Paris

Mommy and Me in a Parisian Way!

Check out our favorite images from this styled Mommy and Me photo session.

With this beautiful mother in this delicate and romantic ba&sh robe, and this sweet babe adorned in an iconic Bonpoint dress and Pom d'api booties, we could not ask for more. 

Check out more styles at Galeries Lafayette Paris, France.  C'est la vie!

Video

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LinkedIn


With 500+ Million members...

With 500+ Million members and the ability to click the “Easy Apply” button for many of the 10 Million active job postings on LinkedIn, it is becoming the most influential and effective place to network for new opportunities.

There are many recruiters that search LinkedIn for candidates, and hiring managers within corporations often look at your profile on LinkedIn to determine whether they will call you for an interview.  

These are all good reasons to make sure you have a professional head shot on your LinkedIn profile.  Click Here to schedule today and put your best face forward.

Journey

The Great Journey...

We have hopes and dreams that may be several years, and even decades long achieving them.

…and some of us may relate to realizing our dreams later in life, when comparing ourselves to others’ and their decisions.  

Dreams are most commonly associated with careers and career advancement, but can be related to marital status and having children.  Usually most of us have goals that may include both of these areas in our lives.

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What is more interesting to me though, is the dreams that are revealed to us in ways we could not imagine on our own.  The ones that we didn’t even realize, the ones that were revealed to us with time.  The dreams that were firmly planted within us before we even knew they were there.

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LinkedIn

With 500+ Million members...

With 500+ Million members and the ability to click the “Easy Apply” button for many of the 10 Million active job postings on LinkedIn, it is becoming the most influential and effective place to network for new opportunities.

There are many recruiters that search LinkedIn for candidates, and hiring managers within corporations often look at your profile on LinkedIn to determine whether they will call you for an interview.

These are all good reasons to make sure you have a professional head shot on your LinkedIn profile.

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Outfit Selection

How to choose the right outfits for your photo shoot

When you schedule a photo shoot, your outfit may be the last thing on your mind, but they are a decisive part of your photos. 

There are many factors to consider when choosing the right clothes for your photo shoot, including theme, location, colors, comfort, and accessories.

Theme

Does your photo shoot have a theme? If there’s a theme, your clothes will make or break the photo shoot. Outfits that don’t fit the theme will create photos that are jarring. Unless that’s the purpose of your photo shoot, you’ll want to pick clothes that align with your theme. It’s important to not, sometimes a shoot’s location can turn into a theme.

Location

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Consider the location of your photo shoot. Will it take place indoors or outdoors? If it’s an indoor shoot, you’ll have more outfit options. If your photo shoot is going to take place outdoors, you should choose outfits that prepare you for the weather. Otherwise, you may end up red and sweaty, or your shoot may have to end early.

Additionally, your location can set up a type of theme. For example, Paint the Moon gives the example of a couple dressed in vintage-style clothing with a retro amusement park background. Draw inspiration from your location for your outfits. If the shoot takes place on a boat, wear nautical-themed clothing.

Don’t forget to wear the right shoes. If your shoot takes place in a grassy, sandy, or muddy area, stick to flats, boots, or sneakers. If you decide to bring heels anyway, bring a change of shoes, just in case.

Colors

Stick to solid colors and clothes, and think about your surrounding. Choose colors that are complemented by your surroundings; avoid choosing colors or prints that clash with the environment. You don’t want your outfits to draw attention away from the subject: you.

For group pictures, Paint the Moon advises you to “coordinate colors but don’t match.” It’s easier if you start with one main outfit, and build the other outfits based on the colors from that outfit.

Darlene Hildebrandt, the managing editor at Digital Photography School, suggests choosing colors that are more subtle or subdued. Hildebrandt also suggests wearing like colors. If you choose to wear a dark-colored shirt, wear dark-colored pants. If you choose to wear a light-colored shirt, wear light-colored pants.  

Comfort

Comfort is essential. If you’re not comfortable in your outfit, it will show in the final photos. Choose outfits you feel comfortable in, so you’ll feel confident during the photo shoot.  

Accessories

The right accessories can draw attention to your favorite features. Paint the Moon recommends choosing accessories that can act as accent colors for the color scheme of your photos. The right accessories—hats, scarves, etc.—also become fun, interactive props.

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Aperture



With the right Aperture setting, the bokeh effect can be very powerful in portraiture. Bokeh is the technical term for the skill in portrait photography that is usually used to separate the subject from the background.  The bokeh effect is achieved by manually changing the aperture.  Aperture is the size of the hole that allows light in.  Aperture settings enable you to take little details out of the background, and sometimes even wash the entire background out, depending on all of your settings. 

The dramatic impact of this photographic technique draws the eye toward the feature or features the photographer wants the viewer to focus on.  The technique is also useful in documentary photography as it gives perspective to situations with many variables.  Documentary photography usually specializes in capturing a ray of environments or it focuses on telling a story during an event. 

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Salior's Delight

The Importance of Finding a Photographer Comfortable Shooting in Difficult Situations

Not all required photo sessions are created equal, and there are many atypical situations that require a photographer comfortable in locales that are dynamic, unpredictable, and challenging. Unlike photo sessions for portraits, headshots, and wedding photos, where time can be taken to prepare for locations and guide the subjects, some photography presents a variety of difficulties including movement, changing light, and unpredictability.

In challenging photographic situations, there may be many changing and moving parts in the shooting environment and a photographer working in this type of capacity needs to be comfortable and aware in their surroundings: knowledgeable to remain safe, quick enough to capture fleeting photographic opportunities, and skilled enough to adjust camera settings for correct exposures.

Examples of environments where such conditions may be found include the following:

1.      Sporting and Competitive Events
2.      Sessions In or On Bodies of Water
3.      Large Private or Community Events
4.      Wildlife or Nature Photography
5.      Sessions in Urban/City Environments

Each of these examples provide their own unique challenges and needs, and when searching for a professional capable of successfully operating in such demanding situations, the most important and yet simple thing a client can do is view a photographer’s portfolio and identify examples of the type of services required.

If such examples present themselves as quality work, and reflective of the photographer’s ability to meet the required needs, the next step would be to consult with the individual, communicate expectations of the shoot, and inform them of the dynamic environment which will be present. This time also serves as an excellent moment to collect any information from the photographer as well, gleaned from their experiences, and beneficial to assist them in completing their challenging tasks successfully.

A seasoned photographer, capable of adapting to challenging photographic environments is a great asset to have, and important in unstable, volatile, and changing conditions that present moments worthy to be captured on film. Finding such a professional can present challenges of its own, but is not impossible, especially with just a little preparation, research, and communication.

 

Annuals

Why you should get your photo taken every year

Families are often associated with the “yearly family photo,” but yearly photos are something everyone should partake in. It doesn’t matter if you’re single or married with a family; you should get your photo taken every year.

Every now and then, there are stories about people who took a photo of themselves for years. One of those stories was about Noah Kalina. For 12-and-a-half years, Kalina took a picture of himself every day, and in 2012, he posted a compilation of those photos as a YouTube video.

The video is striking and, a bit, eerie—due in part to the soundtrack that accompanies the video. It lets you view how this man, Kalina, lived his life for 12 years. You see how his appearance changes, and you view some of the different life stages he passes through as the background changes and he ages.

In another similar case, Zed Nelson, a photographer, documents the life of a family in his project, The Family. Nelson photographs a family on the same day for 24 years. It’s a lovely project that shows the way members of a family change over time.

Both projects act as a record of the lives of the people photographed, and they carry flavors of the yearly school pictures you took in school as a kid. At the moment, school pictures seem bothersome and annoying, but looking back at the school photos, it’s hard not to smile. Yearly photos—whether school-themed or not—are a fun and easy way to document the changes you go through as time passes.

Yearly photos have the obvious benefit of acting as a way to record memories, but there’s more. Have you ever looked at photos and felt nostalgic? According to John Tierney, a columnist at The New York Times, feelings of nostalgia have psychological benefits.

“Nostalgia has been shown to counteract loneliness, boredom and anxiety. It makes people more generous to strangers and more tolerant of outsiders. Couples feel closer and look happier when they’re sharing nostalgic memories. On cold days, or in cold rooms, people use nostalgia to literally feel warmer,” writes Tierney.

What about that bittersweet feeling you get when you hear an old song on the radio, and it reminds you of the good times you’ve had in the past? That feeling is also nostalgia, and you can get it by reminiscing over yearly photos of you and your pals. You could make it a tradition, like the five guys who took the same photo every year, for 30 years.

Taking your picture every year is the kind of thing that doesn’t seem useful until 20 or 50 years have passed. You’ll thank yourself for getting those pictures taken when years down the line you have plenty of photos to get nostalgic over. You’ll also get to see how you and your family have changed.

It’s not easy to see the use of this until years have passed. 20 or 50 years from now it will be nice to be able to look back at your life and reminisce about the changes you’ve experienced. You and your family will experience many positive changes, and it’ll be nice to look back and remember those times.

Mommy and Me

What is a Mommy and Me Session?

A Mommy and Me photography session allows the mother to be captured in photos with their child or children. You may think this isn't difficult, especially with all of the technology out there, but what we find is it is exactly the opposite of what you may be thinking.  With parents working dual incomes, and even with stay at home mothers, cell phone images are replacing family portraiture.  Mothers are snapping images of their children throughout the day, and even posting the images on Facebook, but guess what?  Mom is not in the photo, and the images may or may not be saved or even archived.  As much as we like photo sharing websites nowadays, we all know the images are lost, not saved in the proper folder, or we cannot find them.  Mommy and Me photography sessions let the mother take the time to get in beautiful photos with their children for memories to come.  Read more about the importance of archiving photos

 

Ideally scheduled once a year, you may start as early as 6 months.  It is ideal to find a photographer you enjoy working with and continually schedule with them as the years go by.   This allows the child to get to know the photographer, and feel comfortable with the photographer, capturing the best images of you and your little ones for years to come.  Using the same photograpaher through the years, also allows you to be as diverse in venue and backdrops as little or as much as possible.  Many photographers can almost reproduce the same set up, for years to come, for fun prints, albums, and framed options - if you like.   

 

At tak-ful.com studios, we strive for classic and simple images, with minimal props, as we believe props can often times take away from the simple and soft beauty of a mother and her children, and may ‘date’ the images when viewed years later.  With that being said, we encourage neutral clothing and colors, and of course recommend the printing of the images, for sharing or display.  CLICK HERE to read more about why prints matter and kindly fill out the schedule form to schedule a Mommy and Me photo session. 

Bridals

The Bridal Session

In a majority of women’s lives, their wedding day, and the details that surround it, are regarded with the upmost anticipation and standard for class, beauty, and spirit; and no other detail embodies these attributes more than the bride exclusively in her wedding dress standing apart from the rest.

A bridal session, focused on capturing the bride in her solitary beauty, is a fantastic way to embody her uniqueness in portrait, and add an exceptional experience to the wedding or time leading up to it. It is an interlude amongst all the planning and execution of the big day for her to immerse herself in the pleasure of her dress, and allow the photographer to capture that solitary uniqueness free of distraction from the groom, wedding party, or guests.

Bridal sessions may be done on the day of the wedding, before or after the ceremony, or a few weeks prior, in a stand-alone session with the photographer.

Sessions completed leading up to the ceremony, or in an interval after, often give the bride a time to bask in the approaching event, or reflect on the completion of such a great moment in her life. Genuine emotions are inevitably captured during sessions such as these and will radiate in the completed portraits.

Photos taken in the weeks before the wedding often wish to be utilized as décor for the wedding, and the timeframe leading up to the wedding gives the photographer ample time to ensure the photos are complete. These sessions also allow more flexibility with the types of photos a bride may wish for, especially if she has a flair for fashion, style, or adventure and wants to expand her photos to include unique poses, interesting backdrops, certain props, or distinct locales. 

Bridal sessions are a unique component to a wedding and can serve a variety of functions. Traditionally, they began as sessions scheduled prior to a wedding where a bride could be photographed in a more controlled and staged environment, but in modern times have expanded to fit the needs of the bride and the wedding plans. In any form, such a session is an advantageous component to any bride’s wedding day and should sincerely be considered as an addition to a wedding photography package. 

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Mentoring Youth

Why Mentor Youths? Benefits For Mentors and Youths

If you attended your high school classes regularly, abstained from taking drugs or drinking, and attended college, you may have a mentor to thank. You’re probably part of the, approximately, 67-percent of people who’ve had a mentor growing up. However, 1-out-of-3 people are not as fortunate to have the positive influence of a mentor, according to Mentor: The National Mentoring Partnership.

Mentors and programs like Boys and Girls Club of America are important to the well-being of your communities. They are beneficial to all youths, but they have a marked impact on the lives of at-risk youth.

Mentors act as a positive influence for at-risk youths likely to skip classes, participate in recreational drug use, and drop out of high school. As a mentor you act as a listening ear, show an interest, and provide guidance that can make a difference to such a child. 

Mentor explains, “Mentoring, at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges and makes them feel like they matter.”

According to youth.gov, the benefits to youth are numerous:

·         Increased high school graduation rates
·         Lower high school dropout rates
·         Healthier relationships and lifestyle choices
·         Better attitude about school
·         Higher college enrollment rates and higher educational aspirations
·         Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence
·         Improved behavior, both at home and at school
·         Stronger relationships with parents, teachers, and peers
·         Improved interpersonal skills
·         Decreased likelihood of initiating drug and alcohol use

There are also benefits to mentors:

·         Increased self-esteem
·         A sense of accomplishment
·         Creation of networks of volunteers
·         Insight into childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood
·         Increased patience and improved supervisory skills

Are you interested in becoming a mentor? According to Marilyn Price-Mitchell Ph.D., a Fellow at the Institute for Social Innovation at Fielding Graduate University, there are six qualities that would make you a good mentor:

·         You are Supportive
·         You are an Active Listener
·         You Push—Just Enough
·         You Have Authentic Interest in Youth as Individual
·         You Foster Self Decision-Making
·         You Lend Perspective

If you have an interest in helping children and making a difference in your community, consider becoming a mentor. You may change the life of a youth for the better, and you’ll see some positive changes in your life, as well. 

Publications

Want to be a cover girl?


With both indoor (studio) work, and outdoor photo shoots, we can make that dream a reality. Whether you are a single woman, or a mother with kids, we invite you to contact us today.  

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High School

 

I had so much fun with these high school girls. Beautiful from the inside out!

I was so impressed by their ability to work together and how they complimented each other's strengths.  It was such an amazing experience working with them all.

And their favorite teacher?  She was priceless.  It was so nice to see leadership like this.  ...of course fueled by the passion to make a difference.  

And the mother that helped transport them?  She was awesome in so many ways.  Loved her!

Thank you for all your hard work ladies! 

 

Enchanté!

More about the lead photographer

Tammy, owner and photographer at tak-ful.com, has been traveling the world photographing people for over 15 years.  She is from a small Mennonite town, called Hartville, Ohio, where she recalls a horse and buggy tying up to the local bank while watching the fireworks when she was young.  She has also lived in London, England, Chicago, Illinois, Denver, Colorado, and Lausanne, Switzerland.  And because of her experience living and traveling to so many different cities, she also dabbles in French and German. 

She enjoys the outdoors and likes to stay active.  She can be found bike riding in Terry Hershey Park, walking the Buffalo Bayou, sailing in Newport, and even swinging from a trapeze in Colorado.

But photo Journalism always remains the highlight of her travels including Europe, Central America, Canada, the Virgin Islands, Australia, and the Middle East.  What’s next?  Most likely the Mediterranean, Africa and possibly S.E. Asia.

Taking after her grandfather, and his love for photography, she keeps a 1941 photo of him taking a picture of his reflection on her studio desk, and her website.  The photo reminds her of the many beautiful images and home movies he created of his wife and 8 children, and remains an inspiration to her as she shoots all over the world.

Tammy’s favorite shoots include classic cars, sailboats, and underwater portraits.

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Senior Portraits

Choosing a Senior Portrait Photographer

A high school senior's final year of their formal education is one of the most exciting times in their lives, and a staple of that busy year along with events such as homecoming, prom, and the finale of graduation is their senior portrait photo shoot. If approached distinctly, and with a knowledgeable photographer, such a photo session can be just as memorable as the aforementioned events and can incorporate a student’s unique personality and style.

A set of senior portraits can serve in a variety of ways, ranging from gifts given to family and friends, to uses in graduation invitations and announcements. Additionally, they also become great keepsakes between classmates allowing them over the years to reminisce on their friendships and times spent together. Such photos however, especially in a smaller community, can tend to imitate one another; which is to be expected when similar backdrops and themes are used; and of course student’s may wish to have photos similar to their peers. Similarity though, can still integrate uniqueness, and the completion of the session can remain a unique, fun, and engaging experience.

To ensure unforgettable and distinct senior photos, and have a fun and engaging experience with your photographer, there are a few points to consider:

1.       Choose a photographer who is capable of relating to the senior and engages them in an inclusive and attentive manner; such photographers generally have a witty and exuberant personality.

2.       Consult with your photographer regarding any backdrop settings you may feel are common in others’ portraits; they can assist in suggesting alternate settings that will set the final product apart.

3.       Discuss with the photographer any personal items, clothing, or themes wanting to be incorporated into the photos; this will assist them in preparation and ensure the needs are able to be met.

4.       Before the shoot, ensure communication is open and details such as time and place are confirmed; keeping on schedule allows the photographer and subject ample time to work together and not feel rushed.

Many photographers express a genuine enjoyment in working with high school seniors, as they feel there’s an exuberance and vitality not found when shooting other subjects: seniors are excited to be photographed in such a professional fashion, are generally in the know of the current styles and fashions, and enjoy interacting with the photographer, a professional working with them in a mature and inclusive way.

Ensure a matchless set of photos by working with an engaging photographer and consulting with them on the key points mentioned before. By doing this, undoubtedly the student’s senior portrait session will be one they remember, and the final product will become a cherished keepsake in their and others’ personal belongings.  

 

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Styling

Styling your photo session

When you schedule a photo shoot, your outfit may be the last thing on your mind, but they are a decisive part of your photos. 

There are many factors to consider when choosing the right clothes for your photo shoot, including theme, location, colors, comfort, and accessories.

Theme

Does your photo shoot have a theme? If there’s a theme, your clothes will make or break the photo shoot. Outfits that don’t fit the theme will create photos that are jarring. Unless that’s the purpose of your photo shoot, you’ll want to pick clothes that align with your theme. It’s important to not, sometimes a shoot’s location can turn into a theme.

Location

Consider the location of your photo shoot. Will it take place indoors or outdoors? If it’s an indoor shoot, you’ll have more outfit options. If your photo shoot is going to take place outdoors, you should choose outfits that prepare you for the weather. Otherwise, you may end up red and sweaty, or your shoot may have to end early.

Additionally, your location can set up a type of theme. For example, Paint the Moon gives the example of a couple dressed in vintage-style clothing with a retro amusement park background. Draw inspiration from your location for your outfits. If the shoot takes place on a boat, wear nautical-themed clothing.

Don’t forget to wear the right shoes. If your shoot takes place in a grassy, sandy, or muddy area, stick to flats, boots, or sneakers. If you decide to bring heels anyway, bring a change of shoes, just in case.

Colors

Stick to solid colors and clothes, and think about your surrounding. Choose colors that are complemented by your surroundings; avoid choosing colors or prints that clash with the environment. You don’t want your outfits to draw attention away from the subject: you.

For group pictures, Paint the Moon advises you to “coordinate colors but don’t match.” It’s easier if you start with one main outfit, and build the other outfits based on the colors from that outfit.

Darlene Hildebrandt, the managing editor at Digital Photography School, suggests choosing colors that are more subtle or subdued. Hildebrandt also suggests wearing like colors. If you choose to wear a dark-colored shirt, wear dark-colored pants. If you choose to wear a light-colored shirt, wear light-colored pants.  

Comfort

Comfort is essential. If you’re not comfortable in your outfit, it will show in the final photos. Choose outfits you feel comfortable in, so you’ll feel confident during the photo shoot.  

Accessories

The right accessories can draw attention to your favorite features. Paint the Moon recommends choosing accessories that can act as accent colors for the color scheme of your photos. The right accessories—hats, scarves, etc.—also become fun, interactive props.

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Acceptance

Lights, Camera... GO!!

Yes, posing in front of a camera is exhilarating, fun, and empowering! Except, when you aren’t quite where you want to be with your physique or feeling very sexy. If that is the case, then this “lights, camera, action” experience can be a lot less enjoyable and a little more intimidating. So, let’s change this to “lights, camera, GO”, to be inspired to get where we want in our level of health and confidence. Often, women ask how to jump start getting to be where they want to be, both physically and mentally. So, let’s do this together, like a journey, this way we have more success and it definitely makes it more fun! Here are three ways to jump start working towards increasing your confidence and getting healthier.

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1.    First, practice acceptance! This is critical to fully feeling confident, happy, and healthy within your own body. Ultimately, giving you more success in the long run too. When we consciously make the choice to stop comparing our hips, arms, or pant size to other women, we will instantly feel relief. Start with becoming aware of your thoughts and self-talk. Instead, begin to shower yourself with POSITIVE affirmations like, “you look beautiful” or “thank you body for being healthy”. You will quickly be amazed at the difference this will make you feel!


2.    Second, find a healthy community to get involved with. This is why gyms and fitness groups are so popular, there are multiple people who share the same lifestyle interests. Surrounding yourself with others who value the same thing and are like-minded is very important to our success. So, take part of a community that will encourage your healthy habits, even when you don’t feel like it. Accountability makes it easier!


3.    Third, exercise is a must, no matter what! Research and studies have concluded so many facts about the health benefits from exercise. Not to mention it is a proven way to decrease stress, increase endorphins, and sharpen our minds. Even if your diet is flawless every day, getting activity is still very important. Which, is also a quick way to build confidence, both in the way you look and feel. Also, be sure to enjoy what you are doing, when we find an activity or exercise that we like and works for our schedule, it’s easier to stick to it.

There you have it, three simple but excellent ways to make reaching your goals easier to feel healthier, happier, and more confident. Just remember, it does take time and grace with ourselves to develop consistent habits. So if you fall off the bandwagon, find that someone or group who can keep you accountable, and get right back to it!  

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Props

The use of props in portrait photography can complement the subject and the set, help portray a certain message, and they may even help the subject relax and enjoy the session more.

Props include things that are and aren’t meant to be seen in the final product.  Props may be things the subject sits on, holds, or is surrounded by without making physical contact.  It is with our experience at the studio, props help take away the pressure of finding the right pose.  Whether the subject is experienced or inexperienced in posing for photography, props either give the subject something to focus on, or the props act as a distraction.  In either case, props almost always end in successful photo shoots whether we are photographing an adult or a child.

Some of our favorite props at the studio are balloons, confetti, specific chairs and stools, sunglasses, and even reading glasses.

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