This is the number one thing I hear from people when I show up to their session. And let me tell you I’m right there with you! I always say I belong on the back of a camera not in front of it but let me tell you something else. Everyone is photogenic, yes that’s right that means YOU are photogenic.
I despise getting in front of the camera but I do it anyway, I know that it is important and one day all my child and future grandchildren will have are the photos that we take today. Do you want to know how I got over the fear and stress that came with thinking I was not photogenic? No? To bad Im gonna tell you anyway 😉
Find a photographer that you really click with someone who makes you forget that there is a camera in their hand. Once I found that it was much easier to get in front of the camera once a year. My photographer makes the whole process fun and we have even become friends outside of our Photographer, Client relationship. This is by far the most important item on this list.
Next is don’t wear brand new clothing as you will not be completely comfortable in it during your session. If you do want new outfits for your portraits purchase them at least a month before the session and wear them. Wear them and wash them that way they loosen up a bit and drape a bit better and you will feel better in them.
Look at yourself in the mirror. Find your relaxed smile and practice it. Also while looking in the mirror practice poses. You can actually find quite a few posing guides on pinterest that will help you learn some of the basic poses that work with your body type. This step even though your photographer will know how to pose you to flatter your body will help you become more comfortable in these poses. Comfort equals relaxed posing and relaxed photos. Relaxed photos always look better than stiff ones.
The last tip is love yourself. I know I know its soooo cliche! But its true!! If you are anything like me and don’t want photos of yourself its because you see all your imperfections. You say things like maybe next year after Ive lost weight, Or please don’t photograph my right side its not my good side . Next time you look in the mirror tell yourself out loud one thing you like about yourself. then repeat every time you look in the mirror. It doesn’t always have to be something physical but should be often as you are trying to train yourself to see the beauty in your physical form.
Simple right? Well maybe not but it does work! Im proof Below are photos of my own un-photogenic self.
Its that time of year again, time for spring mini sessions. I love doing sessions at Woodenshoe Tulip festival while the flowers are in full bloom they provide so many gorgeous colors to use as backgrounds. The grounds are usually … Continue reading →
Baby Miss A really gave me a run for my money while shooting her Newborn Portraits. She wanted nothing to do with the camera and was REALLY not a hat girl. Her mama was so patient though and we prevailed. Eventually she did sleep and we pushed through as many poses as we could. In the end this has become one of my favorite sessions because while it didn’t go exactly as planned it still came out great and showed me that sometimes all it takes is patience.
If you have any questions or would like to book a newborn session please contact me on Facebook or my Website.
This blog is coming a bit late, However I had to share a story that proves sometimes you underestimate children. About a week before Fathers Day this last June there was a knock at my door, I opened it to find my neighbors daughter, thinking she was here for my daughter I started to tell her that my kiddo was not home. She interrupted me and asked if she could hire me to do photos of her and her brother for fathers day. Of course I said yes , she then pulled out her phone and showed me a photo that she had found on Google saying she wanted to do something similar for her dad. We scheduled the day and she got her brothers mom in on the plan so that she could stay the night and her brothers mom would bring them to the photo session. By that time she had bought some letters DAD of course, and a frame for the photos and we set to work.
I am very touched by the thoughtfulness of this little girl. She saved her money to be able to get something her dad would truly enjoy and did it all without him knowing which is a feat in and of itself considering he is a single father and she lives with him!
The below portrait is the end result which she put in the frame she purchased and presented to him on Fathers day.
Newborn photography has very quickly become my passion, I love being able to provide parents with photographs of these moments that are all too fleeting, from the tiny little toes to the wispy hair these things change way to fast. Newborn photography allows us to memorialize a time when our children change daily so that we can look back on it and remember.
I would like to welcome the new year in with a newborn photography special! The first person to book a newborn session this month( baby needs to be due this month) Will received their choice of my two newborn sessions 50%off! and anyone who books in January and is due in the next 9 months will receive 30% off. These prices are good for sessions booked with deposits paid in January only. My newborn and portrait collections can be found at this link http://dellamortphotography.com/portrait-photography
*special good for newborn photography only booked in the month of January 2015. To receive the 50% off discount you must be the first to book and pay your deposit for a newborn session in January with a due date before January 31st. 30% discount is valid for any session booked in January for a date in the next 9 months. Please contact me for more details. Other rules and restrictions may apply.
After My last post about Family Portraits I realized that It might be helpful to know my prices. Because I am a semi- professional photographer I offer lower rates than many other photographers In the Portland metro area. I do this in the hopes that I will be able to help someone get some beautiful Pictures who may not have been able to afford them otherwise. If you wish to contact me to set up a shoot or with questions. you can find me on my facebook or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are my packages for family shoots. These are my introductory prices and are subject to change at any time.
up to 4 people (10.00 each adl person)
includes disc with 10 or more images(all images may not have all people in them)
1 hr 1 location and outfit
up to 4 people (10.00 each adl person)
includes disc with 15 or more images(all images may not have all people in them)
Family Portraits capture Big milestones in your life, Your wedding, First baby, and grand babies as well as all the important points between That makes them special so you don’t want the same thing that everyone else has you want different poses and backgrounds. This is what makes on location outdoor photography so amazing. Even if the poses you want are more traditional you can do it in an amazing setting to make them your own. If your family likes fishing and hunting why not go somewhere like Forest park or somewhere on the Willamette river and get some shots there. Take some of your fishing gear with you as props and really get some creative shots. Or if you’re a sports oriented family go to an open field all decked out in your teams gear. This way you can truly capture your family dynamic. Then again if you are more traditional when it comes to pictures why not dress in matching outfits and go somewhere like waterfront park or the Portland rose gardens and get some beautiful portraits done.
Really I enjoy doing all kinds of shots. I try to make It as fun as possible and if you have several little ones will get some of just them being them. I will try to get special moments of the children together and some of the parents as well as individual shots and large group shots.
I am a semi professional (also known as amateur) photographer in the Portland Oregon area. I am willing to travel almost anywhere within the Portland metro area. I have been doing portraits for my friends and family for a couple of years and have decided to try and branch out. I am willing to do most kinds of photography and try to make the shoots fun. If asked to do a child’s portraits I have found that letting them choose a couple poses can really get them into the whole experience and you can get some awesome candid photos out of it. I specialize in outdoor natural light pictures so naturally the summer is my busy season but I am also willing to work in the rain or snow. I have even held two photo shoots while out on hikes. I have current pieces in my portfolio for Family Portraits, Children’s portraits, school pictures, Male portraits, and one wedding. I am willing to do wedding photography However I ask that I be a back up photographer not the main one as I only have one wedding under my belt. If you would like to book a shoot with me please contact me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DellaMortPhotography or email@example.com You can also see more of my work on my Deviant Art Profile. I also now have a website found here.
I have set my prices pretty low due to the fact that I am just starting out and don’t feel that I should charge the same amount as someone who has been around for a wile. If you want pictures from me but do not see what you want in the list just ask. Ill let you know if I can do it and what it will cost.