Jeff Gamble Photography: Blog https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog en-us (C) Jeff Gamble Photography jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) Thu, 11 Jun 2020 13:56:00 GMT Thu, 11 Jun 2020 13:56:00 GMT Our Portraits Aren't Boring! https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2019/5/our-portraits-arent-boring The dated idea of bland backdrops, wicker chairs and ridiculous poses still dominates the portrait studio industry. Oddly enough, you can still go to JC Penney and pay a lot for a canned portrait.

We don't do canned portraits. We create high end custom images. You, your family, your cat, your third cousin twice removed - we will turn you in to a piece of art. Something you will be proud to show off for decades.

By the way, we also offer traditional film-based photography and Polaroid style portraits. You know, in case you are feeling nostalgic.

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Artistic Element https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2019/3/artistic-element Artistic Elements

Photography is an art form. There is no “standard” photograph, just each photographer’s interpretation of a situation and their vision. No two photographers create an image the same way. This is important to know when going for family photos or an updated headshot. Most of us can reproduce a style, that’s pretty common. Headshots, for example, tend to follow a certain form. The variations come in a photographer’s lighting setup and technique. No one method is better than another. (Every photographer will tell you their way is the best, but that’s because it is part of their style, and it is very personal.) It is always a good idea to explore the photographer’s portfolio before booking a session. That allows you to get a feel for their style and understand how your images might look. If they don’t have a portfolio you can view, ask them to email samples. It is typically a red flag if they don’t or won’t.

 

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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) fine art headshots high school photograph pictures senior photos senior pictures https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2019/3/artistic-element Tue, 05 Mar 2019 21:27:48 GMT
Pretty Pictures https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/11/pretty-pictures This may sound odd, but I don't make pretty pictures. I don't set out to create cute images. I don't plan a shoot around perfect smiles and trendy poses. I don't start a session by saying "let's all look pretty." Yes, I want my clients to look good in their photos. Yes, certain types of photos need to have a specific aesthetic and technical accuracy. Yes, I do tell my clients to smile. But no, I don't create pretty pictures.

I create artistic images derived from a well developed personal aesthetic that present my subjects in a sophisticated, modern style reflective of my brand.

Mouthful right? But you're thinking isn't it about what the client wants? Well, that is partially true. A client may have something specific in mind but may not be able to get from start to finish. I work with my clients to help them get to the end result they are looking for, all the while ensuring that my aesthetic ideals and my brand are not compromised. This may sound like an unyielding approach. Really, it isn't. It means my client is going to get the best possible photographs from a technically and artistically skilled photographer. Rather than take the more common "I'll shoot anything" approach, I specialize and perfect my craft, so my clients feel special and get the perfect results.

Would you want anything else?

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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) fine art headshots high school photograph pictures senior photos senior pictures https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/11/pretty-pictures Wed, 28 Nov 2018 17:15:10 GMT
Holiday photos don't have to be blah https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/11/holiday-photos-dont-have-to-be-blah Your holiday photos don't have to be boring. Traditional pictures are great, but you can be creative and unusual too. Yes, we've all seen the matching PJ photos and the white-shirt-blue-jeans-matchy-matchy but you don't have to go there. Let your holiday photos speak to you and your family's personality. Think in terms of an overall theme rather than matching outfits. You could do a Christmas morning theme where everyone is pretending to open presents, or a holiday dinner theme where everyone is sitting around the dining table reminiscent of Norman Rockwell. You photos don't have to have a holiday theme either. If your family has a special activity you like to share, or a favorite sports team or even a favorite place to go in town, you can incorporate that in to your pictures. Imagine the envy of those on your holiday card list when they receive your family photo with AT&T Stadium in the background while you are all wearing Cowboys gear. Or perhaps you are all riding horses, fishing or hunting, or even playing a board game or cards. These themes are just a few of the possibilities. You don't have to worry about how it will work, that's what we are here for. If you want to do something different, unusual, out of the ordinary with your holiday photos this year, give us a call.

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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) christmas fine art headshots high school holiday pictures senior photos senior pictures https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/11/holiday-photos-dont-have-to-be-blah Mon, 26 Nov 2018 22:37:05 GMT
Instant Film Experience https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/11/instant-film-experience There is no question Polaroid cameras changed photography and the way photographs are taken. The question is, did Polaroid cameras and the experience of using them have an impact on popular culture in such a way as to be considered pop culture artifacts? I would argue that the Polaroid process, the experience of the Polaroid process, and the physical prints themselves did (and continue to do) just that. With the introduction of easy to use consumer models in the 1960s and the OneStep Process in the 1970s, Polaroid Cameras took their place among the great game changers like the telephone, talking pictures, cassette tapes, compact discs and portable stereos. But the product alone did not shape and drive social interaction. It was the experience of instant photography that built the popular culture following and the experience that drove social interaction, creating a sustained pop culture buzz, rather than a passing fad or trend. In Back to the Future, Marty McFly repeatedly checked a Polaroid print of his family, watching them fade as he struggles to get his mom and dad together in the movie. The 2003 release of the song Hey Ya! by the group Outkast features the refrain “shake it like a Polaroid”. In the 1988 film Beetlejuice, Winona Ryder uses a Polaroid when she attempts to capture photos of the ghosts haunting the attic of her family’s home. Each instance reflects a part of the Polaroid experience – watching a print develop before your eyes, shaking the print to help development, and the pre-digital convenience of instant photography in the home. As an artifact of popular culture, the Polaroid experience and the Polaroid print, not the camera or the company alone, are engrained in our cultural vernacular, being embraced by and proliferated through pop culture.  That's one of the reasons I keep shooting Polaroid and will until I can't get film anymore. I try to incorporate instants int o the majority of my sessions. At the very least, I take a couple of photographs as momentos - the client gets one and I keep one for the Polaroid tree in the lounge area of the studio. It's fun and nostalgic and frankly, the photos look very cool. If you are interested in doing a retro film session, give me a call!

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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) fine art headshots high school photograph pictures senior photos senior pictures https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/11/instant-film-experience Tue, 20 Nov 2018 20:37:32 GMT
Know what you are getting https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/11/know-what-you-are-getting Did you know that JC Penney still offers a portrait studio at some of its locations? As with most business owners, I like to keeps tabs on other photographers to see where their rates are and if they are offering something really cool that the rest of the industry isn't My curiosity with Penney's was centered on their rates. I wanted to see what a traditional retailer was charging for photo packages. I was very surprised to see that their rates a reasonable and that they have decent packages.

These days it it hard to compete on print packages, especially with small formats (wallets, 5x7, 8x10) because once I add a markup, it is no longer cost effective for the customer to buy small format prints from me. As a result, I only offer 16x20 and up from a leading photo lab. I could print the small stuff in house, but then the quality would not be the same as that from a dedicated photo lab. I sit down with clients and walk through the proofing gallery to select the right photos and then select the right size prints. My clients know that their print is coming from a leading photo processing company and that it is guaranteed. When you are looking for a place to take your holiday photos, I suggest you look at a local photography studio, where you will get personalized service. Remember, Small Business Saturday is coming up on November 24, 2018. Find a local photographer to help you out instead of a national retailer.

I'll be taking walk-ins on Saturday November 24, 2018 for Holiday Super Mini Sessions. Be sure to stop in!

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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) fine art headshots high school photograph pictures senior photos senior pictures https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/11/know-what-you-are-getting Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:28:05 GMT
Get Proof! https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/11/get-proof Get Proof!

This may seem a little old fashioned but you want your photographer to provide you with proofs before you sign off on your photos. A proof is simply a preview of your photos, and is usually color and exposure corrected, but does not have a final edit. The proofs allow you to select your favorite images, rather than having your photographer selecting his or hers. Too often, you get what you get and have little to no say in the images that are delivered. The difference between two photos can be subtle, but something as simple as the curve of a smile can determine whether or not you like the photo. While photographers are looking for the best facial expressions, all too often they are focused more on the overall image quality (focus, exposure, warmth, tone) and not on what makes a photo great. I take my kids to see Santa at the Northpark Mall in Dallas every year. The photographer who has that gig, Marc Robins Photography, does a great job of providing options for his clients with proofs. Often, the photographer will snap 6 to 10 frames while the kids are up with Mr. C. You get to review the images and choose the ones you like. They are all the same as far as the technical aspects of the photographs. The decision comes down to the aesthetics, the appeal of facial expressions, body positions, eye contact with Santa and the like. The ability to choose the photos you like is key. 

I provide a proofing gallery to all of my clients. Typically, clients review the proofs online, mark their favorites, they I make a final pass on the photos and deliver them. Sometimes, I sit down with my clients and review the photos together. (While the days of hard copy proofs are nearly gone, I still provide those on request.) If your photographer is not proofing with you, ask that they do. You will be happier with your photos.

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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) fine art headshots high school photograph pictures senior photos senior pictures https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/11/get-proof Fri, 09 Nov 2018 16:58:10 GMT
You get me https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/11/you-get-me When you choose Jeff Gamble Photography for your pictures, you get me. This isn't a studio using someone else's name, or sending out photography interns, students or contractors to do the work. Photography is an art, each photographer has a style, and my art and style is part of my brand. If I sent someone else out to take your photos, I would be doing you a disservice. You have selected my company because of the look I achieve, the service I provide, and the value I give. You wouldn't get that if I sent someone else out to do the work.

Why is this important? If you hire a studio that sends out employees to do the work, you get a tightly scripted experience. When you hire my studio, you get the individualized creative service you deserve. You get my creative eye and my experience. You can be confident that the photographer who shows up is going to own the process from start to finish. I take the photos, process the photos and deliver the photos. I provide the customer service and the customer experience. This is reflected in my company's mission: Jeff Gamble Photography offers high end portrait photography products and services to high school seniors, families, individuals, and business professionals. Jeff Gamble Photography brings sophisticated modern style to our clients through fine art portraits, heirloom quality prints, and exceptional service.

And when you hire Jeff Gamble Photography, you get me, Jeff Gamble.

 

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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) fine art headshots high school photograph pictures senior photos senior pictures https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/11/you-get-me Mon, 05 Nov 2018 15:44:50 GMT
Why Go Pro? https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/10/why-go-pro Why Go Pro?

Photography has changed dramatically over the last decade. Smart phone cameras are closing in on the image quality of mid-range digital cameras and will eventually catch up to the high resolution files that good quality DSLR cameras produce. If everyone has a smart phone that can take good pictures, why do you need to visit a professional photographer? What complicates matters is the ease in which phones can share the photos. You can attach your phone to a tripod, take a good quality family photo, edit it and share it all within a few minutes time. A professional photo comes back to you in digital or print format within a few days of the portrait session. Prints are slow to share, and unless your photographer provides social media ready files, your digital images can be close to impossible to share. (Our files average 50MB in size before they are edited!) So why choose a professional photographer? You have to think in terms of quality, creativity, and convenience. A professional photographer is going to deliver an expertly crafted image, with exceptional quality, and take care of all the details to make it convenient for you. If you just want pictures to post on Facebook, a phone may be fine, but the quality of those pictures goes up dramatically when they are done professionally.

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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) family fine art headshots high school photograph photos pictures senior photos senior pictures https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/10/why-go-pro Tue, 30 Oct 2018 19:05:54 GMT
Polaroid Mini Sessions https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/10/polaroid-mini-sessions Yes, that's right!

We're going to offer Polaroid mini sessions. And we're not talking those mini things, we're talking classic Polaroid Land Camera photographs. We use a Polaroid 250 Land Camera that shoots Fuji Film FP100c film producing classic prints in 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch format. With the session, you get a classic mini photo album for your prints and scanned copies of the photographs to share on social media. This is a cool way to have your portraits taken. It works great for individuals, families and couples looking to do something different. These mini sessions are a little more expensive than our others mainly because of the cost of the film. But it is worth it! The Instant Mini session gets you:

  • 10 Polaroid Color Prints shot on vintage film
  • Digital scans of each print
  • Vintage photo album for your Polaroids
  • In studio or on location in the Denton area
  • Studio: $249
  • Location: $289
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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) fine art headshots high school photograph pictures senior photos senior pictures https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/10/polaroid-mini-sessions Sat, 27 Oct 2018 01:14:21 GMT
Finding Inspiration https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/10/finding-inspiration I think that were it not for discovering Alfred Stieglitz, I would have become stagnant, and perhaps even lost interest in photography as anything but a method to document birthday parties and baseball games. Stieglitz opened my eyes to the creative possibilities one can experience once you have learned to embrace your aesthetic and work it. Stieglitz brought me to Steichen, who reinforced for me the art of portrait photography and helped me learn to experiment and forget the rules. One of my favorite and frequently referred to collections of Steichen was compiled by William Ewing and Todd Bradshaw and encompasses Steichen’s time working for Conde Nast. These captains of composition led me to Paul Strand. Strand showed me that my eye and no one else’s determined my photographic creativity and that the subject was the most important part of the photograph, not the technical aspects. (I think I have to include Weston in here a bit too, for all the same reasons.)

When asked what projects shaped my portfolio, there is one of mine that was an ah-ha moment for me and dramatically changed the direction in which I was heading. I recreated, in photographs, several of Edgar Degas' After the Bath pastels. I worked with a new model for about a month to capture the images I wanted and get the look I was trying to get. It brought me closer to my work, I was in a rut prior to that. I frequently referenced Stieglitz’s images of Georgia O’Keefe for inspiration. I realized through this exercise that I could easily see my vision become a reality by changing my approach.

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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) fine art headshots high school inspiration photograph pictures senior photos senior pictures https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/10/finding-inspiration Wed, 24 Oct 2018 16:39:22 GMT
Film is not dead https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/10/film-is-not-dead Film is not dead!

I regularly shoot film, mostly for my personal photography, but recently, I began shooting it for clients. It is old school for sure. I have a vintage Graflex Speed Graphic view camera and a small medium format camera that I use in the studio and on location. Since there are no guarantees with film, for clients I shot a mix of film and digital. I usually supplement the film sessions with a few Polaroids. I develop the film in house and scan the negatives. These scans can be used to create some great large format prints. Right now, I only offer black and white in film. Color processing is a challenge and easy to ruin. Black and white is much more forgiving in the darkroom. It is more expensive to include film in your sessions, but, it is well worth it. You are not just getting a photograph, you are getting vintage art.

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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) film fine art headshots high school photograph pictures polaroid senior photos senior pictures https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/10/film-is-not-dead Tue, 23 Oct 2018 14:29:52 GMT
Mini Sessions https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/10/mini-sessions Mini Sessions

A mini session can be a great way to get a fresh set of family photos. Photographers typically package a good deal for mini sessions along with free stuff, like photo albums or large prints. It can pay to shop around for a good mini session deal. I typically include a large format print with my sessions, along with a good compliment of images. I also offer the opportunity to purchase prints through me. It is not required, but I do want my clients to have access to heirloom quality prints. Take a look at our Specials page to see what we have going on for fall and the holiday season.

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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) fine art headshots high school photograph pictures senior photos senior pictures https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/10/mini-sessions Wed, 17 Oct 2018 01:25:30 GMT
Positive Approach = Good Photos https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/8/positive-approach-good-photos If you have convinced yourself you look horrible in pictures, you will look horrible in pictures. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard “I’m not photogenic” I would be rich. Most people who do not think they photograph well can easily be coached in to the right pose and right situation for great photos. From time to time, though, you run in to a person who is thoroughly convinced they do not photograph well and have strong feelings against being photographed. There’s no helping these folks. I had a client come in for headshots recently. She had just started a new job and her company wanted the headshots for their web site. Her first words were “I just want you to know I hate having my picture taken and do not want to do this.” Not hello, not ‘hi my name is…’, just instant negativity. I asked why she didn’t like to be photographed. She said she doesn’t like how she looks in photos, believes she has never looked good in photos, and reiterated her deep hatred of the process. Despite reassurances from me that I would do everything I could to ensure she looked good, she was convinced that anything short of a model stand-in would result in a horrible photo.

For a photographer, there’s no way to help someone like that. Even if you have just recreated the photographic equivalent of Botticelli’s Venus, that client will believe they look horrible. When having your photo taken, for whatever reason, try to go in with a positive attitude. It can be a fun experience and your photographer will ensure that he or she is doing all they can to ensure you look great. Yes, being forced to take a photo is no fun. I do a lot of passport photos, those are no fun. But even if you are required to get a headshot for work or travel, having a relaxed attitude and trusting your photographer will go a long way to creating great images.

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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) fine art headshots high school photograph pictures senior photos senior pictures https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/8/positive-approach-good-photos Wed, 22 Aug 2018 03:10:15 GMT
Don't Pucker! https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/8/dont-pucker What is it with profile pictures of people with puckered lips? Are the photographers serving super tart lemonade just before the session? Recently I used a popular service to find a sitter for my kids. While scrolling through profiles, looking to hire the perfect care-taker for my children, I was dumbfounded by the number of pictures of people with puckered lips. Your profile picture is the first thing potential employers see. Sometimes, a decision to review a person’s profile – be it on LinkedIn, Facebook, Care.com, or Namethatsocialmedia.net – is based solely on the impression given by the picture at the top of the page. Right, wrong or otherwise, if you are looking for a job, you need to make sure your profile picture isn’t turning potential hiring managers away. Blowing a kiss to the camera is not a good look for your LinkedIn profile. Neither is a photo of you on the beach in a muscle shirt, or a bikini. You should also avoid the photo of you hanging on a friend in a bar and the one of you rocking out at a Motley Crue concert. Needless to say, I avoided all the profiles where the potential sitter was puckered up. They may have all been Mary Poppins qualified, but their profile photo gave the wrong first impression.

Bottom line: Get a professional headshot for your employer-facing social media presence. And these days, that’s a big presence. The professional headshot from a professional photographer will certainly provide you with the best first impression.

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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) fine art headshots high school photograph pictures senior photos senior pictures https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/8/dont-pucker Wed, 08 Aug 2018 16:26:03 GMT
Panorama https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/7/panorama I tried something cool the other day – creating a panorama. I had never done this before. At least not since owning a late-90s era Kodak film camera that had a panorama setting. That wasn’t a real panorama, it was more like a superwide lens that used more than one frame of film. Creating one digitally was surprisingly easy. Adobe’s Lightroom software automatically stiches together selected images and produces solid results. The biggest challenge for me was deciding what to photograph.

I went with simple and had my kids and my wife pose in our front yard. I spread them out across the yard and gave them each something different to do. Then I captured each in a separate frame. The end result was a very neat stitched together panorama. I think I may start including this in my family portrait sessions. It would be fun, different, and instantly produce a very wide photograph to hang above the fireplace.

It’s good to experiment!

Jeff Gamble Photography brings sophisticated modern style to our clients through fine art portraits, heirloom quality prints, and exceptional service.

Book your session today.

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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) fine art headshots high school photograph pictures senior photos senior pictures https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/7/panorama Sat, 14 Jul 2018 01:58:12 GMT
Photoshop Doesn’t Fix Poor Skills https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/7/photoshop-doesn-t-fix-poor-skills Photoshop Doesn’t Fix Poor Skills

I recently had a client who asked if I was going to use Photoshop on his images. I explained that I do all I can to make sure I have everything right in camera, so I only have to make minor adjustments in Lightroom. I almost never go in to Photoshop unless I am doing something funky. For headshots, Photoshop is not part of the workflow. I explained that I’ll remove small blemishes and smooth skin where necessary, but that’s about it. He explained that his last photographer heavily edited his headshots in Photoshop, and that he loved them.

I told him straight out, he’s probably not going to like mine.

Photoshop is used heavily by photographers whose skills are not refined enough to create a properly exposed image in camera. Overuse of softening, contrast sliders, filters, blur effects and the Liquify tool create images that look heavily edited and bear little resemblance to the subject. There are times when these tools are useful. If you are compositing an image, or want to remove a distraction, or need to fix that one hair that just won’t stay in place, these tools are great. I I have to bring all my images in to Photoshop to correct lighting, contrast, exposure, tone, and other technical elements of a photograph, then I am doing something wrong in camera and need to look at how I am taking the photographs. If your photographer relies on Photoshop and similar tools to correct their mistakes, you need to find another photographer.

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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) fine art headshots high school photograph pictures senior pictures https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/7/photoshop-doesn-t-fix-poor-skills Tue, 03 Jul 2018 16:56:47 GMT
Art vs. Science https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/6/art-vs-science I just read an article on photography trends that described the industry as being a little bot of art and a little bit of science. The article was talking about pricing and the way most photographers apply a cost to their services. It proposed that photographers with more technical experience tend to charge more than photographers with more creative experience. Speaking as a photographer who learned on the job from other photographers, I would absolutely agree with that. Someone with a photography degree or certifications from a leading association will tend to charge more. Not because their art is technically better or because they produce higher quality images. They charge more because they believe they can. At the start of the 20th century the argument over photography as art vs photography as a technical process came to a head when Alfred Stieglitz and a group of pioneering photographers started a movement toward more artistically inspired photography. They moved away from technical purity to produce amazing images with a painterly feel and an immeasurable artistic quality. Today, we see professional photographers who focus on the technical, like National Geographic photographer Vincent Laforet and professional photographers who focus on the art, like Vanity Fair photographer Annie Leibovitz. Is one better than the other? In my opinion, no. It all boils down to the photographer’s personal aesthetic and how it matches up to yours. Keep that in mind when you are looking for a photographer down the road. It doesn’t matter how perfect the image is, technically or artistically, if it doesn’t mesh with you style.

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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) fine art headshots high school photograph pictures senior photos senior pictures https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/6/art-vs-science Tue, 05 Jun 2018 18:05:25 GMT
Liquify Me https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/5/liquify-me I am frequently asked if I can make someone look good when I take their photograph. My default answer is ‘you look great, relax and we’ll create some great photos.’ I have had a few Photoshop savvy individuals ask if I could ‘liquify’ them to remove wrinkles, rolls, chins, etc. My standard answer there is ‘no.’ Here’s why.

Photoshop and tools like Portrait Pro and Portrait Pro Body can reshape elements of a photograph. They can select a part of an image, say a person’s arm, and change it to make it longer, thinner, thicker and so on. During the “developing” process I will touch up blemishes, tweak skin tones, and smooth areas that need smoothing, but I won’t digitally alter an image to make someone look 10 years younger or 20lbs lighter. One reason I won’t do it is that often the final image is not a good representation of the person. Another reason is connected to my personal aesthetic. I want to produce images that present my subject the best way possible. I do that through posing, lighting, exposure, and minimal post processing. To dramatically alter an image goes against my aesthetic as an artist.

A professional photographer will possess the skills and experience needed to produce a near perfect image in camera. There is always a little work to be done in the developing process, but if I got everything right before clicking the shutter, I won’t need to do much. On the other side of the lens, a relaxed client, in a comfortable atmosphere, who is well posed and properly lighted will feel confident about their appearance and really like the result.

I wonder if Annie Leibovitz ever gets asked to liquify someone?

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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) fine art headshots high school photograph pictures senior photos senior pictures https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/5/liquify-me Tue, 22 May 2018 16:35:40 GMT
Film is Not Dead https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/5/film-is-not-dead Yes, you read that right. Film photography is not dead. Film still has a strong following among professional and amateur photographers looking to get back, so to speak, to photography’s roots. Film has a quality that can’t be matched by digital, and a certain nostalgic aesthetic that is easily recognizable. In my own camera arsenal, I have a working large format Graflex “press camera”, a medium format SLR, a 35mm Canon AE1, and post-war (1946) Canon Rangefinder, and a pair of Polaroid Land Cameras. All work, and I can still, at least for now, get film for them. I even have a darkroom for developing black and white.

Novelty right? What purpose do they serve in today’s digital photography world? Well, the reality is the Polaroids can serve a practical purpose in that they provide instant, hard copy results. Aside from that, it is purely a personal aesthetic. While I do offer film packages as an option, 99.99% of my business is digital. Here’s the BUT and what makes a film photographer stand apart from the run and gun snap shooters of today: Film forces you to slow down, compose carefully, expose properly, photograph sparingly, and become much more in tune with the process. A digital photographer with his or her roots in film has a much more solid background than a photographer with their roots in the iPhone 5.

When selecting a photographer for your next project, as how long they have been working as a professional and ask if they still use film. If they have never shot film, you may want to consider finding someone who has. At least you will know that you’ll have a photographer who is fully in tune with the craft.

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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) fine art headshots high school photograph pictures senior photos senior pictures https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/5/film-is-not-dead Tue, 15 May 2018 19:42:17 GMT
Wedding Photography https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/5/wedding-photography Recently I was asked by a wonderful couple to provide examples and a quote to photograph their wedding. They were very nice and really liked my work. Sadly, I had to turn them away, as I don’t offer wedding photography as a service. I explained that I have no experience photographing weddings and that I would not be a good choice to capture their big day. I referred them to a few popular local wedding photographers and wished them luck.

Wedding photography takes a special set of skills and a desire to make a particular kind of art. Wedding photography takes a special mindset, one that I do not have. Photographers do not simply show up and shoot. There is preplanning, a full day of shooting, specialized post processing, and a follow up sales session with product delivery. There are wedding photographers who will do 50 weddings a year. Think about that. That is one almost every weekend. As a photographer, you can make a ton of money. There is also a fair amount of time and money invested in to a solid wedding photography business.

I like my little niche and the ability to take my time making great art for my clients. While I do offer traditional wedding and couples portraits, as well as bridal sittings, doing the wedding itself is just not in my wheelhouse. The point here is: When you are searching for a wedding photographer, do your homework, ask for examples and referrals, and be confident you have selected a photographer that has the wedding mindset.  

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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) boudoir fine art headshots high school photograph pictures portrait portraits senior photos senior pictures https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/5/wedding-photography Thu, 10 May 2018 15:43:29 GMT
Lions, Tigers and Leopards? https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/5/lions-tigers-and-leopards Lions, Tigers and Leopards?

What you wear for a headshot is important. You want to look the part, and be comfortable, but there are some things that don’t look well no matter what. Avoid stripes, horizontal, vertical or diagonal. They tend to highlight areas we don’t want highlighted, just as a tiger. Avoid polka-dots. They look good on a leopard, but not so much on us. Polka dots can create unusual patterns when clothing settles, and they draw attention to specific spots, literally. Solids are best for shirts and blouses. Small patterns are fine for ties, they add texture without taking away from the focus – you. Likewise, solid suit jackets and pants are best, but a neutral pattern or texture like corduroy or suede are good too. They idea is to ensure the focus of your headshot is you, not what you are wearing. Oh, and the lion, tame your hair. Wear it like you normally would, but make sure you have a fresh cut and a way to touch it up when you come to the studio.

Jeff Gamble Photography creates stunning portraits and headshots. We cater to discerning business professionals, individuals desiring a high end look and feel to their portraits, and high school seniors wanting to stand out from the crowd. Our clients understand the value of professional photography and want to create a piece of art, not just a picture. They understand that a professionally crafted portrait and fine art prints are worthwhile investments. Jeff Gamble Photography brings sophisticated modern style to our clients through fine art portraits, heirloom quality prints, and exceptional service.

 

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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) fine art headshots high school photograph pictures senior photos senior pictures https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/5/lions-tigers-and-leopards Tue, 01 May 2018 16:40:26 GMT
Classic Portraits Are Still Cool https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/4/classic-portraits-are-still-cool Classic Portraits Are Still Cool

Doing your senior photos can be a fun experience. You can do any theme possible. Sometimes just doing a classic portrait session can be just as rewarding. The challenge you face as a senior or parent of a senior is finding a photographer with a studio. Let’s face it, these days most photographers are location ‘shooters’ and only use natural light. While we do offer any theme and pretty much any location you can imagine, Jeff Gamble Photography specializes in classic grand portraiture at our main studio location. Here we can create a look like you see in Vanity Fair, Vogue, Rolling Stone and Sports Illustrated. With lighting, posing, and outfits we can design a classic portrait session that delivers heirloom artwork and makes you look, well, really cool. So when considering a senior portrait photographer, be sure to look at all your options, and find a photographer that can create stunning, sophisticated, modern portraits.

Jeff Gamble Photography creates stunning portraits and headshots. We cater to discerning business professionals, individuals desiring a high end look and feel to their portraits, and high school seniors wanting to stand out from the crowd. Our clients understand the value of professional photography and want to create a piece of art, not just a picture. They understand that a professionally crafted portrait and fine art prints are worthwhile investments.

Jeff Gamble Photography brings sophisticated modern style to our clients through fine art portraits, heirloom quality prints, and exceptional service.

Book your session today.

 

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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) fine art headshots high school photograph pictures portrait senior photos senior pictures https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/4/classic-portraits-are-still-cool Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:12:35 GMT
5 Reasons to Get A Professional Headshot https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/4/5-reasons Five Reasons to Get A Professional Headshot

You have your own brand, like Coca-Cola or The Ford Motor Company. When you are putting yourself out there, for a job interview, to gain new business, or to tout your skills, you need your brand to look its best. A car or bathroom selfie won’t do that and more than a scuffed-up and faded Coca-Cola sign or a rusty old Mustang up on blocks. Like the corporate examples, you’ll be recognizable, but will you be presenting your best image? You may be a master at taking photos of yourself, or your friend may be a wiz with the latest iPhone, but you’re still not producing the best look possible.1 Here are five reasons why a professional headshot is important:

  • You are your brand. A professional headshot helps you put your best foot forward.
  • A professional headshot helps to define your brand. Do you want to be known as the lady with the ‘car selfie cleavage and sunglasses’ or the consummate professional your clients want?
  • A professional headshot establishes trust and communicates personality. The right photo creates a connection between the viewer and the subject. It can also trigger a disconnect. Like it or not, most folks base decisions on first impressions. On a site like LinkedIn, that first impression is your photo.2
  • A professional headshot establishes credibility. Professional headshots tell your potential clients or potential employers that you take your business seriously and are concerned with creating a solid presentation.
  • A professional headshot is an investment in you, your personal and professional brand, and your company. Headshots and corporate portraits can be used online and in printed marketing materials, biographies, and company literature.

We provide high resolution professional images for your digital and print needs. We also guarantee our work. It makes good business sense to have your headshots done professionally.

 

1 Emerson, Melinda. “The Importance of a Professional Headshot for Your Small Business.” The Huffington Post, TheHuffingtonPost.com, 7 Dec. 2017, www.huffingtonpost.com/melinda-emerson/the-importance-of-a-profe_b_8818560.html.

2 Monarth, Harrison. “7 Tips to Make Sure Your LinkedIn Picture Is Helping, Not Hurting, Your Prospects.” Entrepreneur, 13 Jan. 2015, www.entrepreneur.com/article/241636.

 

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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) boudoir fine art headshots high school photograph senior photos senior pictures https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/4/5-reasons Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:03:04 GMT
Edited vs As Shot https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/4/edited-vs-as-shot Edited vs As Shot

Every photographer strives to make the perfect image in camera. But, there is almost always a little bit of editing that needs to happen. Sometimes it is a color correction, or adjusting the tone, or cropping the image. Sometimes, there’s more involved, or, the image is being highly stylized. This is nothing new. Editing was not invented when Photoshop was created years ago. Editing has always been part of the development process, all the way back to the days of tin and glass plate negatives. In the darkroom, when developing film, photographers adjust the mixture of their chemicals to alter contrast, increase or decrease the tonal range, adjust brightness and contrast, and produce other effects on the negative. During the print making process, they can alter the exposure time to change the way the image looks on paper, as well as make other modifications to the original image as composed in camera.

I do everything possible to make sure that in camera I have a solid image to work with when I go to develop it. The less work I have to do in an editing program the better. But sometimes I want to create a look that I can’t get with camera settings alone and that’s where those tools come in handy. So like the photographers of the 19th and 20th centuries, I adjust my contrast, tweak the tone, play with color and warmth, all to develop the perfect photograph.

I even turn the lights off at Jeff Gamble Photography to make it look like a darkroom!

 

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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) boudoir fine art headshots high school photograph pictures portrait senior photos senior pictures https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/4/edited-vs-as-shot Fri, 13 Apr 2018 21:41:11 GMT
Aesthetically Speaking - April 9, 2018 https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/4/aesthetically-speaking---april-9-2018 You’ve got the look

There are preconceived notions about how a headshot should look. Some are spot on, others not so much. One thing is for sure, one style does not fit all.

A headshot used for a modeling portfolio has a different look than that of a LinkedIn profile photo. A headshot used by a Real Estate Agent often has a different look than that of a lawyer or doctor. A headshot for a dating profile has a different look than anything done for business.

When you visit Jeff Gamble Photography in Denton you’ll notice the first thing we do is have a conversation about your photos. We want to know how you’ll use your headshot. We want to know what you do for a living. And we want you to feel comfortable knowing that we’ll take the best shot for you. We know how to pose and light you for the best results. We don’t position everyone the same way and we don’t light everyone the same way. It would be simple to have a standard setup, but you are unique, and your needs are unique. So why wouldn’t we tailor your headshot just for you?

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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/4/aesthetically-speaking---april-9-2018 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 04:07:28 GMT
Fresh from the pages of Vanity Fair? Or maybe Sports Illustrated? https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/4/fresh-from-the-pages-of-vanity-fair-or-maybe-sports-illustrated Fresh from the pages of Vanity Fair? Or maybe Sports Illustrated?

There are sooooo many different ideas out there for Senior Photos. The recent trend for ladies, and guys too, is to do a ‘high fashion’ style shoot. You know, on location somewhere cool, very stylist wardrobe, makeup artist, hair, the whole nine yards. That sounds like a lot of fun, and believe me it is! That doesn’t mean it is the right session for you. Guys, do you want to look like you’re on the cover of Sports Illustrated? Or maybe an old fashion baseball card? We can do that. But again, you have to decide if that is the right session for you.

To make sure you are getting the most out of your photos, and that your parents are happy with the results, we all get together ahead of the shoot to talk over the theme, location and content. We will discuss poses, outfits, props, challenges, timing, and all the other details to ensure we have a great and enjoyable shoot that reflects who YOU are.

Talk to Jeff Gamble Photography about your dream shoot.

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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/4/fresh-from-the-pages-of-vanity-fair-or-maybe-sports-illustrated Fri, 06 Apr 2018 16:55:35 GMT
Senior Season is Every Season! https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/3/senior-season-is-every-season Senior Season is Every Season

When is the best time to take senior photos? I am asked that a lot. In Texas, senior season is all year, except maybe for the hottest months of July and August. Even then, if the weather is good, and not too hot, location shooting works. The bulk of my seniors come between the end of September and Thanksgiving week. Now that Spring is here, parents and kids who didn’t do the fall are looking to wrap up 2018 with photos. It is also time to start planning for the class of 2019. If you are taking your Class of 2018 photos here are a few things to remember:

  • Ask for a session that gives a mix of indoor and outdoor shots
  • See if your photographer has a hair and makeup artist available. If they don’t, have your hair done early the day of your shoot.
  • Go shopping, buy clothes that fit well and make you feel comfortable.
  • Talk with your photographer about your school activities, and what you like to do for hobbies. You can incorporate them in to your session.
  • Think about the end product. While we do live in a digital world dominated by social media, good old-fashioned prints are still the norm, but with lots of different options. Work with your photographer to make sure you get that “hanging over the fireplace” photograph.
  • Have fun! This is about you the senior. It shouldn’t be a painful, boring experience. Select a photographer that is a good match for your style.

We’re still booking Class of 2018 sessions. We have hair & makeup artists you can hire. We offer a mix of location and studio portraits. We want you to have a ton of fun with your session.

Call us with questions of to book a session!


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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) headshots high school senior photos senior pictures https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/3/senior-season-is-every-season Tue, 27 Mar 2018 13:11:30 GMT
Face in the crowd https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/3/face-in-the-crowd Face in the crowd

I was recently approached by a company that pairs photographers with people looking for online profile headshots. Sort of like Thumbtack or Angie’s List, a client creates a request on the company’s web site then the company sends information to a local photographer. I checked in to the service to make sure they were legit, and they were. Also found two other online companies that perform the same service. Since warm leads are always a good thing, I asked for more info and for shooting guidelines. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t going to have to revamp my operation to take advantage of theirs. I was amazed by the guidelines that were sent. They wanted everything to follow 3 basic poses, all shots done outside, and they specified some frankly trite and cliché camera angles. The pricing guide was just as curious. The client doesn’t get charged for the service, the photographer does. Which is expected. What wasn’t expected was being told to upcharge, create more expensive packages, and to offer services specific to this company. And then there was the no compete. Well, headshots and portraits are the bulk of what I do, and I want to be able to present clients with unique options. Needless to say, I’m not using that service.

I guess the point is you need to decide if you want to be unique or look like everyone else when you update your headshot. We take the time to ensure your photograph is the best representation of you. We want you to make a stellar first impression. A stellar profile photo will help you do that. Book with us, get a fantastic individualized headshot or portrait session, and avoid being just another face in the crowd.

Everyone elseWhy look like everyone else?

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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/3/face-in-the-crowd Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:31:12 GMT
Creative Color is IN https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/3/creative-color-is-in Creative Color is IN

Fashion and photography trends change with the seasons. No, really. What was hot last fall is cold this spring. There is currently a trend toward creative use of color. Clients are looking for images that are rich in tonal quality and full of very specific color palettes. Cinematic looks and classic painting-inspired tones are all the rage. SLR magazine recently noted that precise use of tonal edits, specific lighting, and deliberate exposure settings are needed to achieve this look, and that it is not something that comes canned in Photoshop or as an Instagram filter.* This is where the professional comes in to play. If you desire that magazine or movie look to make your portraits stand out, set up an appointment with us today. For HS Seniors and conceptual sessions, set up a free consultation to discuss your dream shoot. Call now or book online!

 

*Resource: Smith, Brittany. “Photography Trends For 2018 | Fashion, Lifestyle, Portraiture, & Even Wedding Photography.” SLR Lounge, Nov. 2017, www.slrlounge.com/photography-trends-for-2018-fashion-lifestyle-portraiture-wedding-photography/.

 

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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/3/creative-color-is-in Wed, 21 Mar 2018 21:41:32 GMT
First Impressions https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/3/first-impressions First impressions

Your photo is the first thing potential employers see when they look at your LinkedIn profile. While this may seem superficial, it is important to have a great looking image. According to LinkedIn, just having a photo makes your profile 14 times more likely to be looked at. You want to make sure you follow certain guidelines when selecting a photo too. You want to make sure it is clear, it looks like you, you are dressed appropriately, and you are conveying the right message with your expression, as well as your location. LinkedIn offers a great blog post with some suggestions for having a perfect profile pic.

All the same can be said for online dating profiles. If you are a member of Match.com, eHarmony or even Tinder, a great profile photo can speak volumes to potential matches. Like it or not decisions to swipe right or left are based on how you look. Just like landing a job, landing a date (or potential mate) starts with the perfect pic. Read eHarmony’s thoughts on profile pictures here.

Ready to ditch that car selfie?

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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/3/first-impressions Mon, 12 Mar 2018 22:43:38 GMT
Open Late, Early, & Weekends https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/2/open-late-early-weekends Open Late, Early, & Weekends

We know you are busy, so we offer appointments outside of normal business hours. You can book during the week as early as 7AM and as late as 8PM. You can book on weekends too! Even Sunday mornings. If you book online, you can see the latest up-to-date availability and save yourself a phone call.

Isn't it time you booked an appointment for a new headshot or portrait?

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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/2/open-late-early-weekends Mon, 26 Feb 2018 23:02:28 GMT
Shave and a Hair Cut https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/2/shave-and-a-hair-cut Shave and a Hair Cut

One of the hardest things to fix in post is a 5 O’Clock shadow. Next biggest challenge is fixing messy hair. When coming in for a portrait session, it is always a good idea to have a comb or a brush handy. Ladies, bring hairspray to fix those fly-aways. Guys, if you don’t normally keep your stubble, shave. Stubble is hard to make go away. If you have a beard, or a scraggly semi-beard, trim loose hairs.

The idea is to present your best appearance to the camera. That way, decisions made in developing are made simple. And we’re not removing things you want to keep or keeping things you want to remove. Like that one hair that just won’t stay in place.

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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/2/shave-and-a-hair-cut Thu, 22 Feb 2018 03:21:30 GMT
Right Fit? https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/2/right-fit I might not be your guy

If you went to the local muffler shop for a new muffler and were told that they weren’t a right fit for your muffler needs would you be shocked? What if a photographer said they weren’t a good fit?

A reason for that is specialization. There are portrait, wedding, newborn, maternity, senior, family photographers, the list goes on. There is cross over, but most pros live in certain niches. Not all photography is the same. Headshots are very different from birthday parties. There are soup-to-nuts shooters out there. Some are good and have been around for eons. Some are looking for a quick turnaround, so they can move on to the next gig.

We like to live in our portrait world, but it’s not all-encompassing, and it’s not limited to studio work. For example, we do bridal, but we don’t do weddings. It is specialization that makes us good at what we do. While we encourage inquiries about the types of services we provide, don’t be surprised if we tell you that we are not a good fit. We’d rather wow you with something we are skilled at than disappoint with something we are not.

 

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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2018/2/right-fit Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:34:02 GMT
Inside or out? https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2017/1/inside-or-out Shooting outdoors is trendy, and it can be fun, and most photographers really enjoy the challenges of shooting with natural light. When you are thinking about photographs outdoors, think about what you plan to do with them. Outdoor photographs are great for every-day casual use, and for use online, but if you need a professional headshot, or are going to use them in printed materials (like business cards), shoot inside. An indoor session allows the photographer to have the greatest control over the lighting, and the elements. Clouds, wind, rain, flat skies, harsh shadows and killer sunshine don't exist in the studio unless the photographer wants them to. (I have yet to create rain inside, but I am working on it...)

So when you are booking a session for a professional portrait to use in business, make sure you are going to be inside for the best results.

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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2017/1/inside-or-out Tue, 31 Jan 2017 22:59:11 GMT
What not to wear... https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2017/1/what-not-to-wear January 30, 2017

What not to wear…

If you are having professional headshots done, dress professionally. Simple. Let your photographer know if they will be used online or in print so he or she can adjust as needed. Be sure your outfit does not expose more that you want it to, or accentuate things you don’t want highlighted. There are great software tools available that can take 30 pounds and 20 years off, but the right outfit and makeup and lighting can fix much of that ahead of time.

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jeffgamblephoto@gmail.com (Jeff Gamble Photography) headshots https://www.jeffgamblephotography.com/blog/2017/1/what-not-to-wear Mon, 30 Jan 2017 19:14:53 GMT