One-Hour Photo Shoot with Optional 10% or 15% Off Additional Prints from Peridot Studios (Up to 83% Off)

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In a Nutshell

Photographers, who specialize in taking portraits of families, children, and special events, snap images at the location of your choice

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires 180 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Subject to weather. Appointment required. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Must use promotion value in 1 visit. Valid only for option purchased. All goods or services must be used by the same person. Extra fee may apply if location is more than 20 miles outside of 60641. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose from Three Options

$59 for a one-hour photo session ($350 value)

  • One-hour on-location photo shoot
  • Access to private online gallery
  • Options to purchase digital download

$79 for a one-hour photo session with 10% off additional prints ($375 value)

  • One-hour on-location photo shoot
  • Access to private online gallery
  • Options to purchase digital download
  • 10% off additional prints
  • One 8”x10” print

$89 for a one-hour photo session with 15% off additional prints ($390 value)

  • One-hour on-location photo shoot
  • Access to private online gallery
  • Options to purchase digital download
  • 15% off additional prints
  • One 8”x10” print
  • Two 5”x7” prints

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

Beautiful photos
Mirella M. · November 3, 2016
Gilbert is a great photographer and makes the session fun and natural. I definitely recommend it!
Adam R. · May 23, 2015
They are awesome. Very professional and great work!
Aryadna F. · October 6, 2014

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