I generally like to avoid props in photo shoots. They can look really corny and dated. There are a few exceptions. Newborns. I think it’s the cutest thing ever if we put a tiny teddy bear or other little stuffed animal in the baby’s hand. I’m also OK with measuring tapes, chalkboard for the weight, wooden numbers for the year, etc. I mean, it’s a baby. They look precious no matter what. I photographed a newborn whose dad is a huge Cubs fan. So this little one had on a headband with a Cubs florette and assorted other fan gear on and around her. And it was so stinking cute. I wouldn’t want to do that with an 8-year-old. Then it’s hokey. I like to stick with upscale. My other exce

"I know what beauty looks like." -Sue Bryce

Sue Bryce is my hero. She is a dazzling portrait photographer, but she is so much more than that. Sue is a mentor, cheerleader, teacher, pioneer, trailblazer, and a million other things I can’t think of right now. Being a visual person, I obsessively look at photos on Pinterest. Every time I would see an image that I thought was brilliant, it was created by Sue Bryce. Her work was so unique. I don’t think I had ever really seen anything like it. She tries new things and never feels like she needs her images to look like anything else. This is also the origin of my obsession with tulle. This woman bares her soul to her followers. Sue tells us about all of her mistakes, her low points-


Another photographer that I love, love, love is Peter Hurley. He is the #1 headshot photographer in NYC, probably in the US, maybe even the world. He’s a high-energy, funny guy that says “shabang!” a lot. He’s responsible for plain white backgrounds and cropped off heads. Peter also invented the squinch. Ask me. I’ve been doing headshots a long time, but I always feel like I can improve and I want to stay current. I hope to get to one of his in-person classes this summer if I can get my act together. I’ve seen many of Peter’s video tutorials but there is only so much you can learn from a video. Having Peter looking over your shoulder and telling you what you are doing wrong, while ridic


COLOR CHOICES FOR INDIVIDUALS My advice always: Everyone looks good in pink. Even the guys. Whatever color you wear near your face will reflect up onto your skin. So lime and orange are not great choices for those of us with light skin. If you want to wear these colors, do it in the bottoms, belt, bracelets, etc. The more contrast between your hair and skin, the more bold the color can be. For instance, if you have jet black hair and very pale skin, you can wear emerald green or rich purple. If you have blond hair and pale skin, please don’t wear bright colors like fuchsia and orange. These colors will overwhelm you. Stick with mid-tones and pastels. People of color such as Black, Ind

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