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Which one is your favourite?

Here are five before/afters we have picked for you to choose from (we shot a lot of young women recently). Comment below with the name of your favourite one. All participants will also be rewarded with a gift voucher that entitles them to a free glamour makeover and a two hour fully guided photoshoot in our heritage listed studio in Midland. Just send us an e-mail to admin@mikebeltrametti.com.au or fill out the contact form and the voucher will be on its way. Thank you in advance for your participation!

Anna

Anna is a Polish born Relationship and Contract officer by profession. She has also been acting as a supporting actress in student films, music videos as well as a web series and a charity advert since 2009. Anna gained a series of speaking roles in local independent films too. Doesn’t she look like an actress?

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Blainy

Blainy is a young Australian woman with roots in Zimbabwe. She is studying to be a nurse. Love how her makeup matches the blue of the traditional dress and her purple hair!

Jay

Jay is a lovely, gorgeous woman and a mother of a beautiful model who happens to be a math genius. She also has a son. Both her children are neuroatypical and very creative. Sorry for the blurry before shot (courtesy of Jay).

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Valerii

We photographed Valerii on a number of occasions. She is an artistic person with many talents amongst which are cooking, baking and painting. She has an eye for detail and decided to do her own makeup for this outdoor glamour shoot.

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Rayana

Rayana is from Sudan and wants to become a model. We had a great time photographing for her modeling portfolio and got some awesome photos of this Nubian princess.

11 memorable events in your life you will wish you captured in photographs

Professional photography is not just for your wedding day. Here is my list of eleven events in your life you will wish you captured in photographs. 

1. You in the flush of youth 

“Oh, sweet youth, how soon it fades! Sweet joys of youth, how fleeting” (Thomas Moore).

Youth is beautiful but very brief and capturing that beauty professionally is something every woman wishes she had done. Those mobile phone pictures just don’t do women justice.

I understand that few young adults can afford a professional photoshoot on their own so sharing a shoot with mum or with a couple of friends can bring the cost down. You can always ask for a deal.

The flush of youth is an ephemeral time in our lives and should definitely be captured in nice photographs before the worries of adult life leave their permanent mark on the face. This is my number one life event that must be photographed and preserved forever.

2. Those first months of your budding love

Falling in love is the most exciting thing that can happen to us! That incredible feeling of loving and being loved, especially the first couple of months when you are still swooning, is definitely worth capturing. Those adoring gazes is something we all wish we could have caught in photos even if it is just to remind him or her how much you once worshiped each other.

We can all dream of keeping that kind of love for our whole life! Surprise your love with a photoshoot. There is no better way to keep your relationship strong than by being fresh. Keep surprising each other!

3. Your engagement

Engagement photography is something many miss out on in favour of a wedding photographer. It is less formal but just as beautiful. Going out into nature and doing a beautiful shoot on the beach or amongst the trees or at a garden or any other place you love to hang out together really lets photographers create timeless images of your young love. Professional pics of him on his knees or however he pops the greatest question of all, is priceless. Use these photos to make the announce to your family and friends.

4. Your pregnancy

Women never look as full and flushed and gorgeous as when they are creating Life! Those beautiful artsy maternity shots you so love are totally doable even if you do not feel beautiful yourself. My wife brought three children into this world and I know about the discomforts women experience during their pregnancy.

Trust me years down the track you will be happy that you captured this precious time in your life and be grateful for the lovely photos you have.

5. The first month with your newborn

Those first weeks of being with the newborn are perfect for capturing amazing baby photos.

Newborns are mostly sleeping and let photographers pose them and dress them in cute clothes all whilst looking extremely serene. These photos will always put a smile on your face and warm your heart! So don’t forget to book a photoshoot for the first month of your baby’s life.

6. Your young family

Time flies for us all and it is by how fast our kids sprout that we realise how fleeting life is and how precious and short our time together. Don’t regret not booking a professional photoshoot with your family to capture your quirkiness or to do a lifestyle shoot and tie you all together in your uniqueness.

7. Before they fly the nest (your teens)

They want to be hanging out with us less and less as they enter into young adulthood. They have their own thing going on now and we cease to be cool. We may even be fighting with them a bit more nowadays but having one thing that we can do together to create a lasting memory is something they and us will never forget.

A photoshoot is a beautiful way to bond with your daughter at least. Boys are mostly lukewarm about photoshoots but a mother daughter shoot is a perfect way to show your love and acknowledge her budding womanhood. Of course if you can still compel your teens to join the whole family in a photoshoot you will not have to wait too many years before you look on them with tears in your eyes.

8. Your 50 and fabulous

“Happily there exists more than one kind of beauty. There is the beauty of infancy, the beauty of youth; the beauty of maturity, and, believe me, ladies and gentlemen, the beauty of age”. (George Augustus Henry Sala)

Women always do a photoshoot either as young girls or as young women but what about as mature women? They still have so much beauty plus more confidence, wisdom and understanding than ever. This is the time to do the 50 and fabulous shoot and rediscover just how beautiful you still are. Too many forget that fact amongst the raising of family, running of relationships and business as they steer the ship through the storms of life.

It’s time to remember yourself! Pamper yourself with a beautifully tailored photoshoot that will prove to you there are still a lot of great times ahead!

9. You with grandchildren

Kids and babies are such a joy, especially if you can give them back! Seeing the next generation come along and knowing you are in them, your eyes, mouth or even mannerisms makes you fall in love with the little rascals.

Having photos with your grandparents is something we all need. I loved my grandparents and I wish I had photos with them to go with the memories and the stories about them I hear at family gatherings. My nonno was a real character and I loved him dearly yet no photo of me and him exists anywhere. Don’t let that happen to you.

10. Reinventing yourself

Having to start over again can be daunting, even scary. Doing it in style gives you the confidence to step out into the world anew and own it. Be it a break up, a crisis, a new beginning of any kind really, if you are unhappy where you were then a fresh start can work wonders for your morale. Go find that new dress, get your makeup done, style your hair, capture it in beautiful photos and hang them on your wall to remind yourself every day that you are fabulous and that you deserve to be happy.

11. Possessions (for men or women)

When you slave and save for years to buy yourself that dream car, boat or motorbike then you should organise a professional to take those slick high-key shots of you with your dream-machine.

A photo of you squatting next to your Harley-Davidson, lit up with two Profoto flashes to overpower the sun, looks absolutely magnificent! Or your polished beast with a model leaning up against it, good enough for a calendar!  Capture your pride and joy and put it on your wall.

Conclusion

There are many moments in life that are worth photographing. People use mobile phones to capture the first steps of their child, their good times with friends, birthday parties etc. But some life events need to be taken to the next level and photographed by a professional.

Did any events described above resonate with you? What would be your top 3 events to be professionally captured?

 

Fears that stop women from booking a photoshoot

Top 5 fears of photoshoots

Let’s face it, women are very hard on themselves when it comes to their appearance, no matter what their age is. I know as I’m hard on myself too.  I don’t like the bags under my eyes due to lack of sleep, the acne scars on my cheeks an inheritance from my teenage years, and the appearing wrinkles on my face (I’m 32 by the way).

We all have something we are not happy about, right? For some women it’s easier to accept the changes in their body for others it’s not. But even though I’m not happy with the certain aspects of myself I still like being photographed under controlled lighting conditions.

I made a deal with my husband Mike. Every year on my birthday he is going to photograph me in the studio. That way we can capture the changes in my appearance throughout the years. 🙂 It will be interesting to go through those photos when we are old.

We photograph a lot of women and all of them have some insecurities. I’ve prepared a list of the top five reasons why women avoid professional photographers or cameras all together and how we help them overcome their barriers.

 The most common fears of photoshoots are:

  1. “I’m not photogenic”. We hear this a lot. When you show women nice photos of other women their first reaction is “Beautiful but I will never look like that!”

    My answer to this is; there is no such thing as being unphotogenic. Anyone can look amazing under the right circumstances. And those specific conditions are totally under the control of the photographer and his team -the makeup artist, the hair stylist and the photography assistant who happens to be me. I’m also the in-house stylist who will be guiding you on all the relevant issues before the shoot.

    Being photogenic is something that can be manufactured and it starts with the right wardrobe. No matter how uncouth or stylish you are in real life, when it comes to photography certain things need to be taken into consideration. For instance, plain colors look best in photos. Body hugging garments enhance the S-curve of the female form and work beautifully on skinny and curvy ladies. These are the things I will talk to you about and we will discuss during the initial in person consultation.

    The great wardrobe needs to be complemented by beautiful hair and makeup. We have a makeup guide in the studio for you to choose from but hair is probably the most important part of the equation. Great hair makes any woman look glamorous even with simple makeup.

    The final part of making you look your best (and definitely photogenic) happens during the shoot. Mike uses posing and lighting techniques (some of which I discuss in the next sections) to bring out the best in each woman. The relaxed atmosphere of our little heritage listed studio will put you at ease. And when you are relaxed you connect a lot better with the photographer, that connection is vital and makes for a great photograph.

  2. “I need to lose weight” is another common reason why women don’t want to be photographed. With the right posing, lighting and a bit of post editing curvy women look great on photos too.

    I’m going to shed some light on the tricks we use to slim curvy women on photos.

    One of the things we do is pose bigger women on a 45-90 degree angle to the camera. That technique alone slims down the body straight away. Also leaning women with their upper body towards the camera and dropping the front shoulder down changes the perspective and evens the proportions. In camera the parts of the body that are further away seem smaller.

    Photographing plus sized women at or above eye level and having them tilt the head slightly downward slims their jaw line and, at the same time, the eyes appear bigger.

    Using body hugging clothes (as mentioned above) is important for bigger women too as we want to enhance those gorgeous curves or put them in perspective.

    Props are also a great way to cover some parts of the body that you want to hide. We can use shawls, scarves, hats, jewelry and other things you might have a liking for.

    And of course we use crops and some slight editing after the shoot to enhance certain things that we couldn’t fix with the techniques described above.

    Here is the link to a good article that I found  – “10 steps to posing curvy women – no Photoshop required”. If you are like me and understand the concepts better visually you will enjoy reading this article as it has a few photos illustrating the techniques that we use. You can try these while photographing your family or friends or even on yourself.

  3. “I’m camera shy” or “I get stage fright”. It’s normal for everyone to feel that way but as soon as the camera starts clicking the fear washes away.

    We see it all the time. There is always some tension on women’s faces when the shoot begins and by the time the session is over the women are all at ease and relaxed. That is the reason why Mike picks the best photos from the session starting from the end of the shoot. This is where the best shots are!

    To make you feel more comfortable we offer champagne to relax your nerves and music of your choice to listen to during your photoshoot session. We also chat with you and have a few laughs. So don’t stress, you are not alone!

  4. “I don’t have adequate wardrobe”. If you are worried about your wardrobe, borrow some clothes from your friends, hire, buy or have it tailor made depending on your budget.

    The thing is you do not need an elaborate wardrobe to do a photoshoot. Simple garments that look great on you will work a treat. Of course if you are tired of your old clothes and would like something new (I know how much women enjoy new outfits) then start looking around. Ask your friends if you could borrow some nice clothes from them, hire from a few shops in Perth (just google “clothes hire places in Perth” and a few companies will come up), buy in-store or online or, if you are very particular about what you want, have your garment tailor made.

    If you want to find some classics or some retro items don’t forget to check out second-hand stores . You’ll be surprised to know how many photographers find clothes at second-hand stores like Salvos for their projects.

  5.  “It is out of my price range”. If money is your concern we have a couple of solutions for you.

    The first one is to pay the photos off over a period of a few months. We all find the money for what we really want. I’ve spent years paying off things I could not really afford but just had to have.

    The second option is to book a mini session that lasts 30 minutes. We have set dates and locations when on the same day between 10 and 12 clients come with their hair and makeup done and each shoots for 30 minutes with one change of clothes. For $350 you get six professionally retouched photos on a USB. This is the only time (at this stage) that we offer digital files on their own for sale. To learn more just contact Mike on 0401 849 596, send us an e-mail to admin@mikebeltrametti.com.au or fill out this contact form.

Hope this article helped you in some way. If you fear something that I haven’t mentioned here please let me know by commenting below. I would like to know your thoughts!

Photoshoot sessions for curvy girls!

Photoshoot sessions for curvy girls

Photoshoot sessions for curvy girls!

Curvy ladies stop hiding from the camera! Come and do a photoshoot with us, you have nothing to loose. If you are conscious about your body size or shape do NOT worry.

During our private pre-shoot consultation we will discuss your worries (and address them), how and where you would like to be photographed, what to wear and other things that will ensure a successful outcome of the photoshoot.

We take it seriously. You are the centre of our focus and our aim is to make you feel and look the best. During the photoshoot session we use posing and lighting techniques that are flattering to women of all ages, shapes and sizes. You will love the photos of yourself!

Still worried? Rest assured our service comes with a satisfaction guarantee! If for some reason you are not happy with the results we will re-shoot for free or give you your money back. Seriously, there is nothing to loose! Make a day out of it! Bring a friend!

Come and enjoy the music of your choice, drinks, nibbles, professional makeover and a friendly chat with our team members followed by the fully guided photoshoot session in a relaxed atmosphere.

If you would like to learn more about the process visit our glamour page.

We also have some specials on. If you are interested in a glamour or boudoir shoot we can offer a full makeover, photoshoot and one of your favourite prints (8×12″ size) for $95 with no obligation to purchase any extra photos. More details are here.

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“Be confident in the skin you are in, because that is the only body you will ever have, the only place that will ever be solely yours. Even if you will never be as skinny as those super models, or the beauty who makes everyone stare, you can be beautiful in your own way. And you have to accept that, and own it.” (Deejae Harper)