Q. My fiancé is in the Army and soon heading out for a tour. I'd like to get a glamour shot of me to take with him, I mean something nicer than the snapshots from our phones. Any suggestions?
A. While I'm sure your fiance would cherish any shots of you while he's away, there are some techniques that professional photographers use to get those very special, memorable shots. Start with professional make up and false eye lashes, and wear something special for him (maybe jewelry he gave you or one of his sweaters or hockey jerseys for a little fun). My job is to set up the studio lighting and backdrops (or flash and reflectors if outdoors) and then we'll work together to send him a message through your smile:) And...
Q. Harrison, you talked about dogs in the wedding pictures - how about cats? I want at least one shot in my wedding dress with Froofroo and Pokey. Could you make that happen?
A. Of course! If your cats agree to participate in the shoot then I'm game. Just keep in mind that cats are more self determined than dogs, and getting that great shot might require more patience. Look how Allison was sitting patiently on the bench while my second shooter also waited patiently for this fun shot.
Q: My fiance and I want our dog to be included in some of our outdoor wedding shots, but my brother says it will never work, our dog Skippy moves around too much. Any input here?
A: Yes, if Skippy is part of the family he should be included in the wedding shots! Through my own series of professional dog portraits (including weddings and engagement shoots), I've learned that great family dog photos require three things: a fast shutter, an expensive lens, and a loud squeaky toy.