Presenting images with personality

What technical details in sample photographs should I watch out for?

Lighting quality is an important ingredient in superior photographs. The light in photographs should be natural and flattering, so that the pictures look three-dimensional. Overuse of on-camera flash can ruin wedding pictures. Watch out for flattened faces, harsh reflections off of cheeks and foreheads, and dark shadows directly behind or next to the subjects. With finesse, a fine photographer can work with almost any outdoor lighting situation without using flash.Look for a variety in subject size – a mix of distant, medium and close-up pictures. Even with groups, lighting and posing should be interesting. The well posed bridal portrait should minimize the subjects’ flaws (weight problem, blemishes, etc.) and express who the subject is and how he/she/they feel. The dramatic and scenic wedding image, like the red convertable on the show-room floor, attracts everyone’s attention, but most brides and their families, like most car buyers, want what suits them personally. You want pictures that tell the story simply, with immediate impact, and as if the photographer was not even there.

It’s like fixing your hair or applying make-up so that it looks natural.

Kind Words

Kind Words

Joan photographed my family of 6 as a special birthday gift from my husband. Which to some people might be a normal occurrence but to some of my family, photographs are a thing to avoid at all costs. Joan made the entire process painless and fun. She was able to charm and relax my granddaughter (among others) in about 1 minute. Joan is a lot of fun and took the time to think about locations and poses that best suited our personalities. Because of that we have some very natural portraits (especially the one in the tree) that I will treasure forever. Thanks so much Joanie, Joanie!!

Patra Madden