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Interview with Top Laguna Beach/ Orange County Photographer

Meet Stephen

I’m grateful to have Photographer Stephen on the LookBetterOnline.com team

I realize this when I look at Stephen’s photo’s:
whether they are the candid dating profile photos that he offers LookBetterOnline customers or his masterful event of wedding photos that capture the “special group moment”.

Highly skilled & experienced

Stephen’s worked with some really famous people too! Oprah Winfrey, John Malkavich, , Jenny McCarthy, John O’hurly and Joe Peshe (to name just a few) and had his photos published in some high profile publications (Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle, LA Times Magazine, Chicago Tribune Magazine and many more)

The perfect setting

Stephen is located in a beautiful and convenient location-Perched just above the crashing waves of the ocean and bathed in bright sunshine. He shoots LookBetterOnline customers at his charming the studio or on location with some amazing spots to choose from (think urban, country, parks and beaches where he can create amazing and stunning profile shots!)

3 Questions for a master Photographer

I’ve asked Stephen 3 questions so that anyone reading this post could not only see his amazing photos, but get a sense of really who he is (and get some good tips too!)

LookBetterOnline: (Giles) What do you love about Photography?
Stephen: I love the immediate gratification of seeing and sharing a great photograph.
Then a few months or years later, the record of lives in pictures is absolutely priceless!

LookBetterOnline: (Giles) What’s you favorite food? (Or something that you could share with our readers about you that most people don’t know?)
Stephen: I attended and graduated culinary school and worked in high end restaurants for six years. I believe every one (man or woman) should have their own signature dish that will grab the heart of your loved one. Nothing like a home cooked, fancy meal with wine to whoo your love…Doesn’t have to be crazy hard, just unexpected. I have a few ideas for you after the shoot.

LookBetterOnline: (Giles) Any photo tips for people wanting to book a session with you?
Stephen: I know some say they are “horrible at taking pictures”. I have strategies to get you to take great pictures! Don’t worry, I understand and will talk you through it.
Regarding wardrobe: follow the LBO guild-lines. Don’t just grab the two shirts you wear everyday to work. Make an effort when picking out your wardrobe and it will defiantly be worth it. Women, go easy on the make up. We are shooting casual and fun looks in natural daylight. What works at the club stays in the club.Get plenty of rest so you look your best and feel good.

Think about this!

Having great online dating profile photos  (Taken in a specific way) Is the most important thing you can do when dating online, To Book a session with Stephen simply CLICK HERE

Shooting dating photos when it’s cold! (Tips from top New York photographer)

I was asked by a customer in New York:

“What do you do when a customer wants natural dating photos but the weather’s cold”?

Dating photo tips from Melody

I recently asked talented LookBetterOnline photographer Melody about  shooting dating photos when it’s cold and here’s her answer!

Hi Giles, it was an interesting coincidence, when I was asked to write something up for the LBO blog on ‘How do you make people comfortable in the dead of winter’, the following testimonial came in from my latest client:

“Melody was very good at finding a variety of locations for photographs, even in the cold weather! She was able to elicit different moods (from me) for the photos, and she was generous with her time.”

The same client also said

“Just because its winter, you still want to date, maybe even more so, a good partner can help you avoid the winter isolation and bring warmth and fun to the season”

What you want to do to is psych yourself up for a photo-shoot and dress for a winter date!

By getting your photos done during winter, you are ensuring that by late spring and summer you will have a friend, or more, to date and do things together.

Cold weather locations in New York

As a native New Yorker, I know all the ins and outs, nooks and crannies where I make sure that my clients are comfortable and interested. I myself am not a member of the Polar bear club, i.e., I don’t believe in walking more than one block in the cold.

All the places I use are all within a half to one block from all the subway stops. I use many unique and elegant places to get your shots. Usually we start at a very upscale hotel lobby in the Columbus Circle area. I even know of a ski lodge one block from the A train (see Moose heads in accompanying photo).

I also have a terrace with a startling view of the Time Warner building and Lincoln Center, where you can duck inside if it gets too cold. I have a press pass to shoot in the Time Warner Building itself, where the all glass atriums provide an urban outdoors–like lighting.

We are also a block and a half from Central Park South, surrounded with Pedi cabs and horse and buggies for added local backgrounds color (not to mention a few yards from unique cafes to duck into for shelter and a café.)

On a day when it is impossible to go outside, (a lot of rain or snow) I love the results in shooting in The Temple of Dendur, at the Metropolitan Museum of art, the authentic relocated remains of an Egyptian temple with one whole wall of glass window looks out at Central Park.

To book a session with Melody click HERE

On location shoots

One of the things I love about on location shoots, is that it’s impossible to feel self-conscious because you are so involved in new and interesting surroundings. If you are really shy though, I can find us more private places, including your office or apartment. Hopefully you’ll take my cue regarding public shooting, which is that it is very anonymous. Everybody has a camera and is usually focusing it on their friend, themselves, or upward at some vertical skyscraper. Sometimes I wish they would notice. But I find walking or shooting on the crowded streets of NY ironically is really a very private affair. . (unless you’re a famous celebrity).

All of these places have convenient and well-maintained rest rooms that can be used for changing outfits, if desired. (My recommendation for winter though, is to layer your outfits, so you don’t have to carry more than necessary.)

New York insider

Incidentally, I provide you with some good New York insider ideas for meetings and dates for the (near) future.

As a special bonus, if you book an early morning appointment with me, at the end of our shoot while you are selecting your photo picks, I like to take you to my new favorite breakfast place, for a fresh French pressed cup of coffee and the best donut I have ever had, at my treat!

To see more of Melody’s work or book a photo session with her click HERE

 

Interview with Top Florida (Boca Raton) Photographer

I’m grateful to have Photographer Ben on the LookBetterOnline.com team

I realize this when I look at Ben’s photo’s:
whether they are the candid dating profile photos that he offers LookBetterOnline customers or his masterful fine art photos that capture the majestic beauty of the natural world.

Ben’s worked with some really famous people too! Bob Wier from the Grateful Dead, The Foo Fighters,  Fergie, Beastie Boys, REM, and many more (if you don’t recognize these names than spend a few minutes on Google and you’ll get the picture!)

(Ben is also focused on using his photography as a medium to communicate the importance of sea turtle conservation as these magnificent creatures are one of the most important indicators of the health of the world’s marine and coastal ecosystems)

Top Photographer

Ben is definitely BOTH a top dating profile photographer and nature Photographer (And I see a lot of photographers)  Here are some questions that I asked him and his answers.

An Interview with Ben

LookBetterOnline (Giles): Tell me a little about yourself?
Ben: In pursuing my passion of photography, I strive to achieve a diverse image at the highest quality while enjoying myself and making my clients feel comfortable and relaxed.

LookBetterOnline (Giles):  How do you make your customers comfortable?
Ben: Upon first meeting I try and let them know who I am and what I do and let them tell me a little about themselves as well. It’s all about where the client is comfortable shooting. If they are comfortable then I am comfortable

LookBetterOnline (Giles): Do you have formal education related to photography?
Ben: I graduated from Florida Atlantic University in Graphic Design and took 5 photography classes while enrolled.
LookBetterOnline (Giles): Ben’s also spent literally thousands of hour behind a camera and has a commitment to photography that most people only aspire to attain (Just sayin!)

LookBetterOnline (Giles): What are your favorite locations to take Dating profile photos?
Ben: I like to bring my client into my natural studio, Mother nature. There are endless combinations outside, especially living in beautiful South Florida. The beach and parks are a favorite of mine to visit (Spanish River Park, Mizner Park, Boca Raton Inlet, Red Reef Park, Deerfield Pier, Palmetto Park Beach, Delray Public Beach and Downtown Delray Beach)

Think about this!

Having great online dating profile photos  (Taken in a specific way) Is the most important thing you can do when dating online, To Book a session with Ben Simply click HERE

 

Spotlight on Top Brockport (New York) Photographer

Meet Glen

Passionate

Glen  is passionate about photography, he especially enjoys candid portraits that capture the expressions and emotions of people, in a photo-journalistic way.

Style

I asked Glen  to share a little more about his style:

“I think 8 or 9 out of 10 people tell me they are not photogenic. Most people are just conditioned to stiffen up when a camera is around, and so they don’t act like themselves. I like to get to know my subject, keeping the shoot friendly. I involve the subject in the shoot, and show him or her the look I’m getting on camera. Most of the time that’s all it takes–we start having fun and pretty soon the real person comes through”.

To book your own photo-session with Glen CLICK HERE

Spotlight on Top North Carolina (Durham) Photographer

Meet Shawn

Shawn chose to be a portrait photographer because she loves to photograph people. With 18 years of experience she’s developed a knack for putting people at ease in front of the camera. Her approach is casual, light and fun.  This allows her to capture your true personality.
She’s based in Durham, North Carolina.

Her goal is to make your session fun and at the same time surprise you with how photogenic you never thought you were.

An impressive resume

Her clients include Ron Wyman, film maker for CNN and The Discovery Channel.  The Art Director for Boston Magazine. Warren Miller, extreme ski film maker, Dr. Ruth, Yankee Magazine, Fidelity and more.

To book your own photo-session with Shawn CLICK HERE

3 Tips for Finding someone special in 2014

If you’re reading this then I hope you’ll have your best year ever and find someone special.
Here’s 2 simple tips to get you started

1. Make love a priority without urgency.

We’ve all heard: “When the time is right the right you’ll meet the right person.” But “we’ve also been told to “Go out and make it happen”

I think a balance between these 2 points of view is a healthy balance.
Resolve to go out and meet people AND look online so that you have a better chance of finding love, and don’t force it…(forcing things is way too needy) the trick is to take action and spend time letting things unfold

And when you go on a first date don’t already start examining if you could spend the rest of your life with them. Don’t go there!…There is way less pressure just getting to know your date…learn more about a new person, not just fall in love with a romantic fantasy.

2. First impressions count.

Before you get a date you need to attract someone special! What kind of first impression do you make, whether online or in-person?
Online, having great online dating photos is the most important thing you can do when dating online, we all look at the photos first! so visit LookBetterOnline and and see how with great profile pictures we can help make your online dating experience successful and more fun than you thought possible!And your profile is well written- If your personal look could use some improvement, then do it whether it’s new clothes or hairstyle..

2. Confidence is key

Confidence is key! And I don’t mean cockiness…I mean the confidence to be authentic!
If you’re nervous about a first date then you might want to try some exercise an hour or two prior to getting ready and going out (Often being in your body will get you “Out” of your nervous mind)
And when it comes to talking- stay in the comfort zone by coming up with a few subjects that won’t get you into trouble (And AVOID at all costs Politics or Religion!…I know obvious eh!)
If you’re not sure what to talk about then  ask your date about their life, listen and go from there.
Also don’t forget there’s is a fine line between being confidence and cocky – nobody likes a cocky guy who is too cool, so keep it real

Ways to feel more confident:

Don’t slouch!
Take a couple of deep breaths and Stand or sit  tall! Pull your shoulders back  and pick your chin up No one looks confident if they are always looking down!

Slow down and take a breath
When you get nervous, your voice goes up and you’ll talk faster than you realize.  These are two dead giveaways for lack of confidence…so breathe deeply and relax…It’s not a race to impress her!

Seasons Greetings and an offer

Happy Christmas to all our readers…..I hope that you have a wonderful day!

Holiday online dating offer: Valid between Christmas day and the new year!
Simply enter promo code “holiday” and receive $30 off a dating profile photo session

(*Offer applies to full price photo session: exaple $197 package for just $167)

13 things TO AVOID when posting Dating Profile Photos

I’m not sure exactly why so many people ask me  “What Should I avoid when it comes to dating profile photos?” Perhaps it’s because we’ve al lseen our share of awful dating photos.

Here’s a list of things to AVOID when posting your dating profile photos (And a link at the end of the article to tell you what to do too!)

1.NO “Bathroom-Mirror-Self-Portraits:

Bathroom Selfies” make you look like you’re a loner and a loser.

2.NO Blurred/Dark photos.

People want to see if they find you attractive. Blurred and dark dating profile photos are a FAIL!

3.NO Sunglasses or a Cap.

So what are you trying to Hide?  If you’re balding, who cares, some women love bald men and the eyes are the window to the soul, which is why you shouldn’t hide behind your shades. People want to look into your eyes to see who you really are. your matches want to see your sparkling eyes (Eye contact can be just as engaging in a photo as it is in person)

4.NO frowning photos.

Smile…In social situations if we see someone smiling then we assume that they are approachable and happy and people who don’t smile are often Moody and difficult!~and it’s the same with online dating profile photos…so smile a little.

5.NO Drinking photos.

Dating profile Photos holding a drink give people the impression that like to drink…a lot. So unless you’re a partying college kid leave them out…otherwise you’ll just look like an alcoholic.

6.NO Photos with people cut out.

Do you really not have any photos without your EX?  Don’t cut the ex out of the photo, so that there’s an obvious gaping hole, or use a piece of paper to block out their ex.

7.NO Old photos.

A rule of thumb is to never have a photo over 3 years old.

8.NO Kids in photos.

While you might be a great parent Photos of children just don’t belong on a dating website

9. NO Pics of your parents.

No one wants to see a grown man hugging his mother on a dating site, It just looks odd!

10. NO photos where its not obvious who you are.

Which one are you?  Your date shouldn’t have to guess which person you are in the photo.

11.NO messy backgrounds…

Watch your backgrounds. Last thing we want to see is your dirty place…this is a huge FAIL for a dating profile photo.

12. For Men-No bare chests or flexed muscle

Unless you want to look like a complete “tool”.

13. Don’t post glamour shots.

A glamour shot is not about The Real You, it’s about the photographer creating the image that they find the most pleasing. The photographer will use heavy makeup, hair styling, unnatural lighting and heavy post production retouching. The result is a fantasy image, and it fails online. People avoid these type of dating profile pictures because they feel that no one looks like this, or they avoid you after the date because you didn’t measure up to the dating photos on your profile.

OK, So I’ve told you about all the things to AVOID…now CLICK HERE to read my article  called Good Online dating Photos that get results

 

Dating Profile Photo Secret from Top Californian Photographer

Today I want to Spotlight one of our talented dating profile photographers

Meet Stuart

Stuart is an internationally renowned Southern California photographer who found his calling when he was 17. Since then for 35 years, he has photographed literally thousands of people…

An impressive resume

And Stuart’s resume is impressive…He’s a Graduate of UCI BA in photography, Is a past President of Professional Photographers of Orange County and  has learned with the best. Dean Collins, Monte Zucker and Ken Marcus to name a few of the photography masters of this century
As you can imagine Stuart loves both people and photography and his down-to-earth character makes everyone he photographs feel completely at ease…

On Location OR Studio

Southern California offers some great settings… When I asked Stuart about his favorite locations he told me about some of the amazing beach and ocean front settings that he has available…these settings can’t help make anyone look like a million dollars, and get you the dating profile photos that get results.

Stuart also has a studio located in Newport Blvd. It is cozy and fully equipped with a make-up area, lights and a dressing room.

Stuart has been featured in Eye on L.A., Two on a Town, Hour Magazine, The Love Report with Fredrick , People are Talking (CBS), People Magazine, The Wall St. Journal, The London Sunday Times and Der Spiegel among others.

Photo Secret

When speaking with Stuart on the telephone today I asked him to share something with me that would help people get great photos and here’s what he had to say.

So here’s the dating profile Secret…….it’s so simple it crazy!

“The night before you take your dating profile photos don’t forget to get a Good night’s sleep!” 

Good practical common sense if you ask me (And Why is common sense not common?)

Fail to do!

99% of people fail to do this….

They spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on buying the right clothes (And for women hundreds more on getting their hair just right) and then they forget to get a decent night’s sleep!

…Then when they see their photos they are aware that they need more sleep…think bags under tired eyes!

Get a good night’s sleep the night before, drink plenty of water to Hydrate and I guarantee you’ll look better in your photos…and as we all know Better photos mean Better Dates!

To book your own photo-session with Stuart go to:
http://www2.lookbetteronline.com/Photographer_Costa-Mesa_4490_92024.html

Dating profile photo tips from a top Beverly Hills photographer.

Interview with a top Beverly Hills photographer

As we get lots of requests from people who want online dating photos in the Beverly Hills and Los Angeles areas, I thought I’d showcase one of our talented photographers in  Beverly hills, ask a her a few questions on preparing for a photo-session so that you can get the best dating profile photos possible!

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Meet Charlotte and her impressive resume.

With a background as an international photographer, Charlotte travels between Europe and the U.S. shooting people from all walks of life. She is equally enthusiastic photographing mega celebrities as she is regular folks.

Charlotte knows a thing or two about being in front of the camera herself and is always happy to guide you through the session and make it an altogether positive, relaxed and fun experience. Especially if you think you are the world’s least photogenic person and you absolutely loathe having your picture taken. She takes great pride in helping you present the best possible face to the world.

Some Questions for Photographer Charlotte

How should someone pose for online dating profile photos?
The customer’s only job is to show up and leave the rest to the photographer! Unless you are, in fact, a professional model, you are not required or expected to know any modeling poses at all, or know which one is your “best angle”. If you are fretting over real or imaginary flaws and how they will look on camera, just let your photographer know so that they have a chance to work around them during your shoot.

If we are doing a natural light session, don’t be alarmed if you get asked to pose in the most mundane location, like a doorway, back alley or garage entrance. The background won’t be noticeable in your headshot. It’s all about the best lighting for your face and what light makes your eyes “pop”

Remember that, by the time you arrive for your shoot, if you’ve decided what to wear and  done your grooming – there’s really nothing else to worry about. The only thing for you to do now is be yourself in front of the camera. So relax and have fun!

What should people do before the shoot?
Get everything together for the shoot well in advance, so you don’t have to worry about it on the day of the shoot. Put your freshly pressed clothes on hangers – not in a bag.
And Get a good night’s sleep. Stay off the alcohol. It will show on your face, the last thing you want to look is tired on your dating profile photos!

Any advice for the day of the photo-session?
Don’t wear any eye or sunglasses for a few hours prior to your photo session as they tend to leave marks on the bridge of your nose that even make-up can’t hide.

If you normally wear regular eye glasses, and would like to wear them in your pictures, it is very important that you bring a plain pair without photo-chromatic (darkening) coating, so that the camera can see your eyes. On the other hand, anti-reflective coating works well to cut flare.

Make sure you know how to get to the location where we will be shooting. Give yourself plenty of time in case of traffic. The last thing you want is to arrive late, flustered and in a hurry, since you need to be as relaxed as possible for the shoot. Arriving late, or not quite ready to start shooting, will cut into your session time, and chances are, there are other clients scheduled right after your session. So be punctual and we will utilize the time we have set aside to the fullest.

What would you say to people who know that they need great online dating photos, but aren’t sure if they are photogenic!
“If you have beautiful eyes, we”ll make them sparkle. If your mega-watt smile is what draws people in, we’ll make sure to capture that. You might not even know what your best features are – but we will find them! Everyone has something that is worth playing up in pictures, to capture the true essence of who they are. Never cheesy or contrived; we will simply concentrate on bringing out the very best of you.”

And it really works. As you look at the sample pictures here above, you might be surprised to learn that only ONE person had had any prior modeling experience. All the others were first-timers in front of the camera!

To see more of Charlotte’s work or book a photo session with her please visit
http://www2.lookbetteronline.com/Photographer_Beverly-Hills_3521_90210.html