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We are located in Lakewood Ranch FL serving Florida's Gulf Coast  
Sarasota, Bradenton, Tampa, Naples and beyond.

Sony A7RIII Tethering Cable Protector Clamp Hack

I got tired of messing with the included (A7RIII) cage style cable relief accessory - first it's fiddly to install, and more importantly my TT tethering cable end is too...
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Cropping FAQ for In Studio or on Location Headshots and portraits

Lakewood Ranch • Sarasota • Bradenton Headshots • Team Photos • Portraits • Senior Portraits • Events Thank you for visiting our cropping FAQ! Sometime's we're asked -...
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Just For Fun - Shooting Silly Headshots and Portraits in Lakewood Ranch

Attention all crazy people - (un-crazy people too!) It's not uncommon for people to tense up when they are about to have their photo taken - But it's our goal to get the...
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DIY Eyelighter Portrait - Headshot Photographer Creative Unique Lighting Modifier Head Shots

Being a professional photographer requires an understanding of light and how to see it, use it, and manipulate it. Often times we buy many expensive lighting tools to hel...
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Choosing Your Favorites Video

A short video tutorial on how to select your favorites!
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Bad Weather Family or Engagement Location Photo Shoots in Sarasota Bradenton

W hat if you just can’t shoot outside? W hen outdoor family portraits, senior or engagement photos aren’t an option, what can we do to work around it? If you did a quick...
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The best paint brushes in the world! (aka Fauxtographers)

So here's a simple question - does buying the best brushes and paint money can buy, make a person a great artist? NO - RIGHT? I can't tell you how many times I've hea...
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The Beauty Of Retouching - Headshots Family Fashion Lifestyle Editorial and Advertising

Let's face it - everyone wants to look their best in a photo - right? One of the things that sets us apart from the majority of other photographers is the ability to use...
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Head Shot posing and expressiveness - Your Sarasota Bradenton headshot photo studio experience

Whether the goal is business or beauty - We capture the essence of individuals in their headshot photography in every session here at our studio in Lakewood Ranch. Our te...
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Artist's Muse Corner - featuring Jen!

A couple of weeks ago we had a great session with a model who drove down from Tampa to shoot with us. I had been looking for a certain type for some lighting tests we wer...
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Now this is SHARP!

One of the first things we do after a shoot is look at the image quality on the set for that day - With high end cameras our files are huge - but when zooming in to 100%...
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Artist Challenge - Rock Band Photography - Annie Liebovitz Style

I've been a fan of the work of Annie Liebovitz for a long time - so like most other things I've taught myself in life - I decided to study the techniques and vision neces...
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Girl's Night Out - Lakewood Ranch High School Fun Photo Shoot @ Greenbrook Adventure Park

We just never know where we will be shooting next - or who the client will be! Turns out they were from the local community nearby of Greenbrook - a subdivision of Lakewo...
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Lakewood Ranch Studio Head Shots - A husband and wife headshot session

We sometimes get calls from business to cover executive headshots - or even everyone in the office - This time around it was a husband and wife both needing portraits for...
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Shooting On White Background - A Simple Formula

In photography, we the photographers are often asked to shoot on a white seamless background (or a cove). One of the most challenging shots in fashion, advertising, and c...
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