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Fall Photo Tips


Fall has arrived in Edmonds, Washington. The leaves are turning bright colors and the pumpkins are ready for picking. Any time of the year is a great time to take photos, but Fall is by far the most colorful time of the year.

Most people love the Fall because of the changing of the leaves. Ordinary greens turn to vibrant reds, oranges and golds. Plus, it's so much fun to capture the fun of leaf throwing, gathering and kicking. (We will just leave all the sports photography for another time)

To add extra color, photograph around sunrise and sunset. The first and last hours of direct sunlight have a brilliant quality that can extra pop to the leaves and pumpkins. Photographers refer to this time as the Magic Hour. Check out the photo my wife Beth shot at Swans Trail Farms near the end of a day at the Pumpkin Farm.

When it's foggy or overcast your images may not be extra bright but they will be more true to life and accurate. Plus, you will not have the deep shadows or far too bright light to contend with. These kinds of days can make the best portraits of your family with all the color in the background. I just try to avoid the white sky in my photos by getting closer to the subject. Bonus… no squinting!

While you are out there snapping away, remember to mix it up. Get in close for detailed leaf shots or take a few steps back for a shot of the whole landscape. Look up to get those bright colors framed in blue or look down and get a close up of a mushroom in the grass.

Lastly, don't forget all of the action in the backyard. While you are busy raking, keep an eye on the kids and pets to capture the fun and spontaneity of any leaf tossing or heap jumping.

It is not just a Headshot!

Taking a headshot is just the first step when creating your image. At Magic Photo in Edmonds you get a 5x7 in black and white and also in color. We do a light touch up on your favorite image and burn it to a CD with a Copyright Release to use in all your business applications. William Buckman, Jr of The Buckman Consulting Group, Inc. used his professional headshot in his business cards and brochures. The Buckman Conslting Group has specialized in business and management consulting for small to medium businesses for over 30 years. If you have a interest in making your business more efficient email Bill at to find out more.

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Jeremy Jonkman rocks our Epson giclee printer

Local nature photographer Jeremy Jonkman had us print some of his larger prints on Canvas. You can see all of Jeremy's work at the Shoreline Senior Center. This Friday, November 2 & Saturday, November, Annual Holiday Bazaar, 10:00AM to 4:00PM, both days.

free halloween photos

It's Halloween! Get Dressed! Get Photographed! Magic Photo will be taking Free Halloween Portraits all day this Wednesday, October 31. But that's not all! Every family will get one 4x6 commemorative print. You got ghosts and goblins, we have cameras and a background. Suggested donation of a can of food for the Lynnwood Food Bank.

This event is only for one day. October 31st from 10a.m. to 5p.m. One 4x6 print per family. Additional prints are available. Purchase a 4x6 $5.00, 5x7 $8.00 or 8x10 $15.00. You can even buy a disc of your images for only $25.00.

Christina Senior Session

It is still nice weather for taking senior photos. A few of Christina at Chase Lake and in the Magic Photo Studio in Edmonds Washington.

Photo Booth Update

After four outings our new Photo Booth Rental is a surprising success. Bookings for fall corporate parties are filling up fast. It's a great way to keep the fun going and give everyone something to take home to show the kids.

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