Photography for Cleveland and Northeast Ohio by photographer Tom Szabo

Photography Slide Show – Utah & Arizona

Diane and I recentlycompleted a trip of Arches, Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyon National Parks.  If you’d like to see a part of our wonderful contry that can dwarf a freight train, use the link below.  I hope you enjoy the images as much as I enjoyed creating them.

Some of you complained about not being able to view the earlier link on a MAC.  I hope this new link works better!


October 12, 2010 Posted by | Slide Shows | , | 2 Comments

James’ senior portrait sitting.

Here are a few images from James senior portrait sitting.  Hop you enjoy them.

September 19, 2010 Posted by | Portrait | , , | Leave a comment

Cassandra’s portrait photography session.

I hope Cassandra enjoyed her sitting as much as I enjoyed creating her portrait!

September 17, 2010 Posted by | Portrait | , , , , | Leave a comment

Wedding Photography For The Bride/Groom (A 5-Part Series)

I’ve heard way too many newly married couples complain because they went “cheap” on the photography. Often brides consult wedding planning sites and ask the question: What should a photographer cost? After the wedding photography “horror stories” and all the questions about cost, I thought I’d try to give some insights into this thing called wedding photography. To make this an easy read, I’ve broken the discussion into a series of posts, 5 parts all together:
Part 1 – Wedding Planning Sites
Part 2 – Wedding Photographer Selection Criteria
Part 3 – Wedding Photography Budgets
Part 4 – Wedding Photography Contracts
Part 5 – Wedding Photography Copyrights

This way you can read the portions that interest you.

Wedding Photography For The Bride/Groom; Part 1 – Wedding Planning Sites

Type “wedding planning web sites” into Google and you’ll get over 600,000 hits. That’s a lot! Remember this: sites exist for one reason, to make money. So, somewhere, someone pays money. Either you the bride or the vendor using the site will pay something. In some cases you can get contact information for a vendor or you can broadcast your wedding details to a group of vendors and request a quote. If you’re using a wedding planning site and access to a “boat-load” of vendors is free, than the vendors are paying the fee.

Many photographers don’t publish a price list on sites like these. Why? There are too many variables. When you work with these sites, give a realistic estimate of your budget. If you want a $200 photographer, say so. Yes, we pay to get your lead from sites like these. Ever heard the saying; “There’s no such thing as a Free Lunch!” Yeah you thought everything is free on wedding planning sites. Photographer wedding fees go towards paying for information from these sites. So you end up paying one way or another. Don’t expect a photographer/business person to pay for a $200 opportunity, let alone try to “out-bid” 4 other low-ballers. We’re not interested.

If you are using a wedding planning site to research pricing, go ahead and start with your low-end budget number. Sit back and see what happens. When most likely, no one responds, up the number and wait again. Remember what I said earlier about paying for a $200.00 opportunity!

In the next post we’ll discuss Wedding Photographer Selection Criteria.

Tom Szabo, “Phot-art-ographer”
A Thomas Image

August 18, 2010 Posted by | Wedding | , , | Leave a comment

Clothing, Make-up and Prop suggestions for Portrait Photography


Clothing, Make-up and Prop suggestions for Portrait Photography

Clients often ask questions about clothing when scheduling a sitting. Depending on the type of portrait or the intended use, recommendations vary.  Below is a list of suggestions for a wide range of portrait types.  As always, guidelines are simply that – guidelines!  Feel free to contact the studio with questions and comments.

Family portraits can be both formal and casual. The suggestions listed below will cover both types.

Formal – Male

A dark (Black, Charcoal, Navy Blue) jacket with complimenting or contrasting slacks.  Collared shirts with a tie to compliment the coat and slacks.  Ties can be considered optional.

Formal – Female

Dresses or Skirt & Blouse in conservative color pallets, Black, Navy Blue, Maroon pieces. Fabric texture or print should compliment the rest of the family. A bold and bright floral print might not fit well with dark solid clothing worn by the rest of the family.  Sleeve length should be something that makes you feel comfortable.  Scarves should match or compliment with the outfit.

Jewelry – Either complimentary to the outfit or suit your personal taste.

Casual – Male or Female (Think about having fun with the casual styles).  Pants can be Denim, Khaki or other solid colors with a comfortable collared or polo shirt.  Shirt colors can be light blue, denim, white or something on which all family members agree.

Slacks and shirts can be the same color for all family members or can be selected to separate males from females or sub-families of a larger family.  Clothing color or styles can be chosen to show a theme.

High School Seniors

  • Make a fashion statement.
  • Show sports or hobby interest.
  • Props can also be used (Please advise the studio in advance for size and location considerations.)

Executive Portraits

Consider the purpose of the portrait, i.e. press release vs. framed in the Boardroom.  Clothing may also reflect the audience – formal vs. casual attire. Both may be done for multiple audiences or markets.  Props may also be considered to reflect market statements or professionalism.

Personal Portfolio

Multiple outfits are common and may be chosen to reflect the image end use or recipient: Professional, Family, Friend(s), Significant Other

Hair and Make-up

  • Hair style(s) can be normal and/or not normal for you. This can accommodate the intent of the portrait.
  • Have hair cut a couple of weeks in advance for a more natural look.
  • Bring your personal hair and/or makeup products to the studio for touch ups or to change style.
  • Contact the studio to discuss skin problems or blemishes before your sitting. Some of these issues can be handled through touch-up prior to printing.


Stay away from the sun prior to your sitting. Sunburn can accentuate facial features and can require significant touch up. Give the sunburn some time to fade a bit before your portrait sitting!

A nice tan can certainly enhance your appearance. Uneven tanning, especially on the face can require touch up to smoothen skin tones. If you have some significant variations in skin tones, consider bringing your make up with you.


April 30, 2009 Posted by | Portrait | , , , | Leave a comment