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Carrie Benuska

Carrie Benuska is a local Realtor who specializes in the city of San Marino. Unlike most Real Estate Agents, Carrie decided to get her photo taken by someone other than the passport people. She looked around at several professional photographers and landed on me. I find it odd, the very people who rely on their photo to draw people in end up using the most boring photo or even worse, a head shot they had taken over 20 years ago. To be honest, if someone showed up looking 20 years older than what I expected my immediate reaction would be “bate and switch” and I would not do business with them. What a waste of time for both of us! Carrie is different: honest, sincere, and most of all so much fun! We had such a great time walking the grounds of Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena. I love shooting there because there are so many little nooks and crannies. Shooting one person is very different than shooting a couple or a group, because YOU have to be the one to interact with them. The trick is to get them to be active. Direct them to walk, stop, turn and look at you. Show them their mark and do it several times. It is sort of like acting. Your focus will be on their mark so if they don’t quite hit it, just do it again. It will be a much more inviting photo. Have them sit somewhere and lean in towards you. Think of how you feel when you talk with someone and what their body language is. If they are sitting towards you leaning in a bit, they are more interested in what you are saying. Portrait photography has a lot to do with human psychology. It would be beneficial for you if you are a photographer to read a book on the subject. Also try to get them to giggle a little. A fake giggle goes a long way since they will feel silly doing it they normally laugh for real. Here are a few of my favorites.

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Here is her info:

Carrie Benuska, Realtor
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
388 South Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 840-9149
http://thesanmarinorealestatereport.wordpress.com or http://www.carriebenuska.com

Copyright © 2010 by Jen O’Sullivan http://www.jenosullivan.com

Beverly Hills Wedding Photographer, Jen O’Sullivan is a boutique wedding photographer who specializes in portrait journalism. She is known for her beautifully captured emotion filled moments, stunning details, and imagery that has a storybook feel.

Jen O’Sullivan, LLC | 357 South Robertson Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California, 90211 | 310-494-6547

Family Portrait Day

Family Portrait Day is always a fun day. A bunch of families come, a bunch of student photographers come, and we shoot until we are dizzy. Again, I was the instructor so I usually only take a few teaching shots so my class can see how I might pose or capture or direct a shot. With families, the trick is to place them in the right spots and then let them interact with each other. The hardest thing is to separate yourself from the fun and keep shooting. I often see my students laughing WITH the family because something happened that was so funny rather than KEEP SHOOTING. Your goal is to make them laugh and then SHOOT! Here are a few of my out takes.

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Copyright © 2010 by Jen O’Sullivan http://www.jenosullivan.com

Beverly Hills Wedding Photographer, Jen O’Sullivan is a boutique wedding photographer who specializes in portrait journalism. She is known for her beautifully captured emotion filled moments, stunning details, and imagery that has a storybook feel.

Jen O’Sullivan, LLC | 357 South Robertson Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California, 90211 | 310-494-6547