Maternity, Newborn, or Six-Session Watch Me Grow Photo Package from Danielle Miller Photography (Up to 56% Off)

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Photographs capture times in your life you want to remember, like when you get engaged or when you set down your car keys somewhere. Remember the good times with this Groupon.

Choose from Three Options

$89 for a one-hour maternity photo package ($200 value) $132 for a two-hour newborn photo package ($295 value)

  • On-location photo-shoot that can include family members
  • Maternity props
  • CD of 15–20 retouched and enhanced digital images from the session
  • Certificate for print privileges
  • Access to a private online photo gallery and Facebook cover photo

$375 for a Watch Me Grow photo package ($850 value)

  • Six photo-shoots: a maternity portrait session, sessions with the child as a newborn and at 3, 6, and 9 months old, and a "cake smash" session at 1 year old
  • Six CDs of 15–20 retouched and enhanced digital images from each session
  • Certificate for print privileges
  • Access to a private online photo gallery

Lighting: The Key to a Good Portrait

To capture you at your best, photographers must work with a fickle apprentice—light. Check out Groupon's overview of the ways that light makes you look good.

Shadows enveloping your neck. A double chin that shouldn’t be there. Blemishes on the forehead rather than your favorite hat. Every amateur photographer has suffered the ill effects of bad lighting. Professionals, however, understand the virtues of proper lighting in bringing out the best of their subjects, whether within the controlled world of the studio or out amid the unpredictable mercy of the outdoors.

In a studio, photographers employ a set of tools that ensures light only hits their subjects in the most flattering ways. Depending on how the subject and photographer want photos to look, shadows can either mar an otherwise great shot—by emphasizing wrinkles and imperfections—or add drama, texture, and dimension through the highlighted contrast. They can reduce the contrast by using a broad light source, which spreads the rays out over multiple directions, or soften the light with an effect—similar to the way clouds make sunlight less intense—known as diffusion. Photographers may also use multiple synchronized flashes to hit many angles at once, reducing contrast, or light subjects from a specific angle—in general, more texture and detail is visible when the light hits a subject at a greater angle, and longer, more angular shadows can add extraordinary depth to an otherwise two-dimensional portrait.

Obviously, outdoor shoots allow for less control over the light, but some techniques from the studio still work. Collapsible diffusers, for instance, help mitigate direct sunlight, and holding a reflector under the subject's face can help rid it of any glaring shadows. The most effective tool, however, is often good planning. A photographer may decide to schedule a shoot for a specific time of day to take advantage of more flattering lighting or to ensure they won't be shooting directly into the sun at a specific location—in which case they'll have to pay Apollo's exorbitant royalties.

In a Nutshell

Photographer frames and snaps intimate portraits of mothers and children over one or six sessions

The Fine Print

Expires 90 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Valid only for option purchased. Appointment required, 48 hour advance notice required. Valid within 10 miles of 07832. Extra fee outside of service area. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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