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A Bit About Aperture

     The aperture is the physical opening within your lens that allows light through to the sensor. The size of the opening  is measured In f stops. The largest opening has the smallest number and is 1.8. The smallest opening is f22 and that has the biggest number. It is very confusing!! When choosing to […]

Tips to Prepare for Your Portrait Session by a Professional Portrait Photographer

     When you need a  professional “headshot” or portrait for you newest book cover, new job or website or even for your loved one’s desk, it is so important to have a phone conversation before your session. Why? A professional portrait photographer will help set you at ease about the session, and and help you […]

How do you choose GOOD photographers for your wedding, bar/bat mitzvah or event?

Not everyone knows what makes good photographs and they don’t know how to choose a good photographer for their event. What are you supposed to look for? There are so many photographers out there it is a daunting task to choose a good photographer. In fact, some newbies are quite good sometimes and most often […]

What You See Is Not Always What You Get–Choosing a Professional Photographer

Choosing a Wedding, Events, Portrait or Corporate Professional Photographer in the 21st century is vastly different. Photography is vastly different! No longer the result of spending years learning camera technology, lighting, film processing, chemicals, enlargers and years of schooling; digital technology has all but replaced those processes. Photography now is instant, easily accessible, and you […]

Celebrating the Bar and Bat Mitzvah

It has been said in Jewish tradition that celebrations are meant to be an expression of the soul. The Jewish celebration of life, the bar and bat mitzvah, is so impactful that every time we do a mitzvah (a good deed), we enhance our connection with the source of our life. To “celebrate” life is […]

Branding, Marketing, Selling…It’s All About YOU!

My business is always about Branding, Marketing and Selling. After every photo session, I have to go out in the big world and hunt for new clients. It’s not like the same person gets married over and over again or needs a corporate portrait every week. So I have to be very clever in my […]

Bar and Bat Mitzvah Excitement for 2013-2014

This coming year (2013-2014) 5774 will be exciting for bar and bat mitzvahs in the capital region. New venues for the reception such as the Colonie Country Club in Voorheesville  (http://www.coloniegcc.com/) make for more exciting parties. And with the addition of so many more Albany DJ’s experienced with the Jewish tradition of the hora and […]

The Jewish Photographer of Choice for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

Sitting down with the parents of a bar or bat mitzvah and discussing how the bar and bat mitzvah day unfolds is one of the most fulfilling times of my professional life. Growing up Jewish, attending numerous bar and bat mitzvahs in my youth and having gone through the process with my son; it never […]

It’s OK to hire a “professional” photographer.

I recently went on Facebook and clicked into a photographer’s post of a recent wedding she took. I check out a lot of photographer’s works all the time so I can see what is out there and how my style compares. Her pitch was that she can photograph your event, portrait, wedding and you don’t […]

What makes a great photographer?

Great photographers see what others do not! Great photographers are like artists. They see composition in a scene, they see the symmetry in the background and place their subjects to maintain that symmetry and enhance that person’s features. A great photographer would never let a flag pole or tree branch stick out of one’s head […]

Kind Words

Kind Words

It never fails…Joan provides the best headshots of me year after year!

Ellen Renish