Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Creative Umbrella Beauty Portrait Session on the Susquehanna River in Perryville, Maryland

What do you do when you have an awesome red and white umbrella, red vintage beads and a perfect location in Perryville, Maryland for an edgy fashion forward beauty portrait session? Well, you put it all together, of course! A themed photography shoot really can help take your session from lovely to "Wow!"
We could have just gone for some fun beauty head shots with whatever outfit the client arrived in and some random makeup. Instead, we went with a few general guidelines for wardrobe and makeup ahead of time. I recommended jeans and a shirt, a white dress or a red and white polka dot dress and red shoes. I wanted red lips and Jessica suggested something a bit less dramatic than a smokey eye. The result? Something a bit more special than pretty pictures of a lovely woman.
For the best result, consider having your makeup and hair done by a professional. I have worked with several great artists who are great with doing just the right amount of makeup for a photo shoot.

Evening light is perfect for an on location beauty portrait session like this one.
I like to add a few soft black and white images to every session. They are especially important when you're using bold colors, since black and white will blend beautifully with any decor and allow clients to give a beautifully framed canvas print from even the most colorful session to a loved one with a more conservative color palette.
This image is what I envisioned the moment I saw the big red and white umbrella. If you have a special prop you'd like to use in your session, let me know ahead of time so I can work on ideas for incorporating it into your shoot and provide some suggestions for your wardrobe and makeup.

You don't need to use all your props in every photo. Sometimes, you may just want to use one for a pop of color. Some photos may not have any props. All together, they still tell a lovely story.

After I've got the more traditional photos done, I like to pull out some creative lenses to get a few fun artsy shots. This image is done with one of the amazing Lensbaby lenses.


Close up beauty photos that show expressive eyes and a lovely face aren't the whole story. I like to do a few poses that show at least a peek at where we are, too.

If you don't have any fun props, don't feel like you can't have a session like this, too. My studio contains more hats than Imelda Marcus has shoes and a whole closet filled with a variety of other props like chairs and vintage suitcases. I'd love to help you put together a session that showcases your love of music, your dream of travel, or something else that is an important part of your life.

Remember, July is beauty/fashion month here at the studio. Book an appointment for the week of July 23rd and get professional makeup by Ren and two beautiful little accordion albums included with your basic, standard, or deluxe session package. Call 410-378-4521, e-mail me, or message me on facebook to book your session.

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