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Ernst-Ulrich Schafer
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This mornings visitor

Postby Ernst-Ulrich Schafer » Thu May 18, 2017 6:41 pm

So excited to have this gentlemen come and visit me this morning at my studio. I'll share a few more later.

Best to ya, Ernst
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Postby Ernst-Ulrich Schafer » Fri May 19, 2017 12:09 am

Michael called and I was thinking he just wanted a Standard Business Portrait (Head Shot), well once I saw what he brought in to wear all things changed. ;-)
He paid my Reservation Fee $250 upfront and we'll see what he purchases when he returns next week.
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Postby minniev » Fri May 19, 2017 1:56 am

Both are excellent, the informal and the formal. Making fine formal portraits of those of us past a certain age, without making us look silly, is more than an art in its own right. Great control of tonality.
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Postby Ernst-Ulrich Schafer » Fri May 19, 2017 2:35 pm

Thanks for the comments. Here are two more of my favorites from the session. I always try and give more than what is expected. He told me before we started that he hated having his
portrait taken, I assured him I wasn't looking for a chessey smile. ;-) When we were done he was quite pleased with the experience he had in my studio.

My only reason for mentioning my Reservation Fee is not to brag but hopefully to help someone along that is involved in portraiture. To many of the new folks in this industry are leaving way to
much money on the table. Here is a good example: A pretty darn good photographer in my area sells sessions @ $275 w/ 25 edited images on a CD, well that equals to $11 an image. This business model
is not very sustainable and I haven't seen many photographers out there that last very long. We as portrait photographers sell emotion, not images on a CD or pieces of paper. We should all value
ourselves, the time and talent we have and always consider the cost of doing business, plus lets not forget we need to make a profit at the end.
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Postby minniev » Sat May 20, 2017 3:42 am

There is a local woman who does children's photos for $25 for 15 minute sessions outdoors at a central location of her choice, and customers get 10 unedited jpegs electronically. She has a way with the kids and gets nice spontaneous poses but the results need more work. I have a relative who uses her for holiday card shots but I always end up editing the things. The photographer gets lots of customers at every outing. It just seems like an odd set up to me. Assembly line photography.
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Postby Ernst-Ulrich Schafer » Sat May 20, 2017 4:39 am

Yep, Lots of those photographers around these days. I just have to worry about my own business and show my best on a constant bases.
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Postby St3v3M » Mon May 22, 2017 5:20 am

I don't shoot portraits so please forgive my ignorance but I was 'taught' that you never cut off someone's head, hands, etc. Am I wrong?

I like it, especially the cropped chopped head with his hands at his mouth, but am trying to understand when and where it's okay, or are there no rules and you go by what works, or the client's needs? I don't know that I'll ever have a studio, but imagine the same ideas apply to other genres so I thought I'd better ask.

Always curious! S-
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Postby Ernst-Ulrich Schafer » Mon May 22, 2017 12:57 pm

Yes, There are certain rules one must follow but then there a times when you can push some rules out of the way. It doesn't bother me at all to crop into the head at times. Here
it's about the placement of the eyes in the frame, which in my mind makes for a more powerful portrait. The rule of thirds trumps the cropping of the head.
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Postby St3v3M » Tue May 23, 2017 12:59 am

Ernst-Ulrich Schafer wrote:Yes, There are certain rules one must follow but then there a times when you can push some rules out of the way. It doesn't bother me at all to crop into the head at times. Here
it's about the placement of the eyes in the frame, which in my mind makes for a more powerful portrait. The rule of thirds trumps the cropping of the head.

For me, its Rules Say one thing but Instinct is a whole different thing. Thank you for sharing that with me, I'm better for it! S-
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