Posts Tagged ‘Photography’


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.


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!



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.


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?


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!

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Happy Creating!



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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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.



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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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.

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Happy Creating!




Reminder to Clients Who Receive a USB.

December 15, 2016

Studio Front | Image © Noel Photography and Design | Do not copy or alter.

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!



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




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!

Image © Noel Photography and Design

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″
Image © Noel Photography and Design

Image © Noel Photography and Design



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!

Image © Noel Photography & Design

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″
Image © Noel Photography and Design

Image © Noel Photography and Design



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.

Image © Noel Photography and Design

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″
Image © Noel Photography and Design

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!



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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Happy Creating!





Why I Choose NOT to Use Digital Backgrounds for Photography.

July 15, 2016

Let me start off by clarifying “My images I create for fine arts and client photos are not completely free of alterations. In accompany with color and light adjustments, I will use {digital accents} to complete a photograph’s look, when appropriate.” In fact, I would say while never impossible, its rare when an image needs absolutely no post-production.

Then sometimes photographers get those “almost perfect shots.” The ones where just ONE thing is off or could be improved. Maybe it’s a dull grey sky in an otherwise colorful photo. Or a shot that could gain a whole lot of cuteness with a couple imaginary butterflies or bubbles. I mean really? It’s hard to avoid wanting perfection. These are instances where I find  “digital accents” acceptable vs dropping in a full digital background. (For those who’d like more clarification on what I’m referring to for a “full digital background” —> CLICK HERE, to see an example.)



“I see a clear difference in using digital aids to accent an image versus using digital resources to ‘BE’ the image.”

Fine Arts Composite Photography using Digital Accents. | © Noel Photography and Design | DO NOT COPY

Fine Arts Photography using my own “Digital Accents” and composite photography. | © Noel Photography and Design | DO NOT COPY

Instead, I want to focus specifically on the idea of using full digital backgrounds on other types of portrait photography such as: fine arts, weddings, engagements, family, children, seniors, and maternity. There is no doubt, when executed correctly, digital backgrounds can make some stunning pieces. It’s also hard to deny, however, they take away originality, realism, creativity, quality, and maybe even what an artist is being paid to do. Here is why I choose NOT to use full digital backgrounds for portraits:



I find two sides to this reason.

The first is most obvious. “The picture can plainly look fake.” Maybe it’s because you live in Kansas, but there’s majestic mountains in the background, with a perfect ray of sunshine on your face. Or you’re an expectant mother standing in a field of tulips in the middle of October. While they make for nice looking images, it will be obvious to you, your friends and family they are fake. Will those unrealistic photos be wanted on the wall or in your albums??

Secondly, with client-portrait photography I feel my goal is to help clients re-live a particular moment in life forever. To enjoy those snapshots where we are “in the moment.” When you’re all dressed up on your wedding day you’ll want to be photographed in the places where you and your other half have all your memories. The places that will take you back to the magical day you said “I do.”

You will want to not only remember how you felt, but the time of year you were carrying your child. And as your kiddos grow, a posed shot dropped on a beach background will never compare to re-living the way they giggled as their feet squished into the sand. All those realistic things that will be hard to achieve with digital backgrounds.



It was not long ago someone posted photos of their beautiful, new baby to Facebook and I of course had to take a peek. I had already planned to discuss this topic here, but it was ironic this image popped up as I was writing this piece. I scanned through the photographer’s album, but stopped quickly on one particular image. BAM! A digital background! It was so plainly obvious due to not only realism, but also the fact I’d seen this background for sale and even more so – the quality of the image! Lighting seemed peculiar and the background was pixelated, proving further that the only “real” thing in the photo was their adorable infant… It completely ruined the photo for me, but it got me to thinking back a few months to my own experience with quality issues.

When I first began using digital accents, I purchased a set of sky drops from a photographer I found online. Not only did it make me feel a little guilty to use someone else’s images, but the files I bought were much smaller than what my camera was producing for RAW\Original files. Making the two layers – theirs and mine – not really “compatible” for the production process. More often than not, purchased digital backgrounds (and accents such as skies,) are small files that can be downloaded directly from online. If something as small as a sky accent could ruin the quality of my images, I began to imagine what a full background could do!

It was settled. I didn’t want my images ruined because the original parts of the photo were printing clearly, while the accented parts poorly. I then decided if I was going to use digital accents, such as sky drops, I would be shooting as much of them as I could myself. Not only do I gain the quality that way, but also the creativity to make and call it my own. Leading to my last two reasons…

300 Proof Band Photo | © Noel Photography and Design | DO NOT COPY

300 Proof Band Photo | © Noel Photography and Design | DO NOT COPY



From the time an artist is born {metaphorically} we are ingrained to be different and stand out. Constantly looking for new adventure and creativity. While I have my professional reasons to not use digital backgrounds, I have a long standing promise to myself, as an artist, to be original. Even returning to the same outdoor location or using the same studio background can be made to look completely unique every time its used. Digital backgrounds prohibit perspective and lighting alterations, so expecting it to look different each time is next to impossible. There’s nothing more unoriginal than having the same photo reproduced hundreds of thousands of times. Not to mention, there will come a point that others will notice the lack of creative effort. For those who might have missed it above – The first red flag that the newborn photographer used a digital background was I’VE SEEN IT ADVERTISED 1,000 TIMES! Which means you can be sure it’s been seen by other photographers and clients at least 1,000 times.



Legally speaking, yes, 99% of photographers are purchasing a license to use digital backgrounds. It saddens me that as artists, people who by definition create and make their own visions, purchase someone else’s images. Images that take up a large percentage of a final product they then pass off as their own work. Instead of showing our creative abilities, digital backgrounds mostly show an artists ability to cheat nature and our imaginations with technical skills. I find that quite disheartening.

Well—- did I sway you? How do you feel about full digital backgrounds? Love them? Hate them? Leave your comments below, and as always, thanks for reading! Follow Noel Photography and Design here on WordPress by email or blog. Plus, for continuous updates, promotions and all things creative LIKE the {Noel P&D} Facebook page.

Happy Creating!



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