From our In the Box Mini Session What's the point of sending a Christmas card? The first known Christmas card was sent by Michael Maier to James I of England and his son Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales in 1611 while the first commercially available card was commissioned by Sir Henry Cole in 1843. With such a long tradition of greetings, why are so few people sending them today? Part of the [...]
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I’m often asked what kind of camera I use. The question is usually asked by another photographer, and rarely by a client. The truth is, I own quite a few cameras. Some dating back as far as 2002. If you include phone cameras, add another four or so. You see, the cameras all do the same thing to different degrees of accuracy. They record light and shadow on a sensor. The buttons and bells [...]
NEW to Shine Portrait is the very fun, informative and entertaining LIVE PORTRAIT. LIVE PORTRAIT embeds a video into one of our enabled photos. LIVE PORTRAIT makes Christmas Cards more personal; business cards more informative and Portraits more entertaining. Watch the video to see how it works, or DOWNLOAD the free app that makes the magic happen HERE (Google Play.) You may notice that this app has a very low review. This [...]
Did COVID mess with your wedding? Then you are not alone. With multiple businesses and services closing down temporarily and gatherings restricted to a VERY cozy five people, many a bride and groom have had to postpone their dream wedding. But we have a solution for you! For some couples, postponing their wedding has meant the cancellation of trips or the postponement has spanned into years, as venues are booked well in advance and [...]
Autumn is one of the most popular months of the year for portrait sessions which is why October has been named as the official family portrait month. After all, nature is doing its thing with all those vibrant colors, plus you get a chance to really play up your wardrobe with accessories in the crisp weather. You also have the opportunity to prep and purchase the most memorable of Christmas gifts, by giving the gift [...]
The Importance of Photographer-Child Interaction Time to Warm up Before the Session. I just wanted to take a minute to talk about the importance of the pre-session warm up. What is this, you might ask? This is the photographer-child interaction time that occurs before we begin the session. I always suggest that you show up a little bit early, maybe 15 minutes, to your session so we have this time to get to know [...]