What does a photo session look like?

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You asked, and I’m here to skip right over answering you and right into showing you! A not-so-corporate headshot session and a modern glamour session are each featured in this video so you can get a taste of what’s to come right here. So if your question is, what does a photo session look like, I’ve got you covered.

What does a not-so-corporate headshot look like?

My favorite answer to this is, why can’t you mix business with pleasure? Who said your business images had to look awkward? Why can’t your business photography look like the best version of you? If you’re in a business in which you’re offering life skills to your clients, looking friendly and approachable is key. If you’re in a visual working field, looking stylish and put together may win points. As a coach or therapist, nurturing may be a goal of yours. Looking like a stiff, plastic-y version of yourself won’t help gain clients in any of those fields. I’m an expert at delving into your target client and helping you portray what will appeal to them most.

What does a modern glamour photo session look like?

Beauty portraits are here to remind yourself you’re worth it, you’re beautiful, you’re strong, and you’re a woman outside of your work or children or marriage. You’re a person all on your own and you sometimes need a little help remembering that. Come in for a makeover and girly afternoon – bring your sister, best friend or mother and make it a girls day out! Enjoy a little “me time” and you’ll have treasured photographs to remember the whole wonderful experience of being you again.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank my husband for all the hard work he put into this video! He brought my vision to life and spent several late nights editing and then re-editing till it came to this point where I was ready to share!

Business Headshot: Mini Sessions

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I’m going to take the next while on the blog to showcase exactly what you’ll get out of the different headshot packages available with me, starting with the entry level Business Mini package. And since my husband needed a new headshot last month – and quickly – it was the perfect time to test out the new package. And if you hop on over to his Facebook page, you’ll see he’s already using the updated photograph and long before I had a chance to blog about it!

The Business Mini (starting at $300) is the perfect choice if you already have a suite of photos you use for your entire business and just need to update one. It’s also a good option if you’re just getting your feet wet in a new field or starting a new business. Need a photo just for LinkedIn and Facebook? This is a great choice for simple needs and will quickly give you the photos you need – all while still offering my hallmark service to help you feel your best through the entire process. Headshot mini sessions provide a foot in the door to a professional look without the extras.

Included: photography planning phone call prior to session, hair and makeup styling if desired, photo session with two looks, one final image in full size and social media size files.

Men’s Headshots

Since launching this new brand, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about whether I’ll photograph the male half of the species. The short answer is yes! I am happy to photograph men by themselves for their headshots or with their partner for a stylized session. A recent client, Kevin, is a great example! He needed lifestyle headshots for a magazine profile. He’s in the financial industry and wanted a professional yet very approachable look as he also does quite a bit of volunteer work within the community. There were a lot of goals to hit with these images!

If you’re looking for relaxed, Portland men’s headshots, look no further. I specialize in women on this site of course, but have been photographing all sexes and all ages for well over ten years.

 

Bonnie: Natural Headshots

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I met Bonnie through my networking group at the end of July. Before I’d even finished introducing myself she was on board and handing me a referral slip, and then promptly telling me she hates all photos of her. It’s an interesting mix, that. She’s handing me a referral slip before even seeing evidence of my work and also telling me she’ll hate the results. How exactly does one process that? And how was I going to give her a natural headshot that not only served the purpose of her hypnotherapy business, but also fulfilled my own goal of giving her photos that she not only won’t hate but actually like?

Natural headshots are something I embrace – gone are the days of a cold, corporate headshot in which a photographer just plugs in a new subject, clicks, repeats, and delivers images without any personality. Bonnie’s a practitioner in a natural field, so for her I wanted to create an even more natural scene. We started in my home studio but I didn’t feel like I was pulling out of her exactly what I wanted to see – her. So I suggested we head out to her property out in Helvetia with a red barn and woods. The way she spoke about her home told me a lot about her. And the very first frame I took at her house confirmed my guesses. She’s most comfortable in her own environment. She pulls energy from her woods, and that’s exactly where the best photos from her shoot came. I love photographing in the studio, controlling the light just so and shaping it around you. But my primary goal is a full and well-rounded set of images.

Seeing Bonnie in the studio a week later trying to narrow the images down was all the reward I needed. She came in and fully expected to dislike every last image. She started filtering through the images, apologizing for her pickiness. I of course reminded her that’s her job, to be picky about herself. We all are! So she went from 30 to 12, 12 to 8 and then started really having trouble going from 8 to 3 for her three headshots. She did in the end, but it took time. And at one point, during that time, she laughed at herself. She really thought it would be easy to pick a few and forget about the rest. I exceeded her expectations. And for that, I’ll keep on.

Business Marketing Photos in Portland

Meet Mekala, owner of Tie That Binds. She’s been the wedding industry’s go-to invitation and paper goods designer for quite a few years and I first worked with her on a wedding several years ago! By coincidence, we both ended up in Portland, Oregon and have kept in touch. I’m thrilled she asked me to help her with the visual side of creating a business profile with a combination Portland headshot session and studio profile of her little brick loft.

Mekala’s business marketing photos in Portland showcase a few things I love. First of all, her studio is so lovely! She’s styled it perfectly and it’s a great fit for her growing business. Coincidently, her own branding fits in closely with the branding on this site and reminds me how great minds think alike. And she’s a great success story as well, so it’s fun to be a part of her profile. She’s so creative as well – I watched her create bunting out of paper scraps from an old invitation suite while I walked around photographing little parts of the studio.

Is your business behind on their visual profile? Do you think your customer base would benefit from seeing a snippet of your business life? Maybe they’d appreciate a peek into how much fun you and your employees have while working hard for them? Ask about my business profile and headshot package!