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Mixing Business with Personal Photo Holiday Cards

Full disclosure…I am a marketing junky and I love anything that has to do with entrepreneurial endeavors.  It’s honestly fascinating to me how business works and one of the huge perks of photographing so many professionals across a wide range of industries is that I get to do my own field research with every professional headshot (yes…while I’m setting the lights and metering the camera…I am plying you with questions about what you do, how you stand out and why you are successful– (Welcome, to Studio B 😛 )  All of that “research” lead me to this rather timely observation about why personalized photo holiday cards are making their way into business in a big way.  In chatting with our professional clientele the feedback was just eye-opening.  From practical to tactical, warm and fuzzy to downright fantastic…here’s just a little of what we heard:

  • “We’ve built the family photo shoot, holiday cards and postage expense into our advertising & marketing budget — it’s a direct mail business write-off”
  • “Yes, we are all Linked-In but getting personal with my professional network is a tremendous way to connect on an entirely new level and have an edge over my competitors”
  • “Nobody is “deleting” my family card from their mailbox…I know they are getting my message “
  • “Our clients are excited to get something that is not a bill (haha) … to see that we’re not asking for anything — just thinking about them in a genuine way”
  • “Blurred lines between business & friendship is actually our secret sauce. We’re watching our customers’ families grow and they are doing the same with us.”

Good stuff, right?  So happy we asked! (Thank you by-the-way to my favorite clients who generously allowed me to pick their brain and share here.)   In the spirit of being both relevant and  helpful,  I’ve included a couple of quick references links below for what we do here at Studio B to help you get started.

Get Started Quick Links

OPTION 1: Schedule a NEW family portrait sitting — after your session, we’ll show you samples and share our best practices for creating great holiday cards for business use. Everything from image suggestions to specific content that will help you connect, stand out and be memorable in a non-sales-y way.

OPTION 2: If you have already been photographed at Studio B Portraits, simply CONTACT US and ask us to create a beautiful design from your session favorites.  We can do all of the customizing and proofing by phone & email.




Some boys just make it look easy don’t they?  Willson is one of those rare fellas that just has a natural sense of what works for him.  Luckily for us… one of those things was a rain jacket (yep… it was more Seattle rain for us!) and a little Louis Vuitton one-two punch.  I love the layers and the versatility of this look and he gets extra points for remembering to bring a belt! (You would be shocked at how many times those little details get overlooked)  For more senior boy style, be sure to check out our Senior Portfolio and some of our recent shoots here on the blog.


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This is what 40 years of marriage can create.  Loved photographing this generations portrait featuring the Brunsch Family 😀  I want to go on record by sharing that their sweet new addition slept like 90% of the session and none of the flash popping or passing around even stirred him in the slightest (where was that kind of sleep when I had my own three kiddos #BitterPartyOfone )  For more family portraits, be sure to check out our gallery


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Beautiful girl right?  And you actually would never guess that “good sport” and “tough” might fit the bill here too for 2016 Senior Ellie 😀  Fall is a really interesting time of year because it can be super pretty… but also kinda flipping cold too.  Here is gorgeous Ellie in her flowy little sundress rocking the shot in downtown Issaquah — but looks can be deceiving.  Check out this behind the scenes pull back that we posted on our Instagram (photo credit goes to her Mommy) — um… yes I am wearing a parka (haha!)

Shout out to Sorella Salon for Ellie’s camera ready hair & make-up


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I have been doing the equivalent of screaming from the rooftops for anyone that will listen — THIS IS IT…best time for outdoor Fall Family pictures is literally right now!!!  I mean it is just gorgeous and Mom Linda did her very best planning for her family of five.  She dressed them to perfection, she blew out her gorgeous blond hair and if she is anything like the rest of us Mom’s — she begged her family to “act right” as the one and only request that she will ever have of her beloved family (because that’s what we Mom’s covet… “amazing images to prove that we like one another” (haha…I know I’m not alone here right? 😛 ).  Then on the day of our shoot — it rained.  BOO!  But never fear… a miracle happened. It stopped.  Yep….seconds before we began clicking… and all was right with the world (and our shoot).  Umbrellas in hand we headed outside and by some lovely turn of fate… we did not need them at all.   Whoohoo!!!

Feeling inspired for your own Fall Family Portrait? Visit our online portfolio or contact us to schedule your own session.