So what is a Candid, Posed Portrait? I was taking lit portraits(off camera fill flash) of my daughter on top of a mountain. We used to go hiking every Columbus Day. I must have done something and when I looked back at my daughter was deep in thought. These are difficult moments to get. It is really hard for people to fake. Sometimes you just get lucky.
The key to the image was the clean background and the lighting was already set up. I had one shot to get it right. One aspect of my photograph you will notice are backgrounds. I stress from day one in my beginning photography classes how important clean background are. Photographers use composition lighting, balance movement to achieve dynamic images. The biggest difference between a novice and good pro is backgrounds. I see so many images ruined by horrible backgrounds.
2018 Early Bird Discount 15%
In 2018 my only portrait discount will be an Early Bird Discount. Anyone who orders prints within two weeks of their gallery going live will get 15% off their total. Check out my kid’s gallery, my senior portrait gallery, or portrait gallery.
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Ok so my daughter is obsessed with horses. I recently took one of my photography students to shoot at TNC Equine Center. She did a few of these blackout portraits and my daughter wanted me to do some. The main reason I suggested this barn is because I knew the afternoon light would make the whole process very easy. Actually, getting the horse in a nice pose is much more difficult than the photographic process. The only difficult editing which really is not difficult at all is removing the girls hands. I am not a fan of horse images with bridles or halters so luckily this horse take off.
If you are interested in one of these portraits for your horse give me a call.
The classes I teach ended last week, so summer starts today for John Whitehead Images. I am offering a free 8X10 print with all summer portraits.
Why should you hire John Whitehead Images. I have a BFA from the #1 Art School in the Country. I have been a full-time photographer since 1994. I specialize in location/environmental portraiture. I teach photography and Adobe Photoshop. I am an expert in toning images. Free retouching and no time limits. Check out my portrait galleries. PORTRAITS / SENIOR PORTRAITS / KIDS PORTRAITS
Any questions feel free to call.
I love to make things, especially new items. I have made bed frames, furniture, motorcycles, jewelry and a variety of other stuff. In early the early 2000’s I expanded from photography because I needed a new outlet. I started to learn to weld and create simple metal furniture. Since then, I have completely filled up my house with tools and items I have created.
As I child I loved to watch cooking shows on PBS. Yes, the Food Channel didn’t exist at that time. I really started cooking and experimenting with food when I was in college. I remember telling people if I could do it again I would have gone to cooking school. One of my roommates in college went to cooking school and is one of the top chefs in Chicago. In high school, you took these stupid tests to find out a career path. Mine always was a business man. I hate offices, suits, and business in general. The problem with the test and high school, in general, is that it has not changed and has a very narrow focus.
Enough babble. Last year, I started Foods with Flavor. (A YouTube/Blog) I have always loved to create and cook and I already knew how to shoot and edit video. I moved to Central Pennsylvania in the mid 90’s. At that time the food scene was pretty non-existant and what was here was very bland. This is one reason, I really started cooking so much instead of dining out. I have created a series of YouTube videos to accompany my website recipes. I focus on food with heat and flavor but occasionally an item that is simple but tastes great. Take a look share with a friend. Foods with Flavor!
Usually, one of the first questions I get asked when I get hire for a location portrait is “What to Wear” I just added a basic overview to my website to help with this question. There is not a perfect answer because it really involves a combination of factors. Location, hair color, purpose and a variety of other factors. Most important is probably location. Color or patterns in clothing can make or break a photo. A general rule is patterns are very difficult in rural locations unless the background is very neutral. Patterns and bold color work best in urban or neutral location.
The best scenario is to consult with the photographer. They can give you suggestions on what to wear. A variety of clothing is best.
Click on any of the above links to go directly to my page with examples of how clothing can affect a portrait.