Category Archives: Portraits

Our Oliphant custom background is coming

Our Oliphant custom background is coming!  For years I have wanted one of these gorgeous backgrounds.  I have placed my order for one.  We are eagerly awaiting its arrival.

Many of the most famous portrait photographers in the world use them.   These artisan backdrops appear to come to life differently for each session.

Being hand painted just for Louise Michaud Photographer.

Look at our custom background under construction at the Oliphant studio in New York City.

Custom hand painted background for portraits under construction at Oliphant Studios in New Your City.

 

Look at an Oliphant custom background in some of our work.

I did this portrait  in a colleague’s studio using a very similar background.   This image  convinced me that I had to invest in one.

Equestrian senior portrait demonstrating the dramatic effects of an Oliphant background. Louise Michaud Photographer

 

There’s another view of an Oliphant in my Portraits page HERE.

Why are these Oliphant backgrounds amazing?

Our Oliphant custom background is coming.  If you’re curious to learn more about Oliphants,  here is a story about their creator and her history.

The Artist Behind Some of the World’s Most Famous Images Isn’t A Photographer, It’s Top Backdrop Painter Sarah Oliphant

From Vanity Fair covers to designer fashion shows and theater stages, artist Sarah Oliphant has painted her way into the fabric of fashion by creating beautiful canvases worthy of framing on a scale large enough to become the industry’s leading backdrop painter. Oliphant Studio has been creating scenic backdrops for photographers, film producers, fashion designers, architects, and interior designers since 1978. Along the way, Oliphant has collaborated with the top level of fashion and editorial portrait photographers including Annie Leibovitz, Steven Meisel, Patrick Demarchelier, Albert Watson, Mark Seliger, Norman Jean Roy, and Sue Bryce while also providing an inventory of backdrops available for rent to photographers beginning and advanced.

Oliphant Studio’s work can be see behind some of the most famous faces and top-flight models on magazine covers for Vogue, Rolling Stone, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, GQ, Newsweek, and The New York Times, in advertising for Victoria’s Secret, Anthropologie, The Gap, Aveda, Lancome, J Crew, and Guess, and painted backdrops and runways for designers like Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger. The studio has an inventory of about 2,000 canvases as large as 12′ x 24′ and muslin backdrops even larger available for rental from their Brooklyn, NY studio.

To read more about them fstoppers

5 Considerations when hiring a photographer for your corporate headshots.

 

Do you have a clear idea about what to look for when hiring a professional photographer for corporate or business headshots? Here are 5 important points to look for when hiring a photographer for corporate headshots.

Having been a professional photographer for over 30 years, I would like to share some valuable tips that we have learned and what to look for when hiring a professional photographer or when doing it yourself.

 

Group of business headshots.
Business team
  1. MAKE HEAD SIZES ALL THE SAME – Some people are a lot taller than others. The top of their head should all be equal distance from the top of the crop so no one dominates their headshot because of their height. Heads should then be made so they are pretty much the same size. Even though some people have much larger or smaller heads.

 

  1. CONSISTENT BACKGROUND – The background is consistently the exact same color.  This creates a unified presentation that everyone is on the same team. This is especially important if some of your designs may be grid based.

 

  1. ADDING NEW EMPLOYEES – Subsequent new-hires will match with the previous themes that you have established.

 

  1. TIME AND MONEY – Most professional photographers will bring background and studio lighting to photograph headshots at your business location. Once this is set up it is very efficient for photographing many people.

 

  1. IMMEDIATELY MAKE YOUR SELECTION – Professionals will have their equipment tethered to viewing hardware (like an iPad) so that you can immediately make your selection.  This makes sure that every portrait will be one that you love.

 

 

If you want to lean more about what we can do for you or your business feel free to call our studio to learn more about what we can do for you.  978-375-5507

 

 

Clothing Ideas For Your Studio Portrait Session

You might be wondering…. What should I wear for my studio portrait session?

THIS is something that I love to help my clients with.

The first thing to consider is if your portrait is going to be casual or formal.
Are you considering a studio portrait or an outdoor portrait? Simple solid colors are most often the best choices for your studio portrait session. Portraits can range from casual to formal, modern to traditional. Light and airy…. dark and stormy.

Once you decide, we can start planning your outfit. As professional photographers we can create a wide range of styles of portraits. It is important to communicate to your photographer how you envision yourself or your family being photographed. In the planning session we like to determine what you might want to wear.  SO, What’s in YOUR closet?  We are happy to help with that.

We like to discuss the  “look and feel” of the portrait, where its going to hang in your home or office or perhaps if you will be making an album.

For example, I’ve selected the outfit above from MY closet.  I found this particular outfit with the help of my beautiful stepdaughter at Scout and Molly’s

I often prefer solid colors because they don’t pull away or compete with the face. For my portrait, I’m choosing black and a more contemporary outfit.   I know the background of the portrait will be medium tones resulting in a more contemporary feel.

Let me help you discover the best way to dress for your portrait.

Fashion Portrait

Fashion has always been something that has intrigued me, especially when it comes to portraits, and especially portraits that are fashion inspired.  I often comb through Vanity Fair or Vogue publications for inspiration and unique portrait ideas. The photo below was created using a custom portrait background we painted here at our studio. I love the movement in the gown.  This effect was created using special lighting and an industrial fan and is inspired by Annie Leibovitz and her Vanity Fair portraits. Tell us about what inspires you and together let’s create a beautiful portrait of you.

 

Call the Studio at 978-594-1728 to find out more about it.

Beautiful fashion inspired portrait.
Beautiful fashion inspired portrait.

Portrait of Three Beautiful Ladies

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Family portrait

If you’re fortunate enough to be able to make a three generation Family Portrait … Lucky you!

Celebrate your relationships. I had the pleasure of taking this family portrait and photographing these special people…. And now they have a priceless gift for Mothers Day. I love seeing the resemblance in all of them.  And to find out more about Ladies Day Out, Girls Day Out and photographing woman in a contemporary fashionable way call the Studio. We would love to hear your ideas and collaborate on making a special portrait for you. Bring your Sisters, Daughters, Moms and Grandmoms! Remember to book a night out afterwards, because you will look gorgeous.