How To: Take Photos Like a Pro. Part Two

July 24, 2014

Just like we promised, part two of, How To: Take Photos Like a Pro. This time we have Fancy Frills’ photographer, Audrey, Sharing her favorite tips.

(Don’t forget to read Part One, if you missed it)

Hi Jane. I’m honored to share some of my tips and tricks with you today. I’m a stay at home Mom of 3 beautiful little girls and when I am not chasing them around I take pictures on the side. I have been doing photography for about 5 years now and have been photographing for Fancy Frills Boutique for almost 2 years. I have learned many things over the years and especially the last two doing boutique style photography.

Personal Tip: One thing I always try to do when shooting, boutique photography especially, is pay attention to the details and shoot from different angles. This is a great way to showcase your product and show the customer exactly what they are getting. Try a full length shot, a shot from the side, a shot from the back or focus in on a unique detail. Don’t be afraid to get close.

Shoot From Angles Don't Be Afraid of Close-ups

Technical Tip: I always shoot in Manual mode and set my file size to RAW. This allows me to have full control over my settings and the outcome of the picture. Shooting in RAW instead of JPEG allows me to tweak the picture’s exposure or color balance in Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom. Then I finish editing in Photoshop.

Fun Tip: All my boutique shoots are done in the studio in my house. I love this because it is convenient and simple. Also it allows for a very casual atmosphere. The kids get to play and we get to have fun taking pictures. I mean who doesn’t love a fun photoshoot?

What time of day is your favorite when shooting outside?  When doing outside shoots I normally shoot about an hour and a half before sunset. This is called the Golden Hour and is when lighting is the best. There are no harsh shadows because the sun is significantly lower in the sky.

What is your favorite lens? I absolutely love shooting with my 85mm 1.8. I love Prime lenses (fixed focal length). This one in particular is a longer focal length which compresses the background bringing it closer to the subject and creating that amazing bokeh (blurred background). When doing my boutique shoots I use my 50mm most of the time because I’m working in a smaller space and need a bit of a wider angle.
How can a photographer take advantage of natural lighting?

I love natural light. When shooting inside its important to find the brightest room in your house that doesn’t get direct sunlight. It is important to have plenty of light coming in but you just want it to spill into the room not have the harsh direct light. Always position your model or subject towards your light source (window or door) as this will brighten up there face and create catch lights in their eyes. Outside light is everywhere. It’s all about how you filter and bounce your light. You can position your subject in the shade but facing the sun so they are still getting those catch lights in their eyes. Another way is to filter the sunlight through a tree so it’s not as harsh. My favorite thing is to shoot backlit. This is when you position your subject with the sun behind them. I also love the use of a reflector when shooting backlit as it adds a little pop of light on your subject lighting up their face.

Position the Model so the Light Hits Her Eyes Position Towards Light Source

What are good places to shoot pictures of product? I think this is very important. How your products are showcased ultimately affects how well your product sells. Simpler the better is my motto for this. Whether you are shooting your products inside or out choose a simple, not very busy backdrop for your photos. By going simpler the products are able to stand out and take center stage. Also a little tip of mine if you are shooting against a backdrop or wall pull the model about 2 or 3 feet from the backdrop. This makes the backdrop fade away and your model stand out.

Simple Backdrops

What are your favorite tools to edit photos? I use Camera Raw and Photoshop to edit my photos. I also batch edit and have made my own actions so that I can select all the photos and edit them all the exact same way to keep the look consistent.

24th of July: What are YOU doing?

July 23, 2014

If you live in Utah you know tomorrow as the 24th of July, Pioneer Day. If you do not live in Utah you only know it as one day closer to the weekend. Since I am in Utah, I will be celebrating! So for all my Utah peeps looking for something to do tomorrow, here is your list of local Utah fun! If you don’t live in Utah, grab a pack of sparklers from the store and light a few for us!

Bountiful Handcart Days: A Grand Parade, games and activities aren’t the only thing you will find! The parade starts at 6:00 pm tonight followed by a firework show around 10:pm. Bountiful City Park on 400 North and 200 West, w ill have loads of fun happening both Wednesday and Thursday. For more information, Click here.

Logan In Motion Pioneer Day Celebration: Start the morning off with a pancake breakfast then it’s parade time! it’s time for the parade. Get moving with some athletic activities and finish the night off with fireworks at Willow Park. Happening at dark. For more information click here.

Mapleton “Days Gone By”:  You will have plenty to choose from in good old Mapleton. There’s a 5K race and a “Fun Run”, a parade beginning at 9 a.m. and a firework show at Ira Allen Park at dusk. Click here for the schedule of events.

Ogden Pioneer Days: A weeks worth of activities is how Ogden is celebrating! Fireworks will be on Thursday following the rodeo at the Ogden Pioneer Stadium. The Ogden Pioneer Day Parade will be Thursday at 9 a.m. The parade route begins on 31st Street and continues northbound on Washington Boulevard ending on 20th Street. For more information, click here. 

Provo Pioneer Day Extravaganza: The fun starts at 10:00 am on Thursday. Live music, children’s games and crafts, fresh baked pie, the Farmer’s Market, Food Trucks, and live animals are just a few ways they will be celebrating. Don’t forget about the pie baking contest! Events are planned in Provo’s North Park between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A free movie is planned in the park at dusk. For more info, click here. 

Salt Lake City’s Day’s of ’47: Home to the largest and oldest Parade in the United States. This is the parade to be at!  It begins at 9 a.m. and starts at South Temple and State Street running east to 200 East, turns south to 900 South, then turns east to Liberty Park at 600 East in Salt Lake City. For more information on the Days of ’47 KSL 5 Parade  click here.

If the parade isn’t enough, food and arts & crafts booths will be set up at Liberty Park. The Fireworks will follow at dusk. Word to the wise, if you want a good spot, get there early. It gets PACKED!

The Fiesta Days Grand Parade In Spanish Fork: Start the morning off with the Grand Parade at 9:00 am. Followed by a carnival, live entertainment and yummy concessions. Top it off with a firework show at night at call it a successful Pioneer day!  Details can be found here.

Tremonton City Days: Who doesn’t love a good 5K Fun Run and breakfast? Music and a little fireworks show? Sounds good to me! For more details, click here.

Days of ’47 Rodeo in West Valley: The Maverik Center is where it’s at! If you have never been to the Day’s of 47 Rodeo you are missing out. Click here for ticket information.

What’s In our Makeup Bag

July 21, 2014

Working with all mostly girls totally has its benefits! It’s like a real life Pinterest board of style tips, make up tricks and yummy recipes. So, I thought it would be fun to share some of those with all of you! I rounded up the girls’ favorite makeup must haves to put together Jane’s Makeup Bag.

  1. Loreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer: $12.99
  2. Alamay Smart Shade CC Cream: $10.49
  3. bareMinerals Original Foundation SPF 15: $27.00
  4. bareMinerals Prime Time Brightening Face Primer: $24.00
  5. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bronzing Brick: $44.00
  6. Smashbox Photo Finishing Color Corrector: $15.00
  7. Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation: $38.00
  8. NARS Illuminator: $30.00
  9. NARS Sheer Foundation: $45.00
  10. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Highlighter Bronzing Kit: $30.00
  1. L’oreal Voluminous Lashes: $8.99
  2. Revlon Photoready Eye Primer + Brightener: $7.39
  3. Lancome CILS Booster XL Super Enhancing Mascara Base: $24.50
  4. Maybeline Falsies Big Eyes Mascara: $7.99
  5. elf Studio Cream Eyeliner: $3.00
  6. bareMinerals Lash Domination: $18.00
  7. Benefit They’re Real! Mascara: $23.00
  8. Pixi Natural Brow Duo: $16.00
  9. MAC Eye shadow: $15.00
  10. Benefit Gimme Brow: $18.00
  1. Bare Minerals Jack of All Trades Lip Balm: $12.00
  2. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream. Color, Sydney: $5.99
  3. Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm: $2.85
  4. bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss: $18.00
  5. NARS Lipstick: $26.00
  6. Sephora Rouge Shine Lipstick: $5.00