Crossed at the Wrists

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Have you ever been told to just stand like you normally would?  Did it work? Being told to do so is a sure fire way to get the opposite result. So, that prompting should never be part of your photo session. For your portraits, I’m always looking for ways to make you feel more at […]

Natural Arm Placement

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The lean forward is another classic male pose for portraits and headshots. The good news is–if you’re a man–this position may actually feel natural for you. In fact, once you sit down, you’ll probably lean forward before your photographer even directs you to do so. Here are a few poses you may find yourself sitting […]

Male Pose: The Lean Forward

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Getting a Genuine Smile

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This pose is a magical one. It’s magical because when you’re put in it, you’ll automatically smile. But, not just any smile–a natural, genuine smile. You’ll involuntarily tilt your head slightly to one side so that you can place your fingers in your hair. And, that simple movement will change your mood. That mood change […]

Portrait Photography: Getting a Natural Smile

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Has the thought of posing for a cover girl shot ever crossed your mind? And then, be honest, did you quickly dismiss the idea because you thought that would mean a full on glamour session and that was just too intimidating? Well, if an entire glamour or fashion photo session is too unnerving for you, […]

Be a Cover Girl During Your Portrait Session

Cover Girl Photo
Classic Male Pose

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When working with men, it’s especially important to have a pose in mind that works well for most. This classic male pose–one foot on the back wall–is one of them. Lindsey Adler illustrates this pose in her book, The Photographer’s Guide to Posing– Once I started using it with clients, I saw its potential. So, […]

Classic Male Pose: Using the Wall

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J Luster Photography 2020 Favorites: Outdoor Portraits My first full year as a photographer happened to be 2020. And, because of the pandemic, most of my portrait sessions were held outdoors. But, honestly, even though studio lighting is reliable and indoor temperatures more comfortable, shooting outdoors allowed me to be creative, use the elements, find […]

Top Ten Outdoor Portraits of 2020: J Luster Photography

J Luster Photography Favorites of 2020
Hats and Jewelry

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Hats and jewelry! Two great types of accessories that some of us really love. If that describes you, I believe you fall into one of two categories in regards to actually wearing them. If you’re the first type of hat and jewelry lover, you put them on all the time. And, if you’re the second […]

You Love Jewelry and Hats, So Include Them in Your Portrait Session!

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You Have a Permanent Accessory Coco Chanel said, “In my life I have adopted certain style rules from a young age…I always take off at least one piece of jewelry [accessory] before I leave the house…to ensure that I am not ‘overdoing’ it.” I think most of us can agree with Coco Chanel’s wise rule. […]

You Have a Great Tattoo, So Book a Portrait Session

You Have a Great Tattoo
You're an Entrepreneur: Book a Portrait Session

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Entrepreneur. A person, a career, or a even a way of living that many individuals have dreamed of possessing for themselves–me included. The promises are the same. Be your own boss. Make your own schedule. Those things sound great for some day. Only, right now, there’s a world-wide pandemic. It’s 2020. People have lost jobs […]

If You’re an Entrepreneur in 2020, Book a Portrait Session!

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My female friends, you may or may not have consider this idea before, but your hairstyle says a lot about who you are. While it can change pretty often, unlike a tattoo, which is permanent, it’s still a choice that requires thought. That choice is made based on so many factors–your lifestyle, your occupation, your […]

You Have a Great Hairstyle, So Book a Portrait Session!

Great Hairstyle: Book a Portrait Session
You Have A Great Dress

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So, you have a great dress in your closet that’s been hanging there collecting dust for a while. Maybe when you selected it, you even listed out three other events where you could don it. However, there it is. Waiting. A perfectly good dress that can, for an hour or two of your time, have […]

You Have a Great Dress, So Book a Portrait Session

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Celebrate Yourself Something I hope you’ll always remember is that it’s okay to celebrate yourself on your birthday. Celebrating yourself means making plans for your day–from the moment you wake up until the moment you hit the pillow. I realized this long ago. If you leave it to other people (even those who love you […]

You’ve Had a Birthday! Book a Portrait Session

It's Your Birthday
It's a New Season

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It all starts with the change in the weather. That change in weather affects your mood. Then you find that your mood is different, but maybe you can’t put you’re finger on what you’re experiencing. So, your thoughts start to shift. As your thoughts start shifting about, you find yourself ready to make some real […]

It’s a New Season: Book a Portrait Session

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You may be surprised to hear that a simple outfit of a fitted t-shirt and jeans is a great choice for a men’s portrait session. But it’s true! If you’re a man, this ensemble should be your go-to whenever you’re gonna be photographed. Most often, a woman looks best in a fitted dress (more about […]

A Fitted T-shirt and Jeans

Fitted T-shirt and Jeans for Male Portraits
Week One at Precision Camera

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Have you ever had an individual portrait session? Other than when you were a baby? One more question: have you every thought about it? Documenting you, through the stages of your life, means celebrating who you are, where you’re going, and sometimes where you’ve been. Before I became a photographer, I knew this in theory, […]

Ten Reasons to Book a Portrait Session

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Before having a photo session, it’s important to consider the colors and the styles of your outfits. Clothing choices for photos are kind of a big deal. It’s taken me many photo sessions with individuals, couples, and families to realize just how important those choices are. My hope is that my findings and tips will […]

Clothing Choices: Colors and Styles for Your Portraits

J Luster Photography Outdoor Portrait Favorite of 2020
using props in photography

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The last thing you wanna do as a photographer is disappoint your client or, more importantly, your client’s mother! If a bride or a senior or a mother of one of those two, spent time thinking about, purchasing, and then packing up props for the shoot, take heed. Would she understand if you didn’t use […]

Using Props in Your Photography Sessions | Avoiding Prop Pressure

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If you’re a new photographer, you’ve probably heard some differing opinions about whether or not to give your clients props to incorporate during their sessions. A “prop” in photography would be any object that isn’t naturally occurring in the location of your shoot. Honestly, for a while I was against using anything other than my […]

Using Props in Photography: Know Your “Why”

using props in photography
Client Directed Photo Session

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  Can a photographer be comfortable with a client directed photo session? Yes! But, I think it takes a certain kind of photographer. Clients often have a clear vision for their photo session. Having been a teacher and a director for so long, I didn’t think I could release control like that. My big revelation–I […]

Client Directed Photo Session: Why Not?

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The question I always get from my clients–if they are human, of course–is about their hands. Where should they put them? “Anywhere you feel comfortable” used to be my response. I didn’t think that determining hand placement for photographs was my job, but it is! Since I was only in the occasional candid photo or […]

Is Determining Hand Placement for Photographs Your Job? Yes!

Determining Hand Placement for Photos
Make Your Model Laugh--J Luster

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When you conduct a portrait session, do you know how to make your model laugh? If you don’t, you should learn. It offers a totally different portrait than the regular “Cheese!” smile does. I was able to try the technique with my niece at a photo shoot at Milburn Park in Cedar Park, TX. Distractions […]

Make Your Model Laugh: A Portrait Tip

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Downtown Leander, Texas on an early Sunday morning is a good choice for portraits and bridal sessions. There’s old homes converted into city offices still full of charm and plenty of old churches with steeples. No Town Square in Downtown Leander A town square is a clearly defined space with businesses and restaurants all along […]

Downtown Leander for Portraits and Bridal Sessions


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