A Great Project, A Great Idea and a Beautiful Smile

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.

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What is Beauty?

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.

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Sharmita Bhattacharya

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.  

Goose-Bump Moments

 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.

Website:  www.sharmitabhattacharya.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/sharmitab.model/

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/sharmita_bhattacharya/


Sometimes I Just Need a Little Glamour

A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.
— Coco Chanel

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?  

Leave me a comment and share the love with the team!  We read them and respond.

You've Scheduled Your Photo Shoot- Now What?

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.  


It is always better to be slightly underdressed.
— Coco Chanel
Sonia was up for some fun and enjoyed playing with the hat- A simple accessory that showed her beautiful personality.

Sonia was up for some fun and enjoyed playing with the hat- A simple accessory that showed her beautiful personality.

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.   

Looking Cohesive

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

Marcy is beautiful with or without makeup, but the perfect touches made a world of difference for her outdoor photoshoot.

Marcy is beautiful with or without makeup, but the perfect touches made a world of difference for her outdoor photoshoot.

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. 

Mother's Day Photo Shoots

No man succeeds without a good woman behind him. Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed.
— Godfrey Winn

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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Yes, a photoshoot is SOOO Much Fun!

Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.
— Dr. Suess

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