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A Visual Adventure - Elegance Magazine
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Behind the Scenes of Women Making History

After years of dreaming and months of tinkering, we are so delighted to introduce, for the first time ever, the official Lorei Portraits magazine:  Elegance. It is a visual cornucopia, a wish book, of our latest portrait styles.  From beach to business, backyard to Bistro there is so much to enjoy.  See what's new at Lorei Portraits.  Check it out in it's entirety down below. 

Portrait of a Lady
Thursday, May 03, 2018
Behind the Scenes of Women Making History

My goal this year is 50 self-assignment portraits.  That is, I choose the subject and the style rather than the client contracting me to create.  It is how I push myself creatively.  (Creativity, like any muscle, needs a regular workout.)  Overall, this year has been terrific, and I ought not to pat myself on the back, but we have created some fabulous images for business, Bistro portraits, and beyond (i.e. families).Still, the year was not half over and I needed to up my game.What would be a significant challenge?  What group never gets photographed?  One could make the case that the least photographed demographic is older women.  And, seeing as ...

Top 10 Reasons for a Professional Headshot
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Behind the Scenes of Women Making History

1.  Visual Ambassador.  In the age of the web and social media, your professional headshot goes everywhere--not just on business cards.  It is your visual ambassador to the world.  For good or ill, people make judgments about you based on your looks.  Why not show the world the very best version of yourself?2.  Look Professional.   A well-crafted professional headshot makes you look...professional.  You will look handsome, attractive with flattering lighting and posing, excellent skin tones, and the expression of someone who is both competent and friendly.  On the other hand, it is so easy to spot the cell phone snapshots on the ...

Back to the Studio
Friday, February 23, 2018
Behind the Scenes of Women Making History

When I started this business in 1990, we embarked on a different course.  While all the other photographers had a studio and worked primarily indoors, we specialized in outdoor and location portraits.  At the time, it was a bit of a risky move.  Clients had the expectation of creating their portraits inside where the weather is nice.  I had to convince them that we would go outdoors, with all the usual concerns about wind and rain and bugs.  With Presque Isle State Park--home of the most beautiful sunsets in North America--right in our backyard, it was not that hard a sell.  Within a few years, we became known for our beach portraits. They are gorgeous and ...

Why Get a Family Portrait?
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Behind the Scenes of Women Making History

I have run into so many families that have never had a family portrait. And I mean never. That's not to say they have not had snapshots and smartphone pics through the years--they have gobs of them--but they have never actually had a family portrait.  It is sad, really.  When you hang a portrait, a real portrait, on your walls--it says something.  It says to each and every family member: I belong and I am loved.  It says to the whole family that we are all in this together, and together we will make it through--whatever the hardships.  It is also a historical document, a treasured one at that.  Your portrait is an icon of an era, a recording of who you are, ...