Part way through our senior shoot with Kevin I really needed him to take a time-out! No — this was not the toddler “take a break and think about what you’ve done variety” the Redmond High School Senior Boy (and basketball player) is so much taller than me that I finally had to have him sit down so that I could get the angles that I wanted. (ha! slam dunk!)
“LOVE your hair!” I’m pretty sure I said that on repeat like 2 million times to Eastside Catholic beauty Michelina during her senior pictures photo shoot. I might have even exclaimed it with equal enthusiasm as if I was noticing it’s radiance for the first time — EVERY time. My guess is that she is so used to hearing it and wished I could have been far more original in my adoration but Michelina was beyond gracious.
I had a total WTF moment while photographing the Wallace Family Portraits — also known as… “Why The Fowl” Or if you have had enough of looking for Pokemon — a “What the Duck?” moment? No matter what you call it — here’s what I’m getting at — if you look closely in several of the Wallace Family Portraits you are going to see one very friendly female duck that aggressively kept photo bombing their portrait session (hint bottom left of the 1st family portrait and direct center of the parents directly above this text)
Mom Joyce had shared with me that it had been way too long since the group of four had family pictures so I’m hoping that she is happy with her newly adopted fowl that will make up the 5th member of her family. (ha!)
Pretty senior pictures of Bellevue High School 2017 Senior Mimi in her sweet lace blue dress just screamed — show me, show me! So we did. Also loved this Seventeen Magazine worthy sneak peek that we shared on our Instagram of Mimi in her white jumper with red and white stripe t-shirt — two words, “doll face”
What does your expression and body language say about you? When you are thinking about how you would like to present yourself in a business setting or on LinkedIn, this consideration is as important as the big time stress (er…I mean fun) of “What should I wear?”
If you are just photographing yourself from the shoulders-up (aka Headshot) your expression is going to obviously be your primary concern. Asking yourself, “what you are trying to communicate?” or “what would I like the viewer to think when they see me?” is a great start. A quick example would be comparing a trial attorney to a real estate agent. Naturally, you would expect their personal brands to be quite different right? Their photos would need to be on message and appropriate for their respective professions. The trial attorney is authoritative, in charge, maybe even a little intimidating. The real estate agent in contrast is likely aiming to be warm, engaging and maybe even seen as someone that you would like to be friendly with on a personal level.
When you need full length or 3/4 images — hand placement, legs, feet and body angles join the conversation. Adding to the complexity and psychology, we’re also going to think about sitting versus standing, open versus closed posture. (And when I say “WE”… I actually mean “ME”… these are all things that I will chat through with our clients when we are working during a Portfolio Session)
Also part of this dialogue is a discussion around the things that you would like to emphasize or downplay (no need to deep dive on this topic right now but if you are wondering about special lighting, posing and retouching magic — YES, just call us Houdini! heehee) because that is always important too.
A big THANK YOU to Galina Laer for allowing us to feature her here (clearly a “do” from head to toe and every angle but most beautiful inside!) Galina is a Real Estate professional with Skyline Properties