For all of us self proclaimed “picture-people” this “Decorating with Family Portraits” installment might just be a game changer. But first… here it is — my confession….My name is Brooke and I’m addicted to family portraits. I love everything about the process of creating and designing the actual shoots. I’m not even done with one session before I’m already thinking about “what I’m going to do next time” It’s a sickness really…I’d feel worse, but you have the fever too right? The all time best part of the entire process is seeing the memories come to life in our homes and honestly there is no bigger thrill than a fabulous wall portrait series that makes you stand there & stare. With that said, it brings me to a challenge that many of us share. How do we display and decorate with imagery that we have created over the years? So many great milestones and moments – varied locations, lighting, studio sessions, outdoor shoots, so different…but we want it to look cohesive and pulled together right?” Admittedly there are a lot of ways to tackle this but today we’re talking about mixing and matching your all-time favorite images by creating a “WOW” wall . (You know what I’m talking about…people come into your house…see it and say…WOW! ) Brands like Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware have catalogs each season that are great for inspiration and I wanted to share my latest idea with you too. (Spoiler Alert: It’s my entryway above) Each of the images that I chose were originally smaller prints that I just adored – they were all in color, displayed around our home in desk size prints. The petite frames just weren’t doing them justice so I decided to pick my very favorites — “all-stars” if you will — render them again…this time, in a chocolate sepia tone wall portraits and wrap them museum style with an ivory mat and warm silver molding. The finished arrangement is a symmetrical rectangle made up of asymmetric elements- pieces range in size from 20-24 inches and as you can see I included both horizontal and vertical images…close-ups, single subjects & groups, posed & candid, studio sessions & outdoor lifestyle portraits. My family is still quite young so I decided to not fill my entire wall right away…I left enough space to add an additional row of images in the future (you know…just in case) Well, that’s it for today, oh wait…if you have followed my blog in the past, you already know I’m obsessed with designing using Pinterest so I thought I’d show you the brainstorming board (above) that ultimately led to the finished space in our home. Gotta love Sarah Jessica Parker in a fab dress strolling in a NYC gallery!
Hey Class of 2015! Did you hear? Studio B Portraits is casting for High School Models! We are currently accepting applications for our 2015 Studio B Seniors Modeling Team. If you are (or know) a High School Junior, Class of 2015 student that is fun, positive, outgoing, photogenic and ready for their close-up…that is a really good start! We’re going to have a focus on fashion this season and we really want to make sure that our models are ready to share their ideas & opinions… but first, we’re are catching up with Erica, one of my very favorite Senior Models from last year. This girl is such a beauty inside and out — she is 11 feet tall…not really, but honestly…the girl is over six feet in her heels — and a great athlete…you’ll love getting to know her.
1. NAME: Erica
2. SCHOOL: Issaquah High School
3. My style right now… I love to combine many different styles to create my own unique one!
4. Favorite magazine: Seventeen and InStyle
6. So “Right Now” military boots (they are my favorite:)
7. So “Over it” Uggs with yoga pants! (I like to dress up!)
8. My favorite color(s) is…Pink!
9. My celebrity style icon is… Carrie Underwood
10. My favorite Studio B Model moment was… Everything! I loved feeling like a movie star for my shoots, and being able to be able to shoot in both the studio and outside in a bunch of cool outfits!
11. Describe your best Studio B photo (or outfit) Well, since i’m in love with all of my pictures… I can’t choose a favorite. But I loved wearing my maxi dresses for the shoot because they are something I love to wear, and looked really elegant in the pictures.
12. Anything else you’d like to share …. Photo shoots with Brooke are the best. You will wish you could do it over and over again… I sure did!
READY FOR YOUR TURN IN THE SPOTLIGHT? Our awesome Studio B Models like Gracie 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 partner promotions with Sorella Salon & full page spreads in 425 Magazine. Our promotional models for the 2015 Campaign will receive a complimentary modeling photo shoot and have the opportunity to earn credit toward their Summer senior pictures. Click here for more and to apply online
I’m highly visual (shocking news from a professional photographer right?) and apparently you all are tooI keep hearing that you would like more examples and tips for planning your professional business headshots. Managing your online image & presence can be intimidating so seeing someone else “effortlessly get it right” — is really helpful. Hoping it makes you feel better when I tell you — it’s NOT “effortless” for anyone – even Colliers International, CEO Doug Frye here executed against a plan. (But damn he did make it look easy…this guy is SO cool) And really…making it look easy is the best and finest illusion for any professional — athlete, entertainer…and in 2014 the modern business person. If we just cut right to it —
1. You are going to plan: Whether you are doing a contemporary head & shoulders Linked-In image or shooting a more extensive portfolio photo shoot like Doug -- thinking in advance about how you intend to use the images is going to best direct the styling and selection of outfits. Are you submitting for a charity board?…maybe something approachable trumps the power suit, right? I think you get the idea — Match the personality of your wardrobe to the place that you will be showcasing the imagery.
2. You are going to prepare: This one is simple to say and harder to do because the list can be lengthy. Make all of your decisions in advance so that you are able to focus on the details — accessories, scheduling your haircut or color, looking at examples on Google images of headshots that you love so you can communicate your vision with your photographer. The more you do in advance, the more relaxed you can be on the day of your portrait session. (Shoot…Doug was so prepared, he had time to call and ask me if he could pick me up some Starbucks on the way to the studio. Really? Gosh how nice that?)
3. Solicit Opinions: Ask your spouse, guy friend, best gal for their opinion — This 3rd step is critical people. I’m talking about your trusted advisers…the people that will tell you “that burnt orange on you looks like a hot mess but blue brings out the sparkle in your eyes” kind of honesty. Knowing in advance that you made good choices will once again help your confidence in front of the camera.
Today we’re serving up the latest in our High School Model Team interview series featuring another of our favorite models from last season. Spoiler Alert…my VERY favorite answer from her is #7! I’ll let you just guess what this gorgeous girl is “SO OVER…” I thought she was going to say some sort of clothing trend but her answer was WAY better! (Oh and if you are or know a Class of 2015 Junior interested in applying for this year’s 2015 Studio B Seniors Model team…there is a link and more info at the bottom of this article)
1. NAME: Savannah
2. SCHOOL: Issaquah High School
3. My style right now is… Anything that will keep me warm throughout the day, with of course a nice looking pair of clean nikes!
4. Favorite magazine: DanceSpirit, I love to dance more than anything in the world, with my experience in gymnastics, there’s so much that I can do!
5. Favorite retailer: Pac Sun and Champs.
6. So “Right Now”…. Timberland boots (which is so difficult to find) and Brandy Melville clothing
7. So “Over it”… SOOOOO over my ex !
8. My favorite color(s) is… I like a lot of simple colors such as black, white, and grey, because they go with everything!
9. My celebrity style icon is… Justin Timberlake hands down, he can do everything, sing, act, DANCE, play instruments, and so much more, he’s very kind and I want to be just like him.
10. My favorite Studio B Model moment was …Walking down with Brooke looking like I’m famous, especially when we were in the alley way, everyone would pass by and I was looking like a real model! We also took a lot of test shots to see if the lighting was ok, and there I made goofy faces.
11. Describe your best Studio B photo (or outfit) …pink jacket with floral shirt, the colors look great!
12. Anything else you’d like to share with our readers …Studio B was a great experience; Brooke makes you feel comfortable when taking pictures, which means there’s no awkwardness! It was especially great, walking to each set getting to know each other a little more.
READY FOR YOUR TURN IN THE SPOTLIGHT? Our awesome Studio B Models like Savannah 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 partner promotions with Sorella Salon & full page spreads in 425 Magazine. Our promotional models for the 2015 Campaign will receive a complimentary modeling photo shoot and have the opportunity to earn credit toward their Summer senior pictures. Click here for more and to apply online
Tell me that looking at these super awesome corporate business portraits of the fabulous 2 Degrees Consulting Team celebrating their 20 year anniversary doesn’t make you want to work here??? I mean, clearly these people know how to have a good time! Who doesn’t want to be part of THAT cool kids club? For this shoot, we packed up the our studio in Issaquah and traveled downtown to fashion a complete studio on location at their Seattle offices. We created the individual headshots using the building’s cement pillars as our backdrop and studio lighting to create the illusion of sunshine streaming through the window…it’s Seattle people — there was NO real sunshine I’ve looked at this group corporate portrait of the team letting loose and throwing the confetti like 1000 times and every time I do…I love it a little more. Kudos to Patty Brown, 2 Degrees leader extraordinaire for being the brain child behind that creative idea…SO fun! Patty sent me her inspiration and ideas prior to the shoot and it was just super neat to collaborate with someone that has such great energy & vision.