THE BEAUTIFUL PRODUCTS

When your photoshoot is over, we will have created some of the most beautiful images you have ever seen of yourself. You’ll be able to choose your favorites, and decide how you’d like to display them. You can decorate your home with a beautiful framed portrait, or even an entire wall gallery. Or, for a special (and possibly private) option, the handmade Folio Box is a beautiful keepsake designed to protect and showcase the images inside.

In addition to the products we create, any image you buy will be saved on a CD as a high-resolution file, which will be print quality up to the size you purchased.

Samples of all these beautiful products will be in my studio on the day of your photoshoot, so you can see them in person. If you would like to see them before booking a shoot, a free consultation in the studio will be the perfect way to answer any questions you may have.

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THE FOLIO BOX

The exclusive  11″x14″ Folio Box is covered with Black Pebble Leatherette and ties closed with black satin ribbon. Nestled inside are your favorite 8″x10″ prints, hand mounted to an 11″x14″ finished size. The mounted prints can be kept in the box or framed into 11×14 frames. All boxes includes high resolution, electronic copies of all photos purchased.

 

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Cindy Melissa Boisvert Photography

cindymelissa.boisvert@hotmail.com

Gatineau, QC, Canada

How to Edit Natural Portrait Look

Oh you … yes you, my dear friends. Today is your lucky day. So many of you have wished this moment to come: I will teach one side of my superpower…  edition on photoshop. Many of you liked my recent picture and you’ve wondered how I did. This is how!

 

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Final result

STEP 1: OPEN YOUR JPEG OR RAW IMAGE

This is how the image was captured from my Nikon D5100 with the 50mm lens f/1.4

This is how the image was captured from my Nikon D5100 with the 50mm lens f/1.4

STEP 2: DODGE AND BURNING

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This means that you light up the brightness of the image and you “burn” up the dark areas. It will dramatically change , in a good way, the perspective of the image. You can use curves. Add a layer mask on them and use a brush!

STEP 3: GRADIANT

step 3 - gradiantFor a glowy effect, add up a gradiant fill with a radiant style at and angle of -132,88. Scale it up to 150. Be sure the box “Reverse” and “Align with layer” are checked.

STEP 4: SELECTIVE COLOR

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Cyan: 56 Yellow: 100 Relative

step 4 - selective color 2

Cyan:80 Magenta:50 Yellow:11 Relative

step 4 - selective color 3

Cyan:1 Magenta:-1 Yellow:-1 Relative

STEP 5: CURVEstep 5 - curve

 

STEP 6: SELECTIVE COLOR

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Cyan: 7 Magenta: 17 Yellow: 11 Relative

step 6 - selective color 2

Cyan: 5 Magenta: 19 Yellow: -9 Relative

STEP 7: SELECTIVE COLOR… AGAIN

step 7 - selective color

Magenta: 1 Yellow: 7 Relative

step 7 - selective color 2

Magenta:8 Yellow:10 Relative

step 7 - selective color 3

Cyan: 60 Relative

STEP 8: GRADIANT MAP ON HUE

step 8 - gradiant hue

 

Be sure to check to select hue on the type of processing.

STEP 9: COLOR BALANCE

step 9 - color balance

MIDTONES| Cyan to Red: 4 Magenta to Green:3 Yellow to Blue:-6 Box checked: Preserve Luminosity

step 9 - color balance 2

SHADOW TONES| Cyan to Red: -4 Magenta to Green:2 Yellow to Blue:-4 Box checked: Preserve Luminosity

STEP 10: HUE SATURATION

step 10 - hue saturation

Saturation +4

STEP 11: COLOR BALANCE

step 11 - color balance

MIDTONES |Magenta to Green:-5 Yellow to Blue:-10 Box checked: Preserve Luminosity

step 11 - color balance 2

SHADOWS| Yellow to Blue:+3 Box checked: Preserve Luminosity

I know… it’s kind of orange but don’t worry. We will fix this in the next step! 🙂

STEP 12: COLOR BALANCE… AGAIN

 

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MIDTONES|Cyan to Red: -43 Magenta to Green:+24 Yellow to Blue:-7 Preserve Luminosity

STEP 13: CURVE

step 13 - curve

Input:241 Output:255

step 13 - curve 2

Input:227 Output:255

step 13 - curve 3

Input:193 Output: 255

STEP 14: LAST RETOUCH! Play with selective color to pop out colors of the image

step 14 - final with selective color for vibrant pink and vibrant blue

On this image I applied two selective color : one to intensify pink and the other to intensify the blue. By adding a layer mask on each of them and by inverting the color to black, I took the brush tool and painted at the places I wanted on the image.

STEP 15: FINAL

Final result

Final result

 

Normally I do skin retouching too, but on this image I thought I didn’t need to. I hope you liked this tutorial! If you loved it and you wish me to do more, please let me know on the comments below.

Have an awesome day my beautiful friends and go try this trick now,

Cindy xx

5 Top Reasons Why You Need a 50mm Lens!

It doesn’t matter if you shoot Nikon, Canon, Minolta or any other camera brand. In fact, every photographer should own a 50 mm lens! Here are my 5 top reasons why everyone should have a 50 mm lens in their camera bag!

1. Light

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The image has this special light that everyone loves. It just simply fits, in a beautiful way.

2. Makes you think

A 50 mm lens is fix so you have to think about how to capture the next image. In fact, a 50 mm lens is like how you see… you could almost replace your eyes with two 50mm lenses and it would look the same. It makes you think « Does it fit?» by the way you frame your subject and then you try to make it fit. Using prime lenses rather than zoom lenses force photographers to be more creative with compositions, more agile and overall “keep you on your toes” since you don’t have the luxury of zooming in or out for your shot.

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3. Everything looks right

It’s hard to explain, but the 50mm lens just give too much of view.  It’s great for portraits. Everything on a 50mm lens just look better.

4. It’s Versatile

When you have to go on the streets, all around the places, it just sits nicely around everything (not too wide, not too long). If you had one lens to bring, think about the 50mm lens. It’s a great “walk-around” lens that can be used for portraits and landscape.

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5. Bokeh

The most awesome feature about the 50mm lens is that it has a vast aperture, meaning : bokeh. Getting that creamy bokeh is nice because you get finer in the depth of field. It really does isolate your subject.

 

There you go, those are my 5 top reasons why you need a 50mm lens – now I’d love to hear from you.  Do you already have a 50mm lens?  If so, please let me know in the comments below what your favorite thing about your 50mm lens is 🙂

As always… get inspired, be inspired.

Hugs to your awesomeness,
Cindy xox

Inside My Heart

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I was thinking about it… and I realized that it’s not everyone that knows my story. Today I will explain why I became a photographer in the first place. 

At the age of fifteen, I asked to my grandma to give me, as a birthday present, a camera. I could see everyone having their own and I wanted to take some snaps too.  After receiving one, I could start taking self-portraiture for social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, ect. Little by little, friends of mine started to like those pictures that I was taking. They were also leaving positive comments on them. I wanted to know more on how to use my camera effectively.

Few weeks after, my friends started to talk to me about a great website of art : deviantART. I started to follow fabulous artist around the world. It openned myself in new ways on how to capture little moments of life. I’ve created new relationships and I’ve developped new skills. My eye started to be more and more critique more I was learning.

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At one point, I was so intrigued on how to use my camera that I’ve learned that my highschool was offering photography classes. That was the key of my new beginning in photography. I took two years of classes and I could mostly know any aspects of my camera. I could try new things. I could expand my mind to everything. Finally, I’ve learned there is no better artist than anyone else because we have all different eyes and perspective to see life.

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Between those years, I started my own business: CINDY MELISSA BOISVERT PHOTOGRAPHY. My models, at the time, were mostly coming from my friends and my family. Until one day, I knew I could market my photos. I started to charge some fees and people loved my work so much they wanted to pay me: I got clients. My first client was the most beautiful couple I could see in my friends and I remember I was so proud of what I’ve accomplished.

At the end of highschool, I had more difficulty in finding models. I could still build my portfolio with my friends, but I really wanted to get in the industry. This is the moment when I started to really love fashion photography. During that summer, I was an assistant to a great photographer of the region and I really wanted to see how I could work with an agency model. I had no clue at the time. After helping this photographer, you have no idea on how much I’ve learned.

Little by little, I could build my own community of artist: photographers, models, makeup artist, hairstylist, designers, stylists, ect. Still today, I have so much to learn but you never stop grabbing information. I learn so much on the Internet. I’ve learned so much on being inspired every day. I’ve learned that to improve myself, I would need to take some risks.

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Recently, I showcased my work with RAW community in my region. By showcasing your work, you help yourself to get you known in your city.

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My photography could appear on few magazines such as COCO Magazine, RUTH Magazine, Inmense Magazine and LOCKK Magazine. Also, I won’t forget that I’ve been selected recently as finalist of  Concours Intercollégial de photo 2013-2014 for this picture.

Today, I am professional portrait, fashion and fine art photographer. At the past, I was uncertain about my work. Now, I am more confident than I have never been. My goal is to get inspired and be inspired. I want woman to feel beautiful about themselves. I want to share beauty everywhere in anything. I want to share love, passion and fun because this is what life want us to live.  Live by your passions. I love to interact with humain beings, to understand expressions, emotions, body language, fashion/clothing, makeup and accessories. Photography is what makes me unite with the world. It helps me to open myself up to others.


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So after this long reading, get inspired from what you know and be inspired so you can inspire other people of the world. We are all a great community and if we help ourselves, we will grow together. Let’s become better 🙂

 

With love,

Cindy xox

cindymelissa.boisvert@hotmail.com

Photographer Ottawa-Gatineau, Québec (Canada)

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Music: Change Your Way Of Photographing

HOW DOES MUSIC CAN CHANGE YOUR WAY OF PHOTOGRAPHING LIFE

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Since I was little, I’ve always been influenced in some way in music. My mom, a musician herself, inspired me to be one too. At the age of 6, I learned to explore all kind of instruments: flute, xylophone, drums, ect. A year after, I remember I went to Lauzon music store and my mom told me : ” Pick out your instrument”. I couldn’t resist and it was the moment I was born as a pianist. Since that moment, I never stopped playing piano and I must say I’m very proud of it. I’ve learned all the theory of music and I’m at my last year of piano studies before going to university (could be a possibility). I am also part of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Gatineau in which I am a flutist. Great moments.

Anyway, this blog post isn’t supposed to share too much about my life, but since music is a big part of me… I would like to inspire you as well. This is why I want to share with you 5 ways music can change your way of photographing life:

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1. Music is about listening what’s inside you, your desires and hopes

If music wasn’t about listening our heart and feelings, we would never feel it. It happens the same when you photograph anything in life. If you feel the moment, your photograph will too. So I suggest you just to let go with the flow and everything else will come out naturally. 🙂

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2. If you make a mistake, don’t worry about it and continue : never stop

It’s so commun to hear when you do something wrong, you’re dying to try it again until you have it right. The problem is that, it will never be perfect enough and you will miss other things that comes up if you start to worry too much. My piano teacher always reminds me this:

Even professional and best pianist of the world makes mistakes.

Stop to worry on the bad and start to focus on what comes next!!!

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3. Periods are my source of inspiration

Whether the music comes from Classical or Baroque period, it is the perfect way to know more on how humans were living before. In what conditions were they? What is the story and culture behind it? I have to admit it… I’m a big fan of romantic era. Romantic era is all about being expressive and inventive. It is also all about expensive symphonies, dramatic operas and passionate song took inspiration from art and literature.

Being said, when the word romantic or romantiscism comes ahead, I think about those gorgeous gown and royalty families. Back at the time, playing music was an honor to many countries. Only rich humans beings could afford to assist to a performance.  These periods is all about the beauty of life. This kind of thinking is crucial for a creative mind.

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4. Practice for hours, hours, hours and hours

If you can teach your craft, it’s because you’ve mastered it! This key does not only apply to music or photography, but in anything in life. More you spent time on it, more you’ll become expert at it. Therefore, your work will become stronger and greater. Never stop to practice, it’s the solution for memory! Start little by little and you’ll notice soon enough the difference.

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5. Having a full repertory to present is a better knowledge of your craft

Each end of May, I have piano exams to pass with a full music repertory. Four pieces of four periods (Baroque, Romantic, Classical and Contempory) and a piece of study! It’s the perfect way to show that I know, at least, enough of each subclass of the craft. Meaning that if I shoot normaly portraits, knowing a little bit of landscape (as an exemple) can possibly help me on my portraiture. Because at the end, we understand that each subclass has a different technical aspect to approach and it can be implemented to another subclass.

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THANK YOU

This post was really interesting to do… I never knew how I could implement some of my music expertise into photography and I think that was a great way to do it. Visit my youtube channel for more of my music, don’t forget to subscribe if you enjoy. I do not upload often because it takes me a lot of time to master the pieces, but I’ll try to work something out.

Big and warm hugs,

Cindy xox 

cindymelissa.boisvert@hotmail.com

Photographer Ottawa-Gatineau, Québec (Canada)

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Things you should know to help you start a photography business

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1. Find the best photography course or workshops that works for you

In order to have an amazing portfolio that suits to you, a great way to get it is to invest in a photography course/workshop. You will have to do some serious research first.  Is the teacher a photographer that inspires you ? Is the style of teaching suited to your personality and photography? Consider weekend workshops and online courses held by experts in their fields.

Check out Creative Live for an outstanding new way of learning. Experts are there to help you creatively online by broadcasting lessons so you can listen wherever you want.

2. Find a great mentor

A mentor should be someone who has had a successful career or someone that knows a lot about this field, whose work you admire and is passionate about what they do. If it’s possible, they should be available for at least one hour a month.

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3. Get as much industry experience as you can

Intern with as many different photography businesses as you can, both large and small. Go into fashion industry events to network with people of the area if you like portrait/fashion photography or anything like it. I came away with valuable skills that I still use today.

4. Hang around with people who inspire and support you

Some of your friends and family are going to try and talk you out of pursuing your dreams. They have good intentions but its your dream not theirs. Never stop shooting or you will loose your ability.

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5. It takes 10,000 hours of work to become a master of your craft

If you spend 3 hours a day photographing and editing photos you will become a master at it in 10 years. There are no short cuts or magic formulas, just hard work.

6. Photography is not a job, it’s a passion

When you love what you do it never feels like work.

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7. Learn to embrace failure

Some of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs had spectacular failures before they found success. Never fear of failure, this explains why we are human. Be inspired by this quote:

Despite what you may believe, you can disappoint people and still be good enough. You can make mistakes and still be capable and talented. You can let people down and still be worthwhile and deserving of love. Everyone has disappointed someone they care about. Everyone messes up, lets people down, and makes mistakes. Not because we’re inadequate or fundamentally inept, but because we’re imperfect and fundamentally human. Expecting anything different is setting yourself up for failure.

— Daniell Koepke

8. Your uniqueness is the most important asset you have

The photography industry does not need another Ansel Adams, Annie Leibowitz, or Alfred Stieglitz. Develop a unique style that sets you apart from everyone else. It’s also okay to be inspired by great artist: anything you create is your own anyway.

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9. The most common cause of failure is quitting

Most people give up too early. Building a business takes years, there will be set backs.
Fact: the average entrepreneurial millionaire has been broke or nearly broke 3.2 times

10. There is no such thing as overnight success

Patience is key for success. Learn the more you can, but be patient for success. Have faith, it will come to you one day I’m sure of it. Trust in your work and everything else will flow.

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11. Every time you are rejected means you are one step closer to success

Collecting new clients is a numbers game. Remember, rejection is never personal.

There are some very famous examples of people who experienced countless rejections before they achieved success.

  • Author, J.K Rowling manuscript Harry Potter was rejected 12 times before she found a publisher,
  • Walt Disney was knocked back 302 times before he got financing for creating Disney World,
  • Several record labels rejected The Beatles,
  • Colonel Sanders, the founder of KFC had his famous secret recipe knocked back a staggering 1009 times.

12. Seek constructive criticism and learn from it

Show your photos to as many industry professionals as you can. Ask for constructive criticism and learn from it. This is a great time of growth and learning.  Deviantart is a great art comunity perfect so people can connect with you and they can also help you critique your work. Facebook groups also exists.

Be grateful for all the praise your family and friends will always give your work but remember they will always love everything you do and may find it difficult to point out any faults.

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13. Work your strengths, hire your weaknesses

If you don’t enjoy editing images, why don’t you hire a retoucher? It will help you gain some time and it will help your business grow.

14. Social Networking

Blog, tweet, flickr, facebook, instagram, google+, linkedin do it all and do it often. Share your work, support other artists whose work you love and be generous with your information.

15. Shoot personal projects that inspire you

Shooting personal projects give you a chance to test new lighting styles, lenses, locations and it’s a brilliant way to showcase your personality.

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16. An inexperienced make up artist or stylist can ruin and entire shoot

Work with a variety of different Hair and Make Up artists and Stylists till you find the ones that compliment your shooting style.

17. Make friends with other photographers

The best advice on equipment and technique has come from spending time with other photographers. Social networking makes it really easy to connect with different photographers from all around the world.

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18. Just start. Today

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

There will never be a time when you are 100% ready. There will always be something missing. Just start. Today.

 

Hugs and love,

Cindy Melissa Boisvert xox

What is RESPECT for young artist?

Are you or have been a young artist? You have probably experienced in some way or another that people do not always trust you because you are young. After, the feeling you get about not being well judged frustrates you. Have you ever felt that way? Well I did a few times and I know that some of my friends  does too. Respect is so much important in our daily life. Does age come out as something really important in the world’s art? I don’t think so and I’ll explain why.

Model: my little brother Nicholas Photographer: Cindy Melissa Boisvert

Model: my little brother Nicholas
Photographer: Cindy Melissa Boisvert

Being young is a way to say: ” This is my way to start something. Yes. I can try a new interest. I can do it. I believe in myself and if I like what I do, I’ll keep doing what I love.”. Some people does not always understand that. This is the sad part of it.  As an 18 year old self, I have a quick tip to spread to you : those type of person who doesn’t believe in your power as artist are like chains keeping you from progressing. You have to ignore them and don’t let them the chance to destroy you. Respect is an important way in believing in ourselves and in making you grow. This is the logical way to think… trust me!!

Think about it. What if you believe everything people say? What if… you’re actually good and could become the star of the next generation?! You don’t know what the future has to offer you and it’s not because someone told you bad things about yourself, you should stop!

Please, I will tell this more than a million time, look for people having the same beliefs as yourself and throw the community you don’t need & you don’t deserve to the garbage. Really. This is a way for you to see the world in a new angle and you will have more ease to see life. The only one right to judge is you, so please make some time to study yourself.

Are you self-respected?

I invite you to share this article with anyone you know as young artist! I know lots of friends who would need to read this article, because respect is important. Remember to choose wisely the right circle of friends, business and family. To become a great or incredible artist, you have to believe in yourself and understand that people will not  always be open for you. This is something I learned and will keep helping me in the near future.

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Let’s connect on Facebook! Pop on over, ‘like’ the page and give me a wave. If you’re stuck on what to say, just say: “Hey Cindy, what’s up?”

 

Hugs,

Cindy xx