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Professional Headshots in Atlanta

A professional headshot is a small investment that reaps big rewards. There are many reasons to have a professional headshot done. First of all, one will get noticed, as first impressions do count. Second, a headshot can be used for many purposes such as:

  • social media, especially LinkedIn
  • websites
  • business cards
  • brochures
  • dating websites
  • model portfolio
  • actor portfolio
  • resumes
  • prints
  • a gift for a significant other

In a recent LinkedIn blog

the following tip was given: Your profile picture can be one of the most important elements of your LinkedIn presence. Our research shows that just having a picture makes your profile 14 times more likely to be viewed by others. Typically, we’d recommend having a professional photographer take your headshot. A professional will make sure the lighting is flattering and that you are putting your best foot (or rather face) forward. On average, this will cost you between $200-$400. You can read more about this blog here.

Atlanta is a hot bed of activity with its new movie industry sweeping the state.

My daughter and one of her friends recently got parts in a popular TV show and a movie by sending their headshots to the film company. A headshot and a full body shot is usually required for the film industry. Selfies generally do not make the cut. A properly lit and casually-posed photo are required to get a foot in the door. Even to work as an extra or a stand-in requires a professional headshot. The movie industry in Atlanta is rocking and is always looking for extras. To look for work in this industry, check out this website.

A recent discovery has been the significance of a professional portrait on dating websites.

Just for fun, I checked out one recently and found almost 90% of the photos were poorly done: under-exposed, distracting backgrounds and poorly posed. A professional portrait increased the number of winks by almost four times. It is important to have a powerful first impression when looking for a new love, and a professional portrait will certainly be a good first step.

Lightscapes Portrait Studio, located in Duluth, Georgia, has been in business for 21 years.

We specialize in headshots for business, models, actors, dating websites and more. We strive to make every client feel relaxed as soon as they enter our studio. We are unique because we have a brick and mortar studio with dozens of backdrops and looks waiting for you. We also have the Eyelighter, a special tool to enhance and add a sparkle to the eyes. We are open Tues – Friday from 10-6 and host a “Headshot Happy Hour” every other week or so on a weekday from 5-7. Our next one is Wednesday June 28 from 5-7. Headshots are discounted 25% during this time.

For more information on Lightscapes Portrait Studio – The Atlanta Headshot Photographer – visit our website.

Studio 83 Wedding Photography in Atlanta

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This year I joined forces with Andie Freeman of Andie Freeman Photography and formed “Studio 83 Wedding Photography.” Andie will still be the creative force behind the camera along with her talented team, while I will handle customer relations and sales.

Andie’s story-telling ability along with her creative use of light to show all the emotion during the wedding day is what makes Studio 83 so special. Each wedding has three photographers on a team so we don’t miss a moment of your special day.

Pricing includes eight hours of coverage, three photographers and 1200-1500 electronic images. We also offer canvas prints and albums.

We will be making even more magic in the future as we add more products and services. I hope that you will continue to follow us as we grow!

We are booking now for 2017 and 2018 so please contact us if you are interested in booking your wedding with us.  Call (770) 623-1040

Photography by Andie Freeman.

Celebrate Mothers Project

2016-03-31_0001.jpgLast week I spent an afternoon cleaning out an old chest full of photographs and memorabilia. Although I dreaded the task, once I started going through all the old memories; family photographs, my kids’ artwork, and other pieces of the past, I fell into a state of nostalgic euphoria. I found myself reliving the fond memories of the past, when my kids were small.

My kids are grown now and living outside the house. I couldn’t be prouder of who they have become. When they were small, I couldn’t imagine ever having them leave the nest. But as the years went on, I saw how much they had matured and grown into strong, young adults.  Luckily for me, I have tons of photos of them when they were growing up. In the 90’s we took photos with film. Once the pictures were developed, I immediately placed them in albums and kept separate ones for each child and for the family photos.

One thing I noticed was that I was missing in many of the family photos. I took a lot of photos of my kids when they were growing up, but I am hardly in any of them because I was always the one who took the photos. The photo to the left was taken with my son in 1994 when he was just 6 years old.I did not know how much I meant to my son, until one day he came home from school with the artwork shown. Never again, did I omit myself from my family photos.

I do not want this to happen to you, so I started a “Celebrate Mothers Project” at Lightscapes Portrait Studio in Duluth. It will be held on April 12, 14, and 16.

What is Celebrate Mothers?

It is a Photography Session where I create beautiful photographs of a busy mom and her children, so she can look back when her children have grown and not regret that she was always behind the camera.The imagery is mixed with her hand-written words answering, “what do you want to remember most about your children at the age they are right now?” And the words or drawings of her children answering, “what do you love most about your mom?

Heartwarming photos of you with your kids aren’t frivolous – they’re a necessity.

Because to them? You’re too indispensable to be omitted from their past.

Learn more about Celebrate Mothers and how you can become a part of this exciting project.

Live Portrait Comes to Lightscapes Portrait Studio Atlanta

Introducing Live Portrait – “Where Your Pictures Come to Life”.

Your photograph instantly Live Portraitturns into a live video moment that will be cherished for years to come.

This is one of the most groundbreaking technical evolutions of the 21st century – Still photos come to life with a mobile app. Simply download the app, point the phone at the photo and it will instantly play a 15-20 second video and bring the subject’s to live. The app is called “Live Portrait” and it is available for free.

I have totally embraced this amazing new technology and I am offering the Live Portraits for all portrait sessions at Lightscapes Portrait Studio.

Try it yourself with this image. Download the app – Live Portrait – and watch the live action before your very own eyes.


Clothing Suggestions for Spring Portraits

Spring is just around the corner in Georgia. The flowers are starting to bloom and by early April the trees will be adorned with gorgeous spring green leaves. Spring is a beautiful time of the year in Georgia and that is why so many families asked to be photographed during this time. The most common question I am asked is “What should we wear for outdoor family portraits?” Here are some Clothing Suggestions for Spring Portraits. The days when everyone wore the same color top is out – now it is more about coordinating colors and creating a palette of tones. That is why I have created “Color Palettes” for each of the four seasons. The photograph shown, displays a very soothing combination of blues and salmon for the Spring. If you are not sure about what colors will work for you, I offer a FREE consultation for family portraits. Please call me at (770) 623-1040 so we can chat about your family portrait. The middle of April gets a little crazy, so call soon so we can book an appointment for your outdoor family portrait. Lightscapes Portrait Studio is located in Duluth GA. I can travel up to 10 miles to a nearby park or your home for spring portraits.


Family Portraits Matter

I receive many rewards in my career as a family photographer. One of them is watching a family view their family portrait that I created, for the first time. The portraits that I create at Lightscapes Portrait Studio in Duluth, GA are designed to last a lifetime and to be handed down to future generations. It is painsaking for me to see how many family portraits are floating around in cyberspace, on cell phones, CDs or thumb drives.

Family portraits that are displayed at a home, can help build a child’s self esteem. Here is what two psychologists have to say about family portraiture:
David Krauss, a licensed psychologist from Cleveland, Ohio says, “I think it is really important to show a family as a family unit. It is so helpful for children to see themselves as a valued and important part of that family unit. A photographer’s job is to create and make the image look like a safe holding space for kids where they are safe and protected. Kids get it on a really simple level.” Krauss is one of the earliest pioneers in using people’s personal photography and family albums to assist in mental health counseling and therapy. He co-authored “Photo Therapy and Mental Health” in 1983 that is considered a founding text for the use of photography in therapy.

“It lets children learn who they are and where they fit,” says Judy Weiser. a psychologist, art therapist and author based in Vancouver. “They learn their genealogy and the the uniqueness of their own family and its story. When a child sees a family portrait with them included in the photograph they say to themselves: ‘These people have me as part of what they are, that’s why I belong here. This is where I come from.’” Weiser has spent more than 20 years using all manner of personal photography to assist in the treatment process of her clients. She is considered by many to be the foremost authority on these treatment techniques, called PhotoTherapy.

My portrait studio specializes in family portraits of all sizes. I don’t care what size my client purchases, I just want to make sure they display them at home for the sake of their family. It is important to me to create a tangible piece of art that has so much value.

For more information on family portraits contact me at Lightscapes Portrait Studio (770) 623-1040 or visit my websitewebsite.

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What to Wear for a Family Portrait

studio family portraitFamily Photography is back and thriving after the long recession of 2008-2012. I just attended the International Photography Convention, known as Imaging USA, in Atlanta GA.  There were over 10,000 photographers in attendance and we all shared stories on how important our role is in preserving family memories through archival photographs.

Although most family portraits are done in the summer and the fall, the winter is also a great time to consider a family portrait. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is over and the schedules are more relaxed. The most common question I receive is “What do we Wear for a Family Portrait?” I usually ask a client to come to the studio to select a backdrop and then coordinate their clothing to match the backdrop and their home decor. One of my favorite color combinations is the charcoal palette. The colors are muted and subdued which truly brings more attention to the faces, which is what the portrait is all about.

Lightscapes Portrait Studio specializes in family photography year round. We offer a complimentary consultation prior to the session so I can create the portrait of your dreams. For more information on family photography call (770) 623-1040 or visit the website.

Custom Family Portraits

What makes each family portrait special is that I custom design specifically for the client. Each portrait is a unique piece of artwork that no one else will have. I have experienced many outdoor family sessions, but one from last fall I will hold dear to my heart as one of the most unique family portrait outdoor sessions I have ever photographed. I had a family request to photograph them with their musical instruments. Each parent played the guitar and their son played the violin. I photographed them on a beautiful fall day late on a Saturday afternoon when the light was just right. The photographs in the field of tall grass were particularly stunning as the grass changed to a golden hue as the sun was setting. This type of family photography is very fulfilling to me as an artist by telling a story through my photography. The family I photographed will have fond memories for a long time. For more information on family photography in Atlanta visit my website or call (770) 623-1040

Santa Photos in Gwinnett

Santa reading to childrenIt has been a few years since I tried Santa sessions at my portrait studio in Duluth. I wanted to try it again, but I did not want to replicate what they do at the Malls. I wanted to create an experience for the kids and their parents with interactive activities with Santa. With that in mind, I knew I had to find the best Santa ever and I DID!  And now I am offering Santa photos  in Gwinnett at Lightscapes Portrait Studio in Duluth.

What makes Santa Photos in Gwinnett different is that each child spends 25 minutes with Santa in a variety of activities.  First there is lap time with Santa telling Santa what they want for Christmas. Santa reads his favorite books to the kids, and they get a chance to ride is a sleigh.  We switch to a new scene and the kids have milk and cookies with Santa, and then play in his workshop with playdough and pretend tools.

Our first sessions were on November 15 and it went so well we are offering Santa photos in Gwinnett again on November 29 from 1 – 5PM.  There is only room for 8 children so we ask that each family reserves a space with a sitting fee deposit of $35.  For more information on Santa photos in Gwinnett please check the website.  

For more information on Lightscapes Portrait Studio visit the website.

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How to be an Extra in Georgia’s Film Industry

Bellwood Quarry, located just a few miles west of downtown Atlanta, is a 100-year-old granite quarry surrounded by acres of wooded land. It served as the survivor's camp in season one of "The Walking Dead," and acts as several locations in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1."

Bellwood Quarry, located just a few miles west of downtown Atlanta, is a 100-year-old granite quarry surrounded by acres of wooded land. It served as the survivor’s camp in season one of “The Walking Dead,” and acts as several locations in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.”

Georgia is becoming the new “Hollywood” with its growing film industry.  Movies and TV series are being produced in Georgia daily with regular shows as “The Walking Dead” being filmed in Senoia and other Atlanta locations. Just last week a movie starring Tom Hanks was filmed at Gwinnett Tech. Julia Roberts and Jennifer Anniston have been regular sights in Norcross filming their new movie.  The impact on local businesses has been phenomenal, with some small businesses now reaping the rewards of entrepreneurship working solely for the film industry.

Have you ever thought of working as an Extra in the film industry?  Now is you chance as hundreds of extras are needed on a weekly basis. Per the Film Industry website  There is a need for everyone—old, young, heavyset, thin, all ethnicities—so having some photos at the ready is advisable, whether taken by a friend or a professional photographer. Casting companies want to see what you look like, so keep backgrounds simple.

At Lightscapes Portrait Studio, we know just what they are looking for and have a special program for extras. The casting agency requires that you submit a headshot, a full body photograph, clothing and shoe sizes and body measurements. Our package includes the headshot, full body shot and measurements.  Our rate is just $99 for the package.

For more information on working as an extra in the Film Industry check out the resources below:


For Casting Companies visit the websites below:

Additional Resources*

Casting TaylorMade

CL Casting (Facebook only)

Extras Casting Atlanta
(404) 865-3330

Hylton Casting

Marinella/Hume Casting

New Life Casting

Rose Locke Casting

Tammy Smith Casting
(404) 433-7616

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