Studio B Portraits in Issaquah near Bellevue Washington » Fashion Inspired Senior Pictures - Modern Family Photography

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    Full disclosure…I am mildly obsessed with everything business and branding — cue the shock & awe if you’ve been reading my recent post related to taking your personal brand to the professional level. (I’m pretty sure you already were well aware.)  Anyway…I read this great article about the 15 Secrets of Really Persuasive People in Entrepreneur Magazine that said “Research shows that most people decide whether or not they like you within the first seven seconds. They then spend the rest of the conversation internally justifying their initial reaction.”  Right now is a great time to ask yourself if your digital handshake – aka. your Linked In profile picture, editorial and industry trade photography, website bio picture and all of your professional branding images are delivering your strongest first impression?  What are your prospective clients, readers, & network deciding about you solely based on your online presentation?

    When we photograph Professional Portfolio Sessions (like Dawn Beauparlant above)… that is the question that we are answering with the images that we create. Dawn is crushing it in the technology space — YES women in tech (don’t believe everything you see on HBO’s Silicon Valley!)  and communicating her personal brand as a leader would not be telling the whole story unless we also focus on showcasing her confidence, creativity and modern style across all of her varied media channels.  (If you are thinking…her what?… that’s a fancy way of reminding you that when people Google search you… your picture comes up on all of the different websites that exist and you will want to tailor your image to each of those places)  Quick rule of thumb —

    Linked-In is your networking calling card … a little more formal or dressy is never a wrong choice here

    – Company website & blogs – consider using the firms brand colors for a sharp presentation that will make marketing & collateral pop

    –  Twitter… this is a conversation space so go ahead and lighten the mood and loosen up the overall look

    – Facebook & Google +…if you are using it with a mix of business and personal contacts… you’re okay to get more casual but keep it professional (you are still representing your brand)

    If you like this article and would like to read more headshot and professional branding related tips — here’s a quick link to more.

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    Fashion Show pictures of Issaquah High School students fundraiser event photographed by Studio B
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    Last night was the 2015 Issaquah High School Fashion Show Fundraiser and apparently 4th time is the charm because the joint was hopping!  Huge turn out, great energy and people everywhere.  So much goes into making these events successful and it’s usually the tireless work of really amazing parents that make it all seem so easy.  That’s the trick right?…making the impossible possible…while rocking a fabulous outfit, flawless make-up and never breaking a sweat?… in other words “Moms” 😉  (Dad’s too of course – but no make-up for them!)  Big thank you to the Studio B Team for everything… the behind the scenes was frankly… a little bit of a circus but Erin, Erica, Claire and my 11 year-old were beyond awesome and I love that we got to add “Official Photo Booth” to the show this year.

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    So I went to a photo shoot and a shower broke out… a rain shower that is. But NOT before we got these crazy cute senior pictures featuring Cedarcrest High School beauty Amanda.  We literally went from “hey, maybe it wants to be sunny” to “big, fat drops of welcome to Spring in Seattle rain”  Sorry… I’m clearly distracted by the weather when really I need to get on topic and share a super clever idea that Amanda included in her Senior Pictures photo shoot — her college sweatshirt!  Talk about personalizing.  Amanda is  headed to Arizona in Fall 2015 and I love that she made the Wildcats part of her session (this will look amazing on her graduation announcements.)  Such a great idea:-)  Oh…almost forogt…we also posted a behind the scenes video of Amanda working it in the studio our Instagram

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    Some things just go together — Jordan & Pippen… Jobs & Wozniak… Spock & Kirk … you get the idea.  And to that end, it’s just impossible to talk about great headshots for men without first addressing the “what to wear” question – they are inextricably linked fellas.  The rules have changed for how men present in the work place and the era of “one look fits all” is officially off the table.  Customizing, personalizing, leading with confidence — that’s what we’re trying to deliver with your professional headshot and nailing it largely begins with getting your style right. I found this cool article in Men’s Health Magazine “55 Style Rules That You Must Follow” and it offered easy and straightforward steps that I think every guy can master (at least for one headshot photo shoot anyway!) 😀

    As always, I want to make it super simple for you to get more info so here are a couple of quick, related links

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    We had such a great time on the Messer Family photo shoot and I wanted to thank Dr. Susan Chen over at Pine Lake Family Dentistry for introducing us to this lovely party of 6.  Dr. Chen is a wonderful local Dentist here in Sammamish and she is gifting clients like the Messer’s (above) with family portrait experiences as her way of saying thank you.  Awesome right?…The last “gift” my family received from a doctor was the current cast on my husband’s arm… basketball injury…he’d be more than happy to share details of the epic on-court battle, haha.  Let’s just say it goes without saying that THIS is way better! 😉

    Spring in Seattle is always a weather crap shoot but when it’s your lucky day… it’s really just unbeatable.  This family session was one of those picture perfect outdoor shoots with beautiful scenery in every direction… no need for our “in-the-studio Plan B.”  I was going to mention the pretty Cherry Blossoms that are blooming and then it hit my “no green thumb, I’ve killed every house plant I have ever owned self “… that maybe they are Dogwood trees. After nine years shooting here in Issaquah… I sadly am still totally ignorant. I know one of you Pacific Northwest smart folks will enlighten me right?

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