Masserman Photography: Blog en-us (C) Masserman Photography (Masserman Photography) Mon, 29 Mar 2021 18:34:00 GMT Mon, 29 Mar 2021 18:34:00 GMT Masserman Photography: Blog 120 120 Spring 2021 Jewelry Trends  

Spring Jewelry Trends 2021


With 2021 firmly underway and the spring season just around the corner, it’s time to take a look at some of the latest jewelry trends that are setting the world alight.


Spring will place more of a focus on lighter pieces, as we move away from the darker and moodier tones of winter. Since we are following on from 2020 - a year that was terrible for pretty much everyone worldwide, there will be even more movement than usual towards light and celebratory pieces of jewelry.


Mismatched Pearls


Pearl necklaces and other pearl accessories are making a strong reappearance in 2021. However, these are usually a far cry from the perfectly formed and fragile pearl necklaces you might imagine the likes of Lisa Simpson wearing.


The pearl accessories trending for spring 2021 are more of a statement piece characterized by their pearls of mismatched shapes and sizes. They also tend to be larger than pearl necklaces of the past.


Hammered Metals


A smooth finish is not the only way to present precious jewelry. An uneven and imperfect texture created by hammering metals such as gold can make for the perfect presentation. This is nothing new for 2021 - it has been done for years - but it is now being seen in many lines for this spring.


The texture of hammered jewelry gives off a much more natural feel. They look as if they could have been taken straight from the earth and placed on the model. Acme Studios produced a great example of oversized, hammered copper as seen below:


This oversized earring is similar to many trending pieces in spring 2021. It is characterized and draws attention because of its imperfect look and lack of a smooth finish. This is absolutely a piece you want if you are searching for a statement jewelry trend for 2021.



Colored Necklaces


Think Mardi Gras beads, but a little toned down. Color is important, and rainbow necklaces like the one below is in:

Much smaller colored necklaces are also trending upwards for spring and summer 2021. Everyone needs a splash of color in their lives after the testing times we have had lately!


Note the pearls and shells attached to the colored necklace above. These are great additions to help any piece of jewelry stand out from the crowd. Of course, the presence of shells points to the proximity of summer and kick-starts a chilled-out beach vibe!







(Masserman Photography) spring jewelry trends 2021 Mon, 29 Mar 2021 18:33:56 GMT
Proposal location ideas in Michigan Romantic Proposal Ideas in Michigan





Asking the one you love to be a permanent part of your existence is an extraordinary moment that deserves an exceptional place to pay homage to one of life's most defining moments. Michigan has some of the most beautiful countryside escapes in the U.S., and it's easy to find a stunning backdrop to share with someone that you cherish. These five beautiful places around this pleasant peninsula will delight couples and make your proposal a moment you'll never forget.


Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island

Popping the question at this location will surely turn into a weekend celebration at this gorgeous old-world hotel with lush landscaping and the world's longest porch nestled in Lake Huron. This unique destination will transport couples to another place, and its spirit of peace and tranquility will freeze celebratory moments in time and stay with those who visit forever.


The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory

Nothing echoes the essence of love more than plant life, and the gorgeous Belle Isle conservatory highlights divine displays of rare flora nestled in a 982-acre island park. Whether inside the greenhouse or elsewhere on the grounds, this lavish Michigan nature escape is filled with romantic getaways that are perfect for popping the question. Couples who choose to stay indoors have five separate biodomes to choose from, and if you can find a spot near the orchid collection, it is guaranteed to be one of the most impressive sights at the conservatory.


The Detroit Institute of Arts

For the creative souls looking for a scene that brings an artistic vibe to your special moment, the legendary Detroit Institute of Arts is the place to be. The space's international wonder brings a light energy to its surroundings, and the richness of each art collection is genuinely breathtaking. The marble walls will embrace couples as they take the first step in their engagement, and there's no better way to celebrate first adventures as betrothed beings than to gaze at art after a perfect proposal.


Z Lot

If you're looking for a more urban setting that's both vibrant and colorful, look no further than the Z Lot. A collection of public art, music, and food make this part of Detroit the place to be, and the energy of this legendary town will make proposals set here a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Couples can and should revel in wanderlust afterward and take in the surrounding area and art that make this place so unprecedented.


Tahquamenon Falls

Starting the first day of the rest of your life surrounded by water's restorative powers is a symbol of lifelong fluidity and unity that will make couples feel more in tune than ever. This vast State Park contains 50,000 acres of untouched woodland, and these large waterfalls are the perfect scenic escape to gaze upon before, during, and after a proposal.


The Sky is the Limit


Michigan has a wide array of scenic backdrops couples can choose from that will highlight the beginning of their engagement. No matter where couples end up, stepping outside your door in a state so full of wonder will never disappoint. There is something for every pair in Michigan, and the setting or backdrop that suits you and the one you love can easily be found.




Abigail Baker is a writer with Happy Writers, Co. in partnership with Abby Iron Doors, a wrought iron door manufacturer.




(Masserman Photography) engagement location ideas proposal Mon, 29 Mar 2021 18:19:58 GMT
Outdoor People Photography Tips


Outdoor Photography Tips


Are you preparing to take some more striking photographs of yourself or other people in the great outdoors? With COVID-19 restrictions hopefully easing over the coming year, you will be able to explore more locations and search for some of the best areas to do photoshoots.


Location is one of the keys to taking great shots outdoors because there are so many factors that can be affected by it. From background to lighting, the location of your photo makes all the difference when it comes to the quality of the shot.


Read on for some quick tips about capturing that perfect shot outdoors!


The importance of location


It’s pretty simple to pick out some classically-beautiful locations such as a forest, lake or meadow. Nature holds plenty of awesome photo opportunities, but how can you get a bit more experimental? Consider a couple of locational choices that you might not usually go for. How about an abandoned building, beautiful backyard scenery, staircase or car?


Many outdoor locations actually offer interesting props that the subject of your photograph can pose with. Whether it’s a tree to lean up against or a bridge to stand on top of, an outdoor environment offers endless opportunities for interesting photos when compared to a sterile studio setting.


Always consider lighting


When outdoors, lighting is usually controlled by factors outside of your influence. From the changing of the seasons to the time of day, lighting can transform the mood of a photo. In winter, it is much more achievable to produce darker photos in which your subjects are shrouded by mist or fog. In the summer, you are going to see some brilliant beams of light that illuminate all the features of the people in your photo!


Do be careful here though - you will want to keep people out of intense sunlight because they are likely to squint or begin sweating. This could definitely ruin the mood you were aiming for! Try to shoot in spaces of open shade if you are taking photos on a very sunny day.


As a rule of thumb, it is generally easier to get aesthetically-pleasing and balanced photos on rather overcast days. Sunny days can sometimes be too harsh, and clouds do a great job of keeping things light without having sunbeams messing around with your lens.


‘Golden hours’ that are great for avoiding harsh shadows are 2-3 hours after sunrise and 2-3 hours before sunset. In the middle of the day, you are more likely to get harsh glare from the sun shining directly above the people in your photo.


Take plenty of photos!


You never know when a dark cloud might ruin your perfect shot, or a passer-by could block your view. Be sure to take a bunch of photos so you can pick the best ones to take to post-production. The people you are taking photos of might let a genuinely captivating facial expression cross their face for just half a second, so have your camera working away at all times.


Combine your resources to tell a story


So, you have lighting, your location and your subject(s). Your task as a photographer is to capture a human pose that complements your location and lighting in order to convey a message, mood or story.


When directing your subject, make sure you give them instructions on what to do with each part of their body so you can achieve this goal. You don’t want hands in pockets for a shot that is supposed to capture a mood of euphoria!


If you can successfully find an impactful location that does a great job of telling a story alongside the movement of the people in your photo, you are onto a winner.


(Masserman Photography) camera family lighting locations nature outdoors photography portraits Wed, 03 Mar 2021 21:27:33 GMT
Safe Photoshoots during Pandemic Times  

Safe Photoshoot Practices During Tough Pandemic Times


The coronavirus will forever impact the world in a significant way, and life will never be the same for the creative industry in particular. The free-flowing and uninhibited creative process often used to create stunning portraits and photos of every kind must be re-architected to match COVID-19 prevention protocols. Photographers should take a good look at how they conducted shoots before the pandemic and work to blend the best of their photoshoot norms with the new normal COVID-19 has brought. These do’s and don’ts will help both photography studios and freelancers flourish no matter what the future holds and are the perfect place to start in creating a new way of doing business.




Do create an official policy that you can communicate with your clients.

Once a formal infectious disease policy is crafted, make sure to post it on your website and create a document that can be sent over e-mail to your clients. Creating a policy that is clear, simple to understand, and easy to read will help your clients comprehend your expectations upfront and will also help them feel at ease.


Do make sure you follow manufacturer guidelines when disinfecting camera equipment.

Some of the most highly recommended disinfecting products for camera equipment are 70% isopropyl alcohol, disinfecting wipes, and plain soap and water. Be careful not to oversaturate your gear with moisture and try to limit the sharing of equipment and unauthorized handling.




Don’t allow sick clients or staff members to attend photoshoots.

Encouraging clients and staff members to stay home if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 will help prevent your photoshoot from becoming a super spreader event. Creating a health questionnaire that clients can fill out before your shoot is advised, and don’t forget to check the temperature of everyone who is onsite. Clearly mark social distancing areas at the shooting site or in your studio, and make sure that you budget for extra masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, wipes, and spray disinfectant.



Don’t forget to research your city’s local guidelines and follow any capacity limitations along with CDC guidelines. Avoid packing your schedule so that clients overlap. There should be enough time in between each appointment to thoroughly sanitize your equipment and/or studio. Remember to sanitize high touch areas before, after, and between shoots and sanitize main congregation areas.


Humans Are Highly Adaptable Creatures


With vaccines becoming available to everyone, photographers along with everyone else on the planet have begun to breathe a little easier as all parts of the business sector keep their fingers tightly crossed in hopes of returning to full business capacity sometime spoon. But for the months ahead and possibly the next couple of years, basic safety precautions such as masks, sanitation, and limiting mass gatherings may still be advised to avoid the resurgence of coronavirus variants and mass contagion. 


Change can be challenging, but the good thing is that humans are highly adaptable by nature and have the capacity to form habits very quickly. This extremely difficult time has made people appreciate artistic escapes more than ever and providing a holistic and safe atmosphere for photography clients is sure to be a much-needed getaway.



(Masserman Photography) challenging covid-19 family masks photography photoshoot sick Wed, 03 Mar 2021 14:38:07 GMT
Eight year old creates his own "school portrait" set Meet James.

This young man like many other children is at home during the pandemic learning remotely. Well, school portraits have stalled this school year for many children across the country. So when his mother contacted me and asked about having her son's school portrait taken at their home, I was ready to photograph the young man using natural backgrounds opposed to the "typical backdrop" used in schools. However I was not prepared when James enthusiastically jumped on the opportunity to create his own custom scene by arranging his mother's mum plants, pumpkins and hay bales.  I just let him do his own thing and only somewhat assisted by mom and he just had fun creating his own fall scene. In the real world of school portraits this would be an impossible and impractical approach, however having children to create their own desired backdrop scene allows for creative expression and undoubtedly a natural smile, which all parents hope to see from their child's "school portraits"

(Masserman Photography) creative fall masserman photography portraits pumpkins school Tue, 15 Sep 2020 09:41:18 GMT
Review of Flash Drives from These flashdrive are nothing short of well crafted. The handsome wood grain look makes for an impressive client gift. My newest logo imprinted clearly and I like the magnetic top and base since it secures well. The 16 GB that I had ordered is fast and compatible with both of Mac and PC platforms.  Priced very competitively (I compared to Amazon imprintable flash drives) and fast delivery and well packaged.  I highly recommend these flash drives from a service oriented company

(Masserman Photography) 16 drive flash GB grain wood Thu, 23 Apr 2020 20:07:16 GMT
5 tips to capture impeccable family portraits

5 tips to capture impeccable family portraits

Photography is beautiful and it has a lot to offer in terms of usefulness. There are many ways people can use pictures or videos. The footage captures by a motion activated hidden camera installed in a wild life reserve helps with research functions. Photography also has commercial purposes, as most of the pictures covering various magazines are products of photograph sessions. Even the family is benefitting from photography as it helps us save special moments. The use of family portraits is a good example of how much photography is important to the family. Here are five tips to help you capture impeccable family portraits. You may want to stick to them as ignorance of any of them may see your picture move from a good picture to an awkward picture a hidden cam captured.

Ensure the family members relax

Often times when younger children are tired or hungry, they become anxious. Some parents I notice, retaliate and demand the children behave or “You won’t get a treat” This is the wrong approach.  Children sense their parents’ emotions very easily.  So, I often have to train or retrain the parents to stay calm and use “nice” words to encourage the children to participate.  The photographer must be personable and likeable and relatable to children.  Making funny sounds and laughter encourages the children to have fun.  Most importantly, preparing the parents with younger children during a consultation will result in a successful photo session.

Take continuous photos

This is not a business portrait where you wait for an opportunity before you take the shot. Continuous shooting is best for family portrait with younger children for a number of reasons. You may capture an image that may turn out better than the one you took when you saw an opportunity. Nobody will likely complain when you take continuous shot. People may get bored when you take a single picture and ask them to switch stances. Family portraits are moving from the signature ones to the creative ones. This is one reason you should work with continuous shooting.

Let it not be a regular session

Long gone were the days when family photo shoots were stereotypical in nature. Times are changing and things are evolving. Family portraits are not the usual scenario when the father sits on a majestic chair with the mother and the children stand. On the other hand, the case of everybody sitting or everybody standing. The children had to be on their best behavior during those photo shoots and stay in that position long enough for the photographer to take the picture. These days, they allow children to goof around while the photographer takes the picture. You should work with the ideology of family portraits as a representation of fun and love in the family. Allow the kids play like kids and see it reflect the joy of family.

Avoid facing the sun or any strong light

The result of this is similar to having someone flash a bright light into your eye at night. You will squint your eye in reaction to that light. The same goes for taking a picture while under the sun. Avoid taking pictures under the sun. Instead, use the shade provided by tress. You should also ensure that you do not point your light directly at your subject while taking the picture in a lowlight environment. Instead, point the light upwards and use the reflecting light to illuminate your subject.

The part of editing pictures is as important as the part of taking pictures as well. If you can work the picture taking aspect, you will not have a problem while editing the pictures. I like to soften the skin and whiten the teeth and remove facial blemishes. Too much of editing tends to take away the realness of a picture sometimes. Make the photo shoot great and your pictures will come out beautiful without much ado.


Author - Junaid Ali Qureshi



(Masserman Photography) Family Portraits On Location Family Portraits Portrait Photography Mon, 29 Jul 2019 19:43:23 GMT
What to look for when hiring a Bar/Bat Mitzvah Photographer Bar/Bat Mitzvah Photography

After years of planning and preparing, in a blink of an eye, your child’s mitzvah celebration is over.  All that’s left are your memories, some favors, your video and PICTURES.  For this reason, at Mitzvah List, we think one of the most important decisions you can make when planning your child’s mitzvah is who your hire as your photographer. 

Unlike many other professions, there are no licenses or regulations for photographers.  Anyone can pick up a camera and say that they are a photographer.  For this reason, we have consulted with Brian Masserman, of Masserman Photography to find out what mitzvah parents should look for when hiring a photographer. 

Brian, a distinguished professional photographer, with over twenty five years of experience, owns and operates a full service studio in Keego Harbor, Mi..  Not only has he and his well trained and experienced staff photographed thousands of local and destination Bar/Bat mitzvahs, but his studio also photographs family, high school senior portraits, weddings, on- location green screen printing services, corporate head shot, GLBT unions, custom framing, youth sports teams, and photo restoration services.  For many families, a simcha is not complete without Brian!  One word that truly describes Brian is PASSION!  He truly LOVES what he does.  After speaking with Brian, we are convinced that you should look for the following when hiring a photographer for your Bar/Bat mitzvah celebration:   

(1)   Hire a full-time professional photographer.  A part-timer that is looking to make extra money taking pictures may not be fully equipped nor does that person have time to properly edit and deliver your images in a professional manner.  You don’t want someone with a pop-up flash that does not have an arsenal of lenses, cameras and equipment, photographing your event.  You want someone with the latest technology that will continuously maintain his or her equipment.  A part-timer may take a few good shots, but they may not be consistent.  Remember, there are no do overs.  Your photographer has one chance to take the right shot.  You won’t see the pictures until it’s too late, so make sure you are hiring someone that loves what they are doing enough to make it their full time career.


(2)   Look for a photographer with lots of experience.  Event photographers are like professional golfers.  If they are not practicing, they will never improve their game.    Hire someone that has photographed lots of different types of Bar/Bat mitzvahs like orthodox, conservative and reform.   Make sure you ask targeted questions like what kinds of religious and non-religious photos do they take and how many years they have been in the field of photographing life events.  You will have enough stress on the day of your event.  You need a photographer that knows what to do and what shots to take.   An experienced photographer will be there early, dressed appropriately and immediately take charge.  You should not have to HOLD THEIR HAND!


(3)   Hire a photographer that will assist you in putting together your album. They should spend quality time with you after the photos are delivered.  You want to choose the right pictures and your experienced photographer will know which ones those are.  Have your photographer create a leather bound album that will be passed down from generation to generation.  Avoid the photo books that have very thin pages and don’t have a lasting and archival photographic paper.  And of course avoid those photographers that only offer you an electronic version of your photos without properly editing, retouching, cropping, color correcting and offering an online gallery your images!  That would be a complete disservice.


(4)   Hire a photographer you like.  You need to do an in person interview and make sure that your photographer is professional, patient, kind, easy going, but can also be pleasantly assertive.  Make sure your photographer understands your culture and family dynamic.  Ask yourself, is this someone I would want to have around my family and friends?  Your photographer will be with you for hours and hours during a very fun, but very stressful time.  It’s important to realize that it’s not only about taking the pictures.  Your photographer needs to make your family and guests feel good about themselves so they look good in the pictures.  It’s a good idea to have a portrait session of your child prior to your celebration to make sure you can work together. 


(5)   Make sure your photographer will enhance and retouch all of your photos.  Everyone, including super models need a little retouching.  Make sure your photographer will brighten your teeth, remove exit signs, eliminate shadows and even blur an unsightly background.  No one wants a picture of themselves with spinach in their teeth.  Your photographer should take care of this.


(6)   Get at least three references.  Not only should you call the references, but ask your other mitzvah vendors about your photographer. It’s a good idea to look for reviews on Yelp or Google.  Remember, this is an important decision. 


(7)   When it comes to photographers, it’s not about the price, it’s about the value.  Ask your photographer about their average price per print.  Don’t expect to pay the same price as your would from Costco, but you also shouldn’t pay $100 for an 8 x 10.  Remember, you are looking for quality.  It’s important to realize that true professional photographer calibrate the colors in your pictures to the colors that are printed in your photos.



(8)   Make sure your photographer is insured.  You want to have someone that not only has liability insurance, but almost indemnity insurance to compensate you if something terrible happens to your images.  A professional will make sure that they have proper insurance to protect both you and them. 


(9)   Ask your photographer how they back up your photos.  Make sure your photographer has several back-ups both on-site and off-site.  This is VERY important!  What happens if your photographer’s studio burns down or has a flood?  You want to make sure your pictures are properly protected, just in case!


(10)Ask about time frame.  You want someone that will give you your photos in a reasonable time.  We’ve all heard stories from mitzvah parents that they still haven’t seen their photos, months after their event.  Realize, you will not have immediate gratification (except for a few teaser photos), but make sure you are comfortable with how long it will really take. 


Photographing life events, including mitzvahs, can be difficult.  There is lots of emotion involved and you need to make sure that you hire the right person for the job.  Make sure this decision is not taken lightly.  Hire someone with a great reputation that will provide you with impeccable service and make you feel good about your decision.  If you are happy with that person then you may want to strongly consider hiring them well in advance for your other children now that you have built a relationship!

(Masserman Photography) bar mitzvah photographer Sun, 08 Feb 2015 17:54:03 GMT
From a Bird's Eye View. The best day I can imagine is one filled with taking photographs, any photographs. Capturing an image that appeals to my visual senses brings me a great deal of joy. I discovered that artistically there are multiple visual senses: color, design, composition,  as well as others but the most engaging shots I take connect with some personal history or individual aesthetic.

My personal history is rooted here in Michigan. I grew up here and take pleasure in my continuous exploration of my home's beauty. This is a place of many memories and artistic inspiration. 

With all of the recent Instagram filters and the iPhone cameras getting better and better with each release, photographers have to stay ahead of technology and trends by innovating new ways to capture the big moments. So my staff and I are always searching for new ways to explore photography. Recently we had a thought about a new way to photograph and film events: from a bird's eye view. 

The idea came to us in a lunchtime chat about Madonna and Sean Penn's wedding. All the paparazzi in helicopters filming from every angle imaginable. The quality wasn't the best but everyone got an inside scoop at the wedding! That thought led us to chat about how lately, there have been ariel shots/videos of landscapes and action sports buzzing about the world wide web...and BOOM! It hit us!

Our idea: Bring the bird to the event and take a look at event photography/videography

from another point of view.

The technology available today allows us to fly a very small, lightweight, remote helicopter indoors. The helicopter is made of mostly styrofoam and a small amount of soft plastic. The helicopter then has a harness attachment that encompasses the camera of your choice (for Masserman Studio this would be the GoPro Hero 3+Black). The combination of the helicopter and the incredible GoPro allows us to produce cinema quality video and amazing photos from an extremely unique angle. 

Imagine yourself in 20 years. You and your husband pop in your wedding video and not only do you get to see yourself from the point of view of your husband but your husband gets to see you the same way he did the day he said "I do"...the possibilities are endless.

What do you think? Would you like arial photography or videography at your event? If so what would you consider the value to be for this service?




(Masserman Photography) above and creativity event f"riendly from gopro great experience with masserman photography helicopter instagram knowledgeable" madonna networking penn people skills photography professional sean shot they were great videography wedding Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:51:30 GMT
Check out what people are saying about us Pictures turned out better than expected. We are very pleased. Would return again.

October 25, 2013 


It was a great experience. Brian made my son feel very comfortable and it is reflected in the photos. The photos are beautiful. I would highly recommend Masserman photography. You will not be disappointed!

October 23, 2013 


Brian was very accommodating to my schedule and very personable. I am looking forward to viewing the photographs.

October 14, 2013  


Very professional, but very comfortable. Love our pictures.

October 14, 2013 


very professional and great pictures

October 04, 2013 


Brian did a fabulous job on my sons graduation photos and he was fun to work with! very creative. I would definitely recommend him as a photographer for any event.

September 27, 2013 


Great photography! Courteous service!

September 27, 2013 


Brian Masserman was quite personable and put us at ease, as did his assistant. They were open to suggestions, patient and knowledgeable; I would definitely use them again. Thanks for the Groupon, Masserman! Love and light, Kathy

September 16, 2013 


We had a great experience at Masserman Photography.

August 31, 2013 


Great photographer, excellent service, I am already planning to use him again 2 times!!! Thanks Brian!

August 20, 2013 

Very accommodating, friendly and would highly recommend his services.

July 24, 2013 


We had a great experience at Masserman Photography. Brian is a GREAT photographer who got some AMAZING shots, made us look great, and we had fun doing it! The prices are more than reasonable for extra shots and Brian was great to work with. We will definitely keep him in mind for all our future photography needs!

July 17,


Fun shoot with Brian!!

July 15, 2013 


Nice work. E.

July 08, 2013 


I loved the entire experience. He made it fun and made me feel so at ease.

July 03, 2013 


Brian was flexible and quick to fit our tight schedule. He is sharp and artistic.

July 02, 2013 


We absolutely love our photos and were treated in a very professional and personable manner. Brian Masserman was fantastic, quick, knowledgeable and very friendly. We will definitely be returning to him in the future.

June 25, 2013 



The process was quick and the pictures were nicely done.

May 13, 2013 


Very professional and great experience! I've already referred people to this business.

December 19, 2012 


We liked having the opportunity to have a picture taken on location of our family. He was very willing to work with us.

October 19, 2012 


I found Masserman Photography to provide great customer service. They were extremely professional, friendly and knowledgeable. I am very happy with the photographs that were taken.

August 20, 2012 


They were great!

August 14, 2012 


Still working on packages to purchase, hope that goes well too?

June 06, 2012 


Thank you for making my session so easy!!!

May 23, 2012 


Nice pictures and nice attitude of staff.

May 12, 2012 


(Masserman Photography) great experience with masserman photography professional friendly and knowledgeable they were great Sat, 02 Nov 2013 14:32:26 GMT

Photography can be a very competitive career field. Job opportunities with newspapers and magazines are highly sought after, and freelancing careers can be difficult to establish. That said, many photographers become extremely successful in the field, with the top photographers sharing a set of ten top qualities that set them apart.

1.     Ambition
A great photographer is very ambitious and seeks out opportunities for work, following the industry closely and pursuing opportunities as they arise.

2.     An Eye for Detail
Great photographers pay close attention to detail and capture what's important. Conversely, they are also able to edit out small details that might take away from a subject in a photograph.

3.     Business Aptitude
A great photographer has keen business skills and can manage business aspects of a freelancing career, including finances and marketing.

4.     Creativity
The creative "eye" is an integral part of photography. Great photographers are able to intuitively judge what makes for a great photograph -- and what should be done with lighting, composition, and focus to make that vision a reality.

5.     Familiarity with Legal Documents
A great photographer is familiar with contracts, copyright laws, and other legal issues that may present themselves .

6.     Hand-Eye Coordination
A great photographer has excellent hand-eye coordination to manipulate the equipment involved in capturing top-notch photos. No shaking! Quick lens replacement!

7.     Networking Skills
Great photographers have savvy networking skills and can identify those who are important to know in the industry. They are able to approach important players and keep them informed of the work they do.

8.     People Skills
A great photographer has terrific people skills and can work well with clients and editors. The ability to put people at ease while they are being photographed is also key for portrait photographers.

9.     Self-Marketing Skills
Successful photographers have portfolios that demonstrate the quality and variety of their work. They're also able to adequately promote their services to find new customers.

10.  Technical Skills
A great photographer has excellent technical skills and can easily handle photography equipment, such as digital cameras and lighting, as well as software programs to edit photographs.



Source:  The Art Institutes (Photography Schools)

(Masserman Photography) ambition business aptitude creativity networking people skills Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:51:42 GMT
Was there Instagram in the 19th century? | Masserman Photography The digital filters available to users of Instagram, Hipstamatic and other similar photography software applications give users an ability to mimic artistic photography styles. Not many actually take the time to find out what those styles are trying to replicate in the first place. Go back in time a little bit, however, and you’ll see that these artistic styles have been popular among photographers and others for years.


One of the more renowned early photographers who had an artistic bent was Julia Margaret Cameron, a British woman whose career was as short as it was impactful. She received her first ever camera at the age of 48, but from the minute it was in her hands, a passion to use the camera for artistic expression emerged.


She had many eccentric subjects for her photos, which mirrored the unique nature of her own life as well as the circle of friends that she kept. Victorian style, poetry and religion served as influences on her work. She snapped pictures of some of the most vibrant personalities in British society, including Alfred Lord Tennyson and Sir John Herschel, both of which show up in multiple photos.


When she first started, Julia was not adept at using her camera equipment and suffered critically for it. During the year 1864, the Photographic Journal gave her work a scathing review and enumerated what it felt were its many shortcomings. However, as her work and talent grew, she gained a highly theatrical style of posing her subjects in famous scenes, which gained her a following largely after her death in 1879.


It’s important to see where we came from in order to know where we’re going. Masserman Photography and all contemporary photographers who see the art in what they do owe a great deal to Julia Margaret Cameron. We’re very aware of the power that photography has to express much more than just an image.

(Masserman Photography) 19th century contemorary photography instagram julia margaret cameron Thu, 05 Sep 2013 23:16:14 GMT
The importance of Syrian combat photography | Masserman Photography Combat photography is a difficult, heart-wrenching job, but the work of depicting images of conflict is very important to our world. Reporters in the field can talk about buildings destroyed or bombs fired, but nothing drives home the message of what war actually is like a picture of the action itself. Unfortunately, there are far too many times or regions of the world where this work is taking place.


Sometimes, you never get a chance to meet the person taking pictures behind the lens, putting himself in harm’s way just to document the truth. In return, the world is left with a snapshot of a moment in time in some of the world’s tensest situations. A soldier running, a car on fire or a bullet-riddled flag can create indelible images that stay with a person well after they put the newspaper down.


Some of these combat photographers are grizzled veterans who have seen action in many combat theaters, including recent ones that have formed all over the Middle East. One such professional is Goran Tomasevic, a Reuters photographer who was recently profiled in this article from The Washington Post. If you’ve seen any war photos from recent conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya or Syria, it’s likely that you’ve seen his work. Tomasevic has been covering wars since 1996, and his work is so renowned that you can find some on display at a Fall 2013 exhibit in the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC.


These images can do many things to a viewer. Some may be shocked by the raw nature of the images; many newspapers spend a lot of deliberation on war photos, deciding whether they’re too graphic for a readership. Sometimes they can be heartwarming when we see people in strife helping others who need it most. However, these images are largely educational, as they show us exactly what war is without any filter.


Masserman Photography knows that it’s important to document our tragedies. Without a good record of human history, we may be doomed to repeat a lot of awful mistakes. We’d like to salute combat photographers all over the world for the good work that they do in bringing conflicts from across the world onto the front pages of our newspapers for all to see.

(Masserman Photography) combat photography syria war photography Thu, 05 Sep 2013 23:11:46 GMT
It’s important to document your family’s life together | Masserman Photography Photography has a wonderful ability to document all of life’s important events. Weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and family reunions are often cause for celebration. A professional photographer can help you record images from these events while you’re left free to enjoy yourself or make sure that everything else is going as planned. Birth photography is one growing trend in the industry that falls into this category as well.


It may sound a little strange to have a professional photographer staying in the room with you while you’re in labor, working to deliver your child. However, it can be done tastefully, and many have been choosing to have a professional take birth photos as the pictures help many fondly remember the day of their child’s birth. Currently, the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers boasts 400 members, many of them operating in the United States.


One Canadian birth photographer, an Alberta resident named Stephanie Werkman, recently had her work profiled in this piece from the St. Albert Gazette. This profile piece gives any reader a good idea of how tasteful birth photography can be accomplished and what it can provide for the parents.


Werkman only schedules about one birth photo shoot per month, ensuring that birth schedules don’t conflict, and is on call two weeks before the due date to ensure that the birth won’t be missed. Although there aren’t any official courses in birth photography, Werkman said that she’s found that it’s best to hang in the back and be fairly unnoticeable. The pictures she takes are usually snapped near the mother’s face, leaving anything private hidden by hospital sheets.


It’s important to document your family’s life together, and there’s no better time to start than the birth of a firstborn. If you have questions about birth pictures, Masserman Photography can help explain our services and what we can provide to new parents.

(Masserman Photography) anniversaries birth photography document family photography stephanie werkman weddings Thu, 05 Sep 2013 23:06:43 GMT
Photography should be about mortality, vulnerability and mutability | Masserman Photography We are inundated with photos on a daily basis. Whether it is through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat, it is impossible to go through your day without seeing photos of friends and their activities. No matter how frivolous the activity may be, some document their lives inside and out. They could be eating a sandwich or mailing a letter; it does not matter.

We have reached a point in culture where we are so oversaturated with media and images that the art and craft of photography has simply lost its meaning, its spark so to speak. Let me put it this way: many people, primarily those of younger generations, just don’t know what they have when it comes to photography. What does a picture mean to them? What does a picture represent nowadays?

A hundred years ago, most families couldn’t afford photographs; they were a luxury, dreamed about and salivated over. The only photos they could afford were of the recently deceased. Think on that for a moment; let it sink into your head. Photography and death went hand-in-hand. You go through your entire life, not being photographed and then when you die, you finally get that long-awaited snapshot. Back then, snapping someone’s photo was likened to capturing that person’s soul, his or her essence.

We have gone from photography capturing someone’s soul to capturing someone’s daily minutiae, certainly a case of going from one extreme to another. While photography is prevalent, is it necessarily relevant? If not, it should be, it needs to be, because…

Tucked away in your dresser is a small shoebox. Its contents consist of old family photos. There is a couple of your great-great uncle, who was a cop, accustomed to walking the beat. Then there are pictures of who you assume to be your great-great grandmother, many of which are of her in a strange and unfamiliar field, flowers in her hair and a smile on her face. She is…beautiful, goddess-like even!

While you have never met these people, they are still family, the only tangible evidence that your DNA has been on a strange and exhilarating journey. It is the story of you. Looking at these pictures fills you with nostalgia. You feel closer to these pictures than you do with members of your living and breathing family. What gives? Well, this is the essence of photography, its underappreciated soul, something that Facebook uploads can nowhere near compare to.

Susan Sontag says, “All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.” Time’s relentless melt – what a phrase! This melt is impossible to avoid, so all you can do is freeze a slice and break it off.

As you look at the picture of your great-great grandmother, you see some of your face in her. Such a relationship perseveres through time’s relentless melt. You had your great-great uncle and great-great grandmother share the same mortality, vulnerability and mutability.

You see? That’s the essence of photography – this mortality, vulnerability and mutability. That is something I provide with every photo I take. Hello. My name is Brian Masserman and I’m the owner of Masserman Photography. Welcome to the blog! For decades, we have specialized in the art of fine photography, covering everything from weddings to family portraits in the Southeast Michigan area. We have photographed people as young children in school to young adults getting married. We believe in the power of photography to chart the growth of the soul, not the intricacies of one’s daily grind. Photography should say something, should be an EKG of the soul. What do you think?

(Masserman Photography) Susan Sontag morality mutability photography vulnerability Thu, 05 Sep 2013 23:02:38 GMT
The slow photo movement | Masserman Photography Our digital world is one that is based on convenience and not always aesthetics. Electronic devices can quickly snap dozens of pictures and store thousands of images on a hard drive. This has undermined the entire notion of photography as a form of art. With Facebook and Instagram, any blurry, unfocused picture can be quickly shared with hundreds, or even thousands.


There used to be a time when people were alright with waiting for film to develop. In fact, many remember waiting in breathless anticipation for a Polaroid picture to magically come to life in their hands over the course of many minutes. Although the digital proliferation has irrevocably changed the entire practice of taking pictures, some are working hard to bring back the film photography style that dazzled camera users for generations.


When Polaroid discontinued its brand of camera film in 2008, many thought that the days of creating images from film exposures were long gone. Quickly, however, a number of former Polaroid employees teamed up and created the Impossible Project. The group’s goal is to create an alternative to Polaroid film that can be used with film cameras.


Oddly enough, young camera owners are taking to this movement as well as older users who would be more familiar with the film style of camera. Some see it as a means of escaping the over-digitalization of our world by choosing a style of picture taking that takes a longer time to develop. Some have even dubbed it the “slow photo” movement.


Developing pictures on film returns a product that is more artistic than digital photos; sometimes the color may be off, but that often contributes to the aesthetic atmosphere, and the lines are very sharp for the most part. The Impossible Project is even about to release a hardware device known as the Instant Lab, which can receive digital images from iPhones and other devices and print them out on film.


The convenience of digital picture taking will always have its fans, now that the digital age is here to stay. However, the resurgence of Polaroid-style film photography shouldn’t be understated. Masserman Photography realizes that many people want art in pictures, and not the kind that you get from an Instagram filter. If you have a photography project near Detroit or southeast Michigan, call us today to see how we can bring some aesthetic flair to your photo shoot.



(Masserman Photography) Polaroid The Impossible Project digital photography slow photo movement Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:35:46 GMT
Authenticity is an essential part of photography | Masserman Photography As I stated in the first post, we are inundated with an incredible amount of image media in our contemporary society. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social networks receive thousands, maybe millions of picture uploads each and every hour. Digital filters attempt to recreate the sepia tinted, antique look of older styles of photography, but these have a hollow, fake feeling to them. There is still a tremendous amount of interest in authentic forms of photography from as far back as the 1800s.


Lomography is the name of a photographic development company born out of a hobbyists’ organization that first began around 1990. The company recently announced a Kickstarter campaign to finance the development of its Petzval camera lenses. Within one day, the campaign raised $500,000, five times the amount that Lomography was trying to raise.


The interest in the Petzval lenses surrounds the unique close focus created by the large aperture and small lens. This creates a crisp and clear focus against a blurred background. The Petzval was introduced to the world in 1840 and it quickly became a favorite due to its sharp focus and much shorter photo development time.


The blurring effect caused by the Petzval lenses turns what normally would be a simple portrait into a unique work of art. The small area of focus makes the subject jump out of a swirling, energetic backdrop. This puts the viewer’s attention squarely on the central focus of the picture and intensifies the response to the subject’s emotional state.


Digital photography services can try to create a vintage look and feel, but nothing beats the authenticity of the original. The Petzval creates an artistic style of photography that cannot be duplicated by digital cameras, which have lenses with a much larger area of focus. Lomography’s efforts all surround a return to older forms of photography in reaction to over-digitization of pictures. The amount of money they raised, and the short amount of time they did it in, shows that there’s a clear demand for artistic photography.


Masserman Photography sees the art in every moment. Let us capture a stirring image for you that Instagram can’t reproduce. Call us to see if we can serve your portrait needs in Southeastern Michigan.



(Masserman Photography) authenticity digital filters instagram lenses lomography petzval photography Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:31:06 GMT