DIY Photo Workshop for business owners

personal branding for small business owners by Britney Gardner

For the first time ever, I’m thrilled to announce I’m holding a photography workshop. It’s for the everyday business owner, just like you. Branding is all about perception. When I photograph my clients, I show what it FEELS like to work with you. Potential clients will know who you are, like you, and trust you … Read more

How A Minimalist Handles A Photoshoot

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Today I’ve something a little different to share! It’s a guest post by my recent client, Kathy Peterman. Kathy is a blogger and built a program, My Best Year. Talking with her during her personal branding photo session about My Best Year was enlightening and I can’t wait to see where she is next year … Read more

Musings on work, passion and branding

personal branding photos by britneygardner.com

I read a lot over the Thanksgiving weekend, and for once, not a bit on my Kindle. I read a lot of blog articles. Thought leaders. Musings. And one that came up a lot was this quote. We’ve all seen and heard this quote. Probably a lot. Maybe even 17 times a week. “Choose a … Read more

Are you hiding in your business?

are you hiding in your business?

Are you hiding in your business? Last month I photographed someone very special, someone who allowed me to see through her. She was 100% all in, 100% open with me. This is what I strive for in every session. But this session almost didn’t happen. Crazy, right? The personal branding session that was most personal. … Read more

Is Your Branding Driving You Crazy?

sometimes branding yourself drives you a little crazy

I’m human. And that means that I’m not perfect, I make mistakes, and often doubt myself. I am a branding strategist and I am a photographer, but doing both at the same time isn’t easy. A Moment of Frustration Before I delve fully into this, I’m going to point out that the featured photo was … Read more

JVX 2015: event photography

Last week I took a step out of my personal branding hat and went into a very broad, general branding photography role for Milana Leshinsky and Rich German who together run Joint Venture Insider Circle. They planned Joint Venture Experience, an event for over 300 coaches, authors, and speakers looking to find JV partners to further each others businesses.

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In addition to photographing a personal branding session for my new client Maiyah Olivas while there, I photographed the three-day event. If you follow me on Instagram you saw a small sampling of my week at Hotel Irvine, one of the more beautiful hotels I’ve photographed in a while.

It was three days of learning, making connections, and high emotions for many as they pitched their products and programs. I’ve included a small sampling of my favorite high points above and a slideshow below that highlights the event. At the heart of any work I do is the story. Whether it’s a personal branding session documenting the finer points of what it feels like to work with you, the behind the scenes of jewelry creation, or a conference that might just be the stepping stone to a new career, it’s the story at the heart for which I search. Sometimes that’s a tiny bit raw, others it’s as simple as an expansive conference room with all eyes quietly, earnestly pointing in the same direction.

Introducing the Brandscaping Code

brandscaping code

I’ve been talking about a code for a while. It’s a code that attracts the right clients to you and lets the wrong clients just kind of… fall away. It’s a filter, if you will. A way to divide your time, your resources, your skills. Sometimes I get kind of confused looks, sometimes a lightbulb … Read more

Headshots: Because sometimes, you just need an updated photo

Last weekend I had the pleasure of photographing Dennis and Carter for their newer Lift For the 22 website. It’s a wonderful nonprofit that helps vets return to the non-military world and transition after intense experiences. They do this by gifting free gym memberships to participating gyms, giving vets a way to be in community once again. They’re picking up some great publicity and I’m thrilled they came to me for their Portland headshots before launching nationally.

Then this morning, in less then 30 minutes I took my sister’s updated headshot, downloaded the images, she picked out her favorite for an updated LinkedIn profile image, and I processed it for her.

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Personal Branding in the real world

branding portraits for ballerina

The mail pile was rather larger this morning, probably because I forgot to check it this weekend. And right at the top was a shiny matte Anthropolgie catalog. Like them or hate ’em, Anthropologie produces a catalog of beautifully styled photographs and I enjoy looking through them before I toss them in the recycling bin. … Read more