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
(Tapity tap, tapity tap) — That was me doing the happy dance when I found out I was photographing the Kasel Family. On this warm, sunny day, we headed into the Issaquah Highlands for family portraits (I’ve been photographing the kids senior pictures one by one over the years but this was my first opportunity to make memories including Mom & Dad so of course I wanted everything to be amazing!)
The fellas handsome in Burberry and the gals layered in coordinated earth tones were seriously picture perfect before I even clicked the camera. (Can we please pause for a moment and look at Mom Becky’s boots? Fabulous.)
I love this Issaquah Highlands location because it looks like we traveled far and wide…but nope, just another great local spot on the Sammamish Plateau that reminds us how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place!
After the shoot, I had an absolute first of my career. The family invited me to be in one of their pictures…and um…THIS happened. (yes that would be me, hoisted over their head!) Just adore this family.
Dating and finding Mr. or Mrs Right can be hard….so I figured all of my single friends deserved a little chuckle. This :30 second commercial was so hysterical that I literally wanted to write a blog post just so I could include it here. It took me like 5 times watching it until I remembered what the heck they were trying to sell me because I was laughing so hard. Enjoy.
After I watched this, it made me think of that game 2 Truths and 1 Lie. The premise is that your opponent tells you two things about themselves that are true and one thing that is completely fabricated. Your challenge is to determine which one is which. In my world…I photograph A LOT of online dating profiles for lovely single women and single men for sites like Match.com and the goal of course is to have it look amazing without tipping your hand that you actually went to a professional photographer (yes apparently I’m a dirty little secret in the online dating world of Seattle! — your white lie if you will…heehee.) Natural lighting, great expressions, candid captures, smart styling …yep, the real truth is — many people are doing it. The other truth is it makes you feel like you are putting your best face forward and attracting the right type of person.
For information about our online dating sessions, feel free to contact us — it’s perfectly okay if you want to begin by chatting with us about updating your professional headshot for Linked In and then slowly drift into a casual conversation about how you would love to be photographed with your cute puppy as a gift for your Grandma (wink wink) – We will completely understand what you really mean!
I woke up today and said to myself “It’s raining.” As if the mere fact of confirming it would actually have an impact on the status. Then for ironic emphasis… I did in fact go ahead and answer myself. – “Um, yes we live in Seattle”
It’s on these typical Northwest days that I am ever so grateful for our gorgeous studio space. Let me explain… when I worked in Southern California it was really easy to get cocky and a little over confidant about the weather … sunny yesterday, sunny today and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be sunny next week! (heehee) When I moved back up here over 10 years ago, it became obvious rather quickly that mother nature and predicting her patterns was going to be way more tricky. With a “show must go on” mentality” we are now able to push through with anything she throws at us. In short — we know that you are getting super cute for your photo shoot and rain or shine we are going to make you look like you on your best day. (Big thank you to Lindsy here for making that fact crystal clear. Loving her gorgeous black on black contemporary portrait. Shout out to our in-house make-up artist Erin for her flawless camera ready face too!) Our studio sets are REALLY extensive — I shop for backdrops like a lot of women shop for shoes. If you are in a mood to take it all in — feel free to surf through our portfolio for inspiration.