$45 for 60-Minute On-Location Photo Shoot Package from Jackson Photography ($115 Value)

Hampton Roads

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In a Nutshell

Professional photographer captures moments for singles, kids, and entire family in 60-minute on-location photo shoots; prints included

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Valid only within 45 miles of zip code 23323. Appointment required. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $45 for one 60-minute photo shoot package for an individual, kids, or family ($115 value)

The package includes:

  • One 11”x14” print
  • One 8”x10”
  • Three edited digital images
  • Two wardrobe changes
  • No limit on number of family members included in shoot

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.

####Business Basics

Signature service: Photography
Established: 2001
Reservations/Appointments: Recommended
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Pro Tip: I provide quality service that will represent you well anywhere you display your pictures.

Customer Reviews

Mr. Jackson was so accommodating and helpful. We brought our dog along and he was able to get him to focus and caught great shots of him. He let us preview the photos and let me just they were amazing. Best pictures ever!!!!!
Vanessa G. · December 23, 2016
Richard was very friendly and easy to work with! He found good spots to take our pics! He was very patient with the 4 grandchildren! We liked him a lot!
Donna · October 24, 2016
Jackson Photo provided wonderful service. They created photos that captured the moment and "popped" of the page. The photogrApher was very adaptable. I recommend them to others.
Bea H. · September 7, 2016

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