Step 1 – Set aside a set amount of time each day or week and start organizing.
You can organize in a few different ways. The most popular seems to be by date and then project. Create sub folders inside your “My Pictures” folder by reverse date (ie. 2007-06-26). Then add a subject after so you know what each folder has in it (ie. 2007-06-26_RedwoodForestTrip). Use your favorite image organizing software, or simply use the thumbnail view of your folders on your computer so you can see the images as you click on them. This may take a few hours, a few days or a bit longer depending on how “trigger happy” you have been with your camera.
Step 2 – Keep the organization going with newly added images.
Immediately create a new folder using the file format above for all new images you are transferring to your computer, so you always know where your photos are.
Step 3 – Back up your photos.
Hard drives disappear all the time: mostly by crashing, but also by fire, damage, theft, etc. Don’t lose all the memories in the blink of an eye. Back it up. Burn a CD or DVD, copy to an external hard drive or use cloud-based storage like Dropbox, iCloud, or similar. When you back them up, make sure you are using the same file naming structure that you used in your computer folders so you can easily find them later.
Step 4 – Print them out.
Mark your favorites from an event, or month, or year and get them printed. Digital files are not forever. Simple 4×6 prints work well, or if you want to create an album, there are many online options like Shutterfly.com or Vistaprint.com, etc. Just in time to make some holiday gifts!
Once you get this beast under control, you will be able to enjoy your photos for years to come with a lot less heartache.
Written by Portrait Photographer Dana Reinke of Spokane, Washington
We had a contest in our August monthly newsletter asking readers to report their favorite methods of organizing digital files, and Debi Morrow won a $10 Starbucks gift card for her all-star response.
“I put all my digital photos in files by date, so I can watch the granddaughters grow as I watch the slideshow of their pictures—it’s fun.”
We thought this was so precious and creates an instant photo slideshow with minimal work. Great idea! Thanks for sharing Debi. Enjoy those grandkids of yours!
Taking care of yourself in the week leading up to your photo shoot can make so much difference on how your photos turn out. Drink plenty of water in the days leading up to your shoot and the day of too. This will make your skin very hydrated, fill in lines and wrinkles, under eye circles, and give you a healthy glow. Try to avoid drinking alcohol or eating salty foods that may cause bloat. Most importantly, get plenty of sleep the night before your session so you look and feel well rested.
Makeup should be simple but well executed for your session and should appear natural. When doing your own makeup, apply how you would wear it for an average day, but amp up it up a few notches. Apply makeup evenly. Choose light to medium eyeliners, eye shadows, and lipsticks that are only a shade or two darker than your skin tones. This brings your features out in a subtle manner without making it look like you’re wearing lots of makeup. Look for a high quality, oil free foundation and pigment rich shadows and blush. Avoid caking on heavy foundation, or wearing shiny eye shadows or lip gloss: too much shine is distracting on camera, looks wet, and can create unwanted glare.
LIPS – Lip color should be one or two shades darker than your natural lip color. Also, lip gloss is often effective in making the lips fuller but use sparingly so you don’t get glare!
EYES – Groom yourself or make an appointment to get your eyebrows waxed a couple of days in advance. Your eyes will appear more open and clean for makeup application with a fresh eyebrow grooming. Remember to help fill in your eyebrows with a brow product to define your arch.
POWDER – Have a loose or compact translucent powder with little to no color. Do not be afraid to use more powder than usual. A lot of setting powder is routinely used in fashion and beauty photography to reduce shimmer and make the skin look matte. Professional makeup artists will keep applying powder every 10–20 minutes of the shoot to prevent shiny skin. You should bring yours and apply extra powder regularly. Don’t be afraid to ask your photographer if you have any unwanted shine during your shoot.
All of these steps can be achieved with the proper makeup and tools. Most importantly, have fun and keep it about you!
Written by Guest Writer Shasta Hankins of Shasta Hankins Makeup in Spokane, Washington
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When should you hire a make-up artist?
If you are concerned about looking your best for your session, I highly recommend you hire a professional. Shasta Hankins is Creative Catch Studio’s go to MUA gal because she works with you, talks through how much makeup you usually wear, what colors and tones are suited best for your skin type and tone, and she builds upon your usual look to make it camera ready. Our key goal is to create a look that makes your features naturally stand out and lets your personality shine.
Glamour sessions are now offered at Creative Catch Studio. I realized a need to offer a special session for those who needed a little extra fun or to be reminded they are truly rock stars in their own skin. When a glamour/boudoir session is booked, it is for you first and the rest of the world second. Melissa and Jo rocked their sessions.
Melissa was so much fun to work with — a down to earth gal who wanted to spice it up a bit for herself before her big day.
Congrats Melissa on your wedding day. May your new life as a wife find great adventures and memory making!
Jo had her session at Creative Catch Studio as a reminder to slow down and enjoy life, with the past year bringing lots of busy life changes. Her and I go way back, and this session was a blast to shoot as you can see her beautiful smile shining through.
I am excited for you, Jo, as you find balance…please share any tips you find along the way! 😉
So every now and then, one must “unplug” as I mentioned in our May post, Our Digital World. Well, I listened to my own advice, and we went on a little family camping trip to gobble up the beautiful Northwest Washington scenery in the Olympic National Forest, so far from Spokane! How majestic and breath-taking it was. Of course, being a photographer, I took my camera and click, click, click… got some great images. I wanted to share what we saw and encourage you once again to go out and enjoy your beautiful world.
Written by Spokane Photographer Dana Reinke of Creative Catch Studio
Like it or not, family photos don’t happen unless you put it in the plan. Your family is the most important thing to you, right? So no excuses. Don’t miss another year of family portraits!
Here are five great tips to help you start getting these precious years documented. They will have you singing!
1. Plan ahead.
Take into consideration nap times, lunch, or any other possible melt down moments, when scheduling your session. Try to feed the family just before the shoot, preferably following lil Johnny’s nap time. In our studio, we have snacks, juice and a treasure chest to make smiles last and get the best family photos. Secondly, walk through your wardrobe decisions before the session with your photographer, discussing colors and patterns that compliment the room you plan to hang your portraits in.
Your photographer can provide guidance in all aspects of the session including planning, shooting, and ordering. Listen to what they recommend for locations and times. The photographer usually has good reason for their suggestions. The high-noon sun is usually too harsh for family photos, or a busy place can be too distracting to kids.
You should be able to trust your photographer to help guide you as to where you should do the session, what time works best for the light and your schedule.
3. “We need to wait to get family photos because…” Excuses are… well… just excuses.
We all have plenty of reasons why we put off getting family pictures. “I want to lose 10 pounds. I don’t have anything to wear. We want to wait until the kids are older. My husband is working long hours right now.”
Every year without a photo session is another year that doesn’t get captured. Your child might be a busy toddler who won’t sit still, but that’s them in all their toddler glory. Those 10 pounds? When your children are all grown up taking pictures with their family, they won’t have those memories to look back on for themselves. Next year will hold a different set of excuses.
4. Embrace the fun!
It never fails. Mom thinks that for this one hour session, her little two year old should be some sort of angel who sits on a box and smiles every time the photographer is ready. WRONG! Your two year old is supposed to do what two year olds do—be into something for all of 30 seconds, and then move onto something new. The photographer’s job is to capture these amazing moments. I guarantee you, if you let them do their job, you will LOVE your images. I always hear, “wow you actually got some great photos. How did you do that? Susie didn’t sit still once.” Well, it’s kinda my job.
Instead of just asking for the disc of the session, ask your photographer if they can assist you in getting your images printed, framed and hung on your wall. This service will ensure that you can enjoy your images for years to come. We provide you an experience that offers state-of-the-art software showing you to-scale, how your images will look on your wall even before we shoot your session!
What are you waiting for? Schedule your session today!
Written by Spokane Portrait Photographer Dana Reinke of Creative Catch Studio
We live in a different world today. The digital world.
A world where we can communicate with a friend living nine time zones away by picking up our mobile device, writing on their timeline and instantly get a response. Or pick up our tablet and Skype them to see them face-to-face, well sort of.
Our ability to connect is so vastly different than it was even 10 years ago, let alone when I was growing up calling my grandparents on a corded phone connected to the wall talking about all the activities I’ve done in the past six weeks since the last time I talked with them. Long distance calling was too expensive to call every day. This way of living is history. Today 328 of my not-so-closest friends will see photos and hear about the meal I ate 10 minutes ago. Grandma and Grandpa cherished those phone calls. Do you think your “friends” cherish your posts? Grandma and Grandpa probably still do, but that’s it.
Don’t get me wrong it’s fun to chat with people I wouldn’t have been able to connect with once upon a time, but really where is that time coming from? Have we magically grown more time with this new digital world? Not when we are talking about real relationships; we’ve actually shrunk it. We are stealing from the people right in front of us for the ones somewhere else with their nose stuck in their digital world ignoring their families too.
RELATIONSHIP MOTIVATES US
As of three months ago, NBC reported that the average American spends 40 minutes a DAY on Facebook. This doesn’t include Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or any of the many online apps and games that suck people away from their real life to play with “friends” online. We are so drawn to relationships. It’s right smack in the middle of Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs. We see online interaction as a connection with other human beings, and thus the viscous cycle begins. An addiction like no other, this appears to satisfy two of our basic needs, relationships and self esteem. We get excited when someone “likes” our stuff and agrees with our comment.
HANG YOUR LIFE ON A REAL WALL
We post all our images to our social sites and message them to friends and family. When we get photos taken, we just get a CD of them. For what? So we can post them to a site and plan to go get prints made someday when we have time? Then we put them in a drawer to deal with later. Digital copies of our portraits are fragile, some day we will not be able to access them. A good example is the “air” laptops and tablets. Where do you stick your CD to retrieve those beautiful family portraits now?
Many of us are so wrapped up in the digital world, that we forget the real world. We sit in an empty room with no family portraits on the wall, board games still in their wrappers and upload images to our flickr account to share with the world, and then get sidetracked checking our online game that “needs” our attention, our love.
Once upon a time, you could see a family portrait on the walls of homes. Home was warm and inviting and dinner was cooked and ready for the family gathered around the table. Chatter about everyone’s events of the day were shared there. Today, our walls are bare, and dinner is brought home from the closest fast food place.
Let’s think about what’s really important here. For me, behind the Almighty, my family is a close second. We can all work on that, and spend more time with our real family and less with the ones through the wireless router and 4G towers. Play more board games, go camping “disconnected,” eat at the dinner table together, hang beautiful family portraits on our walls, and embrace what Maslow hierarchy really was talking about, a complete balanced life.
This post was inspired by this YouTube video, titled, “Look Up.” If you haven’t already seen it, take a moment now to view it, and then get off this device and go give a little love to the people around you.
Written by Spokane Portrait Photographer, Dana Reinke of Creative Catch Studio
Model Call! We need glamour and boudoir models… 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s – we want you! Friends, family, clients – if you are interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org BY MONDAY, APRIL 20th with a snapshot of yourself. We will pamper you, hair and makeup provided!
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