Seekerville is excited to welcome Jodie Westfall, the official 2012 ACFW Conference Photographer! Jodie shares tips and advice, and some pictures from a couple of ACFW photo shoots that will knock your socks off. Jodie was the ACFW photographer when we were last in Dallas. Everyone loved her so much, we invited her back!
So, Jodie, what makes a photo shoot pop?
The way we can have the best photo shoot is for you to come prepared with a few props – props that bring out the type of books you write. But, even if you don’t have props, it’s amazing what I can do with lighting and the backdrops around us. We can set the mood as needed with lighting, colors, and tone.
Pam analyzing Randy's photo. This closeup is a great angle with just enough background color to bring out the highlights in Randy's hair. Nice, clean, sharp image. Good job, Jodie and Randy!
Okay, Jodie, you knew I was going to ask this question!!! Randy can throw on a nice suit jacket and a blue-checked shirt and look like a million bucks.
But us ladies? We like to agonize for days trying to decide what to wear for a photo shoot.
Dress comfortably. Make sure the colors you are wearing compliment you. Wear what makes you feel good, because we all have that one outfit, or accessory, that brings out the best in us. I am going to take a ton of images that will get you relaxed and not feeling like a posed mannequin. Even in a mini session we can accomplish this. I want you to have fun and enjoy the session - so there will be smiles!
What was one of the most fun sessions you’ve had with ACFW members in the past?
I met Colleen Coble first, and she wanted a session with the girls on her team that blog together. This has been by far one of my most fun sessions. It all started with a wrestling match over a chocolate box. I still don't know if there was chocolate in the box, because the ladies didn’t share with me. But they sure had fun. These photos were taken at the hotel.
Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter, Diann Hunt, Colleen Coble
Colleen Coble, Denise Hunter, Diann Hunt, Kristin Billberbeck
There are lots and lots of options in a hotel. Something as simple as a solid colored wall makes a great backdrop...
A door offers great opportunities, some that are simply amazing.....
Here are Margaret Daley and Cara Putman in front of the same column. But the pictures are totally different, and each absolutely gorgeous in its own way.
It’s amazing how hotel lobbies and the courtyards right beside them create beautiful backdrops. It’s important for me to find a place that doesn't have a busy background so you can use it for your book. I will give you options so you can have a solid background and shots that compliment your personality. You can see from the photos below a hotel lobby chair that gave us some great shots.
Carrie Turansky and her hubby.
Comment from Pam: I didn’t even realize those pictures were of the same chair until Jodie pointed it out. A small shift in the angle, a subtle difference in lighting, and it looks like a totally different spot. Wow!
And the hotel restaurant is always a great place. This wonderful shot of Tina Forkner with the table reflection was taken in the restaurant.
Cutest, or craziest, session?
Crazy sessions, or those surprise sessions where you never know what you will find for a prop, are the most fun of all. This shot of Robin Caroll is one of my favs from the session in Feb with the board members and the conference team. As well as the pool table in the lobby. You never know what we will find to incorporate into the photo.
Pam again. This shot of Robin is one of my favorites too. I told her that she looks like Thelma from Scooby Doo. I love it! lol
This is so much fun. Almost as much fun as having my own photo shoot! lol So…what was the most unique session / location you did with an ACFW member?
The most unique session was with Tiffany Colter. We took this one in the….wait for it…. ladies bathroom. The mirror was a fantastic shot to highlight the suspenseful look we were aiming for.
Pam sez: Great photo!
It is such an honor and privilege to help you with your author publicity shots - I want it to capture who you are and be THAT amazing photo that you love!
Check out Jodie’s page at ACFW Conference Photographer to book your photo shoot with her during the ACFW Conference in Dallas, September 20-23, 2012.
If you have questions for Jodie, she’ll be in and out of Seekerville today to answer ‘em for you.
Jodie’s partnering with Seekerville to give away one $50 photo shoot to one lucky person attending the 2012 ACFW conference. Please leave a comment letting us know you’d like to be in the drawing. Winner will be announced in Saturday’s Weekend Edition.