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  • Photo of Shot Breakdown – Shooting Cowboys and Cacti in the Arizona Desert

    Shot Breakdown – Shooting Cowboys and Cacti in the Arizona Desert

    What goes on inside my head during a shoot?  A few people have asked me that question recently so I though I would share.  Just remember… you asked for it! Recently, I posted a few shots on Facebook from a trip to the Tanque Verde Ranch just outside of Tucson, Arizona. A lot of folks had…

  • Photo of Diary of a Street Fashion Photo Walk

    Diary of a Street Fashion Photo Walk

    I had the honor of leading a Street Fashion Photo Walk at this year’s PhotoPlus Expo in New York City. This was a two hour walk that was advertised as an opportunity for photographers to spend two hours with me on the Friday morning of PPE2018. The Photo Walk Description Street Fashion Photo Walk with…

  • Photo of Blowing Hair for Glamour Portraits &  Best Fans For Your Photo Studio

    Blowing Hair for Glamour Portraits & Best Fans For Your Photo Studio

    If you like working with models or photographing beautiful women, at some point you’re going to want to try a blowing hair shot. The problem as we all know is that hair often has a mind of its own, so adding wind is definitely a recipe for disaster – UNLESS you have the right tools…

  • Photo of Behind the scenes: My photo shoot with celebrity magician Matthew Furman

    Behind the scenes: My photo shoot with celebrity magician Matthew Furman

    My tagline says I Shoot People and that’s exactly what keeps me motivated as a photographer. My camera is my ticket to meet and interact with people. People that I would otherwise never have the opportunity to experience. Throughout my career I’ve had the opportunity to photograph numerous magicians on stage and in my studio…

  • Photo of Portrait Posing Tips to Hide a Double Chin

    Portrait Posing Tips to Hide a Double Chin

    Turkey Neck, meatbeard, neck spam, gwaddle, meat scarf, cowsaddle, chin dumpling, or chinsulation… whatever you want to call it, a double chin is not flattering, and it makes your subject appear much heavier than they really are. I’ve got some killer tips to help you thin the chin and instantly take weight off your subject.…

  • Photo of Creative Shutter Drag Technique Using Flash And Ambient Light

    Creative Shutter Drag Technique Using Flash And Ambient Light

    Shutter drag or dragging the shutter is a flash technique. You can do it with speedlights or monolights and it can be used in a studio or on location, depending on the circumstances and the results that you’re after. I’m going to show you some images that use this technique, plus I’m going to throw…

  • Photo of How to Plan a Portrait or Headshot Shoot

    How to Plan a Portrait or Headshot Shoot

    Today’s assignment: a headshot sitting, a good old-fashioned business headshot. This isn’t going to be one of those crazy beauty shots with all kinds of makeup and stuff blowing around. This is for marketing purposes for a young woman who’s setting up a practice as a therapist. So let’s get started! My subject is a…

  • Photo of How to avoid glare in eyeglasses: Photographing people with glasses and minimizing reflections

    How to avoid glare in eyeglasses: Photographing people with glasses and minimizing reflections

    I get asked all the time, “Joe – what’s the best lighting to use for photographing people with glasses, so that you don’t have glare or reflections on eyeglasses?”  The answer is so easy…  and I can use any kind of lighting arrangement I want to.  I just set my lights, do my test shots,…

  • Photo of 7 Most Important Things To Know About Working With A Makeup Artist

    7 Most Important Things To Know About Working With A Makeup Artist

    I have had new photographers tell me they are intimidated by the thought of working with a makeup artist. They don’t know how to find one, they don’t know how much to pay them, they don’t know how to communicate with them. And, in all honesty, working with a makeup artist for the first time…

  • Photo of 6 Reasons to Work with a Makeup Artist for Better Portraits or Headshots

    6 Reasons to Work with a Makeup Artist for Better Portraits or Headshots

    Do you think this young woman would prefer to look like this? Or this? That’s what I thought. So until next time, keep learning, keep… Huh, ohhh you expected me to make a long and passionate speech about the reasons for using a makeup artist.  I kinda thought that was a strong enough argument. But…

  • Photo of Home Photography Studio Setup – Tips for Building a DIY Home Portrait Studio on a Budget

    Home Photography Studio Setup – Tips for Building a DIY Home Portrait Studio on a Budget

    If you are going to photograph people in a studio setting, well, you need to own or rent a photography studio, right?  Wrong! You can build one, similar to what I have, in your own basement. Ten years ago, I decided it was time to give up the 40 minute commute to my 2,000 square…

  • Photo of 2 Light – Dramatic Beauty Shot

    2 Light – Dramatic Beauty Shot

    If you have been following my blog or my YouTube Videos you have heard me state over and over again… “Keep It Simple!” With that in mind here is a recent Beauty shot lighting technique that I did at the end of a modeling portfolio shoot. I did the shot with just 2 flash heads…

  • Photo of How to shoot a hair flip and make it look AWESOME!

    How to shoot a hair flip and make it look AWESOME!

    Hair flips are just cool! But it’s not as simple as just telling a model to flip her hair As you will see in the hair flip video, as the photographer you need to be the models eyes since she has no idea how the head flip looks and whether or not her hair is…

  • Photo of How to find the right model photographer to shoot your portfolio

    How to find the right model photographer to shoot your portfolio

    There are great model photographers all across the United States. There are however very few that are really good at shooting modeling portfolios. That doesn’t mean they aren’t good model photographers, it just means they don’t really understand what makes a great modeling portfolio. They don’t teach that in photography school. So here is what…

  • Photo of Is your Modeling GO Bag packed for a successful shoot?

    Is your Modeling GO Bag packed for a successful shoot?

    What is a modeling GO bag? A modeling GO bag is a small suitcase or duffel bag that you keep packed with the supplies that you should have available each and every time you attend a photo shoot. Being prepared is an essential habit if you hope to be successful as a model.  The best…

  • Photo of 5 reasons to hire a Makeup Artist for your Photo Shoot

    5 reasons to hire a Makeup Artist for your Photo Shoot

    5 reasons to hire a Makeup Artist for your Photo Shoot if you are a model: If you are the model – your job is to MODEL! You should be focused on modeling – not trying to do your hair and makeup. No one can do their own makeup as well as a great makeup…

  • Photo of Do I need to tan for a photo shoot?

    Do I need to tan for a photo shoot?

    NO! Absolutely not! Do NOT tan for a photo shoot. Tan lines do NOT look good in a photograph. If you look at the major fashion magazines or visit the top modeling agencies in the world, you will see that most of the models in the fashion world are somewhat pale or even very pale…

  • Photo of Should I hire a Makeup Artist for my Photo Shoot?

    Should I hire a Makeup Artist for my Photo Shoot?

    Oh HECK Yeah – you should hire a makeup artist! When you are shooting images for your modeling portfolio, remember that these are potentially the most important photographs that you will ever create. You need to hire a makeup artist to help insure these images look amazing. These are the images that will hopefully get…

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