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Don’t Let Pinterest Take Over Your Portraits.

July 31, 2017

The most popular portrait season is upon us – fall! (Can’t you just smell the pumpkin spice everything already?!) Quite frankly, despite the busy chaos, I get so excited to style all the different sessions during this time. There’s nothing like a little chaos to bring out creativity!

But for the last 7 years, when the word “creative” comes up in general, millions of folks flock to Pinterest (and similar websites) for inspiration. A place where ideas seem to be endless…but let’s face it – Pinterest has became a beautiful, but equally infuriating place.

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Now if I tried to sit here and tell you that I hated Pinterest, you could be a 100% sure I was lying to your face. When I say “Don’t let Pinterest take over your portraits,” I simply mean don’t become fixated on the inspiration you find there. When it comes to your portraits, let it be just that: Inspiration.

As an artist, nothing kills creativity more than trying to perfectly recreate someone else’s shot. When I’m able to find my own fun ideas, or even make a spin off of what you found, your photos become much more personable than doing something that worked for somebody else. Not to mention, sometimes it’s not realistic to recreate, for a few reasons:

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  1. You can’t recreate candid photos. A LOT of those ridiculously cute shots online are often candid photos snapped at “just the right moment.” Instead, it’s so much better to just let your artist know that you’re interested in some candids. This will get those fun, natural shots that are truly you to the core.
  2. Every group and how they “fit” together is unique. When I pose a family, couple or individual, I’m considering SO many factors to make sure the client looks natural and comfortable in each set up. The right angles, the height of everyone in the shot, and sometimes even what the clients are able to do (ie. Whether young children are at an age to lay down, sit up or stand, and etc.)¬† Believe it or not, there is an art to it! While some poses are “one size fits all,” others may depend on the people as individuals. Not every child giggles instantly when you flip them upside down and not every couple looks natural when physically tangled up together like a vine. You are all beautifully unique!
  3. Sometimes part of what makes the photos look the way they do is the accents around them. Often things or places you see in portraits are unique to that artist or the area. Now and then, it’s even prop accents that clients bring themselves! Making it very difficult to capture the essence of a particular photo you may find online with out extensive research, shopping and extra money spent.
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In the end, by all means enjoy browsing the web for ideas of things you like and want to try. Just remember to give your artist a little freedom to let their own creativity fly and make the portraits unique to you.

After all, it’s those creative moments artist find that end up online in the first place! ūüėČ
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Hopefully you’re all getting excited for the surprise fun in your next session! Thanks for reading and be sure to follow Noel Photo. & Design here on WordPress by blog or email, and hit LIKE on the Facebook page!

Happy Creating!!
Noel

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The Benefits of a Longer Senior Portrait Session

June 28, 2017

My favorite part of planning collections for High School Seniors is knowing how different each and every student will be. With that in mind, I love to make sure there are a few different options in my collections. However, I can’t lie about how much I love, and recommend, the longer sessions.

Understandably, being the subject of pictures is not everyone’s forte. Although, the number one thing to remember about your senior portraits is they are a once in a lifetime opportunity. They not only celebrate a huge accomplishment and right of passage, but your portraits may be necessary for use in your future endeavors.

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Which brings me to the most important reason why longer sessions are preferred.

Your outfit styles can vary more widely.

It’s always a good idea to have your outfits range from casual to (semi)formal. Even if you’re not a “dress up” kind of person, it may be necessary to have at least a few formal or semi-formal shots. On top of your grandparents wanting a dressy picture of you, it’s very likely that colleges, scholarships or even job applications may like you to include a photo. In these instances, having a professional looking shot included with your credentials could improve your chances of being accepted. It shows them you’re really getting ready for the adult world!

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In addition to having more outfit choices, we will also have extra time to visit more locations. Your experience and your photos will certainly be heightened if we are able to put some variety in your backdrops. It gives you more options to choose from when deciding the best images to hang on the wall and to hand out to friends and family.

Lastly, another one of my favorite pro’s to a longer session is creativity! While we can get a lot done in just an hour or two, there’s no question that setting up truly unique shots take a little extra time. The longer sessions mean we can knock out a few different locations and have time to play with more challenging ideas!

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To sum it up, your senior portraits should reflect who you are and what you’ve accomplished. Sometimes it’s hard to wrap that into just an hour or so. Not to mention, your investment should help you to move to your next step after high school.

Thank you all so much for reading! Leave any questions or comments in the comment section and be sure to follow Noel P&D on Facebook by hitting LIKE, and to follow along via blog or email here on WordPress!

Happy Creating!

Noel

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What You’re Really Paying for at my Photo Sessions.

April 7, 2017

As a photographer, when I began designing my photo collections I thought to myself, “How can I give my clients exactly what they need and still run my business effectively?” After all, there are about 100 different ways photographic artist conduct¬†business.

Really, once I considered what was important to myself when it came to my personal photos, it didn’t take long to decide what I wanted to do. My business philosophy basically boiled down to this:

“I want to be paid for my time, and creative¬†skill rather than forcing clients¬†to purchase expensive prints that can’t be saved or backed-up.”

That seemed to make the most sense, while still being fair to both myself and my clients. Not to mention, it’s literally how almost every other service functions¬†– pay for service and materials then receive the result.

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Now, of course there are exceptions to every rule. For instance, boudoir portraits. Only¬†professional labs will print these types of photos. (( Besides, who really wants to print their own flirty¬†photos while the photo associate is silently judging you? HA HA! )) Then there are also occasional¬†mini sessions I require some sore of product purchase, because it’s too difficult to put a price on such short sessions, where only one photo¬†or two photos would be¬†the ideal outcome.

But I digress. When it came to choosing between a USB of photos, or print orders for my regular sessions the first “pro” was clients being able to back-up their professionally captured memories. I thought about the thousands (yes, thousands) of photos I have being lost in a freak disaster: fire, flood, tech failure and etc… I would be completely devastated. So why put my clients at¬†the same risk¬†with their most important life events?

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Plus, by¬†providing a USB, I can deliver photos to clients much faster, and have time to¬†offer some totally rad photo products that are much harder to find than regular prints. (And YES, they are completely awesome – especially for gifts and artistic, decor displays!! CLICK HERE TO CHECK THEM OUT ——–> Photo Product Info.)

The only thing I require in return with my Print and Publish release is this:

“The photos are still legally copyrighted to me, and should therefore never be altered other than sizing. In addition, when posting online add my¬†photo credits {ie. Photos by…} to your post\description or even tag my business page.”

My work is my passion and my biggest form of advertisement. So all I ask is please give credit where credit is due.

{So what are you really paying for at my photo sessions and events?} My service, my creativity, my utmost attention to detail during post-production, and the priceless ability to preserve your professional memories.

When you choose to make an investment with Noel Photography and Design, I want it to be a LASTING one!


Thanks for reading and be sure to follow along here on WordPress by blog or email, and hit “LIKE” on the Facebook page!

Happy Creating!

Noel

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How To Get Ready for a Boudoir Shoot.

February 23, 2017

Your wedding, anniversary, or even the mid-term of your pregnancy is around the corner and you’ve decide to do something bold – a boudoir shoot. Now the session is creeping up, and let’s face it, most of us don’t do these types of shoots on the regular.¬†So what the heck do you do now to make the most of it all!?

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BE COMFORTABLE IN YOUR SKIN.

Boudoir doesn’t mean you have¬†to find the tiniest piece of lingerie¬†known to man (unless of course you want to!) because there’s really a lot of options. Plus, just like our everyday clothing, there will be things you feel more (comfortable) and sexy in than others. So here’s a few options for your boudoir outfits:

  • Bra/Bralette & Panty Set
  • Corset or Bustier & Panty
  • Babydoll or Teddy & Panty
  • A Button-up Shirt &¬†Matching Panty
  • Sport jersey & Matching Panty

Panties could be boy shorts, cheekies, thongs, or even g-strings depending upon your personal preference, or what works best with the top.

 

GLAM IT UP!

Your look doesn’t stop at the lingerie (or lack there of.) Don’t forget to accessorize just like you would for any other shoot, but on a whole new level!

  • Chunky or long, fancy, fun necklaces
  • Long string of pearls or long plain necklace
  • Body Jewelry: Body chains, arm bands and etc.
  • High Heels – sexy black, colorful, printed or ones¬†full of character
  • Brides – bring your veil and special wedding day/night lingerie.
  • Lingerie accent pieces: hosiery, garters, garter belts and etc.
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HAIR & MAKE UP.

Consider taking your make up look to the next level. Doing so can help really accentuate your best features.

  • Bold, Dramatic & Defined Eyes
  • False Lashes
  • Lipstick – Fun, contrasted colors will really pop!
  • Body Glitter – to give you a little extra glow and shine
  • Hair loose and down – whether curled or straightened – looks super sexy!

Whatever you choose to do, especially if it’s new to you, be sure to practice¬†it ahead of time. One, to make sure you really love it, and two, because there’s nothing more time consuming than applying your cosmetics only¬†to remove them and try again.


Lastly, remember to relax! Boudoir sessions should be sassy, sexy AND fun. You are beautiful, so be confident and your images will reflect how you feel. Clients may even decide to theme their shoot: Pin-up, Classy retro, Rockabilly, Wedding, Girly, Dark & Seductive¬†and so much more! Don’t forget to be strategic in your session scheduling if you’re trying to make it a surprise for your other half.

If you enjoyed this post, be sure to follow me here¬†on WordPress by¬†blog or email. “LIKE” the Facebook page for a daily¬†feed. For those in Noel Photography and Design’s area, I encourage you to check¬†out the Boudoir services now being offered! {BOUDOIR INFO HERE}

Happy Creating!

Noel

 

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Reminder to Clients Who Receive a USB.

December 15, 2016
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As everyone rushes to prepare for the holidays, including getting ready to share their portraits from Noel Photography and Design, I wanted to leave a friendly reminder to clients who received a USB of their photos this year.

{Most} my sessions include a USB of the edited images, allowing the images to be printed at client’s location of choice, as well as being posted on social media outlets. Why? Because they are YOUR memories and YOUR cherished moments. Therefore, I want you to be able to back them up, re-visit, and share them with everyone you love – without charging¬†an “arm and a leg” to do so.

However, as you print and share the photos, please remember those same images that are your memories are still MY work and MY¬†biggest form of advertisement. Not only¬†do these images belong to me legally, but they have a special part of my heart and soul. My work is my passion. So when I give the photos and release, please remember it’s under these two main conditions:

  • Do not alter the photos in any way, other than scaling (size adjustment.) Creative rights remain with the artist, Noel Photography and Design\Jennifer Noel. Making changes is illegal, but also changes my vision for my¬†work. Again, my photos are my biggest advertisement, and should therefore remain in the manor I chose to deliver them in.
  • Whenever possible, particularly on social media, give textual credit by noting at the end of your posts that the images are ¬© or “Created by” Noel Photography and Design.

 

I desperately want my wonderful¬†clients to continue to have access to their photos. So please help me to keep allowing you to save your¬†professionally captured memories by following these simple terms of the print and publish release. If you have questions or concerns about this matter, please feel free to contact me or refer to the “Print and Publish” release included on your USB.

Thank you all for an amazing, memory-filled 2016! I look forward to seeing many “old and new faces” in 2017.

Happy Creating!

Noel

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NEW Products Available with Noel Photo. and Design! (1 of 2)

October 6, 2016

For those who follow the Facebook page, you may have caught that Noel Photography and Design now carries some brand new photo products! *WOO HOO!*¬†Several holidays and events, like Christmas and graduation, are¬†around the corner making¬†this the perfect time to announce what’s offered¬†and¬†the unique details of each item.

It took me some time to choose my product selections, because I really wanted to find some one-of-a-kind, quality pieces for my clients. Well, that’s exactly what I did! So without further a due let’s dive in. To keep things simple¬†the photo products, totaling around 7, will be discussed in two separate posts. This post will cover:

Acrylic Block Prints | Canvas Prints | Brushed Aluminum Prints

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ACRYLIC BLOCK

This quickly became one of my favorite products. Frankly, because it’s¬†so simple and clean, but it leaves a BIG¬†impression!¬†First of all, it stands on it’s own.¬†Making it easy to display your favorite photos anywhere in your home.¬†What¬†an awesome alternative to the wall or in a frame!

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Image © Noel Photography and Design

But what¬†really makes this product unique, however, is it’s overall look. Can you say, “3D?!” Nothing brings a photo to life like brilliant, 1-inch thick, crystal-clear acrylic. This product literally lifts your photos off the page, make your guests take a second look.

Product Specs:

  • Photo prints on premium, Kodak photo paper
  • Photos are then covered by 1-inch thick, UV protected, clear acrylic
  • Product stands alone, no hanging system required.
  • The back is covered in opaque white to match any decor, and to stop the sun from shining through and obstructing the view.
  • This is offered in two perfect sizes for your space:¬†4×4″ or 8×8″
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Image © Noel Photography and Design

 

CANVAS PRINT

Canvas prints are one product I just had to include. They’ve been popular for many years and for good reason. At an inch and a half thick, these durable prints bring dimension to your walls, and artistic texture to your prints. This classic is¬†super easy to hang, because they don’t really require any special equipment to do so. They are¬†great pieces for those looking to create gallery walls, or some even lean canvas images against the¬†wall from a shelf. They are very versatile!

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Image © Noel Photography & Design

Did I mention durable? I did, but let’s take a second look. Not only do they print on thick, stretched canvas, but they¬†come with a protective satin coating. This finish not only helps to protect your photo, but it also provides a subtle gloss to give your photo a great sheen.

Product Specs:

  • Photos print on thick, durable, poly-cotton blend canvas
  • Eco-friendly protective satin coating
  • Canvas is stretched over a 1.5″ thick wooden frame
  • No special hanging system required
  • Available in three great sizes: 8×10″ 11×14″ and 16×20″
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Image © Noel Photography and Design

 

BRUSHED ALUMINUM PRINT

The brushed aluminum prints are modernly stunning. They¬†combine a crisp, clean look with the industrial texture of brushed aluminum!¬†Prints will show texture in¬†the light and white areas of your photo. So, whether you choose a color or monochrome photo it’s sure to grab the look of metal.

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Image © Noel Photography and Design

The best part? Not only are these prints unique, but extremely functional. Though they have a metal design they are super light for hanging. Plus, with a UV-cured ink prints can hang virtually anywhere around the home or office. Including bathrooms and covered outdoor spaces!

Product Specs:

  • Photos are printed directly onto brushed aluminum
  • Inks are UV-cured to add extra protection against light and water
  • Aluminum Diabond backing for stability and an overall light weight
  • Special hanging system is included
  • Comes in three sizes: 8×10″ 10×15″ and 16×20″
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Image © Noel Photography and Design

 


I am very excited to start getting these stellar products out for clients. So please feel free to drop any questions my way! As always thanks so much for reading.¬†Remember to follow along here on WordPress by blog or email, and on Facebook by giving the page a LIKE. {Especially to see the debut of the next set of new products!} Until next time…

Happy Creating!

Noel

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I Can Not Deliver Unedited Images.

August 29, 2016

Every now and again I get potential clients looking for photo services that don’t, or won’t, include editing (or what some refer to as “post-production.”) Part of my job is being flexible because it’s a career with¬†many uncontrollable variables. However, this is just one company¬†policy I refuse to budge on as a professional photographer, and someone who claims to be an artist.

As clients, I urge you to do the same when looking for your photographer of choice!¬†Understandably, many potentials ask this question, because for some it lowers the service cost. So, why do I beg clients to WANT the post-production? What’s my¬†hype over editing?

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It’s because post-production is¬†more than just adding a pretty filter. It’s what the work says about the artist, their professionalism, and their ethic behind their work. Those who do post-production recognize that during a fast pace session, images may not be 100% perfect out of camera, and we have to skills to get it there after the fact. One, because we know what was missing when the shot was taken, and two, because we posses the technical skill and software to change it.¬†Typically speaking, the reason to¬†seek out an artist¬†to do photos is because we have vision and skill. Otherwise, what’s the point?

To put it bluntly, asking a true photographer to skip post-production may mean you’re not really looking for a professional, or even an artist of photography, at all. That’s completely fine! But be¬†willing to keep in mind someone¬†who won’t do post-production may not be at the level of quality you’re expecting.¬†Making the potential that your final product will be less than satisfactory.

Let’s face it, “Great Aunt Betty” or the “kid down the street” can take a few snapshots with a “nice camera” and hand them over. But will they have the skill to produce an image in which any¬†“hiccups” can even be fixed?…A house is only as good as its foundation and the same goes for photography post-production.

Now, in addition to skill, let’s also consider “time.” Professional photographers spend hours, yes hours, going through photos and editing. We can afford to spend this kind of time and attention to your photos, because it’s our job! Now think about your schedule. Will your full-time job, kids, significant other, and thousands of¬†other responsibilities allow you to put proper work into your images? Or will they sit untouched and unseen? I am the queen of “I think I can do it all,” but as I am unfortunately reminded of often: There are only so many hours in a day, and we must sleep.

Therefore, I beg you. Be willing to spare the little extra money to hire an “A-Z photographer.”¬†Ask if they do post-production and how much. Allow them to take a task, they’re already prepared for, off your plate and create something amazing. You only get one chance to preserve a memory, therefore,¬†if your images are important to you they should be equally as important to the person taking them.

“So, I apologize for the inconvenience, but no, I can not deliver your images unedited.¬†Your photos¬†are important to me, and when you receive¬†them I want you to already be in love: with my service, my creativity and with your memories.”

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Now for those still sold on an unedited route. One¬†topic photo clients need to consider when they seek unedited images are¬†the¬†legal considerations. Yes, legal. Scary word right? It can be if you’re unprepared, yet¬†plan to self-edit. Did you know?…

“Under the Federal Copyright Act of 1976, photographs are protected by copyright from the moment of creation.”

That means, from the time the individual¬†snaps the photo it’s protected by Federal Copyright Law and may not be reproduced, shared or altered (edited) by anyone but the maker¬†without consent. While “Great Aunt Betty” will not likely take you to court, an artist who changes their mind and feels cheated might. So before you perform a photo shoot with someone¬†willing to deliver unedited images, be sure they will also be willing to give proper, written documentation for you to¬†self-edit the photos.

It never hurts to be too careful!
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As always, thanks for reading and be sure to keep up-to-date with Noel Photography and Design: Follow me here by blog or email, and hit LIKE on the Facebook page!

Happy Creating!

Noel

 

 

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