Many don’t know this, but Discover Teas is actually business number six for me. It started to become this ‘thing’ where I felt like it was just destined to happen. I thought, “Wow, okay… This has really taken over. This thing really is taking me along for the ride!”
People always ask me, “WHY tea?” I’ve enjoyed tea throughout my life but really, tea nurtures me on a very deep, soul level and I wanted to create a place where people could explore what tea could be for them in their own lives. Tea is such a neutral, simple thing that people can gather around or even partake in by themselves as a break or meditation. Tea slows things down in today’s chaotic, hectic world.
We can try to grab a moment here or there to breathe or just take in the moment but tea makes you slow down. It’s not the same as chugging a cup of coffee. There’s more to tea than just tea. People can enhance their lifestyle and their health by adding in a couple of cups a day. We have first-timers come in and say, “Eh, I’m not really a tea drinker” but after spending time with them and educating them they leave with an excitement about tea and the potential it holds in their lives.
I am currently in the process of hiring a professional to do something I can’t do on my own. As a layperson, it’s really hard for me to know how to qualify someone in a field of which I know absolutely nothing. (I tried to get referrals, but nobody had any they felt strongly about.) In my current predicament, I now have several quotes, all for the same thing, but they differ by quite a bit in price. I feel like I should take the cheapest one, and so far, have no reason to pay any more than that.
Since photography pricing is extremely varied, how does the layperson decide? As an expert, it is VERY obvious to me who you should go to for certain types of photography. I tell my friends all of the time to please ask me for advice before hiring anyone.
This article from Jen Little, owner of The Little Marketing Department describes her experience getting an inexpensive headshot, and then her experience with me. She even posts both sets of photos so you can see the difference. The most important part of the entire article is that the first set of headshots made her feel badly about herself. That's terrible.
You should never pay money to someone who makes you feel badly about yourself.
If you need a refresh on your professional image, the first place you need to look is at the headshot you’re attaching to your marketing materials. If you haven’t updated your headshot in two years, then now is the time. Clients want and need trust when they hire you, and when you present a false or outdated headshot as a representation of you, it sets up a bad foundation for your professional relationship.
So why do so many people avoid updating their head shots? There are three MYTHS which hold people back:
Myth 1. They loved the way they looked 20 years ago. It gives the best impression.
Myth 2. The expense for amazing, professional headshots
Myth 3. They think it takes too much time
The way you looked 20 years ago has no bearing on the professional level of service you provide your clients. It will not give you confidence nor the credibility to present your best light to your clients. A fresh and updated headshot shows potential clients that you are with current tends and modern methods. There is evidence that a headshot which doesn't currently look like you actually decreases your credibility.
The expense and time involved can be tricky - but that’s where my headshot event can help. This event is designed with your budget and time in mind. A great professional setting with me guiding you to your best headshot ever. I have worked with hundreds of professionals over the years and I love bringing personality and life to your headshots.
Check out these testimonials:
“Timorah always brings out my best photos. She’s the only person I trust when I need new headshots for myself or any of the real estate agents I work with at Rose & Womble. She talks you off the edge of an average photo and she brings out your true personality.” Ramona Rice, Communications Manager, Rose & Womble Realty Company
"Mrs. Beales is very easy to work with. She made the experience light-hearted and professional." Mike Mills, Keller Williams
"I love working with Timorah Beales. Not only does she choose beautiful photo shoot locations, she really works hard to make sure you look good. I use the headshot Timorah took of me for programs for speaking engagements, for guest post author biographies, and for my blog. People ALWAYS say, "I love your picture. Who was your photographer?"" Cheryl Tan, television journalist and media coach.
My one-day event will give you one high-resolution, professionally touched up headshot that you choose during the session. You will receive the photo a few days later via email and you’ll have a fresh look for the upcoming busy real estate season.
The best part is the price - $50 per person for a high-resolution, professionally touched up headshot that will give you the confidence you need to push your business forward in 2016. This price is limited to the first 15 people who sign up. Once the first round is filled the price increases to $65.
Her first email to me said, "My husband and I are buying our first home. We take possession this Monday and were hoping for some photos." My mind immediately launched into how beautiful this could be. I knew nothing about them, their style or their home, but I was hopeful. I was actually available that day! This could be pretty unique. As our conversation progressed, we soon figured out we were a perfect match. They wanted sweet and emotional and creative. They are fun, kind and beautiful. (And the sellers left behind a baby grand piano!!) She told me that she really hoped I would be the one who could do this for them. I'm so flattered and thrilled to have had the opportunity! Our clients are the best.
We're finally thawing out from the 'bad' winter here and are ready to get started on outdoor spring photos. Spring photos are ideal for those who decorate their homes in neutral and cool tones. Cherry blossoms are always popular, but their short availability means that a few local places such as Red Wing Park in Virginia Beach, are VERY crowded. Luckily, I know of a few places that aren't crowded, and we had a fabulous time last year with this family.
Peak blooms in this location are typically about 5-7 days ahead of those in DC, which means we are booking cherry blossom sessions April 4-9... perfectly coinciding with spring break for York County schools! We have two session options: full-service and tailored sessions. Each option has its benefits, and you can choose depending on what YOU want and need.
If photographing people has taught me one thing, it's that we see ourselves differently, and more critically, than others do. At most of my sessions, I ask "What do you not like about yourself in photos?" The responses I get are often surprising. Sometimes, I study the person's face while they ponder, and I start thinking about lighting or angles I would use to flatter their particular face shape or features. Then they tell me something that I never would have guessed or noticed without much scrutiny -- a bump on a nose, one eyebrow shorter than the other, the way you can see a missing tooth if the smile is too big. For many people, it's their weight or the fear of a double chin. Occasionally, I will work with someone who is perfectly comfortable in their own skin. (Let's face it, it's almost always men.) The more people you have in a photo, the more complicated this process becomes.
The funny thing is... when people look at your photos, they aren't looking for your flaws. They only see your expression. They are touched by your genuine smile, the kindness in your eyes, the tender moments between people who love each other.
I've often said that great photos aren't just what we look like, but who we really are. This mama and repeat client has few photos from her own childhood, so she makes a point of getting them for each child's birthday. The little girl in this photo, like many her age, is enthralled with princesses, dress-up, and stories. So Tammy created a session just for her, with that theme in mind. Tammy does an excellent job with conceptual shoots and would love to hear any idea you have!
One of the great parts of this job is getting to attend amazing events and meeting new people. I'm one of (what seems to be) very few extroverted photographers, so this suits me perfectly. I was asked to photograph this event on behalf of the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce as part of their State of the City series. We heard from Mayor McKinley Price that crime is down, real estate values are up and jobs are coming to the area. More coverage can be found here in the Daily Press. It's a great time to live in Hampton Roads!
I put a high priority on my own personal family photos. When I'm old and these days have long passed, the only things I'll have from this time in our lives are our memories and our photographs. My children are young and their memories of this age will be fuzzy. Having something concrete will be more meaningful to them as they grow up. I know that intellectually, people know this. However, I see more and more women delay doing it. They get caught up in not knowing what to wear, or not liking themselves in photos, or wanting to first lose ten pounds, or cringing at the thought of getting their families to cooperate. The truth is: none of those things really matter. Family photos aren't about looking like some fantasy version of perfect. They are supposed to be exactly who you are today. Your best version of who you really are. To do this, we help orchestrate it for you. We help you feel great about your clothes, we help you prepare the kids so they are excited about the session (seriously, it works, and it doesn't usually include bribery) and we lead our clients through the photos so that they always have something to do and are creating real moments.
I recently worked with a great family at Yorktown Beach. They had the right attitude and the result was photos that were exactly what the mom wanted. Take a look, and at the end I'll tell you the keys to success.
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When consulting with clients, we often talk about timing. Some people know when they want photos and how often. Some have them taken every year, such as in the fall before school or during summer vacation. Or they do them every three years. Some like to vary the season, location or theme.
Others come to me for guidance. I always say that frequency depends on how old the kids are and how they plan to use the photos. In general, younger children need new photos taken often. Little ones grow so quickly. Here are two sets photos of the same family. One was taken when the baby was three weeks old; the other at seven months. (You can read more about their beautiful story here.)
And merely six months later...
I recommend that children under age two have photos taken every six months. Families with children ages ten and under should get family photos every one to two years. When the kids are over age ten, take family photos every two to four years.
Some families choose professional shots less frequently, but “go big” when they do. They get large wall displays for various rooms of the house and update them every few years. Others choose to have sessions more often, but alternate wall displays one room at a time and use albums for yearly updates. Digital files let clients easily share with friends and family and keep for archiving purposes, no matter their frequency.
Which option is right for you? How old are your kids? How do you want to display the portraits? Drop us a note or call. We would love to discuss your needs and how we can help you capture your family.
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