FotoFriday: Paint-tastic

It’s been an eventful week here at FotoFly. Not only did we have tons of appointments but we decided midweek to paint a few of our walls for diversity sake. Because we are pro-painters, Victoria and I were on painting duty Thursday afternoon. After our first coat of paint we all looked at the wall questioning our color decision.

A decision was made and we decided to paint the top part of the wall a different green because it wasn’t a strong enough contrast between the other walls in the room. So we started over with a different green in hopes that it would be a big enough contrast. At this point, painting was getting really messy. Apparently I have slim to no control over where paint flings and the next thing I knew, I was covered in paint. Victoria was only slightly taken over by the paint.

So 5 coats later & 3 different hues of green, we arrived at this…

We have come to love our new green wall. BUT in reality we will probably change it in a month so dont get too attached. ;)

Sara was feeling left out so we assigned her and Victoria to paint our largest wall in the left wing. Unfortunately we were all somewhat confused as to what we were supposed to make it look like. Our instructions were as follows: Make a hot spot, make the edges darker, make it look urban, make it seamlessly match the floor, and finally, make it look good. Hm, ok. The first attempt looked something like this…Awful, right? So with 30 minutes left to finish painting Sara and Victoria started all over. At this point we were all pretty exhausted and ready to have our masterpiece finished. So, 4 coats later with 4 hues of paint we ended up with this…

Black and White? We like it. Color? Yeah, not so much.

Dont worry though, we were informed last Monday at our weekly meeting that we will be changing the wall, AGAIN!

Stay tuned to see the final product. Hopefully it’ll be the last time we will be changing that ginormous wall. Until next time….

FotoFriday: LIGHTS, Camera, Action!!

Lighting is one of the most important elements of a picture…other than the photographer of course :)..jk. It can either destroy or create a photograph (I’m talking about lighting again btw). Lighting develops the mood of the picture, allowing it to be interpreted as Happy, Sad, Angry, Excited, Beautiful, and the list goes on. Here at FotoFly we have to constantly test our lighting, change our lighting, and create new lighting. We don’t have stuck lighting stands and fixed set-ups (like every other studio), every time we take a picture it is unique lighting for a new model. (isn’t that just ssoooo personal!!) This is a collection of us photographers testing out lighting techniques on ourselves.

Sometimes our lighting tests go haywire!! Here are some of our most favorite ‘posses’ and ‘faces’ to our various lighting tests. We are just a bundle of crazies!!

Now even though sometimes we are just plain crazy, our results from one simple test makes all the difference. When testing our lighting it permits the perfect style of picture to be taken. Here are just a few of the ‘Before & After’ shots from our lighting test – to our final product.

Aren’t we just awesome!!! Well sorta, our customers are tons better…just look at ‘em! And amazing lighting allows us to capture their Awesomeness.

Leave a comment of your Favorite ‘How many _______ does it take to screw in a light bulb’ joke.

Here’s one of my fav’s:

Q: How many Real Men does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: None. Real Men aren’t afraid of the dark

(I cant wait to hear some more!) :)

FotoU: Tips for More Flattering Posing

Everyone wants to look their best in pictures, right? Did you know there are ways to make people look better in a photograph then they do in person? Here is a list of our top ten tips for more flattering posing.

1. When taking a full length shot, make sure the camera is level with their chest height. You don’t want to be drastically shooting up or down on them unless you’re intentionally doing so.

2. Have them put their weight on their back foot

3. Make sure their hips are turned slightly away from the camera

4. Lean forward slightly at the hips

5. Raise their chin to elongate their neck

6. Stand straight and shoulders back

Just like this:

7. Place their hands and feet. This is especially true for children, otherwise they look out of control.

See how much more posed this second image looks just from simply putting her feet together and placing her hands.

8. If you’re shooting a group, have everyone on the same plane otherwise you will have some people in focus and some out of focus.

9. For closeups, stay at eye level

10. And last but not least, instead of using the wide angle on your lens (24mm) take a few steps back and zoom in (70mm). As you can see with the shot taken at 24mm, there is an obvious distortion of her face and body. The distortion disappeared when I zoomed in and used 70mm.

FotoFriday: A Shout Out to our Blogging Friends

So, we have been open almost two months and it has been a whirlwind to say the least. We’ve taken some remarkable pictures and gotten into some sticky situations (remember the post about the cake.) Along with our friends and devoted fans, the bloggers have been with us documenting our journey.

We have taken family pictures, maternity pictures and glamour pictures for their blog,. We love spending time with them and they love their pictures! They have even said so publicly without any bribery on our part. More than anything else, it has been SUPER GREAT (that’s a “sara-ism”) to hear about their interests and what inspires their blog whether it be scrapbooking, food or just life. I feel like we are one big blogging family now.

Because we have had so much fun with them, we want to share some of their moments and give a shout out to all of our blogging ladies. “HEY”

Check them out. You’ll be just as impressed as we are, and it can’t hurt for you to read how impressed they are with us, too.

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