MUSINGS OF A PORTRAIT ARTIST
Thursday, November 01, 2018
By Maryland Headshot Photographer - Irene Abdou Photography, LLC
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"I found you doing a Google search for 'professional headshots dc,' and then I Yelped you and saw all the good reviews you have. The headshot section of your website is impressive, and I saw the headshot reviews you have there too. Right now, I'm looking for professional headshots for a podcast website on fraud and anti-money laundering compliance that I'm building, as well as for use on LinkedIn. I do have a headshot that I'm currently using, but it's outdated - plus, I got it at a conference that offered professional headshots, and there was no preparation on my part to be photographed."

 

As we continued to chat, Davreen mentioned that she is picky about how she looks and that the partnership aspect of how we work was very "refreshing." And so after a few calls, we planned for Davreen's outdoor professional headshots at Rockville Town Center in Rockville, Maryland. Enjoy some of my favorites below, as well as the 5-star headshot photographer review that Davreen wrote on Google about her professional headshots experience!

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Thursday, October 25, 2018
By Family Photographer - Irene Abdou Photography, LLC
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"My wife and I have been talking... It's been 10 years since our last family photography session together, and my wife really wants to get family portraits done before our daughter goes to college next year. 
When our kids were very, very little, we had a number of family portraits taken at the mall.  Some were successful because of the props, and we enjoyed those portraits of the kids, but then, as they got older, we didn't care for that anymore.  We found a photography studio that wasn't as large and commercialized that offered longer family photography sessions, in which the family photographer spent more time with us, tried more different things, and was very interactive.  We don't like the classic Sears family photography, and we liked having all the different size and frame options that the new studio offered. 
Now, years later, our kids aren't little anymore, so we don't want a studio photography session, but would like to leaverage the season and do something outdoors.  We like family portraits that are more candid and would also look for guidance from you," said Craig.

 

Upon further discussion, the Ano's chose the beautiful botanical gardens in Wheaton, Maryland, Brookside Gardens, as the venue for their family photography session especially for its gorgeous rose garden. And what fun we had! Check back soon for photos of the Ano's finished 6-piece canvas wall portrait grouping and 30-page custom-designed family photography album. And in the meantime, enjoy some favorites from their summer family photography session!

 
Thursday, October 18, 2018
By Portrait Photographers - Irene Abdou Photography, LLC
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"Our 10 year wedding anniversary is this summer. I am wondering if we could retain you to do an anniversary portrait photography session of the two of us... We were married in Baltimore and it would be fun to re-shoot there. I shared the portrait album from our wedding with you but i'm not sure if you remember it -- we wouldn't want to duplicate it -- after checking out the "couples" section on your website we both believe you would have really special ideas to offer -- but we would probably want to do something like it in Baltimore if that worked for you."

 

I had met Deborah just 9 months earlier when I created a very special photo album of her to give to her husband as a birthday gift. So I was so very excited that I would finally get to meet John in person after hearing so much about him! Just 1.5 weeks later, they rang the doorbell to our Maryland photography studio, and we sat down to brainstorm and plan their anniversary portrait photography session. "We want photos in which we're genuinely having fun," they said. And while the original idea was to head to Baltimore for their portrait photography session, another idea came to mind.

 

When they had gotten married 10 years earlier, they had eloped and were married by a Justice of the Peace. That evening, they then spent the night at the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, MD, and so ever since then, they often headed to the Inn at Perry Cabin to celebrate their wedding anniversaries. St. Michaels also gave us another unique photography option... a sunset sail on a sailboat!

 

And so, the planning began and the excitement built. We agreed on a 2-hr indoor-outdoor-off-the-water-on-the-water portrait photography session ending at sunset. The folks at the Inn at Perry Cabin were so kind as to allow us to photograph anywhere we wanted both inside the inn and on its grounds, as well as on the Inn's sailboat. On the day of our portrait photography session, Captain Mark did a fantastic job manuevering the sailboat so that we had picture perfect sunset backgrounds!

 

At their "photo reveal" and ordering appointment, Deborah and John chose their favorite couple's portrait for us to print on metal as a 24x30 inch display to grace the walls of their Washington DC home, along with more favorites to go in a custom-designed photo album that is in production as I write this.  Check back soon for a glimpse of their finished wall portrait and photo album!

 

Is your wedding anniversary fast approaching? Every anniversary is a treasure to celebrate.

 

Cherish this year's anniversary with priceless portrait photography and a unique experience you'll remember forever.

 
Thursday, October 11, 2018
By Maryland Portrait Photographers - Irene Abdou Photography, LLC
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Did you catch the previous blog post with some of my favorite images from Caitlin and Phil's sweet couple's portrait photography session at our Maryland photography studio? I had promised to post photos of their finished artwork, so voilà! A four piece canvas wall portrait love grouping for their family room. The largest wall portrait is 24x36 inches. We shipped the artwork via FedEX to their home in Sykesville, MD, and this is the e-mail I received from Caitlin:

 

"They arrived and I'm OBSESSED!! Thank you so much again and again!!"

 

Yay!!! This little e-mail made the day for our Maryland portrait photographers!

 

Celebrate your relationship with your own couple's portrait photography session.

 
Thursday, October 04, 2018
By Boudoir Photographer - Irene Abdou Photography, LLC
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"I would like to create a gift for my husband. He has seen your boudoir photography and I am interested in creating a memory for him/us," O wrote when she filled out the contact form on our website.

 

When O and I spoke on the phone a few days later, O mentioned that they'd been talking about boudoir photography for several years and wanted it to be tastefully done. She's been working out at the gym now more than she ever has before, and she wanted this boudoir photography session to be both a celebration of her achievements and a unique gift for her husband. "Classy boudoir, elegant, dramatic, and relaxed," were the words O chose to describe her ideal boudoir photography. Most important was that she wanted the photographs to look natural, like she just happened to look at the camera, and that they portray her doing things that she would normally do in daily life.

 

When I asked her how she and her husband wanted to enjoy her classy boudoir photography day after day, she said she hadn't thought that far ahead yet. They had been focused more on thinking of fun poses than about what to do with the resulting images. "I would be OK with one or two tasteful lingerie shots on the bedroom wall, though if he [my husband] had his way, he'd plaster them all over the house and carry snapshots in his wallet!"

 

Ten days later, I had the opportunity to speak with O's husband on the phone and to get his perspective on her ideal boudoir photography. 

 

"She's almost 51 - has been lifting weights, and looks great. I want her to have a moment where her beauty is captured. I spent a lot of time researching boudoir photographers, reading reviews, and talking to other people who'd hired boudoir photographers for their wives... I also talked to a lot of other boudoir photographers who didn't want me involved. How do you feel about that?" he asked.

 

"I love when partners participate in the planning & design meeting and at the 'photo reveal'/ordering appointment!" I said.  "For the boudoir photography session itself, that's up to you and O; my question for the two of you would be if your presence would make her feel more or less comfortable." 

 

In the end, O's husband came with her to the planning & design meeting (and eventually to the 'photo reveal'/ordering appointment) and gave his input on what he wanted to see in her boudoir photography: uninterrupted lines... the lines of her biceps/abs... a photograph similar to one that her personal trainer has hanging in his gym of Marilyn Monroe lying on a bench lifting weights...  And the result of our brainstorming was the selection of three themes for O's boudoir photography: a weightlifting theme, a belly dancing theme going back to O's husband's ethnic roots, and a book/literary theme in our classy boudoir bedroom. Many of O's boudoir photos - especially the book-themed photographs - are simply too sexy to post online here, so you'll just have to imagine them!

 

Want elegant, dramatic, relaxed, and classy boudoir photography of your own?

Reward yourself with the experience that is simply priceless.

 
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