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Want to Specialize in Wedding Photography?

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It is wedding season once again and if you are thinking about specializing in wedding photography now is the time to start. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

When putting together your portfolio, only include weddings, yes you might have some other amazing shots but they won’t interest your prospective clients, and it reinforces the point that you specialize in weddings.

As a specialist, your prices will/can increase, to decide on your price have a look around at what other specialist wedding photographers charge and also what you think you are worth.

Going the extra mile – As a specialist you should really go that extra mile and make them feel special. Gifting the couple a free extra (such as a photo book or big canvas/print) when handing over their photos, makes their experience with you that much better. This will mean they will keep you in mind for anniversary photos and recommend you to people. Obviously this will be reflected in your pricing if you feel you an charge enough in your local area.

Creative shots  – Think/do a few creative shots that will really work and show the couples personality, the more you do the more knowledge you will get and knowing what will and won’t work. A little different from the usual wedding photos.

Marketing – This is key to growing your business, try to set aside some time every week to work on marketing.

Plan out – Plan ahead what shots you want to take, keep an eye on the weather forecast, know where you are shooting, visit before the wedding or if you can’t look online at photos and see what is around, bear in might what the couple want, they might have some clear ideas of what they want, do theirs but also some of your own.

Candid photographs – Only show the couple the good ones. Naturally happy and smiley, don’t just shot the ceremony, shot the bride getting ready, waiting at the altar, literally everything you think will give the couple that little bit extra and make it that more special when they get their photos.

Turn over time – When telling them how long until the photos are ready for them, don’t underestimate, there is nothing more annoying, give yourself plenty of time so you will be done early and they will see it as a nice surprise and feel valued.

Back Up your photos – I’m sure this goes without saying but back up your photos on the wedding day and on your finished images.

Post processing – Do not show any photos until you have edited them, this might seem like an easy one but the couple will be eagerly awaiting the images they might ask to see the unedited so they know what there is. It is best to make them wait for the perfect images.

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PortraitPro and PortraitPro Body is a perfect companion for you, try out a free trial now to make the Bride and Groom look their very best.

Self confidence is key to your success

Self-confident people don’t just make resolutions; they have goals, because they know that they will achieve them.

We’ve talked previously about goal setting for success, but you have to have self-belief to have self-confidence, and it’s also hugely important to your success. You have to believe that you can achieve something, because if not, then why are you doing it?

You need to set goals, to know where you’re going, because, if you don’t, then how will you know when you’ve reached your destination?

It sounds incredibly simple, but thousands of people don’t have the self-belief they need to achieve their ambitions in life. It’s been said, many times, in many ways that whatever you believe, you can achieve.

Think you can, Henry Ford Quote

If you want to be a top quality, world leading professional wedding photographer, shooting high end weddings, you need to believe that you can put everything into your ambition, because you believe that you can achieve it.  When you believe that you can achieve something, then you will use all the resources available to you to make it happen.

Open your planner, and start writing down what you want to achieve, and then break it down into smaller, more manageable chunks, and then, schedule when you’re actually going to carry out each step.

One of the first ways you can achieve great, high quality portrait images is to use the best quality portrait retouching software so all your images are the best that they can be.

You’ve seen how some of the leading photographers use PortraitPro in their photo editing work, you can also learn to incorporate it in to your workflow and see how much time it can save you, whilst giving you high quality portrait touch up.

Try out PortraitPro today, and start the beginning of your new path.

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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.

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Making an income from selling photography –Street Photography

There’s a whole host of ways to make money from your photography; it doesn’t have to be your portrait studio work that makes you money.

If you’re keen on photographing people then street photography could be one way to learn more about portrait photography; to get a chance to learn about other cultures and places and perhaps venture into a different area of interest.

Perhaps you might find a way to sell your street images, but be sure you get a model release for any images containing people. You also need to check out the local rules and laws on street photography.  Some countries and regions are stricter on privacy, and you should always respect the privacy of individuals. If someone doesn’t seem to want their photo taken, then don’t do it. Some communities, like the Amish, don’t like to be photographed. Be respectful of their wishes and don’t take an image of a person who wouldn’t want to be photographed.

There are plenty of other people and places where you can take photographs without offending anyone, and people usually don’t mind you taking photographs of their buildings, it’s usually recognizable images of real people that they don’t want to be taken.

You may often find that people are very happy to have their photo taken, but all you need to do is ask. A smile and a nod is all it takes.

If a street performer allows you to take their photo, then they usually expect a payment, and can be quite insistent on their payment if they realize that you’ve taken one without paying them. This is after all how they make their living.

If you do get permission from the street performer to take their photo, then portrait editing software would also work on their painted faces, and would perhaps help to make them even more flawless than the costume on its own.

These images would also benefit from some additional effects, such as the watercolor effects in Smart Photo Editor, making them very artistic and interesting portraits.

Whether it’s just your annual vacation, or you’re trying to travel on a more regular basis to earn a living from your photography, then it’s probably worth investing in some industry standard photography software, at a very affordable price.

Get Smart Photo Editor here and PortraitPro here.

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Portrait Photographs for Prom, Class of 2015

If you’re a professional portrait photographer, it’s one of the high points of your busy schedule. It’s a major event in any teenager’s calendar, and you want to be able to make it special for them.

High school students spend a lot of time and effort on making their Prom a special occasion. They want the best photography that will give them the best reminder of a memorable evening.

Tips for making your prom photography a success:

  • Consider offering photo booth style photography; it’s not all about the formal portrait, and sometimes an amusing photo is more evocative of good memories.
  • Be highly organized and professional. Make sure you have all your equipment, extension leads, stationery, payment equipment, computer equipment that you might need. You can’t rely on the school or venue having anything that you might need, including a power outlet just where you need it.

The one thing that you don’t need to worry about is your portrait editing, and with PortraitPro you can reduce the time spent in editing, so that you can return the images to your clients in double quick time!

PortraitPro 12 now has relighting technology, allowing you a more natural photo touch up.

You can give them great portrait editing, creating flawless images that look more natural, simply by creating presets that suit your editing style.

Every teenager wants to have great prom photos, you can give them their best looks, and send them their images quickly.

Give them a sneak peak at what they’re going to get by using the Facebook integration within PortraitPro to whet their appetites for their images.

Try PortraitPro today, and see for yourself how much time you can save.