Models Wanted – Austin Texas Photographer

Models Wanted – Austin Texas Photographer

It’s that time of year again. Time for us to update our web site with beautiful new images reflecting our four distinctive styles of photography. Models will receive a FREE portrait session and 8×10 print of their favorite image ($330-$430 … Continue reading

Family Portrait Photographer Austin, TX

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You’ve seen this image, right? The first “official” portrait of the royals with baby George, taken by Kate’s dad. All in all, a nice try for Mr. Middleton, however photography should stay a hobby for this happy grand dad. Family portraiture is not as easy as it looks! Leaving the camera to do most of the work is one of several reasons that keeps this potentially stunning image a snap shot. I say most of the work because they did have to pose themselves and smile at the right time but other than that, the camera did the rest. How can I tell?
Here are the top five clues.
1. No catch light in their eyes. Every living person’s eyes reflect light and those who are not…don’t. Its vital to have a visible catch light to draw the viewers attention to the eyes. In this case, a flash or reflector would have been very helpful.
2. Blown out background. Any camera, no matter the cost could be fooled by this situation. The family is under the shade of the tree and the sun is shinning brightly behind them. The camera’s meter is looking for light while trying to balance for the shadowed subjects. This camera did a decent job. Again, a flash would have come in quite handy.
3. The color balance. The flesh tones are cool or bluish. The reason is the White Balance setting is most likely on “auto”. The camera is forced to guess what color is correct based on its own database of images. So balancing for the sunlight, it leaves the shaded family looking “cool” but not in a good way.
4. The posing. This pose is nice and simple, however when you first looked at it, how long did it take you to see the baby? My eyes were drawn immediately to Kate and William’s faces then I ended up on George. Poor guy, this is HIS first official portrait and once you are able to stop looking at his mom, you will finally see him. A nice seated portrait in the grass may have been better, however I don’t know what the ground looks like since its been obliterated by over exposure.
5. Time of day. Can you guess what time this image was taken? I can tell you. The absolute worst time. As a photographer, light must be your friend however, not all lighting is friendly, example above. Depending on the time of day, sunlight must be tamed, dimmed, blocked, reflected, redirected, bent, splashed, balanced and above all respected.
Some of you may say the sixth clue is sharpness as this image looks a little soft or fuzzy. I didn’t include this as it could be sharp image that lost resolution as I copied it from a random news site.
I use the example above because it is a family portrait and it is “acceptable” enough to be sent out to thousands of news outlets across the world. But I bet this image won’t be hanging on any walls in Buckingham Palace! Why? Simply because its NOT good enough.
You are no different from the Royal family. You deserve to have a professional family portrait from professionals who understand the key essentials to creating a piece of art versus a snap shot. If you don’t know a professional photographer, you can either call your local PPA Chapter (Professional Photographers Association) or visit www.ppa.com and select certification. Once there select “why hire a CPP?” On that page you will see a icon that allows you to search for a Certified Professional Photographer in your area that meets your needs. Thanks for reading and we always welcome feedback, questions and
comments on our posts!

Austin Humane Society benefits from our Beautiful Pet Portrait Contest

Recently, I had the pleasure of driving over to visit with Kasee Thomas of the Austin Humane Society to drop off a check from our Pet Portrait Contest. Kasee is one of the nicest people and I am so glad we had the opportunity to work with her and the Austin Humane Society. Initially, I thought they just housed cats and dogs until they were adopted and boy, was I off the mark! It turns out they do so much more! Check out this link to their FAQ page to learn more about all the great things they do! http://www.austinhumanesociety.org/about-us/faqs
Below is a photo of Kasee and me with the check. I asked Kasee what $200 means to AHS? She said “that it will fund 8 spay/neuter surgeries or provide 10 nights of shelter for one of our animals. Just depends what part you feel more passionate about!” That creates an incredible feeling to know that our little contest was able to help with their mission.
Thanks again Kasee for allowing Caudillo Studios to be part of the AHS family!
If you are considering a pet, please be sure to visit AHS in person or online @ http://www.austinhumanesociety.org/ and click on “adopt”.

Charles

Austin Humane Society benefits from our Beautiful Pet Portrait Contest

Recently, I had the pleasure of driving over to visit with Kasee Thomas of the Austin Humane Society to drop off a check from our Pet Portrait Contest. Kasee is one of the nicest people and I am so glad we had the opportunity to work with her and the Austin Humane Society. Initially, I thought they just housed cats and dogs until they were adopted and boy, was I off the mark! It turns out they do so much more! Check out this link to their FAQ page to learn more about all the great things they do! http://www.austinhumanesociety.org/about-us/faqs
Above is a photo of Kasee and me with the check. I asked Kasee what $200 means to AHS? She said “that it will fund 8 spay/neuter surgeries or provide 10 nights of shelter for one of our animals. Just depends what part you feel more passionate about!” That creates an incredible feeling to know that our little contest was able to help with their mission.
Thanks again Kasee for allowing Caudillo Studios to be part of the AHS family!
If you are considering a pet, please be sure to visit AHS in person or online @ http://www.austinhumanesociety.org/ and click on “adopt”.

Charles

The pet contest has ended…let the voting begin!

Our first Beautiful Pet Portrait Contest has officially closed and its time to vote! Its now up to our contestants, their friends and family to vote their favorite into the winner’s circle! Remind everyone you know that voting is over @ 5 pm Saturday June 15th. At that time, the three pets with the most votes (likes) will be announced! Be sure to “Like” us and then head to the album to issue your vote. I must say that taking the portraits is lots of fun, but this part is much more exciting! Its a race to the finish and you never know who will pull out the win in the end! “Like” Caudillo Studios to stay up to date on the voting progress and to learn more about the amazing local businesses in our vendor spotlights! All creation fees for this contest are being donated to the Austin Humane Society. Please be sure to like their FaceBook page as well to stay informed on this wonderful organization!

Charles

Beautiful Pet Portrait Contest and Fundraiser extended!

Due to popular demand, our Beautiful Pet Portrait Contest has been extended until May 31st! Pet lovers from all over Austin want to be a part of our contest to help raise money for the Austin Humane Society. The contest was set to end on April 1st, has now been moved out to allow more flexibility for pet owners to schedule their sessions. Remember that every contest fee collected, is directly donated to the Austin Humane Society for the care of some of Austin’s most deserving citizens! If you have visited the Austin Humane Society, you understand just how dedicated and committed these people are to the well-being of these animals. Call your friends, family and neighbors with pets and let them know that they can have a pet portrait session with the artists at Caudillo Studios for a donation of $25! All portrait images will be made available to owners however purchase is not necessary for contest entry. The top three winners will receive prizes from local pet shops, groomers, vets and more! For contest details, please visit us at http://www.caudillostudios.com and click on the pet contest link. C’mon Austin, grab your leashes and lets go have some photographic fun!

Charles

Reminder! Celebration of Smiles – Austin Family Photographer

This is your reminder in case you forgot to book your session for our Celebration Of Smiles fundraiser on April 6th!  Kate and I have cleared our calendar to help raise funds for this very worthy cause.  The details: Minimum donation of $24.00 gets you a mini session and a desk sized portrait of you, your pet, your family or any combination thereof!  All donations (creation fees) will be given to Operation Smile.  You can read about this organization here. http://bit.ly/YOzs4I 

Call today and book your session before our availability runs out!  Help us to reach a minimum 10 sessions @ $24 each so we cover at least one full surgery!  

No obligation to purchase additional images however the opportunity to do so will be made available to you.  

Thanks in advance for your support!

See the difference, feel the difference, be the difference. 

Charles

Our specialty is family portraiture.  Additional passions are newborn portraits, baby portraits, and children’s portraiture.

 

 

 

Beautiful Pet Portrait Contest – Pet Photographer Austin

Beautiful Pet Portrait Contest

Have you heard the line, “animals are people too?”  Well, they’re not however, according to family therapists, pets do play important and vital roles in their owners lives.  Pets can ease the burden of loss, warm our hearts and feet, as well as keep our mindfulness skills sharp too.  An example is this excerpt from an article from Psychology Today’s website.

“He (dog) doesn’t ruminate about the past. He doesn’t worry about the future.  Sure, he’s experienced fear, like when our vet comes at him with the otoscope to look in his ears. But once the moment has passed, he doesn’t harbor resentment toward her, nor does he live in fear of their next encounter. And, his attention to the present moment isn’t distracted by negative self-talk, such as, “I’m wasting my life lying at the front window all day.” 

Wouldn’t this be a great way to live stress free? 

ImageAs a professional portrait photographer I find myself in downtown Austin quite a bit and I notice that there are A LOT of animal lovers here and we are excited to honor these amazing relationships with our inaugural Beautiful Pet Portrait Contest benefiting the Austin Humane Society.  Our portrait studio maybe known for family portraits but we feel that pets are family too and they deserve their moment in the sun! 

This contest is open to all pets and their families.  Only portraits of the pets themselves are eligible for the contest however, we will also take portraits of owners and pets together.  The contest begins TODAY!  April 2nd and ends on April 30th.  Voting ends on May 15th and the three pets with the highest number of votes will win prizes from local pet shops, boutiques, groomers and other pet related products and services.  There is a $25.00 entry fee per pet that will be donated to The Austin Humane Society located on Anderson Lane.   Call us today to book your session @ 5121-997-7429!  There is no obligation to purchase anything additional for contest entry.  All images will be made available for purchase if client wishes to do so. 

See the difference, feel the difference, be the difference.

Charles

PS – The beautiful little guy above is one of several loving animals at the Austin Humane Society!  They were kind enough to let us go in and take some amazing portraits for them.