Welcome to our Studio News and Notes. This is where we will be posting our Studio specials and announcements.
Have you ever looked at your photo proofs and noticed that your makeup was smudged? Or your blemishes looked worse than you thought? Believe me, as a photographer, I don't like it any better than you do. Many photographers will charge you an extra fee to re-touch makeup. We can eliminate under eye shadows, messy eye makeup and, and clown cheeks. But, it's going to cost you! So that it never happens again, there are steps you can take before you ever enter a photography studio to enhance your photo shoot experience and the final picture.
In our studio, our clients use the services of one of our professional makeup artists (MUA). The MUA knows exactly what foundations and colors will work best on your skin and look best under the lights. She will use an air brush to apply the foundation. Light reflecting highlights are added. An MUA is an artist – her canvas is your face and her palette is makeup.
It takes you, me, and the MUA to create a beautiful photograph or business headshot. And yes, this applies to men too!
Get ready; you have a job to do before your photo shoot:
§ Drink lots of water for a couple of days before your shoot. (It hydrates the skin.)
§ Get a good night’s sleep.
§ Plan for enough time to be at the studio at the appointed time. Rushing about is a big stressor!
§ Don't wait till the last minute to do my ten steps to a great shoot:
· Clothes - clean, with no wrinkles or spots. Bring them on hangers. (I charge a lot to remove wrinkles in clothes.)
· Shoes - clean and polished - no scuffs (another extra charge for scuffs)
· Skin - shaved, exfoliated and moisturized
· Face- Exfoliated, moisturized, plucked
· Brows - waxed (check for strays the night before)
· Lips - Exfoliated with sugar scrub, moisturized
· Nails- Fresh mani, pedi, preferably with clear polish or French
· Hair - Styled unless arrangements were made with the Makeup Artist
· Bring - clothes, shoes, accessories, hair products
· Bring examples of photos you like if you want a special look.
You’ve done your homework, now, be prepared to relax and have a good time!
Jane Doe Advocacy Center is having a grand opening celebration on Monday, August 27, 2012 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and launch party at their new headquarters in Maplewood. You can help this new service for women by attending the grand opening events.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony will feature a symbolic teal ribbon, the symbol of sexual assault awareness and support for survivors. Attendees at the ceremony include the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce and Mayor James White. We’ll be there supporting them through our community photography services.
“When I noticed the lack of legal services available to survivors of non-domestic sexual violence, I knew I had to do something. It quickly became a project, and quitting was never an option,” said Rachna Goel, President and Founder of the Jane Doe Advocacy Center. “Jane Doe is not ‘just another women’s organization.’ We are a public health organization that has identified a need for legal services that specialize in sexual violence, regardless of sex, gender, or how the violence is otherwise classified.”
Through their unique services and programs, Jane Doe brings the tools and resources of the legal system into the hands of individuals. Everyone at the center remains true to the concepts of justice, dignity, and compassion. Jane Doe is about achieving a sense of personal justice. From the first interaction, clients are presented with their legal options and are in control of all decisions. Reaching out for help should not require anyone to sacrifice their personal dignity.
Jane Doe does not use cookie-cutter methodology or make anyone feel as though they are a part of a statistic. Their approach is client centric; in other words, tailored to meet each client’s needs.
Jane Doe’s focus on specialized long-term legal services sets it apart from any other organization that works with survivors of sexual violence. Jane Doe is launching with a long list of legal services focused on sexual violence, public health, and outreach. For more information visit Jane Doe’s website at www.JaneDoeAdvocacy.org or call (314) 329-5339.
It’s ready to go! The design is complete. The beta testing is finished. The installation is done.
We have just installed our new client booking system. Very user friendly, it’s so easy to use. You can now book your photo session online. You can even book your pre-session consultations with me. How great is that?
No more juggling calendars. You’re in control of setting your appointments.
You select the type of photo session you want, how long a session, where, when, what options you want, and any comments you may have. Since we are a boutique studio, most clients will want services or options that aren’t in our scheduler. That’s expected as you’re only booking your time. In your consultation we will cover everything.
So, you set your appointment for a time convenient to you. You are now on our calendar. As the time approaches, you will receive email and text reminders from us.
Even better, because you are a busy person, you can also book your viewing session at the same time. Unless we’ve discussed and agreed to other arrangements, we recommend booking your viewing for two weeks after your photo session.
Have you decided on this year’s personal gift for the Fathers in your life? Have you found a very special Father’s Day gift they will treasure forever? Consider a portrait of your children.
We’re having a Father’s Day special here in the studio next week. For only $110.00, you will receive a Studio session plus one 8x10, two 5x7’s and four wallet size gift portraits. This offer is valued at $182.00.
Appointments are limited, so let me know right away so I can book you on the studio calendar.
Contact us Nancy@NancyHelmerPhotogaphy.com to schedule your appointment.
What would you do today if your Mother had purchased your childhood or wedding pictures only on digital media?
Does your computer read floppy discs? Do your kids know what a floppy disk is? Technology is constantly changing. Will the CD become obsolete? Guess what? Obsolescence is not the only problem you will experience with a CD. Have you ever stuck a CD into your computer and the computer wouldn't read it? CD's and DVD's just don't last.
In an interview with Computer World, Kurt Gerecke, a physicist and storage expert at IBM Deutschland GmbH, said "Unlike pressed original CDs, burned CDs have a relatively short life span of between two to five years, depending on the quality of the CD. Many of the cheap burnable CDs available at discount stores have a life span of around two years. "Some of the better-quality discs offer a longer life span, of a maximum of five years."
Very reminiscent of photographic film, instability results from deterioration of dyes used in the manufacture of the CD. If you're interested in learning more about this phenomenon, you can read the technical details of why CD's deteriorate online at Computer World.
We all hear interviews from people who have lost everything in disasters. Almost every person interviewed after a disaster mourn the loss of their family pictures. If your images are only on CD or inexpensive prints from a one-hour printing service, it’s almost guaranteed that you will experience a loss of precious family portraits.
I find it sad that so many people are relying on CDs to preserve family history. In our Studio we do offer clients the option to purchase images on CD only if we have created prints or albums for them.
Nancy Helmer Photography prints are protected from UV exposure and printed with quality inks on archival paper. The standard longevity of a print from us is 100 years in home display and 200 years in dark storage. Additionally, our client’s prints are backed up to secure servers in two geographically distant locations.
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