Monthly Archives: June 2012

Cats with no fur – like ET.

Did you know there are more than 40 registered breeds of cats? This breed pictured is a Sphynx – it’s a hairless cat. Thanks to photographer Keith Kimberlin, who lent the use of his photos to the Garden State Cat Club, to promote the largest CAT EXPO/Cat show in the country. Come to the show an see the cat that inspired the creator of ET in the famous movie many years ago.

Photo taken by Keith Kimberlin

If you think these guys are different, come see the adoptees and the other breeds at  the July 21/22 Somerset Garden State Cat Club Expo!

See you there – 10-4, both days.

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Making Headway with Headshots

To create a successful headshot can be difficult. However, with a talented model like Jack Daniels these shoots can be a lot of fun! Here are some tips to help you get a great shot:

-You are here to help make your client look their best, so make sure they do.
-Pay special attention to body position. The slightest change in shoulder height, face angle, and posture can make a world of difference.
-Choose an outfit that is flattering, yet not distracting from the true subject of the photograph.
-Take your shot in a natural looking setting. Consider color palette always.
-Make your model comfortable. Make conversation; tell jokes! Do what you have to, in order to bring out their inner supermodel!

Now its your turn! Part of the fun in being a photographer is wearing many hats, right? Be a set designer, make up artist, hair dresser, and photographer all at the same time!

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Depth of field

Choosing the depth of field of a photograph is a crucial part of creating an effective photograph. Selective focus on a certain part of the image directs the viewer’s eye to what you want them to focus on. As you can see in this example, the viewer’s attention is directed to the center of the artichoke, putting the emphasis on the texture of the vegetable.

Try this at home! Work on taking photographs of an object using varying points of focus and amounts of depth of field. See how this affects the image.

Happy shooting. 🙂

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Attention all cat lovers:

Want something fun to do on July 21-22? The Garden State Cat Club is hosting a cat expo where you an see 40 breeds of cats or adopt one of the 150 rescue cat and kittens. Held at the Garden State Exhibit and Convention Center in Somerset, NJ there will be so much too see for your $10 admission ticket. There’s even CAT AGILITY – and you can enter too – as long as you get your entry in a week before the event.

Hope to see you there.

for more info:

http://gardenstatecatclub.com/expo.html

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Summer Days

Summer is officially here and the heat is starting to rise. It’s time to break out the ice cold lemonade and SPF 50 sunblock. Sometimes the only way to beat the heat on a summer afternoon is to just take a run through the sprinklers. Thanks to the Stewart family for having some fun with us and really capturing the spirit of summer.

Here are a few tips to get some great summer shots:

  1. When shooting outdoor portraiture try using a flash to fill in harsh sunlight shadows.
  2. Keep your camera in a cool place! Don’t leave it to bake in the sun on the dashboard of your car.
  3. Just as you wear sunglasses and baseball caps to protect your eyes, for a little extra shade use a lens hood or a UV filter for your camera.
  4. Make sure to compensate for the deep shadows and bright highlights you get from the noon-time sun.

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
 American writer, Henry James

Happy shooting; stay cool!

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Good casting guarantees great shots

Photographing two cats interacting can be problematic

if you have the wrong subjects. But breeder Brenda Flahault’s kitten

Heidi and famous champion Sonoma made it easy for us.

We put them on a comfy bed, spread tuna juice on

Sonoma and Heidi did the rest!

Find all our photography on these new litter packages

in Petsmart this month.

Pick one up to make your cat’s potty time a happy one!

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Behind the Scenes

Our team at Bohm-Marrazzo had a wonderful time shooting a local baby TV commercial last week. As you can see it’s all smiles and laughter for the little ones. This behind the scenes photo turned out to be a great image. Sometimes what’s going on around the main event is worth taking the time to capture, too.

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So remember to let your inner child come out and have some fun. No one ever really grows up anyway, right?

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Playdate

There is nothing better in the summertime than a good old-fashioned playdate!

We were fortunate to have three of our favorite friends visit the studio for the afternoon – two adventurous red-ear slider turtles, Thelma and Louise, and Luca, the best dish-doing, garbage-picker-upper Border Collie.

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So go on! Gather up all of your friends and start capturing those happy days of summer!

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Portrait Photography 101

The DON’Ts of portrait photography:

  • When photographing a group of people, don’t leave the positioning up to them! Try to position them in a way that shows they like each other.
  • Don’t forget to make them smile!
  • Be the stylist. Don’t let the subjects of your portrait wear drab or unflattering garments.
  • Location, location, location. Don’t just take the photograph anywhere. Think about the setting and choose somewhere that contributes to the mood of the picture.

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Happy shooting!

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BABY BONANZA

This week has literally been BABY MANIA!

We are shooting a NJ local cable TV commercial – featuring BABIES!

For the past few days, and for the rest of the week, we have not only been looking at photos of these pudgy little monsters but also meeting them in the studio to take some updated photos and meet them in person..

All of the gooby smiles and baby soft skin make it worth the countless diaper changes in our waiting room!

Some helpful hints to help deal with a room full of babies on shoot day?

1.  Bubbles! Who doesn’t love them – They calm the nervous parent and amuse the little bums!

2. Peek-a-boo!  Wait, where did you just come from!?!

3. Laughing ! These babies need to know that they aren’t the doctors office getting a shot – so have fun! Be silly! Make ridiculous faces! Make some noises! Be a kid again!

Photos soon to follow

I think it’s time we all take a nap! 🙂

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