Judi Brown Photography Blog

Welcome to my Orlando photography blog. I would like to share hints I've learned photographing children and other portrait subjects so you can understand what makes your portraits better. The first thing that is important for any portrait is your clothing choice. 

Friday, February 24, 2017
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Executive portraits are an important part of business profiles. It might be something you could write off as a tax credit. A professional looking image is a necessary asset for those who need to be seen in the business world. Some clients think any selfie will do for a professional profile portrait. However it is quite obvious when those are used. I have had clients ask me if they could send me a picture of them at their desk with others in the photo and If I could retouch it enough to make it look professional. Although I am the "Queen of Photoshop" and can do just about anything, the real question is would it look as good as this one taken at my studio with proper lighting & posing. Even if I could fix your selfie, would you want to pay me for the hours it would take to do it, or would it be easier and less expensive to come to the studio or have me go to your office and get the lighting right to begin with. I think you know the answer. I told the client that if he would come to the studio and pose, and he didn't like it 100 times better than his selfie, I would retouch the selfie for him. You can guess which one he picked after the shoot. 

 
Friday, February 24, 2017
By Judi Brown Photography
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I fell in love with life size wall portraits when I visited the art museums in Washington DC years ago and the love affair has persisted. I will never forget the life size portraits of several people that I saw there. One was Thomas Edison as a young man, maybe 28 years old? He was standing behind a long wooden table that was full of machines or tools of some kind. He looked so friendly and personable, I felt like I could reach across the table to shake his hand and thank him for the things he invented. The portrait was so real, I felt like he was right there. Another one I remember like it was yesterday was Abraham Lincoln. He was sitting in a chair with his legs crossed above the knee. I remember thinking that he was really good looking when I had always read he was considered ugly. Maybe the artist painted his best angle, and used lighting just like I do to make my subjects look their best. The third one I remember vividly was also a life sized portrait was a portrait of Juliette Lowe, the founder of the girl scouts. The beauty of the subject and the amazing rendition of her dress was something I will never forget. A fourth life size wall portrait that inspired me to do what I do, was the portrait of Annie Russell by Joh White Alexander, an American artist. It was one of the most beautiful portraits I have seen and was 72 inches tall and 44 & 1/2 inches wide. 

The wall portrait displayed in this blog is 30x40 inches on canvas and has been painted from a portrait I photographed in my studio. Photographing and creating wall portraits is my passion. 

 
Thursday, January 12, 2017
By Judi Brown Photography
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Happy 17th birthday to my pomeranian Cody

The smartest dog I have ever known turned 17 years old January 2nd.  Happy Birthday Cody.  Love him !  I adopted him when he was 3 and I originally bought him for my grandfather who desperately wanted a dog for a companion. The lady I got him from no longer wanted him because he was "oversized" for a pomeranian. Sometimes the gifts we get for others come back to us in the most amazing way. I flew him back from Pennsylvania after only 3 days when he refused to eat. Once he got back to me, he ate immediately. Go figure. I used to say that he was the most expensive dog I ever owned because I flew up with him to deliver him and paid to fly him back, along with a limo ride from Johnstown to the Pittsburg airport. On his 15th birthday he became paralyzed and had a $6000 disc surgery. I know, but what we won't do for those we love. He is pretty spoiled as are all my fur children. Cody has a special talent with mothering other animals and has helped raise all the dogs ( and cats) I have rescued. The lady I got him from told me he chased cats, but he changed his mind when he met our first kitty rescue.
             I always take a professional portrait or two of my animals when I adopt them because I want to remember them always ! I love doing portraits of every type of animal. I personally have a small country estate with horses, dogs, cats, ducks and a cockatiel. I have never known an animal that I didn't like or didn't like me. I photographed horses all across the country professionally for years and became known for it. Talk about a dream job.

            There is a new movie coming out soon called "A Dog's Purpose that shows a dog reincarnating as many different dogs and helping and loving those who own him. He ends up coming back to the boy who had him first, who is now a grown man. The man recognizes him from the specific way he retrieves a ball. To see the movie trailer, go to    http://www.adogspurposemovie.com/   

When a client tells me they love animals, say no more, they had me at "love animals".      Animals were my first love and my passion.

 
Thursday, January 12, 2017
By Judi Brown Photography
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Simple clothing with solid colors are the best way to show off a child's portrait. You don't want to overpower the child and take away from their face or expression with too bright a color or busy patterns. Another good rule is that if the child is over 2, covering most of their arms and legs brings back the focus to the expression on the child's face. I do love bare feet! The dress or pants that the child wears should be over the knee if not longer to cover properly when they sit down so the camera doesn't look up their dress or see their underwear. Don't worry too much about shoes or belts as these rarely match the clothing and become a distraction. If their mother, father and other children are in the portrait together, the older children and adult's feet will normally not even show as they will be often cropped off just below the knees to bring the portrait closer in to show the smallest child's face. All of the clothing in the portrait should complement each other. A good rule is to go with all formal or all casual, not mix them. Have everyone wear all dark tones or all light tones, or even all-medium darkness. Colors should follow the same rule and be complementary to each other and to the place the portrait might be displayed. If you intend to hang a wall portrait over the fireplace and the room is all in blues, you would want to consider clothing colors that would go with it the same way you would pick pillows to complement a sofa. 

A simple classical study of a beautiful child is timeless. This has always been one of my favorites. 

 
Monday, December 07, 2015
By Judi Brown Photography
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I have to say, Winter Weddings in Central Florida are the best. It's so beautifully green and warm here all year round.