TIP of the DAY: I have not "arrived" yet. In fact, I constantly get it wrong. However, I'm always exploring ways to expand upon, challenge myself, and further develop my creative practice. I will forever be a lifelong student, and I constantly move between being really excited, anxious, and frustrated along the journey. Critique by my peers and contemporaries still makes my heart race. However, I know that it is a necessary part of my growth. If you're struggling with creating your own…

TIP of the DAY: I have not "arrived" yet. In fact, I constantly get it wrong. However, I'm always exploring ways to expand upon, challenge myself, and further develop my creative practice. I will forever be a lifelong student, and I constantly move between being really excited, anxious, and frustrated along the journey. Critique by my peers and contemporaries still makes my heart race. However, I know that it is a necessary part of my growth. If you're struggling with creating your own…

TIP of the DAY: I constantly incorporate the shoot and view process into my photography practice. Especially when shooting fashion, beauty, or lifestyle images. It's very useful for your subjects to see how they look, and what more they can express with each frame captured. When shooting Cherelle for the Woman In The Jungle promo campaign, I shot a batch of frames (20) in the beginning, and then I asked her to have a look at my viewfinder. We took about two minutes to quickly look over the…

TIP of the DAY: I constantly incorporate the shoot and view process into my photography practice. Especially when shooting fashion, beauty, or lifestyle images. It's very useful for your subjects to see how they look, and what more they can express with each frame captured. When shooting Cherelle for the Woman In The Jungle promo campaign, I shot a batch of frames (20) in the beginning, and then I asked her to have a look at my viewfinder. We took about two minutes to quickly look over the…

TIP of the DAY: What's the relationship between my subject and their shooting environment? How does the architecture of the environment influence the movement of my subject? These are questions I constantly ask myself. It doesnt matter if it's in the studio, on the street, stage, or in a cafe. It's important for me to really examine the architecture surrounding us, and seek to understand the relationship that might develop as we shoot. I often put on music while we shoot. I find that it's…

TIP of the DAY: What's the relationship between my subject and their shooting environment? How does the architecture of the environment influence the movement of my subject? These are questions I constantly ask myself. It doesnt matter if it's in the studio, on the street, stage, or in a cafe. It's important for me to really examine the architecture surrounding us, and seek to understand the relationship that might develop as we shoot. I often put on music while we shoot. I find that it's…

TIP of the DAY: Try actually being in some of the photos that you shoot. When I saw my husband sitting on a wooden log fence, reading a magazine one late autumn afternoon, I knew I also wanted to be in the photo with him. So I manually adjusted the settings on my camera to blow out the sun, and changed my internal lens setting to automatic focus to reduce camera shakiness. I stood exactly where I wanted the photo taken from, had my cousin take my position (after showing her the framing I…

TIP of the DAY: Try actually being in some of the photos that you shoot. When I saw my husband sitting on a wooden log fence, reading a magazine one late autumn afternoon, I knew I also wanted to be in the photo with him. So I manually adjusted the settings on my camera to blow out the sun, and changed my internal lens setting to automatic focus to reduce camera shakiness. I stood exactly where I wanted the photo taken from, had my cousin take my position (after showing her the framing I…

TIP of the DAY: The ability to direct subjects in order to achieve a certain look or objective is a desirable and highly valued skill as a photographer.  However, I suggest fighting the desire to "over" direct.  When shooting actors for Virgins Die Horny - A Play by Sal Cesare, I explained how I work, and encouraged them to "exploit each moment." Meaning, if they found a moment really intriguing, I asked them to explore all aspects of it; by looking through it, around it, and pushing their…

TIP of the DAY: The ability to direct subjects in order to achieve a certain look or objective is a desirable and highly valued skill as a photographer. However, I suggest fighting the desire to "over" direct. When shooting actors for Virgins Die Horny - A Play by Sal Cesare, I explained how I work, and encouraged them to "exploit each moment." Meaning, if they found a moment really intriguing, I asked them to explore all aspects of it; by looking through it, around it, and pushing their…

TIP of the DAY: Having a tripod is an essential piece of a photographer's kit, however, I often find myself out in the field without one, or without the time to set one up; lest I lose a precious moment. Over the years I've experimented with a technique that I now rely on in many shooting situations. When shooting volleyball action shots of Jessica, we were losing light fast! I braced my right elbow against my abdomen, counted in her jump, and timed it with me taking one deep breath. At the…

TIP of the DAY: Having a tripod is an essential piece of a photographer's kit, however, I often find myself out in the field without one, or without the time to set one up; lest I lose a precious moment. Over the years I've experimented with a technique that I now rely on in many shooting situations. When shooting volleyball action shots of Jessica, we were losing light fast! I braced my right elbow against my abdomen, counted in her jump, and timed it with me taking one deep breath. At the…

TIP of the DAY: Understanding the relationship between a model, and the product they're wearing/promoting is important! When shooting images for Ziindya Crea, we struggled with how best to present a very small threaded necklace & bangle. Today's buyers often like to see how the products look on a model with other ensemble choices, plus it potentially upsells the client into purchasing other items. I didn't want the necklace & bangle to get lost by showing the full length of the model, so I…

TIP of the DAY: Understanding the relationship between a model, and the product they're wearing/promoting is important! When shooting images for Ziindya Crea, we struggled with how best to present a very small threaded necklace & bangle. Today's buyers often like to see how the products look on a model with other ensemble choices, plus it potentially upsells the client into purchasing other items. I didn't want the necklace & bangle to get lost by showing the full length of the model, so I…

TIP of the DAY: Advertising agencies often use the classic technique of "forced perspective" to make objects/products appear larger than what they actually are.  When I shot cupcakes for Two Sistahs Eat-n-Treats holiday promotion, I positioned each flavour of cupcake at a distance in front of the others; increasing the depth of field.  One might develop the impression that the small cupcakes appear larger than they actually are.  Don't they look yummy though? Give it go, and remember to…

TIP of the DAY: Advertising agencies often use the classic technique of "forced perspective" to make objects/products appear larger than what they actually are. When I shot cupcakes for Two Sistahs Eat-n-Treats holiday promotion, I positioned each flavour of cupcake at a distance in front of the others; increasing the depth of field. One might develop the impression that the small cupcakes appear larger than they actually are. Don't they look yummy though? Give it go, and remember to…

TIP of the DAY:  Shooting the profile of your subject is a great way to "flaunt" unique features of your subject.  When shooting campaign images for BeUNIQUE Hair Care , I could not help but notice the lovely model's striking profile!  Find angles that really highlight your subject's standout features, and always #workyourflow! www.eulandasheadphotography.com

TIP of the DAY: Shooting the profile of your subject is a great way to "flaunt" unique features of your subject. When shooting campaign images for BeUNIQUE Hair Care , I could not help but notice the lovely model's striking profile! Find angles that really highlight your subject's standout features, and always #workyourflow! www.eulandasheadphotography.com

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