Friday, July 16, 2010

Makeup Artist Turned Model

What happens when you're a makeup artist who is working with a photographer and you've come to like his work a lot? Or, you've seen how he can transform your handy work into something extraordinary? Well, you schedule a personal session for yourself.

That's exactly what happened to makeup artist NaTasha Barr of Divine Eyez. She was so impressed with how several clients' portrait sessions turned out she asked me to create some glamour shots of her. My first question to NaTasha was, "Who is going to do your makeup". That was an inside joke, of course.

Anyway, the makeup was impeccable, as only she can apply it, and we had two wonderful sessions together. I personally think NaTasha could handle the double role of Makeup Artist/Model. From what I've experienced while photographing her, I don't think you can take a bad image of NaTasha. She's just that good in front of the camera as well as handling a makeup brush. So, take a look at the portraits that we created together as two accomplished artists in our own arenas. She loves applying makeup and I love taking portraits.


Images can be enlarged by double clicking on them.

Contact NaTasha at: Divine Eyez

Saturday, July 10, 2010

My Mother Taught Me #7

My mother taught me OSMOSIS.

She said, "Shut your mouth and eat your supper".

Stephani Gibbs - Senior Portraits

Stephani Gibbs and I have a running friendship that goes back to her "Sweet 16" birthday party. It is really neat watching her grow up into a young woman who will be graduating in 2011 from St. Thomas High School. Since we have this unique relationship where I have become the "family's personal photographer", naturally Stephani wanted me to create her senior portraits. I could not have been more pleased or excited about photographing her again.

So, we sat down and discussed the locations and wardrobe with Stephani and her mom, then scheduled a day to go out and have some fun. I usually take a ton of images during my senior sessions, but here are a few of my favorites. Stephani was great in front of the camera and we got a variety of images with unique locations that will certainly make her fellow classmates envious of her portraits.

Thanks, Stephani, and I'll see you at graduation in 2011. You go, Girl!!


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Sunday, July 4, 2010

"CPP" Mark

It is listed in all of Portrait Corner Studio, LLC's advertisement, correspondence, and is promptly displayed in the studio. It is the "CPP" Designation. What does it stand for and where does it come from? Frequently I get asked this question, so I thought I might take the time to answer. Not to cloud the waters with my on interpretation, I went straight to the organization that grants this designation: Professional Photographers of America. The following information is listed on the PPA website ( and can be reviewed. Here is why we are so proud of this designation.

Just look for the Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) mark

When you hire a photographer, you want the best. Unfortunately, anyone can claim to be a professional photographer. So we made it easier for you to find a true professional via the Certified Professional Photographer program.

The Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) Certification program is recognized throughout the industry as a mark of excellence. When you see a photographer displaying the Certified Professional Photographer seal, you can be assured that he or she is among the less than 8% of all imaging professionals who have successfully completed and maintained our requirements.

What does “Certified Professional Photographer” mean?
Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) is a designation granted by the Professional Photographic Certification Commission, the world’s leading certification agency for imaging professionals.

To assure you of the photographer’s level of expertise and continuance to develop new skills and techniques, those who have earned the CPP designation:

  • Pass a comprehensive written exam measuring their technical expertise
  • Successfully submit their work to a panel of judges for review and approval
  • Renew credentials every 5 years with continuing education, submitting work for critical evaluation, or retaking the certification exam

Your Assurance of Quality
Whenever you enter a studio displaying the Certified Professional Photographer emblem, you will be dealing with a professional who is dedicated to providing you with the highest level of professionalism and expertise available.

To end this FAQ, I did a search on the website to see just how many certified professional photographers were listed in the Dade/Broward area. Including myself there were approximately nine. Portrait Corner Studio, LLC. is proud to be among this list of elite photographers and studios. Dana and I look forward to continuing the great service and professional photography that we have been giving our clients since 1985.


Willie (CPP)