Friday, September 18, 2015

Behind the Scenes - Obstacles

It may seem to the world that photography is one of the easiest businesses in the world.  If you have a good camera just point and shoot right?

Well there is a little more to it than that.  Actually most of you may already know that there is a lot more to a great portrait versus a good portrait and it doesn't all involve photoshop either.  There is a lot to do with setting up the scene.

And that is where a few minor challenges or obstacles that sometime come into play.  But Shelby and Bill are great and they can work with each little detail and overcome any obstacles that might pop up.

Obstacle #1 - lighting; maybe it's too bright or too dark but with a little reflecting things will be golden.

Obstacle #2 - wind; it can blow hair right across faces but if you turn just so, the wind can make for a truly natural picture.

Obstacle #3 - Height; you might never have know that Shelby, our photographer, was a little height challenged with this picture but there is nothing like a little tiptoe stretching to make sure your subject isn't looking down on you.


Obstacle #4 - Nature; yup nature itself can hinder a great view but we just deal with it. Perhaps a few branches are temporary pulled back or we just wait out the waves or nature is what makes a great portrait.

Obstacle #5 - people; when you are taking pictures in a public location you will always be managing around other people, sometimes even other photographers.  A quick fix for a great picture is to change the angle or a closeup.

Obstacle #6 - friends; friends aren't really an obstacle but sometimes if you are doing a photo shoot with other you might feel a little self conscious, this is easily overcome by laughing at yourself, loosing up, and have just having fun.

There are good pictures that those great cameras take but there are great pictures that an awesome photographer will take by just being prepared for any obstacle that comes your way.  Bill and Shelby know how to do that.  They are your awesome photographers.

Visit Ahrend Studios for more great shots.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Save those old photos

One of my dilemmas in life is old photographs.  Not that I don't love them but I don't know the best way to store them and keep them.  And they take a lot of space.  Some are getting faded or torn.  The digital age comes to the rescue, Ahrend Studios comes to the rescue. 

Having those precious old photographs saved digitally means I share pictures of grandma and grandpa with the whole family via social media.  I will have a record that will last of the old homestead.  I can laugh at the clothes and hairstyle from the 80s.  There are so many possibilities.

Plus if I want a new unfaded, untorn, beautified print I can have that too all at amazing discounted prices.

Yay for Ahrend Studios, yay for the digital age.   Isn't life amazing!