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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Beauty Photography and Fashion | Photography for Moms

Beauty photography and fashion photography is not just for 20 somethings ….

Creating beautiful photography portraits and making your client feel wonderful about themselves is what its all about. This year Jennifer is celebrating fifteen years of marriage and her fortieth birthday!  And for Jen, forty is the new twenty nine!  Making stunning beauty photography portraits where Jen felt pretty, {sexy ~ she didn’t say sexy ~ I did} and beautiful was really important to her.  As i turned the camera around to show her how amazingly beautiful she looked during her beauty photography and fashion photography portrait session,  she said:  “Wow, its so nice to see myself  so beautiful after having four kids.”  If you are reading this and you are a mom a dad or single person, just imagine the patience, love, understanding and time each day that it takes to raise four children.  It’s a special, full time, 24/7 herculean, life experience. beauty photography and fashion photography

During her photography session Jen mentioned that something happened and she never had the opportunity to have wedding photographs taken on her wedding day.  So, this beauty session took on even more importance to her.  I know for myself as I get older I work out more at the gym and make sure to take care of my health even more.  I don’t feel quite as invincible as I did when I was 20 years old!  

A Great Make Up Artist is Essential | For a Successful Beauty Photography Session

Jennifer is not a model but she shure looks like one.  You can tell she takes really good care of herself.  She took my recommendation and visited with a fab MUA {make up artist}  that I recommended Lori Gatuso.  One look at Lori’s web site and you’ll see she a pro! I’ve known Lori for a number of years now, and she has an infectious enthusiasm for life and is so easy to work with.  Everyone that I send her way absolutely love her.  Jennifer also picked out some great outfits and accessories to wear to for her beauty photography and fashion photography session.  

Amazing Studio Lighting and Great Posing Direction

You Don’t Have to be a Model | But You Can Look Like One!

We had all the perfect ingredients for a successful beauty photography and fashion portrait shoot.  But what if the lighting totally sucked?  If the studio lighting sucked, Jenn’s beauty photographs would have turned out awful instead of awesome.

Beautiful Light = Beautiful Portraits

For a women’s beauty photography and fashion photography portrait session I use Calmshell lighting. For this type of beauty photography lighting the softbox is positioned at a 45 degree angle just above your subject.  The top of the softbox is just above the subject’s head and the bottom of the softbox is tilted down just above the camera lens.  You’ll notice a double catch light.  One at the top of the iris from the softbox.  A second catchlight is at the bottom of her iris.  The second catchlight is created from the light of the softbox reflecting back into Jenifer’s face.  I could have used a strip box from the bottom too, but instead I used a 3o” Lastolite Trigrip silver reflector positioned on a 45 degree angle, as close to her as possible, just below the camera frame and lens.  It’s held in place by a Bogen Super Clamp and Bogen Variable Friction Arm attached to a light stand with another Bogen Super Clamp.  No assistant and hands free reflectivity.  Shot with a Canon Mark III and a 24-70mm 2.8 L @ f11, 200 ISO @ 250sec, on Lexar media.

Art & Posing Direction | During a Beauty Photography and Fashion Photography Shoot

During a beauty and fashion photography shoot the smallest things make a huge difference.

  1. The slightest Tilt of the Head – angling of the head, moving the chin up or down, turning toward or away from the camera for a 7/8’s view of the face:  one of the most pleasing views of a woman’s face.
  2. Hand Position –  natural or slightly exaggerated, hands can frame the face and be used to direct the eye in the image.
  3. Facial Expression – natural smile, engage your subject with conversation, i often ask a model to just part their lips a bit.  BTW your laughter will put them at ease and make them smile or laugh.  So laugh allot add allot to her natural beauty.
  4. Hair Styling – for some of the shots I pulled Jennifer’s hair all the way over to one side, brought it over one eye or pulled it back just a bit so that I didn’t cover her eyes.
  5. Direction and Posing  – Takes practice.  I’ll cover this in my upcoming posing and lighting class.
The first thing I always make sure of is that whowever is in front of the camera is super comfortable.   It took Jennifer a few minutes to warm up, but when I turned the camera around and showed her how beautiful she looked and shared my excitement of how great her images were turning out, she instantly got more comfortable.
Some people find directing-posing for beauty photography and fashion portraits easy others find it challenging.  I’m talking about both the subject and the photographer.  It takes practice.  Just make sure you are deliberate.  Most people, unless they are a model need some posing direction.  As a photographer you need to have a critical eye toward small things especially when you are photographing tight shots.  People sense when you are not sure of yourself.  You’ll find that it will build confidence to be deliberate, clear and concise with your direction.  Recently I learned a valuable lesson about a directing mistake I was making for years.  When I was asking someone to turn their torso towards me, what I should have said is turn your hips towards me.  The one thing I’ll always tell my models portrait clients is that any physical adjustment I ask them to make is a micro adjustment.  They get it when I say micro ….. as in small.  So that when i direct them their movements are subtle and small instead of demonstrative and big.  Remember its all about small nuances.

That’s how I throw down!

p.s. I’m setting up Goolge + today see you there soon.

Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 949.494.5084…. or email.

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Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 949.494.5084…. or email.

Special Olympics Southern California | Raising the Bar with Strong Visual Collateral

BTS ~ Lighting Diagram Below

Earlier in 2010 I started photographing some events for Special Olympics Southern California to contribute to their visual collective.  When I attended some of their fund raisers in Newport Beach and their yearly gala at Disney I noticed  that they could use some strong visual collateral.  Allot of their poster sized images were grainy blurry grab shots.  It occurred to me that through the gift of photography I could make a lasting difference.  So, I propposed a solution:  Beautifully lit studio portraits of some of their athletes.  I spoke with Joey Trama {Joey is such a low key guy, his name is right out of Entrourage!}, Regional Special Events & Programs Manager for Special Olympics Southern California – Orange County Region and he was on the same wave length.  After a brief conversation we set up a shooting schedule for the following week.

Below is a lighting diagram with a few shooting notes.

Above:  Gold Medalist:  Scott Yamashiro – Swimming Above {L}:  Gold Medalist:  Alessandra Nackoul – Golf

Above {R}:  Gold Medalist:  Will Shelton – Basketball

Above:  Gold Medalist:  Arianna Nugent – Gymnastics   Above {L}:  Gold Medalist:  Arianna Nugent – Gymnastics

Above {R}:  Gold Medalist:  Bryana Miller – Golf

Above {L}:  Gold Medalist:  Uzuma Mela – Basketball      

Above:  Gold Medalist:   Cathy Mckee – Bowling        She’s a die-hard A’s fan.  Can you tel?!


Lighting Diagram

Below are some test shots taken before the athletes arrived.  The lighting on me is all the same.  What varies slighting is the background lighting {softbox fall off light} and the backgound light behind me {from the gridded Speedlight}.  I included a shot of just the back ground light to show how i tested it.  To do this type of testing, I set my camera on the tripod and turned on my self timer to 10 sec.  Stood in position and exposed a frame.  It was important to me that my exposures and the subtle background highlight and vignette turned out perfect in camera so that I wouldn’t have to spend any time in post trying to “fix” anything in CS5.  It also make’s it apparent that I still need to slim down my belly a bit.  Dang, the camera just doesn’t lie.  Looks like a gotta hit the gym a bit more.

P.S. The athlete’s portraits are headed to the graphic artists.  I’m looking forward to seeing how the design elements will play out.  Will post the final designed product results in the coming weeks.


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Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 949.494.5084…. or email.

Orange County Family & Children’s Photography

Children’s Photography Session | World’s Youngest Baby Pilot

When Annie, baby Connors mom brought in this cool toy plane for his children’s photography session, I could already see the photograph of him and the plane in my mind’s eye. Connor and I talked for a bit and I asked him to just look up at me for a sec. and he was like: “Dude, I’m seriously in the middle of my play time….Chill-lax!”

Children’s Photography | Studio Session

Then a few moments later after a few successful takes offs and landings, baby Connors looked right at me and said: “Hey man, I’m ready for my children’s photography session, snap away!” children

 

P.S. Connie and I love BBQ. Last week we were in Long Beach prepared to go out for some Indian food but walked past Luciells Smoke House BBQ on 2nd Street in Long Beach {a fun lively area with lots of shopping and packed with locals}. The place rocks. Reasonable prices, great food and service. If your in the hood or looking for a relaxing walk and taking in some people watching, having a drink and going out for a bit….Luciells is a great place to stop in for dinner. We ate in the Flying Pig Lounge and sat at the bar. Yummy fried pickles and BBQ ribs!


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For Orange County children’s photography, Los Angeles children’s photography, Orange County wedding photojournalism, Southern California children’s photography, Call Marc at 800.943.0414 to reserve a date and ask any questions that you may have concerning my services. I am an Orange County | Los Angeles | Wedding, Family Portrait and Children’s Photographer.

Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 949.494.5084…. or email.

Fun & Natural | Children’s Dance Recital Photography

Orange County | Children’s Dance Recital Photography Session


Recently, On Stage, She Played a Bunny.

Liely recreated her dance moves for me during her children’s dance recital photography. Liely loves to dance and recently had a dance recital where she played a bunny. I asked her to show me how she dances and she was happy to oblige during her children’s dance recital photography. Her mom, Toska wanted to capture these special moments in Liely’s life before they passed by. She knew that Liely wouldn’t fit into her dance recital costume by next year. She’d have grown out of it and into her next phase. What a lovely tribute to her daughter. I know that in year to come Liely, Toska and Liely’s grandmother will be able to look back on these moments and smile and reminisce about how much Liely has grown. dance recital photography, orange county dance recital photography

Since this is the last year that Liely will fit into her {authentic} Northern Iranian costume. Her mom Toska wanted a few fun images. By now you can see that Lielly is completely comfortable in front of the camera for her dance recital photography.
Future runway model, sporting her summer fun-wear! Liely is all of 4 1/2 years old. Can you believe it?

Preserving Memories Through Dance Recital Photography

One of my favorite images of Liely in her dance recital costume. Will her dress be saved in a trunk for her to discover when she is older? I know that this dance recital photography image will hang on their wall in their family room.

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For Orange County wedding photography, Los Angeles wedding photography, Orange County wedding photojournalism, Southern California fashion photography, Call Marc at 800.943.0414 to reserve a date and ask any questions that you may have concerning my services. I am an Orange County | Los Angeles | Destination | Kids | Children | Family and Newborn Photographer.

For over 10 years Marc has created fun,family portraits for families in Orange County and beyond.

Marc Weisberg is an Newport Beach family photographer.

Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 949.494.5084…. or email.

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