Saturday, May 9, 2015

How to Prepare for Your Head Shot Session | By Kristina Rust Photography

Trying to figure out what to wear for your head shot session?  No need to stress, here are a few tips to help you pull together the perfect look……
  • Be timeless…. Try to pick outfits that are not too trendy and that will not look dated in a year.
  • No logos or large graphics…these tend to distract from your lovely face and we don’t want you to be walking advertisements.
  • Layer…bring a sweater or scarf to add a bit of “texture” to your images as well as variety.
  • Accessorize…. add color and interest with accessories but don’t let them overwhelm the outfit.  We don’t want that HUGE chunky necklace to be the center of attention.  Again, think complement.  Headbands, scarves, and cardigans are all great ways to add a little extra pop.
  • Patterns are great.  Patterns and prints are terrific but make sure they are not too fine of a print or the pattern will look pixelated.
  • Make-up….a little extra make-up is good for the camera but don’t go too heavy handed.  If you feel like you could use a little extra assistance, consider hiring a professional make-up artist (it is more affordable than you think).
  • Glasses...f you wear glasses-please note there might be a bit of glare.  Non-glare glasses are ideal.
  • The Right Fit….do not wear clothes that are too baggy as they add unwanted pounds and clothes that are too tight never look right.
  • Hair…if you highlight your hair do so before the shoot so you don’t have roots.   If you are in need of a haircut do that a week or two before the shoot so you can feel comfortable with your new do.  And one tip that I love and used myself was to go to blow-dry bar and have your hair professionally styled.
And if you are interested in updating your profile picture for your website, LinkedIn, blog or Facebook page, please visit my website to see more examples of my work or email me at  I'd love to work with you. 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Spider Pro Camera Holster Review

By:  Kristina Rust Photography

When I was at ClickAway last fall, I saw a few photographers using the Spider Pro Holster and was very intrigued.  It looked like a great alternative to wearing your camera around your neck or across your body.  Flash forward a few months and I had the opportunity to try one out myself and I have to say I really love it!

Now I must admit, I have not taken it out on a shoot just yet (I'm really excited to do so) but in just trying it out around my home and neighborhood, I'm very impressed.

What I really like is that the Spider Pro is a comfortable and secure way to carry my camera.  It's a nice change from having a strap digging into my neck.  I also love that I don't have to worry about my camera strap dangling in front of my camera and getting in the way of the lens.

The Spider Pro Holster is a belt system that you wear evenly across your waist, keeping the weight of your gear off your shoulders and back.  A metal plate attaches to the bottom of your camera and the attached pin slides into the holster and locks into place (this is very important...make sure it is locked into place lest you end up with some damaged gear).  The camera then swivels into position (which is upside with the lens pointing behind you) leaving your hands free.

While it felt strange at first (I was reluctant to trust that my camera really was secure hanging from my hip), I quickly got used to having my camera on my waist.  

Here is a video that provides a great overview of this very cool product!


The Spider Pro has a variety of accessories you can purchase such as lens pouches and adapter kits so that you can attach your Spider Pro to belts from Think Tank and LowePro.

If you are looking for an alternative to wearing your camera around your neck or across your body, I would highly recommend giving this a try.  If you have one already, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Disclosure:  I was provided a Spider Pro Holster in exchange for this review.  The opinions are entirely my own. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

More Top Down Photography

I am loving the The Studio Online group that I am a part of this year.  So much creativity going on and what a supportive nurturing group.

Here are some more images I recently captured.  The prompt was fruit.  Oh and the silverware in these images was so tarnished and not in a good way.  I used a trick for cleaning silver that I found online here where you use foil, boiling water, baking soda and salt and it totally worked.  I couldn't believe how clean and shiny these pieces became.   If you've got some dingy silver or silver-plated pieces, you really got a try it out!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Studio Online--Top Down Photography

by: Kristina Rust Photography

This year I am participating in a creative group called The Studio taught by the amazing Kim Klassen.  It is a place for creatives to connect, share and learn and I am thrilled to be a part of it. 

Each week we are given a photography prompt as well as access to a variety of Lightroom presets (created by Kim) to try.  There are also loads of tutorials and videos on using Lightroom, setting up still life photos and various photography tips and tricks.   

I love being a part of this group because it encourages me to capture images just for the sake of creating.  It's a different experience than my usual family or event photography.  Which don't get me wrong...I love. 

Anyway, over the past few weeks we've been doing all sorts of fun stuff.  I'm a bit behind (as I usually am when I take online classes) but I'm slowly catching up.  The nice thing about this course is your encouraged to go at your own enjoy the process and that is what I am doing. 

So here you go... a few examples of what I've been up to these past weeks.  The prompt below was to work on top down photography (or shooting from above).  I really love this style of photography.  It is amazing how little tweaks can really impact an image and the story being told.