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Tired of seeing a brick wall for your portrait background?

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Us too. Here at Louise Michaud Photographer we custom design some of our backgrounds for your portrait. I love having a unique background to offer my clients. It’s exciting to make something one of a kind that my clients can only get from me! I got my inspiration to paint this background from Annie Leibovitz’s legendary body of work. I am most inspired by her Vanity Fair style fashion shoots. You’ll be seeing some portraits using this Oliphant style canvas backdrop. It helps having a BFA in Visual Design!

New Website

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Louise Michaud Photographer is pleased to finally unveil our new website. Designed by Sperling Interactive in Salem, Massachusetts, our fresh, mobile-friendly site highlights Louise’s award-winning Wedding Photography, Portrait Photography, and her work with the 99 Faces Project.

Don’t slack on your compact!

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I know we’ve all been cutting back and thinking more carefully about what to spend our money on in these economic challenges, and though I fully encourage cutting costs in every way, this post is about why to spend the few extra bucks for life long memories.

Specifically, I’m talking about the profession of make up artistry. For many women, we may be able to get along with our daily mascara and chapstick alright, and know how to glam up for an occasional night out on the town, well that’s all good and welcomed but what happens when you get photographed? THAT is a whole new ball game! And this is where the professional make-up artists come in handy. For decades the world of make-up artists have been taught to contour with multiple shades of foundation and enhance your features purposely for the way a camera will perceive you. Understanding what the camera will and will not pick up is the fatal lesson that many women forget when not having their make-up done for an event that is being photographed, like their wedding day. You may not think so, but applying professional make-up to get you “camera ready” is a lot more complicated than it appears.

The purpose for these make-up artists are to help make you feel like your best self. And with that, they already understand the relationship between your look and the camera steering you clear away from any disappointments in your memories of your facial appearance that day. What much of the public does not understand is that there are a lot of guidelines to follow, for example: different types of foundation and eye-shadow can add a shiny look to your skin reflecting off the flash from the camera or the sun that is picked up by the photographer’s camera lens leaving you with an unpleasant shine. This goes for different types of lipsticks as well. And just like when your grandmother powdered her nose, there are products out there in thin compacts which its soul purpose is to eliminate the natural glow. Also, choosing a bronzer and a blush to define your cheek bones is a great combination. Using the more natural color first with the blush as a pop of color helps keep you from looking flat in imagery. And I bet you had no idea that you should use a yellow-based foundation rather than a pink-based foundation due to how the camera registers you and that is just the basics! But a good professional make-up artist will know this and much more to help you look flawless on your day.

If you are in the North Shore area of Massachusetts, we highly recommend rouge cosmetics as your make-up artist. Located on Derby St. in Salem, just up the street from our studios. All of these lovely girls (shown below) are educated and talented and best of all, will listen to your questions and concerns.

And don’t forget, just like skimping on your make-up production for your special day may cause disaster, the same thing goes for professional photography…but that is for another post. 😉

Louise Michaud Photographer, Salem MA Portrait and Headshot Photography, Boston Headshot & Portrait Photography

Do you really want to know what I think?

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In just the last few years, our world has become flooded with imagery; not that it hasn’t been floating all around us already, but alas we are fully submerged. Due to defining contemporary technologies and the disposition of mediums in this accelerated day, the quality of a memory becomes lost in the digital sea. Can anyone guess what new technology and new medium I’m referencing? Well, specifically the technology is apple’s sly new camera, I mean computer, I mean phone… yeah that’s it, the iPhone and the licentious medium is… yeah you’re right, it couldn’t be anything else but the social media site, Facebook.

With the quick click of your cat’s favorite chew toy and with the easy access to relatively good resolution in a just as easily disposable and non wallet tugging way, creates a serving dish for hundreds of your ‘closest’ friends to be notified about your questionably composed, poorly lit, insipid, ungarnished meal of well I don’t really know what that is exactly but I do know that 20 minutes later I’ll be notified about an image of an empty plate with the caption “that was so good!” revealing you did indeed, finish your vegetables this evening.

The point I’m making here is that we’ve become obsessed with documenting every second of our lives. Now, the entire society can see the satisfying addiction of what this sirens song had caught professional photographer’s for nearly the last two centuries. But, back then (dating “far” into the time machine as 10 years ago) a photographer focused on their niche and the photography was valued, and well studied. They learned about the magic of light, the matters of culture, the presence of emotion, and about the silent moments between. The world of today has become impulsive with their ids striking more rapidly than ever before, demanding the quickest, cheapest way of going about any process in their life.

Unfortunately, photography has become a leader in this realm. The standards have diminished increasingly just as fast as their Freudian structural hyperactivity. Don’t get my wrong, I’m all for change. I love evolution and the innovative designers of our world. Photography is a platform for another construction to leap off from, like everything that has come before (just look at the concept of our mentioned star, the phone. Look what a “phone” can do now!) I’m just saying that we should be careful not to take away the precious vulnerability of a memory.

My life revolves around studying imagery of the past, of our present, and creating in my mind the imagery of our future. My conscious thought is trained to see every day life as a photograph while I sit and review actual photographs over and over again, and every once in awhile an image will stop me. It will evoke a deep routed feeling and momentarily complex my engines. I, as many other visionaries do, will sit with the photograph, and wonder what it has done to me. And why has it done this to me? Images like this reminds me of what is so unique to human beings. It is the fact that we feel compassion. This emotion links us to the entire human race and to all living beings on this planet. A photograph of a child struck with wonderment while the world around her less engaged, moving more quickly through their lives is the siren that captured photographers before, an emotion of one moment in time.

“Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man.”
~Edward Steichen

“Simply look with perceptive eyes at the world about you, and trust to your own reactions and convictions. Ask yourself: Does this subject move me to feel, think and dream? Can I visualize a print – my own personal statement of what I feel and want to convey – from the subject before me?”
~Ansel Adams

My friends, be cautious of your visual information drifting through the endless waves of the digital sea. The flow denotes turbulence.

State of Wonderment