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Autumn Colors, On-Location

Autumn is my favorite time for outdoor photography so I’m always eager to shoot a beautiful client surrounded by beautiful scenery. We shot these images in the spectacular Tahquamenon Falls State Park of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.Read More

Black and White Image Conversion

In this digital age it’s easy to understand why people think converting a color image to black & white is a simple Photoshop task. And in truth it is simple, but if you want your image to be beautiful in black & white, advanced planning is required. I’ve listed some considerations to help lead to success.Read More

Image Branding, A Case Study

Image branding is a means of marketing who you are, what you do, and how you do it. It’s used to communicate your qualities and characteristics to your market. As it pertains to visual media, your logo, website, photographs, and social media should all have the same look and feel. They should use the same colors, graphics and fonts without deviation. Consistency and continuity is the key.Read More

Photoshop & Post Production Editing

In this age of Photoshop, post production editing possibilities are seemingly endless. The question sometimes comes up why “Photoshop” at all? The simple answer is that this genre is glamour, not photojournalism. I’m not trying to photograph you in everyday light looking like your everyday self. Famous celebrities want to be seen at their very best, and you should as well. So just as with a glamorous runway model, my goal is to capture you at your alluring best. This means in the softest light, sexiest poses and most flattering outfits. And it means editing with the most advanced digital software available, Photoshop.Read More

How to Choose a Photographer

Naturally I hope you choose Seductive Focus for your photo session, but as with any purchase it never hurts to comparison shop. For many people price is a primary concern, but it shouldn’t be the overriding one. If you’re using these images for your profession, then image is everything as they say, make sure they’re the very best.Read More

The Problem with “Selfies”

Though it’s reasonable to think the word “selfie” was born from the advent of smart phones, the truth is Robert Cornelius produced a daguerreotype of himself in 1839. Wow, now there’s a visionary. His results were limited by the technology, but the same cannot be said for today’s modern devices. As Eve Arnold once noted, “It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument”. Her point of course is great technology in the hands of an amateur can often yield amateurish results. But it doesn’t have to.Read More

Image Branding, and Why it Matters

Image branding is a means of marketing who you are, what you do, and how you do it. It’s used to communicate your qualities and characteristics to your. Once you determine the qualities and characteristics you wish to project, your brand identity is built and maintained through the continuous and consistent application from both written and visual media.Read More

Protecting Your Privacy without Blurring Your Face

Ask any glamour photographer and they’ll all say they hate blurring faces. Why? Because doing so interferes with the aesthetic integrity of the image. And it’s especially discouraging when the model is particularly beautiful. That said, it’s completely understandable why some ladies need to maintain their privacy and anonymity. There is however a middle ground. As an alternative to blurring, Venetian or masquerade masks offer an alluring option. Also sunglasses and wide brimmed hats can conceal the necessary facial features. And finally the face can be hidden altogether with clever posing or simply post-production cropping.Read More

Copyright, Consent and Licensing

Copyright privileges is a complicated subject and while I’m not a lawyer, I’ll try to explain it as concisely as possible. Legally, to be in compliance with U.S. copyright law, ownership of original work is never surrendered by the artist. So once a glamour client has possession of their final portfolio, it’s their’s to use only for private purposes. If they wish to use it for commercial purposes consent must be granted my the creator (photographer). So first, let me explain how consent works then I’ll explain how I provide consent.Read More