“Say cheese” When family life isn’t as cheery as it is in the photographs.
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“Say cheese” When family life isn’t as cheery as it is in the photographs.
Read these wonderful steps to help you close that gapRead More
At Elisabeth Franco Photography, Gloucester, we believe that photographic art should be professionally printed and displayed, not stored on a CD or a hard drive.
All our Newborn, Family and Children's collections include digitals and prints to suit every budget, as well as à la carte products such as canvases, acrylics, wooden orbs, frames and fine art prints.
Here are some MUST tips when printing your images:
•What you don’t want to do is print them on a home printer.
•Printing is an art. Unless you know what you are doing, it can be challenging to get a quality print that looks like what you see on your screen. Elisabeth Franco Photography uses the best professional photo labs to ensure high quality and longevity.
•Color space, monitor calibration, paper profiles and printer technology are advanced stuff, so we suggest leaving that to the pros.
•When your purchase digital images from Elisabeth Franco Photography, your prints are ordered and checked through a professional lab. Their prices are very competitive with other lower quality labs like Boots, Jessops, Photobox, but their quality is premiere. We have spent a considerably amount of time in researching the best pro labs to offer you the best printing services in the whole of the UK.
•When we edit your images in Photoshop, we embed color “data” into the file that a professional lab with advanced equipment can read. They assess that metadata and print your files as exactly as we saw it on our screens here at Elisabeth Franco Photography's studio.
•Elisabeth Franco Photography can save you the tedious job of ordering and uploading your images online. We can order your prints in any size and finish with superior quality. How convenient and easy is that?
Elisabeth Franco Photography is a "hybrid" studio. We offer both art pieces and digital images. We believe a printed image or wall art product such a beautiful framed canvas, to be the most valuable way to highlight and preserve your art. However, in the digital age, owning digital negatives is very important to our clients and we gladly offer them.
We want to stress how important it is to print your images. Digital files are not archival and will eventually corrupt. The safest place for your images is to print them. A professional print will last 100 years or more. Our available products offer a beautiful way to display the memories of your love ones in your home and your digital images for archival purposes and today's digital sharing technologies. Remember those 5 1/4 floppy disks? And the "moder"update 31/2 hard disks?What would you do if that's where your wedding or family pictures were stored and you needed to see them today? Who knows what type of digital storage devices will come and on in the next few decades!
We want to stress how important it is to print your images. Digital files are not archival and will eventually corrupt. The safest place for your images is to print them. A professional print will last 100 years or more. Our available products offer a beautiful way to display the memories of your love ones in your home and your digital images for archival purposes and today's digital sharing technologies.
Many times, the best camera you can use is the one you have with you. In a lot of cases that may be your phone! Join me in this blog to discover how you can learn to use your camera phone to create beautiful images and capture life's special moments.
As an iPhone user, I will be mainly providing some great tips for making the most of your iPhone photography, but most of these principles can be applied to any camera phone.
This is particularly useful when you need to get that quick snap of your running toddler or when you need speed on your side. To do this simply swipe up on the iPhone camera shortcut from the lock screen and you will be able to take a photo with no significant delay. You can also swipe up from the bottom of the screen to launch the control center, then tapping on the camera button. Another good hack is to press firmly (3D Touch) to go right to selfies, video, or slow-mo. (iPhone 6s or later.)
Choosing and shooting in square mode converts better for social media sharing, specially if you like to share your photos in Instagram. Shooting square means that you are going to simplify your composition and eliminate any superfluous elements in your images, so that you’re just left with the important stuff.
In the square format you can forget the rule-of-thirds altogether. It depends on what you’re photographing, but placing the subject in the centre of a square frame, or close to the edge, often works surprisingly well. Other elements that become more prominent in the square format are shapes, textures, lines and negative space . Look for shapes – such as circles, triangles, and squares when composing your subject. Leading lines also become stronger as they pull the viewer’s eye through the frame. Lets have a look at some examples of some iPhone images taken by my talented photographer friend Karen Kimmins of Karen Kimmins Newborn Photography
Karen carefully makes uses of lines, shapes, forms, textures and patterns to draw the viewer's eye into the focal point of the photo, creating an enticing composition.
Do you want to transform your iPhone photos from ordinary to extraordinary? One way to accomplish this is to change your perspective or choose a different vantage point when you compose a picture. This is about thinking outside the box and composing beyond a "look at me and say cheese" type of thing. Here are some great tips:
a) Stay away from the standard practice of shooting from eye level, get up, down and change your angle. Creative photography it is all about the angles, have fun experimenting.
b) Shoot from a low angle, this is probably the most popular alternative to eye-level perspective photography. It can be challenging because you may have to squat, sit, kneel or lie down to capture your image. It’s worth the effort because it provides an out-of-the-ordinary look at your subject and the results can be stunning. Lets have a look at an iPhone image taken by my lovely photographer friend Sara Brown from Rocking Horse Photography
Sara's low angle gives this image a strong depth and a tridimensional effect. Her use of the foreground, mid-ground and background leads you (the viewer) to invite yourself into the frame. You see what she sees. You enter the frame by looking at the things closest to you, and then you slowly make your way into the mid-ground, and then slowly out into the background. When shooting your kids, family or friends, try to get subjects in your foreground, mid-ground, and background. Be patient and wait until all the elements come together, and think of how your photographs can lead viewers into your photograph, and then out of them.
c) Try positioning your subject in the foreground with the background out of focus. This will give a beautiful depth of field. I often use this technique in my Gloucester home studio to separate the subject from the background.
Silhouettes look great and add a special feel to the photo, and they also emphasize form and composition while reducing the distraction of detail. The one factor to keep in mind is light. To create a silhouette you must be shooting against the light. Here you can find a beautiful example of a perfect silhouette created by my talented photographer friend Aliana Cassimiro Bruce from Aliana Bruce Photography. Aliana is not only an amazing newborn photographer but her outdoor photography skills are breathtaking. She has a truly gift in photographing families outdoors.
This is another example of backlit photography using an iPhone 4. This image was taken in December, around 5 pm, in Barcelona. The sun flare and silhoutte of the football together with the movement of the subject add a special vibe. Experiment with shadows, light, architecture and movement to obtain extraordinary shoots using your camera phone.
This photo was taken in Gloucester using an iphone 6 around 9am, it was a frosty morning on my way to work
Put simply, negative space is the area which surrounds the main subject in your photo (the main subject is known as the "positive space"). ... When used properly, negative space provides a natural balance against the positive space in a scene.
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For more information about the services I offer send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org or just feel free to browse through my work www.elisabethfrancophotography.com
So after a bit of hesitation, you have decided that it is now time to get some portraits done of your children or your family. You're excited to get a session booked and get some new photos, yay!! But how do you choose? They are so many photographers in your area!
Fear not. I'm here to help! As a Gloucester Family and Children's photographer, I'm very familiar with the world of portrait photography, and I've got some useful tips to help you choose the right photographer to capture your family memories forever.
First things first: If you don’t like the portrait photographer’s style, there’s no reason to continue. Everybody has a style they like or are looking for, even if you can't name or put your finger on it. Make sure to take a good look through the photographer's portfolio to see whether their style is consistent and is what you are looking for.
Settle on a style: It is important to consider the type of photography style that the photographer provides. Do any of the following appeal to you?
Instead of a series of posed photos, these are candid or spontaneous pictures. This style tends to be photojournalistic, you'll very rarely see people staring at the camera—the photos capture the moments exactly as they happened, and together they tell a story. These photos also tend to have very minimal editing. This style is great to capture raw emotions.
These tend to be more classic and traditional portraits. If you like posed newborn photos, make sure you are choosing someone who shoots those specific types of newborn photos, vs. in-home lifestyle photos. Even within studio portraiture, there is a lot of room for creativity.
I love studio work, posing families, children and babies. I love creating unique set ups for the families I work with, and strive to use my artistry in different ways.
In fine art portraiture, the artist's vision plays an important role. Though it's similar to documentary photography, this style gives the photographer greater artistic license to input their particular point of view and style into your photographs, this does not mean that the photographer will not spend time with you discussing your hopes for your portraits . Fine art photography is generally more stylized with a signature look. My favourite fine art photographers in the UK are Paulina Duczman and Lisa Visser have a look at their work if you can.
Edgy and Bold
When you see images with the camera tilted at different angles, a surprising view (i.e. a photo shot from overhead). Is an offshoot of fine art, is marked by "outside-the-box", tilted angles and unconventional framing.
This may sound obvious, but it's not something that people always consider. If you are looking to have some outdoor portraits, it may be a good idea to go with a photographer who mainly does outdoor photography and uses natural light. If you are looking for portraits of your children, it makes sense to choose someone who specializes in family photography (rather than specialising in, say, landscape or pet photography).
Someone who specialises in the type of photography you are wanting will be an expert in that genre, and that will go far in getting you beautiful photos. I specialised in newborns, children and family photography within a studio setting. Do your research to ensure that the photographer you choose is good at the type of photoshoot that you are looking for.
Start your research by reading any reviews in Google or by checking the photographer's Facebook page. Have they got some testimonials in their website? What are the reviews like? Do they express happiness? This will give you an idea of the set of skills that the photographer has and what kind of work they have done and how their clients felt. The wording and design of their website, will also give you a glimpse about the photographers personality and sensibility.
Another important factor is the photographer's portfolio, is it consistent? If you notice that a photographer's photos don't have a consistent look overall that may be red flag. Are there enough photos in their Website or Facebook page for you to make an informed decision?. Is the quality of the photos, style, creativity and editing consistent? Does the photographer post images of their work regularly? I spend hours going through my work to perfect it, and I undertake continuous training to be the best I can be.
Realistically this should be the last thing on your mind, but usually it's the first. If you want someone literally just to snap photos away - you can find that easily and cheap. But is that what you want? Good photography is not cheap.
Many photographers take their art very seriously and will go above and beyond your expectations. They will want to give you artwork to hold and cherish forever. A good photographer will invest time and money to ensure they improve their skills. It's important that your photographer communicates with you and hears about what you want from your session.
How much will it cost you? Is the photographer upfront with their prices? Do you know exactly what you’re getting from them? Every photographer has a different way of working. Some will do viewings and in person sales, some will offer all inclusive packages. Don’t forget the cost of your photos is not just down to the moment they press the shutter and take your image. You are paying for their knowledge and experience, processing, and equipment as well as an experience.
We recently had our family photoshoot done with a photographer that I adore. For me, getting the photos how I wanted them, was far more important than choosing photographer based on their price. My family deserve the best possible images!
A photo session is more than just showing up and having photos taken. Choose a photographer who is involved beyond just taking a deposit for a session, shooting the session and mailing you your images. Your overall experience will be enhanced if you choose someone who works with you on each step, from initial consultation to choosing a session date, helping you pick out outfits and helps you to design your session.
Personality: Check for recommendations. Are they good with children? Are they relaxed? Having your photographs taken in front of a stranger can be very daunting, you want someone to make it as relaxed and fun as possible!