Kelly Heck Photography: Blog http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Kelly Heck Photography kelly@kellyheckphotography.com (Kelly Heck Photography) Fri, 01 Dec 2017 16:05:00 GMT Fri, 01 Dec 2017 16:05:00 GMT http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u1054325786-o90744752-50.jpg Kelly Heck Photography: Blog http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog 120 120 10 Tips to Looking Your Best Series: #4 - Picking Your Perfect Color Pallet http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog/2017/12/10-tips-to-looking-your-best-series-4-picking-your-perfect-color-pallet "What should I wear?"

Photographers want their lovely subjects want to look their very best. Wondering what you to wear begins with what color pallet you plan to rock at your photo session. So what works and what doesn't? It all depends on... EVERYTHING! The type of photo session, the location, the backdrop, your style, your skin tones, and whatever colors compliment you best. I'll cover some general color rules and ideas, and then you can take your artistic liberty to follow or break the rules. Let's dive in!

 

BLACK + WHITE

Black and white are both extremely contrasting. Black sometimes registers so dark compared to your skin and everything else in the frame, that it lacks detail or can appear "under exposed". White is so bright, that it can wash out lighter skin tones, and is so bright compared to everything else, that it can also lack detail because it appears "over exposed". Of course, photographers know how to avoid these issues, just know that Black & White are the extremes of contrast.

 

PASTELS

Pastels, like white, can wash out lighter skin tones in the wrong setting - pastels can register very brightly, making you look pale and gray. But a bright wardrobe in the right setting can also make your features pop, and soften your skin tones. For example, if you have medium/dark-toned hair and bold eyes, and your attire and the setting are bright and airy, the combination would be absolutely stunning, almost magical. Pastels would be most elegant for women, but men can rock it too, especially in a family multi-person setting.

I usually tell clients that whites and pastels are good as a highlight color, but not always as a main color. So judge your situation and decide with your photographer what look you are going for, because a full-on pastel wardrobe could be perfectly executed.

 

MID-TONES + NEUTRALS

Mid-tones and neutrals can be a wonderful because they pair easily with other colors. They are almost always in style... gray, beige, brown, navy, slated-colors, etc.... (black and white are also considered neutrals). Neutrals can also include metallic tones, such as gold, silver, copper, bronze, and pewter.

Because these colors are easy to build around, adding one or two bright pops of color almost always works. Neutrals are great for large pieces...  such as your pants and/or top or dress. You can even stick with neutrals for your accessories (like your shoes, belt, watch band, and jewelry) or flip-flop and make the accessories your bold colors.

 

JEWEL TONES + BOLD COLORS

Everyone can "ROCK" a jewel tone. (He he he, see what I did there? Rock, gemstone... ) EMERALD GREEN. BRIGHT PINK. AMETHYST PURPLE. TURQUOISE. RUBY RED. MAGENTA. SAPPHIRE BLUE. CITRINE YELLOW. SMOKY BROWN QUARTZ. Bold, full-saturation jewel tones make you look glowy and gorgeous. But beware, some bold colors, especially those that veer towards NEON levels, can give your complexion a sallow, unhealthy feel, so stick with mid-toned and darker-toned colors.

 

 

Combining Colors in Harmony

Finding colors that work harmoniously together is the next trick - talk to your photographer about what you plan to wear! And next month, we are going to talk all about wardrobe choices, so please stick around for more!

(And for you ladies, I don't know about other photographers but I'm always saving beautiful pieces... scarves, skirts, dresses, fun layering pieces, and vests - my closet is your closet if you are looking for something special! I might be addicted to thrift shopping.)

 

 

What COLORS do YOU rock? Share in the comments!

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kelly@kellyheckphotography.com (Kelly Heck Photography) attire carroll maryland photographer photography portrait taneytown wardrobe http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog/2017/12/10-tips-to-looking-your-best-series-4-picking-your-perfect-color-pallet Fri, 01 Dec 2017 13:27:37 GMT
The Heart of Carroll - Special Section in Carroll Magazine http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog/2017/11/the-heart-of-carroll---special-section-in-carroll-magazine A great assignment - I was asked take photographs of several local businesses and organizations for Carroll Magazine's special section in the December / January 2017 issue, "Heart of Carroll". I was grateful to reconnect with some previous clients and colleagues during the assignment, and to meet so many new people too! If you didn't get it in the mail, pick up an issue at Kohn Creative before they run out of extra copies!!

The Heart of Carroll County

 

Their final portraits...

 

Coffee Music in Downtown Westminster, MD | Photo by Kelly HeckCoffee Music in Downtown Westminster, MD | Photo by Kelly Heck

COFFEE MUSIC

Westminster, Maryland | www.coffeymusic.com

 

Dr. Spannhake | Photo by Kelly HeckDr. Spannhake | Photo by Kelly Heck

DR. ELIZABETH SPANNHAKE with SPANNHAKE ORTHODONTICS

Westminster, Maryland | www.spannhakeorthodontics.com

 

Dr. Miller | Photo by Kelly HeckDr. Miller | Photo by Kelly Heck

DR. MARILYN MILLER, PLASTIC SURGEON

Westminster, Maryland | www.marilynmillermd.com

 

Westminster Antique Mall | Photo by Kelly HeckWestminster Antique Mall | Photo by Kelly Heck

WESTMINSTER ANTIQUE MALL

Westminster, Maryland | www.westminsterantiquemall.com

 

Dr. Kumar at the Vein Center of Maryland | Photo by Kelly HeckDr. Kumar at the Vein Center of Maryland | Photo by Kelly Heck

DR. KUMAR with THE VEIN CENTER OF MARYLAND

Westminster, Maryland | www.theveincenterofmaryland.com

 

Hoffman, Comfort, Offutt, Scott, & Halstad, LLP of Westminster,Hoffman, Comfort, Offutt, Scott, & Halstad, LLP of Westminster,

HOFFMAN, COMFORT, OFFUT, SCOTT, & HALSTAD, LLP

Westminster, Maryland | www.carrollcountymarylandlawfirm.com

 

Mudgett's Auto Body of FInksburg, MD | Photo by Kelly HeckMudgett's Auto Body of FInksburg, MD | Photo by Kelly Heck

MUDGETT'S AUTO BODY SHOP

Finskburg, Maryland | www.mudgettsautobody.com

 

LeFaivre Construction of Taneytown, MD | Photo by Kelly HeckLeFaivre Construction of Taneytown, MD | Photo by Kelly Heck

LEFAIVRE CONSTRUCTION

Taneytown, Maryland | www.lefaivre.com

 

Montessori School of Westminster | Photo by Kelly HeckMontessori School of Westminster | Photo by Kelly Heck

ALUMNI of MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF WESTMINSTER

Westminster, Maryland | www.montessorischoolofwestminster.org

 

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SPRINGDALE PREPARATORY SCHOOL

New Windsor, Maryland | www.springdaleps.org

 

Bowman's of Westminster, Maryland | Heart of Carroll, Carroll MaBowman's of Westminster, Maryland | Heart of Carroll, Carroll Ma

BOWMAN'S FEED & PET

Westminster, Maryland | www.bowmansfeedandpet.com

 

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BOWMAN'S HOME & GARDEN

Westminster, Maryland | www.bowmanshomeandgarden.com

 

DK Jeweler's of Westminster, MD | Heart of Carroll, Carroll MagaDK Jeweler's of Westminster, MD | Heart of Carroll, Carroll Maga

DK JEWELERS

Westminster, Maryland | www.dkjewelersinc.com

 

A QUALITY HVAC - HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING

Finksburg, Maryalnd | www.aqualityhvac.com

 

NORTH CARROLL COMMUNITY SCHOOL

Westminster, Maryland | www.nccschool.info

 

AQUINO FINANCIAL GROUP

Westminster, Maryland | www.awfin.com

 

Tevis Home of Manchester, MD | Heart of Carroll, Carroll MagazinTevis Home of Manchester, MD | Heart of Carroll, Carroll Magazin

TEVIS HOME

Hampstead, Maryland | www.tevishome.com

 

Westminster Car Wash of Westminster, Maryland | Heart of CarrollWestminster Car Wash of Westminster, Maryland | Heart of Carroll

SEAN with WESTMINSTER CAR WASH

Westminster, Maryland | www.wcwdetailing.com

 

Janney of Westminster, Maryland | Heart of Carroll, Carroll MaJanney of Westminster, Maryland | Heart of Carroll, Carroll Ma

JANNEY MONTGOMERY SCOTT LLC

Westminster, Maryland | www.janney.com/about-janney/office-locations/westminster
BRYAN CARNEY | SCOTT FORD | ALFRED DERENZIS | DOUGLAS VELNOSKEY

 

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DR. JUSTIN LEWIS with MARYLAND FOOT & ANKLE SPECIALISTS

Eldersburg, Maryland | www.mdfootandankle.com

 

Basta Pasta Restaurant in Eldersburg, Maryland | Heart of CarrolBasta Pasta Restaurant in Eldersburg, Maryland | Heart of Carrol

BASTA PASTA

Eldersburg, Maryland | www.bastapastamd.com

 

Mt. Airy Children's Dental Associates of Mt. Airy, MD | Heart ofMt. Airy Children's Dental Associates of Mt. Airy, MD | Heart of

MT. AIRY CHILDREN'S DENTAL ASSOCIATES

Mt. Airy, Maryland | www.mtairysmiles.com

 

Hill, Barnes & McInerney, LLC of Westminster, MD | Heart of CarrHill, Barnes & McInerney, LLC of Westminster, MD | Heart of Carr

HILL, BARNES & MCINERNEY, LLC

Westminster, Maryland | www.hillandbarnes.com

 

Fairhaven of Eldersburg, MD | Heart of Carroll, Carroll MagazineFairhaven of Eldersburg, MD | Heart of Carroll, Carroll MagazineFairhaven of Eldersburg, MD | Heart of Carroll, Carroll Magazine | Photo by Kelly Heck Photography

INTEGRACE FAIRHAVEN

Eldersburg, Maryland | www.fairhavenccrc.org

 

Gary W. Desper Attorney at Law of Westminster, MD | Heart of CarGary W. Desper Attorney at Law of Westminster, MD | Heart of CarGary W. Desper Attorney at Law of Westminster, MD | Heart of Carroll, Carroll Magazine | Photo by Kelly Heck Photography

LAW OFFICES OF GARY W. DESPER

Westminster, Maryland | www.desperlaw.com

 

S&K - Roofing - Siding - Windows - Exterior Home Solutions CenteS&K - Roofing - Siding - Windows - Exterior Home Solutions CenteS&K - Roofing - Siding - Windows - Exterior Home Solutions Center in Sykesville, Maryland | Heart of Carroll, Carroll Magazine | Photo by Kelly Heck Photography

S & K ROOFING - SIDING - WINDOWS

Sykesville, Maryland | www.skroofing.com

 

Carroll Community Bank in Sykesville, Maryland | Heart of CarrolCarroll Community Bank in Sykesville, Maryland | Heart of CarrolCarroll Community Bank in Sykesville, Maryland | Heart of Carroll, Carroll Magazine | Photo by Kelly Heck Photography

CARROLL COMMUNITY BANK

Sykesville, Maryland | www.carrollcobank.com

 

DR. GARY IMM & TEAM at ALL SMILES CARE

Westminster, Maryland | www.allsmilescare.com

 

Maria Myers with Carroll County Recycling | Heart of Carroll, CaMaria Myers with Carroll County Recycling | Heart of Carroll, CaMaria Myers with Carroll County Recycling | Heart of Carroll, Carroll Magazine | Photo by Kelly Heck Photography

MARIA MYERS with CARROLL COUNTY RECYCLING

Westminster, Maryland | www.recyclecarroll.org

 


 

If you need new team photos or headshots, I'd love to talk!

Please feel welcome to contact me for any of your corporate or commercial photography needs!

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kelly@kellyheckphotography.com (Kelly Heck Photography) http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog/2017/11/the-heart-of-carroll---special-section-in-carroll-magazine Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:28:00 GMT
Look out for that TASTE of SOUP - Carroll Magazine http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog/2017/11/look-out-for-that-taste-of-soup---carroll-magazine In the most recent December / January 2017 issue of Carroll Magazine, I once again had the pleasure of photography four beautiful homemade soups by home cook and writer, Michael Vyskocil. Read "Chill-Chasing Soups" now at http://carrollmagazine.com/chill-chasing-soups/, and try some new recipes! 

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kelly@kellyheckphotography.com (Kelly Heck Photography) http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog/2017/11/look-out-for-that-taste-of-soup---carroll-magazine Sat, 25 Nov 2017 14:28:00 GMT
Meet Deb Smith of Hanover Public Schools - Hanover Magazine http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog/2017/11/meet-deb-smith-of-hanover-public-schools---hanover-magazine Debra Smith was named the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year, and also named Hanover Magazine's Person of the Year!! Congrats Debra! We had a blast taking some unique portraits of Deb at one of her normal stomping grounds, Hanover High School. We did some portraits outside in the beautiful morning light, then we went inside, in the auditorium, to have some fun with lighting and pose around the steel drums. You can read her full story here at Hanover Magazine: http://hanovermagazine.com/debra-smith-music-offers-hold-humanity/

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kelly@kellyheckphotography.com (Kelly Heck Photography) http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog/2017/11/meet-deb-smith-of-hanover-public-schools---hanover-magazine Sat, 18 Nov 2017 14:28:00 GMT
Kate & Brigid's Holiday Photo http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog/2017/11/kate-brigids-holiday-photo I love when I get to photograph families again. Kate & Brigid were the perfect models for our Christmas Tree Farm shoot in Hampstead, Maryland this past November, and we were able to give their new puppy a fun little adventure. 

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kelly@kellyheckphotography.com (Kelly Heck Photography) family hampstead maryland photographer photography http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog/2017/11/kate-brigids-holiday-photo Sat, 04 Nov 2017 13:28:00 GMT
Meet Mt. Airy Children's Dental Associates of Mt. Airy, Maryland http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog/2017/11/meet-mt-airy-childrens-dental-associates-of-mt-airy-maryland I had a great time meeting the dentists at Mt. Airy Children's Dental Associates, in Mt. Airy, Maryland. Dr. Dave (front center / 3rd portrait) is also a photographer, and his office is filled with his beautiful work from adventures near and far. His team of dental associates posed perfectly for the group shot, and the field that backs their office parking was an absolutely gorgeous, golden lit, green backdrop.

I hope you love their new portraits. If you are looking for dynamic new portraits for your own team, give me a call!

"Working with Kelly is very easy from beginning to end! She is very approachable with a great sense of humor which instantly puts her subjects at ease, all while maintaining a high level of professionalism. She runs her business very efficiently. We received the finished product quickly, and we were very happy with the results! I would certainly recommend Kelly to anyone with a need for professional photography work!"

Donna Pope
Mt. Airy Children's Dental Associates
Mt. Airy, Maryland

 

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kelly@kellyheckphotography.com (Kelly Heck Photography) http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog/2017/11/meet-mt-airy-childrens-dental-associates-of-mt-airy-maryland Fri, 03 Nov 2017 17:28:00 GMT
10 Tips to Looking Your Best Series: #3 - Finding Beautiful Light ANYWHERE http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog/2017/11/10-tips-to-looking-your-best-series-finding-the-best-light The last couple months we covered posing / positioning, from capturing a genuine smile and several tips on head positioning, to the perfect poses for your body, arms, and legs. But without the proper lighting, you can pull out every posing trick in the book and still have a poor photograph. So today we're going to talk about how to find beautiful light, anywhere.


10 Rules of LIGHT

1.  The LARGER the light source, the softer the light.

2.  The CLOSER the light source, the softer the light.

3.  DIFFUSION scatters and broadens light (therefore, softer).

4.  BOUNCED light acts as diffusion (woohoo, more soft light!).

5.  Distance of light source changes it's strength.

6.  Distance of light source from subject vs. background changes the contrast.

7.  Front lighting softens texture and depth. Angled light adds texture.

8.  Shadows create volume and shape.

9.  Back-lighting is highly diffused (sometimes good, sometimes not).

10.  Light has color, and that is measured in Kelvins or "Color Temperature".

 

What LIGHT is best for portraiture?

Like always, general guidelines can be broken. But the best general light for portraiture is going to be directional light that is softened - so diffused or bounced light.

NATURAL LIGHT, OUTDOORS

What daylight is best for outdoor portraiture?

CLOUDY DAYS: Cloudy days can be a blessing in some cases, because you have the flexibility to use many locations at just about any time of day. But cloudy day light can also make photos a bit mushy because it's not directional light.

SUNNY DAYS: On a sunny day, you will see from the harsh sunlight that there are also harsh shadows. This light, especially mid-day, is very difficult light to work with. 

The light we are looking for is directional and soft, so that means a sunny day, but a shaded location in which you can use the bounce light from sunny areas of the setting. Have you noticed that when you walk through a tunnel, as you get closer to the end of the tunnel, you are bathed in more light? Well, that registers in camera... as more light falls on you, you become brighter and the background becomes darker, creating more contrast between you and the background. The same thing happens when you walk closer to the edge of a shaded area like from under a tree or a pavilion - as you bring yourself closer to the source of the directional light, the light source becomes stronger and also softer as you come closer.

What time of day is best for outdoor portraiture?

Sunrise or Sunset, hands down. There is no better time for portraiture than "Golden Hour" when shooting outdoors with natural light. Because the light has to travel through so many more particles in the air, it is super diffused and also adds a gorgeous warmth to your photographs. "Golden Hour" is the first hour of light after sunrise, and the last hour of light before sunset. This type of light is less contrasty, which helps to eliminate overly deep shadows and bright highlights. And, the low angle of the light also adds texture and depth to your scene. And a benefit you may not be thinking of... there are less people out and about at this time of day, especially sunrise - the sacrifice you make to get up early is 100% worth it. So if you want the location all to yourself, consider sunrise. Not sure when "Golden Hour" begins or ends? Ask your photographer, they'll know.

NATURAL LIGHT, INDOORS

What daylight is best for indoor portraiture?

Whether it is a cloudy or sunny day, you can take a great portrait indoors by using a window or large glass door as your light source. As long as the light coming in the window is bounce light and not direct light, it will work wonderfully. Just be aware that back-lighting will affect your photograph indoors more strongly (so avoid a window behind you).

What time of day is best for indoor portraiture?

Just about any time of daytime will work, but mid day is going to be your brightest bounce light.

Studio Lighting

When the daylight just won't cut it, or you're going for a edgier look that requires more light control, that's where studio lights come into play. Most consumers have a camera with "on-camera flash". These are typically unflattering and uncreative because even though they can light your subject, they flatten everything. Professional photographers have the tools to set up and strictly control the light with studio strobes, in combination with natural light or without. It's really fun to see how you can change the atmosphere and mood of an image by just adjusting your light angle, coverage, and diffusion.

Do you have any lighting tricks that work for you?
Please share your personal advice in the comments!
 

NEXT MONTH’S TOPIC

Which should we do first...
Selecting Flattering Color Choices or Selecting Flattering Attire & Accessories ?

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kelly@kellyheckphotography.com (Kelly Heck Photography) http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog/2017/11/10-tips-to-looking-your-best-series-finding-the-best-light Wed, 01 Nov 2017 17:28:00 GMT
Melissa, Dan, & Chelsea's Family Photos on the Farm | Taneytown, Maryland http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog/2017/10/melissa-dan-chelseas-family-photos-on-the-farm-taneytown-maryland Reconnecting with old friends makes you wonder why you ever let time lapse apart. I am SO thrilled that Melissa and I reconnected. My dear friend from high school days reached out - she and her family haven't had family photos taken for several years, and they were hoping to do something on the family farm. YES, YES, YESSSS!

Reconnecting with Melissa was so wonderful, and their family session was an absolute treat.

Sunrise is just a little more magical than any time of day, I think, and I can't wait till the next sunrise story to tell! Melissa, Dan, Chelsea, and Max | Taneytown, Maryland Family SessMelissa, Dan, Chelsea, and Max | Taneytown, Maryland Family Sess Melissa, Dan, Chelsea, and Max | Taneytown, Maryland Family SessMelissa, Dan, Chelsea, and Max | Taneytown, Maryland Family Sess Melissa, Dan, Chelsea, and Max | Taneytown, Maryland Family SessMelissa, Dan, Chelsea, and Max | Taneytown, Maryland Family Sess Melissa, Dan, Chelsea, and Max | Taneytown, Maryland Family SessMelissa, Dan, Chelsea, and Max | Taneytown, Maryland Family Sess Melissa, Dan, Chelsea, and Max | Taneytown, Maryland Family SessMelissa, Dan, Chelsea, and Max | Taneytown, Maryland Family Sess Melissa, Dan, Chelsea, and Max | Taneytown, Maryland Family SessMelissa, Dan, Chelsea, and Max | Taneytown, Maryland Family Sess Melissa, Dan, Chelsea, and Max | Taneytown, Maryland Family SessMelissa, Dan, Chelsea, and Max | Taneytown, Maryland Family Sess Melissa, Dan, Chelsea, and Max | Taneytown, Maryland Family SessMelissa, Dan, Chelsea, and Max | Taneytown, Maryland Family Sess Melissa, Dan, Chelsea, and Max | Taneytown, Maryland Family SessMelissa, Dan, Chelsea, and Max | Taneytown, Maryland Family Sess

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kelly@kellyheckphotography.com (Kelly Heck Photography) http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog/2017/10/melissa-dan-chelseas-family-photos-on-the-farm-taneytown-maryland Mon, 23 Oct 2017 17:28:00 GMT
Will Kea's Professional Headshot http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog/2017/10/will-keas-professional-headshot Mr. Kea joined me for a new classy headshot. When's the last time you updated your headshot? I love his style, don't you!?

  Will Kea | Frederick MDWill Kea | Frederick MD

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kelly@kellyheckphotography.com (Kelly Heck Photography) http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog/2017/10/will-keas-professional-headshot Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:28:00 GMT
Emma & Scott's Wedding at Dock 580 in Columbus, Ohio http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog/2017/10/emma-scotts-wedding-at-dock-580-in-columbus-ohio It was a blast to photograph the wedding of my Co-Auntie to Willow & Josie - Emma, and her lovely man Scott, who the family refers to as "Scuncle" (correct my spelling guys if I'm off). They got married in their city, Columbus, Ohio. We enjoyed the city, all of us staying at Hilton, and checking out the cool markets downtown. They were married at Dock 580, also in Columbus. Their family is so awesome - sweet, funny, full of spunk and magnetizing personality... and these two, you can tell they are perfect for each other. Love you guys, thank you for asking me to document your special day and including me in so many of your pre- and post- activities, it was awesome to visit!!

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kelly@kellyheckphotography.com (Kelly Heck Photography) http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog/2017/10/emma-scotts-wedding-at-dock-580-in-columbus-ohio Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:28:00 GMT
My nieces, Willow & Josie http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog/2017/10/my-nieces-willow-josie You guys know my nieces are absolutely adorable if you follow me on Facebook or see me out and about. This last visit to them in Ohio was awesome... Willow is almost three and super chatty, learning all kinds of American Sign Language. And Josie just turned one, and she's crawling around, going goo-goo and gah-gah. They are so cute! I took Willow for a walk to the backyard for some fun woodsy pictures, and Valerie and Josie joined in after a little while. I'm always so glad to get photos of them as they grow - it happens quick! Hope you enjoy a little glimpse into their cute lives!!

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What's photography without a little cheesy photoshopping? :-D

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Exploration...

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GIGGLES!!

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And then I tried to get a 3-year-old to pose, lol!

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Willow has the cutest little giggle, like she's laughing at a little something only she knows about. :-)

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And then Josie joined in on the photo fun!

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Lovin' the mama!

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So one last little insight into Willow's day to day... Valerie and the girls hang out at the front bay window when family and guests are coming and going. Willow waves with pure joy, and often flashes the ASL sign, "I love you". You can see some attempts to get those fingers just right. She is so funny!!

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kelly@kellyheckphotography.com (Kelly Heck Photography) http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog/2017/10/my-nieces-willow-josie Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:28:00 GMT
Valerie's Family Photos at Taneytown Memorial Park http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog/2017/10/valeries-family-photos-at-taneytown-memorial-park This is the second year I've had the pleasure of photographing Valerie and her two awesome boys! This year we went for one of my ideas, to play at the local playground. And it was great. We met at the Taneytown Memorial Park in Taneytown, MD. Her boys got to show their spirit, take breaks, jump back into photos, take more breaks, get dirty, and run around... it was perfect! They were so engaged and happy to just have a good time and we all had a lovely afternoon.

I love when clients, especially with young kids, elect to center their photos around an activity... the playground, hiking, pumpkin picking, Christmas tree cutting, or other DIY activities are a great way to keep your kids focused and super happy! Have you tried an activity family session? Please do, it's so fun!!

     

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kelly@kellyheckphotography.com (Kelly Heck Photography) http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog/2017/10/valeries-family-photos-at-taneytown-memorial-park Fri, 06 Oct 2017 17:28:00 GMT
10 Tips to Looking Your Best Series: #2 - It’s All About Angles - Body Positioning http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog/2017/10/10-tips-to-looking-your-best-series-2-it-s-all-about-angles-body-positioning Last month we talked all about capturing a genuine smile and several tips on head positioning, today we're going to zoom out and talk about the full figure from head to toe.


The camera adds 10 pounds they say... I think it adds more like 30 pounds. Let's figure out how to shave off some of that unwelcomed fake-weight. 

THE TORSO.

Want to get a FREE, no-surgery-required tummy tuck? The "Torso Turn & Twist" is sure to shave off pounds! Face your whole body about 45 to 90 degrees away from the camera, then turn your shoulders back towards the camera.

This angle gives us a slight side-view of your tummy, while keeping your shoulders a little more square to the camera, giving an hourglass effect. And the twist tightens the torso!

Ladies, you can optionally sink your weight to your back leg to give your figure a feminine S-Curve, for the Gents, you can stay even-weighted or shift the weight a little (just don't get too curvy). And, don't forget that while you are doing all this head-to-toe stuff, you still need to apply the same Head Positioning techniques we talked about last month, which you can CLICK HERE to read. Oh, and it never hurts to suck in a little on the count of 3. ;-)

The Hands.

Not sure what to do with your hands? The worst thing you can do is hold them infront of you. Sorry to get a little raw here, but it creates a bullseye right to your crotch. So let's not do that.

Hand placement for the Ladies only first. One or both hands on hips looks lovely. If just one, it's usually the front hand up, back arm hanging. Hand placement on the hip should be higher at your inner-most hour glass, not low on the hip bone, and pull your elbow back. Your hand will cinch your waist, helping you appear thinner, while your elbow back will help to slightly trim up your arm. And, don't forget that little tummy tucking twist! Obviously you can do other hand positions, but this is a good starting point. If one or both arms are hanging down, place your hands on your legs, bend at the arm and cinch the elbows back ever so slightly (can I get more cowbell... I mean, hourglass?).

For men AND women...

Hands always look great in your pockets. Ladies, you look great with fingers out, thumbs in. Gents, you look great with fingers in, thumbs out. Pocket placement helps to relax your arms and give a more casual appearance overall.

Crossing the arms looks great too, and gives an "I'M IN CHARGE" sort of feel! Ladies, fingers out. Men, close your hands and use your knuckles behind your biceps to beef up your arms a little extra.

If you're sitting, try asymmetrical posing. Lean in close, let the arms cross, either over a chair arm, or over your own knees. Ladies, you can bring one hand up to your neck or chin, and tilt your knuckles back towards you're forearm. Gents, wrists straight, sometimes even a lightly closed fist looks great, and you can also cross arms, or prop one hand up on the back thigh if you're sitting on steps or the edge of a short seat.

If your hands are going to be interlocked in front of you, or you are holding hands with a loved one, interlocking the fingers looks a bit odd. Instead, place one hand on top of the other or within the other. If it's just you in the shot, ladies look great with hands resting on top of each other, men can do the same or you can wrap a light fist with the other palm. And if you are posing with a special someone, wrap your arm or arms around your sweetheart instead!

The Posture.

Some photo posing involves bad posture purposefully, but that's usually just when seated, and I personally think it's also just for the ladies. When standing, pristine posture is a MUST. Standing tall, always with a straight back, elongates the body and makes you appear more energetic.

Having trouble with your posture? Try squeezing your shoulder blades together, even visualize squeezing an orange between your shoulder blades. This technique will square your shoulders, lift your torso (lifting also tightens everything, ooo-la-laaa!), and elongates your body.

The Legs & Feet.

Ladies, when standing, you can be a bit more dainty than the guys. A little cross of your legs can be cute. You can also lift the weight off that front foot to touch the ball of your foot or tip of your toe to the ground. Positioning of your feet looks great when you bring your heels together, or if on your toe. bring your toe to your back heel.

For the Gents, I would suggest standing fairly straight, but you can also play with the cross leg as long as you have a little bend at the knee.

(Have mercy I'm going off topic... don't bring tennis shoes to a photo shoot. We'll talk more about shoes and other attire in a future tip.)

That BOOTY.

Girls! While you're at it with the tummy-tucking and waist cinching, kick out that booty by exaggerating the curve of your lower back. Even more lovely S-Curve beauty and more tummy tightening. We love showing off lady-curves. 

RECAP

These are some guidelines to follow. There are obviously endless options for posing, but we can't possibly remember them all in a fleeting moment as cameras get whipped out. Find yourself a full length mirror, and practice a few of these techniques, figure out what angles are best for you, and what side (left or right?) you like best as well!

 

Do you have any other tricks that work for you?
Please share your personal advice in the comments!
 

NEXT MONTH’S TOPIC

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The Rice Family - Exploring Gettysburg Pennsylvania http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog/2017/9/the-rice-family---exploring-gettysburg-pennsylvania A wonderful sister Jen called me from out of state looking for a birthday gift for her sister, Sara, and her family. She and I together decided the photo session and a beautiful framed wall portrait would be perfect. So after waiting a few months past Sara's birthday, we finally got to meet! Sara was looking for something not so typical of Carroll County family portraits - no farms, no fields... she wanted something with a bit more of a city feel, but local. So, we decided on downtown Gettysburg, PA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meet Sylvia, a Copywriter & Communications Professional http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog/2017/9/meet-sylvia-a-copywriter-communications-professional Sylvia and I have been getting to know each other for several years when I come on campus at Carroll Community College for photo projects, so I was of course super pleased to hear when she decided to begin her own company, Blair Copywriting and Communications, LLC. Even more flattering, she asked me to take some artistic photographs for use on her website! Here are a couple of my favorites from our Stock Photo Session. Sylvia's website is coming soon too, so I'll add that to this point once it's live!

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Carroll's Best 2017 - Honorable Mention http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog/2017/9/carrolls-best-2017---honorable-mention Carroll County Times's CARROLL'S BEST 2017 winners are announced, and I'm beyond grateful to be voted in as an Honorable Mention next to two fantastic fellow photographers, Karen Rainier Photography and Fine Portraiture by Michele.

I'm also pumped to share that fellow Taneytown entrepreneurs RUST by Justin StaudingerTaneytown Dance Center, Antrim 1844, and Thunderhead Bowl share in my joy, also being named Honorable Mention in their own categories. I love being neighbors with fantastic and businesses (and people) thriving in Taneytown, Maryland.

Thank you for voting, and thank you for choosing myself and other local business owners as your trusted resources.

Check out more results at http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/cctnews-carroll-s-best-20…

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Mason Dixon Distillery Restaurant Feature in Hanover Magazine, Hanover Pennsylvania http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog/2017/9/mason-dixon-distillery-restaurant-feature-in-hanover-magazine-hanover-pennsylvania I love food, photographing it is a close second favorite (if I get to photograph it AND eat it, well, that's a whole new level of favorite). Hanover Magazine set me on a mission to photograph the fine drinks and dishes found at Mason Dixon Distillery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, as well as the owner Yianni Barakos. Yianni is a busy man, and it's obvious why when you enter their establishment - awesome venue, charming team! You can read all about them in the September / October issue of Hanover Magazine!

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Visit Mason Dixon Distillery at www.masondixondistillery.com!

And stop in for lunch, a drink, or make some dinner reservations!

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10 Tips to Looking Your Best Series: #1 - It’s All About Angles - The SMILE & Head Positioning http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog/2017/9/10-tips-to-looking-your-best-series-its-all-about-angles-the-smile-head-positioning Over the coming months, I will share various tips and tricks to look your very best in photos, and each month will focus on ONE of 10 specific areas of posing, style, and photo shoot preparation. So let’s dive right in!


Ah, the trick to getting that perfect smile, tilt, and twist – all great portraits start with the face and head. I don’t know what it is about photos of myself, but I’m really self-conscious and I delete (or “untag”) bunches of photos. Besides dead eyes and fake smiles, that sneaky chin or double-chin bubble (see examples 1 and 2 below) is what really gets me, even though I know what to do in photos. But knowing little posing tricks (see examples 3 and 4 below) has helped me enjoy being in photos so much more over the years. If these tips can give me that extra little boost of confidence, I’m certain they can do the same for you too!

The SMILE.

We don’t always have to smile for photos, but more often than not, it’s appropriate, and the last thing we want is to look like we are squealing “CHEEEEEESE” while clamping our teeth down. But there are some easy solutions!

I’m always asking my clients to giggle or give me a big laugh. When you genuinely smile (which you can get from a forced laugh), think about how your mouth and eyes react… your lips curl up on the edges, your teeth separate, and your eyes crinkle, or as Tyra Banks puts it, “SMIZE” (i.e. smile with your eyes).

Sometimes the laugh gets TOO big of a smile though, so that’s where the little giggle can come into play. But even so, some clients aren’t comfortable with forced laughter, so that’s where we try a different word. Who doesn’t love MONEY? Just thinking about having some can make you smile… saying “moneeeeeeyyy” gives a more genuine smile, because when you say “eeey”, all the important smile factors react perfectly.

Is your smile still feeling too tight? Try breathing through your mouth instead of your nose. I find that when I breathe through my nose, my jaw tightens and my teeth close together. When I breathe through my mouth, I leave some space. And taking a deep breath relaxes the whole body - BRILLIANT!

Sweet, we've got the smile down right? Now, let's get your head position just right to go with that perfect grin...

Head Positioning.

When truly smiling or laughing – people tend to pull their face back and down, in towards the neck and chest… HOLY SMOKES - the dreaded double-chin. But we can fix this too!

Treat your face and chest as separate focal points - push your face forward and away from your body. You can do this by pretending you have a string attached to the the center of your forehead, and imagine that string pulling your face directly forward. It’s nearly a chicken bob feeling, and though you may look bizarre from the side, you’ll look the best in the group photo! When pushing your face forward, you become elongated, your face becomes thinner, and the stretch helps to hide any extra skin under your chin. Whether you are facing the camera straight on, or from a bit of an angle, you will push yourself directly towards the camera.

It is also flattering to turn your head slightly from the camera, instead of shooting straight on. Turning your head to the side slightly enhances the dimensions of your facial features. (A turn is bringing your chin from one side to the other.)

A tilt is sometimes flattering for women as well. (A tilt is pulling your ear down to one shoulder or the other.) Tilts are definitely a more feminine touch, however, so this tip is most definitely for the ladies. Ladies, what you will want to do is pull your chin into your shoulder (a combo of a turn and a tilt) while still pushing your front cheekbone towards the camera.

(We’ll talk more about head/face positioning in relation to the camera position in a later topic!)

RECAP

Go grab a mirror and practice these techniques:

  • Practice a more genuine smile by:
    • laughing,
    • saying “money”,
    • and breathing through your mouth.
  • Practice the position of your head in relation to your body by:
    • pulling your face forward, straight on,
    • and try it with a turn, pulling your cheekbone forward.
  • Ladies, practice a tilt & turn, tucking in towards your shoulder, while still bringing your face forward. (Gents, why don't you try it too, and just see how cute you look!)

Did you do it?? SUPER PROUD OF YOU!!

 

After considering all these tips, this was my final self-portrait:

Now go see what you can do!

 

Do you have any other tricks that work for you?
Please share your personal advice in the comments!
 

NEXT MONTH’S TOPIC

It’s All About Angles - Body Positioning
 

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Congrats to 2018 Senior Casey - Senior Portraits http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog/2017/9/congrats-to-2018-senior-casey-senior-portraits 2018 Senior Casey is super stylish and looking into art schools where he can pursue his passions. When he and his parents reached out about his senior photos, I knew we needed to do something unique, rustic, and try a little artsy experimentation. I had the perfect rough, dirty location in mind... the place doesn't look like much in daylight to the naked eye, but my goodness, in photos, it's AMAZING! We met around sunset, starting with natural light, and kept shooting photos well into complete darkness, lighting both Casey and the outdoor setting with travel studio lights. Wishing the best to you Casey in your senior year of High School and as you begin your artistic adventures!! 

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Thanks again Casey for an awesome Senior Portrait Session!

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kelly@kellyheckphotography.com (Kelly Heck Photography) http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog/2017/9/congrats-to-2018-senior-casey-senior-portraits Sat, 02 Sep 2017 20:25:00 GMT
New Realtor On the Block - Meet Bryan Sullivan with Long & Foster Real Estate http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog/2017/9/new-realtor-on-the-block---meet-bryan-sullivan-with-long-foster-real-estate It's always so cool and motivating to meet a young pro pursuing a new career passion. I just bumped into Bryan last night at a business networking event and realized I had forgotten to share his new professional headshot. Like Bryan's Facebook Fan Page HERE and check out his Real Estate Listings at www.bryansullivan.lnf.com.

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kelly@kellyheckphotography.com (Kelly Heck Photography) http://www.kellyheckphotography.com/blog/2017/9/new-realtor-on-the-block---meet-bryan-sullivan-with-long-foster-real-estate Fri, 01 Sep 2017 16:22:24 GMT