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Stay Calm on Your Wedding Day – Scranton Wedding Photographers
February 11th

It’s Wedding Wednesday! The procrastinator in chief of Scranton Wedding Photographers is going to have a great little blog post for all of you brides every Wednesday – all geared towards helping you take control of your wedding day – tell your engaged friends to tune in!

So your big day is coming up and you already are beginning to feel the stirring of pre-wedding jitters. Whether they are brought on because everyone keeps asking you about how excited you are for the big day, or you are someone who just isn’t used to “all eyes on you”, we have some helpful tips and tricks to stay calm and relaxed on your wedding day.

Eat Breakfast!

Our parents always told us it was the most important meal of the day, and on your wedding day it’s no different. Due to nervousness you may not feel like eating, but if you force yourself to have a little bit, you’ll be thanking yourself later. Even try having a fruit smoothie instead of your coffee so your body can have the nutrients it needs to keep you going until the reception dinner.

Make a Schedule

Making a schedule (even if you don’t adhere to it by the minute) will give you something to focus your attention on. Don’t hold yourself to it every second of the day though, because if you do, you’ll be stressing more about the schedule than enjoying your big day.

Have an Emergency Kit

You never know when you might need a Tide to Go pen to get an accidental stain out of your wedding dress, or when a safety pin might come in handy. Make a small emergency kit that you can fit in a small purse in case you need anything during your day. Items may include a bleach pen, needle and thread, safety pins, Tylenol, mints, superglue and more.

Expect the Unexpected

It may be inclement weather or someone getting sick on the day of your wedding, but never let the unexpected get to you or ruin your day. Keeping an upbeat and positive attitude even if it’s pouring outside will ensure that you still have an enjoyable time regardless of what happens. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

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This flower girl followed our advice on staying stress free – she was cool as a cucumber!

Spokesmodel Time! – Northeastern PA Class of 2017! – Senior Portraits!
January 16th

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2017 Senior Rep Program

I’m looking for some fun, outgoing, stylish juniors from the class of 2017, to represent Steve Lewis Photography! It’s a super easy gig. You spend a little time in front of the camera then show off your amazing photos to all of your awesome friends!

Senior Rep Requirements:

You must currently be a 2016 Junior, graduating in 2017.
You and your parents must agree to promote only for Steve Lewis Photography for your senior portraits.
You must have an active social media presence on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook
Use a watermarked photo with my logo as your profile picture on social media for at least 3 months.
Tweet a link to my photography website at least once as a way to promote my business. Also share a photo from your session on Instagram and Facebook with a shout out to Steve Lewis Photography.
Your parent or Guardian MUST sign a model release, allowing Steve Lewis Photography to use your images for advertising and promotional purposes.

Here’s what you get:

A FREE mini session (2016).
The shoot will last up to 30 minutes and include 1 outfit. With this session, you will receive 5 digital images ($225 value) for you to use on your social media platforms.
$150 credit toward your full senior portrait session experience. This is your full shoot with unlimited outfits and a gallery of 10 hi resolution images to download. Additional images may be purchased separately. This shoot can be done anytime – summer, fall, winter, it’s up to you!
And the BEST PART? Earn a $25 Visa gift card for every referral that books and pays for their session! There is no limit! Have 10 friends that you refer to me for their senior portraits? You’ll earn $250! This is the easiest money you’ll ever make! Plus, your friends will receive a discounted rate as well!

Okay so now you’re interested. What do you do next?
Before you can become an official Senior Rep for Steve Lewis Photography, you must fill out the Senior Rep application below. Contact me at steve@stevelewisphotos.com with any questions!

Click to tell us all about how AWESOME you are!

Business Headshot! – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Photographer
October 27th

A good business headshot is representative of your character, aptitude and professionalism.

If you don’t already have an up-to-date business headshot, it’s understandable you might feel a sense of urgency to get “something” out there you can start using right away. In the short term, that may be an acceptable compromise.

But don’t fall into the trap of allowing a less-than-fabulous headshot linger on your LinkedIn profile! If your headshot isn’t current, doesn’t look professional or if it doesn’t show you at your best, it’s time to change it.

Your website or LinkedIn page isn’t the place for an up-against-a-white-wall shot that your friend took yesterday. It may be current, but won’t look professional. Remember, this is a photo that almost everyone who comes in contact with you will probably see. That’s right…all those eyeballs are on YOU. A professional, flattering, effective headshot is well worth the small investment.

How to ensure you get an effective, professional headshot? Here are ten simple tips:

1. First, choose an experienced, reputable photographer who has a choice of backgrounds and his own lights. Portrait lighting is crucial and knowing how to use it separates the pros from the wanna-be’s. A great headshot requires an expert photographer who knows how to properly light your face. Ask to see samples of the photographer’s headshot work.

2. Find out if the session fee includes basic retouching or if this will cost extra, and make sure you’ll get the final shot in different file sizes, so it can be used for web posting or printing.

3. Drink plenty of water starting at least the day before your headshot session, as well as throughout the day of your shoot. It’s not a myth: being properly hydrated will actually help you look better in your shots!

4. Get a good night’s sleep before your headshot session. Make-up and image retouching can mask only so much; they won’t hide a tired look in your eyes.

5. If possible, schedule your headshot for a time when you can arrive a little early, and not feel rushed about leaving. Being relaxed adds an air of composure to your portrait.

6. Men should shave long enough before their portrait session to let any razor-burn dissipate and allow nicks to heal. For a late-day session, a touch-up shave at mid-day is recommended for men with heavy beards, to mitigate five-o’clock shadow.

7. Consider hiring a make-up artist for your headshot. These professionals know how to highlight your best features for the camera. You’ll be surprised what a difference this makes. Your headshot photographer should be able to recommend someone. If budget doesn’t allow a make-up artist, try to visit a department store make-up counter for a free touch-up.

8. Dress in the fashion which you feel best represents you and your business. Feel free to bring some clothing options, such as a change of shirt or tie. It’s best to avoid checks – they often make a shot look unfocused. Patterns are fine if they are not too distracting, but solid colors are recommended because they’re usually most flattering. Avoid flesh tones and colors that are too flamboyant. Medium to dark colors are best.

9. Accessories and jewelry should be limited to small non-distracting pieces. The exception is if you wear a signature accessory or piece of jewelry.

10. Take a look in the mirror right before your session starts. Even if you’ve hired a make-up artist for your shoot, check out the result yourself. Confirm your tie is straight, your scarf adjusted just so, that cowlick smoothed down. Take a moment to be sure that you look the way you want to be seen. The added confidence of that one moment will read in your photos.

Following these basic steps will give you the headshot that’s required for today’s competitive marketplace. It all starts with YOU at your best, and the synergy you’ll find with the right photographer.

Here’s the lowdown on the

CORPORATE HEADSHOT SESSIONS:
1st person: $150
each additional person up to 10: $75
Each additional person after 10: $50
I can also travel to your office. A $75 travel fee is waived if I’m shooting more than 6 people.

We do approximately 30 shots per look. Your session will be uploaded onto an online gallery for you to choose your favorite image.

RETOUCHING:
Retouching is an additional fee – $10 per image. Retouching includes eye and teeth whitening, skin tone corrections/smoothing, general lighting and color enhancements, stray hairs, and sharpening.
Retouching takes 2 – 5 days to process. You can download that finished image directly from the online gallery. You will be able to download it as both a high resolution image for printing and a web sized image for your social media profiles and your website. You will have the right reproduce your own headshots wherever you want.

There is a non-refundable deposit of 50% to schedule your session.

If you’d like to schedule a session, now is the perfect time! Call today 570-592-2938.

Wilkes-Barre Wedding Photography – New Wedding Album!
July 30th

I’m an old fashioned type of guy.

I do own iPhones and iPads and love technology, but with everything today being digital, I think things tend to feel impersonal. I like to own things, hold them in my hands. I don’t think a photograph is real until it’s printed. Photographs were made to be handled and felt and passed around. Forty years from now when your grandkids want to know the story of your wedding, you are going to want to pull out your wedding album with beautifully printed photographs that they can flip through and see the story of your day right in front of them. Your wedding album is your first family heirloom.

Because of this, all of my wedding collections include a beautiful album of your favorite photographs from your wedding day.

Beginning this Fall, you will also have the option of including this new album in your collection.

Scranton Wedding Album

CONCEPT
Fresh and innovative, the YOUNG BOOK perfectly encapsulates the fine balance between timeless craftsmanship and the interpretation of an unexpressed desire. It answers the call for a product different from formal, classic and traditional books, allowing to choose a simple and fresh product instead. This product is ideal for those who love a combination of modern aesthetics and practicality.

DESIGN
A state-of-the-art product where the layouts are the main characters. The Young Book is a product of minimal and rigid lines, composed by different elements combined in a refined balance of materials and shapes. These become the focal point of a line reflecting the personality of those who choose it.

UNIQUENESS
The Young Book represents going beyond a formal, unsurpassed limit where the book was obtained through the creation of thick covers, with a round spine. Today curves disappear and covers get thinner, making way to the essential shapes of the box and book for a minimal and simple result which denotes a strong avant-garde taste.

At Steve Lewis Photography, one of my goals is to always provide you with the very best photographic products you can buy, and I think I have achieved that with the Young Book. If you would like to discuss your wedding day and hold the Young Book in your hands, call me to make an appointment. 570-592-2938