digital camera or have an old one lying around - and you have decided it is time to learn the techniques of getting good photos out of it? Digital photography lessons can eliminate years of struggle and torment off your studies.

However, not all digital photography lessons are equally well done.

Getting an outstanding and creative shot truly isn't all that hard and learning how to shoot it should be relatively pain free.

Many of the courses around work at trying to make it sound difficult and confusing - just to make sense of their large prices. Of course, they feel the need to write the lesson so that it takes a PhD degree merely to understand it too!

Few courses give you easy to learn info that's going to really help you shoot better, immediately.

Here is the first step in creating stunning photos...

The top shooters ALL learned to master their camera by using a photo notebook.

They write down their vision of the shot they are trying to get, then they record the settings, lighting conditions and etc.

Once our shooters get the images back from the lab - or once they get to their computer to input their photos (you shouldn't judge a photograph by the viewing screen on the camera - it's just too tiny), they pulls out their photo notebook.

If their photo was exactly as desired, they record it in their journal and move on. If their photograph didn't turn out like the visualized concept, they record THAT result as well.

Next they determine some of the ways the photograph could have gone wrong and ways to fix the issue.

Finally they go out and try it again!

Rinse and repeat until you have mastered that shot. Then move on to the next one. Within a space of hours, you will have improvement in your photographs. Inside of a few weeks you'll have learned how to accurately create any sort of photographs you want.

Not very many digital photography lessons are stronger than simply keeping (and making use of) a shot journal. Give it a try, you'll like it.

Warning - Using a shot notebook will instantly make your photography better, but that's just the first step. Done correctly digital photography lessons can make lasting changes in your outlook on photos, creativity and art.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Be Ready for a Photo Shoot Everytime (Makeup Tips)

With the widespread availability of camera phones, portable digi-cams, SLR or point and shoot cameras, photo shoots need not to be in a studio anymore. May it be creative shots, simple family portraits, or just even random shoots, you have to admit that you want to look good in these photos. This guide will help you apply makeup like you’re ready for a photo shoot every-time.

Tip #1
Do Your Makeup a Bit Heavier than Usual
If you’re used to your usual day-to-day makeup, you might want to accentuate a little more. Makeup in photos, especially those taken in studios or rooms where there are a lot of lights, tend to look pale or fade out. Your makeup doesn’t really have to be very dark, just a bit heavy. Once you have applied your first layer, powder it down and go back and apply another layer. You can try to have a few more pats of powder or blush and another swipe of gloss.

Tip #2
Always Lighten Under the Eyes
As they say, the eyes are the windows to the soul. Photos often reveal how one feels just by looking at their smile, gestures, and most importantly, the eyes. Always lighten under the eyes and around the entire eye because we want the eyes to be bright and sparkly. It is recommended to use a concealer that is a lighter shade than the usual.

Tip #3
Enhance Some Areas of Your Face Using Makeup
The light around you or the in the studio as well as the camera flash will actually hit certain areas of the face so, it is advisable to enhance some areas of your face. You can enhance the bridge of your nose as well as the top of your forehead and chin area. These are areas that the light will hit first so, You might want to actually soften them with foundation to make your face look nice and shine-free in the picture.

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Ten Tips on How to Feel Relaxed & Sexy when being Photographed

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Boudoir Shoot in COMO
1. Focus on Having Fun
Make your goal to have fun, not to get great shots - that’s my job :) Everyone looks their best when they’re genuinely having a great time.

2. Visualize
Make it a practice to see the experience of having a great time, feeling sexy, everything going smoothly, seeing the photos and loving them. Be specific and visualize from your point of view, as if you’re in it.

3. Get Inspired
Look at movies and art for inspiration, tear pages out of magazines and begin to recognize your style and sensibility… what is sexy to you? This will help you communicate with your photographer and help guide the shoot.

4. Show Up With All You’ve Got

When I say show up, I don’t mean to just show up. Bring it. And be open. You deserve all the credit for the success, because you showed up, really stretched way outside your comfort zone and give it all you have.

5. Be Sensual

Use your five senses during the shoot: play music, have a bite of chocolate, a sip of wine, put on a favorite scent, wear a kick-ass outfit you feel great in, and think of memories that make you blush, smile, and sweat… Do everything and (well, almost) anything that gets you hot.

6. Be Silly

Any shyness tends to go right out the window after the first few minutes or so of being silly.   Just goof off and have fun! See how outrageous and silly you can be - it’s easier for the photographer to tone you down, rather than fire you up!

7. Create Movement
I often hear but I don’t know how to pose. Well that’s good, let’s not do that! Create a little action, however, so there’s energy in every shot. C’mon you all know how to flirt!
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Glamour Shoot in Peoria, IL

8. Remember the Context
The sheer fact that you’re in front of the camera being photographed is damn sexy… it’s powerful and vulnerable at the same time, which is an unbeatable combo - enjoy it!

9. Fake It
I’m not telling you to fake the real deal, but if you don’t feel 100% confident and sexy while on a photo shoot, FAKE it. Works every time.

10. Be Yourself
Honor who you are, in this moment. Don’t wait to lose a few pounds. (Besides, I’m a pro at retouching, and Photoshop is the best personal trainer in the world - more on that in another post!) But it’s important that you FEEL sexy, so if working out for a few weeks is going to do that, then great. But let’s not wait for all the planets to be aligned and your bangs to be the right length. The time is now. You are sexy and beautiful just as you are.

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Even you know how to Flirt!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Photography Posing Tips for Models


Most beautiful photographs don’t come naturally even with the most beautiful models. A photographer can give you some photo tips and guide you through a variety of model poses throughout the photo shoot. But whether you aspire to appear in print magazines or do high fashion shows, these modeling poses and photo tips will help you achieve more perfect photographs.
  1. Breathe
    Do not hold your breath for a modeling pose; always remember to breathe and appear at ease. 
  2. Posture
    Keep your back straight and your shoulders up. Slouching affects the mood of the photograph and enlarges the appearances of your stomach. Flex your stomach muscles. This will make your abdomen appear more toned despite your weight or state of shape.
  3. Limbs
    When posing, make sure to differentiate your arms and legs with asymmetrical poses. If you have one arm long and straight by your side, make sure the other arm is bent. The bend will make the modeling pose look more real, less artificial. Continue the asymmetry to your legs. If one leg is locked straight, give the other leg a casual bend.
  4. Camera
    Do not always look directly into the camera. To enhance the quality of your photo shoot, look away from the camera with a mix of head and eye poses. Your head and neck can remain stationary and your eyes can do all the work. Look off to the right or left side.  Tilt your neck. Try different facial expressions.
  5. Sitting Poses
    Don’t slack off during sitting poses. If you are sitting down or reclining, put your weight on the back of one thigh, rather than distributing your weight equally on both thighs. This pose will result in a slimming effect!
  6. Cleavage
    While leaning forward bring your arms together at your waist, keep your arms straight at the elbows and clasp your hands together below your waist, or simply cross your arms.  When leaning backward, raise your arms about your shoulders and head, keep your arms apart. Both poses will help maximize your cleavage.
  7. Smile
    To add variety to your modeling poses, try switching up your smile with a cute frown, a bratty bout, a friendly laugh, or even an edgy scowl. Your facial expressions can make or break your modeling poses.

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Tips for your next Boudoir Shoot (What you need to know)

Hettinger Photography is the #1 Boudoir Photographer in Northeastern Missouri and Southern Iowa! Doing over 60 boudoir sessions every year and counting!

What should I bring to my boudoir photo session?
We suggests that you bring a few of your favorite lingerie ensembles. A sleek corset or flirty babydoll

are popular choices, as well as the ever classic boyshorts, stilettos, and a knockout pushup bra.

What should I wear for my boudoir shoot?
The first thing that likely comes to mind when you think "boudoir" is sexy, risqué, and provocative: corsets, fishnet stockings, get the picture. However, we absolutely recommend you wear what YOU feel comfortable in - everyone's idea of what constitutes sexy is different. Also keep in mind that what a guy finds sexy may be completely different from your ideas - consider his white button-up, a sports jersey, well-worn jeans or jean shorts, or just a sharp jacket by itself. Think outside the box!

Will my photographer have any lingerie available for me to use?
Because women's bodies and sizes vary infinitely, we prefer you wear your own attire. While we provide assorted props to use during your shoot, the lingerie should be what fits you best, not one-size-fits-all.

What about hair and makeup?
Unless you know how to do camera-ready make-up on yourself, then professional make-up for your boudoir shoot is a must! Lucky for you, we offer hair and makeup services as an add-on to your package, so you'll look wonderful.

I’m not as young or as fit as I used to be, and I'm not sure how to look sexy. Will boudoir still work for me?
Posing, expression, props, creative lighting, and the right lingerie can make every woman look sexier.

How much skin will I be showing in my boudoir photo shoot? 
This is totally up to you! In most cases, the more skin you show, the more your photos will make him sweat, but sometimes less is more and we want to make sure you're totally comfortable and having fun during your boudoir shoot.

Should I go tanning before my photography session?
No way! Rush tanning can make you look aged, splotchy, and detract from the dramatic effects of your photos. The camera loves you the way you are!

I don’t want my photos to end up online - will these be posted on your website or in brochures?
We NEVER use your photos in promotional materials without your explicit permission beforehand.

What if I want to come in with a friend?
If you have friends that are interested in boudoir, you should consider hosting a boudoir party with us! If you just want a friend present to help you feel more comfortable, that's fine as well. Whatever makes you feel the best on your special day!

What should I eat before the shoot?
Try to eat a light meal before the shoot. We don't want your stomach to growl while you're shooting!

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