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Sunday
Sep062015

On-location portrait session - Baltimore, MD

This client contacted me and was in need of some portrait photos for use in her wedding and event planning business. She will be opening that business soon in Odenton, and I was happy to meet her in downtown Baltimore to take some on-location photographs.


On-location portrait, Baltimore, MD.  (Copyright Angela Ferguson Photography)On-location portrait, Baltimore, MD. (Copyright Angela Ferguson Photography)

It was a beautiful day, and she was a joy to work with! I think that comes through in the final results, don't you?

On-location portrait, Baltimore, MD.  (Copyright Angela Ferguson Photography)On-location portrait, Baltimore, MD. (Copyright Angela Ferguson Photography)

Angela Ferguson, Baltimore/Annapolis photographer
Angela Ferguson is a professional photographer in the Baltimore-Annapolis, specializing in headshot photography. She runs her own photography studio, Angela Ferguson Photography.

On-location portrait, Odenton, MD.  (Copyright Angela Ferguson Photography)

On-location portrait, Odenton, MD.  (Copyright Angela Ferguson Photography)

On-location portrait, Baltimore, MD. Taken for a wedding and event planning business in Odenton, Maryland. Client from Odenton, Maryland.

Thursday
Aug062015

Headshot Make up options - Severna Park, MD

For women, punching up your make up a little more than you usually do on the day of your headshot session is a great idea but can also quickly turn beautiful lashes into Tammy Faye monstrosities! So what should you do?

Portrait headshot with makeup. Severna Park, MD. (Copyright Angela Fergusoon Photography)

 

Well, you have a couple options: 

Try a "dry run": 

Instead of just thinking about punching your make up a little more on the day of your headshot session, instead try creating your look the day before our a couple times in the weeks leading up to your session. This won't mean that nothing bad can happen the day of, but at least you have a better chance of things going off without a hitch.

Hire a make up artist: 

Make up artists can range from complimentary skincare/makeup application guides to hundreds of dollars. It's best to get a makeup artist that your photographer recommends or you've found through word of mouth. 

When make up doesn't cut it, ask your photographer: 

Expert retouching is included in all of my portrait session fees and I retouch all purchased images because even with make up, the camera picks up things that virtually nobody else sees, so why should those things have to be there on something as important as a headshot?

    Before and After: capturing the you everyone remembers, Part III

In the photo I used for this blog, this nutritionist hired me to photograph her so that she could have a better photo for the website of the doctor's office where she works.

Her make up:

Brandi Layton, the make up artist, helped ensure A's skin was in optimal condition for her new look and Brandi picked a beautiful pallet that helped emphasize A's eyes and set off her makeup.

As you can see in the before image below, A was gorgeous with her new make up look when she arrived at our studio. Place your cursor over the image below to see the before version.

Portrait headshot photos with makeup, before and after retouching. (Copyright Angela Ferguson Photography 2015)

Retouching

As the headshot session continued, A mentioned that she didn't like something on her face. It had nothing to do with make up or make up application and nobody else would notice this unless it's pointed out. But the camera sees it. It required Photoshop.

That's not the only thing I used Photoshop for to help A's appearance. I also emphasized the:
    1) eyes, 
    2) smile, and 

    3) skintone. 

This sounds very simplified, but it includes a lot of different aspects for each.

For instance, eyes aren't just your 1) pupils, but also your:
    2) irises, 
    3) eye whites, 
    4) eye lashes, 
    5) eye lid, 
    6) under eye area, 

    etc.

I take into account each of these areas and more in just the eyes when I'm evaluating my images in order to give you the best possible headshot without looking plastic.

In the rollover image below, you can see a close up before and after of her skin.

Closeup portrait headshot photos with makeup, before and after retouching. (Copyright Angela Ferguson Photography 2015)

 

Photographs by Angela Ferguson Photography, Make up by Brandi Layton, Retouching by Angela Ferguson Photography
 
To contact Brandi Layton, Makeup Artist:
    Brandi's website
    Facebook
    Email brandilayton@marykay.com
    Call 443-996-9185

 

Angela Ferguson, Baltimore/Annapolis photographer
Angela Ferguson is a professional photographer in the Baltimore-Annapolis, specializing in headshot photography. She runs her own photography studio, Angela Ferguson Photography.

Portrait headshot photos with makeup, before and after retouching. Severna Park, MD. (Copyright Angela Ferguson Photography 2015)

Portrait headshot photos with makeup, before and after retouching. (Copyright Angela Ferguson Photography 2015) Severna Park, Maryland.

Sunday
Jul192015

Always hate photos of you? Take me up on my challenge!

This leadership coach wanted updated photos for her business's website but the problem is that she always hates photos of herself, but she loved the photos I took of her. If you usually hate photos of yourself, I challenge you to hire me to photograph you!

Leadership Coach Portrait Photograph, Severna Park, MD. (Copyright Angela Ferguson Photography)Leadership Coach Portrait Photograph, Severna Park, MD. (Copyright Angela Ferguson Photography)

Angela Ferguson, Baltimore/Annapolis photographer
Angela Ferguson is a professional photographer in the Baltimore-Annapolis, specializing in headshot photography. She runs her own photography studio, Angela Ferguson Photography.

Leadership Coach Portrait Photograph, Severna Park, MD. (Copyright Angela Ferguson Photography)

Leadership coach portrait photograph. Taken for a Linkedin profile headshot. Severna Park, Maryland

Thursday
Jul092015

What will you put on your tombstone?

This one's a little...different. When the wife of this gentleman was going through their photo collection, he realized that he hadn't had any photos of him by himself that he liked since his wedding day many decades ago. So he and his wife became determined to get his photo taken by a professional so that he could have a photo of himself he'd be proud to have displayed at his funeral. The great thing is that they can display a great photo of him that he's proud of in his office where they work and at home while he's still around.

Husband Portrait Photo, Annapolis, MD. (Copyright Angela Ferguson Photography)Husband Portrait Photo, Annapolis, MD. (Copyright Angela Ferguson Photography)

Angela Ferguson, Baltimore/Annapolis photographer
Angela Ferguson is a professional photographer in the Baltimore-Annapolis, specializing in headshot photography. She runs her own photography studio, Angela Ferguson Photography.

Husband Portrait Photo, Annapolis, MD. (Copyright Angela Ferguson Photography)

Husband portrait photograph. Taken for a funeral, Annapolis, Maryland

Saturday
Jun202015

Dance Audition Photography ~ Linthicum Heights, MD

This young lady is a very talented dancer! Catie's parents hired me to take her photos for the upcoming World Dance Pageant and to get into the Joffrey Academy of Dance. According to the mom, Catie had been photographed twice for this recently but they just weren't happy with the outcome so they came to me. I can't imagine what the problem was because Catie was such a great dancer and she needed very little coaching from me. It's like she entered my studio and it became her world.

I knew I was in for a treat when she came to my studio for dance pose photography and headshots. During the session, I photographed an array of dance poses, each one beautiful and without a doubt very difficult, but this dance pose in particular is one I haven't seen before so I couldn't help but stop and share it because beauty like this should be shared with the world!

Ballet Dance Photography, Linthicum Heights, MD. (Copyright Angela Ferguson Photography)

Plans are already in order by Catie's parents to hire me for more dance photos in an outdoor session for dance leaps and jumps. Catie has a younger sister who is also a dancer and may be following in her sister's footsteps.

Ballet Dance Photography by Angela Ferguson Photography

Ballet dance studio portrait photograph. Taken for an audition for the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Linthicum Heights, Maryland