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Helen Makadia Photography

Newton, MA 02465
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Helen Makadia is a photographer located in Massachusetts and practicing her art in the surrounding areas. After receiving education in business and finance, Makadia later chose to combine her business acumen with her love of photography. She received photography training at Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts, and she continues to pursue further education by attending photography workshops and conferences in the area. Specializing in individual and family portraiture, Makadi offers several packages for wedding and engagement photographs. Also, she often sells her artwork commercially and participates in the Newton Open Studios each fall in Newton, Massachusetts. Makadi’s portfolio is displayed on her website, where she also operates an active blog about photography.

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Jake Belcher Photography

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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The greater Boston, MA area has been served by Jake Belcher Photography since 2005. Jake’s unique, hard-scrabble interpretive photos reflect his own interesting life experiences. Jake’s portfolio includes family, group, and individual portraits set in their normal lifestyles. This studio works hard to showcase the down-to-earth qualities of its subjects without pretense. Jake Belcher is also known for cutting-edge reportage that captured the essence of Boston's communities and neighborhood cultures. His work features classic studies of the Raynham Flea Market, the MIT Break Dancers, and a memorable photographic essay about the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Previously voted the Photographer of the Year, Jake Belcher has an impressive client list such as Harvard University, Boston University, Kelloggs, ESPN, and Google.

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Jane McDonagh Photography

West Concord, MA 01742
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Jane McDonagh Photography, operated by principal photographer Jane McDonagh and collaborator Mike McDonagh, offers flexible session scheduling and competitive rates for either on-site or in-studio photoshoots. Jane's unique photographs, which aim to tastefully incorporate modern developments in photographic technology, explore a variety of different styles and have been featured on Kodak's website and in the Times Square gallery. Occasional promotional specials can be found on the studio's easily navigable website, which also showcases examples of previous work and makes it easy to contact the artists directly. The studio also maintains a colorful blog that focuses on seasonal sessions captured around their location in West Concord, Massachusetts.

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Photography by Drew

Newton Centre, MA 02459
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Photography by Drew, based in Newton Centre, has been providing professional photography services for more than 40 years. Owner and lifelong photographer Drew Hyman is noted for his ability connect with people and capture the inner beauty through their eyes and smiles. Drew has photographed hundreds of families, children, and high school seniors and covered weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, and special events. He nurtures long-term relationships with many of his clients. Drew can also be commissioned for corporate headshots and business branding projects. The Photography by Drew website features an online gallery to give potential clients clear examples of Drew’s art style and recent client works.

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Rick Bern Photography

Needham, MA 02090
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Rick Bern Photography is a portrait photography studio based in Boston, Massachusetts. Bern has years of experience in both the business world and the photography industry, and he specializes in family portraits as well as professional headshots for business executives and other workers. The company employs a talented team of skilled photographers capable of photographing everything from children and families to infants and pets. They are also available for couples' engagement photo shoots and maternity photo shoots for expectant mothers. Their packages include a variety of products, including prints, frames, canvas wraps, and digital images as well as other accessories and items.

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Shachmut Photography

Newton Center, MA 02459
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Shachmut Photography has been happily serving the families of Newton and Boston area of MA since 2013. The studio provides elegant and sophisticated photographic storytelling that is cherished by her clients for years. Shachmut Photography excels at creating high-quality portraits of couples, families, maternity shots, newborn portfolios, and young children collections. As a respected member of the community, the studio also provides digital headshots for children attending their first day of school free of charge. Laura considers photography more art than science and envisions the world in a special light that allows her to capture the memorable Rembrandt triangles that illuminate all her subjects.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who are the most famous master portrait photographers?

A: In the early 1900s, Man Ray and Ansel Adams were two of the most famous portrait photographers, producing fine art images with famous and non-famous subjects. Today, Annie Leibovitz is one of the most recognized names in portrait photography.

Q: What are some examples of portrait photography techniques?

A: One useful trick when taking a portrait with artificial light is to diffuse your light source. Rather than have harsh spotlights on your sitter, reflect it off a nearby wall for a more natural effect. You can also try using gels, which can change the color of the light.

Q: Should props be included in a portrait?

A: Traditional portrait photography rarely includes props, though many photographers believe the right prop can add personality to the image. If you're going to use a prop, make sure it adds something meaningful to the photo or reveals something about your sitter.

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