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Selecting the Perfect Photographer
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Contestants all over the world want to make sure they’ve got the best possible headshot for their pageant competition. Your headshot is the first impression the judges have of you as a contestant. Join Valerie as she talks with veteran pageant photographer, Paul Ladd of Ladd Photography about everything you should ask when selecting a pageant photographer. We’ll talk about how to evaluate the photographer’s portfolio, what questions to ask when setting up your appointment, what makes pageant headshots unique, and how to prepare for your photo shoot. We’ll go over everything you need to know about getting the perfect pageant headshot!
Episode Segments:
Pageant Talk Radio: Pageant Fab Headshots
Paul Ladd of Ladd Photography tells us about his love of photography, and how he became involved in the world of pageantry. He then shares his insider tips on evaluating a photographer, what to bring to your shoot, the colors you should avoid, and more!
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Pageant Talk Radio: More Tips from Paul Ladd
In part one, we touched on what you should bring to your shoot. Here in part two, learn what you should NOT bring to the studio. Plus, more dish from Paul on lighting, posing, finding a makeup artist, and how to chose that pageant fab headshot from your session.
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Pageant Talk Radio: Ask Valerie!
How long does it take to prep for a pageant? And singing or dancing… what’s the better talent? Valerie has the answers in this week’s Q&A, along with tips on finding a great makeup artist, and the scoop on what judges are looking for in a gown.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Paul Ladd
Paul Ladd is a photographer in Houston, TX. He and his wife of 18 years, Carrie, own Ladd Company Photography. They are celebrating their 20th year in business. Paul earned a BFA in photography from Stephen F. Austin. He has been involved with pageant and headshot photography for nearly his entire career featuring 11 years as the official photographer for Miss Texas USA and Texas Teen USA. He has photographed pageant contestants and title holders from all over the world at all levels all the way up to Miss Universe. His clients have one hundreds of titles and photogenic awards. In addition, Ladd Photography has been the official photographer of The Houston Texans Cheerleaders since the teams' inaugural season and his most recent work for them can be seen in the 2010 Texans Swimsuit Calendar.

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