$99 for a Family Photo Shoot with CD of Retouched Images from LA Exposures ($1,295 Value)

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Photographer Jeremy Fraser captures families with vivid color and remarkable composition during on-location shoots

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The Deal

$99 for a family photo-shoot package ($1,295 value)

  • Up to a 60-minute on-location shoot ($350 value)
  • Disc of digital images ($750 value)
  • Retouching for 10 images ($210 value)

Portraiture: Facing the Camera

Modern portrait photography owes many of its stylistic elements to the artistic media that preceded it. Learn about this artistic lineage with Groupon’s exploration of portraiture.

From Paleolithic cave drawings to the presidential paintings on the White House walls, portraiture immortalizes both the subject and the point of view of its creator. The ancient Egyptians took this concept perhaps more literally than most: funerary portraits were painted over the faces of mummies in order to carry the deceased into the afterlife with their best likeness showing. In medieval times, the preeminence of the church led to a preponderance of ecclesiastic subjects. And as the Middle Ages faded into the Renaissance, great painters began to depict not only the noble subjects who commissioned tableaux of their families, but also themselves.

Self-portraits were often done simply as practice or to show off the artist’s technique in the absence of other subjects, but many early examples also introduced an element of fun, not unlike the goofy shots one might take in a photo booth or in front of a laptop’s built-in lens. Rembrandt, for example, made etchings of himself hamming it up like an actor on the Shakespearean stage and grasping an Indonesian dagger with gleeful solemnity. But he also devised one of the most elegantly dramatic lighting effects in portraiture, which photographers have adopted and still use today. Rembrandt lighting bathes one side of the subject’s face in full light and the other in darkness, interrupted only by a triangle of light around the eye and cheek. Light-dark contrast used to add volume to a subject was also cribbed by shutterbugs from Renaissance painters.

Portraiture didn’t progress smoothly from grand oils to dignified, large-format photos. Because the first cameras required about 10 minutes of exposure, fidgety human subjects were not a good fit. Even as exposure times shrank, the physical medium posed a problem. The most accessible means of photography in the mid-1800s was the daguerreotype, in which light etched images directly onto a metal plate. Costs and camera mechanics kept the plate small, and so the first popular portraits measured only a few inches across. They were not for dominating a parlor wall but for holding in the hand as a keepsake or sliding into a photo album, in the same way as the work of once-common miniaturist painters whose craft the camera gradually replaced.

For decades, portrait photographers continued to draw heavily on the past, sometimes placing their subjects in not only the poses and draped settings of the old masters, but even in Renaissance-style costuming. As cameras became smaller, faster, and more portable, however, the candid or faux-candid shot became viable, freeing photographers to use the spontaneous poses, lively expressions, and current backgrounds studios use today.

Customer Reviews

Jeremy was so friendly and took amazing photos! He was very thorough with communication and finding a time and location that worked for our family. He even accommodated our 3 dogs to be in the photo shoot which was very important to us because two of them are very old. I wouldn't hesitate recommending him to any of our friends. He definitely made us a customer for life.
Kari B. · December 31, 2016
Great experience and beautiful photos!
Sarah R. · September 30, 2016
Jeremy was very patient, friendly, flexible, and professional. He even got our shy 2 year old to smile! He has such a keen eye; the photos turned out amazing! I highly recommend Jeremy and LA Exposures Photography.
Linda S. · September 26, 2016
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