Fri, 14 Nov 2008 08:55:17 PSTI'm not sure why but people have the hardest time with their hands. So here a couple of quick thoughts. DON'T fold your hands and interlace your fingers (like you were taught to do as a small child). This makes your hands look like a giant blob of worms. DO have your hands photographed from the sides/edges rather than head on. This creates a more streamlined look. DO hold something if you're really at a loss for what to do with your hands.
Mon, 03 Nov 2008 09:10:21 PDTFrom now through November 30, 2008, this offer is being extended to the Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Having spent a little time in the military, I remember how special it was to receive a photograph from someone back home. I can't imagine it's any different for our servicemen and women today. If you have a loved one overseas (or about to be shipped out), I'd like to do my part to boost their morale by offering a special discount to you. Purchase any photo session and get the value of that session in free prints. For example, a $250.00 photo session gets you $250.00 worth of prints absolutely free.
Fri, 31 Oct 2008 19:24:08 PDTRather than putting the subject of your photograph dead center, try applying one of the oldest rules in photography - the Rule of Thirds. To use, the Rule of Thirds, as you look through your camera's viewfinder, imagine the field of view divided into nine sections (like a tic-tac-toe board). Then frame your photograph so that your subject coincides with the "lines" of the tic-tac-toe board OR where the lines of the tic-tac-toe board intersect. This should make for more dynamic photographs than simply putting everything dead center.
Fri, 17 Oct 2008 10:11:17 PDTDon't hold your breath. I'm not sure why people do this but I see it more often that you might imagine. I bring the camera up to my eye and my subject takes a big gulp of air and holds it as though they were about to get dunked underwater. The key to a comfortable photograph is to relax. I realize telling somebody to relax RARELY has the desired effect. But a good starting point is to take a deep breath... and then let it out. And I promise not to try and drown you.
Fri, 10 Oct 2008 11:08:07 PDTFrom now through November 30, 2008, this offer is being extended to the Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Having spent a little time in the military, I remember how special it was to receive a photograph from someone back home. I can't imagine it's any different for our servicemen and women today. If you have a loved one overseas (or about to be shipped out), I'd like to do my part to boost their morale by offering a special discount to you. Purchase any photo session and get the value of that session in free prints. For example, a $250.00 photo session gets you $250.00 worth of prints absolutely free.
Fri, 03 Oct 2008 07:24:08 PDTIf your camera seems to get soft or blurry photographs on a regular basis, try adjusting your camera's ISO sensitivity upward (check your owner's manual on the specifics of how to do that). If your camera's ISO isn't adjustable OR if you try it and end up with grainy, distorted images, use a tripod. Use the heaviest, and therefore steadiest, tripod you can use. Couple that with a cable release, remote control or the camera's self-timer and you'll end up with much steadier photos than you've ever had.
Fri, 26 Sep 2008 08:41:16 PDTSurprise your groom with a personalized book of photographs of you in your wedding night lingerie. It's hard to find a wedding present more personal than this. Before your wedding, you'll be photographed in your bridal lingerie.* The session can be as modest or risque as you would like it to be and can include anything from your wedding gown to just you. Working together, we create a sexy preview of your wedding night for your groom. See ideas and examples at www.PeterYamasaki.com
Fri, 19 Sep 2008 15:36:16 PDTHere's a way tip to make any waistline appear a little narrower than it really is (and I've yet to meet anyone who doesn't want that). Rotate your upper body slightly at the waist. That's it - nothing fancier than that. Alternatively, keep your shoulders / upper body in place and turn one hip towards the camera (effectively doing the same "twist"). Next time you watch an awards show where celebrities are walking the red carpet, you'll notice how many of them are doing it for the throngs of paparazzi.
Fri, 12 Sep 2008 13:41:21 PDTI'm guessing you're thinking to yourself, "Think about the holidays? Now? You've got to be kidding." The truth is, it's the perfect time to start thinking about the holidays. And a photograph as a gift is more personal than any store bought gift and will last forever. Contact me now and take advantage of this special offer.
Fri, 05 Sep 2008 16:26:52 PDTLet's say you're on vacation with your family and you take your kids to the zoo. DON'T immediately take a photograph of the elephants (or whatever other animals you find there). But take a moment and capture the look on your kids' faces when they get their first glimpse of that animal. Talk about priceless. That look of amazement and wonder on your children's faces is what you really want to capture and keep forever. And that's exactly the kind of photograph that only YOU can take (it's not exactly practical to hire a professional to tag along on a visit to the zoo). And the elephant? It'll still be there after you make that photograph of your kids.
Fri, 22 Aug 2008 11:26:24 PDTIf you think you've got what it takes to be an Armed N'Beautiful lady, let us know. We're working on new images and we're always on the lookout for new faces. Maybe you're that new face. Send an email, a photo, a link to a photo... whatever.
Wed, 26 Sep 2007 16:50:16 PDTA great gift should say something about the giver and the receiver. What could be better than a special package of photographs to give your groom? Find out how you can give him the best gift ever.
Sun, 23 Sep 2007 13:55:00 PDTFor all those who've been asking about it, the new package pricing is available at PYPhoto.com. You can still build your custom package by contacting me and letting me know exactly what YOU want. I'll build a special package just for you.
Sun, 23 Sep 2007 04:12:21 PDTNo, not really. But the 2008 Calendar (along with a whole bunch of other stuff) is now available.
Thu, 24 Aug 2006 03:12:21 GMTYes, it's been a while since the last update. So to make things interesting, I'm offering this special package for brides FREE to the next person who reserves it. Of course, there are some special conditions; so if you're a bride (or know someone who is) check the site and see if you can get almost $500 worth of photography for free!
Thu, 24 Aug 2006 02:21:23 GMTAre you a blinker? Is every photograph of you with your eyes closed? Here's a simple, basic tip you can try to get a photograph of your eyes. Keep your eyes closed and have whoever's behind the camera give you a countdown. When the countdown reaches zero and the photographer presses the shutter release, open your eyes. You shouldn't have time to blink.
Mon, 24 Apr 2006 09:10:11 GMT"A picture is worth a thousand words." While it may be a cliche, it's a cliche because it's true. When trying to describe to a photographer the kind of photograph you want, it makes it a lot easier for everyone involved if you can show him or her another photograph (or drawing or painting or whatever kind of visual image you may have) that captures what you want. Towards that end, I tell all my prospective clients to start putting together they're own "idea file" -- a collection of images from a range of sources. These ideas will become a starting point for your collaboration with your photographer.
Mon, 17 Apr 2006 15:13:11 GMTUnless you absolutely have to, avoid making photographs outside during the middle of the day. Overhead sunlight is about the least flattering light there is. Photographs will be much more appealing either at sunrise or sunset. However, if you absolutely have no choice, make sure that there is some kind of artificial light (either strobes or a reflector) to fill in the unflattering shadows created by overhead sunlight. This will help any photography you do on your own as well as guide you in setting an appointment with me.
Thu, 13 Apr 2006 08:09:10 GMTHaving a "chaperone" can be a double edged sword. Some clients have felt more comfortable having somebody from "their team" at a photo session. Having a friend along strictly their for you can be a source of great moral support. Other clients, unfortunately, found the extra person to be a distraction and made for a very inhibited photo session. Ultimately, as the client, the choice is yours. But when deciding whether to bring along a chaperone, consider all the possibilities.
Mon, 10 Apr 2006 10:09:08 GMTIt's entirely possible to get FREE photography. If you've never contacted me before and you're interested in my services, just inquire at my website and you MIGHT get a free photo session.
Fri, 07 Apr 2006 12:14:16 GMTThere's a general rule of thumb that says, "If it bends, bend it." No one looks their best when all their joints are locked stiff, standing at attention. Maybe if you're getting an I.D. photo taken. Or maybe if you're getting a mugshot. But for real photographs about you that catch a moment in time, relax everything and let all your joints have a nice natural flex to them.