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Modern Headshots

Modern Headshots

Your headshots are a representation of your brand. Whether your brand is clothing, jewelry, a doctor, etc, and or just you being yourself, it’s a chance for you to showcase yourself in a professional manner without losing your personality.

When I shoot headshots, I will spend about an hour to two hours with my client. In preparation for our shoot, I’ll scope out locations. And if you prefer indoor, we will do a background setup for your shoot.

The time spent is perfecting what you want to relay back to print. For example, my friend below works with the public, so her images were focusing on her personality and creating a vulnerability of trust through her images. Katie is outgoing and fun and wanted to make sure her personality was shown through her posing.

Whether you want to be casual, or more business in your wardrobe, its all up to you. Social media is one of the thriving forces for business nowadays, and it’s important to have the right image of your brand to help with connecting with your audiences.

There are so many different aspects we can explore to make sure that we are getting the right image for you!

Tips for a successful headshot session:

  1. Outfits… Bring anything you feel that you feel comfortable in and also will transform you to translate whatever your objective is.  Also, remember accessories are a must. These little pieces will help tie all your looks together and also bring new life to different outfits.
  2. Locations… Depending on your brand, company, and or personality, we can choose indoors or outdoors.
  3. Makeup and Hair.. When getting your headshots done, I can recommend a few people that do hair and makeup, and or if you feel more comfortable with your finds, by all means, use them! I think that hair and makeup truly round out the session. It allows you to feel confident, and at you’re very best.
  4. Don’t be nervous. Photos can be daunting but this is about you.  We will laugh, talk, and dance if you like! 🙂 I’ll guide you through our poses and you won’t even realize what you’re doing after a certain while. I promise 🙂
  5. Scheduling… We will have two dates. A rain date if by chance you are wanting an outdoor location. Depending on the wants for our shoot, we can even do two days if several locations are wanted.

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Portraits- Prints and why you should be present in a selfie generation

Photography is our modern day storyteller. And the print is the beautiful result.  It’s the only thing you will probably own that will gather more value in the years you have it. It’ll tell a story, evoke feelings, and create a legacy for future generations.

In a generation filled with selfie-takers, I think it’s important to not forget the story. The story of the day, the story of the moment, and not to quote too much of One Direction, but the story of your life 🙂 We move so fast and forget to really relic in the air that you breathe, we don’t taste it, we don’t enjoy the feel of it, nor the warmth or cold feelings that touch your skin. We are unfortunately a very fast paced society that wants instant gratification and often escapes the beauty of things because of this. Digital images are stored onto a phone, this phone than dies and those photos are sometimes moved, or forgotten about. We have become an obsessive-compulsive photo taking society.

We do it so meaninglessly that we have created a generation that does not give worth to what an actual print is. We don’t listen to music when we are at a venue, instead, you hid behind the phone lens and take an excessive amount of images that just stay buried in your photo libary. These images are accompanied by other meaningless images that serve as a reminder of a generation that will never be passed on. Digital images aren’t forever. A phone will die, the cloud will cease to exist one day, and you’re left with nothing. A print has proven to serve its worth, with the prints that are hanging on your wall, the ones that are laying in an album, and also the images of generations ago that are still in mint condition.

Prints are forever. That photograph allows you to slow down the moment, and revisit it in a whole different way. You’ll be remembering the moment instead of hiding behind the camera lens, missing what was in front of you.  And how special to have pictures of your life to share with your younger generations. It truly is a gift of being relevant and also connected with everyone around us even we are ourselves are gone.


Tips to step out of the “selfie loophole”…

Focus on yourself and your background. Pull back just a wee bit to see where you are.. If you just focus on your face, you will end up with a library of the same pose and face, and it’ll seem not as powerful than something that focuses on more. You want to pull back so you can see what you were doing and what made that place, feeling, or moment special. And if you can wing it, hire someone to follow you and help you document a trip or an event. And if you can’t, put your camera on a timer, and shoot as though you were telling a story not creating crazy lip poses.

Just by following these simple tips, I guarantee your documenting skills will be so good that you won’t even remember what taking a selfie was like.

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Paula Andrea

Wilmington, North Carolina Portrait Photographer

Specializing in Editorial/Commercial and Portrait work

(Personal Branding Photographer)

-Available for domestic & international travel-