Tony Belmont Photography

Look Beautiful with Glamorous Portraits

PORTRAIT SECRETS

How Do You Choose The Right Photographer? There are Many Things You probably hadn't thought of - I will answer them here.  If you think of anything else, don't hesitate to ask.

In your search for a photographer, you probably get a bit overwhelmed when you see there are hundreds of photographers from which to choose. How do you decide which one will be the best?  Well, don't worry, I'm going to tell you the ESSENTIAL THINGS you must ask. Whatever photographer you choose, There Are Things You MUST Know...

Our goal is simple: You and I want your photographs to be perfect. Therefore, regardless of whether you decide to have me create your photographs, I still want you to know about mistakes that other photographers may NOT want you to know.

MISTAKES

MISTAKE #1 is not paying attention to the eyes.

It is very important to get plenty of sleep and be well rested before your session. Do not drink or party the night before your shoot. Do not smoke starting 24 hours before your session. Your eyes are key to a successful session. When viewing my photography, you will notice how clear and illuminating the eyes are in every shot. The eyes are absolutely the expression of your personality and charisma. It is amazing the difference well rested eyes can make in a portrait, headshot, wedding photos, etc.. You can see the difference. (Note:  If you've watched America痴 Next Top Model, then you know the importance that the eyes have in a photograph.)

Mistake #2 is wearing the wrong clothes!

This is very normal. Even if you were a professional model (maybe you are), you still may not know what to wear that would help you look the very best in a photograph. The "Art Director" would say what to wear! The "model" would just show up, and do what he or she is told! The hair person does the hair. The Art Director plans everything and tells the subject what to do next.

Most people don't know what really photographs well. Well, we know. That's our job. And we love it. And we're really, really good at helping you to select the best clothing for your photographs - clothing that will help you look your very best. We will help you with this. Don't worry.

Did you know that the wrong clothing can add over 40 pounds to the way you look in your portrait!  Over 40 pounds!!!

Now, most people want to look as good as possible in their portraits. Clothing makes a HUGE difference in this area, so let's make sure your clothing is really perfect!

Mistake #3 Ruins Many Great Images

Mistake # 3 is making mistakes with hair. Many people goof this up in several ways. But also, most photographers goof this up, too, because they don't know how to photograph hair properly.

This is such a big point! As you know, your hair is a huge part of your appearance. It can make or break how you look. We've all had "bad hair days" and if your photographer doesn't know what he or she is doing, your photographs will look like a permanent "bad hair" day.

If you study Hollywood Portraiture of the stars, you begin to see how careful the photographers are about lighting the hair. Well, I've studied their techniques and I'm going to use these very same techniques to create your portraits to help you, and your hair look really, really perfect.

For example, many people who go to other photographers often complain that, if they have dark hair, that their hair seems to disappear into the background. Or, if they have light hair, that their hair has no "life" or detail in the photograph. Or if their hair is brown, that it doesn't look as great as they wanted it to. It's not just how they combed or prepared it, it's how it's lit in the photograph, too!

Well, that's not ever going to happen to a portrait created by me, because I'm going to take the time and the care in the lighting of your hair so it looks absolutely perfect.

Mistake #4 - Amazing Secret Revealed!

Okay, you and I have to talk about blemishes here. If you have some, and who doesn't, you're probably worried about whether or not they will show in this portrait.

The HUGE mistake that almost EVERYONE makes is that they don't ask the photographer about retouching before having the photos taken. I know, everyone is embarrassed about blemishes, and don't want to talk about it to ANYONE - especially a person they just met.

But this portrait is really important, and you want to look REALLY GREAT in it, so we need to talk about this blemish thing.

The secret: Be absolutely positively sure that your photographer is going to carefully and painstakingly RETOUCH all your portraits - and do it to perfection! In my humble opinion, a portrait or a headshot that is not professionally retouched is NOT A PORTRAIT OR A HEADSHOT! It's just a "snapshot" that no one cares enough about to properly finish and produce to the best quality that money can buy!

I guess that's another reason that so many people hire me to create their portraits. I honestly, sincerely care about how you will look, and I知 not going to embarrass you in any way, but I am going to do everything in my power to help you look the best you've ever looked in these portraits, so all your friends are really impressed! (And looking your best means THERE WILL BE NO BLEMISHES ON THE FINISHED RESULTS!)

You see, what you want a photographer who is going to take good care of you. Someone whose only goal is to help people look absolutely perfect in their photographs! And that's what we do. W will Take the time, and put forth the effort, sparing no expense to make sure you look really attractive - better than you've ever looked - in your photographs!

Mistake #5 Is A "Silent Killer" Of Portraits!

Most people don't know that they will get nervous in front of a camera. And when it happens, they won't know what to do about it.

There are over 30 muscles in your face. Guess what?  If you're tense, these muscles tense up, and it will show in your pictures; therefore, you won't like the photographs. You won't know why you don't like 'em. You just won't.

One of the keys to our success in photography is that we will not photograph anyone without having met them in advance (or at the very least, talking with them on the phone). And what's the purpose of this? Yes, we're going to talk about clothing, and all the other things. But the main purpose of this meeting is to give you the chance to meet me, get to know me, and see just how well I am going to take care of you from start to finish. I'll spend time with you so you begin to feel comfortable and confident about how you can trust me and take my advice.

This is going to make an enormous difference in how natural and confident you look on the day of your photography! It's almost like magic! You will be impressed!

Many photographers are not willing to do this. Why? Because it takes time. All they want to do is crank people through their studio like a "factory."  These are usually high volume, low price studios.

I will not do that to you. I知 going to meet you ahead of time, and we're going to treat this as if it were the most important photo of your life - because it is.  At the time of the session, I want you to feel like you're visiting an old friend, because you are!

See what a huge difference this will make in how you feel on the day of your photography? You'll feel great. You'll have met me. You'll know that what you're wearing is perfect. You'll know that your hair is going to look perfect. You'll know that no blemishes will show!  So You'll be confident, and excited - not nervous and apprehensive.  I want you to truly enjoy yourself.

Mistake #6 Will Ruin Your Portrait If You Aren't Aware Of It!

Most people don't realize that it takes longer than 30 minutes to create outstanding images.

I知 not going to rush you through like it's a factory. I知 going to help you through this whole thing. We understand that the finished result is important to you. We will shoot images until we are satisfied we got you at your best.  If you schedule a 1 hour session, and it ends up taking 90 minutes in order to ge the best image, there will be no extra charge.

Mistake #7 Is A Little Technical, But Extremely Important To You!

People (and an awful lot of photographers) don't realize how important light is in photography. The wrong light, and the wrong direction of light can make you look much heavier, bring out your worst features, even make you look scary!

It's really a matter of life or death in portraiture. The light is the "paint brush" with which I "paint" your portrait. It's very important!

Now, one of the things that separates my photography from most of the other photographers in the area is that I have studied light for over 20 years.  I know what looks good.

I understand that there is only ONE type and direction of light that will help you look your VERY BEST. Only one. And this is different for every person! Again, that's another reason we must meet you in advance, so we can determine the very BEST LIGHT for you.

There are five major highlight areas on your face which must be PERFECTLY lighted, or you won't look your best!

I don't want to get too technical here, but if you're still reading this, you realize how important this picture is, and you sincerely want to look your absolute best. So... the "Transition Zone" of light, between the highlights and the shadows is what "paints" the contours of your face, and brings out your personality.  So we want to be darn sure that this "Transition Zone" is perfect, too! I could go on and on, but you get the idea.

Light is equally important for outdoor portraits! It must be absolutely PERFECT if we are to create the perfect portrait of you. It's so important.

Mistake #8 Determines A Great Portrait Or A Terrible One!

Nine out of ten people don't realize how important posing is. The most important word when it comes to posing is "NATURAL." You absolutely don't want to look stiff and fake! One of the most common comments we hear from our clients is how "natural" the portraits look. Our people love how good they look, but they also love how "natural" they appear in the images.

I understand that you want to look really great, but also you don't want to be put into some uncomfortable pose that makes you look stiff and unnatural.

So, Yes, I will "guide" you so the composition and "look" of the portraits is really great. But I will NOT push you around and try to put you into unnatural positions that are just plain crazy looking. You and I will work together to help you look confident, comfortable, and just plain great.

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You want to make sure to select a photographer who cares about how you will look when you are posed. You want your poses to look natural and not whatever works for everyone or is fastest to do.

I will help you by showing you the pose, or you can clip out pictures to show me how you would like to look. This is so important to helping you feel comfortable!

However, I am really picky. I'll be very careful, and very attentive to detail. I may fix your hair if something is out of place, or ask you to straighten your clothing if it has a funny wrinkle in it. Don't worry about a thing! We'll make sure you look "like a million bucks!"

The key thing with posing, is that you look honestly natural. The people I photograph tell me all the time how great their photographs look from a point of view of being natural. They say things like this: "It's like I just sat down naturally! That's exactly how I sit! I can't believe it! How'd you know that?" And you see, that's what helping and advising you will do for your portraits, too!

I知 talking about where your arm is in the portrait. And if your hand is in the portrait, does it look natural?

And so many people don't realize this when they're calling around to different photographers. They have no idea how important this is. So look at the photographs done by any photographer you're considering selecting. Do they look natural, or do they look "posed" or stiff?

If you'll look at the photographs I've included throughout this website, you'll see how natural and comfortable they look.

Mistake #9 Is Of Enormous Importance!

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This mistake has ruined so many portraits! It's the mistake of not choosing a photographer who GUARANTEES THAT YOU WILL BE REALLY HAPPY - and who will cheerfully give you all your money back, if you aren't!

Here's our guarantee: "You will be THRILLED (not just 'satisfied') with your pictures, or we will do whatever is necessary for you to be thrilled, or we will return every penny of your money. No hassles and no hard feelings either. We want you to be THRILLED with your images, and will spare no effort or expense to see to it that you are! We absolutely guarantee it!"

You see, only a photographer who really believes in his product and service is going to be willing to have such a powerful guarantee. So his guarantee is your first indication of whether or not you even want to work with him. I just can't stress this enough. Ask about the guarantee. Listen to their reaction. That will tell you if you want to trust your portraits to that photographer.

Mistake #10 Is So Obvious, And Yet Most People Don't Do It!

What's this mistake? Not asking lots of questions when you're talking with photographers. Now, if you're still reading this, you certainly have the questions to ask, right?

Remember, you are the customer - you have all the rights! You have the right to ask the tough questions, before you make any decisions!

You ask them first about their guarantee, and see how they respond.

Then you ask them if they will meet with you in person, at no charge, to discuss the clothing, etc,

Then you ask them if they will guarantee that they'll remove any and all blemishes you might have at the time of the photography.

Then ask them about how they light the hair perfectly?

Then ask them how much time they are going to spend with you. And do they do outdoor portraits, as well as indoor portraits at your home.

Ask them if they understand the importance of the correct lighting of the "Five Major Highlight Areas." Ask them if they know what a "Transition Zone" is.

Ask them if their posing is natural, or more "posy and stiff."

See how much you have learned so far? Pretty amazing, when you think about it, isn't it?

Mistake #11 Can Ruin Everything!

What's this mistake? It's choosing the WRONG PHOTOGRAPHER. Everything depends on that one decision.

Hopefully, now that you know these 11 major mistakes that most people make - you won't make those mistakes! You'll be able to chose the right photographer for yourself, based on all this new found information you now have!

Now, we may not be the right photographer for you. But the fact that you're still reading this means we probably are. Because we care about all the things I've talked about to you here. But the only way you'll really know for sure if we are right for you or not is to call us.

What Should You Do Right Now?

Now, while it's fresh in your mind, pick up the phone, and call me so we can chat on the phone. No charge. No obligation. No sales pitch. I知 not that kind of person. Just dial 424-644-6243 (I AIM 4 IMAGE).  We'll just chat. You can ask any questions you may have. If you'd like to, we can set up a time to meet and chat a bit. There's still no charge or obligation. You do not need to have made a decision to hire us, before you can come in and chat with us! No way!

Then, after we meet and chat, if you feel you'd like to have us create your images, fine. If not, that's fine also. We are here to help you in any way we can. But I知 not here to pressure you into doing anything you don't want to do. The decisions are completely up to you.

However, I do want to urge you to act immediately as my schedule changes all the time and I may become booked up. Why? We spend so much time with each one of the people we photograph, we can't photograph as many people as other photographers who have more of a high volume studio arrangement!

So if anything I have said here sounded the least bit interesting to you, CALL NOW! DO NOT WAIT EVEN ONE DAY ON THIS!

I Have A Very Special Offer For You...FREE!

(But ONLY if you're one of the first 12 people to call me!)

As long as you are one of the first 12 people to call me - just to chat - I will make you a FANTASTIC OFFER! You can save 33 1/3% off the creation of your portraits! That saves you a bunch of money! But you'll need to act quickly! Also, click here to see my referral program and save even more.

Sincerely,

Tony Belmont

Professional Photographer

PS. Call now. I have an excellent reputation and will take really good care of you. So call me today. We'll just chat. No charge, no obligation, no sales talk. But don't put it off. I know that at this moment, you aren't sure about your portraits or headshots. That's fine. But, please understand that because we spend so much time with each one of our people, we only have 12 session times remaining for this special offer. Once they are gone, you will not be able to get the 33 1/3% discount off the creation of the images. So call right now.

PPS. One last thing. Having your portrait taken is such a personal thing, that you want to be sure you select a photographer who is not only really driven to help you look fantastic, but who you also like and trust. That's why I urge you to call me and chat on the phone. This will give you an immediate feeling as to the type of person I am, so you can decide now, while I hopefully still have some session times available, whether or not you'd like to at least come in and chat. So call right now. I will enjoy hearing from you!


 

Tony Belmont Photography
West Los Angeles, California
 
Primary Phone:  424-644-6243