winter sunrise at the lake, lake monticello, palmyra, virginia | rod nasbe / photography

Read more.. Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

evolution of a business card | rod nasbe / photography

concept (above)

mockup (below)

final (below)

Read more.. Thursday, January 14th, 2010

wedding photography cards | rod nasbe / photography

Read more.. Friday, January 1st, 2010

tips for outdoor portrait sessions | rod nasbe photography

tips for outdoor portrait sessions

scheduling

●  agree on a definite date, time, and place for the shoot

●  given uncertain weather forecasts, remain flexible ­ to continuing the shooting in changed conditions, to changing the location, to taking a rain delay, or to postponing the shoot to another day

●  bright sunny days are fine, but shooting in the middle of the day can be challenging, with harsh bright and dark areas

●  the photographer’s “golden hour” at sunset can be a beautiful time of day

●  cloudy days are a photographer’s friend, as they provide a natural light diffuser, helping to eliminate unwanted shadows

●  even rain and snow can make for fun sessions and interesting portraits

dress

●  wear an outfit that you feel good in

●  wear clothes and colors that suit you

●  simple color scheme

●  solid colors are almost always good

●  darker colors are more slimming

●  lighter tones can emphasize body size

●  scoops or v­necks flatter shorter necks and full faces

●  turtlenecks are better for longer necks and slender faces

●  dress everyone in similar style clothing ­- casual vs formal

●  coordinate colors

●  jeans and sweaters always look good outdoors

●  match socks and shoes to outfit

●  wear fun socks, shoes

●  avoid hats that might cast a shadow over the face

●  avoid jewelry that would distract from the face

posing

●  relax

●  ignore the camera

●  interact with others in your group

●  realize that many shots are taken to find a few keepers

●  trust the photographer to delete unflattering images

●  don’t pose or expect the photographer to pose you

●  instead, be natural and respond to general directions from the photographer

●  be prepared to change position, setting, clothing, props ­ all in an effort to capture natural looking postures, gestures, and expressions

●  strike a natural position – standing, sitting, lying down, upside down

●  play, experiment with various poses

●  point your nose away from the camera ­ – a bit down, a bit to the side – while extending your chin just a little

●  look at the camera sometimes

●  but, mostly look elsewhere

●  don’t feel you have to smile

●  smile whenever you feel like it

●  on bright sunny days, expect the photographer to turn your back to the sun, to avoid squinty faces

●  look lovingly at your partner

●  if you look at the camera, look lovingly there, too

Read more.. Friday, January 1st, 2010

tips for preparing a home for photography | rod nasbe / photography

PREPARING EXTERIORS FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

•       mow the lawn, trim edges, prune foliage
•       remove cars
•       stage outdoor areas as lived-in rooms
•       eliminate outdoor furniture that does not match design standard of main subject
•       remove grills, toys, hoses
•       put away garbage cans
•       sweep and hose down paved surfaces, brick patio, concrete pool surround, driveways, walkways to darken them
•       adjust blinds and curtains (either completely open or all at the same level)

PREPARING INTERIORS FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

general
•       remove all clutter
•       remove family photos
•       conceal trash containers
•       keep newspapers out of sight
•       make sure rugs lie flat
•       remove unsightly rugs

lights / lamps / fans
•       open window blinds and drapes to reveal the view
•       turn inside lights on
•       conceal lamp cords, electrical devices
•       fans off

pets
•       conceal pets
•       remove pet food bowls and toys

windows
•       adjust window, curtains, blinds to be at same level
•       window boxes are fine if they do not block the view

foyer
•       make sure the entry way looks clear
•       shoes and coats out of sight

kitchen
•       clear papers and other clutter from tabletops and counters
•       ensure dishes are put away
•       remove rags and towels from faucets and ovens
•       remove collections from top of cabinets or counters
•       clear the island
•       remove toaster, microwave, coffee pot, etc., from view
•       clear the refrigerator
•       conceal the kitchen garbage
•       empty the sink and put the soap under the sink

dining room
•       add table settings to dining room table
•       add fresh flowers, candles
•       avoid half-filled glasses

living room / family room
•       ensure that art and lampshades are hanging straight
•       pick up any piles of books and magazines from the floor or coffee table
•       remove family photos
•       clear clutter from mantles and pianos
•       pick up toys
•       remove distractions
•       add glowing fire or arrange logs for fire
•       remove fire screens
•       eliminate fire tools

bedroom
•       beds neatly made
•       make sure bottom edge of dust ruffle meets, and is parallel with, the floor
•       clothes in the hamper
•       clear clutter from dressers and bedside tables

bathroom
•       remove medicines, bottles, wastebaskets, small rugs, hair driers, etc., from view
•       make sure towels are hung neatly, straight
•       shower/bath items should be placed out of sight
•       toilet lids down
•       arrange a few perfume bottles, soap bars
•       coordinate towels, folded neatly
•       use flowers to conceal unwanted items

Read more.. Friday, January 1st, 2010