Adventures in Photography! A Blog by L.L. Photography
When was the last time you had Professional Headshots taken? For that matter, when was the last time you had professional photos of any kind taken? In today’s “everybody’s a photographer” world, here are 3 reasons to get Professional Headshots.
1. Social Media
Now, I know what you’re thinking. “I thought you said professional. What does social media have to do with that? The answer is simple. Every major social media network requires a profile picture. It is the first thing anyone sees when visiting your profile. Not only that but with the reach that social media now has it is becoming increasingly difficult to separate your personal and professional lives. If that’s not a good enough answer then I only have one thing to say: LinkedIn. LinkedIn has become the dominant way to network amongst professionals.
2. Professional Means Professional
Now isn’t the time to take out the latest Samsung or iPhone models for selfies. Although modern cell phones are boasting impressive camera stats, they lack a key factor in taking Professional images: the professional. Notice I didn’t say a professional camera or equipment. A huge part of what makes an image “look good” is the person behind the camera. They have already spent countless hours learning their craft. Plus, when they are done behind the camera they still have editing time in front of a computer.
3. Put Your Best Foot Forward
This seems like the “duh!” reason but it’s more important now than ever. With the job market becoming increasingly more competitive and the prevalence of social media (see above), a Professional Headshot could be the difference between getting that interview or not. Let’s face it, our future bosses will be looking us up on Facebook or LinkedIn long before we sit across from them. What do you want them to see?
[BONUS] Your Last Headshot Is Out Of Date
How often you update you’re headshot is completely up to you. It depends on what line of work you’re in, how often you change jobs, how often you change looks (such as hair color/length), and a number of other factors. For example a salesperson may want to consistently update their headshot to show their clients that they keep up with the ever-changing pace of business. A teacher on the other hand may only need to update as they change positions or schools. One thing to keep in mind when determining how often to update your headshot is: If the right job came along, would you leave your current position? If the answer is “yes” or even “maybe” then its time to update. Because that job mat have already passed you by based on your current headshot.
Copyright Transfer vs Print Release, which one do you need?
With digital photography being as common as it is, it has become extremely easy to print, copy, right-click, scan, etc. So, when hiring a photographer do you need a Copyright Transfer or Print Release?
Before we get too deep I want to provide a bit of clarity to the subject of copyright ownership as it pertains to photography. The copyright of an image comes into existence the instate the photograph was taken. The copyright belongs to the photographer (or the photographer’s studio).
What is a copyright?
According to Professional Photographers of America:
A copyright is the exclusive legal right of the creators to reproduce, distribute, publicly display, or create derivative works from an original work. A copyright also gives its owner the exclusive right to license those usage rights to others.
In other words, it is illegal to print, sell, post online, or alter images without the express permission of the photographer (owner of the copyright).
What do you need to be able to “use” the images?
The short answer is you need the copyright owner’s permission. This is usually granted in one of two-way: a Copyright Transfer or a Usage License known as a Print Release.
A Copyright Transfer grants all of the rights to an image or set of images to a client or third-party. In essence the client becomes the new owner of the copyright and can use the images an any way they see fit. This is a common practice for businesses that intend to resell the images although I’m finding that more and more clients are asking for “copyright releases” with their packages. What they are actually asking for is the Print Release.
A print release is a Limited Usage License which grants specific permissions to a client. The permissions vary from photographer to photographer but they typically have one or more of the following permissions:
- Reprint images.
- Post images online.
- Share images with friends and family.
- Display images in public.
Print releases very rarely allow a client to edit images or resell them.
Which one is right for you?
That depends on what you intend to do with the images. If all you want to do it have access to the images and to be able to post them on social media, display prints on your walls, or share them with friends then a Print Release is what you’re looking for.
On the other hand, if you plan on using the images as part of your own business or want to re-edit the images then you may want a Copyright Transfer. Keep in mind that you will likely have to fork over a higher premium.
In short, unless you’re a commercial business and/or intend to resell the images then a Print Release is all you need.
In most cases a Print Release is more than enough for my client’s needs. When working with L.L. Photography a Print Release is include with every package that contains digital images. My Print Release grants the clients the ability to print the images for personal use. Additionally, the client has the permission to post images online including social media given that L.L. Photography is credited. If a Copyright Transfer is still desired, I am happy to accommodate any reasonable requests.
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Here you are, only days away from spending the rest of your life with another person. I’m sure all of your married friends have already told you that “it goes by so quickly” while you single fronds are saying “be in the moment!”.
Here are 5 things no one says about your wedding day.
1. There’s not enough time to get ready.
No matter how well you think you’ve planned it, it just seems to take longer than expected.
2. Something will go wrong.
You forget to bring your “something borrowed,” an old flame shows up to the wedding, or you just can get your makeup right.
3. Your emotions will get a workout.
From the aforementioned hiccups to the first note of the wedding march to the upbeat music at the reception, your emotions won’t know what hit ’em!
4. You won’t be able to eat.
This is largely due to number 3 above but it can also be attributed to the dozens of wedding guests you have to attend to as well.
5. It goes by really quickly.
Ok. So I know I said that everyone says this but it is so true and you don’t understand how quickly it goes by until it’s over.
After the wedding.
Long after the day is done and the honeymoon is over, you’ll be sitting back looking through your photo album reminiscing. Although the dress no longer fits (you’ll never wear it again anyway) and the flowers have withered and died, you’ll be glad that you invested in a professional photographer to capture all of those precious moments.
This article is the sixth part of My Journey; a story of my life and where I’ve lived. To start from the beginning click here.
As High School graduation approached in 2001 I started debating what I would do. That’s when I came up with my 10 year plan.
My parents didn’t have the financial ability to pay for college but I knew I wanted to go. I also knew I wanted a career in a technical field. Coming from a military family the answer seemed obvious: I would join the military myself. While in I would learn a skill that would help me to achieve my end-goal of having a technical career. From there I would earn a way to pay for college. After getting off active duty, I would use my GI Bill to get an advanced degree. My thought was that in total it would take me about 10 years to achieve these goals.
I was right, for the most part. I ended up enlisting in the U.S. Air Force shortly after graduating high school. It was July of 2001. The career (AFSC) that I chose was an electronics technician for weather and navigational equipment on the runway. I was told that I would have to wait until October of 2001 to leave for basic training. In September the greatest tragedy to hit american soil would take place forever changing the landscape of New York City. What followed was a whirlwind of confusion. I left for basic training in October as planned only now the security level of military (and the country as a whole) was on the highest alert.
My 6 years of active duty had me continue to relocated every few years. I spent time living in Texas, Georgia, and Mississippi (twice). I even spent a year in Honduras! I was able to obtain my Associates during that time but in 2007 it was time for me to continue to the next step of my plan: college. I started at Louisiana Tech University studying Electrical Engineering Technology and minoring in Spanish. I graduated in 2012 and took a job at an engineering company. Upon taking that job I had successfully completed my 10 year plan (even though it took me 11 years).
That engineering company is how I ended up in California and subsequently founding L.L. Photography. But that’s a story for a future time.
To be continued…
This article is the fifth part of My Journey; a story of my life and where I’ve lived. To start from the beginning click here.
Oregon was easily one of my least favorite places to live. Looking back now I realize that it wasn’t because of anything to do with Oregon specifically. Rather it was because my life had changes so dramatically in such a short time. My father retired from the Army, my parents divorced, and my sisters and I were forced to move again for the third time in less than that many years.
I remember Oregon being a place were my sisters and I would get into endless amounts of trouble. We would sneek out, when we weren’t supposed to. Smoke cigarettes. Play with fire extinguishers. Get into fights and a number of other things. I’m not particularly proud of this time in my life but considering I was only 14 and all that I had gone through I feel that it’s excusable. My mom, now single, had the immense responsibility of raising three teenagers on her own. With us progressively getting more and more out of control it wasn’t long before my mom decided that it was best to move back to Las Vegas.
For me, Las Vegas was a stark contrast to Oregon. Not only the whether and physical atmospher but also the emotional one. What made moving to Vegas (for the third time) so unique was that my mom had been in contact with her long-time friend from North Carolina, Beth. Beth and my mom were around the same age and when we lived in North Carolina thier husbands served in the military together. At around the time that my mom was deciding to move back the Vegas, Beth was in the middle of a divorce of her own. She was living in Oklahoma with her three kids when she and my mom came up with a plan to move to Vegas together.
So, just before my Freshman year of high school, my mom and Beth moved in with their combined 5 kids (myself included)! Beth’s oldest didn’t come since she was already a few years into high school and didn’t want to change schools. I spent the next four years of my life at Las Vegas High School. I made friends. I studied (sometimes). I was an active part of the Junior ROTC program. I attended church. I had fun.
But as the saying goes “all good things must come to an end.” With high school graduation right around the corner I had to figure out what I was going to do with my life. It was at this point I laid out my first “10 Year Plan” which I would more or less follow from 2001 to 2012. (Spoiler: it took me 11 years to complete!) Follow this blog closely to find out what my plan entailed.
To be continued…
This article is the fourth part of My Journey; a story of my life and where I’ve lived. To start from the beginning click here.
Georgia was a relatively short part of my family’s life considering the 3 years in Hawaii, 5 years in North Carolina, and 3 and a half years in Germany. But in the short year or so that we there, something significant happened: my father was given the opportunity to retire from the Army.
The helicopters my father worked on had be slowly phased out in favor of the more modern Black Hawk which is still in service today. Without a helicopter to maintain my dad had the choice to cross-train or retire. Since he was already past the 15 year mark (out of a 20 year career) he chose to retire. The Army provided plane tickets for my family to move from Georgia to my fathers home-of-record, Las Vegas.
I remember it being a “change the rest of your life” type of move. Even though I was 13 or so my dad’s retirement was the promise to have a “normal” life in a single location. Where I could theoretically live the rest of my life and be surrounded by friends that I had developed over the years. That turned out to be a pipe-dream but that’s not really relevant at the moment.
Instead of flying to Las Vegas my dad traded in the plane tickets for train tickets. I sometime wonder what made my father want to spend 4 days traveling across the entire southern part of the U.S. from one coast to the other. Whatever the reason, I’m glad he did. In fact, I just sent him a random text to say thank you. (He probably thinks I’m nuts bringing up something that happened so long ago!) I remember that during the days we would visit the viewing car which was essentially an open car with lots of windows. At night we stayed in a sleeping car kind of like a room on cruise ship (only a lot smaller).
When we finally made it to the other side of the country we prepared to live in Las Vegas. Unfortunatly that would be short lived. It wasn’t long after we got there before the tension between my partents grew and they decided to split up. It was decided that my sisters and I would live with my mom while my dad adapted to civilian life. Our “final” move had only lasted a few months before my mom decided she wanted to be closer to her family…in Oregon.
To be continued…
This article is the third part of My Journey; a story of my life and where I’ve lived. To start from the beginning click here.
If you have been following along, you already know that I’ve moved a lot while growing up! In fact by this part of the story I’m 10 years old and have already lived in 3 states and survived two Hurricanes. So, what’s next? Another move of course!
This move would be unique because for the first time, I would live outside of the U.S. In 1993 my family and I would move to Germany but not before first staying in Las Vegas for a few months.
You see, in order for my dad to get family housing he had to what 6 months. Rather than us staying in North Carolina, where we were currently living, we decided to go to my dad’s hometown, Las Vegas. So, my mom, my two sisters and I waited in Vegas while my dad got settled into his new assignment in Hanau, Germany.
We were finally able to rejoin my father in Germany where we lived for the next 3 and a half years. While in Germany my mom would start attending church on a regular basis. Around the same time it was becoming more apparent to my sisters and I that my parents were no longer happy with each other.
Eventually my parents would split but not until we found our way back to Las Vegas. But there’s still some story to tell before we get to that point so you’ll have to follow this blog closely!
To be continued…
This article is the second part of My Journey; a story of my life and where I’ve lived. To start from the beginning click here.
When we left off last my dad had gotten orders for his next duty station. My father was a helicopter mechanic in the Army. He worked and flew on the “Huey” helicopter; the workhorse of the Vietnam conflict, and the Gulf War. His next assignment turned out to be Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he was a part of the 82nd Airborne.
The 82nd Airborne Division is the U.S Army’s oldest airborne unit and it’s specialty is parachute assault operations into hostile territories. They have been actively performing this mission for every major conflict and war since the first World War.
As a helicopter mechanic, my father was tasked not only with the maintenance of the aircraft at Fort Bragg but also while abroad during times if conflict. In August of 1990, when I was only 7, Iraqi forced invades neiboring Kuwait triggering what would become the Gulf War. As part of Operation Desert Shield my father, along with the rest of the His battalion, was deployed to Iraq. On my birthday in 1991, the conflict escalated into Operation Desert Storm and it wasn’t until April of 1991 that I would see my father again.
The Gulf War wasn’t the only major disaster to happen during my time in North Carolina. We also endured two major hurricanes: Hurrican Hugo and Hurricane Andrew. The latter of which was the most destructive hurricane at the time.
These were only the first two hurricanes that I would endure. I would later witness the aftermath of the most destructive hurricane: Hurricane Katrina. But there’s still more story to tell before I get to that point. You’ll have to continue following thus blog closely!
To be continued…
In January of 1983 my mother gave birth to the second of her three kids. Named after my father, Lawrence (Larry) Owen Lamontagne, I would go by Larry Jr. until I was 13 or so. I was born in Killeen, Texas, a town just outside of Fort Hood between Dallas and Austin. My parents aren’t native Texans. It was just one of the many places my dad would be stationed during his military career.
You see, my parents met at Salem High in Oregon. Sometime after graduating and before joining the military they got married. I’m a bit fuzzy on the details but my understanfing is that after joining the Army and making it to his first duty station my dad found out that he and my mom were pregnant with my older sister Jennifer. When my mom was far enough along she flew back to her home town of Salem where Jennifer was born.
Fast forward 1 year and 5 months, and there I was. Except this time they decided to stay in Texas to have me. It wasn’t long after I was born that my dad found out he had orders to go to Schofield Barracks on the island if Oahu, Hawaii. I was about 6 months old when our family of four moved to Hawaii.
Shortly after getting there my parents found out that their family of four was growing to a family of five. Stacey, my younger sister, was born 1 year and 10 months after me. She was born in November of 1984 in a hospital in the capitol city of Honolulu. To this day she dreams of going back to Hawaii. My family lived in Hawaii for a little over three years before my dad got orders to his next duty station.
So there I was a 3 year old about to move to my third state. This would become a common theme throughout my life. Moving from one state to the next. To this day I can still claim that I have moved from one state to the next every 3 to 5 years since the day I was born.
My current home, Los Angeles, California is the place I hope to break that cycle but we’ve got a lot more story to tell before we get to that part of my life. So, to find out more you have to follow this blog closely.
To be continued…
One question you should always ask your photographer before you hire them is “What is your style?” In fact it ranks 4th on Professional Photographers of America’s list of Ten Things to Ask When Hiring a Photographer. This one question will tell you a lot about what to expect on the day of the shoot. But before I get too far down the rabbit hole allow me to lay out a few basics.
For the purpose of this article when I say “style” I’m not referring to photography genres. In other words, I’m assuming that if you’re hiring for a wedding or quiceañera, you’re not engaging with a food photographer. Likewise if you’re looking for a corporate event you’re not talking with a landscape artist. Now, is it possible that a photographer can do multiple genres? Of course! In fact, I myself started in model photography before opening L.L. Photography for events, weddings, portraits, and more.
So, what does it mean when I talk about the style of a photographer? It means a number of things. For example, does the photographer prefer an artistic style or do they capture the moment exactly how it occurs? Do they edit their images heavily or just basic editing (or none at all)? What type of lenses do they prefer? All of these things can tell you a great deal about what the final images may look like.
If you visit the homepage of my website you will find the collapsing description of my signature style:
My signature style can be described as high-definition and clean with a Fine Art influence. Examples can include color, black-and-white, or mixed (both color and black-and-white). For events such as weddings I take a photojournalistic approach; capturing the moments as the unfold with little to no interference.
L.L. Photography is owned and operated by Lawrence O. Lamontagne Jr.
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