HAPPY MOTHERS DAY 2017
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY 2017
As we all may very well know staying up late causes bags, dark rings, puffiness, & red eyes. It also effects your mood, emotional & facial expressions along with body language. You’re feeling overwhelmed, it looks like you are having a bad day & THE CAMERA CAN TELL! There aren’t any photoshop actions that cover up hang overs or night owl syndrome. So please stay out of the bars the night before your photoshoot and get your sleep on sleeping beauties!
I highly recommend staying hydrated at all times, but especially in the world of modeling. Water brings life to not only flowers, but your skin as well; It brings on a healthier, livelier, less drained look to your skin. It also flushes out toxins, in case you rebelled against tip 1 and had a night of binge drinking at a local bar.
The worst thing you could do is waste time, when it comes to planning wardrobe it takes a lot of time. From trying on different looks and being sure they fit, aren’t torn or wrinkled, and don’t make you look misshapen; To being sure they go along with the theme of the shoot and are in place and ready to switch in and out of in a flash, You will thank yourself for having this mapped out in advance and save lots of time and money.
In some cases where you aren’t in charge of wardrobe it is always great to have nude or black lingerie or one piece leotard to not clash with the wardrobe provided.
DO NOT FORGET YOUR LIP SOFTENER!!! Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Chap-stick, Vaseline all can help alleviate the above problem.This is another situation that can not be edited out and if so, it would take a lot of time and remember, post processing and editing + time can be costly! So save yourself the humiliation and money and keep those lips moisturized.
Also bring touch up make-up bag in case your artist is not available on set, there isnt a make up artist provided or if you have to travel long distance in a car with no a/c either way the key to life is being prepared for unforeseen circumstances. You want to have everything you need for “just in case” sake. THINGS TO NOT FORGET: Nail Polish remover, Bobbie Pins, Clear nail polish, lip moisturizer, make up touch ups, tissue, make up removing pads and whatever else you feel is necessary.
Be sure to cover the basics shower, brush and whiten your teeth, clean your face (exfoliate, cleanse, tone, moisturize). NO DRY FACES. But also for my more hairier men and women DON’T FORGET TO SHAVE those hairy lips, chins, legs and chest if you are preparing for a beauty, fashion or editorial shoot. Hair is another post processing time consumer having to fix a guys hairline and a girls mustache can be extremely timely and can also make the photo look less realistic because of the edits. Also if you have sensitive skin it is better to get brows done 2 days before shoot to avoid redness and swelling, same for those getting laser hair treatments and waxing procedures. Shave underneath those arms just in case you happen to pose with your hands up.
Come with clean hair if you’re expecting hair to be done before set, come with clean hair even if you did it yourself. COME WITH CLEAN HAIR because others will be adjusting and situating your hair and no one wants to deal with your flaky, greasy, smelly hair. I’m just saying. Also hair with beautiful sheen and texture always help boost portrait appeal.
Moisture is your best friend, use as much as you can. Oil your body down from head to toe not only does it assist with your ashy limbs, but it also adds that dramatic skin glow effect you see in magazine spreads and bathing suit ads. Your photographer will love you for that.
Practice poses and facial expressions in the mirror and with friends daily! If you are claiming the title “Model” this is something that should be apart of everyday life. Standing in the mirror and posing isnt weird, in fact it helps you look better when you pose for photos, and helps you find your light and “your good side”. Also toning up in the gym before a shoot is not a bad idea. Your posture and muscles will be on point and create better balance for those crazy poses.
We all know things happen, and something always gets in the way of plans. But the worst thing you could do is not communicate with the photo team and have them awaiting your arrival. LAST MINUTE CANCELLING IS THE DEVIL. If you feel sick send a message hours in advance, not 30 minutes before. Because chances are if you’re professional you arrive an hour early to make room for trial and error; and there are people waiting on you with make up kits unloaded and lighting adjusted. Don’t be that person that calls 30 minutes before.
And if you are running late and GPS clearly lets you know your estimated time of arrival, contact someone on the team and inform them of your late arrival. But CAREFUL this can ruin the whole happy tone of the environment and make your shoot seem rushed and unwelcoming.
When you’re hungry you’re not happy and no one wants to shoot with a frowning hungry diva. Sometimes its best to not eat before a photoshoot to avoid bloating and appearing larger than you are. But its some cases where you will be at a shoot for hours working on an empty stomach, NOT GOOD. So to avoid the frown in your photos pack a light snack bag and a couple of waters to keep you satisfied until the shoot is over.
We all want to be leaders in our own little way, but in this case the photographer is your leader and you must bend curve turn and tilt in the direction of their lens. Come with a clear mind. Leave all the drama and weight of the world at home; this is your chance to escape it. Don’t let the lens see you sweat. Unless of course pain and sadness is the emotional theme of the shoot. Be ready and mentally able to be directed to “Smize” and be adjusted by the hands of other creative directors and stylist. For some this is overwhelming when you are on the brink of a break up and want to be left alone. So be PRESENT. Have open ears and LISTEN!
Do not show up camera shy and nervous, it makes you look awkwardly uncomfortable in your portraits. Which is why I said to practice practice practice before you show up.
Close your eyes, inhale and exhale right before your pose. This helps you decrease the nervous anxiety filled stress face and stay focused on what you’ve practiced in the mirror. Another trick that helps relax your face is relaxing your tongue muscle allowing it to rest at the roof of your mouth; This helps avoid those weird facial expressions and mouth poses. You could also google facial exercises to help loosen up your face. Because ultimately YOU are in charge of the outcome of your photos, the camera doesn’t lie and it’s not the photographers fault. Sorry those Snapchat filters fooled you but this is real life photography.
It takes a lot of time and money to edit pictures based on little simple flaws that could be corrected before the shoot. Save yourself and your photographer a lot of time by touching these bases and you will develop a good relationship with your photographer and be recognized as a professional in the industry.
I hope this post helps you on your next photoshoot! Like, Comment, Share!
This Superbowl 2017 don’t get stuck with the same boring french onion sour cream dip & plain cheese dip with chips! Jazz it up a notch, pull out your garlic bread and pita chips! Come with some flavorful snacks everyone will be talking about the entire party!
Below is #LustrePro list of our fave 5 QUICK & EASY recipes for Game Day Dips!
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TOTAL TIME: 0:40 PREP: 0:15 LEVEL: EASY SERVES: 6
Cheesy Sloppy Joe Dip
recipe courtesy of Delish.com
TOTAL TIME: 0:40
1/2 cup butter
1 bunch green onions, sliced (about 1 cup)
1 small green bell pepper, diced
1 (1-lb.) package frozen cooked, peeled crawfish tails, thawed and undrained
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (4-oz.) jar diced pimiento, drained
2 teaspoons Creole seasoning
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
French bread baguette slices
Garnishes: sliced green onion, chopped flat-leaf parsley
Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat; add green onions and bell pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 8 minutes or until bell pepper is tender. Stir in crawfish and next 3 ingredients; cook, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Stir in cream cheese until mixture is smooth and bubbly. Serve with toasted French bread slices.
Makes 2 1/2 cups
In a large bowl combine mango, cilantro, onion, lime juice, chile, lime zest, garlic and olive oil; season with salt and pepper to taste. Chill or let sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to blend.
YIELD:8 to 10 servings
TOTAL:2 hours 15 minutes
A super cheesy dip made with taco-seasoned ground beef and Rotel.
During the month of January 2017 we took several museum strolls throughout Houston to see what great ancient findings we would stumble upon. We took advantage of the ever so generous Free Museum Thursdays; where you can explore a multitude of cultural museums free of charge. We also made sure we did a food truck tasting, there were 12 parked out front of the museums to try at lunch time. But that’s for a later post. I will share with you some of my findings at the historic #MFAH
the LustrePRO quick beginners cheat sheet
Did you just purchase your first digital camera with hopes of becoming Americas Next Top Photographer? You plan on quickly making a lot of money from this extremely expensive equipment; Don’t you?
Maybe you’re just looking to get some good professional quality images to make your new products marketable online? Or could you be trying to capture clear images of your beautiful family beach vacation?
Either way you have arrived at the right place; We can help get you out of those weird fuzzy, orange, blurry, super bright or dark, poorly lit pictures. I should have titled this #HowToGetClearPictures I PROMISE, You will leave this post taking better images!
We will go over a brief list of the QUICK, SIMPLE, INFORMATIVE basic tips that will get you out of your “Auto” comfort zone & shooting like the PRO’s in no time!
Auto mode may seem easy but your outcome is always either plain, over saturated, or lacking creative depth. Besides, ” Auto mode” is what pacifiers are to babies. Exploring in manual mode allows you to explore your creativity; Through the view finder, (eye piece on camera) there is a light meter; Its resembles the bottom of a bar code a few lines with a “+” sign on one end and a “-“ sign on the other in the middle lies a “0” You always want to keep this in the middle at “0” it will insure your images come out with proper lighting, you can control this lighting and capture tact sharp images, by turning the dials and adjusting the aperture, changing the shutter speed and or increasing/ decreasing the ISO Sensitivity. These three are all components to controlling the exposure. (How light or dark the image is). ISO will be discussed in a later blog
Put most simply – Aperture is ‘the opening in the lens.’
Ever wonder how people get those luxurious head-shots with the blurred out background also called “Depth of Field”, Or how they manage to get 22 people all to fit and capture every detail in group photos without a blur?
When you hit the shutter release button of your camera a hole opens up that allows your cameras image sensor “ISO” to catch a glimpse of the scene you’re wanting to capture. The aperture that you set impacts the size of that hole. The larger the hole the more light gets in; the smaller the hole the less light.
Aperture is measured in ‘f-stops’ The F/number your see in your viewfinder.
You’ll often see them referred to here at Digital Photography School as f/number – for example f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6,f/8,f/22 etc. Moving from one f-stop to the next doubles or halves the size of the amount of opening in your lens (and the amount of light getting through). Keep in mind that a change in shutter speed from one stop to the next doubles or halves the amount of light that gets in also – this means if you increase one and decrease the other you let the same amount of light in – very handy to keep in mind).
One thing that causes a lot of new photographers confusion is that large apertures (where lots of light gets through) are given f/stop smaller numbers and smaller apertures (where less light gets through) have larger f-stop numbers. So f/2.8 is in fact a much larger aperture than f/22. It seems the wrong way around when you first hear it but you’ll get the hang of it.
Shutter speed is ‘the amount of time that the shutter is open’.
In digital photography shutter speed is the length of time that your image sensor views the scene you’re attempting to capture.
This should help digital camera owners try to get their head wrapped around shutter speed:
I myself use Nikon EVERYTHING, So in most of my tutorials you’ll find mostly Nikon products but a majority of the standard tips apply for any photographer.
As you may find on many Nikon “Nikkor” Lenses” you have the option, just like on the actual camera body, to switch A “auto focus” to M “manual” on the side of the lens. Also on the camera turn the auto focus option to manual!
NOW YOU ARE IN CONTROL!
At this point, half-pressing the shutter; what you’d normally do to find focus in AF mode — is a useless action. Adjusting your focus must be done using the focus ring on your lens. If you have a zoom lens, you should have two rings: a zoom ring closest to the body of the camera, and a focus ring toward the end of the lens.
As you turn the focus ring, you’ll see different parts of the shot come into focus. The point at which an object comes into focus correlates with its distance from the lens. In fact, if you look at the top of the lens while turning the ring, you’ll see the numbers in the window changing, that is the distance in feet or meters that the lens is focused on.
Some advanced or studio photographers actually use these careful measurements to focus on their subjects, literally measuring the distance from the subject to the lens to find the perfect focus. (This is especially useful for photographers shooting product photos in a fixed studio set, or head-shots.)
But in most cases, while you’re shooting in “the field,” precise measurements aren’t an option. Instead, you’ll need to trust your own eyes to make sure your subject is in focus. Luckily, there are built-in tools to help you do that.
PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!!! I cant express it enough! You have to try these techniques at home, work, events, wherever you are your camera should be in hand practicing and or”freelancing”so you can find your flaws and correct them. You can also become aquainted with your new friend; Yes your camera is now your new best friend. LOVE IT, LEARN IT, PUSH THE RIGHT BUTTONS and you can learn how it responds to lighting in different circumstances; Like bright daylight, or really low light situations. Doing this helps get you familiar with what settings work best and quickly. You wouldn’t want to dive out there, land a job and not know how to effectively use your camera, RIGHT? That would be such an amateur move and may be bad for your brand in the long run.
*Another side tip if your camera is not snapping quickly and you aren’t using a tripod, then your settings may not be correct; If you look into the viewfinder and see it is not aligned to “0” then adjust your wheels to get the perfect Exposure, ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed to get a faster, more rhythmic, SNAP!
Now get out there and tell your story with clear detailed photos. Post your before and after photos on LustrePro Facebook Page and let us know how our tips helped you. You can also contact us with any questions at LustrePROstudios@gmail.com
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A veteran in the social media game; It’s very obvious why Facebook is the first social media choice of our time, almost everyone you have ever been acquainted with is somewhere on Facebook updating their status and sharing new topics, opinions and business ventures daily . Facebook has the biggest outreach possibilities for your business, with their Business Page feature you can set up customized pages to showcase your brand in your local community. You can also promote or blast your ads with just $5 you can expand your target audience from California to NYC and all in between. Facebook allows Photographers the ability to post unlimited photos, marketing material, live videos and locations. You can potentially have a greater outcome of having your work seen with this great app.
Instagram is another great social media platform for photography. Not so much talking involved, It solely focuses on beautiful images and hassle free editing. Instagram also gives you “Business Page” options to promote your brand. Increase your followers and follow and network with models and other cool photographers or some of the hip “wanna be’s” its your world! And It’s simple! Just load a pic, add some filters, type a cool caption, add some hashtags # and EUREKA! You’re now an expert Insta-tographer! Instagram can also become somewhat of a portfolio for your business if you only use it for your brand marketing only and not personal use… which can sometimes be a bit boring and run some of your followers away. But its definitely one of the most popular sites to network and get your work seen. Best thing is it’s somewhat free advertising and you get unlimited uploading storage.
Twitter is another one of the veterans in the social media game. If you do not already know twitter is an amazing platform for News and Trending topics; which are essential to business development. The world of twitter is filled with millions of opinionated, cultured followers to network with; Grab their attention and increase online traffic tremendously with the use of currently trending # Hashtags.Twitter also allows you to share thoughts at all times of day and self promote your portraits with only 140 characters to describe. I know only “140 characters”, but hey you get all the other benefits that Twitter what it has to offer.
Pinterest is fairly new but has gotten a huge buzz. Its almost like the new artistic sister of google for me; Recipes, Tutorials, DIY Ideas, Tattoo Ideas, Designing Ideas, or simple daily motivational quotes, Pinterest is the place for it all! You can post your work along with tutorials on how you achieved your awesome shot to help other beginner photographers or enthusiast. Also with Pinterest you can type keywords; ” #LustrePRO ” for an example, and everything affiliated with that keyword will pop up on your timeline. Get creative and explore more with Pinterest.
Tumblr has been around for quite some time; it has held its title for being one of the easiest blog interfaces. With that you get all of the trendy art heads, all nighters, fashion bloggers and hipsters; posting daily inspirational works of art. Get your work re-posted and go viral when you network and mingle with other bloggers that share the same interest as you! Tumblr has a lot in store for those photographers looking to increase their brand. With Tumblr you can explore a diverse variety of blogs featuring a gorgeous array of photo art, funny GIFs , and trending news. All of the elements photographers need combined into one easy user interface.
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Home of the fresh Grilled hamburgers, bbq, hot dogs and shakes. Infamous for the backyard grilled flavor, Cookout is first on our list with the overfilling $4.99 box deal (including one full entrée and two full sides with a 20 oz drink.)
You can get ANY combo but our favorite is The Big Double Grilled Burger “Cheddar style” , One Chicken Quesadilla, One “Cajun style” Fried Chicken wrap, and a Coke Float! All for $4.99 a deal you can’t beat!
There are only three cookout locations in the surrounding metro Atlanta area but the best part is all three locations hours are from 10:30am-4:00am, offering the fastest, high quality service and hot food all night long . Excellent for club goer’s and night owls.
A smoky little hut in a tiny lot Located at 226 Northside Dr Sw Atlanta, GA 30313, with a banner “Dat Fire” Jerk Chicken stands on the west side of Atlanta near the Mercedes Benz stadium. This hole in the wall holds the title for “Best Jerk Chicken and Pork 2016” in Atlanta.
With jerk dinner plates starting at $7.00 (including your choice of jerk chicken or pork, rice and peas, cabbage and plantains) , or maybe you’re the Salad type; They have a Jerk Chicken salad that is to die for!
Dat Fire Jerk Chicken is second on our list with all of its smoky flavor and hint of caribbean spices and attitude.
3. “John Boy’s Country Buffet”
JB’s Country Buffet is home to the all you eat soul food style buffet for only $8.00! Featuring new items everyday and always stocked with fresh hearty home made food & desserts. You can never leave on an empty stomach when you make a visit to JB’s Country Buffet and they also offer togo options as well for those on the go.
Located at 3050 Canton Rd Marietta, GA 30066
4. “Legend Wings”
Its a proven fact, Atlanta is infamous for pop up wing spots. Wings are the thing in Atlanta! On every corner you will find a little mom and pop joint advertising it’s “Wing Specials”. Well we have found one who specializes in crisp wings and flavorful sauce combinations. Located near the Airport.
Legend Wings meets the criteria for those true wing lovers, and an order of 10 piece wings with fries and a drink only comes to a total of $8.50. Not only do they have great wings but try both Philly Cheesesteak and 6piece wing for $9.50 our favorite sauce flavor is the Honey Spice amongst the 20 sauce combos.
If you’re ever on the Southside of Atlanta stop by Legends Wings located at 5110 Old National Hwy Atlanta, GA 30349 and get the experience that everyone is talking about.
5. “Shake Shack”
Anyone who’s a true shake shack fan knows that they are a northern base food chain restaurant, but now Atlanta is featuring two new shake shacks in our city. Known for their 100% organic beef and hot dogs, shake shack offers a variety of toppings, sides items, shakes and custard to complete anyone’s cravings.They also serve alcohol for those who enjoy a beer or glass of wine while they wait.
A shake shack meal (including a shack burger made your way, fries and a drink) will cost you $10.00.
6. “Mama’s Restaurant”
If you’re ever craving Mexican food & A really Good Margarita, no matter the time, Mama’s is the place to go.
Mama’s is the only Mexican restaurant that is open 24 hours and offers late night margaritas.
Dont let the look and 24 hours fool you, this is the closest you’ll get to authentic Mexican cuisine in Atlanta.
Entrées can start anywhere from $5 to $15, but you’ll never leave on an empty stomach with these filling traditional mexican entrées. This establishment is located at 1958 Piedmont Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30324.