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Business Headshots | Professional Photography



They say that every picture tells a story.  What story is your picture telling? Perhaps you’re a doctor, a lawyer, a realtor or even a fencing instructor.  Every professional needs professional photography.

Our studio is located in Gilbert, Arizona.  We have a full indoor studio with a variety of backgrounds to meet your needs as well as great areas and sets outside to give you that perfect look to promote you and your business.  We also go on location to create the look you want.


A Real Rodeo Girl | Senior Photography

One of the perks as we photograph high school seniors all summer long, each about hour shoots with three to five different outfit changes, is to see what the latest trends are appearing in fashion.  This past year we’ve noticed many young girls come in with a taste of the country scene.  Sundresses with boots are no longer solely for cowgirls but styles for the common teenage or young adult.  So when Emily Hasper came to Lamar Studios, we were all excited to see her full rodeo gear from head to toe!

Emily had a cute style that showed her personality in every outfit she brought to her photo shoot; but when modeling her embroidered boots, felt hat, awarded belt, and showy chaps her inner cowgirl really shined!  As a photographer, to hear all about Emily’s passion for rodeo and then capture a representation of this important part of her life was truly rewarding.  One of the greatest joys of this business is meeting these seniors who are accomplishing and exploring so many things, then creating photos that portray their individuality.  As you view the following images from Emily’s senior session, you are not only getting a glimpse of what we do here at Lamar Studios but a look into the life of a rodeo girl.

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A Bike, A Club, and a Camera! | Gilbert Senior Photography

Wissinger22041 164rblogOver the summer and throughout the rest of the year we photograph hundreds of high school seniors preparing to graduate.  Each photo shoot is unique as each senior has their own style, personality, hobby, and idea of what they want to remember about this special time of their life. As a photographer it is always refreshing when our senior clients bring props as it allows us to go a step farther in capturing their character and individuality.  Ethan Wissinger was one of those students, graduating this year in 2014, who truly made his senior session a lot of fun for us.  He brought items from both his hobbies, golf and mountain biking, because they are the things he really loves spending his time doing.  For us, this opportunity for creativity made his senior session gratifying and rewarding.  It also made out for some astonishing photos as well!

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Knowing Your Camera | Photography Workshop

DSC_7644r“Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn.”-Benjamin Franklin

Hands on learning is exactly what went down here at Lamar Studios last Saturday.  We held our first photography workshop of the year in eight hours, with four eager learners, and countless photos as we explored every function of our cameras.  The goal was to better understand our cameras along with their functions and gain optimal control for the best exposures in any situation.

What is more frustrating than framing up that perfect shot, that Kodak moment, and not receiving in your camera what is right before your eyes?  The picture is blurry, or dark, or full of shadows!  You fidget and adjust, randomly clicking buttons on your camera but before you can figure out the problem the moment is over.  Your child has already blown out the candles, that bird has already flown elsewhere, or the batter has just hit that perfect pitch and is already on first base.  And you are still confused as to what went wrong.  Anyone who owns a camera, and uses it, knows that we have all been in this frustrating situation!

The objective of our photography workshop was to first figure out where the settings were in our cameras- as everyone has a different camera with different features and different manuals.  The first hour or so was just digging in and searching for the various buttons, modes, and menus which would later bring to light how we gain more control with our camera.

After we had become familiar with our camera’s settings, it was time to learn them like the back of our hands through various hands on photography exercises.  By the end of the day we had learned to photograph using all four of our camera’s modes (including the scary mode of manual), how to use the exercise of bracketing, how to photograph a silhouette, how to photograph indoors or in a dark situation, how to capture movement and motion, and how to get creative with depth of field.  We probably toggled back and forth between various settings more than a full days worth of work, and if there is one way to get comfortable with your camera it is to not be afraid to change things!

What made this workshop so fun and rewarding was the group of learners who all attended our photography workshop with positivity, patience, and anxiousness for knowledge.  We can proudly say that Carrie, Imelda, Amy, and Martha all left our studio more confident and determined than when they came in that morning.  The key will be to see how much they have practiced their techniques between last class and this upcoming one Saturday- Beginning Photography, More Control.


Photography | Workshops | Are Back!

We are offering our Beginning Workshop on Saturday, February 1st from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and finishing up on Saturday, February 8th from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Only $199 for this three part workshop!  This is a great opportunity if you missed out on taking one of our workshops before or just need a refresher.

Beginning Photography, Part 1, Knowing Your Camera (February 1st)

There’s no need to be scared of your camera anymore!  Jon will teach you how to navigate your menus, what buttons mean what and how to store your images.

Beginning Photography, Part 2, Control (February 1st)

Ready to get technical?  Of course you are!  We’ll show you how to use your camera to control your exposures and get what you want.

Beginning Photography, Part 3, More Control (February 8th)

Now that you know your camera, Jon will show you how to use some of the lesser known features and also how to get creative!

3 hands on classes for $199

Call today-space is limited!                  (480) 838-0885

Props for Poses! | Gilbert Family Photography

Bring your own props to Lamar Studios as our friends and neighbors the Walls did for their family photography session.  We often find ourselves encouraging high school seniors to bring items to their photo shoot which portray who they are such as an instrument or sports uniform.  Why not capture the same representation of families?  For the Walls, one of these props included their family blue beach cruiser.  Add an E.B. Browning quote and some red hydrangeas and you have a one of a kind vintage setting for your photos.  Placed into a chalkboard card, these family photos made the perfect fit for some tasteful Christmas cards.

This is one of the many Christmas cards we have had the pleasure of creating for our family clientele and we hope they have brought many smiles to your loved ones.

Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

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Business Headshots | Phoenix Executive Portraits

Small business is said to be essential to America’s bustling economy. Here at Lamar Studios we love doing Business headshots. It helps our clients look professional. Instead of putting up an old grainy photo that a friend took on their website, for example, they can post something professionally shot and edited.

What are a few ways a business headshot can be used?

  • Website or blog
  • Business cards
  • Advertising to give a face to your name/business
  • Resumes, when applying for jobs
  • Social networking sites
  • Press releases
  • Company brochures

The components of a good business headshot?

  • Professional makeup/hair
  • A relaxed expression that shows your approachability
  • A flattering pose
  • A well-fitting suit and/or blouse
  • A solid color like gray, blue, green, purple, red, or beige

Overall, just have fun with it! A business headshot will undoubtedly help put a face on your business and draw in new clientele. Here are a few examples of great headshots we have done here at Lamar Studios:

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Senior Portraits | Tips and Tricks for a Great Shoot

Often times, when shooting subjects, getting a feel for what they want by who they are can translate very well in their pictures. It is necessary to incorporate their creative ideas or hobbies into the shoot. The following are some basic tips and tricks for making a great portrait.

  • Theme/Style 

    • Everybody is different. In this case, our subject, likes horses and playing the guitar. Therefore we incorporate that into her pictures to give them a feel of what the subject likes.

  • Setting/Backdrop

    • The setting, where the pictures are taken, translate to give a feel for who the subject is. A white picket fence or the side of a barn for example will give a different feel than the beach or sky scrapers.


  • Lighting

    • The perfect lighting can make your subject pop! Outdoors is always the easiest to shoot because the natural sun light will make the subject look radiant.

Travel Portraits | Tips & Techniques

This is a post from the Digital Photography School – a community of photographers of all experience levels who come together to learn, share and grow in our understanding of photography.

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6 Ways to Capture More Unique Travel Photos

Posted: 12 May 2011 07:01 AM PDT

A Guest Post by Neil Ta.

There’s something to be said about having a nice collection of travel photos. They document not only your personal journey in other cities and countries, but also showcase the artistic side of your photographic abilities. Throughout my recent travels through Southeast Asia (and many smaller trips in years past), I’ve been able to capture some images that I’m quite proud of. The following tips have helped me take better and more unique photos when I am traveling or when I’m home:

1. Always Be Ready

You can’t take pictures if you leave your camera at the hotel! So the most fundamental thing is to bring your camera out with you. If a DSLR is too bulky, invest in a smaller point and shoot or micro 4/3 system. Your Canon 5d Mk II does you no good if it’s sitting in a bag at your hotel.

Not only do you need to bring your camera, you need to be ready to shoot. Many images happen spontaneously and disappear as fast as they appeared. If you’re too busy fidgeting around in manual modes and miss the shot – the moment is gone forever. Shoot in a mode that you’re comfortable with. If I am leisurely taking shots, I typically shoot on Aperture-Priority mode and adjust the exposure compensation as needed. You may be more comfortable in one of the creative modes, which is perfectly ok! If you’re shooting in RAW, it will enable you to do some post work to process the image if it isn’t perfect straight out of the camera. Remember, it is better to capture an image slightly under or overexposed than it is not to capture an image at all.

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2. Don’t Do What Others are Doing

Are you ever in a situation where you’re at a popular tourist attraction and everybody is jockeying for position to take the same picture from the same location and angles? Well, it doesn’t take a lot of creativity to find different shooting perspectives – you can go higher, find other angles off to the side or below, or incorporate other photo enthusiasts into your shot. I find those types of images to be much more creative than ones taken from the most popular traditional angles and perspectives.

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3. Do Some Research & Make Connections

It is a global world out there! Flickr and other photo sharing sites (like DPS!) have made it easy to find interesting locations to shoot. You can search the most popular photos from a certain city or landmark and try to replicate or put your own stamp on some of your favourites. These are also fantastic forums to reach out to other photographers. I’ve had the great fortune of meeting and shooting with a number of well respected photographers from Detroit to Kuala Lumpur! They often know the best places to shoot, and if they have a specialized niche, you will be exposed to things that you’d be hard-pressed to pursue on your own.

Most of the personal connections I’ve made through photography began with a simple Flickr message.

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4. Take Risks

Often, taking calculated risks pays off! It is a simple risk/reward calculation that we all have to consider. You really want to take that picture of an angry butcher at the market? Well, what’s the worst that could happen and is it worth the risk to you? I specialize in urban exploration (urbex) and am very meticulous when it comes to the risks I take associated with getting into an abandoned building or onto a rooftop/construction crane. This is especially true when I am traveling and dealing with different sets of rules. Generally, the greater the risk I take, the better the photos (and stories) are.

This is not something isolated to urban explorers either. Some of my most iconic images came after being on the front lines of the G20 Summit last year in Toronto when my fellow photography enthusiasts got more tear gas and rubber bullets than they bargained for. You need to ask yourself “how far will I go to get the shot?”

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5. Get Off the Beaten Path

There’s nothing wrong with tourist sites! However, it does become increasingly difficult to get unique images from them. Luckily, it doesn’t take much effort to get off the beaten path. It could be as simple as getting out of your resort and visiting the local town, walking a few kilometres to another part of the beach, or doing a bit of research into some lesser known sites that you may find interesting. Getting off the beaten path even just a little can expose you to more unique and memorable experiences; oh yeah – and some cool images too!

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6. Take a Timeout

On extended travels or vacations you may feel camera fatigue or a lack of creativity on certain days. For me, I sometimes feel as though picture taking is a chore I need to do! It should never be like that. Remember that you’re there primarily to experience another culture, its people and their city, photography should really be secondary. On days where I just don’t feel like shooting, I trade my Canon for my iPod and find creativity and inspiration in the lives that pass me by. One way I’ve been able to keep inspired is to do some volunteer photography work wherever I can. This could be something you run into coincidentally during your travels or prearranged with an NGO, charity, or other organization. The next time I reach for my camera following a good deed, I feel much more refreshed and energized.

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Neil Ta is a Toronto based Photographer, Traveler, Urban Explorer and Gentle Lover. You can view his daily blog or his website.

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Studio Portraits | Performance Photography




Recently we had the pleasure of taking portraits of Andrea. Andrea is an aspiring singer. To put it in perspective, while she was giving us a taste of her singing voice in our studio, Mrs. Lamar came running down the stairs in amazement. This young lady has some pipes.

Fortunately for us we love when people bring in what they love so we can capture it. Along with several shots of Andrea gripping the mic, we also got some intimate shots. She is a beautiful girl with an even more beautiful voice and a pleasure to photograph.

Andrea graduated from Valley Christian High School this May. She hopes to pursue a career in singing and by what we heard, she will most likely succeed. Sessions like these are always a joy and produce really creative shots.