MUSINGS OF A PORTRAIT ARTIST
Thursday, May 25, 2017
By Irene Abdou Photography, LLC, DC Photographer
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I got a new Octa softbox along with a new set of colored gels (thin pieces of transparent plastic) and was eager to try them both out.

 

I started with just a single light with the softbox and grid and a large silver reflector for fill. The background was black, and as you can see in the first headshot below, there wasn't any separation between Idrissa's hair or shirt and the background.

 

So for the second portrait, I added two rim lights to create separation. I wanted a purple color, so I gelled the main light with a yellow-green gel and used a custom white balance. The green gel, once white-balanced, turned the rim lights from white into purple.

 

Then I decided I didn't want a black background, so for the third headshot, I added a background light, ungelled, which made the background light purple.

 

Finally, Idrissa and I decided that the purple rim lights on Idrissa's face was too much color for our taste, so we gelled the rim lights with green (to turn the light back to white) plus light blue to give a slight blue-ish cast in the final portrait.

 

What do you think?  Which of this series of commercial portraits do you like the best?

 

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Thursday, May 18, 2017
By Irene Abdou Photography, LLC, Family Photography, Maryland
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When the K's came back to our Maryland photography studio for the "photo reveal" of their Bethesda family portraits at Cabin John Regional Park, they fell in love with our canvas gallery wraps. They had always wanted to hang some portraits in their home, so they sent me photos, and we played around with different configurations of wall groupings on different walls within their home. After all our experimentation, they chose a four piece canvas love grouping, with the largest family portrait at a 20x30" size, and three smaller art pieces of the twins individually and together. Mr. K wanted another wall portrait for the kids' playroom, and they chose another favorite of the two siblings for a 20x24" canvas.  (And by the way, did you know that hanging family portraits in the home helps to build children's self-esteem?  Read more here.)

 

Then, to enjoy and preserve all their other favorites from the session for themselves and their children and future generations, they also selected 20 portraits for a custom-designed album, together with some desk prints and other items. Follow our blog, and we'll post photos of their finished album!  

Envious of the K's?  There's no need to be jealous.

 
Tuesday, May 09, 2017
By Irene Abdou Photography, LLC, MD Boudoir Photographer
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F. had been thinking about doing a boudoir photography session for the past 1.5 years, and the time just felt right. She and her boyfriend have been doing the long-distance thing for a few years now. While the boudoir photography session would be more for her than for him, his birthday and graduation were both also coming up, and she would love to surprise him with a gorgeous boudoir photography album.

 

"Can I bring my best friend to the boudoir photography session?" F. asked.
"Of course!" I said. "It's natural to be a little nervous at the prospect of baring yourself to your boudoir photographer who you've only just recently met, so I welcome any friends who will make you feel more comfortable. Plus, it's double the fun with double the people!"

 

Her friend would be coming out from out-of-state just for F's classy MD boudoir photography session, so we made sure to schedule for a weekend when everyone was available.

 

F. brought lingerie that she had to our pre-boudoir session planning & design meeting, and we toured our Maryland photography studio, picked out furniture & settings for her photography session, and matched lingerie to each theme. F's boyfriend owns a motorcycle, so one of her outfits included a motorcycle jacket and boots over lace thigh-highs and lingerie. When she visited her boyfriend before her boudoir session, she insisted on bringing the motorcycle jacket back to Maryland with her, refusing to answer her boyfriend's questions about why she would need it! Well, that was a bit of a giveaway, because a week later on the day of her boudoir photography session, they were on the phone, and she said she was going to an appointment, and he said... "Are you going somewhere for pictures???" She couldn't help but confess right then and there, and said he was oh so excited to see the result!

 

At her boudoir photography "reveal" a week after her session, F. chose an Artful Album with a 45-image storybook design, art green inside paper, and a black linen cover. Gorgeous!!!!! (Stay tuned, as I'll post images of her finished boudoir photography album soon!)

So what about YOU?

 

 

Are you ready for classy boudoir photography

that'll make you feel more glamorous than you've ever felt before?

 
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
By Irene Abdou Photography, LLC, DC Portrait Photographer
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Our spring mystery portrait photography promotion will be announced this weekend and will only be available to our e-mail subscribers. So hurry up and subscribe before this weekend!

 
Monday, May 01, 2017
By Irene Abdou Photography, LLC, Baby Photographer, Maryland
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When I told this little baby's mom & dad about the cherry blossoms at Glenview Mansion in Rockville, Maryland, they immediately wanted us to go there for their little one's second baby photography plan session. The bonus was that dogs are allowed (on leash) at Glenview Mansion, so their rescue dog, Eden, was able to bound into a few of the family portraits.

 

As spring appeared, I called Glenview Mansion multiple times to get the skinny on the cherry blossoms, and the end result was that we had an amazing peak bloom for our family photography backdrop. In fact, this is the absolute best that I've ever seen the Glenview Mansion cherry blossoms! Of course, the highlight was seeing how much this adorable, silver-haired baby had grown since his newborn photography session with us last year.  His parents proudly told me that he's in the... what was it? ... 99th percentile for height, following after his dad?  Speaking of whom, this first-time dad was indefatigable, coming up with countless ways to play with and lift his little man in the air.  And the little sweetheart demonstrated his sweetness as if on cue, as he clung and pressed his face into mama.

 

This is what I love about our baby photography plans.  What greater honor than documenting a family at every stage of growth from maternity photography onwards?  

Did You Know?

 

Our baby photography plan clients receive up to 20% off individual session costs, and the burden of finding and booking a photographer as each milestone comes around is lifted, since we keep track of time and reach out when it's time to plan your next baby photography plan session.  We understand that baby parents are extra busy, and it's our job as your professional baby photographer to take the load off!