2016 Corporate Portraits

A little glimpse behind the scenes of a half day shoot for Studio Constantine.

This is the second time we've utilised this space, the first being late summer 2014.  Shooting mid winter was quite a contrast given the uninsulated nature & rawness of a loft.

Get the best of the weather

In a supreme effort to avoid Melbourne's somewhat disorganised weather (it's 25 degrees in May!), we headed out for a Mothers Day picnic a day before Mother's Day.  The forecast for the actual day is a one word entry of simply "Rain".  

It really was like a late summer's day.  Gentle northerly, families and the soft occasional quack.

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there, and a nod to those who's live on in our hearts.  xox.

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Baby and Toddler Photos

There's no denying kids are cute.  

Part of the fun with set shots like below are the antics parents get up to in trying to keep the child's attention.  Some of my favourite shots haven't had the child looking directly at the camera, but at a mother or father's comedic efforts to keep their dearest in frame.     

Looking off camera with a sometimes quizzical expression can do more in expressing personality than "look at the camera and smile!".

It should be a fun experience.  With digital photography the number of photos taken can be in the hundreds without any financial consequence to the client (unless they want every frame processed!).  This often helps to lessen the stress of the parents when bubs decides to push the boundaries.  ย   

Profile Photos for Professionals

There seems to be a social network for just about everything these days.  From connecting to old friends to making professional connections, an on line presence should generally present your better self.  "Better" doesn't necessarily mean straight and boring however.

There are plenty of examples out there of what not to do when presenting yourself professionally. As important as the right shirt, blouse or adequately oiled hipster beard can be, bad lighting & a poor expression can make a meal of things.

For example, there are countless profile shots on LinkedIn where the excitement of becoming professionally social has taken precedence over wearing something with a collar rather than the tee worn for cutting the grass.  Also, photos taken with the in built camera on a laptop have a habit of being soft and bathe the subject in a very unflattering blue light (there's a reason makeup lighting is warm/yellow).

Cropped images from social gatherings (where the subject is wearing something that could be classed as "funky"), can give a sense of personality as can selfies.  Selfies have their own traps I might add.  The closer a camera is to the subject, the more likely the facial proportions will be exaggerated.  

This is where investing in a brief Profile Portraiture session can make all the difference.

  • Take the time to select a top the matches your professional ambitions but don't overthink it.
  • Ditch the tie.
  • Relax & have a conversation with the photographer.  Some of the best profile shots are candid.
  • Leave the phone, tablet or other device in the other room - take time out for yourself & relax.
  • Be yourself.