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Many people would rather eat a lemon than get their picture taken.  I should know.  I'm one of them.  As a professional photographer, I still feel awkward in front of the camera.  My face freezes.  What do I do with my mouth?  Where do I look?  And what the heck am I supposed to do with my hands?  

However, after taking portraits of thousands of people, many of them camera-shy, I can share these 7 tips for feeling more comfortable in front of a camera:

 

1.    Preparation

Have a good morning before a shoot.  Make sure you slept well, have a good breakfast, go to the gym--whatever helps you show up with energy and in good spirits.

 

2.    Clothing

Wear something that you feel good, strong, and comfortable in.  Most important, wear something that feels like YOU. Your favorite sweater?  Those lucky earrings? That red shirt that fits just so? Your comfort will come across.

 

3.    Trust Your Photographer

Good portrait photographers know how to elicit the right expressions from you.  

I often ask clients to lipsynch to their favorite song or dance during a session.  When we’re in movement, our faces are more relaxed, and the photos feel more lively.

A good photographer knows how to direct you, your face, where you look, so that you’re putting your best face forward.  And remember, the photographer is on your side!

 

4.    Body Pose

Leonardo da Vinci never painted anyone head-on.  That’s because standing stiffly like you’re taking a passport photo makes for a lifeless image.

Instead of posing with your chest directly facing the camera, position yourself at a slight angle to the lens.  Instead of standing with your weight evenly on both feet, try favoring one leg. (This is what the ancient Greek sculptors called contrapposto.)  

This creates fluid lines through the body, and a more dynamic composition overall.

 

5.    Screw Up Your Face, Then Release It!

If you screw up your face really tight (like you just stepped on a nail) and release the muscles, your face will soften and relax.  Do this a few times before the camera starts shooting.  The expressions will come much more naturally.

 

6.    Really Smile

If you’re smiling, really smile.  Not the clenched smile you give someone squeezing next to you in the elevator.  

A real smile engages the muscles of the eyes, not just the mouth.  Those seeing your photo can tell the difference between a genuine smile and a social, polite smile.  

Smile like you were just handed a balloon.  Smile like you just smelled warm apple pie.  Smile like you're seeing an old flame you haven't seen since that summer in Italy.

 

7.      Look Into the Camera, Not At It

When you look into the lens, imagine that you’re looking, not at a piece of equipment, but at a person.  Someone you’re trying to communicate with. What would you like to say to them, without words?  

Instead of worrying about your eyes or mouth or your nose as separate elements, feel inside first what you would like to communicate.  Warmth? Confidence? Naughtiness?  

Your eyes and face will carry that feeling without you having to manage each specific feature.

 

*****

 

Let's look at Ilya as an example.  

Here, he's just getting used to the camera.  His expression seems hesitant, his mouth is tight, and though he's facing the camera straight on, he's leaning back a bit protectively.
Let's look at Ilya for an example. Here, he's just getting used to the camera. His expression seems hesitant, his mouth is tight, and he's facing the camera straight on, but is leaning up a bit protectively.

Now he's smiling, but it's a social smile.  The eyes are just starting to engage.  

 
There!  A real smile!  Look at those eyes.  The face is opened up.  It's a genuine, radiant moment!
There! That's a real smile! Look at those eyes. The face is opened up. It's a genuine, radiant moment!

And now, look at the difference from the first photo.  He's standing at a slight angle, he's really engaging the viewer.  The eyes connect.  The posture, head angle, and expression all seamless form a compelling portrait.  
And now, look at the difference from the first photo. He's standing at a slight angle, he's really engaging the viewer. The eyes connect. The posture, head angle, and expression all seamless form a compelling portrait. Good work, Ilya!

Good work, Ilya!

 

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5 Essential Moments to Have Captured for Your Wedding Day https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2019/12/5-essential-moments-to-have-captured-for-your-wedding-day As a soon to be bride I can tell you that I am beyond excited about my wedding day and at the same time overwhelmed with all the planning that has to be done. That is why having a videographer capturing the best moments of my wedding is an essential part of my planning process. I know that my day is going to be special, but I want a video, to remember all the details of my wedding. A video that captures the essence of my wedding, something that I worked and planned on for such a long time. Eli and his team are wonderful at bringing your special day to life. From rustic charm to sophisticated elegance, Eli and his team not only captures the feel of your wedding but, they also capture the most important aspect, the love that is shared between you and your partner! For the family who cannot attend or for the generations to come, a wedding video is a wonderful memoir to share with loved ones. Below are five different types of moments that are excellent to have captured to remember your special day.

  •  Location, Location, Location

Locations can be the most expensive part of your wedding but, it says a lot about who you are and describes your taste. Showing off the location is a wonderful way to capture the vibe for your wedding!

  •  Capturing the Friendship 

Getting ready with your groomsmen/bridesmaids is such a special moment between friends. Getting ready for that big day together is the ultimate sign of friendship.

  • The Beautiful Dress - Or Suit

For some women, the wedding dress is something you dream about from a young age. It's a beautiful piece of art and we believe it needs a special moment in your video to show just how spectacular your special dress is and for the fellas, that suite has never looked better!

  • The Vows 

A video highlighting the vows, one of the best memories of any wedding, the special words that are shared, promises between two people, in front of loved ones is just magical. A moment that needs to be remembered!

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  • Did Someone Say PARTY?

 Last but certainly not least. You have to get those dance moves captured, whether it is your first dance with your loved one as a married couple or your uncles’ wacky moves having them on video is essential!

What are the essential moments that you want to be captured? Whatever is most important to you on your wedding day, let the videographer know so they can capture the memories of your dreams! 

Here is a link to wedding videos done by Eli and his team: https://www.elizphotography.com/videos

Written by Laura Donohue 

 

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Why You Need To Be The CEO Of Your Wedding https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/12/why-you-need-to-be-the-ceo-of-your-wedding Why You Need To Be the CEO Of Your Wedding

Isn't it just the worst when you see a bride who is so stressed out she can barely even function by the time her wedding day comes along?    She's been going crazy for the last year trying to get everything in order and hasn't slept right for the past six months.  I get it.  It's so easy to get wrapped up in all of the planning for your wedding, because you want your wedding day to go perfectly.  It's extremely important that it does, but there is a way to have everything go right without losing sleep or even worse friends throughout the process.  With the Holiday weekend coming up, I'm going to keep it short and sweet.  But, there is one key that overshadows all of the other things you need to do to make sure that everything goes smoothly while being stress free.  That key is to have a team!

In business, it's imperative that you have a team.  You don't run a business with one person doing all of the work.  You have a CEO who heads up all of the company relationships with investors and maintains the overall trajectory of the company.  You have a CFO who make sure that everything is in line financially.  Those are only a couple of the key players that make the world go around in a business, but without the division of responsibility the place would burn to the ground.

The same is true with your wedding day.  If you are in charge of coordinating the venue, the music, the food, the outfits, the seating chart, the wedding favors, the photographer, and the million other things that have to get done before the big day, it will not be a process upon which you look back with fond memories. You will look back remembering how stressed and how tired you were while you were planning.

A better strategy for this whole thing is to divide the responsibility.  That doesn't mean you don't oversee it or have input on everything.  Remember, in a business there is a CEO.  They have a say in everything that happens, but they have others complete the work.  Have someone else take care of arranging the caterers.  Have someone else coordinate the photographers and the DJ.  Have your annoying little sister come up with a seating charts so that Aunt Mary and Aunt June aren't sitting by each other fighting about who makes a better sweet potato casserole.  BE THE CEO OF YOUR WEDDING.

Have a plan.  Make sure that eveything is going according to plan.  But give everyone some responsibility so that you aren't running around like a chicken with your head cut off for an entire year before the wedding!

Now, before I go I want to thank you all for such a great 2018.  I truly appreciate all of your that read my blog, enjoy my photos, and give me your support.  You are all the reasons that I get to do what I do for a living and I'm so excited to see what 2019 has in store.

I hope that you all have a safe and wonderful long weekend and I will be back next week with my first post of the New Year!

Until next time,

Eli:)

 

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Why You Should Plan A December Wedding https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/12/why-you-should-plan-a-december-wedding Why You Should Plan A December Wedding

Can you believe that it is already almost Christmas?  This year is flying by and we are rapidly approaching 2019!  Throughout the year, I am always intrigued by how different wedding plans seem to be during different months.  In honor of the Holiday season, I wanted to take this week to talk about why December weddings can be so beautiful and how December can be one of the easier months of the year to plan your big day.  This post is not necessarily to say that December is better than any other month to plan your wedding, but to encourage you that if you’ve been thinking about having your wedding during December, IT’S OKAY!! Keep reading below to see why I think December can be a great month to plan your wedding.

1. It’s easier to get your ideal venue- Because December is a slower wedding month, it can much easier and cheaper to book your wedding date in your first choice of venue.  People are extremely busy with families in town, holiday parties, wrapping up the year for work, and of course the actual Holidays.  Many people don’t have the time or energy to be planning a wedding, so if you are one of the few who can do it you are going to have great luck making it exactly what you want at a great price!

2. You don’t have to deal with hot weather- There’s nothing worse than Grandma standing in the corner, sweating and waving a fan while she complains about how it’s so hot outside that she can barely think.  People get agitated and impatient very easily in the heat and it can make for a more stressful day.  Nobody wants their wedding day to be stressful and this can cause bad memories of your big day.

3. There are so many options for decorations-  As we all know, Holiday decorations are so vast. You can go with any theme you want and within those themes are so many different decoration options.  It can be such a beautiful time to decorate for a wedding and because there are so many options it can make it a lot less stressful!

4. People tend to be less stressed-The Holiday season is a perfect time for events like weddings, because people are in “Holiday mode”.  They are filled with Christmas cookies, egg nog, and winter cheerJ  Weddings can definitely be a stressful time, so having everyone be involved during a time when they are less on edge is always a great option!

As I said above, I’m not saying that December is the best month to have a wedding or trying to convince anyone to move their wedding date.  Everyone has their own opinions when it comes to the best time to have their weddings, but if someone told you not to do it during December, I want you to know that you still can have a very beautiful wedding day during the month of December.  On top of the price and convenience benefits, people are going to be in a much more cheery mood during your wedding.  It is a great time to celebrate and create lifelong memories with the people you love most.  Not only that, but riding off into the sunset as newlyweds isn’t a bad way to ring into the new year!  I’ll be back with you all next Thursday, but for those of you who celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a merry Christmas and will see you next week!

Until next time,

EliJ

 

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How To Nail Your Proposal Photos https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/12/how-to-nail-your-proposal-photos How To Nail Your Proposal Pictures

One of the coolest things about getting to do wedding photography is the opportunity to be a part of the entire process.  Not only do I get to shoot the big wedding day, but many times, I get to be a part of the proposal, engagement pictures, showers, parties, and many other parts of the process.  Not only do I love the diversity of what I get to shoot, but I love getting to know a couple and their family.  Being a part of the entire process allows us to become friends, and it also creates for better pictures.  Once we know each other and trust each other, the shots become much more organic and relaxed.

Today I want to talk to you about the proposal pictures.  Men, listen up!  This can be one of the most pressure-filled events of the wedding process and I want to be sure that you get it right when it comes to the photography.  Typically, there are elements of surprise when it comes to the proposal pictures, so you want to make sure that everything is spelled and planned out to a tee.  Below are three things that are absolutely imperative while planning your proposal photography:

1. Meet with your photographer beforehand-Going online, looking at the Yelp reviews, and booking an appointment with a photographer isn’t going to work in this situation.  There’s too many things that need planned out.  Plus, you need to know each other.  You’re going to have to let your photographer know the intimate details of how you want things done and why you want them done the way you do.  Meeting beforehand will allow you to get to know your photographer and allow them to get to know you.  It will allow you to come up with a set-in-stone plan of how the event will go and will give you confidence that everything will go smoothly.

2. Go to the proposal spot with your photographer-I’ve heard of many crazy things happening for proposal shots.  From photographers hiding in trees, and under rocks, to sitting far off in the woods, it is something that has to be planned. Allow your photographer the time that he needs to find the spots that will allow for the best shots of your proposal. On top of that, this will allow him to determine what kind of equipment he’s going to need to bring and how he is going to need to dress for the big event.

3. Let your photographer do their job- Of course, you need to communicate with your photographer what exactly you are looking for and how you want things to be done.  But, allow them to show you what kind of shots are going to come out best in the setting that you have chosen.  Allow them to show you what locations and spots are going to give you the best lighting and the most opportunity for romantic shots. They do this for a living and they want your photos to be the most memorable photos that they can be.  Be open with each other and communicate what both of you think will turn out most in line with your expectations and I can guarantee you that you will be far happier than you ever would’ve been controlling everything yourself.

The proposal photos can be so much fun.  There is so much emotion involved because of the magnitude of the event and the elements of surprise that are often involved.  Communication and planning are key when you are doing this and will allow for far less stress on the day of the event.  Get to know your photographer, so that you know what to expect of each other. Show them the spot that it is happening and communicate what you’re looking for while listening to what they think is going to turn out best.  Doing these things will give you the least amount of stress and the best experience you could ever imagine for your proposal photos!

Until next time,

EliJ

 

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What To Pack For A Destination Wedding https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/12/what-to-pack-for-a-destination-wedding What to Pack For A Destination Wedding

Has anyone been to a destination wedding lately?  They can be so beautiful.  There’s nothing quite like the view of looking across the ocean at sunset, or the bride and groom sharing their first kiss as a married couple on the top of a cliff in Barbados.  Not only do you get to spend a little vacation time in a magical place watching two of your loved ones tie the knot, but you also get to unwind and have a good time yourself in what could possibly be a new place.

Destination weddings are great, however they can offer their share of stress and inconveniences.  How to find someone to do your hair and makeup, how to find caterers, and what venues are the best to go with may be at the forefront of your mind.  But, another thing that you may not think about is how to pack for a destination wedding. Although this seems trivial, it is very important that you do this correctly.

While packing, think of all of the events you are going to be attending below and all of the things you are going to be doing.  Some of them are very easy to overlook, and all too often I have seen people make mistakes on what was needed at the wedding:

1. The Big Day- Obviously, you need your proper outfit for the day of the wedding.  I think that this goes without saying, but I can’t leave it out.   You can forget everything else, but do not forget your matching bowtie to the rest of the groomsmen or your bridesmaid dress.  This would be a complete and utter disaster, but I have unfortunately seen it happen.

2. The Gift- This one happens all the time.  Do I have my tooth brush?  Do I have my belt that matches my shoes for the wedding ceremony?  If you’ve answered yes to both of those questions, you think you’re good to go.  But, the moment the wheels touch the ground in Maui you realize you forgot the gift for the bride and groom.  Ahhhhhhhhh, if only you had some sort of checklist before leavingJ

3. Climate-Appropriate Clothing- Headed to Southern California or the Caribbean for a wedding? It’s best you pack shorts, festive summer shorts, and some sunscreen for your trip.  This may not be the case if the two love birds are getting married in the Rocky Mountains in January.  Then you may want a hat, some gloves, and large, winter parka.  The point is, make sure that you are equipped with the type of clothing that is going to match the weather you are going to be in.

4. Travel Outfits- You know what would look really funny?  A sunburnt bridesmaid flying from Jamaica to Ohio in a smelly, wrinkled bridesmaid’s dress!  Make sure that you take your travel days into consideration and don’t only pack for the big day.  Not bringing travel clothes could result in some serious discomfort and embarrassment.

It goes without saying, pack all of your toiletries and necessary medicines.  Smelly breath and allergic reactions are no longer cool at weddings, in case you missed the memo.  My recommendation is to make a checklist before leaving for the wedding.

I’ve been to a lot of different weddings, and I have definitely been the one to forget things.  I have forgotten clothing, toiletries, and even photography equipment.  Oh yeah that reminds me… If you have a specific job at the wedding, remember the equipment that is necessary to fulfill your dutiesJNeedless to say, a checklist will help to remind you of even the most obvious things that you may have forgotten, and will ensure that you have a wonderful time at your destination wedding!

Until next time,

Eli:)

 

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How To Become A Photographer https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/11/how-to-become-a-photographer How To Become A Photographer

It seems that in today’s age, everyone wants to be an entrepreneur.  I get questions all the time about how to become a photographer, so I thought that in today’s post I would address a few steps to get to get started in your photography journey.  Before getting into how you get started, I want to preface it with the fact that it is not easy.  You are going to face many challenges along the way.  There is a lot of uncertainty.  You are going to be in a field with lots of competition and lots of photographers who have far more experience than you do.  It is important that in spite of all of these things, you chase your dream.  Perseverance always prevails when it comes to entrepreneurship and if you can start with the advice below and continue to work hard through the ups and downs, you will be able to find success as a photographer!  So, without further ado, here are five tips to starting your career as a photographer:

1. Master your skill rather than worrying about your equipment-It is important that instead of going out and buying all of the best equipment, you spend time and money learning how to become a better photographer.  An archer with the finest arrows in the world who lacks the skills to hunt will not be able to bring meat home to his family.  Do you see what I mean?  Even if you have the nicest camera on the market and a killer studio, but you don’t know the basics of photography, you won’t ever become a top-of-the-industry photographer.

2. Find a niche-Kevin Kelly’s “A Thousand True Fans” is a good place to start for this one.  Rather than taking any shoot that comes your way, find an area of expertise and begin to corner the market.  If you have a portfolio full of shots in one or two industries you are going to be viewed as more of an expert than the person who has a conglomerate of random photos.  At the beginning, shoot in different industries.  Find out what you’re passionate about and where your skills are. This will allow you to find a niche in which you can truly succeed.

3.Be Active On Social Media-  I think that this goes without saying in 2018, but social media is important.  With almost 90% of purchases starting with an online search, it is important that you are a brand rather than just a business. An easy and cost-effective way to become a brand is through the use of social media.  Provide free, valuable content to your audience, and you will watch it grow more rapidly than you could imagine.

4.Follow Up With Past Clients-They may not currently need your services, but it will keep you at the forefront of their minds as their photographer.  Don’t follow up in a “slimy, salesy” way, but a way that provides them value.  Show them you care about them and genuinely want to check in on how they are doing. This is going to be your referral gold mine!

5.Network with other photographers- At the end of the day, we are all here to help each other become better and make the world a more enjoyable place to live. Competing with each other is fine, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn from each other.  Go to networking events.  Set up a time to grab a drink or coffee with another photographer.  You never know what you can learn or what kind of golden nuggets you can find and provide from spending time with other photographers.

There are plenty of ways to grow a business, but these will be a great start.  Remember, it’s not going to be easy.  Being an entrepreneur can be uncertain and scary, but there is nothing more worthwhile.  It gives you a chance to travel the world and see things that you would have never imagined. Keep in mind that as you are building your business, you want to portray yourself as an expert.  The more valuable content that you put out to your audience, the better.  Provide value, find a niche, persevere and I can promise you that you will have long, beautiful career as a photographer.

Until next time,

EliJ

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This Year's Most Popular Wedding Favors https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/11/this-years-most-popular-wedding-favors This Year's Most Popular Wedding Favors

Well, it’s 2018. Another year means another list of trendy wedding favors.  Wedding favors seem to be some of the most talked about but debated aspects of a wedding. While shooting weddings, I hear people talking all the time about how much they love, or sometimes don’t love the wedding favors that are given at the wedding.  I know this blog doesn’t necessarily touch on photography, but it seems to be an extremely important topic so I wanted to let you know the most popular wedding favors this year.

As with everything I talk about, it is important that your wedding favors reflect the theme that you are looking for and that they make you happy.  It’s important that your wedding favors aren’t done just to impress the people at your wedding.  Below are some ideas of what this year’s most popular wedding favors have been, but make sure that if you are going to use some of them, you are making them your own!

 

  1. Personalized tile coasters-They sit on everyone’s side tables at their house, and everyone uses them.  Does anyone else’s dad still yell at them to use a coaster when you go home to visit?  Mine sure does!  These are great, because they’re big enough that there is room to make them truly personal and reflective of the theme of your wedding.

 

  1. Scrabble Magnets-I had to put these on the list, because they are just so creative.  Most people have magnets of some kind on their refrigerator, but I’ve rarely seen personalized scrabble letters.  Being that you make words with scrabble magnets, you can get extremely creative with what you make out of these for your guests.

 

  1. Coffee Mugs- Sure, you’ve probably seen coffee mugs given as wedding favors in the past.  But, they are so useful.  Almost everybody I know drinks coffee or tea and always has a use for another coffee mug. Your guests will love that the mugs are personalized and remind them of you every time they use it.

 

  1. Popcorn-You can get any flavor you want and decorate the packaging in any way that you see fit.  You can make this really personal to the theme of your wedding, and the best part is that your wedding guests will be taking home a delicious snack to remember you by.  Remember, the key to the heart is foodJ

 

  1. Holiday Ornaments-Want people to remember your wedding?  Send them home with a personalized Holiday ornament that they stick on their tree every year.  Every year they will remember what a great time they had at your wedding, and they will tell all of their friends about how you gave the best wedding favors of any wedding they have ever been to!

 

  1. Water Bottles- Here’s another idea of something that is just flat out useful.  Everyone loves another water bottle that they can throw in their car on the way to work or the gym.  It’s important to remember when you’re giving wedding favors that people want to take something home from a wedding that they can actually use, and water bottles are a great option for this.

 

  1. Mini Champagne Bottles- Okay, you’ve definitely seen these before, but you can never go wrong with alcohol.  Nobody will ever get a bottle of champagne and complain about it.  Send your guests home with a wedding favor that will make them think of you the next time they go to celebrate with a glass of champagne.

 

There are literally thousands of different ideas for wedding favors, and these are just a couple of the most popular from 2018.  Whatever you decide to use for your wedding favors, there are a couple of important things to remember that will ensure success.  The first is to make sure they are true to what you want.  Doing anything you don’t truly want at your wedding will only stress you out and make you unhappy, so it’s best to just go with what you actually want to do.  The second is to make sure that what you’re using is interesting and useful.  Nobody wants to take something home that they are just going to throw away or put into a closet upstairs and never see it again.

I hope this helps you if you’ve been thinking about what to do for your wedding favors.  Take these ideas and run with them.  If you really like one of the ideas from above, then make it your own and use it.  Or, get creative and come up with something completely unique to you!  Either way, I know that you are going to kill itJ

Until next time,

EliJ

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How To Get Rid Of Camera Shyness Before the Wedding https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/11/how-to-get-rid-of-camera-shyness-before-the-wedding How To Get Rid of Camera Shyness Before the Wedding

In today’s social media dominated environment, it can sometimes seem that everyone is a professional at having their photos taken.  There are millions of photos out there of people that you know smiling and acting like they’ve done this a thousand times.  But in reality, there are still many people who are extremely shy about having their pictures taken.  When the camera is broken out at a party, a work function, or even their own wedding they are the first to run and hide.  Obviously, you want to look back on your wedding photos as a fond memory, and reminisce on how beautiful your wedding day was, so here are three tips on how to get rid of camera shyness before your big day:

1. Take a bunch of pictures before the wedding-Remember the old adage, “practice makes perfect?”  Well in this case, it couldn’t be more true.  If you’re not into having your photo taken, then before the wedding just start taking pictures.  Nobody but you has to see them, but it is important that you get comfortable smiling at the camera and looking at the pictures that were taken of you.

2. Pick a wedding photographer who makes you feel comfortable-If you’re already uncomfortable taking pictures, then a photographer who doesn’t make you feel comfortable is only going to make matters worse.  Make sure that when you’re selecting your photographer they are a good fit for your personality and they keep everything light-hearted enough that you can feel comfortable during your photos.

3. Remember that your wedding day is about YOU!-This one sounds self-explanatory and obvious, but it’s so true.  Too many people are so self-conscious during their wedding photos because they’re worried that other people are judging them while they’re being taken.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.  Everyone at your wedding is there to celebrate you and they are so happy for you on your special day.  Remember that as you are having your photos taken and find joy in it!  And also, remember that these are YOUR photos.  You are going to look back on them down the road and remember how much fun and how special your wedding day was!

As a photographer, I see this all the time.  I understand that many people are camera shy and don’t want to have their picture taken, but the above tips can really help ease some of the pressure that you would normally feel on your wedding day.  As long as your get some practice before the wedding, pick a photographer who makes you feel comfortable, and remember that your photos are about you and only you, then you are sure to have amazing success with your wedding photos!

Until next time,

Eli:)

 

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Why It's A Myth That Everything Needs To Be Perfect On Your Wedding Day https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/11/why-its-a-myth-that-everything-needs-to-be-perfect-on-your-wedding-day Myth: Everything Needs To Be Perfect On Your Wedding Day

One of the most common occurrences I see at weddings is that everyone involved has the expectation that everything should go perfectly throughout the wedding day.  Although this would be ideal, most of the time this doesn’t happen.  Maybe a DJ says the wrong name during an announcement, someone is late, or any of the other million things that could go wrong throughout the day.  Whatever it is, it’s important to understand that things will go wrong.  

This doesn’t mean that the day is ruined.  The little things that go wrong throughout the wedding day are things that you won’t even notice if you have the right attitude going into your day.  However, if you go into your day expecting perfection, it will create massive stress when something does go wrong.

Nobody wants to be stressed out on their wedding day.  You want to look back on this day as one of the greatest and most memorable days of your life.  There are many ways to do this, but after all of the weddings that I have been fortunate enough to be a part of I have found that there is one fundamental way to avoid the stress of needing everything to go perfectly on your wedding day.

LET EVERYONE DO THEIR JOB!

You have spent the last year of your life hiring experts in their field to make sure that your wedding day is exactly how you want it to be.  You have hired a wedding planner, a makeup and hair stylist, a DJ, a photographer, and caterers that all are up to your standard.  As difficult as it may be, try to let them do what they are paid to do.  I know that you’re going to want to try and control everything to make sure that your day is exactly what you want, but if you avoid stressing about this and let everyone do their jobs, your day will end up going exactly how you want it to anyway.

As I said before, you can break it down and find all of the different things that you need to do to make sure that you don’t stress about everything going perfectly.  Or, you could take the easy way out.  Let everyone do the jobs that they were hired to do and trust that you made the right decisions and your day will be exactly what you want it to be!

Until next time,

EliJ

 

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Why I Love Wedding Photography https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/11/why-i-love-wedding-photography Why I Love Wedding Photography

It seems like every week I come at you guys with another tip on what to do for some aspect of your wedding or wedding photography.  However, it seems to have slipped my mind to ever spend time telling why I love photographing weddings and why I am so passionate about it.

The reason I am so passionate about wedding photography and being a part of other peoples’ big days is because it’s something that will last with them for their entire lives. Other photos come and go.  If I shoot business headshots, that’s great. But, once it’s time to move on to another job or update their LinkedIn profile, those photographs become forgotten. But wedding photos are never forgotten.

It’s so inspiring to me that in thirty years, a couple could be showing their kids or their grandkids the photographs that I shot and telling them all about their wedding day. The stories that are behind the photos are what truly inspire me.

Not only am I inspired by how long the photos will last, but I love being able to catch such intimate moments on camera.  It is said that photographers are able to capture moments through a lens that would otherwise be forgotten.  This is another aspect of wedding photography that keeps me going.  Being able to catch a couple’s first look on camera, or their first kiss as a married couple is one of the most beautiful things to me.

I, of course, will continue to shoot all kinds of events and am passionate about all types of photography. But, I felt that with the amount of wedding content that I bring you every week, I owed you an explanation for why I am so passionate about it.

I appreciate you taking the time to read this and will be back next week with my typical post!

Until next time,

EliJ

 

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How To Have Smooth Reception Photography https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/10/how-to-have-smooth-reception-photography How To Have Smooth Reception Photography

So, we’ve touched on a lot of topics relating to the wedding photography activities, but we haven’t talked about how to go about the photography at your reception.  Of course, as in everything we talk about, there are a million different ways you can do it.  But, in my opinion, the best way to do it is to act natural and let the photographers do their thing.

Recently, at a wedding I was able to witness the perfect balance of the reception and the wedding photographers.  There were many things that made this wedding go smoothly, but below are a few things that allowed it to go so swimmingly:

The bride, groom, and photographers had a plan.  The bride and groom had communicated with the photographers exactly what they wanted.  The photographers knew how much video to get, what types of shots to get, and the perfect places to get the best lighting in the venue.  A plan is essential to there being no stress with your reception photography.

The second thing is, the main photographer had a team.  This was perfect, because the photographer wasn’t rushing around and taking mediocre shots just to get everything done.  Make sure that if you’re having even a medium sized wedding that you have multiple photographers.

Last but not least, everyone acted natural.  Everyone in the wedding party made it a priority to not be posing just for the pictures.  Everyone danced exactly as if they would have if there were no photographers and it allowed for the shots to come out very beautiful and organic.

It is essential to make sure that you do these things if you’re going to have quality reception photography.  It is something that can easily be overlooked, but something you will definiltey regret if it doesn’t go well.  Make sure that as you prepare for your wedding reception photography that you are looking for a team of photographers, that you have a plan, and that you act perfectly natural throughout the process.

Until next time,

EliJ

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What To Do If You're Having A Destination Wedding https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/10/what-to-do-if-youre-having-a-destination-wedding What To Do If You’re Having a Destination Wedding

Okay, so you want a small wedding.  You want to reduce the costs of paying for a huge venue and catering food for hundreds of people.  So, you go with a destination wedding!  Destination weddings are becoming more and more popular of a decision for brides and grooms all over the world.  Not only is it possible to save some money with a destination wedding, but you also have the opportunity to have your wedding in some very beautiful places!  Although there are many benefits to a destination wedding, there are also many things that have to be accounted for.  How do you get your hair done?  What are you going to do about the food?  And, most importantly, who is going to take the pictures? (At least I think that’s most importantJ) Below are a few things to keep in mind when you’re deciding what to do about pictures for your destination wedding:

1. Think about any photographers that you know-Although all of us photographers want your business, if you know a photographer personally who will do work that is up to your standards, then use them! When getting a photographer for a destination wedding you have to pay the travel along with the actual photography work.  So, if you know someone this can be a great cost savings!

2. Find photographers with destination wedding experience-It is very important that you have a photographer who is experienced with destination weddings.  This will ensure that they have no issues with the travel and that they know how to properly take care of their equipment while traveling.

3. Find the best bang for your buck-Part of the reason you may be doing a destination wedding is to save some money.  However, while looking for a photographer, you don’t want to sacrifice quality.  Make sure that while you’re comparing prices of photographers, that their quality of work matches their price.

There are so many great photographers out there, and there are so many photographers who have lots of destination wedding experience.  Make sure that you find a photographer whose portfolio matches the style that you are looking for.  As long as you find a photographer who matches your budget, is willing to travel to your destination, and has work that matches the quality and style that you are looking for.

Of course, as always, if you have any questions please reach out and I would be more than happy to help you find the right photographer that will meet the needs of your special day!

Until Next Time,

EliJ

“When I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear.” -Alfred Stieglitz

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What To Do If It Rains On Your Wedding Day https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/10/what-to-do-if-it-rains-on-your-wedding-day What To Do If It Rains During Your Wedding Day

The constant fear that brides and grooms have is that it will rain during their wedding day.  You’ve spent all of this money on a venue, a photographer, caterers, dresses, and everything else under the sun only to find that the forecast is looking dark and gloomy on your wedding day.

Typically I come to you with lots of tips on how to go about different wedding day practices, but this week I’m going to keep it short and sweet.

The answer to the issue of rain on your wedding day is to book a venue that has an indoor space that you will be happy with.  The one thing that you can’t control is the weather.  So make sure that you will be happy with a ceremony and pictures inside. Make sure that you like the lighting, make sure that you like the flooring and paint colors, and please oh please make sure that you have enough space for everyone coming to the ceremony!

If you can find a venue that satisfies these needs, then I can promise that you will have a great wedding day even if it rainsJ

Until next time,

EliJ

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Questions To Ask Before Booking Your Wedding Venue https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/10/questions-to-ask-before-booking-your-wedding-venue Questions To Ask Your Wedding Venue Before Booking

Have you every planned a wedding?  Although it’s fun, it can be a daunting question and it seems like there are endless questions that need to be answered before all of the planning is done. Typically, I talk about what needs to be done in order to have a successful photography experience.  But what about your venue?  I want to spend this post talking about questions to ask your wedding venue before booking it, because many times as a photographer I have had awkward or stressful experiences due to lack of planning with a venue.

So what questions do you need to ask before getting everything booked?  Obviously, you want to ask what dates are available, what their cancellation polices are, and how much they require for a deposit.  But there are some questions that you might forget about.  Below are three questions you may not think to ask:

  1. Is the venue handicapped friendly?-  You may or may not have someone attending your wedding who is physically handicapped, but either way it is a good question to ask.  It is always good to know that, if needed, there is handicapped access at your wedding venue.
  2. What is the weather contingency plan?- If it rains, is there an indoor space for your ceremony?  Do you get a refund if it rains and there isn’t an indoor space?  Although these questions will seem like common sense when it begins to rain, it is easy to forget during the planning process.
  3. Are you able to do a food tasting prior to finalizing the menu?- Again, this would seem like common sense when you are thinking about it, but during the planning process it can be very easy to overlook.  But, wouldn’t it be awful to forget to do a tasting and then have food that you don’t like?

The bottom line is, account for everything.  When you think you’ve asked every question there is to ask, find some more to ask. Planning is the key to everything running smoothly and everything running smoothly is the key to you having a happy wedding day.  Cover all of your bases, and I can promise everything will be perfect!

Until next time,

EliJ

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Why It Is Important To Have Chemistry With Your Photographer https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/9/why-it-is-important-to-have-chemistry-with-your-photographer Why It Is Important To Have Chemistry With Your Photographer

Has anyone ever told you to treat your search for a wedding photographer like searching for a
new employee? If not, I believe that it is advice that you may want to consider. In order to
capture the moments that you want captured, your photographer needs to know what you like
and what you value. That will allow them to look for the moments that they know are going to
be important to you. So how do you ensure that you’re making the right decision when it
comes to your photographer?

The answer is simple. Just as you would during a job interview, spend a little time with your
photographer. Ask them about their past experience. Look at samples of their work and find
out what their favorite shoots have entailed. These conversations will show you whether the
photographer you are considering is going to be a good fit for your wedding.

You want your wedding to have a certain feel to it. A culture if you will. You have to make sure
that your photographer fits that culture. So talk with them for a little while. Find out what they
like to do outside of photography. Tell them all about yourself and let them get to know you.
If you hit it off, you can be confident that your photographer is going to have a better feel for
capturing the moments that are important to you. Not every photographer will give you this
advice, but I am a big believer in the “feel” of the photo shoot being very important. It allows
both parties to be in the right state of mind, and it allows for the wedding photography to go on
in a sort of “flow state”.

Let me know your thoughts. Like I said, not everyone is going to agree with this advice, but I
think the more chemistry there is between you and the photographer, the better and more
organic your photos are going to turn out.
Until Next Time,

Eli

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When Is The Best Time Of Day To Take Wedding Photos? https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/9/when-is-the-best-time-of-day-to-take-wedding-photos When Is the Best Time To Take Wedding Photos?

Another common question that I frequently receive is, “When is the best time for me to take my wedding photos?”  This is a great question and one that can have a few different answers, but there is one particular time of day that I feel is best.

Are you familiar with the “golden hour”?  This refers to the hour before sunset when the sun is a little bit lower in the sky. This is my favorite time to shoot wedding photos, because it results in warmer tones.  For a wedding, in my opinion, there is nothing better than warm tones.  Weddings are all about love, loyalty, and passion and what better way to portray that than warm tones?

There are other times of day that you can take your photos, of course.  The best strategy to find what you’re looking for is to consult with your photographer and figure out exactly what you want your photos to look like.

Whether you take your pictures during the morning, afternoon, or evening make sure that they are exactly what you are looking for.  There are many recommendations out there on how to take the best wedding photos, but the most important thing is that they are what you’re looking for.

In my opinion, warm tones are the way to go when it comes to wedding photos and to get these tones you are going to want to shoot during the “golden hour”.  Talk with your wedding photographer about the best strategies to get the perfect photos you’re looking for!

Until next time,

EliJ

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How Early Should I Book My Wedding Photographer? https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/9/Bookingmyweddingphotographer Do you want to hear a secret? Wedding planning isn’t easy. Just kidding! That’s no secret. We
all know that it is an extremely difficult and strenuous process. So, when it comes to planning
for entertainment a photography, how far out should this be done? That’s a totally fair
question, and one that I can promise that you are not alone in asking.


When it comes to booking entertainment and photography options, it is best to book these
about six months in advance. This is for a couple of reasons.


The first reason is that since you have booked your photographer, it is now an item of priority.
Because you’re thinking about it, you’ll start planning out how you want your photos to look,
what kind of theme you’re going for, and what types of shots your might want to have taken.
The other reason is that entertainers and photographers are often booked very far in advance.
You’re going to have your short-list of photographers, bands, DJs, and other entertainers and
you’re going to want to make sure that they’re available. It would be a huge bummer if you
went to book your favorite photographer and they weren’t available, you would be devastated.
The moral of the story is, get on booking your entertainment and photography early. It’s better
to book the one you want early and make changes later rather than missing out on the one you
want and having to go with second choices.


I hope this helps all of you out there and wish you the very best in preparing for your perfect
day!


Until Next Time,


Eli :)
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Why It's OK to Have A Nontraditional Wedding https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/9/tradition-isn-t-a-requirement Why It's OK to Have A Nontraditional Wedding 

Getting married is a big step.  Not only are you making a lifelong commitment to another person, but throw in a ton of prepping and planning and it can be enough to stress anyone to the point of craziness.

One thing that I constantly hear as a part of the wedding conversation is whether or not to stay true to traditional wedding practices.  Should you get married in a church or not?  Should you invite your entire extended family or not?  The list goes on and on, but one thing that I’ve learned over my time shooting wedding photos is that it’s only important to stay true to tradition if that’s what you want to do.  

The wedding should be all about what makes you happy.  If you don’t want to wear a traditional wedding dress, or you don’t feel that your groom needs to wear a tuxedo, then don’t succumb to the pressure of what a traditional wedding looks like.  If you want to have a destination wedding with only you, your significant other, and a preacher then have at it.  

When you look back at your wedding down the road, you don’t want to regret not having it exactly how you wanted it just because of the “rules” established by previous brides and grooms.

Traditions are great and are a wonderful thing to be upheld, but if tradition is not what is going to make you happy at your wedding, then scrap it.  Create your own wedding, create your own happiness, and create your own perfect wedding!

Until Next Time,

EliJ

“Tradition is the illusion of permanence.” -Woody Allen

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Why It's Important To Have Great Wedding Photos https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/8/why-its-important-to-have-great-wedding-photos Why It's Important To Have Great Wedding Photos

Most brides hold wedding photos to a high importance.  They’ve been dreaming of their big day since they were little girls, and know exactly how they want everything to look.  They’ve already got picture ideas, from the outfits to the back drops and will do whatever it takes to get those perfect looking shots.

Grooms, however, are not always as understanding.  Many times they don’t understand why so much money needs to be spent on photography or why they need to smile in the sweltering sun for hours just for a picture.

Although wedding photos can sometimes be stressful or daunting, as a photographer, I have to stress the importance of properly documenting your big dayJ

You’re going to want to look back on the wedding and the photos are the perfect way to do this. The day goes by like a blur, and a couple weeks after you’re going to want to re-experience the wedding.  

Plus, down the road if you have kids they are going to want to see pictures of your wedding.  They’re going to have questions and they’re going to want to see where their family was begun.

Looking back is one of the most precious things we get to do in this life, and that’s where great photos are going to be a key.  Looking back at how happy you were on your wedding and how beautiful everything was is extremely sentimental and worth the investment in and of itself.

Until Next Time,

EliJ

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Destination Wedding Photographers https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/8/destination-wedding-photographers So what if you’re having a destination wedding?  You’re packing up the dogs, the family, and friends are using their vacation time all to come to your big day.  This can be amazingly beautiful, but it can also be a logistical nightmare without the proper planning.  In regards to a photographer, what if there aren’t any within your budget or desired capabilities in the location of your wedding?

This is a fair questions. However, you’re in luck.  Many wedding photograhpers are willing to travel for destination weddings, and nowadays many even prefer to.  We only have one teensy stipulation.  ASK US WAAAAAAY IN ADVANCE!!  We are always okay to come out to destination weddings and do what we do best, but we have to have it on the calendar so that we are able to coordinate our other jobs and personal lives around the wedding.

Although it can be a difficult thing to accomplish, much like everything else in wedding photography, if you’re organized everything will work out just fine.  Communciate with your photographer and your day will remain as magical as you always dreamt that it would be.

Until Next Time,

EliJ

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How To Pick Your Wedding Photographer https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/8/how-to-pick-your-wedding-photographer How To Pick Your Wedding Photographer

Recently, we’ve been talking about day of wedding photography practices.  These can be very intimidating, but it all begins with picking the right photographer.  As easy as this may seem, there are a lot of factors that go into picking the    right photographer.  Below are three tips to help ensure that you make the right choice:

  1. Ask for a portfolio of work.  This may seem like a common place, but you would be surprised how many people reach out to me and only ask what I charge.  If you’re only looking for the cheap photographer, but don’t ask for any work samples you may be sadly surprised the day you see your wedding photographer.  Make sure that, no matter what your budget it, you choose a photographer whose work is up to your standards.
  2. Ensure that the photographer that you select has actually shot weddings.  This also seems like a funny tip, but there are many photographers who shoot anything that comes their way.  You have to make sure that the photographer you choose is familiar with wedding backdrops, lighting, and the overall process of shooting a wedding.
  3. Make sure that your photographer is willing to shoot according to the schedule of your wedding day.  Of course, you hope that any photographer would do this, but every now and then you run into a photographer who has a set process that they will not waiver from. At the end of the day, it’s your day and everything should be tailored exactly to your liking.

The bottom line is that you communicate.  If all of the communication is thorough and clear, you will know that you are getting a photographer who is an expert, has shot a wedding before, and will tailor his process exactly to the way you want it done.  Good luck selecting your photographer, and enjoy all of the beautiful, lifelong photos you are going to receiveJ

 

Until next time,

 

Eli 

 

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Photographing the First Look https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/8/photographing-the-first-look Photographing the First Look

If you’re a future bride reading this post, you’ve probably done a lot of thinking about how you want your first look photographed.  If you’re a future-groom reading this, you’re probably wondering what the heck a first look is.  To clear that up for all of you men out there, the first look is the look on your face when you see each other for the first time.

This is something that every bride or groom wants to have a photo of after their big day, and can be one of the most beautiful and emotional pictures from the wedding.  

Everybody does their first look photograph differently, and there is no right or wrong way to do it. Many people like to wait to see each other for the first time when the bride is walking down the aisle.  Others see each other briefly before the ceremony. 

Either way, this is going to be a truly beautiful moment to capture.  It all goes back to the fundamental rule of COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER!!  No matter how you want to do your first look, make sure that your photographer is aware of this.  Make sure they know when you are going to see each other for the first time, where you are going to see each other for the first time, and that your photographer has time to get set up before your first look.

No matter how you want to do it, it most certainly be beautiful!  Just make sure to communicate with your photographer, and everything will be perfectJ

Until next time,

EliJ

“Just remember, the cake gets eaten, the flowers die, but the wedding photos last forever.” -Unknown

 

 

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How Early Should I Prepare With My Wedding Photographer?? https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/8/how-early-should-i-prepare-with-my-wedding-photographer How I Early Should I Prepare With My Wedding Photographer??

Okay, so the big day has finally arrived and you’re in a panic.  Everything from your hair, to your make-up, to your hungover future husband arriving at the alter in time is racing through your mind.  The last thing you want to think about is taking pictures, but you have to capture every moment of your special day!  So how early should you start preparing?

            The answer is that it is all up to you and whatever makes you comfortable.  If you need to start shooting day-of photos six hours before you walk down the aisle, then that’s fine.  If you’re more of a “fly by the seat of your pants” type person, maybe you take these photos as you’re walking out the door.  Either way, it doesn’t matter as long as you’re happy.

            Although your happiness is key, make sure that you’ve communicated when you’re going to start shooting with everyone involved. Tell your bridesmaids, so that they know how early they need to get out of bed and do their hair.  Tell your mom, so that the morning of your wedding she’s not screaming at you telling you don’t include her in anything.  Oh, and tell your photographer.  It’s kind of important that they know when to arrive, so that you can actually take these photosJ

            The moral of the story is, start preparing and taking photos for your big day as early or as late as you want.  If you’re comfortable, everyone will work with you to make you happy.  After all, your wedding is ALL ABOUT YOU.  Just don’t forget to communicate this with everyone involved, and I promise you everything will be okay!

Until next time,

EliJ

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 Okay, so it’s that time.  You’re engaged, you’ve set a date, booked a venue, booked a band, and now you have to find a photographer.  And more importantly, you have to decide how you want your wedding photos to look.

This question plagues brides and grooms all over the world on the daily.  You don’t know where to look.  You feel that you’re not creative, or that whatever you decide on won’t be something you look fondly back upon.

Today, I wanted to share a couple of tips with you for finding inspiration for your wedding photos.  It’s nothing extensive, but with today’s online resources, there are so many different ways to find inspiration for you wedding photos.

 The first, and I feel most important way, to find inspiration for your wedding photos is through Pinterest.  There are literally millions of photos on Pinterest at your disposal.  No matter what style of wedding you’re having or what you’re looking for in your photography, I promise that you will be able to find it on Pinterest.  On top of all of this great content being available to you at no cost, you can also create inspiration boards on Pinterest that allow you to save all of your ideas.

 Instagram is another great platform for finding inspiration.  Through the use of different wedding hashtags and wedding photographer accounts you can find inspiration to match any style.  Again, there are literally millions of pieces of content at your disposal, so this is an essential platform for any future bride or groom.

Inspiration doesn’t only lie within social media. There are many different sites that you can venture to find photography inspiration as well.  I have included links to some of my favorites below.

Whatever your style, there is photography inspiration out there somewhere.  Whether it’s through nature, wedding websites, blogs, or social media there is endless quality content that will give you ideas for your wedding.

 As always, I would love to hear from you.  So, if you have any questions or are looking for some help finding inspiration, feel free to contact me at any time.  I will look forward to hearing from you and wish you the best of luck in the planning of your wedding photos!

Have a good one,

Eli

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Portrait Post-Processing https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/5/portrait-post-processing Portrait Post-Processing

Portrait photography is one of the most demanding types of photography because it combines such a great deal of artistry coupled with technical skill. Portraits require time plan a thoughtful and creative shoot, time to shoot a variety of image options, and time to post-process a finished product. Oftentimes, the post processing can be very tedious, and it requires a high level of skill and artistry to produce images that are tasteful, modern, and believable. One way to make this process easier is to have tools designed specifically for editing and retouching portraits.  

I have sometimes felt helpless trying to look for a resource that could give me a helping hand at making my portraits stand out, without costing me hours of my time. Luckily, I have found that the Strike A Pose Portrait Workflow from Sleeklens.com does just this; it empowers me with 62 brushes designed for retouching portraits, as well as 69 presets for Lightroom that make editing portraits beautiful and easy-breezy. This service instantly turns portrait images into amazing shots that will take your breath away.

Portraits sometimes can be very tight shots, so it tends to give you an up close and personal feel for the subject in the image.  With that being said, as you can imagine, your subject will be front and center in the frame.  Having such amazing retouching options, along with a beautifully composed and edited version of your subjects best self will accelerate your portrait photography to a new level.

I cannot say enough how valuable Sleeklens.com is to me.  For more information or for questions on how to use this product, I would love to help!  Be sure to get in touch! <3

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How To Dress For Your Spring Headshot https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/5/how-to-dress-for-your-spring-headshot Professional headshots are always suggested when your goal is to have a visual aide to gain success towards your future goals.  A headshot gives the prospective client the opportunity to have a first impression before they even get to meet you, so it important that it is up to date, and a true representation of the image of your brand.

Your Spring Wardrobe

When preparing for an upcoming headshot photography session, clients will often ask for recommendations on what to wear. I always recommend that clients dress in their very favorite professional outfit, so they feel as confident as possible. Clients should dress to bring out the great person they currently are, as well as the new person they are evolving into (even if we won’t shoot full body).

Prepare Yourself Mentally

I also invite clients to take time on the days leading up to the shoot to meditate and pay attention to their inner dialogues. The camera will always pull out the inner emotions that you are feeling, so it important that the clients take care of their confidence before being in front of the camera. The spring is a great time to step into a new mindset of what you want to call into your life and career. New photos are a true renewal, and some personal work on the clients’ behalf will allow us to take full advantage of this opportunity. 

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Using Lightroom Presets https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/3/using-lightroom-presets Using Lightroom Presets

Us photographers are always trying to find the latest technology, trends, and software to make our photos as perfect as they can be for our clients. In the most recent years, nearly everyone was using Photoshop for editing, and it was a great tool to make photos look exactly as planned. However, the times are changing and new software is making its break. A personal favorite of mine is Adobe Lightroom

I like to call Adobe Lightroom the new Photoshop. It is now the most commonly used editing software for photographers, both amateurs and professional alike. I love Adobe Lightroom because of the convenience that it provides. Because it is a cloud-based service, you can edit literally anywhere. Whether it be on your phone, tablet, or computer, it is accessible anywhere that you have wifi or data. There have been so many times where I have had to change plans because of the long editing to-do list that I had at home. After using Adobe Lightroom, I can edit pictures on the go. Better yet, I can also share these photos with my clients from anywhere as well!

One of the ways to really leverage the power of Lightroom as a quick/batch editing platform is with presets. Lightroom allows you to save your own presets, but as a professional photographer, I often require many different types of presets for different styles and don't have time to go through and develop and refine these. I rely on Sleeklens.com for providing me with professionally developed, beautiful Lightroom presets. Sleeklens is an affordable, efficient, and effective way to edit and organize your photos. 

Adobe Lightroom and Sleeklens are my go-to services for editing photos. Both of these have nearly everything I need to make the photos I take “picture perfect” - literally! 

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Ideas For Candid Groomsmen Shots https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/3/ideas-for-candid-groomsmen-shots When we talk about candid wedding photos it’s always with a sort of half meaning. That is to say, it’s common for a photographer to ask a wedding party to socialize or to start getting dressed for the ceremony, etc., and then start snapping photos; the concept is staged, but individual shots are candid. It’s always a little awkward for a moment, but then people actually get into whatever they’re asked to do, and you can usually pick up some excellent candid photos.

In that spirit, we’ve put together a few ideas for a groom and groomsmen shoot that go beyond the typical posing or putting on suits. Some are a little specific, but for the right wedding party they could be perfect.

Out On A Walk

Out on a walk doesn’t sound that original at first, because plenty of wedding party pictures are taken outside. But the idea of the groomsmen (and groom) simply walking down a path, or dispersing outside somewhere, is a little bit different. We got the inspiration from a bridal site’s rundown of awesome groomsmen photos, which included a mesmerizing shot of seven groomies in kilts and sport coats walking down a beautiful, hazy path. It looks more like the beginning to some curious tale than a staged wedding photo, and is exactly the sort of candid picture so many of us want on this occasion.

At The Bar

It’s not uncommon by any means for groomsmen to have cocktails or beers while they’re being photographed in the final hours before a wedding, getting ready for the occasion. What’s a little more unusual though is a full-fledged happy hour (not that anyone should get too crazy!). If the wedding is being held at any sort of hotel or venue with a bar, think about setting up a situation in which the groomsmen and groom are simply hanging out at the bar counter, talking to one another with drinks in front of them. After a few minutes this will turn into ordinary socializing and you’ll be able to take pictures down the line, capturing the group in what may well be its most natural state.

Playing Cards

It’s a little bit of a cliché, but there’s just something iconic about a group of well-dressed men playing cards. If there’s a suitable table, it can be a great idea to ask the guys to start a game and then take pictures of the action. And actually it can be a fun idea for a pre-wedding activity even if the groomsmen aren’t experts. Most people at least understand the basics of poker, and you can learn the blackjack rules with just a few minutes spent online or at a digital gaming platform. Both can produce great, recognizable images, either of a flop of cards in the middle of the table and groomsmen all around it, or of each individual with a pair of cards, one face-up, one down, hoping to land blackjack.

Watching TV

Occasionally, a wedding party just wants to chill out before the big ceremony starts. Depending of course on the groom’s preferences, that might just mean watching TV or even a favorite movie to loosen up. This kind of moment is actually perfect for candid photos as well. If everyone is dressed and ready, sitting together with eyes on a screen, you can get some very interesting photos that simultaneously show a sense of unity and detachment – like they’re all in it together but not sure what they’re in for (which tends to be the case).

Grooming

It’s fairly traditional as mentioned for groomsmen to be photographed as they’re getting ready – which is to say putting on their suits, etc. But one thing we overlook is that men have to actually get groomed as well. You can find all kinds of grooming tips for men in wedding parties, and a lot of men pay more attention to the finer points of their appearances than they might outwardly let on. Consider making this part of the photography process as well. It’s almost combatting a stereotype, capturing the men prettying themselves up the way we so frequently think of women doing the same!

 

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Facial Expressions and the Photographer https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/2/facial-expressions-and-the-photographer

 

Facial Expressions and the Photographer

There are two types of people in this world: people who love being in front of the camera, and people who hate it. If you’re anything like me, being in front of the camera makes you nervous, and half of the time you hate the photos once you see them. It can be so frustrating that you just don’t want your photos taken at all. However, special memories with loved ones can’t be replaced. Being able to go back and look at old photos is something that your children and grandchildren will cherish, and it is important that you get pictures taken in order for them to do so. You may ask, “How do I get photos taken without hating the outcome?”

Well, I’m here to help! One of the most common complaints I hear my clients say is, “I don't like my expression in these photos.” Although a photographer can coax a smile or "great expression" out of a client some of the time, there are some things a client can also do to prepare themselves for a great expression. Here are some ways to get the perfect facial expressions that you are hoping for:

One thing you can do is find a photo of you or someone else exemplifying the mood and expression you want to convey. Hold this in your mind and provide it to your photographer. 

Another thing you can do is hold an idea or image in your mind of something that makes you feel relaxed, enamored, or thoughtful, or happy- whatever the emotion/expression you want to display.

Last, practice makes perfect! If you are really struggling to find a comfortable facial expression that you think looks best, try practicing in the mirror! Better yet, take your cell phone out and snap a few photos. Even if you’re not the “selfie” type, you can practice many different facial expressions, and delete the photos afterwards! 

 

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How to Deal With Smile Fatigue https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/2/how-to-deal-with-smile-fatigue How to Deal With Smile Fatigue

Whether it comes to attending a special event, receiving an award, or getting family photos taken, we always here that one word: smile. Of course smiling is important when one is being photographed, but after using the muscles in their face for a long time, it can be exhausting. Welcome: Smile Fatigue. 

During events such as weddings, graduations, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, family reunions, etc. clients are often smiling throughout the day, for hundreds of photos. It is common for the jaw, lips, and eyes to become fatigued, droopy, and less responsive to the brain's cues over a large amount of time. The worst scenario is getting great photographs that are properly composed and lit, but the client looks exhausted, bored, or sleepy! So what can you do to overcome the battle of smile fatigue? Here are a few tips to help you out:

  1. Self Massage - The best way to avoid this is to apply some self-massage in the jaw area, and over one's closed eyes when the camera "isn't looking." This helps your muscles relax and regenerate, allowing you to smile over a longer amount of time.
  2. Mix It Up - Don’t be afraid to change things up. Sometimes alternating between full, toothy smiles, and smaller, subtler smiles can help prevent full-day smile fatigue.
  3. Take Breaks - In order to make each photo perfect, clients tend to smile even when a photograph isn’t being taken. Relaxing one’s face after each photo will reduce the amount of fatigue they experience.
  4. Natural is Better - The best smiles captured are ones that occur naturally. If the client is doing or talking about something they enjoy, their facial expressions will turn out much better in the photos. Not to mention, one great photo is better than 20 photos with forced expressions. 

 

 

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hello@elizphotography.com (Eli Zaturanski Photography) eli zaturanski eliz photography portrait photographer portrait photography wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/2/how-to-deal-with-smile-fatigue Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:15:00 GMT
Where to Shoot Engagement Photos https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/2/where-to-shoot-engagement-photos Where to Shoot Engagement Photos

Getting engaged is such an exciting time in your life! Having a fiance to cherish and hold forever is simply one of the most beautiful feelings you experience. Not only is it a wonderful part of life, but having the moments documented by a professional photographer will give you the chance to celebrate that big question that changed your lives for the better.

When it comes to an engagement session, you want it to be one of the most special moments in your life. You want to show your friends, family, and everyone in between the love that you share with your partner. One of the most crucial factors of an engagement session is the location. The location of your engagement photos should be somewhere special, but also somewhere photogenic. A skilled Engagement Photographer like myself (Eli Zaturanski) can adapt to most lighting scenarios, but there are also important things for a client to consider.

First, you should pick somewhere that is special and memorable for you and your partner. This will help bring up fond memories that will be reflected in your facial expressions and body language. It will also make for a wonderful story for your children and grandchildren that will look at the photos several years from now!

Next, it is beneficial to find a place where you can interact with your environment in interesting and playful ways. Posing always works better when there is real emotion/fun behind it. Having fun scenery will also make your pictures a talking piece at your wedding or other family events.

Finally, don’t forget to let loose and have fun. Being romantic on camera can be a little awkward for some, but don’t let yourself feel too uncomfortable. Be yourselves, enjoy your time together, and remember what brought you to this moment.

 

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hello@elizphotography.com (Eli Zaturanski Photography) eli zaturanski eliz photography engagement photographer engagement photography https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/2/where-to-shoot-engagement-photos Sun, 18 Feb 2018 23:15:00 GMT
How to Prepare for Wedding Photos https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/2/how-to-prepare-for-wedding-photos How to Prepare for Wedding Photos

Weddings are arguably the best day of your life, and it takes a lot out of you to make it just right. We tend to want our special day to be perfect. The perfect venue, dress, flowers, etc. All of this doesn’t come easy. Let’s face it, you invest a lot of time and energy in preparing for your wedding. It’s a lot of work, and there is nothing more that you want than for it to simply fall into place. Part of this “perfect” day includes a wedding photographer that can document your special moments. Someone that can make your memories last a lifetime.  

A creative and skilled Wedding Photographer like Eli Zaturanski can capture those memories and present them in an elegant way. A way that brings your true love story to life. But what can you do to make sure that you and your spouse-to-be look as beautiful in those photos as possible? Here are a few tips to prepare you for your wedding photos:

Be Basic – Simple and basic preparations can make a world of difference. For example, make sure you get plenty of sleep the night before your shoot to prevent bags under eyes. Getting enough rest will ensure that your face looks fresh, fabulous, and ready for the camera.

Be Clean – Don’t use that rusty old razor laying on the side of your bathtub or sink. In order to get that freshly clean shaven look, buy a new, high quality razor to shave with. Be sure to moisturize afterwards. This will help you get a smooth look that will leave you looking nice and professional for the photos. 

Be Natural – Makeup is an essential for the ladies when it comes to weddings, but it can definitely be overdone. Women, make sure your makeup doesn't make your face look too reflective. This doesn't look flattering in photos. Don’t be afraid to communicate this to your makeup artist. Less is more!

 

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hello@elizphotography.com (Eli Zaturanski Photography) eli zaturanski elizphotography.com wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/2/how-to-prepare-for-wedding-photos Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:15:00 GMT
The Art of Slow Walking https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/2/the-art-of-slow-walking The Art of Slow Walking

Having a professional photographer take photos of your and your family is such an exciting event! These photos are something that you want to cherish forever. However, there is nothing worse than getting photos taken, and being unhappy with the turn out. At Eli Zaturanski photography, the last thing we want is for a client to be unhappy with their experience.

Fortunately for you, we have several tips and tricks that will help for any experience that may pop up. One common problem that most folks struggle with during an engagement or portrait photo shoot is that they move too much and too quickly during a posed "stroll" or even a mock run. People often look awkward when their motion is stopped during a fast walk or trot; there is often too much motion blur, their arms may look funny if they are too high up, their hair is likely to be all over the place, and they are not being mindful of their expressions.

So, at Eli Zaturanski Photography, we have found the perfect solution to this ongoing problem. Rather than going about your session in a way that you would normally behave, we invite you to walk very slowly, even though it may feel weird! Walking in slow motion will help you to be mindful of your expressions and reduce the risk of motion blurs. It will also give you the opportunity to take a look at the beautiful scenery around you. As a result, you will be more relaxed and focused on your appearance.

 

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hello@elizphotography.com (Eli Zaturanski Photography) eli zaturanski engagement photographer engagement photography portrait photographer portrait photography https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/2/the-art-of-slow-walking Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:15:00 GMT
How to Cope with Bright Flashes/Sunlight https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/2/how-to-cope-with-bright-flashes/sunlight How to Cope with Bright Flashes/Sunlight

 

Photography: the art or process of producing images by the action of radiant energy and especially light on a sensitive surface.

 

Light is a huge factor of capturing great photos. However, it can also make photos turn out less than expected by bothering the client’s eyes. Many people have very sensitive eyes that are overwhelmed by consistent flashes, glare, and bright sunlight. This can result in photos where folks are squinting, or worse, blinking! The last thing anybody wants is for the client to have their eyes closed in all of the photos. Not to mention, the best photos happen when the client is stress-free and comfortable. Bright light sensitivity isn't something to be ashamed of, just something to be aware of and to plan for.

One thing that works very well, I have found, is for the client to get into an established pose, look into the camera lens, and then close one's eyes. Tell your photographer you are doing this, and then have them "count you in" by calling out "3, 2, 1" and then you open your eyes. This simple adjustment will help you to be prepared for the flash, and will minimize the amount of light reflected. 

If the session is taking place outside, try to find a few shady areas. Doorways are great for this, as they allow sunlight in the photo, but a bit of shade on the client. If you are in an area where there is no shade, you can create shade with an umbrella or other prop. Also, looking down or at an angle is a comfortable pose to avoid direct sunlight in the eyes. 

All in all, the best way to avoid bright flashes and sunlight is to be prepared. Think about all the factors, such as location, and create a plan with your photographer! 

 

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hello@elizphotography.com (Eli Zaturanski Photography) eli zaturanski eliz photography portrait photographer portrait photography https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/2/how-to-cope-with-bright-flashes/sunlight Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:15:00 GMT
Bay Bridge - Company Branding Headshot and Culture https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/2/bay-bridge---company-branding-headshot-and-culture Bay Bridge - Company Branding Headshot and Culture

When it comes to advertising for your company, one of the most critical aspects is making a lasting impression that will leave your future clients intrigued and wanting more. That’s why head shots and company images are so important. Whether you are using it for your company website or your LinkedIn account, this is your chance to make the first impression you need.

To get a good headshot, keep in mind that your appearance represents your brand. Think about your company’s core values, and try to reflect on that in your photo. In order to do so, the right location and the perfect outfit are key components. Pick a location that isn’t too busy, but also has a little personality as well. peerspace.com is a great website if you are in need of location ideas. A wall with a pop of color or maybe an outdoor session would do the trick. Your outfit should reflect your character, so wear something that you feel comfortable, yet professional in. After all, we tend to get nervous for photos, so it’s important that you are wearing something that makes you feel beautiful or handsome. Don’t be afraid to have fun with it! Sometimes a professional headshot is all you need, but a non-traditional headshot can be powerful as well. Your future clients may appreciate how relatable and fun you are. 

We recently had the amazing opportunity of working with Bay Bridge Capital Group to capture head shots and company images for them. I was very impressed by these guys, as they had such amazing work ethics. Their communication was excellent, and we were able to make a plan for the session right away. To choose a location, we used peerspace.com. We were able to find the perfect location that fit the company’s style and energy! I loved this team’s willingness to let loose and have fun. We were able to get traditional head shots, as well as some unique company images of them doing what they love - playing in a band, getting into a game of chess, Mardi Gras, and so much more fun photos that will definitely have their clients smiling! I ended up loving these guys so much that I actually ended up using their services for my personal finance planning. They seemed highly trustworthy and experienced, so there was not a doubt in my mind. All in all, we got some amazing photos for the folks over at Bay Bridge. Their website is www.baybridgecg.com if you are interested in looking into their financial services. 

 

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hello@elizphotography.com (Eli Zaturanski Photography) company branding culture head shots https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/2/bay-bridge---company-branding-headshot-and-culture Tue, 13 Feb 2018 23:02:17 GMT
The Fun of Free Style Photography https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/2/the-fun-of-free-style-photography The Fun of Free Style Photography

The holidays offer a great opportunity to play around and practice using new equipment or settings on your camera.  There is no pressure to capture that perfect image when you are the photographer in the moment with a group of friends.  They will just be happy to have something tangible that reminds them of the fun time everyone had together and it allows you to have some fun doing what you love, with the people you love.  

I did just this over New Years 2018.  My friends and I had a great time hanging out and sharing the things we love with one another.  Some of us love to cook, others love to sketch or paint, yoga was a fun activity for the participants as well as on lookers.  These activities were a great chance for me to capture images of lifestyle photography as well as food photography.  

Our hikes lent themselves, not only to exploring the beauty of our surroundings but an opportunity for me to capture some gorgeous landscape images and fun candid portraits of my friends.

To capture a beautiful image of any of these moments, it was important to be aware of the lighting from one environment to the next.   Understanding the settings on your camera is also a key element to producing the perfect picture.  Each setting is specific to the way the light interacts with the subject of the image.  Knowing and understanding these settings and the different types of lighting are key to creating a picture worth printing.

 

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hello@elizphotography.com (Eli Zaturanski Photography) friends photography https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/2/the-fun-of-free-style-photography Fri, 09 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT
John Burton 85th birthday Jubilee's- Advocates for Foster Youth https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/2/john-burton-85th-birthday-jubilees--advocates-for-foster-youth John Burton 85th Birthday Jubilee's - Advocates for Foster Youth

John Burton, the prior chair of the California Democratic Party, celebrated his 85th birthday at the Fairmont Hotel the other night, and wow, what a fantastic time it was. Burton has done it all - congressman, assemblyman, Democratic chairman, and state senate leader. This incredible man is known for his epic role in politics, and was celebrated by a large crowd of supporting people. 

There were many familiar faces in the crowd, including lovely Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi is serving as the minority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, and has made quite the impact herself. Willie Brown, politician, came to show his support for the congressman, and so did DL Hugheley, a political commentator. 

There were many speakers that showed their attendance in support of Burton. The room was filled with pride, passion, and laughter, as these people made many remarks about the successes of John Burton. He was known for his quick wit, sharp political instincts, and his endless charm. It was apparent that he had many supporters and countless friends in attendance.

The birthday party was a non profit event where all the proceeds will go to John Burton Advocates for Youth. This organization was founded by John Burton himself, with a goal to improve the quality of life for California’s foster, former foster, and homeless youth. This non-profit party truly speaks character of Burton, as he is not only a politician, but a servant for the people. If you are inspired by the efforts of Burton to help the youth of America, please donate to his non-profit organization by clicking this link http://www.jbaforyouth.org

Burton’s birthday celebrations are always quite successful, leaving guests interested and excited about future celebrations. Happy birthday to this hard working and successful man. May he have a blessed new year. 

 

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hello@elizphotography.com (Eli Zaturanski Photography) event photography non profit professional https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/2/john-burton-85th-birthday-jubilees--advocates-for-foster-youth Wed, 07 Feb 2018 19:52:55 GMT
Artist Personal Branding Photography Session https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/2/artist-personal-branding-photography-session Artist Personal Branding Photography Session

Damon was in need of a personal branding photography session to capture images for updating his social media and website to promote his art work. He is a metal sculptor.  It was really fun to see him in his element because he is such an awesome guy with passion for his work.  His sculptures have such a unique touch to them which I found so incredibly intriguing.  

I was excited to share my passion with him when he contacted me to document his personality in updated head shots.  I liked that he expressed himself with his personal style through his outfit.  His checked button down, jacket and newsboy cap had a certain flair to them that not everyone could pull off but totally worked for Damon.  

This gives someone that happens upon his pages to feel connected to him and like they know him before ever meeting him in person.  We also captured images of him working on some pieces in his studio.  It was great to see his process and capture it for him to be able to share on his sites.  From sketching and designing to actually manipulating the metal, this process was fascinating and sure to give anyone who owns any of his work the ability to have even more of a connection to their piece because they can see the time and love that goes into each one. 

 

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hello@elizphotography.com (Eli Zaturanski Photography) branding company photography headshot session https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/2/artist-personal-branding-photography-session Tue, 06 Feb 2018 22:53:14 GMT
Importance and Beauty of Wedding Albums https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/1/importance-and-beauty-of-wedding-albums Importance and Beauty of Wedding Albums

Getting married is a time in our lives that we want to remember forever. A time that we cherish. Memories that we want to share with our children and our children’s children. There’s no better way to cherish these moments than by having a photographer capture them for you. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and it’s true. Photos of your special day are something that will last a lifetime. 

I remember as a child I would go to my grandparents’ house and get out the dusty old albums from the attic. My siblings and I would laugh hysterically when we would see old photos of ourselves and our parents. We would smile and sometimes cry at the pictures of our loved ones that had already passed. Those albums may have been dusty and old, but they were (and still are) such a treasure to my family. I find albums to be the most tangible and accessible way to relive those special moments. 

Your wedding day is a day that you won’t want to forget, and documenting those sweet memories in an album is a must. Unlike a computer, there won’t be any technical problems, distracting sounds, or ads. There’s no need for electricity, so if the power goes out, you can light a candle and still relive the moments. Sitting with an album ready at the cafe table or in the living room will allow you experience that special day over and over. There’s nothing more beautiful than looking at your wedding album with your loved one by the candle light and with a glass of wine in hand. 

At Eli Zaturanski Photography, our albums are made with true craft makers, equipped with thick, heavy paper and printed on a professional photography paper using archival pigment colors and museum quality. If you are interested in an album for your special day, we’d love to chat with you! Feel free to contact us with any questions.

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hello@elizphotography.com (Eli Zaturanski Photography) heirloom memories print wedding premium albums https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/1/importance-and-beauty-of-wedding-albums Wed, 31 Jan 2018 23:53:48 GMT
Karen Hill Tribe - Traveling Photography https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/1/karen-hill-tribe---traveling-photography Karen Hill Tribe - Traveling Photography

One of the greatest things about my profession is the ability to travel the world.  Traveling Photography allows an opportunity for others to share in an experience from across the world.  It has the ability to open people’s eyes to events happening on the other side of the world.  It is such a blessing to be able to see and experience so many places and capture authentic photos.  

On this trip, I was traveling with Adam, who leads lateniteart.com, whose purpose is connect people through creativity.  Also traveling with us was Zaq, who was sharing the love of yoga with those on our travels.  We were visiting the Karen Hill Tribe near Mae Hong Son, Thailand’s province.  I met Coleen, the founder of the NGO, Kleo.  Kleo is a non profit, 100% volunteer run organization focused on providing educational and humanitarian support to Karen refugees in Ottawa, Canada and disadvantaged Karen communities in North West Thailand.  

Despite families having lived in the same villages for over 100 years many of the Karen Tribe are unable to obtain titles to their land and obtain citizenship.  Without citizenship they are ineligible to enroll in school, welfare or healthcare  and unable to vote or run for office.  Despite all that, the children we met were friendly and happy.  We had the opportunity to connect with them and play.  The portraits that I captured show that despite their situation they feel lucky to have the little that they do.  

 

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hello@elizphotography.com (Eli Zaturanski Photography) traveling photos visiting the karen hill tribe in northern thailand near mae hong son https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/1/karen-hill-tribe---traveling-photography Fri, 26 Jan 2018 02:00:00 GMT
What does it mean to photograph a Bat Mitzvah? https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/1/what-does-it-mean-to-photograph-a-bat-mitzvah What does it mean to photograph a Bat Mitzvah?

Whether Bar or Bat Mitzvah the celebration of the B’nai Mitzvah is a crucial rite of passage and an incredible Jewish ritual.  It is cause for celebration in the community.  Do, as a Jewish Photographer it is important to capture all of the layers that this day includes.  This day is a right of passage.  It is a momentous moment for the families where the children come of age and take ownership of building their very own lives.  This day includes the entire community celebrating the individual with their family members.  It is a joyous and energetic occasion filled with life, love and laughter. 

Not only are Bat Mitzvah's a celebration (and should be treated as such) they also were intended to document the young person and who they are.  This is where a range of emotions show (love, celebration, respect for the ceremony) and, most importantly, shining light on the personality of the person in which the Bat Mitzvah is being thrown.  Some may be shy and some may be extroverted.  Whichever is the case, it is our job to document what it is that they are!  From the dances, how they show up to the ceremony, conversations and quiet whispers between them and their friends, getting ready, etc.  There's a multitude of moments that can be documented if you just look. :) 

When documenting a Bat Mitzvah, it's our responsibility to make it easy, playful, and comfortable.

How should a photographer go about documenting this ceremony?  

•The Ceremony
Document the space that the ceremony is taking place in.  Be sure to capture images of the ritual itself and all of the different parts that it includes, and the person being Bat Mitzvahed performing the different elements of the ceremony.
 
•The Party
Capture the venue, the decor, and any special moments throughout the night that highlight the guest of honor.  On the dance floor, whispering with friends and family are great moments to capture these candid moments.
 
•Throughout the day
Snap images of the honoree with family and friends on their big day.  The love and joy for the guests and the respect for the day will shine through.  Be sure not to miss these intimate and candid interactions.  A great ceremony photographer can capture the excitement and shining personality of even the shyest subjects.
 
To book your Bat Mitzvah, or if you'd like guidance on how to document a Bat Mitzvah, I'd love to hear from you!
 
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How to Release Your Book With (Photography) Style https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/1/how-to-release-your-book-with-photography-style How to Release Your Book With (Photography) Style

I was so excited to play a role in this book release for The New Feminine Evolutionary by Jane S. Ashley. I knew that capturing this moment with professional photos would make her work shine. Book releases are important to all author’s careers, but especially for female authors. This book release brought her written work to life with the interactive and beautiful readings by other women. The goal of this book release was to make the celebration professional and fun, and it is clear in each image that we achieved that goal.

This book release was a spiritual and emotional experience for everyone in the room as each person connected with one another. As each woman read aloud passages from the book, you could hear a pen drop; everyone was so intrigued by every word. The involvement with this book release party was captivating and unlike anything I had ever seen before.

Everyone had a sense of power and strength as they spoke with one another. I know that Jane S. Ashley felt proud as she signed each book and gave out copies to everyone. It was an honor to capture these memories for her, and I hope to get the opportunity to work with her again as she builds her career.

Visit Jane's Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/janescottashley?fref=search

And to view the images from this book release, keep scrolling below!

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hello@elizphotography.com (Eli Zaturanski Photography) book release feminism https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/1/how-to-release-your-book-with-photography-style Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:15:00 GMT
Exploring the Grace of Black and White Pictures https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/1/exploring-the-grace-of-black-and-white-pictures Exploring the Grace of Black and White Pictures

Black and white pictures tend to have a vintage feel, but that is not the only thing that they have to offer; they are also a special tool used in photography in order to enhance the meaning behind each image. In these images, you can play with light and use to create vignettes, silhouettes, and enhance the overall feel of the photos, and opportunity to take in the space.

Black and white images help enhance the emotions of the beautiful people being clicked. With the variety of color gone, all we are left with is the subject and their experience in the moment. It makes for special pictures without any distractions. It is breathtaking to view a black and white photo of a special occasion because your eyes will focus in on the most important subject.

These images make for a more artistic an aesthetic compositions, so if you are looking for a timeless feel, then our black and white shots are the way to go. Robert Adams wrote: "Art like philosophy it abstracts. Art simplifies. It is never exactly equal to life. In the visual arts, this careful sorting out in favor of order is called composition, and most artists know its primacy. Art takes liberties, then, to reveal shape." Black and White helps to show off the compositional elements without the distraction of color.

To book a session, get in touch with Eli! Keep scrolling to view some of our favorites!

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hello@elizphotography.com (Eli Zaturanski Photography) art photography artistic photographs best photographer near me black and white photography san francisco art photographer timeless photographs vintage pictures https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/1/exploring-the-grace-of-black-and-white-pictures Sun, 14 Jan 2018 00:15:00 GMT
Look how we've captured nature's timelessness! https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/1/look-how-weve-captured-nature-s-timelessness Look how we've captured nature's timelessness!

Nature holds so many mysteries and all sorts of unexplainable beauty.  To capture that in still images by being in the right place at the right time as a nature photographer is magical.  The moments in which I am able to capture images that only last for moments in front of our eyes, in a forever image is an amazing feeling.  

There is nothing like the pure beauty found in nature.  The sun casting its rays down on the earth, new life learning to walk for the first time, the vibrant colors that you can only find in a sunset; all of these things are occupancies that happen frequently but each time there is a uniqueness to the event.  It is a blessing to be able to take pause and appreciate these moments when capturing them.  

There are many gorgeous places to explore nature and Bay Area Nature Photography.  We love to find beautiful natural niches to capture our clients in during their outdoor sessions.  The natural light and colors you find in an outdoor setting are impossible to replicate.  When looking to schedule as session with the Best Photographer Near Me, keep us in mind for a gorgeous natural setting session.  

Whether capturing nature in all of its glory on its own or featuring clients in the foreground it has so much beauty to offer.

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A Bride's Journey https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/1/a-brides-journey A Bride's Journey

Saying "I do" to the person you choose to spend forever with is one of the most exciting days of a bride's life. There are so many important moments in that single day that as a photographer I always try to capture and convey in photos. From lacing up the gown, to the first kiss, to all the fun shared between her bridesmaids and everything in between, a bride's journey is so incredibly special.

As a photographer, there's a fine line between being the "fly on the wall" letting moments happen organically, and stepping in to direct or reenact certain poses throughout the day. With everything going on, it's common for a bride to be nervous and anxious about how the day will go.

I try to capture the true feelings of the moment, while also calming any fears and getting the bride to a point of being comfortable and relaxed before walking down the aisle. Quick tears with mom while getting dressed, followed by a toast or goofing off with her best girlfriends is often all it takes to help the bride relax and calm her nerves.

A lot of times doing a "first look" with the groom beforehand also helps to simmer down the building anticipation before meeting at the altar, and it also gives a chance for more photos overall. From laughter to tears, happiness, sadness, joy, and anticipation, there is no shortage of emotions for a bride on the day of her wedding. As a San Francisco wedding photographer, I enjoy having the privilege of capturing all the timeless moments that really convey the journey of a bride as she embarks on one of the most exciting days of her life.

To book your wedding, get in touch and to see some bridal portraits, keep scrolling below!

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A Sneak Peak into one of our Creative Projects https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/1/a-sneak-peak-into-one-of-our-creative-projects A Sneak Peak into one of our Creative Projects

Burning Man offers an environment for the free spirit to fully express themselves among others that share the creative lifestyle.  This annual gathering at Black Rock Desert in Nevada is an experiment in community and art.  The freedom for people to be unique and express themselves freely is such an incredible experience for a creative photographer from San Francisco.  It allows for all types of images; creative portraits, art photography, nature photography.  

Burning Man Photography offers such a brilliant and vibrant array of images.  The experiment in community and art was filled with colors, textures and personalities.  The all inclusive environment is guided by ten principles that are meant to evoke and maintain the cultural ethos that the experience offers.

As an East Bay Photographer the playa was a magical experience.  The ability to share and be a part of the talents and self-expression is a beautiful thing and capture images of that is a gift I am pleased to possess.  Without experiencing it for yourself it is hard to explain, but I believe the images do a good job of conveying Burning Man.  It is a city of magic and whirlwind creativity.  This melting pot of cultures, community and dreams is one of a kind. 

Here is a unique look at the people and larger than life art that makes Burning Man one of the largest, most sought after, creative pilgrimages for the world.

 

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A Casual Wedding for Love: Rosa & Inon https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2018/1/a-casual-wedding-for-love-rosa-inon  

A Casual Wedding for Love: Rosa & Inon

Congratulations to Iron and Rosa! These two fell madly in love with each other and decided to have an intimate, casual wedding with their closest friends. I always think that these types of weddings are so special because all of the attention is put on their love for one another. I was honored to be chosen to capture these special memories on their special day, and I couldn’t wait.

After I met this couple, I immediately knew that they were soul mates. The way that these two look into each other’s eyes is so magical and I am so happy that I was able to capture their sparks through my lenses on their special day. Rosa had on the most gorgeous dress and we were all so in love with design in the back. I know that Iron loved it too because he couldn’t keep his eyes off of her. This wedding was so beautiful! It was outdoors, low key, and full of laughs and joy. I truly believe that their wedding fit their personalities perfectly!

Eli Zaturanski Photography specializes in weddings of all shapes and sizes.  Be sure to get in touch if you want to book your own wedding!

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How to Capture the Magic of City Hall Weddings in San Francisco https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/11/how-to-capture-the-magic-of-city-hall-weddings-in-san-francisco How to Capture the Magic of City Hall Weddings in San Francisco

Weddings are magical milestones in a couple’s life.  For some couples, celebrating that time in their lives means a large and lavish celebration.  For others, it means celebrating in a more simple and private manner.  However you decide to commemorate your commitment, documenting the occasion with a professional photographer is a must.

For those looking for simple nuptials, the San Francisco City Hall is a beautiful and historic location.  This space offers tons of great places to take gorgeous images on your special day.  
 
•The Arches- These grand archways make for images that cannot be replicated in any other venue.  The architecture of San Francisco City Hall is magnificent.
•The Pillars- the pillars are wonders to view as well and a great metaphor for marriage.  They stand strong and sturdy, supporting that which is around them through whatever they encounter.
•Windows- All the best wedding photographers will rave about oversized windows in City Hall that allow incredible natural light to flow through the space. 
•The domes, casting light down over a happy couple make for magical images.
 
There are spots throughout City Hall that feature these elements as well as some privacy.  This is nice for a bride and groom as well as their guests to be able to remove themselves from the other hustle and bustle and onlookers.  It allows everyone to be more relaxed and for a photographer to capture those more intimate and candid moments.  Weddings are all about interactions, so hiring a professional that can anticipate those interactions is a must. 

And need us not forget our guests and family members.  Some may even be more comfortable in front of the camera without the hustle, bustle and large crowds that a big wedding can bring.
 
As a City Hall Photographer, have fun with the grandeur of the surroundings; the gorgeous architecture, elaborate carvings, and stunning staircase.  But most importantly, do not forget to relish in the beginning of your lives as you embark on the journey to become one. 
 
 
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San Francisco Event Photography - Bat Mitzvah https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/11/san-fracisco-event-photography---bat-mitzvah San Francisco Event Photography - Bat Mitzvah
Gaby's Bat Mitzvah was unique in that the Bimah was organized and arranged in a beautiful outdoor amphitheater, not the traditional synagogue.  Although, not in the synagogue, the space was special and holy.  The amphitheater was packed full of loving and supportive family and friends for Gaby's big day.  It was a beautiful day for such a joyous occasion and the natural light made for great Bimah portraits.  I was very impressed with the poise and maturity of Gaby.  I was inspired by how articulate and well spoken she was in the leading of the service.  

Gaby's party that evening was a blast.  Full of fun and joyous laughter, it truly was a night to remember.  It was a festive occasion and everyone was enjoying the opportunity to celebrate and recognize Gaby coming of age.  The decor was classy but vibrant, with pops of pink throughout the venue.  Everyone took a time out to have their picture taken in front of the personalized step and repeat with picture perfect poses.  There was a ton of energy and lots of dancing that made for great candid images of the event.  It was an honor to be a part of this age old celebration.  I was thrilled to be the Event Photographer for such a special occasion and milestone moment for Gaby and her entire family.

Gaby's Bat Mitzvah wouldn't have been made possible without the following vendors that worked so hard to execute what Gaby wanted:

Stacey Dillon: http://www.staceyandcompany.com/ party planner extraordinaire

Jeremy Weiss: Saturday lunch caterer

David Haydon: Saturday night caterer, Il Davide Restaurant, http://www.ildavide.net/

Miguel Hightop: DJ 415-756-2856

Susan florist Fantasy Florals http://www.susansflowers.com/

Tatyana: face painter http://www.tatyanasmagicbrush.com/

To view pictures from this amazing Bat Mitzvah, be sure to keep scrolling below.  And to book your own Bat Mitzvah, be sure to get in touch.

Until next time,

Eli Z

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6 Best Wedding Photography Locations in San Francisco https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/11/blog-topic-6-best-wedding-photography-locations-in-san-francisco  

6 Best Wedding Photography Locations in San Francisco

 

 

 Lucky enough to be planning your wedding in the San Francisco area?  You certainly have many choice locations for some amazing bridal and couple portraits.  I’m including a list of some of my favorite destinations here.

 

Coit Tower stands atop Telegraph Hill.  Gorgeous murals decorate the inside spiral staircase, and the top observation deck offers 360-degree views of the bay and city.  On the grounds around the tower, there is a wonderful stone walkway that leads up to the tower, with lush greenery behind it and quaint street lamps along the path.  

 

 

Alamo Square is among one of San Francisco’s iconic neighborhoods with views of the famous “Painted Ladies” along Postcard Row.  The spacious park features abundant lawns, drought resistant and pollinator-friendly flowerbeds (meaning they should look gorgeous and colorful regardless of weather conditions), and gorgeous full low-hanging willows. Views of the Golden Gate Bridge, park benches and fountains make wonderful backdrops for portraits.  And for those more whimsical couples, I love the Shoe Garden!

 

 

Hawk Hill is part of the Marin Headlands and provides beautiful ocean views of southwestern San Francisco.  While most weddings aren’t taking place at sunrise, the view of the sun hitting the fog as it hangs over the water can be nothing short of amazing, and depending on the weather similar images of this mystical feeling can be captured as a beautiful backdrop for wedding pictures or pre-wedding photography portraits. I will note the parking in this area is limited and it is not easily accessible for those with mobility challenges, so it may be best suited for small elopements and portraits rather than larger ceremonies.

 

 

Cavallo Point in Sausalito offers everything from memorable proposal sites to magnificent comprehensive wedding packages complete with a day spa, lodging for guests, ceremony and reception packages.  Located at the northern foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, views of the structure can be seen from the property with trees and clouds framing its rust-orange color. I love Cavallo Point for its diversity in one location - a gorgeous restored historic building, water front property, and city skyline views. It’s quaint, rustic, and elegant all in one!

 

 

Cupid’s Span is a 60-foot-tall public sculpture of a bow and arrow built by artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. The sculpture was installed in 2002 along the western waterfront of the San Francisco Bay.  This seems like the quintessential spot for wedding photos capturing views of the bridge and bay.

 

 

Lombard Street is probably the most iconic crooked street with hairpin turns and beautifully landscaped flower beds. Capturing some great wedding photographs here may be a bit of a challenge, as local photographers know tourists come here in droves and getting amazing photographs of a couple without lots of passers-by in the background is an art!

 

 

I suggest choosing locations which are meaningful to you as a couple whether places the two of you have taken dates, or places which reflect your personality as a couple - historic, outdoorsy, creative.  When searching "wedding photographers near me", be sure they are in fact local photographers, as they are familiar with the best places for wedding photos in SF.  Eli Zaturanski photography stands out here in San Francisco, and has much experience in wedding photography that is unique and elegant. While all areas in the San Francisco district are idyllic and are beautiful, these 6 best places for wedding photos in San Francisco will make truly memorable wedding pictures for your wedding day.

 

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Quality Vs. Cheapshots? https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/11/quality-vs-cheapshots Quality Vs. Cheapshots?

 

 

When comparing cheap versus quality headshots, the answer may seem simple on the surface. You can search the web for "headshots near me", or "headshot photography" to get several options in your area. Pricing will vary greatly. You could save money, get the job done, and move on. So why pay more to get good quality headshots? Because you get what you pay for. A good photographer treats you like an individual, and Eli Zaturanski will spend the time to treat you like a real person. Eli has experience with professional headshots, corporate headshots, and portrait photography.  He understands YOUR value. Headshots are key business assets that help get you clients, improve your brand, and help get that big promotion you deserve. 

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Eli produces amazing studio and environmental headshots. He travels to your location in the East Bay and San Francisco area in order to get the best shots tailored to your lifestyle and business. Eli will give you headshots that are not boring or typical, and are very unique so that you will stand out from the crowd. So you have to ask yourself, do you want the Honda or the BMW?? Quality does in fact, matter. 

 

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If you would like more information on quality headshots, please visit Eli Zaturanski, and get started on putting your best face forward. 

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What to Wear for your Headshot https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/11/what-to-wear-for-your-headshot What to Wear for your Headshot

 

 

You've made the great career decision to have your headshots professionally done, now the all important issue of what to wear? The first and foremost thing to consider would be your profession. Obviously, a corporate attorney would want to portray a more high end, tailored, and polished look; while a personal trainer would most likely want to highlight their physical attributes with a more athletic wardrobe. Young professionals, while maintaining professionalism, might want to incorporate more hip and edgy pieces to their look. Also, clients that are uniformed, such as nurses, doctors, law enforcement, etc. may want to consider having shots taken in their uniforms.

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 No matter your line of work, Eli Zaturanski can give you professional, unique, high quality headshots using his vast array of photography supplies, including photography lighting and backdrops. As a local photographer, he has a very diverse portfolio, which can be found using "Berkeley Photos" or "Oakland Photos" in your search terms. He takes the time to get a feel for what you are looking for to advance your career, and tailors the portraits to give you the perfect headshots you are looking for.

 

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If you would like more information on scheduling your professional headshot portraits, please visit Elis website. He would love to work with you to get the perfect portraits.

 

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Get Professional Headshots for your Corporate Team to Increase Brand Value https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/11/get-professional-headshots-for-your-corporate-team-to-increase-brand-value Get Professional Headshots for your Corporate Team to Increase Brand Value

 

 

 

 

In this day and age of social media, every business seems to have a visual presence online. Analytics have shown the "about" page of your website, or meet our team, is often the most visited.  Potential clients today aren’t choosing to work with businesses, they are choosing to work with people.  And having your image compliment the brand you represent, as well as the customers you wish to attract, is so very important.

 

Business headshots should reflect your company’s branding. The image of formal studio portraits would be so valuable for several positions within your company, but maybe you have tended to shy away from this type of photography because you feel it is not the right message of how your business operates. Even companies known for their corporate culture such as Facebook, Amazon, and Google, have professional headshots done, but the style is less formal; including open collared shirts, polos, the absence of neckties, and more natural backgrounds. If relaxed and friendly is the image your business aims to represent, a professional photographer can achieve this style of portraiture.

 

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Images can be repurposed across multiple platforms.  In addition to featuring business headshots on the company’s website, these images can also be used for annual reports, editorials, press-releases, company events, and social media.  Customers will begin to associate the look and feel of your professional team’s headshots and readily recognize your brand.

 

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Consider including the whole team. Depending on the size of your company, you may be featuring only the executive team, such as your CEO, CMO, CTO, and CFO, on your website.  Smaller companies may wish to also highlight support team members that would be interacting with your clients.  In this case, work to have all team members photographed so branding is cohesive, and everyone feels they are a valued member of the team.

 

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Value professional photos of your employees the same way you invest in your logo, your website, and your copy.  The images of your staff members will speak volumes to potential customers letting them know who they will be working with and will draw them in with values such as confidence, positivity, cohesiveness, and professionalism. You get what you pay for. Hiring a professional photographer, namely Eli Zaturanski, is an investment in your brand and your business. Eli has the skills to make your team look authentic and confident, and will often edit the images so everyone looks their best without having the appearance of being heavily retouched. Image-size and quality will ensure the photos are usable in multiple forums, and the photographers also have an archive of their work should something happen to your company's network and local images cannot be retrieved. Let Eli help you achieve the highest level your company can reach.

 

 

 

 

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6 Things You Need to Set up a Bar or Bat Mitzvah https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/10/6-things-you-need-to-set-up-a-bar-or-bat-mitzvah 6 Things You Need to Set Up a Bar or Bat Mitzvah

 

Bar and Bat Mitzvahs are an important coming of age ceremony in the Jewish tradition, signifying the recognition that the individual has reached the maturity to own responsibility not only within themselves, but also within the Jewish community. Traditionally, this means a large community celebration honoring the individual that has reached b'nai mitzvah. This celebration involves many details and is something that should be well documented. Here are just a few of those all important details you don't want to forget.

 

  • A Venue- you will need a large space to hold the celebration. Hotels and country clubs are great venues to rent for these type of events.

 

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  • Bar Mitzvah Gift/ Bat Mitzvah Gift- the occasion calls for those attending the celebration to honor the guest with a gift.  Common gifts usually include religious items, books with religious or educational value, savings bonds, or gift cards.

 

  • A Professional Photographer- this is an important milestone event. You will want to have it documented properly. Hire someone with your style, who understands the traditions and knows the most important moments to capture ceremonially, and can also document candid interactions among guests as they enjoy the bar mitzvah party. Be sure and hire a local photographer, such as Eli Zaturanski. Eli is available for San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland and the surrounding areas, and will be sure you get a fantastic collection of images for your photo album.

 

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  • Bar Mitzvah Invitations- you have lots of options in this digital decade.  First, decide if you want to mail out hard copies or go with an email invite.  One this choice is made, find the design you like and send them out to your guest list.

 

  • Food and Drink- decide whether you want traditional Jewish dishes, a theme for food, or a mixture.  It will then be important to hire a caterer in the area that can bring your vision to light.

 

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  • Ceremonial elements- the most important part of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is the religious element. Be sure that you have the crucial people for the ceremonies and traditions in order as well as all of the odds and ends and other details.

 

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6 Holiday Party Ideas for Startups https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/10/12-holiday-party-ideas-for-startups 6 Holiday Party Ideas for Startups

 

         

Who says the office cannot be merry and bright during the holiday season too? A happy and uplifting work environment makes for happier employees and yields higher production. So, take a look at some of these ideas to keep your work place a good place that everyone wants to be as the holidays approach. You can do anything from a grand, formal office party, to something as simple as theme days and prizes. Have fun with this!  It could be a big or small celebration. You could go with the standard formal or cocktail party, where everyone gets together after hours to unwind outside of the work environment. Or, keep it small and during office hours.  

 

·Christmas Games

Everyone loves a good White Elephant or Secret Santa for some gift giving fun, but try incorporating some of these into your office Holiday Party. Try the ornament guessing game, and take your best guess at figuring out how many ornaments decorate the office tree.  Or find Santa’s friends with an office scavenger hunt.  Another fun one is People Bingo.  This one is great in a cocktail setting as well as the office, and a great way to get to know colleagues. Play some card games, like "Cards Against Humanity". That is sure to get everyone laughing!

 

·Food

Everyone loves good food, and it is a great way to gather people together. Food trucks are all the rage, and a fun unique idea for a party. Have a breakfast or brunch. You could even make it an office potluck and lay out the spread in the office lounge. Be sure not to forget the booze. Free drinks are sure to convince colleagues to attend. Have fun with some Craft Cocktails.  Take it a step further and create some office themed drinks that reflect your business. Include a cookie baking contest.  It’s just not the holidays without cookies, the classic holiday food.

 

·Costumes

Try incorporating theme days at the office and have people dress in their best 12 days of Christmas Costumes. Canadian Style is another unique theme idea- think moose, hockey and Mounties for inspiration. A Santa Costume Contest is another fun idea. Encourage participation with some enticing prizes.

 

·Photo Booth and Professional Photography

Bring in a Holiday Themed Photo Booth for some fun.  Be sure to document the office memories along the way, no matter what type of Holiday Party you decide to give. Hiring a professional photographer such as Eli Zaturanski is a great way to be sure to get the best images, while allowing you and your employees to just be guests, and enjoy the festivities. This is also a great opportunity to capture images  of your employees to update the website and show how much fun it is to work for your company.  

 

·Sing Along

No holiday gathering is complete without the holiday classics.  Make it a traditional carol sing along, or jazz it up with some holiday karaoke. Be sure to have documentation of these fun office opportunities by bringing in an event photographer.  They can capture the fun environment and get flattering candid images of the fun in action.

 

·Local Festivities

You could also attend local Holiday Festivities, such as Santa Con, as an office! Have everyone dress up in their best Santa Outfit or other holiday gear and participate in this holiday themed Pub Crawl. Check your local happenings for fun Holiday festivities your office could participate in.

 

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New Business Headshots are a Must https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/10/new-business-headshots-are-a-must New Business Headshots are a Must

 

Business headshots are an important tool.  They need to standout, be different from the standard headshot that most photographers take, where they ask you to come in, stand on the X, and give the exact same image for every client.  Your headshot should catch the eye of the employer and make an impression that says something about you.

 

Online profiles are the way of today.  Whether interacting socially or professionally just about everyone uses some sort of online networking to promote themselves.  In the professional realm, the majority of people use a LinkedIn Profile.  It is imperative that your LinkedIn photo reflect the image and brand that you see for yourself.  The best LinkedIn profiles have the best Linked In profile photos, so be sure to have the best profile picture you can.  Arrange a studio session with a professional photographer that will capture your vision and help you put the best image of you out there.   They have the right equipment, such as lights and backdrops, as well as skill, to separate you from the crowd.  They can help you create a creative and unique way to visually represent yourself with the best profile pictures.

 

Eli Zaturanski is wonderful at capturing the best profile photos and making sure his clients look great.  He is a master at bringing the individual’s image to life and capturing their brand.  Take a look at the examples below and then head over to our contact page to book a session or ask us any questions.  Allow us to help you take your business headshot to the next level.

 

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Eli Zaturanski- Must haves for a holiday party in SF https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/10/eli-zaturanski--must-haves-for-a-holiday-party-in-sf                                                         Eli Zaturanski- Must haves for a holiday party in SF
 

       Fall is here and the holidays are fast approaching. It won't be long before everyone is caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season, trying to plan holiday parties, coordinate gatherings, and pick up last minute gifts. It's the most wonderful time of the year, and if you're planning a holiday party for your business or company, now is the time to get the ball rolling. Below is a list of must-haves for a successful holiday party in San Francisco:

 

  • Theme selection: Everyone loves a good themed party. It's fun and light, and helps liven things up. It brings everyone together in a similar fashion, and creates unity among the guests. You can even make a contest based off of who came best dressed for the theme. Have fun with it!

 

  • Music selection: Of course holiday music gets people in the spirit, but you may want to mix it up with some fun and interactive music as well. Consider your audience and what will be the focal point of the party. Is the music going to be more of a background filler, or would a live band or DJ be more up your alley? Consider the vibe you want to create.

 

  • Venue selection: How many people will you need to accommodate? Are you looking for a full service venue that will set it all up, or will you rent out the space and hire your own vendors? There are tons of great venues in the area that will fit your different needs, but be sure you start looking into it sooner rather than later, as some places book up fast around the holiday season. Try searching Holiday Party Venues San Francisco for some great locations.

 

  •  Menu preparation: Will you cater a full meal, have just light hors d'oeuvres, or tables set up with snacks? Will you do a sit down dinner, or would you rather your guests be free to mingle and eat on the go? When choosing food, take these things into consideration and try to select things that aren't too messy or formal if you go the mingling while eating route.

 

  • Specialty cocktails: A fun bonus to the food and fun is a specialty cocktail. Think about the drinks you'll serve, and consider tailoring at least one to your theme or business. This makes a fun and personalized experience for your guests, and can easily become one of the highlights of the event.

 

  • Invitations: Make sure you have the details of your event finalized and in writing in time for your guests to be sure they're able to attend. Be clear on the type of event, any specific attire (formal, casual, themed), whether it's family friendly or if arrangements need to be made for kids, etc.

 

  • Highlights of accomplishments throughout the year: A holiday party is the perfect time to sum up the great year your company has had. Pictures, slideshows, a heartfelt speech, or an awards presentation will really make your guests feel they are appreciated. Consider different ways to honor them and really make it a special evening.

 

 

  • Photographer to capture all the key moments: Last but not least, make sure you hire a dependable professional photographer to document all the little details of your event. Consider incorporating a photo booth so your guests can take some fun and silly shots, and contact Eli Zaturanski Photography, a fabulous event photographer in San Francisco, as he will be sure to capture all the special moments of the party. Eli has done some amazing work in San Francisco Photography, Event Photography, Corporate Photography, as well as Freelance Photography. He knows how to capture the perfect memories from your Holiday Party. Your guests will thank you!

 

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With the holidays right around the corner, it's time to start making plans for your upcoming events. I hope this list will help you check off all the details, and your holiday party goes off without a hitch!

 

 

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Dating Coaching and Photography https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/10/dating-coaching-and-photography Dating Coaching and Photography

Dating in today's world is drastically different than it was just a few decades ago. With the invention of the Internet, chat rooms, social media, and the like took over and became a one-stop shop for communicating.

Once smart phones entered the scene, face to face interaction became even more obsolete. Dating as we know it was now a thing of the past, or was it?

 

With apps like Tinder and OKCupid, it seems meeting potential suitors by a chance run-in at the local grocery store are slim to none. But humans still crave that deep connection and solid support system that speed dating and awkward Tinder meet-ups can't satisfy. Sometimes it's hard to hone in on the necessary skills to nurture those relationships when you've relied on dating apps and social media as your main forms of connection.

 

Fortunately, with the right resources it's not too late to get back on track and get back to the basics of dating with a purpose. If you struggle with getting past first dates, finding compatible relationships, or find yourself hesitant to even begin the process due to past circumstances, a dating coach may be just what you need. I've teamed up with a wonderful group of coaches at http://www.bayareadatingcoach.com who are qualified to counsel, train, and teach skills to single people who are looking to form more meaningful and long lasting relationships.



 

I'm confident that after you utilize their tools, we will go from taking headshots for your singles profile, to engagement and wedding photos in the near future. Real and meaningful dating doesn't have to be a thing of the past- you may just have to work a little harder to make it a thing of your future.

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How to Select Favorites for Editing, and Send them Back to Your Photographer https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/10/how-to-select-favorites-for-editing-and-send-them-back-to-your-photographer How to Select Favorites for Editing, and Sending them Back to Your Photographer

Photo sessions are fun, but the best part is receiving the final product after the session. Having a ton of great ones to choose from is a good problem to have, but once you've narrowed it down, here's a step-by-step guide of how to choose, send, and have your favorites edited:

  1. Hover over the bottom of the photo with your mouse until you see an icon bar pop up. The icon bar will contain stacked squares, a heart, and a Facebook link.
  2. Click on the stacked squares, then click inside the selection circle. Once the check mark appears, the photo is now added to your bank of photos.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for each photo you want to add.
  4. Once you have selected all your favorites, you should see the stacked squares on the top right of the page corresponding with the number of photos you've chosen.
  5. Click on the stacked squares in the top right corner in order to review your selections.
  6. If you need to view your selections larger than thumbnails, click on the square located on the top right to change the size.
  7. If you change your mind on any photos, simply click the circle on the bottom left of the photo where the check mark appears. This will unselect the photo, and ensure it is not included in the batch you send.
  8. Once you've made your final selections, simply press "send to photographer" and Eli will be able to edit the photos you've chosen.

Voila! Your done! Follow these 8 simple steps to get your photos to and from your photographer quickly.

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The Venue Isn't Everything - 5 Tips to Make Your Holiday Party Go Off Without a Hitch https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/10/5-things-to-make-your-holiday-party-go-off-without-a-hitch

The Venue Isn't Everything - 5 Tips to Make Your Holiday Party Go Off Without a Hitch

Now that the holidays are upon us and you've begun planning your party, it's time to start preparation, using your inspiration in making sure everything is lined up and ready for a great turnout. So be sure to make your list, check it twice, and follow these great tips on the top 5 things to make your holiday party go off without a hitch.                      

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  • Get the invitations sent out on time: Once you've booked the venue and set everything in stone, print up your invitations and send them out in a timely manner. You want to give everyone an ample amount of time to RSVP, block off the date, and set up any childcare arrangements or accommodations they may need leading up to the party.
  • Make sure all the food and decorations are coordinated: Be sure you stick with a theme (if you choose to have one), and the decor and food are in line with that. Make sure you designate a team to decorate and a trustworthy caterer to get the job done.

 

  • Make sure your caterers are well recommended: The last thing you want is for the food to show up late, unsatisfactory, or not at all. Be sure to check reviews and if possible personal experiences from friends or acquaintances who have used the same service. One of hour favorite caterers is Eli Gilad and we had wonderful experiences.
  • Make sure your photographer is excellent: You want your guests to be able to enjoy the party and have a designated person to document the fun. As an event photographer in San Francisco, Eli Zaturanski Photography specializes in professional corporate and event photography, and Eli will make sure to capture all the moments that make your event special. Incorporating a photo booth is always fun, and can be coordinated with the theme. The portraits of your photoshoot will be a great way to look back on this memorable occasion in the coming years.

 

  • Be sure to make your photos available to your guests in a timely manner: You want your guests to enjoy the event, and also have a way to remember and look back on the fun. Eli will be sure to edit the photos and get them to you so you can have them to your guests in time to maintain a high morale and a great and positive feeling towards your company.

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In the tradition of St. Nick, it never hurts to check that list twice. Be sure to include these 5 important steps to make your holiday party a success this year and for many more to come.

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Getting Your Profile Photos Taken in the East Bay | Berkeley and Oakland https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/10/getting-your-profile-photos-taken-in-the-east-bay-berkeley-and-oakland Getting Your Profile Photos Taken in the East Bay

A profile picture used to be thought of as simply a vantage point of how a photo was taken- usually the side view of a person's face. In this modern day of technology, however, profile pictures have taken on a whole new meaning and life. A profile picture is the default photo displayed on everything from your email account, to your online networking page, to dating services. It's essentially a thumbnail sized summary of you.

Wether you're networking trying to build business contacts, or putting yourself out there for potential dating partners, you want your profile picture to be an eye catcher. Luckily, there are countless great spots in Berkeley and Oakland with awesome backdrops for profile photos. With attractive buildings, gardens, trails, parks, and peaks, there is no shortage of eye catching locations around here.

Professional vs. Dating Sites 

On professional networking sites such as LinkedIn, you want to market yourself as a valuable asset to employers and clients alike. On dating sites like Tinder, OkCupid, Bumble, and Coffee Meets Bagel, you want to promote your best qualities that draw in suitable companions. Do you enjoy hiking and outdoorsy activities? The botanical or rose gardens of Berkeley, or the fire trails may offer the perfect backdrop for your profile photo. Are you studious and focused hard on your education and degree? Students of UC Berkeley will find that there are dozens of gorgeous spots on campus to take profile photos.

Whether for a personal or professional profile, it's important to think about how you want to promote YOU. Embrace the latest definition of profile pictures, and be sure to make your photo uniquely yours.

Are you in need of professional portraiture in the Berkeley or Oakland area? Make sure to get in touch! For most vivid photography contact Eli Zaturanski Photography today!

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Family Photos for a Lifetime | Why Professional Photography is Vital for Family Memories https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/9/family-photos-for-a-lifetime-why-professional-photography-is-vital-for-family-memories Why Professional Photography is Vital for Family Memories

Family photo sessions are very important.  It may seem like life is too busy, there is never enough time to schedule a session, the kids are too rowdy, or any number of excuses that may deter you.  Do not let these things stop you from documenting the milestones of your family.  Things change and kids grow in the blink of an eye.  Before you know it you will look back and think, oh no, we do not have any portraits together.  Or, I wish we would have taken the time to have our family photograph taken professionally over the years.

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A Priceless Treasure

Having these images is priceless.  They are irreplaceable.  You can create the session to match your vision.  Whether you are interested in an outdoor, natural light session, or perhaps and indoor studio session, your photographer will work with you to capture some beautiful and lasting images of your family that you can be proud to show off and look back on year after year.  

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Many of my returning clients are quick to tell me how happy they are to have taken the time to update their family portraits.  They love the ability to look back over the collection that they create over the years and see how everyone grows and changes. Take the time to schedule a session and have your family captured professionally.  You will not regret it!

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When it comes to the documentation of family memories, professional photography is the way to go! Cherish these moments and treasure these times. For the most memorable photos of your family, contact Eli Zaturanski Photography: hello@elizphotography.com

 

For photographers - inspiration and empowerment to create your own photography check out this article http://shootdotedit.com/2017/08/how-to-start-photography-business/

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Dating Profile Photos vs. Professional Profile Photos https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/9/dating-profile-photos-vs-professional-profile-photos Dating Profile Photos vs. Professional Profile Photos

 

Online dating has become an almost two billion dollar industry since the creation of the first online match site in 1995.  Today there are over 49 million users on various sites.  If you are serious about making a genuine connection, it would make sense that you pull out all the stops when optimizing your profile.  

Your photo is an initial attractor as potential matches scroll their search results.  It may not matter so much how attractive you are, but the quality of your photo makes a difference.  No bathroom mirror selfies, please!  

Headshots in the Photography Industry

Headshots within the photography industry are not new.  They have been used for everything from websites to business cards.  Recently, individuals have been seeking professional services for dating profile photos.  

Professional photographers are adept at capturing an individual's personality - fun, flirty, relaxed, and natural.  Many photographers are also skilled in giving advice for posing, clothing choices, accessories, makeup, and settings.  Similar to capturing the emotion and authenticity of a couple on their wedding day, or the raw joy of parents with a newborn.  Photographers don’t change what they are photographing, they just capture their subject in the best possible way.

An Eclectic Mix

While professional photos can make you stand out in the online dating game, it’s important to also use a mixture of quality snapshot photos of yourself as well - celebrating with friends, enjoying a vacation, relaxing at home, or enjoying a hobby.   These lifestyle photos are necessary in showing that you are a real person with real experiences, and not a curated series of professional images.

If you are serious about the quality of matches you hope to attract through your dating profile, your photos will be a factor.  Consider critiquing your current photo array and revising it with a combination of professional lifestyle photos and quality real-life images.  Both are important and necessary, and differ in the story they tell and the tone they portray.  The balance will show those viewing your profile you are genuine and sincere.  

There is a distinct difference in the style of photography used for corporate headshots and online dating sites. Make sure you hire a professional who knows both! Make sure to get in touch! For most vivid photography contact Eli Zaturanski Photography today!

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How Corporate Photography Brings Your Events to Life https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/9/how-corporate-photography-brings-your-events-to-life How Corporate Photography Brings Your Events to Life

You may ask yourself why a professional photographer would be necessary at a corporate event these days.  Everyone has a smartphone and are constantly snapping images and posting them places that are available to view.  This is true!  However, these images will not be the quality images that a professional would be capable of capturing.  They will not bring your corporate event or conferences to life with still images the way a professional would.  They are likely to be more social documentation of an event than professional as well.

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Professional images are important for a business because they show a more polished version of the business image and promote a more professional promotional output.  These are images that can be used to represent a company on their website, in their internal business magazines, brochures, press releases and more.  They will showcase what the business does beyond the product of service.  They could be used to showcase a high profile keynotes speaker.  They may also be a great way to evidence the way a company treats its employees and the way they value and reward them for their hard work.

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How corporate photography brings your event to lifeCorporate PhotographyEli Zaturanski Photography

It is important to impress a professional image of the company upon viewers of the images.  This is difficult to do without the proper professional doing the documentation.  In fact it is vital to the longevity of a business for the public to view it in a positive manner with the right visual impacts.  A professional photographer at your event can ensure high quality images that make for quick, easy and identifiable visuals of your company’s brand and image.

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For most vivid photography contact Eli Zaturanski Photography today!

 

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Wedding Planning in First Person | From the Eyes of the Bride https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/9/wedding-planning-in-first-person-from-the-eyes-of-the-bride Weddings are often one of the most exciting days in life for couples. It's a grand event celebrating the next big step in your relationship, and a lifelong commitment to this journey through time together. The end result is wonderful, but the planning and execution to get there can be quite overwhelming. I recently photographed the beautiful wedding of Liliya and George, and Liliya shared some of her wedding planning hurdles leading up to the big day.

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From the Eyes of the Bride

"Everyone talks about the ring, the perfect dress, and the date when they hear you're planning a wedding. "When's the big day?" they all ask in earnest. "Can I see the ring?" "Have you picked your dress?!" What they don't prepare you for is all the other little details that come along with planning a wedding.

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Wedding Photography in BerkelyWedding Planning in First PersonEli Zaturanski Photography

Don't get me wrong, I was excited for cake tasting and shoe shopping, but what I wasn't ready for was the plethora of decisions thrown my way. Think of going to the grocery store to grab ketchup and being hit with 8 shelves full of different brands of tomato sauce. Now take into account the varying sizes. And don't forget to choose if you want a classic pour bottle, a squeeze top, a twist cap, or flip lid. Now multiply that by a hundred and you'll have an idea of what it's like to wedding plan. So. Many. Choices!

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Wedding Photography in BerkelyWedding Planning in First PersonEli Zaturanski Photography

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From table linens to silverware, table numbers to floral arrangements, guest books to wedding favors, I'm now convinced that wedding planning is the thing nightmares are made of. Big Pinterest board nightmares with ghosts cloaked in wedding veils and topiary monsters. By the time I got down to revising the guest list, I was ready to just elope. By this point, the good news is you've already snagged the venue, narrowed down the catering menu, and booked your flights out for the honeymoon. The end is near and there's no going back now!

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Wedding Photography in BerkelyWedding Planning in First PersonEli Zaturanski Photography

All in all, there were definitely some hurdles and planning our wedding was pretty time consuming to say the least. But even though it sounds cliché, it's totally worth it in the end. You get to enjoy a beautiful day with the love of your life, surrounded by friends and family wishing you well. It may not always be a piece of cake, but those cake choices sure paid off, and I would do it again in a heartbeat."

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Recently engaged? Congrats! I would love to chat about your wedding photography needs. Make sure to get in touch! For most vivid photography contact Eli Zaturanski Photography today!

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Rosh Hashanah | Stepping into the New Year https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/9/rosh-hashanah-stepping-into-the-new-year Celebrating Culture and Community

It is important to document our heritage and traditions, especially those important religious celebrations.  Rosh Hashanah is a great opportunity to celebrate culture and coming together as a community.  Rosh Hashanah is a beautiful celebration of the Jewish New Year.  On this day we commemorate the birthday of the universe and God’s creation of Adam and Eve with candle lighting, feasting on traditional dishes day and night, and the sounding of the shofar (ram’s horn).  All of these elements of the celebration are opportunities for documentation.  It is a wonderful opportunity to have beautiful images to look back on, celebrating the culture and sweetness of the holiday.

Rosh Hashanah

There are so many opportunities throughout Rosh Hashanah to document the beauty of the celebration and coming together as a family.  Having a professional photographer at your disposal to document the sweetness and beauty of welcoming the Jewish New Year is a wonderful way for you to have keepsakes and memories of the experience over the years without having to break away from the moment yourself.  Having someone else there to capture the event allows you to remain focused and engaged on the moment.  Especially with it being a religious tradition and celebration, your attention should be on the present, engaging with one another, focusing on the prayers and the symbolism of the celebration. 

 

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Making the next year as sweet as possible - contact Eli Zaturanski Photography today! hello@elizphotography.com

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Artistic Headshots for Creatives and More : Musicians, Actors, and Executives https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/9/artistic-headshots-for-creatives-and-more-musicians-actors-and-executives Headshots That Leave a Mark

When you meet someone for the first time, you likely form some opinions about them. Are they friendly? Do they seem dependable? Could I envision myself working with this person? First impressions are important, and you only get one chance to make a first impression- so it's best to make it count.

In this age of technology and social media, first impressions are more important than ever. With sites such as LinkedIn and other professional networking sites, our initial meeting with potential employers or clients often comes in the form of a thumbnail sized picture and a bullet point summary of qualifications. With literally hundreds of candidates at their fingertips, how do you stand out?

One of the first things you need to do in order to build your online presence is to have some professional headshots done. When scrolling through pages and pages of applicants, you don't want a dimly lit selfie representing who you are. Think of how you want to be portrayed to potential employers or clients when they come across your picture. Entrepreneurs, actors, musicians, and executives alike benefit from displaying headshots.


In this fast paced world of ever evolving technology, it's your best shot at getting noticed, so that you can then expand on the ever important first impression. Contact me to take the first step in building your professional brand, and let's get creative on how to get you noticed with some headshots that market just how great you are.

For most vivid photography contact Eli Zaturanski Photography today!

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Bat Mitzvah and Bar Mitzvah Photography | Coming of Age in the Berkeley Jewish Community https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/8/bnei-mitzvah-coming-of-age Coming of Age in the Jewish Community

Growing up, there are different ways people mark the coming of age. You may consider adulthood by whatever coincides with the law, or you may have cultural or religious traditions that dictate when a child crosses over into adulthood. In the Jewish community, Bnei Mitzvahs are celebrated at the age of 13, which signifies the beginning of a young child's own responsibility for their actions. It is always such a wonderful time capturing Bat Mitzvah photography and Bar Mitzvah photography for the Bay Area Berkeley Jewish community.

Congratulations Elan! Capturing your Bar Mitzvah was a joy!bar mitzvah photographyCapturing memories of Elan's Bar Mitzvah

No longer are the parents accountable for upholding the traditions, morals, and ethics for their young son or daughter; the Bnei Mitzvah is now able to participate in all areas of the Jewish community as an equal.

Just look at how proud Liliana's parents look at her Bat Mityzvah!bat mitzvah photographyLilliana's Bat Mitzvah memories captured by Eli Zaturanski.

Adam and Jack recently celebrated becoming Bar Mitzvahs within their community. They began the ceremony at their synagogue, where their family, Rabbi, and leaders witnessed their hard work in preparation for this day. They each read from the Torah, where they showcased their knowledge of the Hebrew language.

What a fun time we had at Lucas' Bar Mitzvah.bar mitzvah photographyLook at how much fun we had at Lucas' Bar Mitzvah!

Their family was incredibly proud of the young men and their transition into adulthood. Later that evening, there was a party for Adam and Jack. Friends and loved ones piled into the reception hall for a night of games, dancing, and celebration. 

What an honor it was being their Bar Mitzvah photographer.Bay Area Berkeley Jewish communityBeing able to capture memories for the Bay Area Berkeley Jewish community is such an honor!

Even though they became adults within their community, the party was all about having fun and being carefree. There wasn't a single person sitting on the sidelines when it came time to dance.

Congratulations Noah! What a huge step in your life.Bar MitzvahPhotographing Noah's Bar Mitzvah milestone was an incredible honor.

It was a full on festival marking the Bnei Mitzvah and their hard work and dedication to their community. As the chairs were lifted above the crowd of dancing partygoers, and the boys' faces beamed with pride, it was truly an honor to capture the joy in the room that night. Mazel Tov!

Just look at how much fun we had at this Bar Mitzvah!Bar Mitzvah photographyWhat fun everyone had dancing the night away during this Bar Mitzvah!

Interested in learning more about Eli Zaturanksi Photography? I'd love to chat!

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Outdoor Family Photo Shoot | Capturing Love https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/8/family-photography-capturing-love A Deep and Unending Love

Real life. Real life is messy. Real life is fun. Real life is triumphs and struggles and celebration and sadness. Real life is all over the place. Real life is chaos. Real life is anything but posed. And that's exactly why real life is one of my absolute favorite things to capture.

What a gorgeous family I had the sweet opportunity to work with!outdoor family photo shootWhat a great location for an outdoor family photo shoot!

I had the pleasure of photographing Yakov and Chen's family recently for an outdoor family photo shoot. We headed out to a big open field where the kids could run around and play and be their happy and silly little selves.

Such strength in Daddy's arms!outdoor photo shootFly high sweet boy! It was a joy capturing this outdoor photo shoot. Such strength in Daddy's arms!outdoor photo shootWhat joy lives in her eyes. I'm so thankful to have captured this outdoor photo shoot.

This family is so energetic and fun! Dad laid right down in the grass and tossed his little girl up in the air like an airplane. He was all smiles as his son happily blew on a harmonica while the others danced in tune. Mom knelt down and threw grass in the air in a mini celebration with her daughter. There were genuine smiles.

I adored this sunset session spent with such a gorgeous family!outdoor family photo shootA gorgeous outdoor family photo shoot for a gorgeous family.

There was authentic laughter. This is what family photo shoots are made of! This is what love is all about. Families are unique and chaotic, especially when you throw kids in the mix! But amidst that chaos is a deep and stark beauty. Families are authentic and real, and it's truly a treat when you're able to convey that behind the lens. Families are anything but posed, and capturing the love that flows between them is such an incredible honor.

 

A stunning evening spent with an even more stunning family. How lucky I am to have been their family photographer.outdoor photo shootWhat a great location for a outdoor photo shoot. A stunning evening spent with an even more stunning family. How lucky I am to have been their family photographer.outdoor photo shootThe sun in her hair, and joy in her eyes were both so fun to capture during this outdoor photo shoot. A stunning evening spent with an even more stunning family. How lucky I am to have been their family photographer.family photo shootCapturing the love between this family during their sunset family photo shoot was a joy and honor.

Interested in learning more about Eli Zaturanksi Photography? I'd love to chat!

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Using LinkedIn Headshots to Improve Personal Branding https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/8/linkedin-headshots-to-improve-personal-branding Using LinkedIn Headshots to Improve Personal Branding

It is no secret that people judge each other based on first impressions.  Its the same when an employer checks into someone's digital profile or meets them in person.  You are making an impression. This makes it very important to have a strong professional profile that casts a person's Personal Brand in the most favorable light.


As you know, LinkedIn is the primary place employers go to vet their candidates.  When creating a profile, you want to standout from you competition.  You can do this by incorporating unique elements that separate you from your competition.  San Francisco is a market that has a lot of opportunity as well as a lot of qualified and driven individuals.  Give the employer an idea of who you are as a person as well as your accomplishments with visual brand appeal.


Personal branding in San Francisco is critical.  It is important to include personal branding with photos on your profile that gives the employer a positive perception of you.  Your image is just as important as your accomplishments.  Because this photo makes such an impression on the employer it is important to get a quality photo.  Make sure to use a photographer that understands what you need and can capture your personality and project the image of you that reflects your personal brand.

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Win in Silicon Valley with Bay Area Artistic Headshots https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/8/win-in-silicon-valley-with-artistic-head-shots

Win in Silicon Valley with Artistic Head Shots

 

Being a professional comes with a lot of responsibilities. Not only do you have to perform well at your job, but it is important that you look the part. Do your clients see you as a professional? Do they see you as the best at your position? Getting the perfect Bay Area artistic headshots is something that can make you stand out in your workplace, and ensures that you get the most out of every business move that you make. Here are a few tips that will help you get the perfect artistic head shot.


1. First Impression: The first thing people see on your profile or email signature is your photo. You want to make sure that this first impression is a positive one!

AYou need a differentiation factor. You need something to stand out in the crowd. This could be as simple as an eye appealing wardrobe or a smile that brings out your true personality!

B. Being trustworthy is something that all clients or co-workers appreciate. Be sure to show your true self in your photo! This will enable everyone to feel as if they can trust you in any circumstance.

C. Another admirable trait is confidence. Sitting up straight with your chin slightly tilted upwards will show future clients that you are a confident person that can get the job done. People want to know that you are the person for the job at hand.

 

2. Independent Contractors: If you are an independent contractor or service person, it is crucial that you look great to your prospective customers. Be sure to look sharp.

A. Ladies, make-up can look absolutely stunning, but keep it simple! Too much make-up can make you look unprofessional.

B. Making your the photos on your professional social media artistic can be very beneficial. Artistic headshots tell your audience that you have class and personality.  Yet another way to stand out from the crowd.

3. Career Change: If you are making a career change, you want to make sure your head shot is on point.

A. Revamping your image is never a bad idea. Changing between careers is a huge change, and your look should compliment that! Changing up your wardrobe, hairstyle, or the lighting of your head shot could make a huge difference.

B. Be sure to look fresh. Make sure you are classy, but current. Look up the current professional trends and implement that into your head shot.

C. Looking hireable is a huge factor in getting the perfect head shot. Having a warm smile paired with a professional look will ensure that you get the perfect job that you are looking for. 


 

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How to Land a Job in San Francisco https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/8/tips-to-help-secure-your-dream-position The job market is very competitive right now, both in startups to established tech companies. San Francisco is no exception. You need all the help you can get to compete in the job market in San Francisco. Use these techniques to land your dream SF Job. 

1. Jobs in tech come in a lot of flavors, but most follow along the lines of sales, marketing, design and programming - especially for startups. When going after a job, be really specific about the job. Learn as much as you possibly can about the position. 

a. Marketing- Be able to build chemistry between a company and consumer.  Have a strong ability to research, strategize and build effective campaigns. Are you a master of psychology and crossing off to-do lists...then this is the right option for you.
b. Sales- Sales is the backbone of revenue generation for most Silicon Valley companies.  Learn some good sales techniques like SPIN selling and you will be off to the races. Knowing the skills and having a track record of success makes you highly sought after. 
c. Design- Be able to empathize with your client and deliver a quality product.  Get to know them, their problems and how to design your products effectively to meet their precise needs.
d. Programming- Analytical mindsets are extremely helpful with this one. Engineering is the core of any tech business, so if you can deliver, people will call you for work. Get ready to be hunted by recruiters.
e. Get really specific about the sub skill set you want to master

 

After you know the major category, then specialize deeply into the sub category of skills. Early stage companies love generalists. The older a company gets and more sophisticated it becomes, the more they are going to want you to specialize. So make a few guesses about the sub categories you want to go after, then go on LinkedIn to find people who do those jobs and get to know them. You will learn all you need from these people. After that, get out there and practice. Nothing says hirability like experience.


2. Take a course on Udacity to get a nano degree in the field you want to work in. 

          These courses are often quite affordable. Having a nano-degree will allow you to shine above people in similar seniority levels as you. Getting extra skills helps you fill in gaps in your skillset.


3. Create profiles on the major sites.  You will want to include photos, a head shot, a list of accomplishments, past positions and experience and references on each site. Each one has their own idiosyncrasies. Learn what each site requires and get to work. If you lay the ground work with good SEO in your site, you will have recruiters knocking down your door to find you and recruit you. Companies are always starving for "talent."

a. LinkedIn
b. Angel.co
c. Hired.com

4. Write your accomplishments and the techniques you used to achieve them in your profiles in an organized way.

The easier it is for your potential employers to read your profiles, the more likely they are to have a conversation with you.

5. Have an excellent headshot that portrays you and your personal brand.

This isn't a small step. Your Facebook photo or Instagram pic isn't going to cut it here. Your photo needs to tell a story. It needs to tell the story of you. There is a reason Tinder is so popular.  In this case, you can judge a book by its cover. You want that story to say: I am confident, have personality, am trustworthy and get stuff done. You can count on me. Does your photo say that? If not, you need to upgrade your professional headshot and make a good impression.

6. Find a mentor and offer to do a free or low paid internship under them to gain experience.

This will give you much needed experience for your resume. How does a person start their career? Often by doing free work. Yeah, it sucks, but it pads your resume and makes you look like you can do the job that you want to get into. People are often willing to give internships to helpful candidates. Then they often hire their interns... Added bonus don't you think?

 

7. Cold email 50 people in your field on LinkedIn for advice.

Now that your profiles look good and your skills are up to date, its time to go build your network with people that can help you throughout your career. In this case one of the easiest ways to do this is to reach out to people more senior to you and ask for their advice. These are relationships you will have for the rest of your career.  People love to help. So get them to help you. It makes them feel good and helps you get on your feet. Its not just advice. Its connections, its filling in skill gaps, it them straight up hiring you. Sounds easy right? It is. 

a. Reach back out to those people after applying their advice and tell them. They will really respect you after you do this.
b. Write a resume and ask for their advice on it
c. Show off what you did in an internship

8. Ask for a job!

Some of these mentors will know people who are hiring, they may even be hiring themselves. Ask them if they know anybody that is hiring for "this kind of work."  They will often say "you know what, I am, would you like to come interview?"  

 

That's how you get a job in San Francisco. 

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Ensure Your Headshots Stay Relevant https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/8/ensure-your-headshots-stay-relevant Getting professional headshots taken can open up many opportunities. It is vitally important that your headshots reflect what you look like in reality, because consistency equals trust. People want to make sure that your profile picture looks like you in real life. Headshots are useful for networking, getting promotions, obtaining new clients, and creating the best impression of yourself.

It is crucial that you keep your headshots up to date and relevant. As you get older, gain/lose weight, change your hair color, etc. it is time to take new headshots. As you grow as a person, we want to ensure that your unique personality is captured. You always want your audience to have a clear vision of who you are today that way they can trust you whenever they meet you face to face. They will be reassured that you are not trying to hide anything from them.

In order to stay professional, you must always keep your headshots relevant to what you want to achieve. For example, if you use headshots for a job opportunity, then your attire would be much different than if you were using them for a dating website. Eli Z Photography can help you with the goals that you want to achieve while making a great first impression on anyone who views your headshots.

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The Right Wardrobe for Men's Startup Headshots https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/8/the-right-wardrobe-for-mens-startup-headshots So you are in the startup world and want to know the attire to fit in and make the best impression.  Its important to get the best headshots for startups in the bay area specifically. The dress code is different at different sized startups from seed/early stage, mid-stage, and late stage/pre-ipo.  When making a first impression on someone based off a headshot, it is vitally important that your clothing convey that right message.  Each stage is unique in its own way, and it will prepare you for picking out the perfect clothes for your headshots.

If you are still in the early stages, then I would suggest mirroring someone such as Morgan Brown – casual, cool, and even a bit punky. You want to look definable and like you know how to think way outside of the box. This is going to reel the audience by showing off your potential. This is how you make the perfect headshot for an early stage startup.

The mid-stage is corporate casual with a dash of hipster. You want to keep it professional, while not taking yourself too seriously. A plaid button up shirt with leather shoes or sneakers will do just the trick! Make your mid-stage startup photo look perfect.

When you finally get to the late stage startups/pre-IPO you want to be on the verge of corporate attire, but still with a flare. You don’t want to put on that suite and tie quit yet. A great example of this is Sean Ellis or anyone at Salesforce. All of the corporate images from Google of their people. So you are now a corporate professional. You need the corporate professional headshot to make you look like one.

In conclusion. Its vital to look the part. Showing up and looking like you are supposed to be there will win you more opportunities and more deals.

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Professional Corporate Headshots in San Francisco | A Must to Get Noticed https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/8/professional-headshots-in-san-francisco-a-must-to-get-noticed Professional Headshots in San Francisco | A Must to Get Noticed

 

In a city like San Francisco, competition for work is fierce. You really need to stand above the crowd to get noticed. Its important represent yourself well so that you can really be the one the hiring manager notices. Proper corporate headshots in San Francisco can be very productive way to get noticed. Professional headshots are the best way to make a good digital first impression and get the ball rolling on new job opportunities, warming up new sales leads, or raising funding from VCs. So look your best for your opportunities with the best San Francisco headshots.  

Make sure that you look the part. You want your future employers to take you seriously from the first time they see your professional headshot.  When taking corporate and professional headshots, remember your employers and the environment and dress code they are accustomed to.  Get your clothes dry cleaned. They are more likely to respect you when you look like you care and take your potential job seriously. Be sure to fuel your body and be prepared for your session. Have a cup of coffee and eat a light snack or small meal that will keep you full and energized.  Avoid a heavy meal that may end up having an adverse effect. The most important part? Make sure you get a good night's sleep before your session, dark bags under your eyes are never attractive!

For Service Based Businesses

It is important to research you competitors within your market and be sure that you are keeping yourself relevant and up to par. Study their approach and match their efforts. Set yourself apart on the job and let the quality of your work send the message that you are the one for the job.

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5 Ways Headhsots Can Increase Your Chance of Landing a Job https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/8/5-ways-headhsots-can-increase-your-chance-of-landing-a-job

A good first impression is crucial in building rapport with your future clients. When someone looks at your company’s website or your LinkedIn profile, how do you want to be seen? Confident? Professional? Unique? Having a great head shot is the perfect tool to help others see that you are a good fit for the job at hand. Here are a few tips that will help you make the best first impression with your head shot.  

  1. Stand out from the crowd: Don’t be afraid to add unique details to your photo. Using a different background, wearing a fun outfit, or simply using a non-traditional pose can help you stand out from your competitors.

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  3. Look like you are important: Be sure to dress professionally and act confident. People want to see that you are willing to do what it takes to meet their needs. Tilting your chin slightly upwards can make you appear that you believe in yourself.

  4. Look memorable: Feel free to have fun with your head shot! After all, you want others to remember who you are and what you are all about, that can be done with a great headshot!

  5. Increase trust: Having a sincere smile and soft eyes will help you build trust with your future clients. People hire people, not just skills. A good rule of thumb is just to be yourself in your head-shot, and be somebody you could go have lunch with!

  6. Add culture: Hiring managers hire for culture. Use your photo as a way to define yourself. Having a background of your hometown or wearing a traditional article of clothing shows others who you are and what to expect!

     

 

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How to Take Better Pictures for Sublease Renting a Space https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/7/how-to-take-better-picturess-for-sublease-renting-a-space How to Take Better Pictures for Sublease or Renting a Space

Trying to rent or sub-lease your space can seem daunting (and even seem impossible), especially if you’ve already been looking for renters.  One of the most important aspects of advertising that your place is up for rent (or Sublease), is having the right pictures to make your place look inviting.

Not a professional photographer? Can’t hire one? No worries! Anyone can take the right pictures to make a space look good if you follow some simple DIY photography tips (by the way all these pics were shot with iPhone):

1. AESTHETICS -- Make your space look visually appealing. Organize, clean, and tidy things up. If your space is messy, when prospective tenants are visualizing moving in, they will inevitably see themselves in the mess -- no one wants to live in a mess!

2. LIGHTING -- Open your blinds and curtains. Bring in as much natural light into the space as you can. Natural light makes a space look more alive and inviting. This will make your pictures look cheery and pleasant.

3. TIMING -- The best time of day to capture your space is around Sunset. This will make your space look warm and cozy. Not sure when sunset will be? Do a quick Google search! Quick disclaimer these photos were not shot in Sunset just because I had the inspiration in day light...

4. MAXIMIZATION -- Don’t be discouraged by the size of your space. You can make any place look great and larger than it really is if you capture it from the right angles. Bring the camera as close to the wall as possible to get the widest view of the room, this will make it appear larger.

5. ORIENTATION -- As a general rule, take all of your pictures horizontally. This will capture more of the room at one time and is most appealing to the eye.

6.  DETAILS -- People love unusual fun accents! Capture some shots of the the interesting architecture, the cool bathroom upgrade, the great counters in the kitchen, or even some of your fun decor.  This just shows the great possibilities that your space has!

7. FINALLY -- Don’t stress about it! Put your favorite music on, pour yourself a drink, and have fun. Follow these guidelines, and trust that just the right person will come along!

Following these seven steps should not only get you just the pictures you are looking for, but the perfect tenant you are looking for! Good luck!

 

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Albany Bulb Maternity Photographer | Ally and Jon https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/6/albany-bulb-maternity-photographer-ally-and-jon A Sunset Maternity Experience

What a blessing babies are! The journey through pregnancy, and the welcoming of new life. It's a gentle reminder of how precious life is, a time to embrace change, and and a reminder to soak in every little moment because it all goes so fast.

Ally and Jon came to me for a maternity shoot recently, and a beautiful beach in San Francisco was the perfect setting to showcase the gorgeous parents-to-be. Walking hand in hand down the gravel path, they were united and ready to embark on this new journey together. They shared some loving embraces, tender kisses, and sweet affection for the baby within the womb who will join their family very soon. The setting sun lent the perfect light as I captured portraits of the beautiful couple together in this fleeting time.

Before they know it, Ally and Jon will be a family of three, and they'll have a whole new love to celebrate! The waves crashing in the background emanated peace and stillness, while offering a stark reminder of the journey that lies ahead. As the sand washed away, and the sun dipped below the water, another day comes to an end. Another day where time escaped too fast, another day closer to meeting their new bundle of joy, another day tucked away in the sands of time... And when that new life graces these sweet parents, they will see with a whole new clarity just how fast it goes.

Interested in learning more about Eli Zaturanksi Photography? I'd love to chat!

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San Francisco Engagement Photographer | Laila and Kevin https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/6/san-francisco-engagement-photographer-laila-and-kevin Kevin and Laila: A Love Story

Wedding planning is such a fun time for couples! There are endless venues, color palettes, and themes to choose from. Floral arrangements, table linens, and event favors galore. But above and beyond the event itself, the most important thing is the vows you take and the promise to be there for each other through the ups and downs of life from here on out.

Kevin and Laila are in the throes of planning their upcoming wedding. But before that big day comes, it was time to take some engagement photos! Kevin is a film producer, and Laila a teacher- and their life is one perfectly scripted together! Wanting to celebrate their love with engagement photos in nature, we opted for the lush foliage of Tilden Park in Berkeley. Nestled near the brook and the Lake Anza lake, there is no shortage of beautiful green trees and brush in this park. It offered the perfect backdrop to this sweet couple's beaming faces and contagious laughter.

It was an honor to witness Kevin and Laila's authentic joy and love for one another during their engagement session, and I know it will carry them through many wonderful years of marriage. The date will get set, the venue and arrangements chosen, and I'm sure their wedding day will go off without a hitch- but what truly matters is the love and commitment for one another.. And it's clear as the California skies that these two have got it!

Interested in learning more about Eli Zaturanksi Photography? I'd love to chat!

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The Culture Conference | Experiencing Corporate Photography https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/6/the-culture-conference-experiencing-corporate-photography The Culture Conference | Experiencing Corporate Photography

Corporate photography is a completely different experience than other forms of photography. You don't control the setting, stage the photos, or direct certain poses. It's all about encompassing the experience without interfering with the purpose. As a photographer you are just documenting all the details as an onlooker, while being mindful of maintaining the branding and representing the culture of the event.

I was recently invited to photograph a progressive event for business leaders called The Culture Conference. This event is all about bringing business leaders together to learn from each other techniques that work. The conference stresses the importance of creating a culture within your company that attracts the best employees, and entices them to stay for the long haul. This was no ordinary conference where the attendees sat and listened to mundane lectures all day. They didn't just sit and observe, they actively participated and engaged in the whole experience.

As the conference photographer, I was a representative of the event organizers and was responsible for representing the conference culture and quality. I was able to capture the unique workshops, interactive art, play breaks, dance parties, delicious food, engaging speakers, and so much more. It was a relief to see successful business men and women let loose and not take the conference so seriously. Everyone had fun, and it was a truly special experience because of the hearts of the people involved. 

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Our Process and What To Expect https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/5/our-process-and-what-to-expect If you landed on this post, it's because we are just one step closer to getting your session booked and finalized.  I could not be more excited to meet you and show you how truly beautiful you are.  With my creativity and technical skill set, I love to capitalize on who you are as a person that translates into a photograph, so others can see who you are as well.

Here's what you can expect in the time to follow.  My hopes are that this will help you to prepare for your session so you feel as prepared and confident in the days/weeks leading up to your session.

 

  1. Set a date. by setting a date this allows us to have a timeline with an actionable list of items to complete before we meet.  Don't worry, I'll send you a tailored list to fit your needs for your particular session.
  2. Create a Pinterest inspiration/mood board.  The Pinterest board purpose is to give you space a creative space for inspiration/mood boarding, and for me to have a little glimpse into your visual world.  You are invited to pin anything that is you, your likes, aesthetics, people you're inspired by, favorite movies/actors, vacation locations, etc.  It will help me to get to know a little more of your style.
  3. Fill out my questionnaire (attached).
  4. Choose a location.  By visiting my blog, you can skim through my sessions.  This helps to you an idea on what look will fit your needs.
  5. Choose your wardrobe.  Don't forget your hair and makeup.  This is such an important step, and if you'd like, I'd be happy to suggest clothing options.
  6. SESSION TIME!  Hooray!!
  7. Receive your gallery.  This is where you will choose your absolute favorites for me to edit and retouch.

Please let me know if you have any questions or requests.  Do not hesitate to reach out. Call or text: 415-312-0307

Cheers to creating magic together!

Eli

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Client Questionnaire https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/5/client-questionnaire Hello everyone! I love getting to know my client's expectations and preferences from the start. It helps center our focus on our collective goals for the session. Personal relationships are vital when it comes to photography. The more I can learn about you, the more personal I can make this creative process we are about to embark upon together. Take a minute and mull some of these questions over! 

Personal Information

  1. Full Name:
  2. Best email to reach you:
  3. Phone number:
  4. Requested date:
  5. Type of session:

Business Details

  1. Website:
  2. Type of service/product you sell:
  3. Purpose for these images:
  4. Social Media Handles:
  5. 3-5 words that best explain your goals for this session:
  6. What do you want to portray through these images:

Photoshoot Details

  1. What would you like photographed (i.e., headshot, staff headshots, action/candids, location details, etc)?
  2. What type of location would you like to shoot at?
  3. Do you have any product images you'd like to have included?
  4. Date interested in booking:
  5. Any other pertinent information that may be useful?

Questions?  Call, text or email!

Warmly,

Eli

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The Wonders of Photography https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2017/5/the-wonders-of-photography "Listen to the MUSTN'TS, child,

      Listen to the DON'TS

      Listen to the SHOULDN'TS

The IMPOSSIBLES, the WONT'S

      Listen to the NEVER HAVES

Then listen close to me-

      Anything can happen, child,

ANYTHING can be" -Shel Silverstein

 

I am not sure what happens inside of you when you land on my photography website.  But for many of us photographers (also artists, creators of tangible memories and everything in between), we go back to the session and reflect on our time together.  For me, this is where it feels like magic.  The way the light hits my subjects in the most flattering of ways, the artful composition that my eyes and hands have been trained to perform, and more importantly the memories that we create together.

 

I literally freeze time in my camera.  I literally take minutes from your life and create a tangible piece of evidence on some of the happiest of times in your life.  I put my artistic spin on your memories and we literally create magic together.  From the wilderness outdoors, to the most important day of your life (wedding), the options are endless and the sky is literally the limit on what we create together.

 

From the beginning of you reaching out, my wheels start spinning.  Where are we going to take these images, what are you going to be like, what magic will happen that day?  No matter what this adventure holds, the wonder behind each session is limitless.  What will you see, how will I interpret you and your beloveds?  It's such a journey each session that I feel so honored to embark upon.  I am so grateful for you finding me on the web and showing interest.  

Will you let me create magical art with you?  Follow this link to get our journey started!

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5 Fun Ideas to Inspire Your Next Summer Shoot https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2016/8/5-fun-ideas-to-inspire-your-next-summer-shoot Summertime is here! And with the longer days and extra sunshine, this is the perfect time to take some friends out for a photo shoot. But whether you're new to photography or you're a seasoned pro, inspiration for shoots can be hard to come by. Luckily, summer provides its own unique set of photographic opportunities.

1.   Gather up a group of friends for a day at the beach. Bring sunhats, boogie boards, and all of your beachiest props. Get candid shots of your friends splashing and playing in the water. Use a high shutter speed to freeze the movement of hair flying and waves crashing. Take portraits of your friends posing in the sand with their hats, towels and boards. Once the sun goes down, have a bonfire on the beach and take advantage of the firelight for more candid shots of marshmallows roasting and friends laughing.

 

2.   Buy some sparklers and experiment with long exposures. Place your camera on a tripod and set the shutter speed to between five or 10 seconds. Have your friend spell out a word in the air while the shutter is open and the sparkler is lit. This technique requires some trial and error, but it can produce amazing, fun results with a festive, 4th of July feel.

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3.   Summer is the time for bright colors, short dresses and funky sunglasses. Grab your most colorful outfits and accessories, and bring a group of friends to your favorite scenic location or set up a fun backdrop in your home. Take pictures of your friends in every combination of colorful garb. Play around with the reflections in the sunglasses. Have fun with it by taking photos of your friends jumping, giving each other piggy back rides and goofing off. You’ll end up with a gallery of photos ready for a spread in the summer issue of your favorite fashion mag.

 

4.   Practice your food photography with a picnic in the park. Bring a colorful, patterned blanket, your favorite dishware, and, of course, some grub! Lay out your meal on the blanket and experiment with different combinations of food and drink for the photos. Continue to photograph the meal even after you start eating. Get a before picture with everything set up, and an after picture with just the crumbs.

 

5.   Bust out your sprinkler and bring some friends over to jump around in your backyard. Give your models umbrellas and to use as props. Experiment with different shutter speeds to create different effects with the water -- faster shutter speeds will freeze the droplets, while slower shutter speeds will create a milky effect. Have your model twirl an umbrella overhead and set your shutter speed to 1/30 of a second. This will give the water and umbrella a blurred effect, while still keeping the model sharp.

 

 

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The Secret of the Family Photo https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2015/10/family-photo The Family photo seems as old as disposable cameras, alongside dial tones and the telephone time lady. Isn't it funny, that the more technology progresses the more we tend to reflect on what came before?  Sure, these days we’re arguably happier and better equipped to take on the challenges of each day, but there’s no shaking this rose-colored vision we still have of the past.  Our nostalgia shows itself superficially, in fashion and Instagram filters, but it especially shows in a little trend that’s been gracing the internet for a little time now: the infamous “Selfie," and it influences the way we now have our photos taken: controlled, front and center.

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These days, most of us already know how we like to be photographed. The selfie is just one particularly poignant manifestation of the current spirit of our culture: internal, controlled, front and center. Many of us are so used to photographing ourselves that we forget how another’s lens can capture our uniqueness and beauty. Selfies are fun and all, but they pull us away from learning more about ourselves. A selfie will never capture the spirit off-guard or responding to something outside of itself.

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Think of the process of taking a family photo and compare it to taking a selfie. The family photo is holistic, temporal, and chaotic while the selfie is disparate, atemporal, and curated. The family photo alleviates the perfectionism of the selfie, and authenticates the self. A good photographer will know how to free you from yourself, to find what's remarkable about you and your family, and to bring out your character in surprising and innovative ways. 

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So treat yourself this holiday season with professional family photos!   If family is the bread of life, capturing those shared moments is the butter. Remember family photos from your own family, and think about what making new memories will mean to you. How will the family portrait describe you? Will it be candid or traditional? Will it be a soft and intimate record of a few individuals, or a broad and inclusive portrait of many generations? What idea would you like to show? Maybe it's love or commitment, legacy or tradition, or something else altogether. Maybe it's about how silly your family can be - jumping in the air together, or dressed in identical elf costumes and beards - or just how good everyone looks all dressed up.

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Even in our ever-paperless society, we still reserve the content we care for most in print.  We all have photos - of ourselves, of our parents, our grandparents, and sometimes even further back, but when they’re circulating on the interwebs it just ain’t the same feeling as taking a stepping stool to your bookshelf, brushing the dust off your massive family photo album, and sharing them with the guests of the house!

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So you want to be a (photo) shooting star? https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2015/3/so-you-want-to-be-a-photo-shooting-star I want our session to be all about you: be the star! But since many of my clients may be new to professional photography shoots, I would like to offer some suggestions to consider before showing up for the session.

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1. Sleep. Get plenty of rest the night before. You don't need to worry about much more than that -  you just need to show up. It is called "beauty sleep" for a reason so plan to take the night off before our day together (or for afternoon shoots, take some time to unwind/slow down before we meet up). 

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3. Makeup. It is not required for everyone but if you do intend to apply it, you may do so at home or bring it with you to do at the shoot. If you are unsure, bring some and we can try it out - a little makeup can be a great enhancer in photos. 

Eli Zaturanski. photo of man laying on ground with beard look up at the skyBearded man laying on the ground.

4. Wardrobe. plan ahead and bring a few different outfits. Some days and lighting might make a certain color look more flattering on you or you may want a variety of styles to show various aspects of yourself.

eli zaturanski photographyLooking at the San Francisco sun set. Photo shoot by Eli Zaturnaski

5. Location: you have a number of options available, but please let me know if you prefer an outdoor or indoor shoot. Some outdoor locations have included Tilden Park, Cesar Chavez and Lake Merritt. Indoors can be at your home, office or a photography studio that I rent. If we are shooting outdoors, be prepared for weather changes and plan your outfits accordingly. 

Eli Zaturanski photographyEli Zaturanski near Tilden Park

6. Changes: I would suggest holding off on any dramatic haircuts, facials, or cosmetic procedures before the shoot. Give yourself at least a week after any of these changes to acclimate. Even if you are just planning to get your hair professionally styled, try it out in advance to make sure the stylist knows what you are going for and there is time to correct anything that turns out less than you would have liked. 

Bernal Heights photo shoot with baby

7. Hydrate: drink as much water as you can the day before. Coffee drinkers, make sure to rehydrate before the shoot as well (and maybe bring a toothbrush to take care of coffee residue from the morning espresso).

You're ready to shine!

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Don't Fear The Flash! https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2015/2/dont-fear-the-flash You've seen it. You've done it. The pictures of blurry heads quickly turned away. The flash-bleached palm shot of a hand roughly shoved towards the camera.

As a photographer, I've worked in the presence of "photophobia" many times. To make great pictures, you have to understand what is hindering your subjects from being equal participants in the process. Here is a list of a few reasons I've observed that result in photo avoidance:  

We are afraid of seeing ourselves in less than perfect form.

We may love a good picture here and there (profile pic!) but even the most photogenic people get caught in a bad frame sometimes: an unflattering angle, bad lighting or a sleepless night of cleaning up cat barf can make us second guess the image we have of ourselves in our mind's eye - or confirm our deep fears that - gasp! - we may not be that good looking. 

We are afraid that someone else will own a part of us.

There is a vulnerability that comes with being captured on film or in pixels that feels incorrigible.  It is a fixed second of our lives and it will not change. The permanence can be terrifying. We may not trust the person or the intentions of the photographer who will now have our image forever.

We are embarrassed to be seen with/doing something that we think will reflect badly on us.

 What if my boss sees this? My family? My friends? My local political chapter? While doing something illegal is certainly reason enough to avoid the photographer's gaze, many times this kind of paranoia overshadows otherwise beautiful photographic opportunities, and creates the bad habit of thinking too hard and potentially missing a golden moment. 

We just feel shy, want privacy, or feel like someone else would be a more interesting/worthy subject of the photo.

Women especially are drilled to be beautiful yet modest and having our image presented in a photograph can feel self-aggrandizing, which could lead to further scrutiny. Easier to just avoid the whole thing. 

But when we withhold our light, we give up on our right to assert that yes, we are here, living this moment that is unique and never to repeat.  

Tips for feeling comfortable in front of the camera

Get out of your head.

Part of the mindset necessary for being a great photo subject is actually turning off our thoughts and getting into our bodies. Don't think about what is happening. You don't have to change or be anything other than the person you are in that moment. Let the photographer guide you but otherwise, the harder you try to make that perfect smile, the more you are going to be stressed about it. It's no wonder that candid photos are often better than posed ones because there is no time for the subjects to psych themselves out.

Think of photography like a game.

The camera is a friend and you're just hanging out. The more you neutralize the power of the little device in front of you, the more you can enjoy the moment and just be creative. 

You can always decide later which photographs to show.

Most cameras are digital these days so no need to worry: photos can be deleted instantly. But if you don't take a few bad shots, you aren't even going to give yourself the chance to have some good ones. You won't have anything to choose from at all. 

You might be pleasantly surprised to see a side of yourself that others get to see but that you weren't familiar with. Have you ever caught yourself standing in front of the mirror and quickly correcting the face you were making to something you think looks a little better? Every person can make so many different expressions. Be curious and let your face tell all of its stories. You might be pleasantly surprised.

Remember that this is for you, not for anyone else.

You might be pleasantly surprised to see a side of yourself that others get to see but that you weren't familiar with. Have you ever caught yourself standing in front of the mirror and quickly correcting the face you were making to something you think looks a little better? Every person can make so many different expressions. Be curious and let your face tell all of its stories. You might enjoy seeing another side of yourself.

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The Teacher and the Traveller - Guatemala Photography Blog https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2015/1/the-teacher-and-the-traveller Travel PhotographyTravel PhotographyPhotographed by Eli Zaturanski on his Travels. Travel photos. Guatemala

Two years ago, I traveled to Guatemala. It's combined allure as a colorful, indigenous, and relatively underdeveloped country makes for excellent gringo bait, and I definitely wanted a bite. Speaking of gringos, I am used to being called out as foreigner the moment I speak: my Hebrew accent, Russian heritage and friendly smile have raised many eyebrows in the foreign lands that I have traveled. Answering the question, "Where are you from" is a regular part of my day, even back at home.

Photo by Eli Zaturanski. Streets of GuatemalaGuatemalan photography

But the photographer's sweetest nectar is found when we blend in and become part of our surroundings. I've found that the difference between being a tourist and a traveler often comes down to two things: speaking the local language and having a local friend. 

Eli Zaturanski Photophoto in Guatemala of woman

So I found a month-long Spanish language program in Antigua, a cobblestoned colonial town whose colorful buildings and lush plaza are nestled among three looming (and active!) volcanos. It was there that I met Ruth, my Spanish teacher: youthful, warm and angelic. I immediately realized that I had met someone special - and perhaps was the most ambitious I've ever been as a student, so captured was I by her inspiring glow. 

Eli Zaturanski photographyEli Zaturanski in the photo with Guatemalan woman

I saw how this mother of three laughed with her students, and brought her passion for Spanish and her country into every lesson. I saw how valuable she was, how special a gift she had and was giving to bring gringos like me into her culture. As the month drew to a close, I knew I couldn't just leave Ruth behind, and carry on with my journey as planned. I was compelled to do whatever I could for this woman who was living so modestly but, I believed, had so much to offer to the world beyond.

I asked myself, "What can I do to give back? To not simply pass through and leave this place but to make an impact for one person living here?" 

She admitted to having very little knowledge about technology so I offered to make her a website, promoting her teaching skills to a larger, global audience. Neither of us were sure it would make much of a difference, but at very least it would be a way for me to honor her and all of her hard work as my teacher. Shortly after making the website, Ruht began to receive inquiries about teaching small group or individual lessons. She began to use Skype and now even offers lessons overseas. Now she is self employed, earning more than she would have at the language school where we met and setting her own hours. 

A gringo I may always be, with plenty more Spanish to learn. Yet I am forever connected to Ruth and Guatemala because of this small project we did together. 

Travel PhotographyTravel PhotographyThis lady sells the best tomales in Guatemala. She had a beautiful colorful dress. Photographed by Eli Zaturanski on his Travels,

This experience two years ago led me to the a significant realization. People like to do what they like to do. Sadly, they often don't do what they like to do because they cannot earn a living in the process. As with Ruth, I want to support creative work for artists, teachers, visionaries, and passionate people to help them allow their passion to be their profession. Through business planning and consulting, I hope to help bring them clients so that they an focus on what they do best. For that, I created a team called First Leap that helps them carry this load to achieve proven results, with social media, SEO, marketing, outreach, and widespread exposure. 

Ruth's site was a free, very basic web page, yet, despite the simple format, having a web presence made a huge difference in her business. At First Leap, we are using the same concept but producing more stylized, advanced websites for our clients. If you are an artist looking to get started on setting up your business, I welcome you to take a look.  

Eli Zaturanski tooka photo in Guatemala of a small bridgeSmall foot bridge for bring people from one side of the river to the other

 

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How to Include Everyone in Event Photos https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2014/12/06 The holidays are just around the corner -- are you ready for the upcoming festivities and fun with your family and loved ones?  If you’re the one planning the family gatherings, you’re probably working hard to throw the perfect holiday bash that will be celebrated for years to come. Of course, no festive get-together is complete without a collection of beautiful pictures showing off the good cheer!  

To help you include all your family and friends in the memories, I’ll share with you today some essential tips and tricks to photograph your event as seamlessly as possible. Announce picture-taking times in advance.  

This gives your guests ample time to prepare and gather ‘round the camera when it’s time for those after-dessert pictures!

family photo in treasure island by eli zaturanskifamily photo in treasure island by eli zaturanskichildren with parents

Tip #2:  Let them eat cake.  If your toddler is happy playing with her toy dinosaur, let that shine through during photos.  Try having the photographer call out her name to get her to look up!

Tip #3:  When taking candids, take pictures of objects first while guests can see you.  That way, they’ll be able to acclimate to the camera and get as involved in the pictures as they like!

Every family is different -- what have you found to be the best ways to photograph your family?  ‘Tis the season of giving, so comment below!]]>
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In the Air (San Francisco) https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2014/5/87438065731
Eli takes a photo of a model in a red dressModel leaping in the air having her photo taken

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The Cloudy Sky https://www.elizphotography.com/blog/2014/4/84077498586
Eli Zaturanski takes a photo of a beautiful hill in Napa County near San Francisco.Napa County Field with Clouds

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