Jamie A. Austin Photography llc: Blog https://www.jaaphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Jamie A. Austin Photography llc [email protected] (Jamie A. Austin Photography llc) Tue, 07 Feb 2023 16:14:00 GMT Tue, 07 Feb 2023 16:14:00 GMT https://www.jaaphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u433289696-o1024083061-50.jpg Jamie A. Austin Photography llc: Blog https://www.jaaphotography.com/blog 90 120 Back to School Means Picture Day! https://www.jaaphotography.com/blog/2019/8/back-to-school-means-pictures-day It's that time again...Back to School!

I will be the first to admit how sad this makes me.  Summer just got started and now we are looking school days square in the face.  I love summer, the warmth and a break from schedules and the hustle and bustle.  Back to school means fall is just around the corner...which mean dark cold days are close behind. 

Don't get me wrong. I like Fall and the Holidays.  However,  I just like to enjoy the present moment we are currently in a bit more.  I caught my first glimpse of Halloween candy and holiday decor the other day and find it a bit daunting... even stress inducing lol.  Perhaps that's one reason photography calls to me. It's a way to freeze moments in time and slow things down.

So, for many, back to school means back to craziness.  Forms, papers, schedules more forms and more papers.  I thought this year I would offer a way to reduce a bit of back to school stress by offering an alternative to Picture Day!  I can't think of a single time I heard someone rave about their child's school picture. 

August 23rd and 24th I am holding all day back to school Picture Day sessions outside.  These are similar in that they are a single pose and packages are ordered. That's about the only thing that will be like school pictures.

There is no session fee! Just order your package from this link: https://secure.zenfolio.com/jamieaaustinphotography/Preorder364740169
All of my packages are customizable so that parents can order exactly what they need. You won't be left with 24 extra wallets laying around.  If you have multiple children you can include them all in the same order which means you can mix and match you package! Sibling portraits can also be done. 

The clear advantage is not having to worry about how your child's image will turn out.  No more worrying about strange expressions, crazy hair, or dirt on clothes and faces.  With Jamie Austin Photography you will be right there to make sure things are just right.  I do the same. Your child is not just a number to me.  I work hard to find their best expression.  

The best part yet...retouching is free. My images are always my best work whether a quick one pose head shot or a two hour fine art session.  Blemishes, scratches, dirt and stains are always removed as an included service!  

You images will come in the packages that you are familiar with.  Digital images are also available as well as several other fun products like vivid key chains, 4x5 magnets ornaments and metal prints!









Consider trying something new this year.... get school pictures you will actually LOVE! Feel free to contact me with any questions or to schedule your time slot.

Visit:  https://secure.zenfolio.com/jamieaaustinphotography/Preorder364740169  to order and build you School Picture Portrait today!

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Camera Camp - Summer photography course for kids! Here's what it's all about... https://www.jaaphotography.com/blog/2019/6/camera-camp---summer-photography-course-for-kids


























If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, by now you have probably seen a lot of talk about Camera Camp.  I have been getting so many interested people asking questions. So, I decided I would explain what its all about! 

Last Summer I decided to run my first ever Camera Camp for kids.  I was inspired after watching my daughter on the beach in winter taking pictures like a true photographer trying to get the shot.  I then had another teen asking me about cameras and photography.  Camera Camp was born. 
I created a curriculum geared toward youth students.  We met each week for about 2 hours at my home office.  I would start the camp day reviewing photos taken by students, then discussing new material, and viewing samples.  I really urge students to share their work and learn to listen to critiques and take constructive criticism as well as positive feedback.  We used Google Photo to share pictures within a private album.  I think this is one of the best ways to learn.

 Next, it was time to get the cameras out.  We would practice what we learned that day, answer questions and problem solve.  Each week we had a workshop or field time and a project for the week. 

We walked to the lake to work on composition, practiced using shutter speed by photographing water balloons breaking, practiced our depth of field (nice blurry background) used an egg and antique pitcher to visualize light patterns, and went on field trips just to name a few things.   





Our first trip was to the Cohanzick Zoo in Bridgeton.  Students were challenged to use their new skills to capture moving subjects in varying light while creating a nice composition.   We also discussed what makes a good portrait, shooting through glass and wires and respecting animals and nature while trying to get your shot.

Our last trip was to East Point Light House.  The keeper was kind enough to open the house for us.  Students were able to go up into the lantern room up top and even make the light turn on!  She gave us some great stories and history. The light house is filled with beautiful items to photograph.  We also had access to the beach, seagulls, horseshoe crabs, marsh grass, waves and lantern the light house cat.    












We ended our summer camp with a scavenger hunt! I have to say this was one of my favorite parts. I was blown away by the images these kids turned in!  They were using the composition rules, freezing action and getting creative. I was truly impressed and proud.   Scavenger hunt Winners









This Year, this principles and core curriculum will be the same.  However, I plan to shorten the amount of "classroom" time and get the students using their cameras even more.  There is no camera requirement, however students will learn about manual settings like shutter speed and aperture.  I will have a camera available for students to use and try if the camera the have does not have those settings.  We focus a lot on composition which is relevant for all camera types. 

I am tentatively planning outings to the light house and zoo again this year. This time we may even get to meet some of the ambassador animals at the zoo!  I would also like to add a bonus trip to The Palace of Depression! The admission cost is included in the student registration!  This trip will be on an off camp day like Wednesday or Thursday.  It is a really cool local place that has a ton of hidden items and unique structures and contraptions that I think the kids will really like. We can also discuss a trip to the Funny Farm and other nearby locations. (Transportation is not provided and will be discussed with parents/guardians) 

I also want to add post processing and photo editing this year.  Interest will determine how much time we spent on it.  

Returning students will have the chance to build on the skills they learned last year and really work on technique.  I will see where they are in the learning process and make sure to challenge those that need it!  Students are also given access to all power points and class information!  Let me know if you have to miss a class. I will make sure you are caught up and have all the missed work.  

I am looking forward to camp this year.  I hope your child can join us!  It is a lot of fun, engaging, and educational.  Not to mention, it get kids outside, moving around and critically thinking all while having fun.  If you have any questions please contact me.  There a a few spots available. Don't forget to register!

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Camp Dates: July 2nd - August 6th

Tuesdays - 10am-12pm

All camera types welcome

Ages 10-19 (Adults can register with their child for a discounted rate)



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What to Wear for your Dance Photo Session https://www.jaaphotography.com/blog/2019/3/preparing-for-your-dance-photo-session What to Wear for your Dance Photography Session

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  You are a week away from your session day and you want to look amazing for your dance pictures. Not just any dance pictures, but fine art portraits that will capture you/your child doing what you/they love.  If this is your first or second dance photo session with me you probably have a ton of questions on how to prepare.  It can seem very overwhelming but fear not.  I have some advice for you right here!

First, take a deep breath and relax.  Know that this is meant to be fun like a fashion shoot, a time to shine and a chance to feel like a rock star.  I try to make everyone feel confident and beautiful.  I have poses and ideas for dancers of all ages and skill levels.  

  So, what should you wear for your dance photo shoot?  That depends on a few things.  Are these for an audition or head shots?  If so, make sure you find out specific requirements from the institution.  Find out what they are looking for. 

  If these are for personal use, then think about what you would like conveyed in your images.  Are you hoping for formal ballerina, classic dancer, beautiful fine art, casual, funky and quirky, Fosse style, a fresh off the street look, or maybe a mix of images?  Determine what will best represent your dance style and your personality.  There really is no right or wrong. 

   That said, a basic black leotard is always a good place to start.  Most often, I feel simple is most sophisticated and beautiful.  The outfit should help show off the dancer and not distract from them.  A black leotard with lace or fun details is one way to add subtle interest to your pictures.  It is also very easy to accessorize a black outfit.  We can switch out different tutus, skirts and leg warmers.  We can add necklaces, hats, head bands, flowers and shoes quickly with out losing much session time.  This is particularly important when doing a mini session.


Pretty flowing dresses are a good option too.  If you have a lyrical, modern or more contemporary costume bring it.  These outfits are perfect for showing movement or creating a softer look.  Or maybe you just want color! 

Some clients come with ideas of their own!  I fully encourage this.  This can lead to some very unique and fun images.

The other question I get a lot is how to do hair and make up.  Just like outfits, the answer to this is dependent on your personal style and the effect you are looking for.  Many of my clients wear their hair down.  It creates a more free, less formal look.  It is generally very flattering as is having the sides pulled up or back.  Buns and updos look very professional, clean and like a classic dancer.   Pony tails are sort of a mix of formal and casual.  I might suggest, when possible, to start with hair down and then pull it up as we move through your session.  This can give some nice diversity to your collection of images. 










Make up... you got it. Personal preference.  You don't need stage makeup unless that's what you like.  Red lips can really pop.  For younger dancers, some mascara and a touch of blush is all you may need.  If you don't like the idea of make up; you can skip it all together.  Try to compliment your age, style and the look of your outfit.  Of course, if you have a conceptual idea that includes costume or heavy makeup...go for it!  I will try to help convey your idea as best as possible.





Final Tips:

1. Check your nails.  Chipped nail polish is noticeable and detracts from an otherwise beautiful capture.  The same goes with neon and crazy vibrant colors.  Keep them natural, low key or outfit matching.

2. Jewelry should also compliment your style and outfit.

3. Remove hairbands from your wrist

4. Remove stickers and temporary tattoos

5. Under garments should not be visible or sticking out of leotards

6. Wear a leotard that fits properly.  It should not be baggy or droopy.

7. Warm up and stretch before your session to maximize your ability to hit your pose and not get injured!

8. Practice jumps and difficult poses ahead of time.

9. Practice holding a pretty face, smile or aloof expression while doing your pose.  A grimace or tongue sticking out quickly ruins a perfect leap.

10. Show up prepared but be flexible.  Have ideas but be willing to let go of them if it's just not working.  Sometimes young dancers are shy and won't smile.  That's okay.  Those can be some of the prettiest pictures.  Some dancers can't help but smile.  They just might not be able to do the aloof serious look and that's okay too.  Frustration is a major image destroyer.


Just remember, your dance photo session is supposed to be fun.  It should showcase your skills and leave you feeling confident and beautiful.  Wear something that highlights who you are and the type of dance you love.  Feel free to try something outside your comfort zone.  Try different expressions and be open to ideas.  You may just be surprised what you are capable of. 

I hope you find this post helpful.  Check out my Dance Portfolio at https://www.jaaphotography.com/p149372257  to see more samples of my dance portraits. 

Feel free to share this article with friends and keep on dancing!

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A Lot of Cool Things Happening in 2019! https://www.jaaphotography.com/blog/2019/1/a-lot-of-cool-things-happening-in-2019 Happy 2019!

Here we are, half way through January already.  I have taken these two weeks to envision the upcoming months and how I would like to utilize them.  I see a lot of cool things happening in 2019 for Jamie A. Austin Photography!

Blogging is on the top of the list.  I would like to give it a try.  I hope to get into a routine so I can offer some inside looks   and photographic ideas and thoughts.  As you can see, this is a bit awkward right now lol.  I am not sure just yet what path this will take.  But my goal is to become consistent and savvy.  Hopefully come December this won't be the only post.  

The other exciting things, well a trip to Idaho for some amazing photo opportunities, another Camera Camp, possibly some new style dance mini sessions...out of the studio!, affordable and beautiful back to school pictures, and getting some ideas out of my head and into my camera. I have so many composite ideas to try!

However, the coolest thing happening right now....... a studio space!  As some of you have seen, the current studio set The OldWhat was...
up in my basement is well...an unfinished cluttered basement.  It has been a bit embarrassing to bring clients in.  It won't be  for
much longer! 

My super talented husband has been
working hard to frame up, wire and build a new
living space for us which will include a clean
beautiful studio space!  I am beyond excited, as this will open up so many possibilities for me and my clients.         

So, keep a look out for announcements, events, activities, and amazing images from Jamie A. Austin Photography! In ProgressLook at that closet!

Here's to an amazing and full year!






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New Website https://www.jaaphotography.com/blog/2016/12/new-website Hello and Welcome to my new website!

I am in the process of designing a new website for Jamie A. Austin Photography that will have everything in one location.

Feel free to look around and check back often as I will be adding to and editing the site.

Contact me with any questions and let me know how I can help you out!

Thank you for stopping by!



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