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Seven Tips to prepare you for your Engagement Session from St. Louis Wedding Photographer Richard Shoaf, RS7 Studios

To prepare for your engagement shoot we wanted to share 7 tips to aid in creating the best images:

1) Think of any ideas you may already have and share them with us (such as any theme you may already have)
2) Pre-scout the location. Look for places that are nice for some creative and intimate images.
3) Clothing suggestions (be comfortable, not restrictive and fun) Avoid strong patterns. As a general rule, wear solid colors, as stripes and patterns draw attention away from your face.
Avoid wearing turtlenecks and large loose clothing.
4) Colors: Solid monochromatic colors are easiest to coordinate but primary or complementary colors also look great and bring energy to the photograph.
5) Accessories: Keep it to a minimum.
6) Props: If there is something that would fit into how you met, an inside story item that fits your style, or something that you use in your occupations that would be fun, bring it.
7) Footwear: Avoid running shoes and heavy footwear. Consider fashionable boots, shoes or even sandals.
Bonus) Be ready to do a lot of smiling, kissing, and nose-rubbing!

Note the time of sunset to aid you in getting the most time in the golden hour.

Richard Shoaf,
RS7 Studios – St. Louis Wedding Photographers
866-963-7824 x004

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Compass Consultant Services – Photography and Cinematography

Compass Consultant Services and Richard Shoaf Photography have co-branded our commercial photography and cinematography services to support our business clients. With this arrangement we can package services in a way that can help and support our clients achieve their branding in multi-media at a professional level. With staff photographers and cinematographers that can help you from the concept through the final broadcast quality product. Here is a link to the recent Compass Consultant Services Winter Newsletter
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Wedding Photography & Cinematography

When we started Richard Shoaf Photography we had a large scope of knowledge, skills and abilities.  Some of which found us in fun and new areas to work tougher.  We have brought together an amazing team of 7 Artist with 1 Vision which is your happiness.

For more video, motion film and photographs you can visit too!

Here is some info on an upcoming Bridal Show:

2011 in review

2011 annual report for our blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,100 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 18 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Five must have Christmas decoration photos

Tis the season to be out like Clark Griswald lighting the house and consuming more than your share of the power grid, but what the heck, its Christmas!

Now that you have your lights up, and the appropriate ones are “twinkling” and safely returned to earth from the ladder laid against the eve that you only visit once a year, what to do.  Well if you are like me, you want to share a photo of your energy consuming project with others, right?

Lets start off with some simple photographs of your holiday decorations.

1)   On a cold winter (actually fall) morning, grab some macro images of the frost on the decorations outside.  Some of you may say, “I live in south Florida”, then grab the same image where the sprinkler left its mist from the early morning watering.

2)   Tree photos don’t have to be boring, pick out your five favorite ointments and use the lights give Santa a Rembrandt portrait.   Or try to give frosty a high key look.  (see Christmas Photography at Home)Beannachtaí an tSéasúir
3)   The miniature town under the tree, or in my case on top of the hide away big screen, again go macro or even better go tilt-shift to make your miniature look, yes, miniature.

4)   Photograph the outside lights and decorations at night.  Yes it may be cold but a clear night with a moonlit roofline can make for a fun photograph of the holiday abode.

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5)   Food, by goodness don’t forget to get some photographs of the food.  My wife spends hours making brittle, breads and pies and if I did not capture a photo or two that would be the end of my “favorite time of year”.First try @ Chocolate covered Red Velvet
My wife and I just had our holiday party and I did my diligent duty and took some pre-party photos and once the company started to arrive the camera went to a sofa table and safely sat there for the evening.  Next year I will throw up 2-3 time lapse cameras during the holiday party to watch the tidal surge of friends arrive and depart.

No matter what you do during the holidays, keep the camera handy, have fun and make some photographs.

Happy Holidays,

Richard Shoaf

Our Holiday Party invite…

Our Holiday Party – Thanks for coming.

Richard Shoaf Photography and MetalPrints

We have started to offer limited edition signed and numbered prints for select images. Limited edition prints, also known as LE’s, have been standard in printmaking from the nineteenth century onwards. A limit to the print run is crucial, as many traditional printmaking techniques can only produce a limited number of best quality impressions. This can be as few as ten or twenty for a technique like drypoint, but more commonly would be in the low hundreds – print runs of over a thousand are regarded as dubious by the serious art market for original prints, even though with many techniques there is no loss of quality.
A limited edition is normally hand signed and numbered by the artist, typically in pencil, in the form (eg): 14/100. The first number is the number of the print itself. The second number is the number of overall prints the artist will print of that image. The lower the second number is, the more valuable and collectible the limited editions are likely to be, within whatever their price range is. A small number of “artists’ proofs” may also be produced as well, signed and with “AP”, “proof” etc.

At RSP we limit our LE Prints to 500 and a total of 50 AP (Artist Proofs) and are numbered accordingly. So a total of 550 prints are allowed in a LE Print and these all will be numbered accordingly. Records are stored in our office and available for audit.

Our limited edition prints are published in small limited quantities on high quality archival papers and canvases. The prints are signed by the artist and numbered to ensure their collectability and value.

One of our new ways to offer some of these select Artist Proofs is on MetalPrints. These look stunning in your professional office, living room or studio. See below for more information about our MetalPrints.

World Series CBRNE Operations

World Series CBRNE Operations.

Some photos taken during the World Series and supporting CBRNE Operations to protect the public.  See an upcoming article on Special Event Security and CBRNE Operations in the Fall edition of STCI’s newsletter.  Congratulations Saint Louis Cardinals on a great series!