Monday, October 29, 2012

Theta Omega Mo Mo-Down 2012

Yesterday afternoon, Theta Omega Mo Burlington kicked off Movember with a Mo-Down at Pulse Hair Design.  It was good fun for a good cause.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Creative Business Portrait for Sherry C.

Sherry has launched her new business, and is developing its website.  We discussed her concept for the site's banner, and I came up with this approach for her portrait.  The photograph will be blended into the banner's other elements by her illustrator.

In-studio makeup and hair styling by Virginia, Beauty on the Go.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Business Portrait for Doug M.

Doug is launching his professional consulting business, and required a portrait for his website, business cards and brochures._MG_1512-edit-640px-logo

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fixing a Smile

smileA couple of different clients have recently asked me to improve their smiles in their portraits. Photoshop provides some clever tools for making subtle adjustments to the shape of objects, but what to adjust in this case? A little research helped me to quantify the intuition that most of us have about "genuine" smiles. Turns out that the right Photoshop tweak is to simulate contraction of the orbicularis oculi muscles, yielding a "Duchenne smile". This article provides a brief overview of the science.

(Of course, first and foremost, portrait photographers have to be good at eliciting natural smiles during photography.  My goal is to avoid post-production tricks, but to be skilled at using the tools when the need arises.  In this case, for example, one of the subjects had a medical condition which affected his ability to smile.)

Software Based Monitor Calibration

Photographers who are PC users, if you don't have a hardware based monitor calibration system like i1 or Spyder, Atrise Lutcurve is a good alternative. I just gave it a try on an out of calibration monitor. It's fiddly, and it took some time, but it worked. Monitor calibration is step one in photo colour management, and this tool might be the next best thing to hardware based calibration. One this is certain: with it being on sale for $12.50 today through this link, Atrise Lutcurve is a whale of a lot cheaper than the hardware approach.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Business Portrait for Hoda K.


Hoda has recently opened her consulting business, and required a portrait for her new website and other promotional needs.  She was a delight to work with.  Check out Sinai Maple’s unique blend of services at

In-studio makeup styling by Virginia, Beauty on the Go.