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The flight of the monarch

Monarch butterflies are amazing creatures. Fall is the time when monarchs begin their migration. Unlike other butterflies North American Monarchs travel up to 3,000 miles in migration each year. They make the round trip voyage once in their lives, and then their children and grandchildren follow the same migration root in the future, often returning to the same trees as their ancestors to avoid bitter winters. However, only the fourth generation monarchs migrate each year; the first three generations die after only six weeks of being out of their cocoons, whereas the fourth generation can live for 6-8 months.

As you can see these creatures are extremely delicate and beautiful. Preserved butterflies make for a beautiful natural prop in photography.

 

As fall breezes in, watch for monarchs in your area! Track the flight of the monarchs and when you should be able to see them here: http://www.monarchwatch.org/tagmig/peak.html

 

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Gecko Portrait Photography Tips

We’ve all seen the Geico Gecko commercials. However, in real life Gecko’s are not quite so charismatic. They take some work to get their portrait! This gecko seen in Bermuda was a great model, (who has likely had some freelance experience modeling for tourists).
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Don’t fret! You can get a great Gecko portrait too! Here’s how:
  1. Don’t worry about a gecko blinking while taking the photo. Most geckos don’t have eyelids and therefore never blink!
  2. Don’t pose your Gecko subject on anything made of Teflon. It’s the only known surface a gecko’s feet can’t stick to so your model will be sliding all over.
  3. Gecko’s are the only lizards that can vocalize! So don’t be afraid to talk to them while they strut their stuff, they can talk back!
  4. Try to choose a sunny location for your Gecko supermodel. They are coldblooded and need the sun to stay warm!

Happy Shooting!

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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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