The Best Family Portrait Poses

Central Park family portrait for an article on the best family portrait poses

Strategies for looking natural in front of the camera as a family

As you know, I am not a fan of stiff, boring poses. I would much rather let my portrait subjects be free to be themselves in front of my lens. That said, it is sometimes difficult to get people to look and feel natural while being photographed. So in this week’s blog post, I reveal how I structure a shoot and give you my list of my best family portrait poses that are guaranteed to get a relaxed smile out of any family member.
Continue Reading

5 Habits Every Photographer Should Develop

India street photo for an article on habits every photographer should develop

Let me start by saying that this was originally going to be a travel blog…of Stony Brook, New York. I visited Stony Brook yesterday, but thanks to the horrible weather, I didn’t take my cameras out of my bag once. Instead, my trip left me with a lot of time to think deep thoughts about the evolution of my work as a photographer, and the habits I have developed along the way. What has helped my work become more professional? Find out the five habits every photographer should develop – regardless of skill level – on today’s post.

Continue Reading

Image File Size and Resolution: Print vs. Web

Brooklyn Heights baby portrait for an article on image file size and resolution

When I deliver a set of final images to a client, the question always comes up: which files should I use online, and which files should I use to print? Answers to this probing question plus everything you always wanted to know about image file size and resolution (but were afraid to ask) in today’s blog.

Continue Reading

Photo Tips for Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

Bridal party portrait for an article on photo tips for mismatched bridesmaid dresses

I am a strong proponent of the idea that perfection is overrated. As such, I love the trend of just saying no to tradition of matchy-matchy bridesmaid dresses. But with every bridesmaid dressed differently, how do you pull off the look and still have your photos look great? Read on for a few photo tips for mismatched bridesmaid dresses.

Continue Reading

The Mystery of the Backwards Flash

Harsh flash pHarsh flash photo for an article on camera flash tipshoto for an article on camera flash lessons

If you have ever watched me at work, you might have noticed that the flash on my camera points backwards.  Why?  Simple answer: I am using the wall and ceiling behind me to bounce off light for maximum depth and softness.

Continue Reading

How to Find the ‘Good’ Side of Your Face

Portrait for an article on how to find your best side by NYC headshot photographer, Kelly Williams

Science will tell you that it is more than likely the left side of your face that looks most pleasing to the camera.  Why?  Here’s what the scientists say, per Time Magazine: “Our results suggest that posers’ left cheeks tend to exhibit a greater intensity of emotion, which observers find more aesthetically pleasing. Our findings provide support for a number of concepts – the notions of lateralized emotion and right hemispheric dominance with the right side of the brain controlling the left side of the face during emotional expression.”

Continue Reading

How to Look Slimmer in Photos

An online portrait by NYC portrait photographer, Kelly Williams

The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes the dread of the annual family photo. If you haven’t already, many of you will be gathering in front of the fireplace to say ‘cheese’ for the camera. But rather than fear the camera, let’s outwit it with a few tricks to help you learn how to look slimmer in photos.

Continue Reading