Just a quick post today, inspired by this video. When I am talking to clients, before I ever take the first photo, I often ask "What do you not like about yourself in photos?" I do this because I've learned over and over that people see themselves differently than the rest of the world does. The responses range from bumps on noses to large foreheads to "everything." I'm almost always surprised by what they say. I ask so that I know what I need to do to minimize something with lighting, posing or editing. If I don't ask, and I make my own assumptions, I'm almost always wrong. Most people ask me to "use a lot of Photoshop" to make them look their best. It makes me sad, but then I realize I do the same thing to myself. We get so caught up in our perceived flaws that we fail to see how beautifully it all comes together. I believe that expression and "the smile in your eyes" (my head shot clients know this phrase!) are what makes the true beauty shine through. My ultimate goal is to take the best photo of someone so that they truly look like themselves, but the best version of themselves.
Also, don't forget my grand opening party next weekend! Details and RSVP HERE.
(Oh, and in my dream world, I would build a studio that would look a lot like that amazing space in the video! But in the meantime, the one I have is pretty awesome.)
If you're like most people, you put off getting a new head shot and it remains near the bottom of your priority list. I'm here to remind you that a current, professional and true-to-you head shot photo is extremely important to your business! Potential clients do judge you by the quality of the image they see. If your business relies on relationships and trust, you NEED a great headshot photo. Don't forget about your profile pictures on social media such as LinkedIn and Twitter. (Don't need it for business, but want to make a great impression on Facebook or online dating? No problem. I can do that, too!)
So to make this easy, I'm scheduling a day in my new studio for you to come on in and get it done. I promise it won't be painful. I take my time with each client to make sure we showcase the features you love best and minimize the ones you don't. Whether you need a serious suit-and-tie photo or a relaxed casual look, I can make it happen!
The date for this head shot event is April 24 in my studio at 4112 George Washington Memorial Hwy in Yorktown, VA. I have openings as early as 7:30am. You'll receive three fully-retouched high-resolution images to be used for internet or print. As always, I guarantee my work! Price is $100, which is the lowest price I ever offer for head shots. Contact me today to reserve your preferred appointment time.
Many people have a tough time planning ahead for how they will arrange photos on their walls. They buy a few prints now, not paying much attention to the size other than what 'feels' right. What often ends up happening is that over the years they have a pile of prints or a series of haphazard-looking displays on their walls.
Recently, one of my returning clients had their second child. By evaluating what they currently have on the wall and how much space they have, I was able to provide them several options for what to do now, and then how to expand that in the future. The image below on the left show how we are incorporating the first and second child's photos together. The image on the right shows how we will expand that to aesthetically fill the space over the time using images from each session along the way. (Please keep in mind that spacing is not precise and this is meant to give them a visual representation of what is possible. Exact spacing will depend on frame/mat selection.)
The funny part about all of this is that I find it MUCH easier to do for someone else than to do it for myself! I think sometimes we just need reassurance from an objective party.
Would you like to see more of these? Leave me a comment or a note in my Contact Form.
(*Read until the end... there is a surprise!* )
Here it is, the promised announcement... okay, before I tell you, I want to be clear that I am still taking clients and will continue to do so in Northern Virginia and Washington DC.
So the big news is: we're moving! As most of you know, my husband is on active duty in the Air Force. He was recently promoted, and this means we have to move. Fear not! We aren't going very far. We are so fortunate to be going to our first choice, and a place we were previously assigned. We will be a mere 2.5-3 hours away at Langley Air Force Base, which is in Hampton Roads, Virginia. While this is really tough for me to take from a business standpoint, it is great news for our family and I am really excited about the possibilities for my business in that area.
What does this mean for my clients? It means I will be scheduling sessions through May 13. At that point, I will be taking a break. I will resume sessions in Hampton Roads on July 14. I will be making regular trips back to the Metro DC area for various business and personal functions, as well for my assignment in the Air Force Reserve, which is here in this area. I will make announcements as to when I will return and when I am available. If you have a request, please let me know at least three weeks in advance and I will try to get you on my calendar. At this time, I do not anticipate charging travel fees as long as I can make it work to have several sessions/functions over one trip.
In the meantime, I have been so thrilled to work with the many wonderful clients, photographers and other professionals in this area. I appreciate every one of you and the support you have given me.
Now, for one last surprise... I will be giving away an entire session and over $500 in products to ONE lucky Hampton Roads resident! Details coming soon. Who do you know in Hampton Roads? Please share this with them so they can follow me and have a chance to win!
Hello everyone! I'm teaming up with Intelligent Office in Alexandria to provide a convenient way for you to get a new business head shot. A current and quality professional head shot can help your potential clients feel more comfortable with you as a person and as a professional. We all like to put a face with a name, right?
Details on the event can be found HERE. As always, please contact me if you have any questions.
Looking forward to seeing everyone on the 21st!
Who wants to have a photo session in the snow? I do! Obviously, these are a little more difficult to schedule in the DC metro area, so here is how it will work: if you are interested in winter wonderland photos, email me at email@example.com or fill out my Contact Form to get your name on the Snow Session List. When I see a weather report for snow, I will start at the top of the list to schedule. If the first person is not available, I work my way down the list to find someone who is. If you aren't available, you don't lose your spot on the list for next time.
Snow sessions will occur at a location within Fairfax County or DC, to be determined at the time we schedule it. Snow sessions are great for couples, engagements or families whose children are all over the age of two. Please understand that most of the images will be candid and fun since the options for posing, particularly in seated positions, will be limited.
The list is first come, first served, so please email me your name, phone number and the names and ages of those to be photographed. I'm really excited about doing these so BRING ON THE SNOW!
This is such a beautiful and moving reminder of why our photos are important. Please read this post by the talented photographer Heather Rivlin.
If anybody who loves a good film festival, check out Visions Film Festival and Conference in Wilmington, NC on March 30, 2012.
From the site:
"Hosted by the Film Studies Department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, VISIONS is the first international film festival and conference dedicated exclusively to showcasing and celebrating the work of undergraduate filmmakers and film scholars from universities around the world. VISIONS is also the first event of its kind to be organized and programmed entirely by undergraduate film students just like you.
Students who are selected to participate in the festival and conference have the opportunity to show their film or present their research through a day of public screenings and presentations, with awards for excellence presented at the end of each event.
By bringing together undergraduate film students of such diverse backgrounds and strong passions for film in such a way, VISIONS' goal is to encourage connectivity and the spread of ideas amongst a growing global audience and industry. The VISIONS programming committee strives to unite the international community of those undergraduate filmmakers and film scholars by programming imaginative, daring and boundary-pushing work that celebrates a passion for film.
VISIONS programs works from a wide cultural spectrum and invites others to join in and explore aesthetic and conceptual values in a national and international cooperative. Each year, we look forward to working with a new, diverse group of peers with a multitude of backgrounds and interests to mutually enrich the experiences of everyone involved."
All of my blog and Facebook images have a watermark. I've even started watermarking some of my personal photos I post online. I don't like to do it because it often takes away from the image itself, however, there is a good reason for doing so. I truly believe the vast majority of people are good and honest. Unfortunately, there are enough out there who steal that I must do everything I can to protect my clients and myself.
Just this week, a very talented and well-known photographer discovered her photos in the portfolio of someone else. The thief photographer not only stole property that didn't belong to her, but she misrepresented her work to her clients, who were undoubtedly disappointed when their photos did not look like the ones in her portfolio.
It doesn't stop there. I have heard of people stealing photos of adorable children and posting them to online forums, pretending to be the proud parent. Lastly, unscrupulous companies have stolen photos, rather than paying for commercial use, to be used in their advertisements. Is this what you want for your children?
There is nothing we can do to completely prevent this. A watermark placed in a location that makes it difficult to crop out will deter most thieves who will just move on to one of the many non-protected photos on the internet.
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