Bethany is a melanoma survivor who has important messages for all of us. We met at a photo shoot for The Shade Project's Down and Derby which is 5/6/17. The Down and Derby is about awareness, celebration and fund raising to help prevent skin cancer.Read More
Tuesday Tell All with Carmen Buck Photography: The Beauty of a Woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.
The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is a doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows and the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.
And this is truly where the story begins...Read More
Not long ago, I had the opportunity to photograph beautiful and bright professional models at Precision Camera University. This is a wonderful annual event put on by Precision Camera.
This beautiful girl is Sharmita Bhattacharya. She is an actress, model and dancer. I wrote about Goose-Bump Moments in a previous blog, but it’s worth repeating because I sure had a few of those working with Sharmita.
I am often asked if it is more fun or easier to photograph models than 'regular' people. The truth is, while they may be easier to model and direct, the excitement of getting that GOOSE-BUMP MOMENT with the perfect shot is the same with any subject.
A goose-bump moment for me is when I know I captured that perfect image capturing the essence of my subject. To be honest, it is usually between the perfectly posed shots when the real expressions come out. It's a sense of a brush with the divine- that perfect moment in time. We all feel it! If my makeup artist is there, he feels it. This is the shot that'll even sometimes bring the subject to tears-it's just that real. It's what I LIVE for!
Sharmita was fun and you can tell that we had a variety of different outfits, locations and best of all- expressions. I love all of these images, but the ones with the smile and joyful expressions are my absolute favorites. What you don’t know is that Sharmita is a real joy with a smile that just lights up the room. I hope that came through in the images!
Images/pictures are meant to make us FEEL something. Sharmita’s portraits are good examples of the different meanings our images carry-which is a future Blog Post, by the way. In the meantime, notice that each image provokes a different feeling and sends a different message. Messages are sent with the color of the image, whether the subject is looking at you or elsewhere, the expression, the lighting and so much more. Stay tuned for a future Blog. If you are a business person and searching for the right images for your website, tuning into how an image makes you feel (makes your potential clients feel) is VERY important. I meet my clients ahead of time to determine the message they want to send so we can achieve these goals. A pretty picture is so much more than just a pretty picture!
About Sharmita Bhattacharya
Sharmita was born and raised in the greater Houston area. Her draw to the arts started from a young age in the form of dance and music. She moved to Austin to study at the University of Texas at Austin, and it was there where she discovered her love for acting. She continued her education while testing her new found interest by dabbling with short films, introductory acting courses, and modeling gigs in her free time. Shortly after graduating, she furthering her career by studying the Meisner Technique under acting coach, Laurel Vouvray, and gaining representation with Collier Talent Agency. She continues to study under Laurel in her advanced scene study and character building class while taking workshops with other coaches to further expand her knowledge of the art.
Since graduating, Sharmita has been working hard to hone her craft, make connections, and attempt challenging roles, characters, and projects. Some of her notable opportunities to date have been co-starring in the ABC pilot episode of Shonda Rhime’s newest TV-series, The Catch, as well as playing the leading role in the narrative based music video for the popular pop punk band, The Wonder Years. She will also be heard in the videogame Shadow Warrior 2, as the voice of the leading girl character — Kamiko. Isn’t that cool?
Sharmita’s passion for acting and her love of experiencing new things, make her career a huge part of her life. She continues to grow from learning about her different characters, hearing the stories of the people around her, and relating with the strong energy of motivated people in the arts. She loves what she does and enjoys being inspired by the people around her.
Not long ago, I had the opportunity to photograph 4 beautiful and bright professional models at Precision Camera University. This is a wonderful annual event put on by Precision Camera. Once in a while, I work with professional models. I am often asked if it is more fun or easier to photograph models than 'regular' people. The truth is, while they may be easier to model and direct, the excitement of getting that GOOSE-BUMP MOMENT with the perfect shot is the same with any subject.
What's a Goose-bump Moment?
A goose-bump moment for me is when I know I captured that perfect image capturing the essence of my subject. To be honest, it is usually between the perfectly posed shots when the real expressions come out. It's a sense of a brush with the divine- that perfect moment in time. We all feel it! If my makeup artist is there, he feels it. This is the shot that'll bring the subject to tears-it's just that real. It's what I LIVE for!
- It's not about the camera or the lens or even the surroundings-it's about the connection between the photographer and subject.
- At this event where these images were taken, there were about 15 other photographers taking their turns. Yet, not any of our images are exactly the same. We all see with our eyes and our hearts in a different way.
I Feel So.... When I Look at that Picture
Nate's pictures are good examples of the different meanings our images carry-which is a future Blog Post, by the way. In the meantime, notice that each image provokes a different feeling and sends a different message. Messages are sent with the color of the image, whether the subject is looking at you or elsewhere, the expression, the lighting and so much more. Stay tuned for a future Blog. If you are a business person and searching for the right images for your website, tuning into how an image makes you feel (makes your potential clients feel) is VERY important. I meet my clients ahead of time to determine the message they want to send so we can achieve these goals. A pretty picture is so much more than just a pretty picture!
About Nathaniel Ray Goodwin
There are many qualities to a 'good' professional model. A few I look for: Can they follow my direction well? That's not to say that they don't follow directions well- it's to say that they understand MY directions. We all direct a little differently, and power to them for figuring out what is going on in a creative mind! It goes like this: turn a little more that way? This way- no that way... not that much... now look that way-no don't move your head, just your eyes and can you tilt your shoulders a little...no a little the other way... no I don't like that-let's see. Maybe we should start over. WHEW! Not an easy task! Nate and the other models did this ALL day for 3 days with 15 photographers at a time. Another good quality in a professional model- can they laugh with me? I do quirky things and entertain myself. Laughter and having fun is essential. Life is too short to not have fun.
Nate maintained a smile the whole time-even after making him scream for what seemed like about 2 hours.
In His Own Words
My first experience working as a male model at Precision Camera University was a surreal opportunity and I look forward to participating in future events for PCU. I am very fortunate I was hand selected by Tani James because I had the distinct privilege of meeting many talented photographers, make-up-artists, models, and instructors at the Inn of The Hills hotel (Kerrville Texas). I strongly recommend anyone who is thinking about coming to a PCU event next year, to stop thinking about it and just do it because your have fun and learn many valuable lessons with fantastic group of people "The Galaxy is the Limit"
Nathaniel Goodwin is a Business Program Lead at Wright Career College and teaches computer information systems and business management classes at the college. He has recently switched jobs to become an Academic Advisor at Oklahoma State University, so he can obtain his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership in Policy Studies with an option in higher education administration. He wants to become a Dean of Business and a Campus President at a University. He has obtained two master’s degrees from Southern Nazarene University in Business Administration and the Educational Leadership program. He has memberships to Kappa Delta Pi, World Experiences Foundation, Alliance of Emerging Professionals and the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration and is a volunteer wish granter for the Make a Wish Foundation. He is a Former Mr. Oklahoma winner for Cosmopolitan's Bachelor of the year contest in 2011 and the Mr. Caribbean International fitness competition winner in 2012. He has appeared in many magazines including: ESPN, SO6ix, Glass Hat, Bridalifestyle, and The Oklahoman, as a professional male model. He was a judge for the Rhythm of the World show and will be the judge of Asian pageant during the Asian Festival on May 14 at Langston University. Whew! He is also a really nice guy!
Instagram account is Sirhooper2014
Facebook address is https://www.facebook.com/nathaniel.r.goodwin
Twitter account is @NateGoodwin2011
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Our beautiful niece is getting married. I was fortunate enough to take her bridal portraits. Here are a few. These were taken at Carleen Bright Arboretum in Woodway, TX near Waco.
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This is beautiful Eleya Maureen who modeled for one of the workshops at Precision Camera University. This is an annual event where photographers from all different levels get together and learn from one another AND from experts from around the country. It was amazing!
One of the really nice things about the week-end is that we meet professionals (hair, makeup artists, models and other photogs) in a non-stressful atmosphere. In fact, people get to know one another and music gets going, beer and wine start to flow and things get wonderfully rowdy. Our models work hard. They stand in heels and pose for 15 photographers or more as we go from location to location. I met several young, beautiful and multi-talented models and I'll highlight a few of them in my blog over the next few weeks.They're definitely appreciated! Eleya Maureen deserves a big round of applause and some SUPER NICE COMMENTS BELOW!
Eleya Maureen is such an incredible young woman, I thought I had better tell you about her! She has been a model for the past 10 years and been to 100's of photography workshops all over the world. We were so lucky to have her for PCU2016!
About a year ago, she decided to give a try at being behind the camera! She's comfortable in front of and behind the camera! What you might not realize is that while the photography mentors guide the workshop attendees, the models are often on the sidelines waiting. This smart girl took the opportunity to LEARN!
Three years ago she and her partner Greg Griffin launched Models and Cameras. They gather models, come up with awesome locations, find hair and makeup teams and even stylists to help with wardrobe. Doesn't that sound INCREDIBLE? Some of these even end up being 1:1 which is something photographers LOVE. Thank goodness for MeetUp- look for them here in TX and here in Colorado.
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We had a wonderful time shooting this session. We shot some beautiful girl next door shots in white linen with little makeup and lots of wavy loose hair. (That one coming soon!) Then we did some fun ones with balloons. We got into Old Hollywood Glam mode and oohhlaalaa. Our friend and model, Billie Jean Bachmann totally rocket this. Our makeup and hair ARTIST is L Duane Sevelin. He has his own line of cosmetics as well as other fun things he does. You can't help but recognize what a HUGE difference a team effort makes.
You don't have to be a model to have a photoshoot. Nope- you just have to be willing, be open to try something new perhaps and surrender over your experience to have fun and experience your true beauty. Duane and I help with styling and he brings out your best with hair and makeup. I bring out the best in posing and our interaction. It's MAGIC.
Call and schedule your special photo shoot. We are open to something new and fun- inside, outside, themed, not themed....you name it. We artist types love this, you know?
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What Do I (we) Wear?
Let me assure you that you won't need to buy new clothes unless you just want to. Clothing for a photoshoot is about coordinating, accessorizing, avoiding large patterns and looking cohesive. Let's break these down.
I bet when you think of family pictures, you envision write or black shirts and jeans for every family member. Well, while you can do that, I prefer to see family (and this goes for Mother's Day Shoots) to coordinate but NOT MATCH. A color pallet will give some interest and variety to your family portraits. I found a nice image on Pinterest that shoes some color palettes for you. Choosing a palette while having some variety with the clothing items also gives opportunity for your family to express their own individuality. For instance, one member may like a button down shirt, while one may choose a different style, but so long as the colors coordinate they'll look great!
Some Popular Color Palettes
Patterns can be okay if small and not overpowering. The focus of the images should be about YOU. Think about the color palette and coordinate with the other colors. Neutrals with splashes of colors here and there and patterns can look fabulous. Patterns in scarves for women can be nice too.
I recommend avoiding shirts that have characters or logos. When my son was little he loved the Ninja Turtles. I cherish the pictures I have of him in his favorite Ts. So, if you want a few pics with that special character shirt, I think that is just fine. I would avoid having that cute T in all the photos though.
Coco Chanel also told us that once we felt all ready to go with our clothes, accessories... to take one thing off. We'll keep it simple! For some portraits, the jewelry is big, flashy and fun. For most portraits, we go for simple and elegant. If you have something that is important to you (a special necklace, earrings...) then bring them! I suggest bringing a few different items that can be interchanged. I also have lots of interesting items that don't look like much on my clothing stand BUT look incredible in photos. We are there to help you figure this out so don't worry.
What the heck does that mean? Cohesion in fashion basically means that all in the photo look like they belong together. For instance, you may choose a lovely vintage dress and your teenage daughter wants a dash of grunge with her mini skirt. This would NOT be a cohesive look. However, if your vintage dress has lace and we add some flowers in the hair and your daughter has a lace mini dress with soft makeup, this could work. Do you need to know about this? NO! You've got a team there for you! i will give you lots of guidance and Duane Sevelin is an international makeup artist who has very special talents in styling. He stays throughout the shoot for touchups. Some of our favorite looks have been those we decide about in the middle of a shoot. We are a team to help you and make sure everyone is happy.
Hair and Makeup
Most people do not get professional images done often. In fact, I see many people who tell me that they've never taken professional pictures with their loved ones. Why not make it the experience it deserves. The images you take home will be the spark for memories for generations and will last as family heirlooms forever. Do it right.
I highly recommend hair and makeup for most photo shoots. I work with a fabulous team of professionals that simply enhance your beauty. We sometimes think that hair and makeup artists will make us someone we are not. We will get asked for that and happily accommodate, but for the most part, the makeup is to enhance what you've already got. Skin smoothing and color is very important whether we photograph under studio lights OR natural light. I work with Duane Sevelin with Sevelin Global who has his own cosmetic line and is an international makeup artist. We are so blessed to have him to be a part of this team!
Before Your Shoot
We will have a chance to talk on the phone or video (FaceTime, Skype...) and email so you'll feel as prepared as possible. You may not feel totally comfortable until we get going in the shoot, but this is completely typical.
What More PERFECT gift than something that lasts FOREVER?
- Give the gift of memories for someone you love and her family
- Let her be the QUEEN for the day with pampering, primping and beautiful images to enjoy
Don't Wait- Call & Book your Photoshoot before the slots get filled
Mother's Day is the time in May where we often wonder what to do for our Moms, wives, sisters, friends and special mothers we know. We want to give some thing of value that lasts. Often we'll take them out somewhere special because those memories last. We may not remember details, but we'll remember how we felt with those we love...for a little while.
My favorite gifts always involve photos. You might expect that given my profession, BUT I've given beautifully housed images in frames, on canvas and so on... Why? They remind us of feelings and they remind us EVERY TIME we look at the photo. What could be better!
Why not give the gift of images AND a day of pampering with a unique experience to the woman or women you love. The photoshoots are fun and can include full hair and makeup and styling. Here is an example of 3 generations in a shoot.
This video tells you about Marcy and her mother Sandy and her daughter Taylor. Marcy is one of the hardest working people I know and totally deserved some pampering fun. Marcy told me that she had no formal pictures with her with her mother. I love photographing multiple age groups and women of a 'certain age.' Heck, I'm a 'woman of a certain age.' Aren't they beautiful?
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I believe a photo shoot should be fun. Life is too short to not have a great time!
So what happens when you take a funny, talented makeup and hair artist, a cute and gorgeous model and a tireless dreamer of a photographer? FUN! We took these little shots at the end of the day AFTER a full day of clean and natural looks, contemporary Old Hollywood glamour images, and even some outside in white linen shots. You'll see those soon but for now- enjoy!
Makeup and Hair L.Duane Sevelin of sevelin cosmetics at www.sevelin.com follow me@sevelinglobal. Model: Billie Jean Bachmann
I LOVE my flower wall. I get a lot of questions about how it came about. Check out the video.
#1- I had a vision. I'm a fashion magazine addict and must've seen many different versions of a flower wall. I can honestly say I don't remember the initial inspiration.
#2- I pondered- how the heck would I do this? What colors- muted or go bright? I had some ideas
#3- I put a plan together and got my husband to help me. He had great ideas and even put small wheels on it so I could move it about my little studio.
#4- We went to a home store and bought a lattice. It needed a little trimming down and then it was time for the fun part: the flowers!
#5- Then I raided the local Dollar Stores and the like for carts of flowers.
#6- I spent HOURS attaching each one. I've got 5'X7' super duper cool flower wall.
Jodi is a successful business owner, empath and the kind of person you want to hang out with all the time. She asked for a few images she could use for her business website but to also have some other beautiful images. She described images with a blend of feminine and masculine. Hmmm I said, ' Okay- help me with that one. Tell me more.' I mean we all have a good mix of masculine and feminine whether we're male or female, right? We looked through pictures she liked for inspiration and I decided to give her a 'feminine/masculine' photoshoot with a Carmen twist. Add a taste of pure sweetness, a little character lighting, clothes with a masculine/feminine touch, and make sure makeup is soft and pretty but not too girly- girl and we get magic! Ah, I think (I prayed!) I got the gist. Result: She was happy! I sweat it out until the day of our reveal though. I want my clients to jump with joy or cry with joy when they see their images. SUCCESS today! Isn't she gorgeous? Headshots- check. Glamour Goddess with an edge and blend of masculine (dark, straight lines, bold jewelry, no frill) and feminine (soft makeup, white furry chair and fainting couch)- CHECK! We're all doing a happy dance.
Jodi is owner of Radiant One Business Consulting Services. https://www.facebook.com/R1.jmk/timeline
What would your perfect portrait session look like? Give me a call so we can talk about it. The options are endless and can be so much fun-from the very basic to Hollywood starlet to Bollywood starlet, to sweet to sexy to ethereal and fantasy to very grounded in reality. What could be so much fun!! It's my job to help you settle into your 'look' and make it work for you. Clothes, lights, hair and makeup and most importantly a fun, open attitude lead to success. Oh, and sometimes we drink wine. That sure helps to get the creative juices flowing!
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Thanks to Madame MUA for hair and makeup.
Can I just say...BEAUTIFUL!!! Kasey is beautiful on the inside and out and a total natural at it! Here's a little photography secret: We work hard to make our posing look natural. It's so much fun to catch candid shots, but the real tricks are to help you guys feel comfortable and then give a few guidelines and capture the magic! Kasey is an absolute NATURAL. Dear Kasey- remember me when you get famous, sweetheart. What an honor to capture your beauty! She had a blast with hair and makeup and her grandmother who treated her to this wonderful pampering experience.