Senior Portraits of Strongsville High School’s Audrey O’Bryon Truly ROCK!

Every now-and-then, I have the privilege of creating senior portraits of a girl who just intuitively knows how to pose and offer just the right expression at the moment the photo is created.

Audrey O'Bryon, our class of 2017 SpokesModel at Strongsville High School, “rocked” her photoshoot with dozens of cool poses, a variety expressions and an amazing array of outfits that truly showcased her personality.

Senior Pictures of Strongsville High School's Class of 2017 Audrey O'Bryon

Senior Pictures of Strongsville High School's Class of 2017 Audrey O'Bryon.

Senior Pictures of Strongsville High School's Class of 2017 Audrey O'Bryon

She displayed classic elegance in a formal dress, with and without her engaging smile.

Senior Pictures of Strongsville High School's Class of 2017 Audrey O'Bryon

Oh, and did I mention that Audrey is an avid photographer? She is already taking on commercial photography assignments. Pretty amazing for a high school girl!

Senior Pictures of Strongsville High School's Class of 2017 Audrey O'Bryon

With her “bubbly” personality, this seemed like a good fit! I couldn't resist doing a little “digital magic” for a few of Audrey's poses.

Senior Pictures of Strongsville High School's Class of 2017 Audrey O'Bryon

Audrey was completely at ease in front of the camera. Although I typically direct guys and gals into a variety of poses, (you know, these kids aren't professional models), Audrey enjoyed putting her own “spin” on some of them.

Senior Pictures of Strongsville High School's Class of 2017 Audrey O'Bryon

Once again, Audrey's fun-loving personality just shines in this pose.

Senior Pictures of Strongsville High School's Class of 2017 Audrey O'Bryon

I just love this pose of Audrey. Her beautiful, brown eyes are almost magnetic!

Senior Pictures of Strongsville High School's Class of 2017 Audrey O'Bryon

My favorite season is Spring. Creating this portrait of Audrey among the blossoms in our outdoor portrait park was amazing. As soon as I snapped this shot, I just had to show her how beautiful she looked on the camera’s LCD screen.

If you would like senior portraits that show your personality and fashion sense, call us to schedule your session ASAP at 440.748.6300. Our calendar is filling fast for the Class of ’18 – especially for the “early birds” who want to experience the unique portrait style at SpectraLight Photography.

Discover more about our senior photography and grab our price guide here.

Amazing Green Screen trick – place people anywhere in the world without leaving the studio

Green Screen technique lets photographers place their subject anywhere they choose without having to leave the studio!

Green Screen technique lets photographers place their subject anywhere they choose without having to leave the studio!

 

$$ Go Green! $$ – A Green Screen Presentation by Bill Morley of Bill Morley Photography based in Independence, Ohio.

The program will cover:

● How to incorporate green screen into engagement sessions, senior sessions, families and kids – in rain or shine!

● Event photography: offer green screen as an alternative to cheesy photo booths 

● Where to get free backgrounds on the internet and with your own camera

● Foolproof lighting techniques: blend your subjects seamlessly into exciting backgrounds!

● Comparisons of green screen software

● And much more! 

See how your studio can have fun and save money!

Join us for this fun and informative program that will change the way you look at green screen!

This program is offered by the Society of Northern Ohio Professional Photographers on Tuesday, March 25th at the North Olmsted Public Library at 7 p.m.

How much do you love YOUR mom?

Blurb coupon code - 15% savings

A picture really is worth a thousand words. That's why I love the idea of gathering family photos and creating a Blurb photo book for Mother's Day this year. No more spending time trying to figure out what to write in that generic card you purchased from the drug store. The pictures will speak for themselves. A card is thoughtful but is easily thrown out or tucked away in a drawer. Creating a Blurb book will allow any mother to flip through and see memories she help create that you both share. I could almost guarantee it would be a gift that would be left out all year.

I created my first book with Blurb and was thrilled with the results. Although you can't actually see the quality of the cover and pages, you CAN see how nice the design looks using Blurb's free book design software. Check out my book Picturesque Olmsted Falls.

Start creating your Blurb book today and save 15% with promo code 15OFFBOOK valid through 5/30/12.

Secrets to saving flood damaged photos

water damaged photo

This photo was severely damaged in a flood and then later recovered with digital photo restoration

With the recent flooding in Northeast Ohio and possibly more high water on the way, I decided to put together several tips to save water-damaged, heirloom photos.

When floods and fires hit, most people don't grieve losing a stove or couch. It’s the loss of valued family photos, scrapbooks and memorabilia that makes them cry. Living in North Ridgeville and seeing how hard the residents were hit was a real “eye-opener.” It motivated me to do some research and put together a guide to help flood victims save their photos.

When facing piles of soggy, mud-spattered photos and other valuables – saving them may be possible by using some of following tips.

  1. Carefully lift the photos from the mud or dirty water. Remove photos from soaked albums and separate any that are stuck together. Be careful not to rub or touch the wet photo surface.
  2. Gently rinse both sides of the photo in a sink filled with clear, cold water. Again, don't wipe the photos and be sure to change the water often.
  3. If you have time and space, immediately lay each wet photo – picture side up – on clean blotting paper like a paper towel. Don't use newspapers or printed paper towels because the ink may transfer to your wet photos. Change the blotting paper every hour or two until the photos dry. It is best to dry the photos indoors if possible because wind and sun will cause photos to curl more quickly.

For more tips on saving flood-damaged photos, download our free guide found at: http://spectralight.com/copyrest

Do you have a personal experience with photos damaged by flood water? Please click “comment” and share it here.

14 brave souls venture out in near-blizzard-like conditions to see presentation

Mark Madere of SpectraLight Photography shows a before-and-after example of how two separate pictures of a man and a woman can be digitally combined to create a new photograph depicting them as a couple.

On February 21st – amid blustery weather conditions, 14 people made their way to the North Ridgeville Library to see my special presentation: “Photo Restoration – The Art and Science of Resurrecting Damaged and Faded Photographs.”

The presentation was sponsored by the North Ridgeville Arts Council and was open to the community. I covered the causes of damage and fading to photographs and how to avoid it. There were several before-and-after photos showing how pictures that were once unsalvageable using old restoration techniques can now be restored to their original glory with “digital magic.”

See other examples of photos that were in near-unsalvageable condition that were restored to their original condition: http://www.SpectraLight.com/PhotoRestoration

A special thank you to Alan Willoughby who e-mailed the following comment: “Janet and I enjoyed your photo restoration presentation at the Arts Council meeting on Monday evening. It was time well spent despite the snow.”

I am available to speak to other groups or clubs on this topic. Just comment on this post or send an e-mail.

Mark to speak about the miracles of photo restoration at North Ridgeville Arts Council

Before-and-after photos show how badly damaged pictures can be restored to their original glory.

The North Ridgeville Arts Council invites the community to a special presentation: “Photo Restoration – The Art and Science of Resurrecting Damaged and Faded Photographs.” It will be presented by Mark Madere – a professional photographer based in North Ridgeville. He has owned SpectraLight Photography & Design since 1986.

The presentation will cover what causes damage and fading to photographs and how to avoid it. There are several before-and-after photos showing how pictures that were once unsalvageable using old restoration techniques can now be restored to their original glory with “digital magic.”

The meeting is on Monday, Feb. 21st at 7 p.m. at North Ridgeville Library, 35700 Bainbridge Rd, North Ridgeville. For additional information, contact Betty Lou Palmer at bettylou.palmer@gmail.com or call 440-327-9751

Our art photos are now available for your home

One of our art photos that is available to grace the walls of your home

After we posted our article about four of our scenic art photos being accepted into the University Hospitals of Cleveland Art Show, we have been deluged with requests by our readers wishing to purchase these images.

We have good news! Not only are those art photos available for purchase but many more from across the U.S. and Mexico. And we continue to add to the collection as time permits.

See our artwork at http://www.spectralight.com/fineart.

There's still time to get art prints in time for Christmas AND save 17% on the print portion of any order. Guaranteed Cristmas delivery ends on December 12th (Ground Shipments) or on December 15th (Overnight Shipments).

“Taylor” made senior portraits

Taylor Bessette of Olmsted Falls High School did a great job choosing outfits that showed her unique fashion style.

Read what she thought about her photo shoot and see a slide show of her pix at: http://www.spectralight.com/spokesmodels/2011/bessette/index.html

Discover more about our photography services: http://www.spectralight.com/photserv.html

Revolutionary breakthrough technique makes everyone look great in photos! Endorsed by famous celebrities

"Opaque Portrait" of the Wicked Witch of the West after being doused by a glass of water

After years of intensive research and monkeying around, a new, breakthrough photographic technique has been developed to help EVERYONE look great – no matter what their appearance. Dubbed Opaque Portraits, these photographs are created in a specially designed studio with patented opaque lighting so that nothing is visible in the photo. “No one will ever have to worry about others judging their appearance ever again,” states photo artist Mark Madere of SpectraLight Photography.

“We've been asked by world renowned celebrities to create Opaque Portraits for them,” said Madere. Their first client was a California Governor and famous movie star who flew all the way to SpectraLight’s North Ridgeville studio for his session. When he saw his Opaque Portrait, the Governor exclaimed, “I’ve never looked so good! You can’t see anything in this picture. I'll be baaack!” Continue reading

Amazing executive portrait – Drew Maruna

 

I had the privilege of creating a new executive portrait of Drew Maruna, Financial Representative at The Sirak-Brockett Agency. He replaced the snapshot that was on his LinkedIn profile seen here. Note the improvement from his original portrait to the final retouched one.

More samples of other client portraits and information on this service are on our Executive Portrait page.

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About us: SpectraLight Photography & Design is located in North Ridgeville, OH – just 10 minutes west of Great Northern Mall and 20 – 25 minutes west of downtown Cleveland. Discover more about our photography services here.