Monthly Archives: July 2015

Young girl with Violin

8 Tips for successful ‘tween portrait shoots

Taking family portraits is a rewarding experience for any portrait photographer, but tweens can be a difficult phase to capture.

It’s a golden chance to capture a young person’s personality, and it’s a record of their interests now.  Maybe their senior portrait will show a completely new interest, or maybe they’ll stay the same, but it’s a great way to remember how they were right now.

Here are some tips to make the process much easier:

  • If you can photograph them on their own, they’ll be much less self-conscious.
  • Talk to them and explain what you’re doing. Get them involved and they’ll be interested.
  • They’ll also be much happier if you capture them doing something that they love, dancing, playing a musical instrument, painting etc.
  • Ask them if they have any ideas of what they’d like to showcase.
  • Be interested in them.
  • Show them the images that you’re taking, and reassure them that they’re going to get photos that they will like as well as Mom and Dad.
  • Use your portrait editing software to clean up any transient blemishes.
  • Use Smart Photo Editor to offer them some additional, creative and unusual images

Take the pressure off the actual session:

Schedule a planning session with the whole family to talk about what will happen, and what everyone should wear. There’ll be much less tension between parents and kids before the session if the kids know what to expect, and they’ve already agreed on what they’d like to wear. Everyone’s much happier when they’re comfortable in what they’re wearing and kids and tweens have their own ways of expressing themselves too.

Teen girl leaning against tree

Having several different ideas for locations, some indoors and some outdoors, can help; making sure that there’s some variety going on can stop the boredom setting in. It’s not just kids that get bored either!  No one likes getting stuck in the rain, so having a rain plan is essential.

PortraitPro is the best way to clear up any small blemishes, and it can give kids, tweens and teens the  confidence that any blemishes they don’t like can be cleared up, quickly and easily.

They might also like to tell you which effects they like best from the Smart Photo Editor Gallery.  Have some example images ready so they can see what they look like.


Girl doing customer support

Your Questions Answered

Did you know that we offer all PortraitPro users free, life-time support?

If you have a question visit our support ticket system to get in touch with our support team.

This week our Customer Support team share the answers to some of their most frequently asked questions:

Q: My computer crashed and I lost my software! Do I need to buy it again? 

A: There’s no need to buy the software again. When you made your purchase you received an activation token and you can use this to re-install your software. If you have lost this, contact the support team with your name and the email address you used when you purchased, and they will help you locate it.

Q: Can I use PortraitPro as a plug-in with Photoshop/Lightroom?

A: The PortraitPro Studio and PortraitPro Studio Max editions can be set up as plug-ins for Photoshop, Elements, Lightroom, and Aperture. You can learn more about the different editions of PortraitPro here.

Q: I want to retouch my portraits, but not change the face shape. Can I do that?

A: Of course! All the controls in PortraitPro can be turned on and off.  To turn off individual sliders, simply set them to 0. If you’d rather turn off a whole tool set, click the green circle next to that menu.

Q: How do I upgrade my software?

A: The easiest way to upgrade your software is through the license manager. There is a link to this at the top of the upgrade page. Enter the activation token of your current software and you will be taken to a page where you can purchase upgrades. Once you have received your upgrade token, apply this to your current license and download your new software.

Q: There is more than one person in my picture, will PortraitPro let me edit multiple people?

A: Yes. With PortraitPro 12 you can edit multiple people in a picture by clicking the ‘other faces’ button at the top of the screen.

Q: I love the software but the presets don’t suit my editing style. What can I do?

A: It’s easy to make your own presets for PortraitPro. Simply choose an image and make any edits that you want. Now, click ‘Save Preset’ and choose a name for your new preset. You can even set this as your default so that PortraitPro applies it automatically to every image.

In Venice on Vacation

Taking your photo editing software on vacation

Whether you’re jetting off to somewhere exotic , or staying closer to home, it’s easy to do your photo editing on the go.

PortraitPro 12 has time saving features so you can set a customized preset, and leave the software to do the hard work.  Set your own preset to be the default. Everytime you open an image, the software will choose the settings that you’ve designed.

You can take your software anywhere, if you purchase from here, then you get an instant download, ready to go in minutes.

Try it out for free


Try out Smart Photo Editor too!

Happy 4th July!


Family on 4th July

Whether it’s grilling out in the park, on the beach, or catching the fireworks, there’s something for everyone to see and do on 4th July.

If you’re at home, check out your local fireworks displays and if you’ve got a trip planned, don’t forget to find out what happens there too. You might find something you’ve never seen before.

Benjamin  Frankin said: “ Time is Money”.

PortraitPro Studio Max batch processing can save you time on your portrait editing this weekend, leaving you more time to spend with your family.

Enjoy the sunshine and the savings! Download a free trial today.