Category Archives: Portraits

She did everything right!

Candace needed a publicity portrait for her company. I gave her a consultation over the phone and made an appointment for a photography session.  She listen to my recommendations and I believe that her portrait came out beautifully! She had her make-up done here in Salem at Rouge Cosmetics now known as Rouge Salem. Thanks Tracy! Her hair was blow out by her hair dresser. Her engaging personality comes through.

She did everything right!
She did everything right!

Oceanside Engagement Session, Winter Island Park Salem Ma.

Meet Liz and Mike

I\’ve taken many types of photographs over the years. But one of my favorites marks an engagement. An engagement session provides a focal point and a keepsake for a save-the-date card, sent to guests ahead of time. It\’s featured in a couple\’s wedding website, where everyone keeps in touch as the ceremony approaches. And it accompanies a formal engagement announcement in a magazine or newspaper.


Liz and Mike decided to have their outdoor engagement pictures taken at Winter Island Park, overlooking the harbor in Salem, Massachusetts. On a late October afternoon, the light was golden, the autumn leaves red, orange and yellow, and the sea blue.


Just perfect complementary colors for a variety of settings. I incorporated textures and shapes in the composition: their sweaters, the foliage, rock outcroppings, and the coastline. Liz and Mike faced each other on a path.


I used both black and white and color settings and a special backlighting that created a thin halo around their figures. Their faces glowed with love. Its symbolic of the new journey they are on together.

Next, they sat down on a boulder. Then I saw two ships sailing into the background one. One of the ships was the famous Schooner FAME of Salem.

Perfect timing!
Perfect timing!

I waited until they had moved closer so both could be seen over Liz and Mike\’s shoulders. We enjoyed the session so much that we ended up in gales of laughter.

Liz and Mike will have a destination wedding and will be married at the Jupiter Country Club in Florida. And I\’m proud to say that Louise Michaud Photographer will be there. I welcome the opportunity to discuss your own engagement and wedding ideas in my Salem studio.

Your face is the lead actor and your clothing is in the supporting role.


Women Publicity PortraitClothing is an important part of your publicity portrait. Choose clothing carefully and discuss the colors and style with us ahead of time. We will coordinate them with the choice of background. You\’ll want to choose clothing that enhances your image but does not take the attention away from where you want it—your face.
*Color. Choose colors that enhance your eyes and facial tones. In general, avoid colors that closely match your skin tones. Subdued colors will be appropriate for most business portraits while brighter or trendier colors may be perfect for creative\’s.
*Style. Wear long sleeves and select a flattering neckline. Your neckline should enhance your face shape. Avoid horizontal lines in both the cut and pattern of the fabric, which can add width to your figure. Texture can add interest.
*Character. Consider the norms of your profession and the personality you want to convey to the viewer. Would you like to appear authoritative or managerial? Conservative styling and understated tones would be appropriate. If you\’re in a profession that would benefit from a friendly and approachable image, you might consider softer fabrics and a less buttoned-down look. Lively bright colors may work well for someone in the arts or human services profession.
There are many ways in which clothing can enhance your portrait – take some time to plan ahead and do consult with us. It may be a good idea to bring your attire with you on a hanger so that it will be fresh and pressed for the session.
“Wear something that you feel great will be reflected in you and your expression”.. Quote from Lucille Grant, Image Concepts and Image stylist for Doncaster, clothing for Women of

Getting the skinny on make-up.


Lights, camera, action! Regardless as to whether you are having your publicity portrait done as an actor, model, author or engineer, you’ll need to apply make-up to look your best. Salem professional make-up artists at Rouge (Jennifer, Tracy, Brandon or Kira) will coordinate their schedules with your portrait session.  Rouge has natural lighting and the artists are trained at how to have you looking your best for the photo shoot. You can also receive complementary instruction at department stores such as Nordstrom and Lord & Taylor. If you prefer to apply your own make-up, here are some tips.

*Apply foundation in an even and natural way. Be sure the color matches your skin tone and brush on to achieve a smooth and blended coverage.

*Use a matte powder to reduce the shine on forehead and nose- men and women.

*Eyes are the focus. Naturally applied mascara, eyeliner and shadow can define and enhance your eyes.  For special occasion portraits consider false eyelashes, they can be applied just for the shoot and removed easily. They are the most natural way to bring out and brighten your eyes. They are subtle and flattering.

*If you’re a hay fever sufferer consider a few drops of Visine before your session.

*Use lip liner with your lipstick but don’t overdo it.  Be sure to line the entire lip not just the outline. Use a natural lip tone or match the lipstick color.

*Do not use glitter or shimmering products.

*Avoid getting a facial or spray tan in the days before your session as they can cause irritation.

QUOTE from Ann Massey owner of rouge cosmetics “We love to work with Louise. She takes beautiful pictures and we work together to ensure you look your best for your photo shoot!” To book an appointment call rouge at 978-740-1044 or email and for more info visit