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Learn from Hall of Fame, Orange County Portrait Photographer, Mark Jordan, as he reveals Photography tips, tricks and techniques to the art of portrait photography.

“HEAD SIZE” MATTERS Thank you for inquiry about how to select portrait size. We’re excited you want to know more about our approach to choosing the most appropriate portrait size for your family portrait and are considering our portrait studio among the many photographers from which you might choose. Mark Jordan Photography offers over forty portrait…

AN INSIDE LOOK… The planning, scheduling and creation of your portrait should be an enjoyable experience. To this end Mark has classified the entire portrait process into three detailed, yet practical sessions, which we call the Three Ps of Family Portraits: Planning Session, Portrait Session and Preview Session: 1. PLANNING Session To serve you best,…

Preparing For Your Photography Session Thank you for trusting Mark Jordan Photography with your professional family portrait. Before we meet for your family portrait session we advise familiarizing yourself with our Basic Family Portraits Preparation Tips. Whether your family portrait is in the studio or outdoors, these essential steps have proven to be greatly beneficial in helping our families being best…

Is photography art? Debating photography as art began soon after photography was born and has raged unabated ever since. It has surfaced on the Internet at Debate.org where the vote stands at Yes – 66% and No – 33%. But who are they to say what is art and what isn’t. Every good debater knows that discourse…

Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans. If the course of your professional career was anything like many Americans, the circuitous journey of your career path was an unpredictable odyssey of both tranquility and cliff-hangers. Most likely the vocation that ultimately captured your heart and devoured your time was divergent from your…

Masterpiece Retouching is included in the price of our Signature Portraits where Masterpiece Retouching is Listed. However, in those instances where you’re satisfied with a lesser degree of retouching (i.e. exPress or Classic), but desire a few extra touched from our Masterpiece Retouching, we also offer our Masterpiece Retouching services A La Carte. A La Carte Adding Masterpiece Retouching A…

The following Senior Preparation Tips for Males blog post offers a few helpful portrait suggestions to keep in mind when preparing for your senior portrait session. • Senior Portraits Preparation Tips for Females • Basic Senior Portraits Preparation Tips CLOTHING SHIRT STYLE Collared shirts tend to look best for a finished look. Non-collared shirts (t-shirts) can work in certain scenarios and usually work…

The following Senior Portraits Preparation Tips for Females blog post offers a few helpful portrait suggestions to keep in mind for your Senior Portrait. • Senior Portraits Preparation Tips for Males • Basic Senior Portraits Preparation Tips CLOTHING SHIRT/BLOUSE STYLET STYLE The most crucial element for females is the preference for sleeves – preferably to the elbow or longer. In general, simplicity is…

Preparing For You Senior Photography Session Thank you for trusting Mark Jordan Photography with your Senior Portraits. Before we meet for your senior portrait session we advise familiarizing yourself with our Basic Senior Portraits Preparation Tips. These essential steps have proven to be greatly beneficial in helping our high school seniors being best prepared for their time with Mark. Basic Senior…

Headshots On Location The first question others ask me after discovering I specialize in Corporate Headshots is, “What’s the difference between business headshots and corporate headshots?” Business Headshots encompass a broad range of headshots, which include Corporate Headshots. While Business Headshots are more frequently thought of as headshot sessions arranged in the studio, Corporate Headshots…

The following Headshot Preparation Tips for Woman blog post offers a few helpful portrait suggestions to keep in mind for your Business Headshot Preparation. • Headshot Preparation Tips for Men • Basic Headshot Preparation Tips CLOTHING SHIRT/BLOUSE STYLET STYLE The most crucial element for woman is the necessity for sleeves – preferably to the elbow or longer. In general,…

Preparing For Your Business Headshot Photography Session Thank you for trusting Orange County Headshots of Mark Jordan Photography with your professional headshot. Before we meet for your headshot session we advise familiarizing yourself with our Basic Headshot Session Preparation Tips. Whether your headshot is for business or theatrical, these essential steps have proven to be greatly beneficial…

The following Headshot Preparation Tips for Men blog post offers a few helpful portrait suggestions to keep in mind for your Business Headshot Preparation. • Headshot Preparation Tips for Women • Basic Headshot Preparation Tips CLOTHING SHIRT STYLE Collared shirts are imperative for a professional look. Non-collared shirts (t-shirts) can work in certain scenarios and usually work best in…

Not The Only Way, Just My Way The Complete Picture to Headshot Photography is simply my approach to headshot photography. Please know it is not my intent to either purpose or suggest my technique is definitive. The Complete Picture to Headshot Photography is nothing more than a narrative of the mindset and systems that have worked best…

Limited Only by Your Imagination Thank you for dropping by to experience our Dropped In Backgrounds. We begin our slideshow with a series of the same face. This has proven to be a powerful approach to demonstrating the striking effect dropped in backgrounds can have on any one headshot portrait. The vast majority of our gallery samples…

 ProPhoto: Photographer’s Best Friend ProPhoto blog templates are definitively the finest blogging platform bar none. I’ve personally built seven blogging websites with ProPhoto and I could not be any more delighted. Following are a few of my most popular bogging websites I designed with ProPhoto: Mark Jordan Photography Orange County Headshots Belly Art Photos Wordle Puzzles Not…

Conversational Retouching Last in our Four Part series on professional retouching is The Art of Retouching Headshots | Part Four. Our post would not complete unless we identified the reason or intended purpose of the headshot. Articulating the considerations of reason and purpose is accomplished by asking whether the headshot is either Commercial or Theatrical. Rather than rehashing the distinctions between the two here,…

It’s Only Natural After saying all that, “So then, what’s the rub?” Great question!  The Art of Retouching Headshots Part Three, will address the answers. To begin, we need to revisit perspective, and how it directly affects both the clients perceptions, as well as how the photographer might allay their concerns. Firstly, people do NOT actually observe the facial…

The Elephant In The Room Before continuing with The Art of Retouching Headshots Part Two, I wish to first address the two ton elephant in the room. The pachyderm I speak of is the ubiquitous misconception that exists within our communities as to what constitutes retouching and its necessity. A week does not go by without someone telling me that…

Retouching Headshots – The Prevailing Perspective What would you say if I told you that The Art of Retouching Headshots is not so much about technique but about attitude, understanding and having a conversation? Ah! You came here for technical tips. Bummer – so sorry to disappoint. Technique has it’s place, but alas, it must wait…

For Flexibility and Longevity For those who require a specific background for their headshot, we offer a special headshot service, which we simply call GreenScreen Headshots. Historically, the need for GreenScreen Headshots has been motivated largely by budget. This was never more true than in those circumstance where the price of purchasing a unique background was inordinate. Fortunately,…

Theatrical & Commercial Headshots I was recently contacted by a journalist who was writing an article regarding the perfect headshot. She wanted me to comment on “the top 3-4 things that are needed to create the perfect professional headshot.”  In particular, “how does a woman convey strength, intelligence and femininity in a single photo?” Following…

Why We Don’t Turn Our Back On the Ocean… Regardless of What Your High School Senior Portrait Photographer Asks of You! Sometimes the simple lessons of life are learned the hard way. How often have you heard the warning that you should never turn your back on the ocean? Evidently not often enough for this…

One Size Does Not Fit ALL Every example in our Before and After Headshot Tips Gallery presents fours versions of the same face. The first image always represents the face in its Basic (Plain) state, followed by exPress (Standard), then Prime (Radiance), and ending with our Pro (The Works) retouching. Several of the images concluded with our Premier (Tailor-Made) option, where a client has asked Mark Jordan to employ…

The CD Cover – If you ever wanted to see what goes into a whirlwind Professional Headshot Session, you’ve come to the right blog post. Yes, besides creating professional head shots in Orange County, we also crate a few head shots for rock legends now and then. Even though our portrait studio, Mark Jordan Photography,…

HEADSHOT TIPS: Tools for Crafting Your Message for Every Occasion Did you know that a man’s tie color reveals information about themselves, which others interpret subconsciously? Sure you did. But have you ever taken the time to actually consider the tie color that best expresses you? More importantly, do you have the tools to choose…

What makes a Mark Jordan Portrait stand out from the crowd? by Kathryn Williams, AGI With thousands of portrait photographers to choose from in Southern California, why hire Mark Jordan? What is the key factor that differentiates Mark Jordan Photography from every other family portrait studio? There are several reasons people recount why they hire…

EXPRESSION Today, we are going to discuss the Four Keys to Headshot Photography Part Four – the final factor to making your headshots stand out the crowd: Expression! Expression! Expression! Though my four part series is designed to be read independently from each other, I do recommend at least reading the preface to Four Keys to Headshot Photograph…

Perfect Marriage of Art and Artistry Following is a press release regarding my foray into creating Mini Cooper photographs for Crevier Mini Cooper in Orange County, CA. I’ve posted  here in it’s entirety. And in case you’re wondering, NO, you cannot simply drive up on the beach – nor did I… (Orange County, California) Capturing…

PAINTING WITH LIGHT Following is the third installment of a four part series, Four Keys to Headshot Photography, by Orange County Headshot Photographer, Mark Jordan. We have already posted the first two factors, “Planning” and “Positioning,” and after this component, we’ll have only the fourth (Expression) to go. I’ve designed each factor in this four part series…

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