The 2015 Venice Blues Festival

On Saturday, November 21st, the third annual Blues Fest was held at Maxine Barritt Park in Venice, Florida. From 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, several blues groups took the stage. Chairs and blankets dotted the ground with people who came to relax and enjoy the music while some folks got up to dance to the bluesy beat. There was also a special visit from the Venice Indians marching band to entertain the crowd. It was a great way to spend a Saturday!

Holiday Card and Session Special

For a limited time, we are offering a unique photography bundle just in time for the holiday season. For $325 you receive a photography session and 50 customized foil pressed holiday cards. These eye-catching cards exude charm and class. Foil Pressed Cards are stamped with black, gold, opal, red, rose gold or silver foil and are available in a variety of stylish designs. The cards are a 5 x 7 size perfect for framing. If you need more than 50 cards, get the same offer with 75 cards for $350. Don’t delay. This offer expires on November 5, 2015.

Business Portraits / Executive Headshots

A properly posed and lighted Business Portrait / Executive Headshot is a small amount to pay for the payback you receive in return. It tells the outside world that you are in business and you want their business. It is your digital handshake. It is the first impression the prospective client sees of you. Make that first impression count.

We see a lot of good Business Portraits and, well, some not so good. The key to having a powerful and positive Business Portrait is by having it photographed by a professional photographer. At Turner Photography, we create the look that is perfect for you. The posing is the statement you want to make. That statement can be confidence, inviting or a combination of both. Proper lighting and correct exposure are the vital factors to getting attention from the viewer. And getting their attention is exactly what you want to do.

After you have selected the image or images you want, we go to work for you again. Basic touchup is included with your purchase. We remove facial blemishes, eyeglass glare and stray hair. We also add other special touches to enhance, but never change, your look. We finalize the editing process with smooth clothing lines.

Don’t sell yourself short with selfies and improperly lighted images. Make it count. Invest in yourself with a polished and current Business Portrait / Executive Headshot from Turner Photography. You will be glad that you did!

You can fix that in Photoshop, right?

We can’t tell you how many times we have heard this over the years. Professional photographers have a love/hate relationship with Photoshop. Photoshop can fix a number of things, but those things take time. And time is money.

With proper lighting and camera settings, the photographer shoots the image correctly from the camera. Then, when necessary, they enhance the image in Photoshop. Maybe the sky needed to be saturated to make the blue in the sky pop. Shadows may need to be lightened in the background to bring out the details. Proper Photoshop techniques can turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image. That is enhancing the image, not changing it.

The same applies to people. We have all seen images on magazine covers and stock photos that are so obviously manipulated they don’t look real. With all of our prints, basic touchup is included. Basic touchup is limited to the removal of eyeglass glare, facial blemishes or scars, stray hair, straightening clothing lines and some other minor work requested by our clients. The point is that your portrait should still look like you. When we apply Photoshop to a person, they don’t know what was done. All they know is they like the way they look in their portraits. That is when Photoshop is done right!

We are Family

One of most fun we have in our studio or on location is photographing families. The reason is that we can photograph a few or several different generations in one sitting. After we take several different poses of the family, we will pose individual groups. The children are always fun. And we take a lot of fun shots of the kids. One of our favorite poses is the generation shot from Grandparents down to Grandchildren and sometimes Great Grandchildren. If you haven’t had a recent family portrait taken, contact our studio. We promise you will have a good time!

The Sixth Annual Suncoast BBQ and Bluegrass Bash

The Suncoast BBQ and Bluegrass Bash promises good food, fun and great bluegrass music. The festival is held each year in April at the Venice Municipal Airport. There is a barbeque contest, chili cook-off, dessert bake-off, kids’ park, cornhole tournament and an afternoon of bluegrass music. Numerous vendors are scattered throughout the event selling barbeque, ribs, corn, desserts, etc. We have a good time eating the fine food and photographing the festivities. And before we leave, we share a funnel cake. The next one will be April 15 and 16, 2016. Save the date!

Three Steps for Engaging Blogs

Any marketer worth their weight in gold will tell you that regular blogging is important. However, how you approach your blogs and how you frame your posts makes a difference between a yawning reader and a receptive client. Here are some tips we have used in our blogs.

Call to Action
End your blog strong. A call to action telling your readers what to do next is imperative. This will encourage your readers to read more. Common calls to action are requesting your readers to share your post on social media or to comment with their opinion. Provide tools with each blog to encourage interaction. You will grow your following through social shares and gain more opportunities through inquiries from your website.

Use Your Words
A good rule of thumb is a post that contains 80% text and 20% images. Tell a story with your post. Use your own words and let your personality shine through. A blog we created was clothing suggestions for indoor and outdoor photography sessions. This creates an interest with the readers as it relates to what we do and how it affects them.

Focus on the Future
Talk about something that you plan to do with your business. It may be a new direction for the company, a new location or another location. What you are doing with your business is significant to your clients. They trust you by coming back to you. So in return, let them in on what is happening with you.

Happy Blogging and be feel free to share this blog!

Alessandra and David – Siesta Key Beach and Gulf Gate Community Center

Here are some images from Alessandra and David’s wedding day. They had a beautiful sunset for their couple shots on Siesta Key Beach. The reception was held at the Gulf Gate Community Center. With any Wedding Collection (package) four hours or more, the couple receives a lay flat Wedding Album, Wall Portrait and CD of images along with the photography time. Some Collections contain an Engagement Session. If a Collection does not include an Engagement Session, the Engagement Session is discounted $100 when book with a Collection.

After the images have been edited, they are uploaded to an online gallery. The couple then selects up to 30 images for their Album and the image for their Wall Portrait. The Album is then designed and sent to the couple for their approval. Once approved the Album is sent to our printer for completion. We love the look of the couples when they look at their Album. Their Album becomes a treasured reminder of the day they said, “I Do”.

Street Photography

What is street photography? Street photography is photography that features the human condition within public places and does not necessitate the presence of a street or even the urban environment. The subject if the photograph might be absent of people and can be an object or environment where the image projects a decidedly human character facsimile or aesthetic.

Framing and timing are key aspects with the objective if creating decisive and poignant images. The objective is to capture emotion, architecture and daily events and sometimes historic events to be used to display as fine art. There is no specific subject matter. It is only the issue of life in general. There are no props or lighting. There is no time for selecting and changing lenses. There is only a split second to recognize and react to a happening.

What we love about street photography is that it is real. People are not posed. We are telling a story or showing others how other people live and work. The best examples of street photography are the images that were captured for Life Magazine. Think about all the images you saw on the cover and inside. The most memorable image is the photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt that portrayed the sailor kissing the nurse on V-J Day in Times Square. Was this the most composed and perfect picture? No it wasn’t. But what this image represents is the joy of two young people in a momentary kiss celebrating the end if WWII. The poignancy of this image is all that matters. Yes, this picture documented history. But more importantly, the image captured raw emotion as it took place.

We are no Alfred Eisenstaedt, but we want to share some scenes of street photography that we captured of life and notable images from places we have visited.

Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA

Nashville, TN

Nashville, TN

Nashville, TN

Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh, PA

Emily’s Senior Portraits

Emily’s fresh looks simply glowed in her senior portraits. And when she smiled, her smile lit up the room. As every person is different, every session is different. And it is that uniqueness in each session that makes our job interesting. High School Seniors are easy to work with. They enjoy the props and happily embrace the poses we suggest. Emily was no exception. She was a delight!