Framed By Ashraf

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In a Nutshell

Photographer captures romantic shots of couples during Valentine’s Day photo shoots, which are held at two scenic locations

The Fine Print

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The Deal

$50 for a Valentine’s Day photo-shoot package ($150 value)

  • 45-minute photo session
  • One 8”x10” print, two 5”x7” prints, and four 3”x4” prints
  • Digital CD with images

The photo shoots take place on February 7 and 8 at Lettuce Lake Park in Tampa, as well as February 14 and 15 at Pass-A Grill Beach in St. Petersburg.

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.

Customer Reviews

Ashraf was courteous, professional, and willing to touch up the photos at request. Thank you!
Kerrie J. · July 12, 2017
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thanks for the review Kerrie
Merchant replied · July 15, 2017
Great to shoot with, loved the photos, background was nice, we would shoot with him again when we come to town
Jen U. · December 11, 2016
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thanks for the review
Merchant replied · December 15, 2016
Our photo shoot at Lettuce Lake Park was a lot of fun! Ashraf is very laid back and made it really easy to get great shots. Be on time so he can have the best light for your pictures and relax. You're in good hands.
Ellery M. · May 15, 2015
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Thank you, That is so nice.
Merchant replied · June 1, 2015

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