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

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    Executing professional portraits for business on your own behalf can be intimidating when you are flying solo but when you add the “double-lux, two-handed, back-handspring” version of coordinating outfits with your partners or team …it might feel downright impossible.  Good news — it’s NOT.  And the quick answer does not have to be “Everyone wear black, black, with a little more black”

    When it comes to personal branding for professional success — nobody does it any better than the ladies of Sorella Salon (above).  These beauty industry entrepreneurs never miss and when we got together to photograph their promotional images for Sorella’s new location (they have 3 gorgeous Eastside salons), I just knew they were going to dress to impress (and be the perfect example for me to share three easy tips for coordinating wardrobe attire for yourself and your group business portraits)

    3 Easy Tips to Dressing with your Partners

    1.  COLOR:  Select a color palette that includes up to 3 hues and give everyone the freedom to design an outfit for themselves that references any or all of the colors.  (Hint:  Looking at your brand colors — staying in that color family is a brilliant way to have your professional brand look polished and pulled together.)

    2.  DETAIL: Adding unexpected texture, pattern and accessories can really send a message of creativity and individuality – differentiating both you and partners from one another (and perhaps your competitors)

    3.  STYLE: Getting on the same page is critical and we typically say it like this — “Make sure you are all going to the same office” — meaning…decide if you are going upscale casual or dressing to impress.  Mixing your messages here is confusing to your client and best avoided unless you’re intentionally going for a throwback to the “Odd Couple:D

    Full disclaimer, when we do consultations for wardrobe and personal branding imagery…there are like 10 more steps but these first 3 are the ones that I would grab out of the proverbial burning building.  If you are needing a headshot refresh for you or your team, be sure to check out our headshot galleries and let us know if we can answer any questions.

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    2016 Studio B Seniors Model Team

    Very excited to bring you our new model interview with Kayleigh.  The Eastlake High School beauty is just the epitome of class and elegance. I know you’ll enjoy our chat with Kayleigh, her take on ditching high heels and if you are curious to see her “swing shoot” that she references (above)…you can check out those images here.

    Also…we are currently accepting applications for our 2016 Studio B Seniors Modeling Team.  If you are (or know) a High School Junior, Class of 2016 student that is social, smart, fun, positive, outgoing, photogenic and ready for their close-up…then be sure to look for details on applying below.

    READY FOR YOUR TURN IN THE SPOTLIGHT?  Our Studio B Models like Kayleigh are the Face of Studio B Seniors. Selected student models help us with showcasing the latest styles for the upcoming Senior Season, promote Studio B Seniors at their schools and are featured in all of our print and online advertisements including full page spreads in 425 Magazine.   Our promotional models for the 2016 Campaign will receive a complimentary modeling photo shoot with professional hair & make-up from the amazing stylist at Sorella Salon and  have the opportunity to earn credit toward their Summer senior pictures.

    For additional information and to apply online:

    1. Like us on Facebook Page and follow us on Instagram
    2. Contact Us and put “2016 Studio B Model-Online Application” in the message box  — As soon as we receive your message we will send you a link to the online application.

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    If your New Year’s Resolution included updating your professional headshot, getting thoughtful about your personal brand and it’s impact on your professional success — you are going to love our next series.  From style inspiration on “what to wear” to current trends and why you may want to jump on board, to the best way to play up your best assets (or let’s be honest… nix the stuff we wish wasn’t there to begin with;-)) we’re going to do an entire week dedicated to your professional image.

    Today’s post is actually a “Trend Alert” – We’ve seen a tremendous request for black and white headshots and if you are in the market for a new professional head shot …there are three great reasons to consider this look for yourself.

    1. Aw ‘cmon …black just seems to always feel high end and luxurious doesn’t it?  The world agrees — Amex Black,  Little Black Dress, Black Tie Affair …I could go on and on…but you get the idea.   Black and white images also let your personality and expression take center stage.  (BIG thank you to New York Life Finanacial Advisor Jacob Kemmerer in his suit, tie and b/w style above for totally proving this point)

    2. From a design perspective, black & white headshot images are great neutral graphics that blend beautifully into marketing collateral and websites without distracting from your content.  For all of you Entrepreneur and 425 Business readers…you’ve already seen this look in the pages of their editorial lay-out in issue after issue.

    3. Your image is photographed in color and then converted to a monochromatic finish.  You literally have nothing to lose in seeing if you like it so just go for it and play.  (Another bonus: at Studio B, we don’t charge for converting from color to black & white so it’s like getting 2 different images…use one in color on your Twitter and another on Linked-In in b/w)

    I’m going to guess that you are completely thinking about headshots right now and might be on a roll so here’s a quick link to more examples from our head shot portfolio.

     

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    You know I’m always one to love a good “share” from our shoots but this one is going to have a bit of a twist because it’s got a little “best practices” moral to the story for ya :-).  After I photographed the Hunt Family, Mom Lori and I met to do her portrait design and finalize her order when she stopped and said to me… “Everyone always loves to photograph outside and I love it when I see it on other people, but I REALLY loved photographing with you in the studio.  No squinting in the sun, being too hot, hearing the kids grump about walking from place to place…This was SO relaxed and enjoyable.” I think she might have said more…but…to be honest…I SO loved what she was saying that I may have gotten giddy.  Matter of fact, the next 3 sentences might have gotten drowned out by the blue-birds and Disney soundtrack of music in my head…you know the kind of thing that happens when something fabulous happens in the movies)  Yes I was that happy and flattered but then I got to thinking — I totally need to share this info with anyone considering and investment in family portraits.  Take a very real look at your family make-up and consider the best option for your session…. a pros & cons list if you will.  Since it’s January in Seattle — I’m going to give you my top three reasons for shooting in the studio.

    1.  Weather – it’s never to cold or too hot or too windy when you are shooting in a temperature controlled state of the art studio.  Goldilocks and the Three Bears…it’s always just right. (You can tell I have small children based on my reference there huh?)

    2.  Shoot Any Time – Jump in…the water…er, I mean…the lighting is awesome!  We all know that there are better times of day for your family dynamic and shooting in the studio means you are not going to have to schedule around the sunlight to be in your favor.  If you are a crew that does best after breakfast or can’t think about getting a move on before late afternoon….doesn’t matter, it’s always a perfect time on a studio set.

    3. Setting:  Backgrounds, music, seating, mirrors, bathrooms, amenities…all are just steps away and completely customizable when you are shooting at the studio.  I can’t tell you how many times a family has shown up for their close-up only to have the unexpected issue (insert — diaper blow-out, tween wardrobe drama, hair emergency, spouse attitude) be alleviated simply by having our green room, time and resources at their finger tips.

    Feeling pretty good about studio family shoots right about now aren’t you?:-)Me too… so good in fact that I’ve decided I’ll be bringing you 3 of my best tips for outdoor family pictures for Spring.  In the meantime, feel free to check out both styles on our Family Portfolio.

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    2016 Studio B Seniors Model Team_Geni

    As we announced this past weekend, we are currently accepting applications for our 2016 Studio B Seniors Modeling Team.  If you are (or know) a High School Junior, Class of 2016 student that is social, smart, fun, positive, outgoing, photogenic and ready for their close-up…then be sure to look for details on applying below.  But before you do…be sure to read our latest interview with Redmond High School Model Geni…she’s like a little energizer bunny…always willing to go, play and share a smile.

    READY FOR YOUR TURN IN THE SPOTLIGHT?  Our Studio B Models like Geni are the Face of Studio B Seniors. Selected student models help us with showcasing the latest styles for the upcoming Senior Season, promote Studio B Seniors at their schools and are featured in all of our print and online advertisements including full page spreads in 425 Magazine.   Our promotional models for the 2016 Campaign will receive a complimentary modeling photo shoot with professional hair & make-up from the amazing stylist at Sorella Salon and  have the opportunity to earn credit toward their Summer senior pictures.

    For additional information and to apply online:

    1. Like us on Facebook Page and follow us on Instagram
    2. Contact Us and put “2016 Studio B Model-Online Application” in the message box  — As soon as we receive your message we will send you a link to the online application.

    #StudioBseniors #StudioBmodels

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