3 Tips for Better Photos of People

3 Tips for Better Photos of People
Photography Tips // A Well Crafted Party
In early May the Portland Bloggers hosted our annual Photography Workshop at the amazing studio space of Favery and Elli. This year’s event was taught by three local photographers, Margaret Jacobsen PhotographyLinnea Paulina Photography, and Aubrie LeGault Photography. We are always trying to offer Portland Bloggers opportunities to learn and build on their skills. So, while last year’s event focused on photography basics, this year’s event was much more specialized.
Photography Tips // A Well Crafted Party

Three Tips for Better Photos of People

Margaret Jacobsen from Margaret Jacobsen Photography took part of the attendees outside on the streets of Portland for hands on practice and to share her tips on fashion photography. It was a great opportunity for bloggers wanting to learn more about photographing people and people with products. I learned a lot in such a short time and have seen my photography improve quite a bit. Here are some of the tips I found useful:

1. Be Bossy.

Let your model KNOW what you want from them. This is especially important if you are working with someone who isn’t used to be in front of the camera. The light glaring off of your subject in an unflattering way? Tell them (or show them) to move. Want to see a different pose or expression… tell them!

This tip was difficult for me…. for about ten seconds. I have no problem being bossy—especially after having been given permission! it made all the difference in how I take photos of other people though. I’m a lot more vocal so that I am able to make sure limbs are where I want them in my shot.

Photography Tips // A Well Crafted Party

 

Photography Tips // A Well Crafted Party

Photography Tips // A Well Crafted Party

2. Make your subject a prop for showing off your product.

Now, Margaret made this sound much more eloquent and put together than my little subject line. But, in blogging, we are often taking photos of product whether it be sponsored items, review items, or DIY items that we created. Just taking product photos with a white background can get sort of boring. Use people in your shots to really feature the product in a flattering light. This is especially handy when featuring accessories like the awesome ones we borrowed from Favery.com.

Photography Tips // A Well Crafted Party

3. Practice being a model.

Man, I’m bad at this one. I’m trying to be in front of the camera more… but, it isn’t easy for me unless I am taking 100 selfies and picking through them. Margaret suggested practicing being a model—whether it is in front of the camera or just a mirror. Put yourself in the same situation as your model may be in so that you can feel what they may be feeling, but also to figure out ways that you might have them pose!

More:

Photography Tips: See more photos from the Photography Event and Learn the Tips that the panel of photographers shared at the event.

About the sponsors: Favery set out a variety of jewelry pieces that bloggers were able to use as props while they learned about how to improve their people photography. Elli created small vignettes utilizing their printed products for bloggers to practice their close up photography. Florals are the work of Swoon Floral Design and chairs are from Classic Vintage Rentals.

About the photographers: Linnea Paulina and Aubrie LeGault taught bloggers tips for photographing still life, close-up shots. This session was built for bloggers who often photographed food, DIY projects, or vignettes. Margaret Jacobsen took a group of bloggers outside to work on people photography, learning how to focus on details, step out of their comfort zone, and be more bossy to get the shot that they want.

Bring your blog to the next level with a blogging conference & BlogHer ’14!

Bring your blog to the next level with a blogging conference & BlogHer ’14!

This post is a sponsored post opportunity from BlogHer. All opinions are my own. I signed up for this opportunity to bring my readers a great opportunity and to help connect more bloggers!

 

 


 

Kerry Washington is the Key Note speaker for BlogHer'14!
Kerry Washington—a keynote speaker for BlogHer’14!

I’ve been blogging her on A Well Crafted Party for just over 4 years now. I’ve done blogging part-time & full-time. Blogging is now such an integral part of my life now that has provided myself and my family with opportunities that I could have never dreamed of being able to part-take in. But, most of all, it has brought some of the most amazing PEOPLE into my life.

When I started blogging I never thought that it would take me away from my computer and out into the world so often. Moreover, that going out into the world more often would help take my blogging to the next level! It is funny how those things go together, isn’t it?

“Blogging” is one of the main content areas that I provide here on the blog, because… lets face it, often BLOGGERS are some of the best blog READERS. I like to provide the tools and opportunities that have been helpful for me in my blogging journey including Portland-area meet-upsblogging tips, and blogging printables. I’m really excited to be able to also share a little about this year’s BlogHer Conference and a link to some discounted passes, because let’s face it, networking is an important (and fun!) part of the blogging world and BlogHer is one of the best ways to get yourself into a room with a plethora of other bloggers and brands.

****Get your conference passes (with a discount) by clicking on the following link to the BlogHer’14 Eventbrite page.****

More about BlogHer’14:

  • The BlogHer Annual Conference turns 10 years old this year! (What!?!)
  • Dates: July 24-26, 2014
  • Where: San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA
  • They’ve got childcare covered. “We are proud to announce Childcare at BlogHer ’14 in San Jose! We have once again partnered with KiddieCorp and are offering childcare for all three days—Thursday, Friday and Saturday—at a subsidized rate of $50 per child, per day. “

BlogHer Keynote Speakers of 2014:

  • Arianna Huffington: Arianna is the chair, president, and editor in chief of the Huffington Post Media Group. BlogHer attendees will get the opportunity to hear Arianna discuss the evolution of her business, social media and of her thinking about wellness.
  • Kerry Washington: Ms. Pope… excuse me, actor and activist Kerry Washinton will be speaking about her causes and work and how the social platform amplifies them both.
  • Tig Notaro: Comedian Tig Notaro will share about her brand of comedy. (If you haven’t seen her… she is hilarious. Her talk is bound to be talked about!)
  • Jenny Lawson: The Bloggess returns to BlogHer again this year to tell a story of BlogHer success.If you haven’t read her blog. Do. It is amazing, real, and oh-so-funny.

Why go to a Blogging Conference?

That line-up alone makes me want to go! But, more than that, there will be bloggers, brands, parties, and many different classes to help with blogging skills! The opportunity to not only hone your skills, but to also have the opportunity to meet the brands and fellow bloggers that can help get your blog to the next level is too good to pass up.

I am not sure if I will be able to attend this year. But, boy oh boy, I am going to try! Meeting other bloggers and building on my blogging skills are important to me. More than that… I love the opportunity to connect other bloggers together. I have a goal to go to a future BlogHer conference, and then someday, a goal to see my name up on that speaker list too!

Have you been to a BlogHer in the past? Tell me about your experience in the Comment Section!

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Blogger Speed Dating: Tips on Networking

Blogger Speed Dating: Tips on Networking

I’m not great at meeting people. I love people. I love the idea of meeting people. But, when it comes right down to it meeting people is hard for me. My palms sweat. I forget words. I feel awkward. Then, after it all, I obsess about each and every conversation and how I responded.

When the Social Events Vice President of Portland Bloggers, a local blogging group that I work on, suggested we have a Speed Networking event I definitely broke out in a sweat thinking about participating in an event where I had to talk to EVERYONE. Boy oh boy, was I sure glad I went though! So many amazing bloggers with great goals, hopes, & dreams. I will be working with some of them in the near future and I can’t wait to bring some of the collaborative efforts to the blog.

The event was held in the gorgeous event space at Cyril’s at Clay Pigeon Winery. Cyril’s provided a wonderful menu of meat and cheese platters. We also got to try some of their amazing Pinot Noir. (Read my past review from a dinner at Cyril’s at Clay Pigeon Winery and check out their cheese club if you are in the Portland area and like cheese!)

The cool part about this type of event, a “speed dating” style event, is that I had plenty of practice meeting people. I got the opportunity to work on my “elevator pitch” and figure out just how I wanted to represent my blog in about 90 seconds. Portland Bloggers’ provided a great tool for the bloggers at the event to work out a quick pitch about their blog that they could use at the event. It is now yours to download for free! Use it to craft your own Brand Statement and elevator pitch.

Free Printable Branding Statement Worksheet

Five Tips for Presenting your Brand in a Party Situation

1. Be Prepared. Bring your business cards to parties, meet-ups, the grocery store… you never know when you are going to need them! Need a quick, cute design for your cards? Download this free file and get printed though your favorite business card printer. Moo.com helped to sponsor this event and provided attendees with a discount. I received my Moo cards recently and they were a great quality! I get compliments on them constantly. Business cards are a great prop for talking about your business.

2. Practice talking about your brand. This is going to feel weird…. but, you should practice talking about your brand to a mirror, friend, or loved one. Practice talking about why your brand is different than others. Practice talking about your brands in different ways.

3. Ask Questions.  Yes, you need to talk about YOU when you are presenting your brand. But, if you ONLY talk about you then you and your brand will either be forgotten or thought of negatively. Ask questions about the person with whom you are talking.

4.  Find common ground. While asking questions work on finding a common ground. You blog about fashion and the person you are talking to blogs about their kiddo? Chat about blogging platforms, photo taking, etc. You can find common ground with most bloggers out there… work on it. Give them something useful or interesting to help remember you!

5. Gather Contacts & Reach Out After the Event. While you are working hard on promoting your brand go ahead and keep the business cards you’ve been handed. Write notes on them if necessary. Then email, Tweet, Facebook, or Instagram with your new friend!  Well, they aren’t your friend quite yet… but, they could be! They could be a friend, collaborator, promotor, or future business partner.

What are your tips for networking?

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