$78.99 for One 60-Minute On-Location Photography Session from Melissa Miley Photography ($500 Value)


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In a Nutshell

A photographer captures the relationships and experiences of couples, families, and expectant mothers through images at a choice location

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Valid only within 25 miles of zip code 29407. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. This is good for: family, children, couples, portraits, maternity, pets photography. Appointment required. 48-hour cancellation notice required. Online gallery for extra print and digital orders. May be repurchased every 30 days. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $78.99 for one 60-minute on-location photography session ($500 value)

Photography session includes one 8”x10” print and access to an online gallery for extra print and digital orders.

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

Melissa was awesome! Her positive energy and creative ideas made the shoot something my husband and I really enjoyed, and the photos turned out great. We could not have been more pleased with the whole experience!
Karen H. · March 23, 2017
She was amazing! Do yourself a Favor and book her and be prepared to have fun and be at ease while she photographs you. It's a special talent to capture people and she defiantly has just that.
Liz D. · March 4, 2017
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Thanks so much Liz! You guys were awesome to work with!
Merchant replied · March 22, 2017

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