B. Farnum Photography: Blog http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog en-us (C) B. Farnum Photography brian@bfarnumphotography.com (B. Farnum Photography) Fri, 24 Aug 2018 18:59:00 GMT Fri, 24 Aug 2018 18:59:00 GMT http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u520139905-o636011546-50.jpg B. Farnum Photography: Blog http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog 120 80 What you need to know Ladies, before your senior portrait session. http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2018/8/what-you-need-to-know-ladies-before-your-senior-portrait-session  

Beautiful senior portraitsBeautiful senior portraits Nervous? 

There's no reason to be anxious about having your photos taken. Yes, we realize that you want to get more likes on Instagram than Selena Gomez. I mean, who doesn't? (Unless you don't, and that's totally fine too.) If it's one thing I know, it's how one's portraits can change one's opinion of themselves. 

For many of you, this is the last formal photo you'll have before you'll have an engagement session or wedding photos on your wedding day. We want to make sure that your portraits show who you are, so relax. I'll bring music along; just tell me what you want to hear and I'll make a playlist. I find this helps the photo session flow. If you choose Frank Ocean, 6lack or Drake I might be busting out some sweet dance moves or even singing a little. (Apparently I can do both, so I'm told.)

Being different is what everyone wants, I'll try to ensure that your photos don't look your friends' photos; I realize how important this is. We love it when you pick your location. We will make anything and everything work. This will also ensure that your photos look different than your friends' photos. We don't put you in the same corner, next to the same wall or using the same backgrounds that have been used for the last decade. 

 

Arrival To Your Photo Session:

Ladies, arriving early or on time is of the utmost importance. Showing up late to your session simply means that you will have less time in front of the lens and lets face it. You don't want to be putting a duck face selfie you took on your iPhone in a bathroom mirror in your yearbook. I find that it takes about 10 minutes or so for your nerves to be calmed and then we can start capturing your true expressions. If you do happen to be running late, it'd be nice to shoot me a text to let me know. Trust me, I understand that you just don't wake up like this, it takes some work, work, work. 

 

Clothing: Please Read...because planning this will ensure you love your portraits.

We give you unlimited wardrobe changes, so bringing a lot of clothing options is key. One of the locations that we choose should have a changing area with a bathroom, great lighting and a mirror so you can do some touching up between outfit changes. Bring lots of clothing options we can mix and match, so we have more flexibility to choose the best outfit to play off the outdoor surroundings. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE iron anything that has excessive wrinkles. Try to the best of your ability to avoid stripes, plaids, graphics and shirts with words on them.  

Layering and using different textures adds depth and dimension. To create this, try blending these fabrics in your outfits: Tweed, cotton, cashmere, wool, embroidery, lace, ruffles — all are used to create different layers of clothing and accessories. These details, textures and added depth are especially important to black and white images. 

Be true to your style. Wearing clothes that you normally wear will ensure that you will like the finished portraits. Everyone likes buying new clothes, but wearing something new might not be the best idea for the day of your photo session.  

One last thought on clothing: If you're not comfortable in the clothing you choose, it will show. Make sure everything fits properly. Yes, this does mean that you might have to go into a fitting room at the clothing store. There's a reason fitting rooms exist, to make sure your clothes actually fit. There's a novel idea.

Bringing clothing that complements your eye color and skin tone is always the best way of planning out your outfits for your photo session. Dresses always flow and can be paired with a sweater, scarf or other accessory to make a completely different looking outfit, or even dress up a sundress. 

Remember that these photos are most likely going to be hanging in your house and your grandparents' house. So keep that in mind when picking your outfits for your senior portrait session. (Because you can go from zero to scandalous REAL quick.)

Hair: Please don't make a drastic change to your hair right before your senior session. You might look back on them and go, "What was I thinking!?" Bring a brush and a mirror. Some extra bobby pins is never a bad idea, and keeps the hair out of your eyes.

Makeup:

You should do your makeup the way you usually do it on a daily basis. WARNING: Just because you watched a tutorial by some flawless guy on YouTube doesn't mean that you have the level of skill to pull this look together. If you really want professional makeup done, I will try my best to obtain a makeup artist to assist you, since I know many.

Nails:

Your nails should look presentable. You want to make sure if they're painted and that the polish isn't chipped. A fresh coat of nail polish will make a world of difference in your photo shoot. Pick a neutral color that won’t distract in your shoot or clash with your outfits. Bonus: You might be able to convince your parents that you need to get a manicure. Seriously, who doesn't like a day at the spa? 

Boots, Heels, Flats:

A variety of casual and dress shoes is ideal. Try and stay away from athletic shoes or flip flops. Sneakers or tennis shoes are not going to work to make you look your best. If you want to bust out a sweet pair of Converse, we can talk. The choices of shoes you bring can either make or break the overall look to your outfit. I suggest bringing boots, flats or heels. If you show up in Crocs, or if you attempt to pull off socks and sandals, I might run away screaming. I've decided the only time socks and sandals are approved is when you're leaving the sports field headed to change. Dark colored or funky colored socks, as opposed to white, will always look better. 

Jewelry: 

Simple and tasteful pieces that are elegant and timeless are always the safest bet. If jewelry is super shiny or too large, it will distract from the most important subject: You. If you have different jewelry for different outfits, it's always a good idea to keep it with the outfit you would like to wear it with.

Props Welcome: 

Props are a great way to show off who you are. Popular choices would be sports equipment, uniforms, musical instruments and/or pets.

Glasses:

Since I'm a proud owner of spectacles myself, I have a good tip for you. I would suggest asking your eye doctor if they happen to have a pair of similar glasses that you could borrow without the lenses in them so the glare isn't an issue.

Blemishes:

Please don't worry about blemishes; it happens. Don't stress. Stressing will only cause your skin to be more prone to breakouts. We can take care of any areas of concern in our editing process. 

 

Senior PhotoSenior Photo Can I Bring Someone To My Photo Session: 

You're welcome to bring someone with you. I want you to love your senior portraits and we both know that your Mom's opinion matters. Fast forward ten years and you'll see that I was right. Bring your sister only if she will not infuriate you. A friend sometimes is the best option because they know how good your selfie game is, and sees your face probably more than the other two options. Bring the friend who can keep it real without hurting your feelings. 

 

Contact us today to book your senior portrait session: brian@bfarnumphotography.com or call (802) 770-0047.

Copyright 2017

B. Farnum Photography, offering Vermont Portrait Photography for high school seniors, families, couples and businesspeople.

 

 

 

 

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brian@bfarnumphotography.com (B. Farnum Photography) class of 2019 senior portraits senior portraits vt vermont vermont portrait photographers http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2018/8/what-you-need-to-know-ladies-before-your-senior-portrait-session Fri, 24 Aug 2018 18:46:56 GMT
Gentlemen, You Need Senior Portraits Too http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2018/8/gentlemen-you-need-senior-portraits-too Gentlemen, You Need Senior Portrait Too!

 

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Anxious? 


There's no reason to be anxious about having your photos taken. Yes, we realize that you don't want to be posed like the ladies. (Unless you do, and that's totally fine too.) If it's one thing I know, it's how one's portraits can change one's opinion of themselves. For many of you, this is the last formal photo you'll have before you'll have an engagement session or wedding photos on your wedding day. We want to make sure that your portraits show who you are, so relax. I'll bring music along; just tell me what you want to hear, and I'll make a playlist. I find this helps the photo session flow.

 

Arrival to Your Photo Session: 

Gentlemen, arriving early or on time is of the utmost importance. Showing up late to your session simply means that you will have less time in front of the lens. I find that it takes about 10 minutes or so for nerves to be calmed and then we can start capturing true expressions. If you do happen to be running late, it'd be nice to shoot me a text to let me know.

 

Clothing: Please Read...

We give you unlimited wardrobe changes, so bringing a lot of clothing options is key. Lots of Senior Portrait VermontSenior Portrait Vermont
clothing options we can mix, and match will give us more flexibility to choose the best outfit to play off the outdoor surroundings. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE iron all your dress clothes. Not only will this help eliminate unneeded wrinkles, it'll give a more polished and refined look to your portraits.
If you don't know how to iron... GASP!... Say this: "Hey Mom, would you be willing to iron these clothes for my photo session with B. Farnum Photography?"
One, she'll be super impressed that you had the foresight to think about how much better this will look, and two, you could add in I think you'll like the photos better if you look well-pressed. After this is done, remember to hang the items on hangers so the clothes stay looking so fresh and so clean.
Try to the best of your ability to avoid stripes, plaids, graphics and shirts with various words on them. This all distracts from you the subject. If you're going to wear an undershirt I always suggest black or gray V-necks under the dress shirts to form clean and defined lines, if you're not going to wear a tie. (Bonus points to those who actually know how to tie a tie!)

Another side note, pulling clothes out of a gym bag is frowned upon. The only clothes that you should ever pull out of your gym bag are simply that, gym clothes. One last thought on clothing: If you're not comfortable in the clothing you choose, it will show. Make sure everything fits properly. Yes, this does mean that you might have to go into a fitting room at the clothing store. There's a reason fitting rooms exist, to make sure your clothes actually fit. There's a novel idea.

Shoes:

 A variety of casual and dress shoes would be ideal. Try and stay away from athletic shoes or flip flops. Remember this adage: You want your belt color to match your shoe color.

We Give Props to Props: 

Props are a great way to show off who you are. Popular choices would be sports equipment, uniforms, musical instruments and/or pets.

Glasses:

Since I'm a proud owner of spectacles myself, I have a good tip for you. I would suggest asking your eye doctor if they happen to have a pair of similar glasses that you could borrow without the lenses in them, so the glare isn't an issue.

Senior PortraitsSenior Portraits Blemishes:

Please don't worry about blemishes; it happens. Don't stress. Stressing will only cause your skin to be more prone to breakouts. We can take care of any areas of concern in our editing process. 

 

Contact us today to book your senior portrait session: brian@bfarnumphotography.com or call (802) 770-0047.

Copyright 2017 B. Farnum Photography, offering Vermont Portrait Photography for high school seniors, families, couples and businesspeople.

 

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2017 Dancing with the Rutland Stars http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2018/1/2017-dancing-with-the-rutland-stars Having the pleasure to photograph Dancing With The Rutland Stars for the 6th year, I have to say I'm always so impressed with how the stars can transform themselves into accomplished dancers in only a couple months time. I'm honored to be just a small piece of this event year after year. The work that's done by the Friends of Pediatric Services and the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region to help support the health and welfare of children in the communities they serve. Photography Gallery

Eric Mallette and Karri Tomasi know how to make the evening not only a fantastic evening, but keep the mood fun, light and entertaining with their humor filled banter. The dancing was not only wonderful to watch, the Judges provided additional entertainment. Bernadette Robin in particular was hilarious with her commentary. 

Performances:

  • Elissa Hewitt and Bill Kelley (Rolling in the Deep)
  • Mike Napolitano and Mary Fran Skaza (Time Warp)
  • Mike Abatiell and Tracy Tedesco (In The Air Tonight) Winner of Fan Favorite
  • Dr. Robin Leight and David Allan (La La Land Medley)
  • Joan Watson and Adam King (That Man)
  • Reed Wilcox and Shelia McCutcheon (Smooth Criminal) Judges' Choice Winner
  • Matt Prouty and Kylee Lawerence (Paint it Black)

 

Dancing With The Rutland Stars October 7, 2017

Event Photography and Photo Booth Provided by B. Farnum Photography 

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7 tips for guys who want great senior portraits http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2017/9/7-tips-for-guys-who-want-great-senior-portraits 7 Tips For Guys Who Want Great Senior Portraits!

 

1. Anxious? 

There's no reason to be anxious about having your photos taken. Yes, we realize that you don't want to be posed like the ladies. (Unless you do, and that's totally fine too.) If it's one thing I know, it's how one's portraits can change one's opinion of themselves. For many of you, this is the last formal photo you'll have before you'll have an engagement session or wedding photos on your wedding day. We want to make sure that your portraits show who you are, so relax. I'll bring music along; just tell me what you want to hear and I'll make a playlist. I find this helps the photo session flow.

2. Arrival To Your Photo Session:

Gentlemen, arriving early or on time is of the utmost importance. Showing up late to your session simply means that you will have less time in front of the lens. I find that it takes about 10 minutes or so for nerves to be calmed and then we can start capturing true expressions. If you do happen to be running late, it'd be nice to shoot me a text to let me know.

3. Clothing: Please Read...

We give you unlimited wardrobe changes, so bringing a lot of clothing options is key. Lots of clothing options we can mix and match will give us more flexibility to choose the best outfit to play off the outdoor surroundings. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE iron all your dress clothes. Not only will this help eliminate unneeded wrinkles, it'll give a more polished and refined look to your portraits. If you don't know how to iron... GASP!... Say this: "Hey Mom, Would you be willing to iron these clothes for my photo session with B. Farnum Photography?" One, she'll be super impressed that you had the foresight to think about how much better this will look, and two,you could add in I think you'll like the photos better if you look well-pressed. After this is done, remember to hang the items on hangers so the clothes stay looking so fresh and so clean. Try to the best of your ability to avoid stripes, plaids, graphics and shirts with various words on them. This all distracts from you the subject. If you're going to wear an undershirt I always suggest black or gray v-necks under the dress shirts to form clean and defined lines, if you're not going to wear a tie. (Bonus points to those who actually know how to tie a tie!)

Another side note, pulling clothes out of a gym bag is frowned upon. The only clothes that you should ever pull out of your gym bag are simply that, gym clothes. One last thought on clothing: If you're not comfortable in the clothing you choose, it will show. Make sure everything fits properly. Yes, this does mean that you might have to go into a fitting room at the clothing store. There's a reason fitting rooms exist, to make sure your clothes actually fit. There's a novel idea.

4. Shoes:

 A variety of casual and dress shoes would be ideal. Try and stay away from athletic shoes or flip flops. Remember this adage: You want your belt color to match your shoe color.

5. We Give Props To Props: 

Props are a great way to show off who you are. Popular choices would be sports equipment, uniforms, musical instruments and/or pets.

6. Glasses:

Since I'm a proud owner of spectacles myself, I have a good tip for you. I would suggest asking your eye doctor if they happen to have a pair of similar glasses that you could borrow without the lenses in them so the glare isn't an issue.

7. Blemishes:

Please don't worry about blemishes; it happens. Don't stress. Stressing will only cause your skin to be more prone to breakouts. We can take care of any areas of concern in our editing process. 

 

Contact us today to book your senior portrait session: brian@bfarnumphotography.com or call (802) 770-0047.

Copyright 2017 B. Farnum Photography, offering Vermont Portrait Photography for high school seniors, families, couples and businesspeople.

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brian@bfarnumphotography.com (B. Farnum Photography) high school senior portraits senior year vermont http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2017/9/7-tips-for-guys-who-want-great-senior-portraits Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:37:14 GMT
Giving Back: Mini Photo Sessions To Benefit Cystic Fibrosis http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2017/9/giving-back-photo-sessions-to-benefit-cystic-fibrosis I sometimes have to stop myself and refocus. What's really important? Helping others is something that has been instilled in me since I was a child, being raised in family where putting others first is a way of life. This is my third year of doing mini-sessions to help raise awareness and funding for Cystic Fibrosis. ~Brian Farnum of B. Farnum Photography 

 

Please read the quest blog post below, written by: Sarah Vooris.


Guest Blog Post: 

 

Last Tuesday morning found me waking at 5:30 AM, long before my girls, to get out on the

trails. Usually these outings happen later in the day, with kids in tow, as we venture together

hiking around our area. They also take a lot longer. So less than two hours after hitting the trail I

happily finished my planned trail run. I sat and soaked in the sun and felt the breeze. Content and

focused for the day ahead, part of my goal for the early morning workout. The other reason? My

girls.

Regan and Maren have cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic disease that affects the lungs and

digestive systems of approximately 30,000 children and adults in the United States. At eight and

six, they rock climb, mountain bike, trail run, summit mountains, and much more. On a recent

trip, Regan (8) summited her first ever 8,000 ft peak. Not far behind, Maren (6) hiked it, too.

Later, they decided to run for most of the descent. All despite cystic fibrosis, the disease that

gradually decreases lung function. Each time we set out on new outdoor adventures and exercise

together in other ways, we do so because of cystic fibrosis and in spite of it. Cystic fibrosis lays

before us a challenge that never goes away, but we can face that challenge with strength and

effort to overcome that never stops.

Cystic fibrosis is progressive in nature with complications arising as individuals get older. While

physical activity is vital to every person’s health, it is extremely important to the wellness of

individuals with CF. But, it’s not always easy. We value exercise as one part of Regan and

Maren’s care. We know it has kept them stronger, longer. However, other elements include an

average of two hours of nebulizers and physiotherapy for the lungs, synthetic enzymes to help

them digest food, and other medicines every day to help the girls stay as healthy as possible. As

the average life expectancy has increased, people with CF today are likely to live beyond the

statistical 38 years, but there is still no cure.

Family PhotoCF Fundraiser

The cystic fibrosis community continues to make progress in research and drug development,

treatments, disease knowledge, and recommended life choices (like those related to exercise and

diet). This progress empowers people with CF to move beyond perceived limitations. But, as a

rare disease, organizations leading these advances and supporting those impacted by CF get limited or absolutely no government funding. Knowing this reliance on donations, our family has been actively fundraising for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for nearly nine years (www.cff.org).

This year we will also fundraise for the Cystic Fibrosis Lifestyle Foundation (www.cflf.org). The

CF Foundation continues to support research and drug development and the CF Lifestyle

Foundation offers grants for people with CF to pursue exercise activities so essential to their

health. Neither can fulfill their missions without vital funding and a dedicated community

supporting them.

On, Sunday, October 15th, we will once again work in conjunction with Brian Farnum of B. Farnum

Photography and Donna Wilkins Photography to hold a photography mini-session fundraiser in

Rutland, VT. 20 minute sessions will be booked between 10 AM and 5:20 PM. At $75 per

session, Brian and Donna are offering an amazing deal from extremely talented photographers.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Cystic

Fibrosis Lifestyle Foundation. We are incredibly thankful to Brian and Donna for coming along

side us. They have chosen to be part of the CF community and help all with CF live stronger,

healthier, and longer lives. Together, we all can make a difference in the lives of those with CF,

including the lives of Regan and Maren. Thank you in advance for your support. We hope you

can schedule a photo session on October 15th or make a direct donation to the CFF or CFLF.

For more information please contact me at msrvooris@gmail.com with any questions.

 

 

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2017 Graduation Mill River Union High School http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2017/6/2017graduationMRUHS Class of 2017!

i'm so proud of you all! Please share this link to friends and family so they can view the photographs and share in the pride that I have for all of you. As a gift to you, I'm gifting these photos as downloads to you. If you'd like prints, you can certainly order them, but it's not required at all.

I just ask that you please tag me in any social media posts, @b.farnumphotography or #bfarnumphotography would greatly be appreciated.

 Thank You for a memorable year! ~Mr. Brian Farnum

Photos can be found in the link below:

2017 Graduation Photographs Mill River Union High School

 

Graduation Ceremony Program: 


Wednesday, June 14, 2017 |6:30 P.M. 
Mill River Union High School 
Mr. Todd A. Finn, Principal 

Welcome to Mill River Union High School and the Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2017. While our graduates' hearts and minds hold rich memories of their days within our halls, classrooms, stages, playing fields, and community experiences, these young women and men turn now to reflecting on what new journeys begin as they blaze their individual and collective paths towards building their lives and contributing to our world. As one chapter in their lives closes with the receiving of their diploma and the turning of their tassel, new adventures and opportunities await the graduates of the Class of 2017. 

The Dress of the Graduates 
Mill River Union High School continues the custom of wearing a gown and mortar board for graduation to honor the 
scholarly tradition of distinguished dress dating back to the 
formation of the earliest universities in the 12th century. 
The gentlemen are wearing blue robes and white stoles, 
while the ladies are wearing white robes with blue stoles. 
Our Junior Marshals are robed in red for the ceremony.

The Marching Order of the Graduates

The graduating seniors are led in procession by the Administration, Honored Guests, and the Faculty and Staff. The class marches in alphabetical order to the familiar strains of Pomp and Circumstance to assume their places of honor. 

THE  MILL RIVER UNION HIGH SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES 
TWO THOUSAND AND SEVENTEEN

Welcome Address 
Mary Colvin, Social Studies Teacher

Recognition of Honored Guests 
Tyler Weideman, Assistant Principal 

Class of 2017 Processional 
(Audience Please Stand) 
“Pomp and Circumstance” by Sir Edward Elgar 
Performed by the Mill River Band and led by 
Conductor Peter Roach 

Pledge of Allegiance 
Ethan Welch, Senior Class Vice President 

National Anthem 
“The Star Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key 
Performed by the Mill River Band and led by Conductor Peter Roach 

Principal’s Address Todd A. Finn, Principal

Todd Finn Principal Todd Finn Principal's Address Principal’s Address Todd A. Finn, Principal Mill River Union High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student Address Megan Work, Senior

Graduation Address Class of 2017Megan Work Student Address Megan Work, Senior

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Musical Selection “The Rose” by Amanda McBroom 
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Student Address Aislinn Gilmour, Senior 

Graduation Speech Class of 2017Aislinn Gilmour Student Address Aislinn Gilmour, Senior Class of 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Musical Selection 
“Autumn Leaves” arranged by Gabriel Clapp-Clark 
Performed by Gabriel Clapp-Clark  
Saxophone by Seamus Nauton 
Piano by Kristin Cimonetti 

Graduation Music Gabe & SeamusMusical Selection “Autumn Leaves” arranged by Gabriel Clapp-Clark Performed by Gabriel Clapp-Clark Saxophone by Seamus Nauton Piano by Kristin Cimonetti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Conferring of the Diplomas of the Class of Two Thousand 
Seventeen 

Tammy Heffernan, MRUUSD Board Chair 

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Presentation of the Diplomas 
Announced by Brian Farnum and Peter See
Presented by MRUHS Administration 

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Charge to the Class of  
Two Thousand Eighteen
 
Chelsea Congdon, Senior 

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Turning of the Tassel 
Jodie Stewart-Ruck, Dean of Students 

 

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Please share this post with friends and family, tag B. Farnum Photography! 

 

Thank You! 

Class of 2017

 

(photo credit going to my wonderful friend and second shooter Anthony Edwards)

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Photo Booth Mill River Prom 2017 http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2017/5/photo-booth-mill-river-prom-2017

First event with the photo booth was a huge success! The students at Mill River's Prom loved the fact that they could text themselves any photo from the booth. Photos can be sent directly to your phone right from the photo booth in a couple of seconds, as long as there is WiFi or a cell signal. 

Providing a high quality print as seen above or having the option to send themselves an animated GIF both are equally fun. As you can see, the image quality is excellent, and providing a custom template for every event is just one of the added features. I would be happy to add in any logos necessary, or match the colors to your theme. Please make sure to ask, because the possibilities are limitless.  

You're only young once, and when you hire B. Farnum Photo Booth for your next dance or prom you are guaranteeing it will be unforgettable. 

Bonus: Fun props always make those who're usually shy in front of the camera come to life. Props are always included in your photo booth rental with B. Farnum Photography. 

Download your photos here: Photo Booth Photos Mill River Prom

 

 

Photo Booth Rental Vermont: B. Farnum Photography 

Prom Venue: Killington Grand Hotel, Killington Vermont

School: Mill River Union High School North Clarendon, Vermont 

 

Copyright 2017

B. Farnum Photography, offering photo booth rentals for Birthday Parties, Festivals, Graduation Parties, Corporate Parties, Portrait Sessions, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Grad Night, Anniversary Parties, Proms, Charity Events

Brian Farnum Photographer/Owner @ B. Farnum Photography

Vermont Photo Booth Rental

 

 

 

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brian@bfarnumphotography.com (B. Farnum Photography) photo booth rental photo booth rental burlington photo booth rental manchester photo booth rental vt http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2017/5/photo-booth-mill-river-prom-2017 Mon, 22 May 2017 18:42:38 GMT
It's All About Location, Location, Location http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2017/5/meghan-senior-portraits I pride myself on photographing on location. Yes, this does sometimes mean that we'll need to reschedule due to inclement weather. Carrying a couple of lighting stands and reflectors is so much easier than photographing your subject within four walls! My creativity flows in the fresh air, not in a stuffy studio setting.

Meghan asked me if she could have her portraits taken at Madame Sherri's Forest in Chesterfield, New Hampshire. After doing a little research, I agreed that it would be a wonderful location for senior portraits. Meghan, then a senior at Black River High School in Ludlow, Vermont, wanted a different look for her senior photos. I was totally ready to see how this location could be transformed into my mobile outdoor studio. When someone asks me if I have a studio, I simply say: It's all around me, wherever I am, I'll make it work. 

If you're looking for an unique location, try Madame Sherri's Castle Ruins. As you walk up the path it seems as if you're being watched; that you're not alone in the forest. What remains of the stone staircase sweeps upwards into the branches above, the stairs having arches under them. 

Madame Sherri was known for her lavish parties that she held for her friends from New York City. Falling into poverty Madame Sherri left her lavish home in the forest. On October 18, 1962, the Castle was lost to a fire, with nothing left but the stone staircase and fireplace and the concrete that seems to be have been used by those who've practice Wicca or Satanic type rituals, but this could all be the work of vandals. It was rather creepy down there.

The photo to the left was made with the use of a gold reflector to the right of the camera and a diffuser above the top of Meghan's head. Using the available light in the background and that sweet bokeh* blur to the right of her shoulder, I bounced the light to fill in the shadows that were on her face. Plus a natural lens flare always looks way better than one created within Adobe Photoshop. 

Meghan informed me that if you climb to the top of the staircase, the Madame might push you off. I did climb up the staircase to capture this image! Luckily I was able to use my sheer charm and dashing good looks to convince Madame Sherri I was worthy of using her staircase, and because frankly I would have fought her like a ghostbuster with a proton pack using all the batteries to create a makeshift particle accelerator to send her packing. (Well, I guess my inner nerd self needed a healthy outlet.)

The foliage surrounding the castle ruins was vibrant with color and able to make Meghan's blue eyes pop with the orange hues that encompassed the borders of this portrait. Having her Mother and Aunt to assist and fix her hair and accessories was an added bonus. Having those you trust there when you're getting your senior portraits taken can really be a calming force.

 

I'm willing to travel to a location of your choosing. We will just need to plan accordingly for the best possible light. Yes, I have an app for that! We can scout out a couple days before if possible so we actually know where the light will fall at the time we'd like to shoot your session. Planning is most certainly the best way to prepare for any outdoor photographs. Plus, scouting out the location first is the best way to plan ahead for your photo session. 

*Bokeh is the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image.

Contact us today to book your senior portrait session: brian@bfarnumphotography.com or call (802) 770-0047. I would love to talk to you about a setting of your choosing or any ideas that you might have. Remember I do believe in Unicorns, so let's make it happen. 

Copyright 2017

B. Farnum Photography, offering Vermont Portrait Photography for high school seniors, families, couples and businesspeople.

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brian@bfarnumphotography.com (B. Farnum Photography) High School Senior Vermont photography portraits portraiture http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2017/5/meghan-senior-portraits Thu, 18 May 2017 20:45:02 GMT
Hey Ladies Want Senior Portraits That Slay All Day http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2017/5/hey-ladies-want-senior-portraits-that-slay-all-day Vermont Senior Portrait PhotographySenior Portrait PhotographyAmericana Inspired Senior Portraits

Nervous? 

There's no reason to be anxious about having your photos taken. Yes, we realize that you want to get more likes on Instagram than Selena Gomez. I mean, who doesn't? (Unless you don't, and that's totally fine too.) If it's one thing I know, it's how one's portraits can change one's opinion of themselves. 

For many of you, this is the last formal photo you'll have before you'll have an engagement session or wedding photos on your wedding day. We want to make sure that your portraits show who you are, so relax. I'll bring music along; just tell me what you want to hear and I'll make a playlist. I find this helps the photo session flow. If you choose Beyonce, Lady Gaga or Gawvi I might be busting out some sweet dance moves or even singing a little. (Apparently I can do both, so I'm told.)

Being different is what everyone wants, I'll try to ensure that your photos don't look your friends' photos; I realize how important this is. We love it when you pick your location. We will make anything and everything work. This will also ensure that your photos look different than your friends' photos. We don't put you in the same corner, next to the same wall or using the same backgrounds that have been used for the last decade. 

 

Arrival To Your Photo Session:

Ladies, arriving early or on time is of the utmost importance. Showing up late to your session simply means that you will have less time in front of the lens and lets face it. You don't want to be putting a duck face selfie you took on your iPhone in a bathroom mirror in your yearbook. I find that it takes about 10 minutes or so for your nerves to be calmed and then we can start capturing your true expressions. If you do happen to be running late, it'd be nice to shoot me a text to let me know. Trust me, I understand that you just don't wake up like this, it takes some work, work, work. 

 

Clothing: Please Read...because planning this will ensure you love your portraits.

We give you unlimited wardrobe changes, so bringing a lot of clothing options is key. One of the locations that we choose should have a changing area with a bathroom, great lighting and a mirror so you can do some touching up between outfit changes. Bring lots of clothing options we can mix and match, so we have more flexibility to choose the best outfit to play off the outdoor surroundings. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE iron anything that has excessive wrinkles. Try to the best of your ability to avoid stripes, plaids, graphics and shirts with words on them.  

Processed with VSCO with f2 preset Layering and using different textures adds depth and dimension. To create this, try blending these fabrics in your outfits: Tweed, cotton, cashmere, wool, embroidery, lace, ruffles — all are used to create different layers of clothing and accessories. These details, textures and added depth are especially important to black and white images. 

Be true to your style. Wearing clothes that you normally wear will ensure that you will like the finished portraits. Everyone likes buying new clothes, but wearing something new might not be the best idea for the day of your photo session.  

One last thought on clothing: If you're not comfortable in the clothing you choose, it will show. Make sure everything fits properly. Yes, this does mean that you might have to go into a fitting room at the clothing store. There's a reason fitting rooms exist, to make sure your clothes actually fit. There's a novel idea.

Bringing clothing that complements your eye color and skin tone is always the best way of planning out your outfits for your photo session. Dresses always flow and can be paired with a sweater, scarf or other accessory to make a completely different looking outfit, or even dress up a sundress. 

Remember that these photos are most likely going to be hanging in your house and your grandparents' house. So keep that in mind when picking your outfits for your senior portrait session. (Because you can go from zero to scandalous REAL quick.)

Hair: Please don't make a drastic change to your hair right before your senior session. You might look back on them and go, "What was I thinking!?" Bring a brush and a mirror. Some extra bobby pins is never a bad idea, and keeps the hair out of your eyes.

Makeup:

You should do your makeup the way you usually do it on a daily basis. WARNING: Just because you watched a tutorial by some flawless guy on YouTube doesn't mean that you have the level of skill to pull this look together. If you really want professional makeup done, I will try my best to obtain a makeup artist to assist you, since I know many.

Nails:

Your nails should look presentable. You want to make sure if they're painted and that the polish isn't chipped. A fresh coat of nail polish will make a world of difference in your photo shoot. Pick a neutral color that won’t distract in your shoot or clash with your outfits. Bonus: You might be able to convince your parents that you need to get a manicure. Seriously, who doesn't like a day at the spa? Call our friends at A Signature Day Spa at (802) 747-7726 

Boots, Heels, Flats:

A variety of casual and dress shoes is ideal. Try and stay away from athletic shoes or flip flops. Sneakers or tennis shoes are not going to work to make you look your best. If you want to bust out a sweet pair of Converse, we can talk. The choices of shoes you bring can either make or break the overall look to your outfit. I suggest bringing boots, flats or heels. If you show up in Crocs, or if you attempt to pull off socks and sandals, I might run away screaming. I've decided the only time socks and sandals are approved is when you're leaving the sports field headed to change. Dark colored or funky colored socks, as opposed to white, will always look better. 

Jewelry: 

Simple and tasteful pieces that are elegant and timeless are always the safest bet. If jewelry is super shiny or too large, it will distract from the most important subject: You. If you have different jewelry for different outfits, it's always a good idea to keep it with the outfit you would like to wear it with.

Props Welcome: 

Props are a great way to show off who you are. Popular choices would be sports equipment, uniforms, musical instruments and/or pets.

Glasses:

Since I'm a proud owner of spectacles myself, I have a good tip for you. I would suggest asking your eye doctor if they happen to have a pair of similar glasses that you could borrow without the lenses in them so the glare isn't an issue.

Blemishes:

Please don't worry about blemishes; it happens. Don't stress. Stressing will only cause your skin to be more prone to breakouts. We can take care of any areas of concern in our editing process. 

 

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You're welcome to bring someone with you. I want you to love your senior portraits and we both know that your Mom's opinion matters. Fast forward ten years and you'll see that I was right. Bring your sister only if she will not infuriate you. A friend sometimes is the best option because they know how good your selfie game is, and sees your face probably more than the other two options. Bring the friend who can keep it real without hurting your feelings. 

 

Contact us today to book your senior portrait session: brian@bfarnumphotography.com or call (802) 770-0047.

Copyright 2017

B. Farnum Photography, offering Vermont Portrait Photography for high school seniors, families, couples and businesspeople.

 

 

 

 

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brian@bfarnumphotography.com (B. Farnum Photography) Class of 2018 Senior Portraits Senior Portraits VT Vermont Vermont Portrait Photographers http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2017/5/hey-ladies-want-senior-portraits-that-slay-all-day Wed, 03 May 2017 18:17:15 GMT
Gentlemen, You Need Senior Portraits Too http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2017/4/gentlemen-you-need-senior-portraits-too Senior Portrait Photography CollinVermont High School Senior Portraits Gentlemen, You Need Senior Portrait Too!

 

Anxious? 

There's no reason to be anxious about having your photos taken. Yes, we realize that you don't want to be posed like the ladies. (Unless you do, and that's totally fine too.) If it's one thing I know, it's how one's portraits can change one's opinion of themselves. For many of you, this is the last formal photo you'll have before you'll have an engagement session or wedding photos on your wedding day. We want to make sure that your portraits show who you are, so relax. I'll bring music along; just tell me what you want to hear and I'll make a playlist. I find this helps the photo session flow.

 

Arrival To Your Photo Session:

Gentlemen, arriving early or on time is of the utmost importance. Showing up late to your session simply means that you will have less time in front of the lens. I find that it takes about 10 minutes or so for nerves to be calmed and then we can start capturing true expressions. If you do happen to be running late, it'd be nice to shoot me a text to let me know.

 

 

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Clothing: Please Read...

We give you unlimited wardrobe changes, so bringing a lot of clothing options is key. Lots of clothing options we can mix and match will give us more flexibility to choose the best outfit to play off the outdoor surroundings. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE iron all your dress clothes. Not only will this help eliminate unneeded wrinkles, it'll give a more polished and refined look to your portraits. If you don't know how to iron... GASP!... Say this: "Hey Mom, Would you be willing to iron these clothes for my photo session with B. Farnum Photography?" One, she'll be super impressed that you had the foresight to think about how much better this will look, and two,you could add in I think you'll like the photos better if you look well-pressed. After this is done, remember to hang the items on hangers so the clothes stay looking so fresh and so clean. Try to the best of your ability to avoid stripes, plaids, graphics and shirts with various words on them. This all distracts from you the subject. If you're going to wear an undershirt I always suggest black or gray v-necks under the dress shirts to form clean and defined lines, if you're not going to wear a tie. (Bonus points to those who actually know how to tie a tie!)

Another side note, pulling clothes out of a gym bag is frowned upon. The only clothes that you should ever pull out of your gym bag are simply that, gym clothes. One last thought on clothing: If you're not comfortable in the clothing you choose, it will show. Make sure everything fits properly. Yes, this does mean that you might have to go into a fitting room at the clothing store. There's a reason fitting rooms exist, to make sure your clothes actually fit. There's a novel idea.

 

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Shoes:

 A variety of casual and dress shoes would be ideal. Try and stay away from athletic shoes or flip flops. Remember this adage: You want your belt color to match your shoe color.

We Give Props To Props: 

Props are a great way to show off who you are. Popular choices would be sports equipment, uniforms, musical instruments and/or pets.

Glasses:

Since I'm a proud owner of spectacles myself, I have a good tip for you. I would suggest asking your eye doctor if they happen to have a pair of similar glasses that you could borrow without the lenses in them so the glare isn't an issue.

Blemishes:

Please don't worry about blemishes; it happens. Don't stress. Stressing will only cause your skin to be more prone to breakouts. We can take care of any areas of concern in our editing process. 

 

 

Contact us today to book your senior portrait session: brian@bfarnumphotography.com or call (802) 770-0047.

Copyright 2017 B. Farnum Photography, offering Vermont Portrait Photography for high school seniors, families, couples and businesspeople.

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brian@bfarnumphotography.com (B. Farnum Photography) High School Portrait Photography Senior Senior Portraits Vermont photography portraits http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2017/4/gentlemen-you-need-senior-portraits-too Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:43:14 GMT
5 Reasons To Rent A Photo Booth http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2017/4/photoboothrental B. Farnum Photography is now offering photo booth rental all over Vermont & New England. 


I am also excited to share with you a new service that I’ve added to my photography packages. I’m pleased to announce that B. Farnum is now offering...a photo booth!


Noticing what a staple photo booths have become at every event in how they capture the guests’ silliest moments. It is an absolute crowd-pleaser and your guests get to take home great mementos from your wedding or special event. As a photographer, I have chosen the best system that was created by photographers, so the photos are consistently well-lit and flattering.


So if you haven’t booked a photo booth already, let’s chat! 

Reasons to rent a photo booth:

1. Entertainment

Your guests will love it. We always have a line to get into our booth and when your guests come out they are always smiling; so much so they come back again and again! 

2. Suitable for all ages

Photo booths are fun for everyone, all ages will love that they can be silly and have fun at a wedding or party. It’ll bring young and old to be silly together. 

3. Talk, Talk, Talk! 

Want your wedding to have something a little bit different? Well a photo booth from B. Farnum Photography will have your guests raving for weeks afterwards. 

4. Theme it!

Are you having a theme on your big day? Whether you want a winter wonderland, day at the beach or even just a color we can bring the props to match your theme. We can even customize your prints to match and – if the budget stretches – we can even customize the booth itself!

5. Share the love

Not only will your guests receive a copy of the fun photographs on the night, we will also upload all your ‘clean’ photographs to your very own Facebook album! Friends and family members will be able to tag themselves and share the photos. This helps carry on the fun for weeks after the big day as friends and family tag, comment and copy their pictures.

 

 

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brian@bfarnumphotography.com (B. Farnum Photography) Events Photo Booth Photo Booth Rental Photography Vermont Photo Booth Rental Wedding http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2017/4/photoboothrental Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:29:08 GMT
Second Sight http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2017/4/second-sight I love to share and collaborate with other artists and creatives. Photographing performances can be challenging seeing the show for the first time, not knowing the staging of a scene. The arts are so important to me, it's at the core of who I am. I try to surround myself with the positive and creative minds that use their imagination to create beautiful art. Please read the description below provided by Ryan Mangan. 

 

{Second Sight was the very first live performance piece developed by a rising Vermont-based performance company called HeadTrip Productions. 

Based on Henry Steele Olcott's book, People From The Other World (1875), Second Sight captured the imagination of the Rutland community and beyond ActorSecond Sight . It followed the famous true story of the The Eddy Brother mediums of Chittenden, Vermont during the American Spiritualist Movement. Their infamous seances are said to have hosted human levitations, mysterious disembodied music, and ghostly manifestations. This classically structured drama, packed no punches as it also dealt with the hostile and abusive reality of the Eddy boys' youth.

The play took the audience on a journey through a typical evening in the "Circle Room" at the Eddy homestead. Playwrights Ryan Mangan and Matthew Eckler told the story through Olcott's narratives inscribed in his book. The audience was invited to follow Henry Olcott (played by Garrett Robin) on his first experience with the brothers, William Eddy (played by Val Geisey) and Horatio Eddy (played by Ryan Mangan). Joined only by a Russian clairvoyant named Helena Blavatsky (played by Kimberly Moyer) and a Bostonian aristocrat named Ramona Bradlee (played by Julie Redington). The three characters experience the fear, wonder, and the magic of what went on at the Eddy farm while welcoming the spirit of an Native American princess named Honto (played by Maya Redington). The audience found themselves just as disoriented as the characters due to the interactive magic routines that were used to drive the story forward. The playwrights incorporated old slight of hand and mentalism routines used by real mediums of the time; offering a spell bounding, perplexing, and often poignant treat for the public. 

Henry Olcott never found evidence to debunk the brothers' authenticity. He let his readers decide for themselves. "We did the same", said Ryan Mangan, "and we took the opportunity to give the audience a peek into mid 19th-century Vermont and a modern electric twist on collegiate theatre that the community was not expecting." } {Description provided by Ryan Mangan}

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brian@bfarnumphotography.com (B. Farnum Photography) Arts Castleton Performance Second Sight Vermont entertainment photography http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2017/4/second-sight Sun, 02 Apr 2017 21:50:24 GMT
Wedding | Elizabeth & Keith | Mendon, Vermont http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2016/12/wedding-elizabeth-keith-mendon-vermont

Libby & Keith were married on May 28th, 2016 at the Red Clover Inn. Family and Friends gathered to share in their wedding day festivities. If you're looking for a wonderful staff and a wonderful wedding experience contact The Red Clover Inn, Mendon Vermont.

B. Farnum Photography will provide you with photographs that everyone will be talking about for years to come. Professional and Fun are two characteristics I love to embrace and capture in my wedding photographs. 

 

 

Wedding Vendors: 

Wedding Venue: The Red Clover Inn | Mendon, Vermont 

Wedding Dress: David's Bridal

Suit: McNeil & Reedy | Rutland, Vermont 

Florist: Pittsfield Gardens | Pittsfield, Vermont

Cake & Pies: Sweet Surrender | Ludlow, Vermont 

Photographer: B. Farnum Photography | Shrewsbury, Vermont 

 

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brian@bfarnumphotography.com (B. Farnum Photography) Mendon, Vermont Photography Red Clover Inn Vermont Wedding photographer http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2016/12/wedding-elizabeth-keith-mendon-vermont Fri, 23 Dec 2016 14:28:46 GMT
The Business Side of Photography http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2016/12/the-business-of-photography Many local photographers have been asking me to compile a blog series that not only teaches them how to acquire a better customer base, marketing ideas and more importantly the business side of photography.

As creatives for many of us, this aspect of our business can be daunting. I've asked my accountant and long time friend Randee Tuepker Lindholm, CPA to help me answer some of the various questions that I've been hearing.


 

1. Do I need to register my photography business with the state for tax purposes? How and why should I do this?

Registering with the state: 

Depending on the filing status of your business (i.e. sole proprietor, LLC, corporation) filing with the state may or may not be necessary. You are required to file paperwork with the Secretary of State if you have a filing status other than a sole proprietorship. Sole proprietors may want to file DBA paperwork with the Secretary of State if the proprietor wants to use a business name other than their given name. 

State of Vermont: Businesses may also be required to register with the VT Department of Taxes and obtain a VT tax ID number. All entities need to register with the tax department but sole proprietors only need to register if they have employees or need to remit sales and use tax.

2. What’s the best business format for my photography business, DBA, Sole Proprietor, LLC or Inc. What’re the tax advantages to each of them. 

Business format:

The best format for a business depends on the taxpayer. Sole proprietor is the simplest format and many taxpayers are happy sticking with this. A sole proprietor puts all income and expenses on their personal return (no separate return is filed). The profits from the business are subject to both regular income tax and self-employment tax which is 15.3% of earnings. Regular income taxes depend upon the other income and expenses on your return.

LLCs are not a taxable entity. LLCs are legal entities and can be taxed however the taxpayer chooses. 

There are two types of corporations, C-Corporations and S-Corporations. C-Corporations are going by the wayside now due to double taxation so if you are considering becoming a C-Corporation make sure you do your research first and speak to a tax professional.

S-Corporations are extremely popular but the business income is very important here. Unlike sole proprietorships, owners of S-Corporations are expected to take a wage. This means your profits should support being able to take a wage and pay employment taxes! S-Corporations file a separate return to both the IRS and state but pay no tax at the entity level (there is a $250 tax to the state of VT each year though) Then net profits of the business are moved to the shareholder’s personal return and are subject to income tax only (no self-employment tax).

 

3. How do I figure out my rate and make sure I’m covered when it’s tax time?

Figuring out tax rates:

Figuring out your tax rate and whether you should pay in quarterly estimates to the government depends on both your income and your business format. We recommend getting a bookkeeping software QuickBooks is a very user friendly brand, to keep track of all your income and expenses. (Quickbooks can (a) provide a more in-depth look at the program and (b) give readers the ability to 'test drive' a "mock account." That allows individuals to view how the software looks and operates without signing up for a free trial. It's a no email required and no strings attached peek to determine if QB might be a good fit.)

As a sole proprietor, your profits are subject to 15.3% self-employment tax plus regular income tax. We recommend at a minimum sending in the 15.3% to the IRS on your profits. Depending on any other income on your return, you may need to send in additional money. Many people find that doing a mock tax return is helpful to see what their tax liability could be.

Owners of S-Corporations may also consider sending in estimated tax payments. Often times your wages are the only way money gets paid into the government during the year so depending on your profits, you may want to send in additional money.

To avoid underpayment penalties by both the IRS and Vermont, the best rule of thumb is to pay in 100% of the prior year’s tax, in the current year. For example: If total tax owed to the IRS in 2015, before calculating any withholding or estimates already paid on your behalf, was $5,000 then in 2016 you should make sure you have $5,000 paid in between withholding and estimates. 

 

4. How do I choose an accountant? Do they need to have experience with photography businesses?

Choosing an accountant:

Choosing an accountant is a completely personal decision, it must feel right! Generally, it’s not required that your tax preparer have intimate knowledge of your profession but asking them if they prepare returns for other photographers may be something you want to know. Again, it’s completely up to you.

5. Should I have separate business accountants? 

Separate bank accounts:

We always advocate the separation of personal and business accounts. It’s really the easiest way to make sure all your income and expenses are being tracked appropriately. However, it’s not required that you have a separate business account when you are a sole proprietor. If you are an LLC or corporation it is a requirement! Best practice is to keep it all separate.

Frozen GrassFrozen Grass, Winterwalking down the path from my office, I noticed this section of frozen ornamental grass against the red background. 6. Is it possible to setup a retirement savings account through your own business? What options are available?

Retirement savings accounts:

It is always possible to set up a retirement account through your business! SEP IRAs, Simple IRAs, 401(K)s may all be possibilities. Also, individuals can contribute to traditional or Roth IRAs which would likely be outside of the business. Retirement account rules can be complex so ask a CPA before going forward with anything to make sure the account is appropriate for you.

7. What items are tax deductible for my photography business?

Items that are deductible:

Generally anything related to the business will be deductible. Examples include but are not limited to: equipment purchases, repairs to equipment, office supplies, meals with clients or prospective clients, office rent, telephone expense, website, mileage to clients or getting supplies. 

8. When hired by a company to take photos, what forms should you fill out if they pay you as a sub-contractor?

Subcontractors:

Generally, if a business wants to pay you as a subcontractor, they will ask you to fill out a W-9 indicating your business name and EIN number. At the end of the year they will likely send you a 1099-Misc which you would use in filing your tax return. The 1099-Misc is also sent to the IRS to avoid understatement of income.

9. Should a business owner still hang on to receipts for a certain number of years?

Keeping Receipts:

We advise people keep tax returns for 7 years. It’s best practice to keep everything related to the return (bank statements, canceled checks) for that amount of time.

 

If your in need of an accountant who understands the photography business or any other business for that matter, please contact: 

Randee Tuepker Lindholm, CPA

Sanborn-Tuepker Associates, PC
43 Crescent St
Rutland, VT 05701
802-775-1984

 

Please comment with other questions you might have about your photography business, so that I can help you. 

Thank You, 

~Brian 

B. Farnum Photography

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brian@bfarnumphotography.com (B. Farnum Photography) Blog Business IRS Photography Taxes Vermont http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2016/12/the-business-of-photography Wed, 21 Dec 2016 17:35:33 GMT
Taylor Grand Blanc Michigan http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2016/9/taylor-grand-blanc-michigan High School Senior Portrait Photography: B. Farnum Photography 

 

      Spending time photographing Taylor was a wonderful experience.  We have similar taste in music, I was able to create a playlist adding songs that she loved. Playing the music via a bluetooth speaker is the easiest way, since you can't really hear an iPhone in a field.  I firmly believe that music makes a photo shoot flow so much better, it lightens the mood and provides natural movement and real expressions.  High School Senior Portraits

While spending time in the Midwest, I discovered that High Schools are much larger than back in Vermont. What I enjoyed mostly is being able to shoot later in the evening, since the horizon isn't being blocked by the Green Mountains. 

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Using a soft box and a Canon Speedlight accompanied with PocketWizard's PlusX radio transmitter I was able to capture this photograph. I have to say that the PlusX transmitter is way more reliable and easier to use. It simply works whenever you need it to. 

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Taylor is going to be a Senior at Grand Blanc High School, in Grand Blanc Michigan.

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brian@bfarnumphotography.com (B. Farnum Photography) High School Senior Photography Photography Senior Photography Senior Portraits photographer portraits http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2016/9/taylor-grand-blanc-michigan Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:37:49 GMT
Senior Portraits Class of 2017 http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2016/7/senior-portraits-class-of-2017

B. Farnum Photography

We bring the photography studio to you! My passion for nature has been incorporated in all of my imagery. Working outside away from the stale and frankly rather boring same backgrounds isn't what we strive to provide in our photographs. Using flash to make the lighting perfect for you, or a reflector to make sure that the light falls evenly on your face. Every single one of you want something original, striking and eye-catching. Let us help you stand out from your friends this year. Class of 2017 will you look back and think I wish I had listened to Brian. 

 

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brian@bfarnumphotography.com (B. Farnum Photography) Portraits Vermont photography http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2016/7/senior-portraits-class-of-2017 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:24:16 GMT
Alexis Lape: Winner of the Amp Up Your Pics Contest 2015 http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2015/12/alexis-lape-winner-of-the-amp-up-your-pics-contest

 

Amp Up Your Pics is a radio promotion that gives one listener a chance to have professional photos done for free. The winner received a portrait photography session with at least three outfit changes, plus multiple poses in each outfit, along with the availability of the photographs on a brand new iPad mini through my app. The contest is open to anyone who enters in the listening area of Z97.1 FM

My vision for Amp Up Your Pics:

Taking the mundane selfie attitude of a generation where instant gratification is not only expected, it's a must have. Photography is an ever evolving industry requiring you to keep up with the needs of your clients and is sometimes like dancing. When the music stops abruptly, you look around to make sure that everyone else has stopped. I was always left dancing because the music that plays in my head never stops. For those of you who know me, I never stop. I'm always moving, moving forward. 

Ideas swirl, mesh and transform my creative flow. I strive to make images that I will be proud to show the world. Amp Up Your Pics is away to express a creative vision of providing stellar photographs whilst marketing to the masses. 
 
This year's winner, as seen above, was Alexis Lape of Brandon Vermont. Alexis attends Otter Valley Union High School. Alexis' photographs were taken at The Red Clover Inn in Mendon, Vermont a wonderful location for outdoor portrait sessions and a beautiful location for a weddings too. 

 

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brian@bfarnumphotography.com (B. Farnum Photography) High School Photographers Photography Portrait Radio Senior Vermont Z97 http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2015/12/alexis-lape-winner-of-the-amp-up-your-pics-contest Tue, 01 Dec 2015 16:33:59 GMT
Tutu-terific Baby Portraits http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2015/9/tutu-terific Baby Girl in TutuVermont Baby Photography Pink Tutu Baby Portraits Vermont Baby Photographer B. Farnum Photography Smiling Baby Girl Smiling Baby Girl in Pink Tutu

Pretty in pink, overcast days always make for great outdoor portraits. When summer hits its always a great time to dust off your pink tutu and schedule a portrait session. 

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brian@bfarnumphotography.com (B. Farnum Photography) Shrewsbury Vermont baby photographer portraits http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2015/9/tutu-terific Wed, 09 Sep 2015 18:51:35 GMT
Ryan Darling Class of 2015 http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2015/5/ryan-darling-class-of-2015 Music has always been an important aspect of Ryan's life. I incorporated this into his photo session using his guitar as a prop. Using his hometown of Shrewsbury for it's beautiful outdoor locations for unique backdrop opportunities so no sessions have generic backgrounds.  

 

Class of 2015: Mill River Union High School

 

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brian@bfarnumphotography.com (B. Farnum Photography) High School Photography Portraits Seniors Vermont http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2015/5/ryan-darling-class-of-2015 Thu, 07 May 2015 14:19:00 GMT
Marah & Sarah Woodstock High School: Junior Transition Guest Blog Post http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2015/3/marah-sarah-woodstock-high-school-junior-transition-quest-blog-post I've been into photography for years now, but I've never tried to pursue it in any way. Meeting with Brian and seeing what he does for his job and for his clients really makes it seem like something I could do myself. It's inspired me to continue pursuing it as a possible career in the future. - Sarah H

It was really interesting being able to see what  a photographer actually does for work besides taking pictures.  Listening to Brian talk about his job inspires me to pursue a job that makes me want to talk about it the way Brian did today with us. Today was a great learning experience and I'm glad I chose Brian to shadow. 

-Marah A

 

Frozen GrassFrozen Grasswalking down the path from my office, I noticed this section of frozen ornamental grass against the red background.

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brian@bfarnumphotography.com (B. Farnum Photography) photography http://www.bfarnumphotography.com/blog/2015/3/marah-sarah-woodstock-high-school-junior-transition-quest-blog-post Tue, 03 Mar 2015 22:51:01 GMT