Monday, July 9, 2007

Tips For Taking A Great Quinceanera Photo

Some great tips here, courtesy of Latina Magazine, on taking the great photos at your Quinceanera.

In addition to lots of other things, being a quinceañera means taking LOTS of pictures! Professional photographer Michael Alvarado has been photographing Quinceaneras for over ten years. He offers these tips for taking a good photo:
  • Make sure you like your photographer, and that you get along with him or her. Your attitude toward the photographer will show up in the photos. Don't automatically go for the cheapest photographer. Pick the photographer whose photos most impress you and who you can afford.

  • Before you commit to a photographer, find out where he or she processes the film. There's a huge difference between a Wal-Mart and a professional photo processing shop when it comes to the quality of the final product.

  • Get your hair and makeup done by a professional. The camera doesn't lie—bad makeup or hair will look worse on film.

  • Make a list of all the people you want photographed: family, friends, etc., and designate a family member to point these people out to the photographer.

  • Work out a timeline, from when you plan to arrive at the church to when you plan to end the reception, so that the quince runs on a schedule. If the ceremony gets off to a late start, pictures will often get skipped, and opportunities for good shots will be missed.

  • SMILE! Tough girl looks and attitude may be what you do in self-defense, but it's not the image you most want to preserve during your quinceañera.

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